Uri Movie Review: A Lobotomy of the Senses

The Uri Attack of 2016 was the straw that broke the back in India-Pakistan relations, leading to a diplomatic war between the two countries, and when news of a surgical strike behind enemy lines broke out, a few days later, there was much rejoicing among the public. Therefore, it was only natural, that the incident would find its way to the big screen, but is debutant director Aditya Dhar up to the task of narrating this exciting tale of guts and glory?

Major Vihaan Shergill (Vicky Kaushal) is a dedicated young military commando who after a successful mission in Myanmar, decides to resign from the army to take care of his Alzheimer’s stricken mother (Swaroop Sampat), but at the insistence of the Prime Minister (Rajit Kapur) and the National Security Advisor (Paresh Rawal), takes up desk job at the Army HQ in New Delhi.

But when the Uri attack occurs, and ends up hitting a little too close to home, will Vihaan heed the call of his conscience, and take the fight back to the enemy? With the support of a hawkish establishment, a steely glanced intelligence agent (Yami Gautam) and a grieving pilot (Kirti Kulhari), can Major Shergill win back India its lost honor, by striking fear, deep in the heart of the enemy?Continue reading “Uri Movie Review: A Lobotomy of the Senses”

Raazi Movie Review: For God and Country

It is said that war is hell, no two ways about that. But while reams of paper are devoted to immortalizing the slain and surviving heroes of battles we know of, there are so many more anonymous individuals who served their country by just doing their duty when called upon, and went above and beyond the call, only to move back into the shadows when they were done.Continue reading “Raazi Movie Review: For God and Country”

Begum Jaan Movie Review: Of Women Behaving Badly

Partition and Prostitution are two plot devices that can ensure a hard hitting cinematic experience if handled with restraint, and end up making a mockery of human tragedy and resilience, if handled without finesse. Therefore, when the promos of Begum Jaan showed up, one ended up being intrigued. A tale set during the partition involving women of the night promised to be a tantalizing premise. And when it is a massive cast headed by Vidya Balan in a never before avatar, one does walk into the theatre with high expectations. So does Begum possess enough Jaan to hook the viewers?Continue reading “Begum Jaan Movie Review: Of Women Behaving Badly”

Ki & Ka Movie Review: Gender Dynamics for Dummies

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”

NFDC’s ISLAND CITY wins FEDEORA award for the Best Director of a Debut film

Ruchika Oberoi, the debutant director of “Island City” produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) won FEDEORA award for the Best Director of a Debut film at the recently held 72nd Venice Film Festival.Continue reading “NFDC’s ISLAND CITY wins FEDEORA award for the Best Director of a Debut film”

Gour Hari Dastaan-The Freedom File Movie Review: Perseverance Pays or Does It?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet

William Shakespeare may have famously once said/written this no doubt, but ever wondered what our lives would be if we were suddenly stripped of our identity? How would it feel to wake up one day only to be told that your existence is nothing but a lie, probably just a figment of one’s imagination? That the name by which you have always responded to isn’t yours anymore? Sounds ridiculous or funny right? Well yes why not, after all why on earth would something like this happen? So let’s make it a lot simpler, what if you were known for some deed of yours in the past, only to be told one fine day that no such thing happened and that you are probably lying? Possible, quite possible and irrespective of whether you feel the same or not, I am sure Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s latest film, Gour Hari Dastaan will make you ponder on the same.
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Gour Hari Dastaan: Trailer

Gour Hari Dastaan Poster 2Written by C.P.Surendran,produced by Bindiya Khanolkar and Sachin Khanolkar, Gour Hari Dastaan is a biopic directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan. Featuring Vinay Pathak in the main lead, the film talks about Gour Hari Das, a freedom fighter who has to all of a sudden wage a long drawn struggle to prove his existence. Also featuring Konkona Sen, Ranvie Sheorey, Rajit Kapur, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Siddharth Jadhav, Saurabh Shukla etc. Music is by L.Subramaniam while Alphonse Roy is the DOP and A.Sreekar Prasad is the editor.Continue reading “Gour Hari Dastaan: Trailer”

Roy Movie Review : Ambitious, Faulty and Not For Everyone

A lot is being said and written about this weekend’s big release, Roy. If only it did not feature the leader of Bollywood’s ‘actor who can act’ brigade, Ranbir Kapoor, we could have easily written it off as another tank by Arjun Rampal or Jacqueline Fernandez. But then to inject star value into it, T-Series decided to cast Kapoor, and that too in ‘a dynamic role’ meekly imitating the ‘modest’ credit given to him as the film begins. The trailer looked a sure misfire, but the songs worked wonders, much like any other T-Series film. But is that enough? Well, as we see around now, almost every one out there is appealing to debutante writer-director Vikramjit Singh to stand with a boombox and apologize. Sigh, so much thwart for a mere film. Not so advisable to proclaim but in all honesty, I must admit that I fairly liked Roy. Not because it is brilliant or great, only because it is ambitious, and even when it fails, it doesnt make an almighty mess. Continue reading “Roy Movie Review : Ambitious, Faulty and Not For Everyone”

Mishawr Rawhoshyo (2013) Movie Review: Rawhoshyo Script?

Language : Bengali | Running Time : 153 Minutes | Director : Srijit Mukherji

Truth seekers, sleuths, know it all historians, we have had our share of Sherlock Holmes wannabes, some becoming more endearing than Holmes. Satyajit Ray gave us Feluda and Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay gaves us Byomkesh Bakshi, a character I am familiar only through films but if I am to believe my Bengali speaking friends, he is a highly successful detective in the novels. Another such detective to come from the land is Kakababu, a character created by the great writer,Sunil Gangopadhyay. Continue reading “Mishawr Rawhoshyo (2013) Movie Review: Rawhoshyo Script?”