Padmaavat Movie Review: A Perfumed Gust of Regressive Flatulence

Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (the all-pervasive purveyor of aesthetic nonsense)

Starring: Deepika Padukone (the pristine princess), Ranveer Singh (the chicken loving, dirty faced psychotic tyrant), Shahid Kapoor (the clean faced paragon of Rajput valor and lack of practical sense)

Before I begin, let me say that in this review (to some it may seem an elaborate rant, but I need to give vent to my headache at spending big bucks for this movie), I may not make much effort to hide spoilers for 2 reasons – Firstly, as everyone knows the story from school history lessons or if you were not paying attention, I’m sure the Karni Sena would have ensured you now know everything there is to know;  Secondly, most who wanted to watch the film for whatever reasons would have already done so by now, and those who are yet to watch should be allowed to save their time and money.Continue reading “Padmaavat Movie Review: A Perfumed Gust of Regressive Flatulence”

Rangoon Movie Review: Bloody Hell of a Show

Vishal Bhardwaj! 2 words that are enough to grab the attention of anybody who possesses a deep, undying love for Bollywood, for he’s a film-maker whose brand of cinema may be rooted in a filmi duniya, but when he narrates a tale, it breaks almost every rule that Bollywood throws at it, right from the narrative, to the characters, to the music and almost everything else that he throws into his filmmaking process. After hitting a high note in his last outing, his adaptation of the Bard’s Hamlet, set in 90s Kashmir, the announcement of his next project being a period drama, set during the last days of the freedom struggle did create some buzz, and with him casting Saif and Shahid, 2 actors whose best performances have come under his direction, and the mercurial Kangna Ranaut, one might look forward to a spectacular cinematic experience. But is Rangoon the VB magnum opus that we’ve all been waiting for?Continue reading “Rangoon Movie Review: Bloody Hell of a Show”

What’s Wrong with Bollywood? The Explosive Truth Behind It

It has been 2 months since my friend wrote an article that was published in The Quint. As we expected it went viral. In Bollywood terms it was a 100-crore hit. Most readers saw merit in what he wrote and agreed that it’s a bitter truth that nobody is talking about. There were many who disagreed and they wrote many counter articles. We read each and every one of the articles and decided that we would love to fund the nursery education of some of the authors. I will come back to that later. The point of this article is to see whether we were right or wrong. How has Bollywood fared in the last 2 months since my friend wrote the article?

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Viacom18 moves into the world of connected screens with the launch of its digital VOD platform

Viacom18, one of India’s fastest growing media and entertainment companies, launched its digital VOD platform VOOT, today. VOOT will be an advertising led VOD platform and will be available for free on iOS, Android and web.

In a major move aimed at curating the largest repository of kids’ characters in the Indian OTT space, VOOT will house popular characters from across networks – from Nick characters like Dora, Spongebob, Motu Patlu to external popular characters like Chhota Bheem and Pokemon.In another first for an Indian OTT player, VOOT has launched with the largest repository of original content. VOOT Originals will roll out shows in both long and short formats across genres like comedy and drama. Bollywood actors Gulshan Grover, Baba Sehgal, Alok Nath and a host of celebrity scriptwriters and directors will be front-lining these shows. Furthermore, Viacom18 will move its entire content library, including COLORS, MTV and Nick, to be digitally available only on VOOT.Continue reading “Viacom18 moves into the world of connected screens with the launch of its digital VOD platform”

“Film has to be preserved in its original form that is film itself”: In Conversation with Filmmaker and Archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

On occasion of the ongoing Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop at NFAI, Pune (26th Feb – 6th March), celebrated film maker & one of the architects of the workshop, Mr. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, spoke to MAM. Mr. Dungarpur is best known for his National Award winning documentary “Celluloid Man” and is also the founder of the Film Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization involved in preserving India’s cinematic heritage.  Continue reading ““Film has to be preserved in its original form that is film itself”: In Conversation with Filmmaker and Archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur”

Manjhi–The Mountain Man Movie Review: Not Perfect but a Significant Film

After watching Manjhi – The Mountain Man, I came out of the theater with a buzzing mind. My eyes had turned a bit moist towards the end of the film but I also had a slight ache quietly making its way into my head. I had a lot of questions running through my mind, several visuals were stuck in my head but, also, a strange sense of incompleteness had infiltrated my heart.Continue reading “Manjhi–The Mountain Man Movie Review: Not Perfect but a Significant Film”

Manjhi The Mountain Man: Trailer

Manjhi the Mountain Man Still 1Presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures in association with NFDC and Maya Movies, Manjhi -The Mountain Man is directed by Ketan Mehta. Releasing on August 21st, 2015, the film features Nawazuddin Siddiqui in and as Manjhi along with Radhika Apte playing his beloved wife, this biopic is the story of an ordinary man who performed the extraordinary.Sandesh Shandilya is the music composer while Rajvi Jain is the DOP and Pratika Chitalia is the editor.Continue reading “Manjhi The Mountain Man: Trailer”

Mary Kom (2014) Movie Review: Punches Below The Belt

Language : Hindi | Running Time : 122 Minutes | Director : Omung Kumar

A sports-drama whose greatest show of tension involves putting an infant on the death bed is rather unbecoming of a movie being classified as a sports-drama. Even as a film, it is a very cheap, manipulative segment to throw out and then follow it up with “Please stand up for the National Anthem” before the end credits. I don’t have a problem with the National Anthem, I have a problem with a movie that doesn’t rely on a good script or an actor’s excellent performance to sell a story but tries to manipulate the audience at every chance it gets. Mary Kom, the film about the exceptional eponymous boxer, has the scope to bring to life the fighter that Mary Kom is but apart from a few generic sequences there is never a place where the spirit comes through. It becomes a session for filmmakers on how manipulative a movie can get.Continue reading “Mary Kom (2014) Movie Review: Punches Below The Belt”

Manjunath Movie Review : Well-intentioned, but faulty

Manjunath PosterManjunath, a biopic written and directed by Sandeep Verma, is a film that has the least limelight amongst the slew of releases this past weekend. When I had seen the trailer of the film long back, I had immediately been intrigued by it as I had only heard scant bits of the original death case of Shanmughan Manjunath. The film looked like a good compensation for my callow overlook as I was growing up. I decided to watch it first thing amongst the multiple releases and was a little underwhelmed. With literally no buzz around it, a film can still do decently well at the Box Office if its made stunningly. While Manjunath is an honest biopic, it leaves a lot to desire. Continue reading “Manjunath Movie Review : Well-intentioned, but faulty”