There used to be a time when the Daku movie was a staple in Bollywood. Right from the 40s, with Mehboob Khan’s Aurat (which he remade as Mother India), into the 60s with Dilip saab’s Gunga Jumna, it was the 70s when the genre hit its peak with blockbusters like Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Ganga Ki Saugandh, Khote Sikkey and of course, the baap of them all, Sholay!
But while the genre flourished right up till the late 80s (Mardon Wali Baat, Aag Hi Aag), the resurgence of the family film through directors like Sooraj Barjatya, Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra led to daku movies being slowly relegated to B-grade cinema in the 90s, and relative obscurity in the 00s, what with a more urban brand of cinema coming in, save for the Paan Singh Tomar biopic, or the brilliant Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru from 2 years back.
Therefore, when the promos of Sonchiriya showed up with an ensemble cast and a brilliant soundtrack, the only thought that entered one’s mind was if this was going to be a throwback to old school Daku dramas, or would it be a more contemporary take on the lives of dacoits?Continue reading “Sonchiriya Movie Review: Dakus in the Dust”
“The content of Titli is so strong that it doesn’t need me, I need Titli” said Anurag Kashyap at the launch of the special web interviews- ‘Anurag Kashyap Meets the ‘Titli’ family’ released on the digital platforms.Producer Dibakar Banerjee, first time director-writer Kanu Behl, the cast, Ranvir Shorey, newcomers, Shashank Arora and Shivani Raghuvanshi, Amit Sial , and Lalit Behl were present at the launch held at YRF Studios on Friday, October 16th.On being asked about promoting Titli Anurag said, “I have seen Titli many times and it engages me every time. It is not a parallel film. Titli is an impactful film, which people are going to see soon.”Continue reading ““The content of Titli is so strong that it doesn’t need me, I need Titli” Anurag Kashyap”
Besides producing Titli along with Dibakar Banerjee Productions, Aditya Chopra, the head honcho of Yash Raj Films has also given the tagline to the film – ‘ har family, family nahi hoti.’The co-producer Dibakar Banerjee reveals, “We were all struggling to find a befitting tagline for the poster. But nothing good was coming out. I was feeling a bit stuck when Adi very casually came up with this line and I realized that he just gave me the tagline. It came out very naturally from him” Continue reading “Aditya Chopra gave the tagline for his upcoming next Titli”
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. Continue reading “Gour Hari Dastaan-The Freedom File Movie Review: Perseverance Pays or Does It?”
Written 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”
I am saddened to see the quality of movies directed by the Raj-DK duo fall steadily after the highs achieved with 99. Shor in the City was good, Go Goa Gone inconsistent but funny and now Happy Ending that misses it’s mark despite having a broad target to shoot at. “A Comedy about Romantic Comedies” says its tagline. A more appropriate one would have been “A Romantic Comedy about Romantic Comedies”. Raj-DK eschew the formula that made 99 work and settle for a sappy romance with jokes thrown in between as lubrication.Continue reading “Happy Ending (2014) Movie Review: Funny-ish”