Solo Movie Review: Visceral, Vicious, Visual, Vibrant

There is a certain synchronicity to the elements, that can’t be described with words, but can only be experienced, and the same can be said about Bejoy Nambiar’s works. Right from Shaitan, David or Wazir, it is quite evident that he is a rare breed of filmmaker who enjoys experimenting with content, visuals and storytelling tropes. Solo can be termed as a homecoming of sorts, considering that it is the first time he’s narrating a tale in his own tongue, Malayalam. However, the real question is, does Solo finally find balance between form and content, the balance that has been sorely missing in his previous efforts?Continue reading “Solo Movie Review: Visceral, Vicious, Visual, Vibrant”

Waiting Movie Review: An Anatomy of Grief

Two strangers meeting in a hospital waiting for their beloved partners who are in a comatose state, is a perfect subject material for melancholy with a capital M inscribed all over it. But director Anu Menon’s tragically witty, humorous take on grief and desolation ‘Waiting’ is strangely uplifting and philosophical, without at once being pedantic or languorous. Beautifully described by a critic as a cross between ‘Lost in Translation’ and ‘The Descendants’, it is refreshingly restrained (a bit more restrained than maybe what it should have been).Continue reading “Waiting Movie Review: An Anatomy of Grief”

Waiting (2016) Movie Review: When Hope and Despair Co-Exist

Director: Anu Menon.  Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor

“This is your grief, Tara. Your’s alone” says Shiv Kumar as Tara tries to come to grips with the lemons that life has thrown at her. This line seems to underline the film, where 2 strangers wait for their partners hospitalised in coma, and have no one but themselves and each other to turn to. Waiting is a subtle tale of loss, played beautifully with pathos and the odd smattering of hope by Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin as they come together after 5 years since That Girl in Yellow Boots.Continue reading “Waiting (2016) Movie Review: When Hope and Despair Co-Exist”

Waiting: Trailer

Waiting Poster 2Anu Menon who has made films like London, Paris, New York and X: Past is Present (one of the 11 directors on board) is now back with her latest film, Waiting that’s produced by Priti Gupta and Manish Mundra under the banner of Ishka Films and Drishyam Films. The film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin in lead roles, with Rajat Kapoor, Suhasini Maniratnam and Arjun Mathur playing supporting roles.Continue reading “Waiting: Trailer”

Ramanujan Movie Review: Rags to Riches, Docudrama Style

We as humans generally refuse to dwell on any form of hidden beauty that escapes the limits of our aesthetic powers or effortless comprehension. We want everything easy, and we want them simple. Like our cinemas. And we prefer to label those who proclaim the unseen charm of science/ arts as an outcast or a misfit, and in extreme cases of unfathomable brilliance, an ‘eccentric’. Because we are all more comfortable with averages. Anything or anyone who is unconventional in his thoughts or taste scares and threatens the ‘average Joe’ in each of us. Because ‘Average’ is easy. Because ‘Average’ is bliss. Doubtful? Let me quote something to make my point. Music is bliss, right? And appreciating music is easy. Music is woven into our lives in more ways than one, making us joyful and tearful by its small variations of a few notes. If I was to tell you that the wavering notes are nothing but permutations and combinations of the twelfth root of two, would that interest you? Comfortable with that? Honestly do we admire the trivial maths, in the process letting our appreciation of the music diminish? Delineating emotions into unromantic roots of 2 is too hard-boiled for our comprehension to digest, almost bordering on sacrilege. Well, don’t feel bad. For the fault is not ours! We have been tuned to conveniently disregard anything which escapes our cocooned mind. Yes, the limits of human grasp does restrict our tastes. But then, perhaps there are categories of beauties, which transcend all human limits, which are accessible only to a select few. We call them ‘geniuses’. One such man who walked the earth was Mr. Srinivasa Ramanujan from Kumbakonam.Continue reading “Ramanujan Movie Review: Rags to Riches, Docudrama Style”

Ramanujan: Trailer

Ramanujan-PosterIAS officer turned National Award winning filmmaker Gnana Rajasekaran, the director of interesting Tamil films like Mogamul (1997), Bharathi (2004), Periyar (2007) is back with his new film- Ramanujan. A bi-lingual (Tamil and English), the film is based on the life & times of legendary mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan . Produced by Srivatsan Nadathur, Sushant Desai, Sharanyan Nadathur, Sindhu Rajasekaran, the film introduces Abhinay Vaddi in the titular role. The film also features Kevin McGowan, Bhama, Abbas, Nizhalgal Ravi, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Radha Ravi etc. Music is by Ramesh Vinayakam while Sunny Joseph is the DOP and B.Lenin is the editor. Continue reading “Ramanujan: Trailer”

Race Gurram: Trailer

Race Gurram PosterDirector Surender Reddy has been considered a relatively safe bet in the Telugu film industry and for the first time he joins hands with Allu Arjun for Race Gurram (Race Horse). Allu Arjun has recently delivered hits like Iddarammayilatho (2013) and the recent Yevadu where he featured in a cameo. Race Gurram is written by Surender Reddy’s regular collaborator, Vakkantham Vamsi and is produced by Nallamalapu Srinivas and Dr. Venkateswara Rao. The film features Shruti Haasan as the female lead and the supporting cast includes Saloni Aswani, Shaam, Prakash Raj, Brahmanandam, Ali, Mukesh Rishi, Ravi Kishan, Sayaji Shinde, M.S.Narayana etc.Continue reading “Race Gurram: Trailer”

Gabbar Singh-A Fan Boy Tribute to Power Star

Gabbar Singh has been in the news since the day it was announced with fan boy posters coming out even before shooting started. If you are following director Harish Shankar on twitter, you would know that he is a fan boy of Pawan Kalyan. My apprehension with the movie was on account of Pawan Kalyan’s track record of late. When recently Pawan did the remake of Love Aaj Kal as Teenmaar it did not work for me, they had butchered the script to suit Pawan. And his last release Panjaa was not exactly a typical Pawan Kalyan film. The makers were trying to do something different and yet tried to keep Pawan’s fan following in mind as seen in case of Pawan shaking his legs at the end of the movie and the end result was there for all to see. The other reason for my worry was whether Harish deliver when he himself is fan of his lead actor, will he deliver the film which will be enjoyable fare both to fans and non-fans and I must say ,Continue reading “Gabbar Singh-A Fan Boy Tribute to Power Star”