‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ Trailer Smartly Turns The Spotlight On Its Spat With The Censor Board

Director Alankrita Shrivastava‘s Lipstick Under My Burkha has been in the news for a while owing to the film’s run-ins with the Censor Board. Like most of their recent objections that have bordered on the absurd, the Censor Board found the film to be ‘too lady oriented’ (their own admission, not ours :)) and hence refused to certify it. Continue reading “‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ Trailer Smartly Turns The Spotlight On Its Spat With The Censor Board”

Lipstick Under My Burkha: International Teaser Trailer

lipstick-under-my-burkhaAlankita Shrivastava who had earlier made her debut as writer-director with Turning 30, is now making heads turn with her latest film, Lipstick Under My Burkha. Produced once again by Prakash Jha, the film has music by Zebunissa Bangash while Akshay Singh is the DOP and Charu Shree Roy is the editor. The cast includes Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Vikrant Massey, Shashank Arora. The film is currently having a wonderful film festival run, having been screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival (where it won the Spirit of Asia Award) and the 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (where it won the Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality) and is now part of the 38th Cairo International Film Festival as well.Continue reading “Lipstick Under My Burkha: International Teaser Trailer”

Nil Battey Sannata Movie Review: A Tale of Desires and Boundaries

I have often wondered how much do we know about the lives of the people doing odd jobs all around us. Be it a driver, a maid servant, a watchman etc, do we know anything apart from their names in the first place? They are the ones who ensure that our lives go on unaffected in the best possible ways.  But do we care to know what their desires are? Or what they would like to do for the people in their family? Sometimes people tend to care a lot for their pets but end up ill-treating the people working for/with them, how is this justified in the first place? No one voluntarily takes up a job which comes with low self esteem, it’s a function of fate and one’s helplessness that sees one take up an assignment like this. So it’s amazing to see people from socially and economically downtrodden backgrounds managing to remain hopeful of a better future and work their way towards the same. Continue reading “Nil Battey Sannata Movie Review: A Tale of Desires and Boundaries”

Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921): A Quick Review

Kapoor and SonsAt the outset, Kapoor and Sons is a simple story of a dysfunctional family aptly headed by the evergreen loverboy of the Bollywood- Kapoor clan: Rishi Kapoor. He plays Daddu, a retired armyman with an obsession for Mandakini from RTGM and gradually graduates to online porn. Though he plays a soon to be nonagenarian, he still retains his ‘Bobby’ charm and acts with effortless ease inspite of donning a makeup that must have required him atleast a couple of hours to apply.Continue reading “Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921): A Quick Review”

Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921) Movie Review: All Very Real and Heartfelt, Sans the Needless Drama

What if I tell you that Bollywood has been mostly lying to you all these years? Don’t kill me. But, then I guess we all know about it – at least subconsciously, at the back of our heads. The Hindi film world’s portrayal of quintessential ‘Indian family’ and its ‘values’ has been so typical and utopian that it makes you cringe in your seat a little. I mean there is nothing wrong in portraying a ‘happy family’ with set spaces for parents, grannies, children and a puppy may be, but Bollywood should take the blame for serving us more of the same, so much of so that you may start believing that nothing, absolutely nothing can ever go wrong with your parivaar! Really?Continue reading “Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921) Movie Review: All Very Real and Heartfelt, Sans the Needless Drama”

Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921) Movie Review : A Wistful Narration

One must admit this about Shakun Batra, he is one of the few directors in Bollywood, alongside Sriram Raghavan, Shimit Amin and Bejoy Nambiar, who can capture even the most mundane of surroundings and give it a refreshing twist. His debut feature, Ek Main Aur Ek Tu combined the craft of Wes Anderson, and the feel of Woody Allen, and while the influence of 2 Days in Paris was quite evident, it was a refreshing take on the rom com genre, and also contained one of Kareena Kapoor’s finest performances. Therefore, in his sophomoric effort, when he takes on the dysfunctional family trope centred around the aged patriarch’s 90th birthday, the family reunion, and the ensuing chaos, combined with an ensemble cast, one cannot help but be intrigued at how it shall all come to pass.Continue reading “Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921) Movie Review : A Wistful Narration”

Sunday Watch : Phir Zindagi

Phir Zindagi, a short film about how organ donation has the potential of changing lives, has been released online. It has been written and directed by the acclaimed duo Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar.

It stars stalwarts like Naseeruddin Shah, Vikram Gokhale, Ratna Pathak Shah among others.

Do let us know what you think about the film.

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Phir Zindagi (Short Film) : Trailer

Phir Zindagi PosterSumitra Bhave, who ventured into filmmaking more from circumstances than choice after the positive responsive to her short film ‘Bai’, is back to making a short film called ‘Phir Zindagi’ with her co-director Sunil Sukhtankar.

It is the story of how organ donation has the potential of changing lives. It also sheds light on the complicated and emotionally charged process of organ donation.

The short film has many veteran actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Vikram Gokhale and Neeraj Kabi among others. It has been produced by ZTCC foundation and written and directed by Bhave-Sukhtankar.

The film will release online on the 5th of December.

Here’s the trailer : Continue reading “Phir Zindagi (Short Film) : Trailer”

Khoobsurat Movie Review: A Sweet Surprise

Every time you develop a pre-conceived notion, some higher power quietly smirks to mock you. Many a times it has been proclaimed loud and clear, do not judge a book by its cover, and yet the human nature is such that we do inevitably conjure up a feeling by just looking at things and not experiencing them. Now that the life gyaan is over, I must admit that despite many years of writing film reviews, I can’t help forming an opinion of the film before even seeing it, like most of us. However, I try my best to not force the opinion on anyone before I get to see the film, neither do I fish around for the buzz or response to the film before buying the ticket. On first chance, I walk up to the window and purchase the ticket, ready to see my predilection turn true or false. The beauty lies in being surprised with a crash of your earlier notion. Khoobsurat is one such film.Continue reading “Khoobsurat Movie Review: A Sweet Surprise”