Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996): Sleepless in the city of Bombay

There are some movies which get a cult following, but probably do not receive much adulation during its time of release. Though Sudhir Mishra’s Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin is still talked about, I still feel that the film has not got the love it deserves. Even though I have watched the film in bits and parts earlier, now thanks to the lockdown I watched this film again on Amazon Prime. The noir film might seem normal now, but back in those days it was supposed to be path breaking.Continue reading “Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996): Sleepless in the city of Bombay”

Alaipayuthey (2000): 3 Magical words

There are very few films which have punched me in the gut and made me wonder how could someone make such a good film. It happened when I saw Pather Panchali when I was 17, when I watched King of Comedy at the age of 19, and most certainly when I watched Bombay at the age of 9.Continue reading “Alaipayuthey (2000): 3 Magical words”

Vikram Vedha Movie Review: Oru Mellisaana Kodu

The game of Cops and Robbers has been a rich narrative source in Cinema, and it lends itself generously to most genres, be it drama, thriller, action or comedy. When the same is combined with the folksy tale of Vikram-Betaal (Vedhalam in Tamil) that we’ve grown up hearing, it is quite evident that the audience is in for a tale of a cop and a gangster, far removed from the sensibilities of a Gautham Menon or a Mysskin. After the rather enjoyable if a tad lightweight Oram Po and Va Quarter Cutting, director Pushkar-Gayathri return from a 7 year hiatus with Vikram Vedha, and it is up to the audience to decide, was it worth the wait?Continue reading “Vikram Vedha Movie Review: Oru Mellisaana Kodu”

Edmonton Movie Club’s Third Annual India Film Festival of Alberta (IFFA) to open with Vikram Vedha

Edmonton Movie Club presents the Third Annual India Film Festival of Alberta (IFFA) in six different cities in Alberta in what is the largest Indian film festival in Canada. The film festival will be held on Edmonton – July 14 -16, Calgary – July 21 – 23, Fort McMurray – July 29, Cold Lake – July 30, Peace River – August 12, and Red Deer – August 17-18, 2017. After the grand success of the previous two editions of the film festival, the third year will continue it’s reputation to bring the finest Indian movies of 2016-2017. Continue reading “Edmonton Movie Club’s Third Annual India Film Festival of Alberta (IFFA) to open with Vikram Vedha”

Irudhi Suttru vs Saala Khadoos: 2 Different Movies or One Movie in 2 Languages?

Bilingual films are in vogue these days, be it films in Tamil and Malayalam like a Neram or Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (Tamil)/Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram (Malayalam) or Tamil and Telugu like Nimirndhu Nil (Tamil)/Janda Pai Kapiraju (Telugu) or Inji Iduppazhagi (Tamil)/Size Zero (Telugu). But when news of Sudha Kongara Prasad’s bilingual film in Tamil and Hindi (Irudhi Suttru/Saala Khadoos) was announced it certainly grabbed attention for various reasons. For one it was a boxing based film, that too featuring a female boxer, certainly reminding one of Mary Kom. But this time around what made it even more interesting was the presence of R.Madhavan in the lead, playing the boxing coach. When the film’s teaser was unveiled Madhavan had been without for a release for nearly 3 years and was still awaiting the release of Tanu Weds Manu Returns. However Raju Hirani seemed to have seen something special in the film and had come on board as the co-producer for the Hindi version. This was also Madhavan’s second Tamil-Hindi bilingual film, after Yavarum Nalam/13 B in 2009. Thanks to the success of Tanu Weds Manu Returns and with the trailer and the songs generating a good buzz, it was but natural for people to look forward to Irudhi Suttru and Saala Khadoos.Continue reading “Irudhi Suttru vs Saala Khadoos: 2 Different Movies or One Movie in 2 Languages?”

