Tumhari Sulu Movie Review: Truly, here’s a story that can belong to anyone of us

“Filmy” is a word that is often used to describe something where things are stretched almost to the point of disbelief. It comes from the expectation of watching a Bollywood movie where actions and emotions are so fleshed out to the point like you feel you’re being force-fed a dish with very strong flavours. You could perhaps think of it like your grandmother’s mango pickle. Continue reading “Tumhari Sulu Movie Review: Truly, here’s a story that can belong to anyone of us”

Tumhari Sulu Movie Review: Hello, From the Other Side!

There’s always that moment of awe, when one is confronted with the eruption of a voice that’s been dormant for long. They live among us, they move, they breathe, they dream, and they go unnoticed. And when they finally speak up, those of us who are listening, willingly or unwillingly, end up dumbstruck more often than not. Suresh Triveni’s debut effort sounded like an interesting concept when the trailers came out, but the question is, does it have something to say, or is it just dead air?Continue reading “Tumhari Sulu Movie Review: Hello, From the Other Side!”

Begum Jaan Movie Review: Of Women Behaving Badly

Partition and Prostitution are two plot devices that can ensure a hard hitting cinematic experience if handled with restraint, and end up making a mockery of human tragedy and resilience, if handled without finesse. Therefore, when the promos of Begum Jaan showed up, one ended up being intrigued. A tale set during the partition involving women of the night promised to be a tantalizing premise. And when it is a massive cast headed by Vidya Balan in a never before avatar, one does walk into the theatre with high expectations. So does Begum possess enough Jaan to hook the viewers?Continue reading “Begum Jaan Movie Review: Of Women Behaving Badly”

Kahaani 2 Movie Review: Twist In The Tail

khaani2Early in 2012, when the trailer for Kahaani first showed up, the responses to it ranged from sceptical to intrigue, the former due to Sujoy Ghosh’s rather inconsistent track record till then, which consisted of the cult classic Jhankaar Beats, the rather off-kilter Home Delivery and the absolutely terrible Aladdin, and the latter responses were thanks to Vidya Balan, who was fresh off the success of The Dirty Picture. A slow starter at the box office, Kahaani ended up being a seminal moment in the careers of both Ghosh and Balan, as it went on to be one of the most memorable movies of 2012.Continue reading “Kahaani 2 Movie Review: Twist In The Tail”

TE3N Movie Review: This Slow Paced Thriller Is An Underwhelming Affair

te3n-movie-poster-3You can be forgiven if you mistook TE3N to be a sequel to Kahaani, for there are several similarities shared by these films. The film not only reunites Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, it also sees Sujoy Ghosh producing the film. Besides this, Suresh Nair and Ritesh Shah who had written the story, screenplay and dialogues for Kahaani, handle the same responsibilities for this film as well. TE3N can also be interpreted as a film that would have transpired if Vidya Balan’s character from Kahaani would have become a cop and decided to help similarly distressed souls with Nawazuddin as the I.B officer giving her company.Continue reading “TE3N Movie Review: This Slow Paced Thriller Is An Underwhelming Affair”

Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival hosts the ‘Women In Film’ panel discussion with eminent women from the world of cinema

On Tuesday, November 3rd, Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India brought together distinguished women from Indian and international cinema.  Shabana Azmi, Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra and American filmmaker Ava DuVernay took part in a conversation on Women in Film that was powered by Lifebuoy and their initiative ‘Help a Child Reach 5’  that examined the position of women in film today.Continue reading “Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival hosts the ‘Women In Film’ panel discussion with eminent women from the world of cinema”

Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India celebrates ‘Women in Film’

Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India will feature a discussion on ‘Women In Film’, where leading women from the world of cinema will come together and share their insights and learnings on the experience of being a woman in the field of filmmaking. The panel discussion which will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd at 2 p.m. at PVR Juhu, will see a host of accomplished attendees like Ava DuVernay, Zoya Akhtar, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Kati Outinen, Jyoti Deshpande, Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut and Christina Voros.Continue reading “Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India celebrates ‘Women in Film’”

Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie Review: Shockingly Regressive and Melodramatic

There are good films and there are bad films. And then there are some films that are so unbelievably bad that you feel like shouting – why did they make this film!!? Hamari Adhuri Kahani, the latest melodramatic overdose from the Bhatt camp, is so regressive, unbelievable, over-the-top and nauseating that you stop expecting anything within half an hour into the film. Mohit Suri, the film’s director, has a reasonable track record with good little films like Kalyug, Awarapan and Woh Lamhe under his belt. In fact, Suri has also been at the helm of affairs for three consecutive blockbusters for the Bhatt Camp in the recent past – Ek Villain, Aashiqui 2 and Murder 2.Continue reading “Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie Review: Shockingly Regressive and Melodramatic”

Hamari Adhuri Kahaani Movie Review: A Good Director Cannot Save A Bad Script

In 1982, Mahesh Bhatt made Arth, with Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. Since then, he has made it again and again atleast a 100 times. If not that, he has taken elements from Arth and twisted them around, rebottled them with new flavor, and made a film again. Arth was an absolute classic. Most of its derivatives are not. But Bhatt will never get out of it seems. And he must plunge us as well as he drowns. Directed by Mohit Suri, Hamari Adhuri Kahaani is concocted with a stellar cast, but it is supposed to be the love story of Mahesh Bhatt’s parents. In reality, it is another take on Arth. Albeit drenched in ham-fisted dialogue by Shagufta Rafique. Continue reading “Hamari Adhuri Kahaani Movie Review: A Good Director Cannot Save A Bad Script”