Waiting Movie Review: An Anatomy of Grief

Two strangers meeting in a hospital waiting for their beloved partners who are in a comatose state, is a perfect subject material for melancholy with a capital M inscribed all over it. But director Anu Menon’s tragically witty, humorous take on grief and desolation ‘Waiting’ is strangely uplifting and philosophical, without at once being pedantic or languorous. Beautifully described by a critic as a cross between ‘Lost in Translation’ and ‘The Descendants’, it is refreshingly restrained (a bit more restrained than maybe what it should have been).Continue reading “Waiting Movie Review: An Anatomy of Grief”

Waiting (2016) Movie Review: When Hope and Despair Co-Exist

Director: Anu Menon.  Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor

“This is your grief, Tara. Your’s alone” says Shiv Kumar as Tara tries to come to grips with the lemons that life has thrown at her. This line seems to underline the film, where 2 strangers wait for their partners hospitalised in coma, and have no one but themselves and each other to turn to. Waiting is a subtle tale of loss, played beautifully with pathos and the odd smattering of hope by Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin as they come together after 5 years since That Girl in Yellow Boots.Continue reading “Waiting (2016) Movie Review: When Hope and Despair Co-Exist”

Waiting: Trailer

Waiting Poster 2Anu Menon who has made films like London, Paris, New York and X: Past is Present (one of the 11 directors on board) is now back with her latest film, Waiting that’s produced by Priti Gupta and Manish Mundra under the banner of Ishka Films and Drishyam Films. The film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin in lead roles, with Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Maniratnam and Arjun Mathur playing supporting roles.Continue reading “Waiting: Trailer”

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Movie Review : Hats off, DDLJ !

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania-PosterIn 1995, Aditya Chopra directed his debut film, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge under his father’s banner, Yash Raj Films. The film changed the game of Indian cinema in more ways than one and is considered the most landmark film of its generation. So much so that it ran for 18 years at a single screen in Mumbai and people still went for it. In all the years following its release, many films have aped it or parts of it in various ways at various times. Fair enough. Karan Johar started his career by assisting Aditya in DDLJ and today he has produced Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya with Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, helmed by a new director, Shashank Khaitan. In its true sense, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is the closest tribute/rip-off/parody of DDLJ and it amicably accepts it, referencing the original at every step, to the extent that in a poignant moment of the film, the heroine’s dad says, “Jaa, Jee Le Apni Zindagi.”Continue reading “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Movie Review : Hats off, DDLJ !”

Bewakoofiyaan (2014) Movie Review: Lost In Its Own Foolishness

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 119 Minutes | Director : Nupur Asthana 

Bewakoofiyaan_PosterThe one standing emotion that gets livened on screen is love. The one genre that milks most of it is a romantic-comedy. Bollywood churns out more romantic comedies in a year than dramas that have love in them. Bewakoofiyaan adds to the long list in the genre. The decade in this genre is about Indian girls going out more, becoming more independent, sporting a bikini and “living” in the way the 21st Century Western girl is and the guy usually being charming, a bit foolish and generally with a buff torso. In other words, romantic comedies are about yuppies. It is about songs shot in Udaipur in a wedding or holiday situation and a night club appearance. Nupur Asthana‘s film is pretty much along the lines of a silly romantic comedy and after Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, a silly film that I did enjoy, I wanted something equally enjoyable but there’s very little spunk here that made me enjoy her previous film.Continue reading “Bewakoofiyaan (2014) Movie Review: Lost In Its Own Foolishness”

Bewakoofiyan: Trailer

BewakoofiyaanNupur Asthana who was earlier known for her T.V series like Hip Hip Hurray (1999) & Mahi Way (2010), also went on to write the screenplay for films like Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii (2007) & Chance Pe Dance (2010). Her debut feature film as director was Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011) which turned out to be a surprisingly refreshing film. She is now back with her second film, Bewakoofiyaan which is also a YRF production (her previous film was produced by Y-Films, a subsidiary of Yash Raj Films).Continue reading “Bewakoofiyan: Trailer”