On the occasion of the release of the movie RAABTA on June the 9th and in the context of a special partnership, happn is implementing a special in-app activation.Continue reading “happn celebrates connections with RAABTA and brings its users to cinema!”
Right of the bat and this is one of the times that phrase is perfectly appropriate, Dhoni is a legend among men, I’m not a fan-boy nor some Dhoni-bhakt, but an avid sports fan and I can differentiate between the good, the bad, and the ugly in sports and Dhoni is definitely the good.Continue reading “M.S.Dhoni The Untold Story Movie Review: Dhoni’s Untold Story….Remains Untold!”
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a name that needs no further introduction to the average Indian who hasn’t been living under a rock the past decade, . As a cricketer, he has defined the current generation of the national team bringing success, a change in the attitude and the game. His contributions -as captain as wicket keeper and a swashbuckling batsman has put his name up with the all time greats of Indian cricket.Continue reading “M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story Movie Review”
First thing you notice about M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story is its welcome decision to put out its title not just in English but also in chaste Hindi (The Untold Story becomes ‘Ek Ankahi Kahani’) and Urdu. It is quite strange and somewhat sad that most Hindi films these days do not bother to put up a title in Hindi, seeming to have forgotten that they are ‘Hindi’ films at first place.Continue reading “M.S. Dhoni-The Untold Story Movie Review: Excruciatingly Long but a Safe, Well-made Biopic”
Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan who is known for his roles in action movies like Zanjeer, and for hosting the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, had garnered popularity with audiences as the “angry young man” in a series of successful Bollywood Films. He may get a lot of compliments for working round the clock with energy equal to any young actor, but the legendary actor hates the “exaggerated praise” people pour on him. As the Bollywood Shehanshah turns 73 today, here are are a few of his memorable movies which perhaps could be remade with these Gen X stars:-
- Sholay — We all know how the attempted remake of Sholay by RGV failed at the B.O. However think about how it would be when two live wires Arjun Kapoor and Ranvir Singh go on to re-creating the magic on 70 mm in their style.
- Kabhie Kabhie – One of the most romantic film which we have ever seen in Bollywood, will make us fall in love again if its remade but with a hint of the new age romance angle. Who would be better than the Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan to essay the role along with the handsome hunk Ali Fazal.
- Bade Miyan Chote Miyan – A chaotic comedy riot essayed by the comic timing of Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan
- Dostana – A friendship – love triangle saga timed in todays era remade with Aditya Roy Kapoor & Sushant Singh Rajput…. Are you already thinking on how it would look on the celluloid?
In any detective/ thriller movie there are 3 things that bind the story- What, Who, Why (and How). But the most important of these is the ‘Who’. If it is not closer to the end then the rest of the story falls flat even if you have to discover the other ‘W’s. This was the main issue for me in Detective Byomkesh Bakshi.Continue reading “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!: A Quick Review”
Dibakar Banerjee is arguably my most favorite current Indian filmmaker. With a sleight of 4 feature films, Dibakar has trumped many of his peers with unswerving consistency. Its hard for me to recall an average film by him, let alone a bad film. And let me say at the very onset that yet again, Banerjee does not disappoint with Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, starring a magnetic Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role.
Byomkesh Bakshi is fictional Bengali detective character, created by Sharadindu Bandhopadhyay in 1940s. This is the 10th film to be made on the character, and there are 2 more of them coming out this very year. Save for this one, all other films are in Bengali, including one directed by the great Satyajit Ray. Moreover, Byomkesh has been a favorite character for television as well. Rightfully so, Dibakar took it upon himself to introduce him to Hindi cinema, and largely to an audience which is appallingly unaware of our own literature. It is also Dibakar’s return to his own roots, albeit in his very own charismatic style. Continue reading “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Movie Review: Delivered Fresh, Strong And Intelligent”
Note: When I refer to Raj Kumar Hirani (RKH), I equally refer to his partner in crime Abhijat Joshi.
Rather than the obvious disappointment or anger I have towards a bad movie, I was rather disgusted by PK. It is that movie whose every beat serves a purpose, a purpose of proving a point so obvious, a point so dumbed down, a point already proved last year at the cinemas. It doesn’t have a single moment, which is just out there without any ulterior motive.Continue reading “PK: Hirani needs Sanju!”
After two Munna bhai movies and one 3 Idiots, one knows what to expect from a Rajkumar Hirani film. His cinema inhabits a world where good triumphs over evil without the need for bloodshed violence or even as much as a mother-sister gaali. Problems themselves are not urgent in nature, not in the literal sense, and yet these are existential issues that are tackled, issues that otherwise we overlook in our daily lives. It is this “slice of life” side to his cinema that touches hearts, despite the fact that a lot of his treatment is silly, farcical even.
PK falls in this universe of Hirani fair and square. It is far-fetched, laden with conveniences and liberties that are unpardonable otherwise in a movie. Yet at its core is Hirani magic at work- as he brings up a very poignant issue to the fore with the subtlety on he can conjure.Continue reading “PK Movie Review: That’s how Hirani Rolls”