Tanu Weds Manu Returns: My Analysis

** Lots of spoilers ahead. I strongly recommend watching the movie first.

Let me get the hyperbole out of the way. Kangana is a bonafide movie star. Her dual role might go on to become one of the most iconic double roles in indian film history. Kangana struts her stuff so breathtakingly in the movie, you are left agape at the confidence, the talent and the swagger. The last time a female performance that chewed everything around her was Kareena in JWM, but Kangana went a step ahead and just took my breath away.

Returning to the movie at hand. This might be the first movie that integrates the double role gimmick in its very theme to the point that it feels a very organic part of the film. TWMR has all the ‘realistic’ and ‘authentic flavors’ trappings of our multiplex movie era, but it has that larger than life ‘filmy’ blood running wild through its veins. Its like RNBDJ on steroids. It takes the ‘placeholder’ theory of RNBDJ and runs wild with it going into bizarre territories and asking really uncomfortable questions about perception of a person’s identity. Is the other person just a placeholder for few archetypes? How much of your appearance constitutes your identity? Can two people with same behavioral be perceived as same identity? These might look basic questions because truly, they are very BASIC questions regarding perception of human identity.Continue reading “Tanu Weds Manu Returns: My Analysis”

Tanu Weds Manu Returns: A Quick Review

5 Reasons- Why you should not miss Tanu Weds Manu Returns:

  • TWMR Poster 3Kangana is outstanding in a double role. Her impeccable Haryanvi accent would put the Chautalas to shame. Few actors have been able to do justice to double roles in Bollywood the way she has done in TWM2.
  • Madhavan plays himself.. he is the calm husband even in adversity. Watching the couple is like watching Tendulkar and Dravid play cricket. While Kangana is blazing guns and aggressive in both her roles, Maddy coolly manages to support her well and ensure that the equilibrium is maintained!
  • Deepak Dobriyaal as Pappi shows us once again how supporting roles can be enacted to make them appear like lead roles. The most hilarious dialogues are given to him and he does absolute justice to them. Laugh a riot guy with an unassuming character that keeps surprising you often and tickling your funny bone with consummate ease
  • Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub doesn’t get left behind in his portrayal of Chintu – Tanu’s second fiddle. Whether he is falling for Kangna or getting jilted by her, he wears his heart on his sleeve.
  • Finally, the whole Indian small town setting accentuated by good screenplay/ dialogues by Himanshu Sharma, direction by Anand Rai and an amazing supporting cast of Swara Bhaskar, Jimmy Shergill and Eijaz Khan brings to life a well paced, funny and light movie interspersed with social messages that you can interpret if you are attentive enough. set

Its a revolutionary movie which doesn’t follow the Indian stereotype for a woman.

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Tanu Weds Manu Returns Review: You Will Like the Film, Not Tanu & Manu Themselves

Tanu Weds Manu, Anand L Rai’s much-liked rom-com that released in 2011, managed to break quite a few, if not all, shackles when it comes to predictable love stories. But, Tanu, the feisty, unconventional protagonist of the 2011 film is somewhat underwhelming and repressed in this sequel. Equally cut to size, barring a few kilos that he seems to have gained, is Manu (played by R Madhavan), the inconspicuous and ‘boring’ hero. The task of seeing through this rather ‘forced’ sequel is assigned to Kangana’s double avatar, Kusum aka ‘Datto’, the Haryanvi athlete studying at Delhi University who happens to be Tanu’s doppelganger.Continue reading “Tanu Weds Manu Returns Review: You Will Like the Film, Not Tanu & Manu Themselves”

Tanu Weds Manu Returns Movie Review : Twice The Fun

Tanu Weds Manu became an instant winner with everyone when it came out in 2011, largely due to its renewed take on marriages and the female lead, played meticulously by Kangana Ranaut. Director Aanand L Rai and his writer, Himanshu Sharma, went on to make Raanjhanaa in 2013 and then came back for the TWM sequel. The first trailer shined amongst a lot of expectations, and the songs cracked the audience likability code right away. But that may not be enough for a great film, and more importantly, to snap out of the curse of the sequel.Continue reading “Tanu Weds Manu Returns Movie Review : Twice The Fun”