Kaalakaandi Movie Review: Nightcrawlers

There is a certain energy to a megapolis like Bombay. A city, teeming with stories, millions of them, just waiting to be told. And at night, when the streetlights burn brightest, the darkest tales come to life. Akshat Verma, who burst on to the scene with Delhi Belly back in 2011, travels southwards for his debut directorial about 3 stories set on a single rainy night. But the question is, does Kaalakaandi possess the same fizz that made Delhi Belly a massive hit back then?Continue reading “Kaalakaandi Movie Review: Nightcrawlers”

Phillauri Movie Review: The High and the Spirits

The trick with mixing up genres is to make sure that the story contains the right mix of the conventional and the subversive. It’s always fascinating to see the supernatural element presented on screen out of the traditional genre of horror and even more interesting when comedic and romantic elements are added into the mix. Therefore, when the promos of Phillauri showed up, promising an amusing tale of a young groom haunted by the spirit of a feisty woman from a different era, one did wonder if Anushka Sharma has something new up her sleeve, or is Phillauri another case of old wine in a new bottle?Continue reading “Phillauri Movie Review: The High and the Spirits”

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”