Dhanak Movie Review: A Little Hope Is All We Need

Pari (Hetal Gada) is a 10 year old girl residing with her visually impaired younger brother Chhotu (Krish Chhabria) in a remote village of Rajasthan. Living in a world which is seemingly devoid of smartphones and other fancy gadgets that dominate the lives of city bred kids, Pari and Chhotu’s existence is an idyllic one with films being their only access to the outside world. Cinema drives their world as they weave fables around their favourite stars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. It also helps them to escape the harsh realities of their lives. Post their parents demise; the kids live with their loving but helpless uncle (Vipin Sharma) and the cold hearted aunt (Gulfam Khan). After seeing a poster for an eye donation campaign plastered with Shah Rukh Khan’s face on it, Pari believes that Khan is the only person who can help to restore her brother’s vision. After learning that the star is shooting in Rajasthan, the duo embarks on a seemingly impossible journey to meet him in the hope of fulfilling this equally impossible dream.Continue reading “Dhanak Movie Review: A Little Hope Is All We Need”

Dhanak: Trailer

DhanakWinner of the The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film as well as a Special Mention by Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus Section at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in 2015, Nagesh Kukunoor‘s Dhanak (Rainbow) is now all set for a theatrical release in India from 10th June. Produced by Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola, the film’s cast includes Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria along with Rajiv Lakshman, Vipin Sharma, Fllora Saini, Suresh Menon, Vibha Chhibber, Vijay Maurya, Chet Dixon etc. Music and BGM is by Tapas Relia while Chirantan Das is the DOP and Sanjib Dutta is the editor. Continue reading “Dhanak: Trailer”

Lakshmi (2014) Movie Review: A Grim And Emotionally Battering Tale

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 116 Minutes | Director : Nagesh Kukunoor

imageszWe have heard about little girls being sold to the flesh trade. We have heard about some underage girls working in the red light district after being sold by their own family or being kidnapped from their villages. The person selling the girl might be family or in some cases might be just another middleman. Underage girls are commodities. In one scene it is told that an underage, virgin girl is raped by a man because he thinks that he will be cured of AIDS if he manages to have intercourse with her. Little girls are commodities. Nagesh Kukunoor‘s “Lakshmi” is the story of a girl who is caught in such a trade; taken away from her family and humiliated, raped and her never dying will to survive and escape.Continue reading “Lakshmi (2014) Movie Review: A Grim And Emotionally Battering Tale”