Let’s be honest here, as a desi audience that’s grown up on Bollywood Masala, we are definitely no strangers to the musical. But in Jagga Jasoos, director Anurag Basu tries to push the envelope by presenting most of the movie in tune and verse, an attempt to bring Broadway to Bollywood, something we probably last saw in Shirish Kunder’s equally befuddling debut effort, Jaan-E-Mann. But with an experienced hand such as Basu at the realm, some stunning cinematography by Ravi Varman, as promised in the promos, a promising soundtrack by Pritam, and an extremely good-looking starcast, does this audacious experiment work?Continue reading “Jagga Jasoos Movie Review: Arrested Development”
There are times when one chances upon Damini, Kanoon or Waqt being broadcast on a TV channel or pops in the DVD or VCD of a movie like Yudh, Andha Kanoon or Shahenshah, and notes with amusement, the highly farcical nature of the proceedings in a courtroom. You have the crusading hero who prefixes every argument with flaring nostrils and an impassioned plea of Milord (or Milaaaawwwrrrd depending on who the hero is) or berates the court for making him stand up date after date, a sneering defense lawyer who only exists to object to everything in the most ham-handed way possible. And not to forget the extremely grumpy looking judge who looks like he would rather be home taking a nap, rather than watching the hammy proceedings in front of him.Continue reading “Jolly LLB 2 Movie Review: For It Ain’t A Jolly Good Story”
Just last week we had a movie about what 3 women go through after a fateful night. The women stayed in the capital city & were independent, educated and stood up to men. A week later, we have Leena Yadav’s Parched. A film that is set in rural Rajasthan, and is about 3 women who are uneducated, stubbed by men & society and are liberated only by their imagination.Continue reading “Parched Movie Review: The Girls Can Have all the Fun !”
Shah Rukh Khan – The name itself spells a big film, if not a good film. Over the years, many have complained arduously about Khan’s lack of efforts in picking scripts and films, and intermittently succumbing to rehashed concoctions or sub par servings, packaged, garnished and decorated well enough to be shoved down your throat via extensive marketing. Some of this marketing has made people averse to watching his films or similar star vehicles, while others continue to feed on them raking in the numbers. But things changed with Dilwale, in December 2015. When another biggie clashed with it, Dilwale suffered and the numbers tapered into an abyss faster than SRK would have imagined.
There are many reasons why some really good movies never get the commercial success they deserve. One of the reasons is that they get labeled as “critically acclaimed”. Once this label gets associated with a movie, the general public tends to avoid these kinds of movies. My honest opinion is that ANY movie that can make you emote and/or entertain you is a mainstream movie and should get the commercial success it deserves. One such movie was Margarita with a Straw. Although Kalki Koechlin got lot of “critical” acclaim for her role, the movie was not a commercial success. So is this cocktail worth consuming? Read on to find out.Continue reading “Margarita with a Straw Movie Review: The cocktail with the right proportions!!”
By now a lot of us know that Shonali Bose’s Margarita with a Straw (MWAS hereon) which released yesterda (17th April) talks of a young lady with cerebral palsy and that is inspired by the story of her own cousin sister, Malini. But sometime last year when I was about to watch the movie in a private screening, I didn’t know much about the film except that it has been made by the director of Amu (2005), a film which did well in the film festival circuit and even won a National Award (Best English Film). But within a short while into the film I was hooked and remained engaged with the film all the way .From then onwards I have been keenly following up on the film’s progress. A few months ago when I noticed that the film had been rechristened ‘Choone Chali Aasman’ for the Indian market, I was a little disappointed. Considering the nature of the film and the actual tale, choosing a Hindi title and something like this did not look like an aid in the film’s prospects, as it is a niche film and for the audience that the film was targeting, a tactic like this didn’t seem right to me.Continue reading “Margarita with a Straw Movie Review: An Honest, Non-Preachy and Sensitive Tale”
When IPL started the good thing was that there were barely any people on the street and traffic was sparse. Now the best part is that good movies and indie movies get a 2 month window to be released without being afraid of getting gobbled by blockbusters. ‘Margarita with a straw’ and ‘Court’ are 2 such examples. Continue reading “Margarita with a Straw: A Quick Review”
Margarita, With A Straw tells the story of Laila ( Kalki Keochin) a student and an aspiring writer who also happens to be suffering from cerebral palsy. After getting an admission into the New York University , Laila leaves for Manhattan for pursuing the same wherein she falls in love with a fiery young activist Khanum (Sayani Gupta). This creates a rift between Laila and her friends and family.
Directed by Shonali Bose, the film also stars Husain Dalal, Kuljeet Singh and veteran actress Revathi as Laila’s mother respectively. The film which has music composed by Mickey McCleary will be premiered on 8th September 2014 at The Toronto International Film Festival.
Meanwhile, check out the official trailer of the film.