Phantom (2015) Movie Review: Bollywood’s Poetic Justice

I have lived in Bombay for more than 25 years of my life. I have witnessed more than dozen terrorist attacks on my hometown, with two of the attacks, the 93 Bombay Blasts and 26/11 attacks being the worst terrorist attacks ever seen in mankind’s history in my opinion. Unfortunately, there have not been many films on these attacks, or on the after effects of the attack.  I still remember 26/11 vividly, the reason being I was supposed to go to Cafe Leopold on the same day but I was not keen to travel to South Bombay. Not a day goes by thinking, what if I was there on that day at that place. For those who grew up in Bombay, it was like seeing a part of our identity being destroyed.Continue reading “Phantom (2015) Movie Review: Bollywood’s Poetic Justice”

Coke Studio Pakistan – Season 8 ’Sound of the Nation’ now available on Hungama and Artist Aloud

Leading digital entertainment company Hungama and Artist Aloud, the one-stop destination for commercial and independent talents, will be releasing the audio content for the recently launched Coke Studio Pakistan – Season 8 ‘Sound of Nation’. Music lovers can easily access and stream the latest tracks from the current season of Coke Studio and hear it first on Hungama and Artist Aloud.Continue reading “Coke Studio Pakistan – Season 8 ’Sound of the Nation’ now available on Hungama and Artist Aloud”

Politics,Caste & Prejudice in Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Bahubaali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan are two tent pole Indian films which have been doing well. Both the films have received critical as well as commercial acclaim. My attempt here would be to put these 2 films into current political context and see if both films succeed in making a social commentary on the current nature of our Nation.Continue reading “Politics,Caste & Prejudice in Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan”

Baby: Childish Effort

Ever seen a Rohit Shetty film and how he pulls of 80 minutes of good footage spread across 150 minutes of bad film and he has pulled off many such gems over the career with his Comedy. Welcome the one film wonder Neeraj Pandey do a Rohit Shetty to a Thriller and pull off 90 minutes stretched across for 160 with the largest collection of un-suspenseful-nothing to achieve-blank-nothing is going to happen walking, driving and sitting. Not to mention the absurd name for a supposedly taut thriller, which I can look past by considering it raises curiosity. What I cannot look past is what is the director trying to achieve here. What the film achieves is never clear it’s about stopping attack and then it becomes of catching and killing K. K Menon and eventually ending with catching Maulana Mohammed Rahman, with the attack never seeing the light of the day or we knowing exactly what this attack was which leaves out the important ingredient of making a thriller. End of the world scenario and anyone’s life ever being in any danger.Continue reading “Baby: Childish Effort”

Picket 43 Movie Review: Hope Prithvi pockets many awards for his services in this Picket

Major Ravi is back with the next outing in his ‘military’ line up of films based on stories set around the lives of men in uniform. I have personally not seen any of his films but have been following his graph closely both in media and through word of mouth sources. It is safe to say that Major is not having a great time with his recent releases. Does he redeem himself with Picket 43? Does it tell a good story within the military backdrop without getting caught into the usual traps of jingoism, melodrama or unrealistic action which a lot of our films suffer from?Continue reading “Picket 43 Movie Review: Hope Prithvi pockets many awards for his services in this Picket”

Baby Movie Review: No child’s play, this!

The one admirable quality about Neeraj Pandey is that he is consistent. What his movies lack in nuance, and grit, they more than make up for it with a solid script and performances. He may aim to be Bollywood’s Katherine Bigelow or Paul Greengrass, but somehow he’s managed to be to this decade what Subhash Ghai was to the 80s and Rajkumar Santoshi was to the 90s. A storyteller, who can spin out a yarn that may seem implausible, but doesn’t insult your intelligence. Baby continues this tradition of his.Continue reading “Baby Movie Review: No child’s play, this!”

Waar (2013) Movie Review: The Pakistani Propaganda Film

Pakistani film Waar has been in the news ever since the first trailer came out. I have been looking forward to watch it and finally I managed to watch it this week. Waar is not to be confused the English word War, it is an Urdu word which means to strike.Waar begins with poker faced Shaan torturing Pakistani terrorists. The film maintains this tone throughout the film, it does not waste time in lengthy monologues.Continue reading “Waar (2013) Movie Review: The Pakistani Propaganda Film”

Children of War Movie Review: A Disturbing Tale of Socio-Political Relevance

Children of War 2014Man likes to re-visit history from time to time for various reasons and a filmmaker also follows this diktat on and off. I for one have always had a fascination for history as I believe we have a natural curiosity to know more about what happened to us in the past, maybe somewhere among the tales from the past there could be a lesson or two that we could keep in mind for the future. Post the partition of India in 1947 and the subsequent creation of Pakistan, the two neighbouring countries have been at odds on various occasions, leading to wars both formally and covertly. But in 1971 the phenomena observed was an exception, India went to war with Pakistan once again (after 1965) but this time the cause being something that was never a direct bone of contention between the 2 Nations. Bangladesh or East Pakistan as it was earlier known as, was fighting its War of Liberation with Pakistan and the Pakistani regime in an unprecedented shameful act of terror went on to unleash a mass genocide. Nearly 3 million people were reportedly killed and about 4 lakh women raped, in a totally barbaric act. India’s support to the Bangladeshi liberation movement, led to a direct war with Pakistan, but also enabled the creation of Bangladesh by the end of 1971.Continue reading “Children of War Movie Review: A Disturbing Tale of Socio-Political Relevance”

Jinnah (Pakistani) Movie Review: When History Beckons

I was surprised to discover a film about Jinnah, naturally like all good things like female education this film has not been accepted easily in Pakistan.  It is interesting all the more that we still not have made film about Nehru. For the starters let me tell you Jinnah has passing reference in Indian school textbooks and is primarily seen as man who divided India, instead of creating Pakistan. Now this post is not to discuss on things like whether the partition could have been avoided or was Jinnah the villain as perceived by a lot of u. Not that is not what I am interested in. For that you can visit any library or talk to historians.

Jinnah (1998) opens with the death of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. The film eventually has Jinnah talking to narrator about his life. Jinnah is an interesting character, considering this man of rationalism and freedom fighter of India, later on went on to propagate the idea of two Nations based on religion.Continue reading “Jinnah (Pakistani) Movie Review: When History Beckons”