What can one say about Sanjay Dutt, that the multitudes of headlines, columns, think pieces, testimonials, and even an unauthorized biography, haven’t let us know? Dutt or Baba as he’s more fondly referred to by his fandom, ranging from colleagues in the film fraternity, to the man on the street, has always been a darling of the masses, in spite of his many misadventures with the law.Continue reading “Sanju Movie Review: Baba Ki Chowki”
YouTube’s popular comic channel Shudh Desi Endings has released its spoof on Rajkumar Hirani’s Aamir Khan starrer PK, which has become the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time. Bracing for the challenge to spoof a film that’s been both meaningful and controversial, team SDE has once again used their funny bone to make an original, animated take on PK. Titled CK, the spoof has references to Virat Kohli, Bollywood’s first alien Jaadu, SRK and Salman Khan’s blue bracelet.Continue reading “Watched PK? Now here’s CK, an Animated Spoof Video on Rajkumar Hirani’s PK”
Note: When I refer to Raj Kumar Hirani (RKH), I equally refer to his partner in crime Abhijat Joshi.
Rather than the obvious disappointment or anger I have towards a bad movie, I was rather disgusted by PK. It is that movie whose every beat serves a purpose, a purpose of proving a point so obvious, a point so dumbed down, a point already proved last year at the cinemas. It doesn’t have a single moment, which is just out there without any ulterior motive.Continue reading “PK: Hirani needs Sanju!”
After two Munna bhai movies and one 3 Idiots, one knows what to expect from a Rajkumar Hirani film. His cinema inhabits a world where good triumphs over evil without the need for bloodshed violence or even as much as a mother-sister gaali. Problems themselves are not urgent in nature, not in the literal sense, and yet these are existential issues that are tackled, issues that otherwise we overlook in our daily lives. It is this “slice of life” side to his cinema that touches hearts, despite the fact that a lot of his treatment is silly, farcical even.
PK falls in this universe of Hirani fair and square. It is far-fetched, laden with conveniences and liberties that are unpardonable otherwise in a movie. Yet at its core is Hirani magic at work- as he brings up a very poignant issue to the fore with the subtlety on he can conjure.Continue reading “PK Movie Review: That’s how Hirani Rolls”
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
While watching movies, I often wonder how the germ of the idea for the story came about. It must have started as a thought, and then more ideas added to it. Characters devised around which the story can revolve, scenes and situations imagined and finally dialogues put in. A similar thought struck me while enduring PK. The writers would no doubt have read about the spate of spiritual / religious babas going bust like dot com companies of late. So why not make a movie about it? The movie shall deliver a sucker punch to the concept of organized religion. But wait…hasn’t it already been done by Paresh Rawal in OMG: Oh My God and the play it is based upon? Hmmm, yes. But that’s where a human exposes the sham of blind faith. We shall bring a wholly original twist to it. Import an extra-terrestrial, throw him into the muck and let his naiveté bring out the God fraud.Continue reading “PK Movie Review (2014): Plan Asinine From Outer Space”
Note- Aamir Khan Decoded is a 6-part series encompassing the Bollywood superstar’s journey in the last thirty years through different phases of being a heartthrob, a method actor, an Oscar hunter, a media contributor and a money-maker.Part I of the series is here , Part II is here, Part III is here, and Part IV is here.
If there is one movie that has played the most significant part in nearly each and every phase of Aamir Khan’s (AK) career then that is Holi (1984). Marking AK’s adult acting debut Holi was a student project by writer-director Ketan Mehta who would later on assume identical responsibilities for AK’s second attempt at Oscar with Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005). Two additional collaborations were born out of AK’s co-stars from Holi, (a) Ashutosh Gowariker wrote and directed AK in Baazi which was a flagship of AK’s physical method acting[i] and Lagaan (2001) which AK produced and would give him and Gowariker an opportunity to sit in Kodak Theatre amongst fellow Oscar nominees in the foreign language category, and (b) Amol Gupte who conceived the idea for Taare Zameen (2007) Par for which AK assumed the role of a director and bagged 4th official entry of India for Oscars. Continue reading “Aamir Khan Decoded Part V: 100 Crore Tag and Pre-PK Thoughts”
Note- Aamir Khan Decoded is a 6-part series encompassing the Bollywood superstar’s journey in the last thirty years through different phases of being a heartthrob, a method actor, an Oscar hunter, a media contributor and a money-maker.Part I of the series is here and Part II is here.
“There are certain rules and regulations to be followed while making a Bollywood film. Such as (1) it cannot be a period drama, (2) the protagonist cannot be in orthodox attire, (3) it cannot be based on any sport, (4) especially cricket.” The ache and hardship was palpable as Ashutosh Gowariker put it in so many words in the opening scene of ‘Chale Chalo: The Making of Lagaan’. No Bollywood fan is unaware of that 90 minute cricket match flickering on celluloid in what later turned out to be an Oscar nomination in the Foreign Language Category, Lagaan (2001, Tax), that broke all of the Bollywood norms and put Gowariker, writer-director, in the list of leading filmmakers of the new millennium. Gowariker had recited his passionate screenplay to multiple producers for a rejection, except one, Aamir Khan (AK). The documentary is a must see for the journey that AK and Gowariker and rest of the crew embarked on.Continue reading “Aamir Khan Decoded Part III: The Resilient Parasite called Oscar”
The 16th edition of the Mumbai film festival organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) will be held from 14-21 October 2014 at PVR Cinemas as the main venue and Liberty Cinemas at Marine lines as the satellite venue.Continue reading “The 16th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) Is Back on Track”