Kaamyaab (2020) Movie Review: When the lights go off!

Oh, those faces!

Those familiar faces we have seen numerous times as we revisit the movie classics and hits from yesteryear. Faces that are very much part of the movies that we grew up with. Many of them without whom those iconic scenes are never complete. And yet unfortunately,  many of them remain faces with their names still unknown to many.Continue reading “Kaamyaab (2020) Movie Review: When the lights go off!”

On ‘Kaamyaab’ & More: In Conversation with Writer-Director Hardik Mehta

Winner of the National Award for Best Non-Feature Film for Amdavad Ma Famous (2015) & co-writer of Trapped (2017), Hardik Mehta is now all ready with his first feature film as director, Kaamyaab which is now going to be having its world premiere shortly at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival. Here’s what Hardik had to talk to us about Kaamyaab & more.Continue reading “On ‘Kaamyaab’ & More: In Conversation with Writer-Director Hardik Mehta”

Newton Movie Review: A Relevant Tale of our Times

Newton is a strong contender to be India’s entry to Oscars, as it has the best festival run and also it is one of the best reviewed Indian films this year. It premiered in Berlin, where it won an award (The CICAE Art Cinema). The North America premiere was in competition at Tribeca. The other festivals it has traveled to include, Hong Kong (Young Cinema award), Buenos Aires, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Zurich, etc and counting.Continue reading “Newton Movie Review: A Relevant Tale of our Times”

Dear Huffington Post Reviewer: Slam Dilwale If You Want But Don’t Try and Patronize the Audience

When you come out of a movie theater after watching a film, typically there are two possible reactions. You may have either liked the film or disliked it. Of course, the extent of like and dislike may vary – sometimes you love a film so much that you literally beg people to go out and watch it, or a film leaves such a deep, profound impact on you that you start connecting with it at a different level altogether.

On the other side of spectrum, at times you don’t just dislike a film but rather go on to hate it wholeheartedly. You discourage people from watching the film and feel cheated yourself because your own hard-earned money is seemingly wasted. The various hues of these two reactions – like and dislike – are most natural and in fact the ultimate reward for any filmmaker in the world.Continue reading “Dear Huffington Post Reviewer: Slam Dilwale If You Want But Don’t Try and Patronize the Audience”

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: A Quick Review

This movie will definitely make 300 Cr plus.. for Haldiram’s. After Zandu Balm’s success credited to Dabangg, Haldiram seems to have adopted the marketing strategy for their national and International consumers. They seem to have spent the entire marketing budget for 5 years on the movie with even a forgettable song dedicated to their menu.Continue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: A Quick Review”

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Movie Review: The Return of Sooraj’s Prem

Prem, the Indian name for love was associated with a villain for a long time, thanks to Prem Chopra and Premnath. And then came Sooraj R Barjatya’s Maine Pyaar Kiya and Prem got associated with everything positive. Such was the impact of his debut movie that you will find many people who were born in the late 80’s naming their child Prem.Continue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Movie Review: The Return of Sooraj’s Prem”

Kick 2 Movie Review: This ‘Kick’ Provides No ‘Comfort’

One of the hallmarks of a mass masala movie is having a hero who is brave, quick witted and totally endearing to the audience. So in 2009 when director Surender Reddy and Ravi Teja joined hands together for Kick, what emerged as a result was a complete entertainer, taking full advantage of Ravi Teja’s versatility. Kick went on to be remade in various languages, the most popular of them being the Hindi version of the same name, which released last year. Hence it was quite an event to look forward to, when the announcement of the sequel, Kick 2 was done last year. While Surender Reddy, writer Vakkantham Vamsi and actor Ravi Teja were signed on for the sequel as well, actor Nandamuri Kalyan Ram stepped in as producer, in place of R.R.Venkat who made the original. Through his banner N.T.R.Arts, Kalyan Ram has been producing films for the last several years, but this is the first time that he has produced a film which doesn’t feature him in the lead.Continue reading “Kick 2 Movie Review: This ‘Kick’ Provides No ‘Comfort’”

Meeruthiya Gangsters: Trailer

Meeruthiya Gangsters Poster 2Zeishan Quadri who shot to fame as the co-writer of Gangs of Wasseypur (even featured in part 2 of the same) now turns director with Meeruthiya Gangsters.Releasing on September 18th,the film is produced by Prasahnt Tiwari, Prateek Tiwari & Shoeb Ahmed. The film is based from the perspective of six youths who turn kidnappers. Meeruthiya Gangsters features Sanjay Mishra, Jaideep Ahlawat, Shadab Kamal, Akash Dahiya, Mukul Dev, Nushrat Bharucha etc and the music is by Siddhant Mishra and Vivek Kar. Naren Gedia is the DOP while editing is by Anurag Kashyap and Ashish Arjun Gaikar. Anurag Kashyap is also the presenter of the film incidentally.Continue reading “Meeruthiya Gangsters: Trailer”

Masaan Movie Review: From the Heartland with a lot of Heart

If you are a movie buff then it’s highly unlikely that you’ve not heard of Neeraj Ghaywan and his debut film Masaan which has released today, after all the film has been in the news right from the very beginning. Be it for winning the 2014 Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award or much later for making it as an official entry to Cannes this year under the Un Certain Regard section where it even won a couple of awards, Masaan or (Fly Away Solo as it was called earlier) has been making the right kind of moves everywhere, not everything by design of course. It isn’t often that a filmmaker manages to make his debut with all these aspects. Added to it is the fact that the film has an impressive cast and crew and is supported by producers who make things matter. So eventually it won’t be surprising when you hear people interested in knowing if Masaan deserved all this and if Neeraj Ghaywan has made a convincing debut, after all its to do with human nature.Continue reading “Masaan Movie Review: From the Heartland with a lot of Heart”