Let’s admit it – we all secretly make fun of the quintessential Bollywood hero. Once the euphoria over their smashing dialogues, classic mannerisms and the routine song and dance settles down, we all relegate our heroes to dumb charades, comedy shows and ‘how-much-do-you-know-Bollywood’ quizzes. The Amitabhs, the Shahrukhs, the Salmans (the list can have at least a dozen more names) – they are all icons, etched in the memory and idiosyncrasy of generations of cinema lovers but they are ‘typical’ at the end of the day. Each different from one another but more of the same ‘hero’ we pay to watch on the big screen. Some bit of memory jog and you would realize that an entire clan of actors or ‘heroes’, as we fondly call them, have grown up under the aegis of this iconic few – giving Bollywood a plate full of characters that taste almost the same.Continue reading “2 Kapoors in 2 Weeks: How Bollywood ‘Hero’ is Undergoing a Quiet Revolution”
R Balki is sort of an enigma. The seasoned adman has so far directed 4 Hindi films – all of them beaming with exceptional ideas but somehow the end product does not have the finesse that it should have or rather could have achieved. No, don’t be offended because I have referred to films as ‘products’ – Balki’s sensibilities and ideas are resplendent with his advertising background and product is not exactly a term repulsive to ad-makers.Continue reading “Ki & Ka Movie Review: Great Idea, Patchy Film and a Brave Arjun Kapoor”
The thing about R. Balki is that he is a truly gifted man. He has the talent to come up with the most unorthodox ideas, and present them in the most credible manner on celluloid. In his capacity as an ad filmmaker, it is safe to say that he is par none. After all, with a resume, that boasts of some highly memorable ad campaigns, like the heart-warming “Daag Acche Hai” campaign for Surf Excel and the powerful “Jaago Re” campaign for Tata Tea, not many will dispute the extent of his creativity. Unfortunately, this has also been his shortcoming when it comes to feature length movies, as his quirky sense of detailing doesn’t stretch far enough to make an impact on the audience.
Therefore, when he takes on the rather contentious issue of gender dynamics in Urban India, one does approach his latest offering with some trepidation.Continue reading “Ki & Ka Movie Review: Gender Dynamics for Dummies”
Language: Hindi | Running Time: 150 Minutes | Director: R Balki
Amitabh Bachchan attired in a suit that has seen better days and a voice that sounds like scotch married marmalade, comes out with a philosophical outburst claiming whiskey runs without water but water cannot work without whiskey. You could close your eyes at this moment and have him tell his dialogues in the manner that he does, regal and disarmingly egoistic and it would be difficult not to worship the owner of this majestic baritone. It is this voice that Balki worships and his God gives it to him liberally, too easily and too liberally that he makes it both the strength and the weakness of his third venture, Shamitabh.Continue reading “Shamitabh (2015) Movie Review: Shhh… It’s Always Amitabh.”
IIT Madras is presenting Imaging Cinema 2014, a Screenwriting-cum-Filmmaking Workshop from 7-14 June. The focus is on various aspects of screenwriting. Sessions on screenwriting will be conducted by experienced resource persons. Special session on aspects of direction and screenwriters will be conducted by established names from Mumbai and South Indian cine industries. Continue reading “Imaging Cinema 2014: Screenwriting and Filmmaking Workshop at IIT Madras”
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After moving in and out of the hospital in recent weeks Rajesh Khanna aka Kakaji finally passed away earlier today (18 July). Ever since the recent Havells commercial came out there has been a lot of talk about Rajesh Khanna. Everyone had a word or two to talk about the ad and as to whether R.Balki had done the right thing or not in making the commercial. Continue reading “Anand Mara Nahin, Anand Marte Nahin: R.I.P Rajesh Khanna”
Ok for quite sometime we have all been hearing of Sridevi making a comeback with English Vinglish & finally the first look and teaser of the film is out. The film is directed by ad filmmaker Gauri Shinde & her husband R.Balki is one of the producers of the film ( the others being Sunil Lulla of Eros, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala & R.K.Mani ). English Vinglish has music by Amit Trivedi while Laxman Utekar is the DOP, Hemanti Sarkar is the editor and Resul Pookutty takes care of sound.Continue reading “English Vinglish-Trailer”