Meri Pyaari Bindu Movie Review: Lover’s Block

Deconstructing a genre can be tricky. Especially when it comes to a crowd-pleasing genre, like the standard rom-com. When you observe the trajectory of a typical rom-com, it seems simple, comforting, something you’d go for, on a lazy weekend after a hectic week, like a mug of chilled beer and a steaming plate of biryani. Therefore when 500 Days of Summer came along and ended up subverting most tropes we’ve come to expect, it was a hell of an experience and therefore ripe for adaptation in Bollywood. So when the promos of Meri Pyaari Bindu turned up, one did feel the spirit of 500 in it, so the question here would be if MPB is an apt deconstruction of the genre, or just another run of the mill boy meets girl tale?Continue reading “Meri Pyaari Bindu Movie Review: Lover’s Block”

Bollywood: The Next Five Years

This year, the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival With Star India introduces the Movie Mela – a one-day celebration of cinema.  On Saturday, October 31st, when delegates of the festival walk into Mehboob Studio, they will enter a different world – a world of movie characters, movie merchandising and above all, movie conversations.Continue reading “Bollywood: The Next Five Years”

YFR launches Man’s World, for Gender Equality at 6th Jagran Film Festival: The biggest multi-starrer series on the internet

Y Films, the youth division of Yash Raj Films, India’s leading movie studio in association with India’s largest travelling film festival, the 6th Jagran Film Festival, in a unique initiative, is premiering the biggest multi-starrer series on the internet, Man’s World, on September 29, on YouTube. The trailer of the four-part series launches today on YouTube.com/YFilms.Continue reading “YFR launches Man’s World, for Gender Equality at 6th Jagran Film Festival: The biggest multi-starrer series on the internet”

Kill/Dil(2014) Movie Review: The Guns Came Empty

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 127 Minutes | Director : Shaad Ali

As a child, the movies I was forced to watch on TV because my mom liked the movies she was brought up on were usually Hindi films that had a plot that went – Kid is found in trash bin, is raised by gangster under whose gun held care and tutelage the boy becomes a killer, one who is so good that he is called upon for the most difficult of kills and then he falls in love with a beautiful woman who shows him the light at the end of the tunnel. The boy then decides he has had enough of the dark side and tells his gangster guardian that he wants to take a rain-check from the bullets and guns and goes his own way only for the gangster then going after the boy and the boy reluctantly killing the gangster when the gangster tries harming the girl. People loved it, my mom did and so did I but this was from the 70s and some films even lived with this till the 80s.Continue reading “Kill/Dil(2014) Movie Review: The Guns Came Empty”

Daawat-E-Ishq Movie Review: Too Bland A Meal

Habib Faisal, the writer-director of Daawat-E-Ishq gave us the brilliant Band Baaja Baaraat (2010-he wrote it), the phenomenal Do Dooni Chaar (2010) and the arguably interesting Ishaqzaade (2012). After watching his latest works, including Bewakoofiyaan, which came earlier this year and now Daawat-E-Ishq, one must wonder if he has completely lost track of good screenwriting or not. Both the films this year have been extremely sub-standard and put a serious question mark on him. From the first look itself, I did not expect much out of DEI, the songs did not work as YRF may have imagined them to and the film exuded a thanda vibe overall. Not much of that is changed even when you watch the film as it looks a hurried half cooked recipe of a delicious idea. Yes, Daawat-E-Ishq is a dud for most parts. This review may have spoilers and so that was the word of caution. Usually, I tend to avoid spoilers but some appalling fallacies cannot be brought to light without mentioning them. Continue reading “Daawat-E-Ishq Movie Review: Too Bland A Meal”

Hasee Toh Phasee Movie Review: Old Love New Bottle

Hasee Toh Phasee PosterRom-com is a much maligned genre in Hindi cinema. Mainly cause of the fact that 99 percent of films we make are love stories. So to carve out a niche of a romantic comedy ( an alien concept borrowed heavily from Hollywood) is a tough task. I mean how does one differentiate it from the same thing? Right?

Wrong. Thanks to the Chopras and Johars of the world, we have a new genre that encompasses everything that dreamy Bollywood stands for and merges it with the new age (read imported) sensibilities of love and its myraiud definitions in the new age. The New Age Rom-com is alive and kicking, with Hasee toh Phasee being the latest jewel in its nascent crown.Continue reading “Hasee Toh Phasee Movie Review: Old Love New Bottle”

Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!

Like most other years, 2013 too has been an eventful year for the Hindi film industry. And unlike other years, 2013 was also the 100th year for the Hindi film industry. However, the centenary wasn’t really a landmark in terms of quality; we didn’t have a watershed of extraordinary films. Yes, we had a few brilliant pieces of cinema but we also had a truckload of terrible movies. What has been most encouraging in this entire melee is the gradual acceptance and support rendered to smaller films. While we had Kiran Rao helping a “Ship of Theseus” to get a release, we had a Karan Johar taking “The Lunchbox” out to the masses. In this post, I enumerate my (completely) personal list of favourite films of 2013 and their different aspects. These are my nominations for the best of Bollywood in the year 2013. While I have considered six nominees for every category (most of which are non-technical), I have added one more as “Almost There”, whom / what I feel is good but not enough to be on the list. Would love to get your vote from the nominees or any additional candidate you feel like.Continue reading “Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!”

Hasee Toh Phasee: Official Trailer

Hasee Toh Phasee PosterAd filmmaker Vinil Mathew makes the transition to feature films with Hasee Toh Phasee which is a joint production for the first time between Dharma Productions and Phantom Films. Featuring Siddharth Malhotra (who made his debut with Student of the Year) and Parineeti Sharma in the lead, the rest of the star cast includes Adah Sharma, Sharat Saxena, Sameer Kakkad, Neena Kulkarni etc. Continue reading “Hasee Toh Phasee: Official Trailer”

Shuddh Desi Romance – For the Chanchal Man, Ati Random Generation

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 141 Minutes | Director : Maneesh Sharma

One of the biggest pressures in Indian society is to get married. The Indian society judges your every act when it comes to a relationship with a member of the opposite sex and if it learns that you are involved in a relationship with a member of the same-sex, there’s high chance that you won’t be treated normally. Shuddh Desi Romance is the rom-com that takes a dig at the pressure that society places on you to get married. In a country where rom-coms are generally about a couple finding eternal love and fighting against society to stay together, it is refreshing to have a movie that is reflective of present day. There are many a time we watch a movie and we don’t find ourselves in it. Shuddh Desi Romance is a progression from all the earlier Yash Raj Films productions, including the recent Jab Tak Hai Jaan.Continue reading “Shuddh Desi Romance – For the Chanchal Man, Ati Random Generation”