Dil Chahta Hai: Time to acknowledge the Sameers around us

It’s been 20 long years since the movie released, and the trio made a trip to Goa. But the characters are etched in our minds forever. And I was just thinking about everyone, especially the character Sameer.

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Aga Bai Arechyaa 2 Trailer

Aga-Bai-Arechyaa-First-look-teaser-326x159Aga Bai Arechya is one of the better mainstream marathi film of the last decade or so. The director, Kedar Shinde, however, has not been able to repeat the success of his debut film again. He now comes up with a film titled Aga Bai Arechyaa 2.

Though the official synopsis of the film is not out it has Sonali Kulkarni in the lead and Bharat Jadhav, Prasad Oak, Surabhi hande, Dharam Gohil amongst others. The film apparently doesn’t seem to have any similarity with the plot of the 2004 film.

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Dr. Prakash Baba Amte Marathi Movie Review: Good Intentions, Mediocre Execution

(Post Contains Some Spoilers)

A couple is wandering through the tribal areas of Maharashtra which is visibly cut off from the rest of the world and is devoid of any development.  In this desolate area, they come across a tribal woman who has given birth to a child. Devoid of any medical help, the woman uses a stone to crush the biblical cord and free the child. The couple especially the woman is aghast on seeing this. In another scene, they encounter a quack getting ready to sacrifice a human being in order to cure an ill person, while the relatives of the person and other bystanders partake in it blindly.Continue reading “Dr. Prakash Baba Amte Marathi Movie Review: Good Intentions, Mediocre Execution”

The Good Road Movie Review: Bad Movie

Director: Gyan Correa

Rating: **

Gujarati cinema. What’s that? For most, Gujarati cinema begins and ends with Ketan Mehta’s Bhavni Bhavai. Otherwise, it’s a black hole for those who do not speak the language. So when a Gujarati film comes out of left field to become India’s official entry at the Oscars beating the hot favorite The Lunchbox, its bound to attract some curiosity. Now I haven’t yet seen The Lunchbox; so this is not going to be a comparison between the two films to adjudge a personal winner. Rather it’s a stand alone review of the film on individual merit.

As a kid I remember watching films starring Naresh Kanodia which were embarrassing even then. The men mostly wore a kediyu and the women a chaniya choli. They spoke in exaggerated Kathiwari accents and the film was replete with stock characters. Of late, things have changed and we have seen films like Kevi Rite Jaish and Saptapadii which are huge improvements over the kediyu-chaniya cholis but yet far from Bollywood standards (if at all there is one).Continue reading “The Good Road Movie Review: Bad Movie”

Gandha and 7 Ans: Bitter-Sweet Scent of Cinema

A still from 7 ans

The sense of sight, touch and hearing have been well covered by cinema over the years. Even the sense of taste has been covered but not as much as the former senses. But very rarely would you come across a movie which uses the sense of smell as an integral part of a story.Continue reading “Gandha and 7 Ans: Bitter-Sweet Scent of Cinema”

Gabhricha Paus (The Damned Rain) Movie Review: Topnotch Cinema

Girish Kulkarni as 'Kisna', a cotton farmer contemplating suicide.

We Indians are basically very emotional. I may be wrong but I think no other ethnicity in the whole world is as emotional as us. So we tend to like all things which are emotional. Be it movies, tele-serials etc. Even in a reality show which is meant to judge a person’s singing, dancing etc. like talent, have full blown emotionally directed parts. No wonder the person for whom the public has the most sympathy ends up winning the show irrespective of his talent. I have met people who love Taare Zameen Par only for its high-on-emotions 2nd half.

Now, Gabhricha Paus is a marathi film on the sad state of farmers in the Vidharbha region of Maharashtra. It means “The Damned Rain” in local Vidharbha dialect. It is a term used to actually abuse the unpredictable nature of the rains.Continue reading “Gabhricha Paus (The Damned Rain) Movie Review: Topnotch Cinema”

Pune 52 Movie Review: The family drama appeals more than the thriller elements

Trailers can be deceptive. This is the biggest lesson I have learnt after watching Pune 52. With this kind of a trailer you naturally expect a kick-ass Film Noir. Given the huge interest I keep in contemporary Marathi Cinema, I was all excited to watch this film. But it failed to match up to my expectations and left me rather disappointed. Then later I felt that the disappointment was mainly due to the expectations from the trailer and hence I thought about giving the film a second shot. I must say the second time around I was able to appreciate the film a lot more, but the parts which were a big disappoint for me in the first viewing continued to do so.

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The New Trailer of Pune 52

The first trailer of Pune 52 generated quite a flutter. The team is back with a new trailer which tells a little more about the film. The detective genre has largely been unexplored in Indian cinema and from the look of this trailer it seems as if we are in for a treat.Continue reading “The New Trailer of Pune 52”

Pune 52- Trailer

If 2011 wasn’t all that great a year for Marathi Cinema then 2012 is looking promising indeed. Close on the heels of films like Shala, Baboo Band Baaja and Masala here comes another interesting prospect for the year, Pune-52. Written and directed by Nikhil Mahajan who makes his debut with this film, Pune 52 is produced by Abhay Gadgil, Shrirang Godbole, Umesh Kulkarni and Girish Kulkarni ( the team that has made wonderful films like Valu, Vihir, Deool and Harishchandrachi Factory ). Continue reading “Pune 52- Trailer”