The thing about R. Balki is that he is a truly gifted man. He has the talent to come up with the most unorthodox ideas, and present them in the most credible manner on celluloid. In his capacity as an ad filmmaker, it is safe to say that he is par none. After all, with a resume, that boasts of some highly memorable ad campaigns, like the heart-warming “Daag Acche Hai” campaign for Surf Excel and the powerful “Jaago Re” campaign for Tata Tea, not many will dispute the extent of his creativity. Unfortunately, this has also been his shortcoming when it comes to feature length movies, as his quirky sense of detailing doesn’t stretch far enough to make an impact on the audience.
Therefore, when he takes on the rather contentious issue of gender dynamics in Urban India, one does approach his latest offering with some trepidation.Continue reading “Ki & Ka Movie Review: Gender Dynamics for Dummies”
Leading Indian film studio, Eros International Media Limited (Eros International) has teamed up with the internationally acclaimed 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival opening on October 29 as their Knowledge Partner to recognize and support new talent.
This review contains spoilers. Tread lightly but do tread.
Language : English | Running Time : 134 Minutes | Director : Sriram Raghavan
Sriram Raghavan’s “Badlapur” starts off looking like he has been watching too much of Haneke’s “Caché” or Hitchcock’s “Rope” and it very well might be the shot of the year or atleast the best opening sequence in an Indian film this year. If in “Rope”, Hitchcock opens the film with a shot from the window, the viewpoint of a man looking down at the street opposite him and in “Caché”, Haneke shows us the vantage point of a street camera, in “Badlapur” Sriram Raghavan goes one further and makes the street scene seem like we are bystanders. The long shot gathers the workings of an ordinary Pune morning where two men bring down the shutters of a building, a woman is buying flowers with her child in hand, a guy is selling his wares and a cop is on his beat. Traffic is moving along on MG Road, Pune. All the while, we feel like bystanders who might be waiting for the bus or drinking tea from the neighbourhood tea vendor’s stall. There’s action but the enormity of the scene doesn’t register, not until a woman, Misha(Yami Gautham), is jumped and her car is used as a getaway vehicle by two bank robbers, Laik(Nawzuddin Siddique) and Harman(Vinay Pathak). In both “Caché” and “Rope”, the scene is supposed to show us the character’s eye, asking us to identify with the setting but in “Badlapur”, the sudden burst of action takes us by surprise, draws us in and rather than tell, Sriram Raghavan implies that there is something extraordinary taking place. And so we have the posters and the censor certified title of Badlapur always telling us “Don’t miss the beginning”, because here is Sriram’s best scene and one of the most magical of opening scenes I’ve witnessed. It’s beautiful, riveting and pulsating.Continue reading “Badlapur (2015) Movie Review : Dark, Twisted and PMSing Noir Film.”
“Don’t Miss the Beginning”, the posters of the film ordered. Dutifully, I landed up at the first day first show screening. A Sriram Raghavan film is usually something to look forward to. Ek Hasina Thi and Agent Vinod have their sets of fans and naysayers. But Johnny Gaddaar is universally liked. True to its claim, the film begins with a terrific ‘post-heist’ scene. A casual shot of a road in Pune ends up as a double murder of a mother and child. The sudden shift from calm to violence will have your heart pounding. One of the perpetrators, Vinay Pathak escapes with the loot and the other one, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has no option but to surrender. We learn that the aggrieved father/husband is Varun Dhawan who for once, emotes the way one would emote in real life. Without resorting to theatrics. Nawazuddin denies he had anything to do with the murder and does not divulge details of his partner in crime. He is sentenced to twenty years in prison.
I really believe Prabhu Deva brings a very unique sense of humor into Bollywood, which is very refreshing. It is bizarre, outlandish and many times loaded with double innuendo but mostly much less crude and perverse than Milap Zaveri. He started his Bollywood innings with remakes (Wanted and Rowdy Rathore) and now he is into originals (R..Rajkumar and Action Jackson). It becomes very evident now, that beyond couple of comic situations he is plain mediocre, who is just churning movies on auto-pilot mode. He kind of goes all out in Action Jackson going beyond double innuendos and hitting right below the belt. The movie is surely outlandish and might serve as amusement, but it is lazy, sloppy and grating, which makes a mess of even something as basic as a double role.Continue reading “Action Jackson Movie Review: Action Below The Belt”
Dekh Tamasha Dekh is theater guru Feroz Abbas Khan‘s second feature after his National Award winning film Gandhi My Father. Produced by Sunil Lulla and Feroz Abbas Khan, under the banner of Eros Internatonal and Bombay Local pictures, it is slated for release on 18th April Dekh Tamasha Dekh is a political and social satire based on a true story. It revolves around the search for the religious identity of a poor man crushed under the weight of a politician’s hoarding.Continue reading “Dekh Tamasha Dekh: Trailer”
The decks are all set for the release of probably one of the biggest Indian films of late, Kochadaiiyaan. Earlier today the audio launch happened in a grand function in Chennai, and now the official theatrical trailer has been released as well. Produced by Sunil Lulla (of Eros) and Sunanda Murali Manohar, Kochadaiiyaan is directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin and written by K.S.Ravikumar. Featuring the one and only Rajinikanth in the lead, the film has an ensemble star cast which includes Deepika Padukone, Shobana, Sarath Kumar, Nassar, Jackie Shroff, Aadhi etc. Music is by A.R.Rahman while Rajiv Menon is the DOP and Anthony the editor.Continue reading “Kochadaiiyaan: Trailer”