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”

Hathyar (1989) Hindi Movie: J.P.Dutta’s Underrated Tale Of Crime And Violence!

A little boy sits on a rocking horse while his father sings a lullaby to him. Soon the mother joins in and adoringly vows to not let her son go away from her sight. Their idyllic conversation is interrupted by the kid’s uncle who gifts him a toy gun, much against the father’s wishes. The uncle quips that the kid is brave and toys like these are what brave men should indulge themselves with. The father retorts “aaj kal sharafat ko hi kayarta kehte hain” (nowadays decency is what is mistaken for cowardice) and asks the kid to hand over the toy gun to him. But the kid is enthralled by it and refuses to hand it over. We then see shots of a rifle being loaded with bullets and as the person holding it takes aim, his face is revealed. The kid has now grown into a young man, but what has stayed with him is his fascination for the gun. It also hints that this obsession is going to last for a lifelong. This powerful scene marks the opening of J P Dutta’s Hathyar.

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Chalk n Duster Movie Review : Noble Intentions, Shoddy Execution

Chalk_and_Duster_PosterThe number of private schools in Mumbai is burgeoning rapidly; and privatization means cut throat competition and no job security. Chalk and Duster attempts to throw some light on the plight of teachers in private schools who are paid far less than their counterparts in public schools but face a lot more work pressure along with the constant fear of losing their jobs. The film also tries put across the nobility of the profession of teaching and how it does not get its due in today’s world.

Now, the storyline does not sound too bad and the competition between private schools in Mumbai has seldom been explored on screen. But you just have to see Chalk and Duster to know what a royal mess the film is.Continue reading “Chalk n Duster Movie Review : Noble Intentions, Shoddy Execution”

Ankhon Dekhi (2014): DVD Review

Truth- it may mean something for me, while for you it could be totally something else. It is like one man’s freedom fighter is other man’s terrorist. We all have our bias, prejudices and our truth is based on the prism of our experiences. Ankhon Dekhi is one such film, which explores the travails of a man who has to unlearn and look at his ideology towards end of his life.

Set in old Delhi, Rajat Kapoor manages to create a perfect atmosphere of Delhi. Very rarely do we see Indian filmmaker getting atmosphere of the film right. Bauji (Sanjay Mishra) who belongs to a middle class family in Delhi has his own Eureka moment one day. He decides to trust only things which he has experienced or has seen. This decision affects not him but also his family, neighbours and his colleagues.  In the process he also earns a legion of followers who are hooked to each and every word coming out of his mouth.Continue reading “Ankhon Dekhi (2014): DVD Review”

Ankhon Dekhi (2014) Movie Review: A Poignant Flight

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 107 Minutes | Director : Rajat Kapoor

Ankhon Dekhi PosterIn a whimsical scene in the film, one which establishes Rajat Kapoor‘s genius best is one where a boy who cannot stop talking finally lapses into silence. He is holding the hand of Bauji(Sanjay Mishra), his mom and his aunt are sitting and lamenting and people from the “mohalla” are sitting about. As he lapses into silence, the whole scene empties out of sound. There’s a silence which is both dramatic and beautiful. Rajat Kapoor’s “Ankhon Dekhi” is like that moment of silence; poignant, deep and astonishingly beautiful.Continue reading “Ankhon Dekhi (2014) Movie Review: A Poignant Flight”

Bewakoofiyaan (2014) Movie Review: Lost In Its Own Foolishness

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 119 Minutes | Director : Nupur Asthana 

Bewakoofiyaan_PosterThe one standing emotion that gets livened on screen is love. The one genre that milks most of it is a romantic-comedy. Bollywood churns out more romantic comedies in a year than dramas that have love in them. Bewakoofiyaan adds to the long list in the genre. The decade in this genre is about Indian girls going out more, becoming more independent, sporting a bikini and “living” in the way the 21st Century Western girl is and the guy usually being charming, a bit foolish and generally with a buff torso. In other words, romantic comedies are about yuppies. It is about songs shot in Udaipur in a wedding or holiday situation and a night club appearance. Nupur Asthana‘s film is pretty much along the lines of a silly romantic comedy and after Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, a silly film that I did enjoy, I wanted something equally enjoyable but there’s very little spunk here that made me enjoy her previous film.Continue reading “Bewakoofiyaan (2014) Movie Review: Lost In Its Own Foolishness”

Bewakoofiyan: Trailer

BewakoofiyaanNupur Asthana who was earlier known for her T.V series like Hip Hip Hurray (1999) & Mahi Way (2010), also went on to write the screenplay for films like Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii (2007) & Chance Pe Dance (2010). Her debut feature film as director was Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011) which turned out to be a surprisingly refreshing film. She is now back with her second film, Bewakoofiyaan which is also a YRF production (her previous film was produced by Y-Films, a subsidiary of Yash Raj Films).Continue reading “Bewakoofiyan: Trailer”