Ranbir Kapoor’s first ever short film titled Karma, directed by Abhay Chopra, grandson of the legendary B.R. Chopra will be screened at the Bandra Film Festivals Youtube Channel on 5th of May 2021. The 26 mins short film will be showcased under the ‘A Point Across’ category. The film revolves around capital punishment in India and is about a jailer who has to face the dilemma of performing the execution of his own son. The film was also nominated for Student Oscars.
Whether you laugh at his jokes or not, or whether you acknowledge his meteoric rise through the ranks or not, the fact is that TV’s funnyman Kapil Sharma has gone on to become one of the most followed/admired entertainers in the last 2 years or so. Therefore, when the man who gave us the iconic “Babaji Ka Thullu” goes on to make his Bollywood debut, you are both skeptical and excited. Is it prudent of Kapil to keep his kingship of TV aside and try to make it big in the big, bad Bollywood? Does Bollywood of today have space for a comedian-hero or did that craft die as soon as Govinda started to age?Continue reading “Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon Review: Kapil Sharma Makes a Safe and Somewhat Impressive Debut”
Salman Khan is Rambo meets Rajinikanth with a sprinkle of Robin Hood for Bollywood loving populace. The damned shirt that he wears, rips itself off his chiseled body, Munnis swoon over his dance moves, leading ladies blush every time he cracks a not-so-funny joke and most importantly the bad men remember their grannies by a mere mention of our great Indian messiah of the masses. So, it is almost unthinkable to imagine the same irrepressible Salman Khan as a simpleton who is so earnest, sweet and well-behaved that you may consider pinching yourself. Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan takes a great gamble by projecting Salman as not himself but as somebody that he can perhaps never be (in real life) – and boy, the gamble pays, and pays well!Continue reading “Bajrangi Bhaijaan Movie Review: Salman Doesn’t Play Himself and It Works”
Who am I to write about a film that just had the biggest opening day Box Office collections of the year yesterday?
Rohit Shetty’s Singham Returns is the latest offering from the franchise, and it is completely different from Suriya’s Singam 2, which came out last year. Yes, Ajay Devgn is back with arguably the most deliciously macho character of his career. I had thoroughly enjoyed Singham (2011), the confrontational dialoguebaazi, the loud action and the performances. Somewhere in my reserves, I expected Singham Returns to give a similar or a better high. But this one just seems a mere high of decibels with not much to root for. Alas, while I was cursing myself for missing an early morning show, and then cursing the theaters for being housefull later in the day, waiting patiently for the next show, Singham Returns had only so much to offer. Though the audience around me was on their feet, applauding and cheering, at the end of the film. I will try and explain later why. Continue reading “Singham Returns Movie Review: Once A Cheer, Twice Too Much”
Rom-com is a much maligned genre in Hindi cinema. Mainly cause of the fact that 99 percent of films we make are love stories. So to carve out a niche of a romantic comedy ( an alien concept borrowed heavily from Hollywood) is a tough task. I mean how does one differentiate it from the same thing? Right?
Wrong. Thanks to the Chopras and Johars of the world, we have a new genre that encompasses everything that dreamy Bollywood stands for and merges it with the new age (read imported) sensibilities of love and its myraiud definitions in the new age. The New Age Rom-com is alive and kicking, with Hasee toh Phasee being the latest jewel in its nascent crown.Continue reading “Hasee Toh Phasee Movie Review: Old Love New Bottle”
Recently I’ve come across many trilogies by great directors, like the Color trilogy, death trilogy, some zombie trilogy, some vampire trilogy and there are many more which I’m unaware of. When we look for trilogies coming from India, the first one that comes to mind is the Apu trilogy. I am sure Shyam Benegal also has a trilogy, but to be honest I’ve seen very few of his 70-80’s era movies.
But I grew up with the Rajiv Rai trilogy. Hahaha. Sounds like a big joke, right? Believe me, it isn’t. I very strongly believe Rajiv Rai completed a trilogy with Mohra. Please don’t laugh. I confess. I am a tru-blu fan of Mr. Rajiv Rai.Continue reading “The Rajiv Rai Trilogy”
“Vruksh ho bade bhale,
ho ghane ho bhale,
Ek Patra chhah bhi mang mat, mang mat, mang mat,
Agneepath, Agneepath Agneepath.”
Long long time before Bhiku Mhatre said Mumbai ka Don kaun in Satya and Malik from Company played dirty games to ‘dhanda hai par ganda hai’, there was a man called Vijay Dinanath Chauhan(VDC), who ruled Bombay. But for him ruling Bombay was not important, his sights, vision & energies were occupied to one small village called Mandwa. I don’t know if it even exists but his energies were channelized to conquer that place for a promise that he had given to his mother and thereby starts a fascinating crime and relationship journey into the minds of characters in this movie.Continue reading “Agneepath and The Legend of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan”
“There is no failure. Only feedback” – Robert Allen.
One of the most successful films ever made in India released in 1975 which has ample space being given in books, film history, cyberspace and every living soul in this part of the world in their lifetime has knowingly given it a view. SHOLAY remains the only true all time blockbuster, if one goes with an adjusted inflation at box box office and rightfully maintains that spot untouched, even though every year we have trade successes categorizing blockbusters to movies which surely will never stand the test of time.Continue reading “SHAAN: The Big Daddy of Entertainment”