Aligarh Movie Review: Manoj Bajpayee’s Poignant Performance Leaves You Thinking for Long

The world out there is a mad sprint. Everyone is running. Running to prove a point, to get the numbers, to make money, to impress, to get to the goals. And in the process, quite a few fail to keep up the pace. Ironically, those who lose out in this sprint are advised to make peace with it – and that’s another mad sprint in itself.Continue reading “Aligarh Movie Review: Manoj Bajpayee’s Poignant Performance Leaves You Thinking for Long”

CityLights Movie Review : A Dark Tale of the Grim Reality That Must Not be Missed

Hansal Mehta’s CityLights is one film I have been gushed about ever since I heard about it. After watching his earlier venture, Shahid, 2 years ago, I was convinced that Mehta has found his sleight in telling tales of the teething realities of our times. Gripped by the first trailer itself, I went in to watch the film first day first show, this morning. It is not a happenstance that he has cast the phenomenal Rajkumar Rao in this one, post their association in Shahid. The duo also won National Awards individually for the earlier film and Rao is undoubtedly India’s current best actor. Contrary to the struggles faced by Shahid to find a theatrical release, the Bhatts (Vishesh Films) took up CityLights early on and have watermarked it with their traditional music style without robbing it off its essence. Yet, CityLights is far less greater than Shahid which goes on to say that it is hard to create magic on screen everytime you decide to make a film.Continue reading “CityLights Movie Review : A Dark Tale of the Grim Reality That Must Not be Missed”

61st National Film Awards (2014): List of Winners

Shahid 2013 PosterSo the 61st National Film Awards for Indian Cinema of 2013 has just been announced a short while ago.  The awards will be distributed in May this year.Continue reading “61st National Film Awards (2014): List of Winners”

Cinemausher’s Best Films of 2013

2013 was a year, where I would say quality wise in terms of story telling Hollywood was much ahead of it’s European counterparts. Less said about Bollywood the better, the quality of films in Bollywood nosedived. If you thought nothing could be more worse than Ra.One you should have watched Chennai Express. This time instead of the usual list of Best films list released in 2013 I would also list the names of the films which I discovered in 2013. I must tell you sometimes discovering the work of legendary filmmakers is such a divine pleasure. Continue reading “Cinemausher’s Best Films of 2013”

Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!

Like most other years, 2013 too has been an eventful year for the Hindi film industry. And unlike other years, 2013 was also the 100th year for the Hindi film industry. However, the centenary wasn’t really a landmark in terms of quality; we didn’t have a watershed of extraordinary films. Yes, we had a few brilliant pieces of cinema but we also had a truckload of terrible movies. What has been most encouraging in this entire melee is the gradual acceptance and support rendered to smaller films. While we had Kiran Rao helping a “Ship of Theseus” to get a release, we had a Karan Johar taking “The Lunchbox” out to the masses. In this post, I enumerate my (completely) personal list of favourite films of 2013 and their different aspects. These are my nominations for the best of Bollywood in the year 2013. While I have considered six nominees for every category (most of which are non-technical), I have added one more as “Almost There”, whom / what I feel is good but not enough to be on the list. Would love to get your vote from the nominees or any additional candidate you feel like.Continue reading “Nominations For the Best of Bollywood 2013!”

The Best of Bollywood: 2013

I am guessing that a few of my choices this year are going to make you wonder whether I am a serious movie watcher or a frivolous masala film fiend. That notwithstanding I present my personal and unapologetic choice of the best Bollywood had to offer in 2013. Apologies if any go to Ship of Theseus which I have not been able to view in time for this list. No also-rans too. Just the top 10 in ascending order.

 # 10 – Go. Goa. Gone

Do a string of gags put together constitute a funny film? Maybe not. In fact Go Goa Gone is not a very good film at all. But individually the gags are funny. And they keep throwing them at you from time to time. Kunal Khemu who has also written the dialogue keeps the best lines for himself. Saif Ali Khan is good in the few scenes he has been allotted. But this “zom-com” runs out of ideas by the time the climax arrives. Turn it off some twenty minutes before it ends and it won’t leave bad taste in your mouth.
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Mickey Virus Film Review : A Fairly Enjoyable Film

Mickey_Virus_Official_Poster_2013Hacking is a subject that has rarely been explored in Indian cinema.  So, the fact that Mickey Virus tells the story of a hacker was one of the things that make one look forward to the film. While there are films  like Chennai Express,  Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani which make it to the 100 crore club on one end, there are also films like ShahidKahaani etc on the other end of the spectrum. The latter films may not have big budgets but are still finding audiences as they are having stories with good content.  The success of such films have made it possible for films with different subjects like Mickey Virus (telling the story of a hacker) to get made in Bollywood. So does Mickey Virus make for an engaging film? Read on to find out moreContinue reading “Mickey Virus Film Review : A Fairly Enjoyable Film”

Shahid (2013) Movie Review: A Social Commentary And It Works!

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 123 Minutes | Director : Hansal Mehta

ShahidIn an all too poignant scene as justice is served, War saab(Kay Kay Menon) claims “waqt lagta hai par ho jaata hai. It works.” Our treatment of real life people in movies is something similar. We have taken a lot of time coming to terms with zeitgeist biographies but when one does get made, it gets made very well. Hansal Mehta‘s Shahid is the story of human rights activist lawyer Shahid Azmi who died in 2010. The movie veers into the dangerous territory of becoming a social commentary of our recent past without much meat but it holds its own and also raises some very pertinent questions and manages to create sympathy and respect for Shahid Azmi’s activities.Continue reading “Shahid (2013) Movie Review: A Social Commentary And It Works!”

Shahid: Trailer

Shahid PosterHansal Mehta‘s Shahid based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, assassinated in Mumbai in 2010, is a keenly awaited film after doing the festival rounds. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and Guneet Mongia, Shahid is written by Hansal Mehta along with Apurva Asrani and Sameer Gautam Singh. Continue reading “Shahid: Trailer”