The “417 Miles” Diary

When Mainak and I met in the summer of 2014 for one of our casual lunches, I arrived at the little hole-in-the-wall Nepali joint with the biggest question on my mind: will I eat the aloo-puri or the mixed vegetable curry with rice? Both were so damn delicious, it was always tough to choose one over the other. Moreover, those were the only two vegetarian dishes, so not like I had much choice. It was still a puzzling one though. When I left the little hole-in-the-wall Nepali joint, however, I had an even bigger question on my mind: what the hell’s wrong with Mainak, and why does he want to make a movie about two people talking to each other in a car about life?Continue reading “The “417 Miles” Diary”

U Turn: A Quick Review

U Turn Poster 3Suspense movies need a very acute sense of film-making acumen. Not only does it need a good story and direction, but also a sustained effort in keeping the audience engaged continuously, changing the plot and ‘whodunnit’ angle and finally revealing the plot at the right time.

Pawan Kumar managed this almost to near perfection in his debut film ‘Lucia’ that also made for a strong case study in crowd-funding and crowd-distributing a movie. Sadly, his next Kannada language films falls short of expectations in many counts. Though, to his credit he starts of very well and navigates the twists and turns effectively in the first half.

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U Turn Movie Review: Mystery Junction

Over the past 3-4 years, it seems that a small section of the Kannada Film Industry, inhabited by indie filmmakers is making a serious attempt to shake off the cobwebs that have been gathering for nearly 2 decades. While the audience is assailed with cinematic atrocities in the name of masala in the form of regurgitated formulaic potboilers, and remakes of hits from other Southern industries, we do occasionally come across rare gems, some polished, some not fully, and it reminds us that there may still be hope for Sandalwood if more movies like last year’s smash hit, Rangitaranga, Ulidavaru Kandante, Simple Aagi Ondh Love Story, and this director’s very own Lucia are made more often. But the real question here is, does Pawan Kumar’s sophomore effort live up to expectations?Continue reading “U Turn Movie Review: Mystery Junction”

Trailer Of Pawan Kumar’s Kannada Movie – ‘U Turn’

U turn1Director Pawan Kumar’s Lucia is perhaps the most successful crowdfunded Indian film till date and can surely be a considered as a case study for the crowdfunding model. The film which was made at a budget of Rs 51 lakhs (raised entirely through crowdfunding) was a box office success and the satellite rights were sold to Udaya TV at a very lucrative price. The film was also remade in Tamil as Ennakul Oruvan, while the Hindi remake rights were sold to Fox Star Studios.Continue reading “Trailer Of Pawan Kumar’s Kannada Movie – ‘U Turn’”

Hola Venky (2014) Movie Review: Of Brain, Heart & Groin

The official synopsis of Hola Venky on IMDB reads “A Techie’s journey from ‘his groin to his heart’, that takes him from Mumbai all the way to the City by the Bay”.  Before we delve any further, here is a look at the Official Trailer of the film.Continue reading “Hola Venky (2014) Movie Review: Of Brain, Heart & Groin”