Gully Boy Movie Review: Authentic Body, Fake Soul

Gully Boy’s aim at authenticity is commendable. The locations, the texture, the music all build up an authentic world of the origin of Gully rap. But the protagonist, the Gully Boy himself is fake and hollow. Not false in the way many of the gully rappers are, wearing their hoodies and flat-rimmed caps just imitating the hip-hop pioneers, but in a way how clean-cut he is without any spunk, neither has a single negative nor a rebellious streak in him. Zoya Akhtar and co. have created a character out of their imagination of how an ideal rapper is, or rather ‘ought’ to be as per their standards.

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Keeping aside their personal commitments, noted directors Anurag Kashyap (also the Executive Producer on the film), Zoya Akhtar, Shekar Kapur and R.Balki united to cheer on India to submit their video stories to Google and Scott Free Films for the country’s largest crowdsourced film, INDIA IN A DAY directed by Richie Mehta.Continue reading “WHEN ANURAG, ZOYA, BALKI AND SHEKHAR KAPUR UNITED”

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’”

Dil Dhadakne Do Movie Review : All Is Well That Ends Well

I have decided to do short reviews of films whenever I am low on time. Yes. That works better for everyone reading it as well. So yay!Continue reading “Dil Dhadakne Do Movie Review : All Is Well That Ends Well”

Dil Dhadakne Do Review: Crowded and Confused, But Candid

That Zoya Akhtar is brilliant at mounting emotions on lavish urban backdrops is now part of the Hindi film industry folklore. Luck by Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Zoya’s previous two films, had lovely interplay of innate, mostly unexpressed human emotions in the backdrop of a breathtaking canvas. In fact, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD) went on to become an urban cult film on friendship, bonding and self-realization. Dil Dhadakne Do comes at the back of the hugely successfully and much loved ZNMD and hence the expectations from the film are sky-high. Does Dil Dhadakne get your heart pumping like how ZNMD did? Sadly, the answer is in negative. Dil Dhadakne Do, albeit an honest and occasionally sincere effort in the tricky family drama/comedy genre, eventually fails to sail through and sinks without leaving much trace on your mind’s waters.Continue reading “Dil Dhadakne Do Review: Crowded and Confused, But Candid”

Kiran Rao to head NFDC’s unique film centre “FILMBAY”

Filmmaker Kiran Rao will spearhead a new and unique film centre in Mumbai “FilmBay”, a National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) initiative to be launched by the end of this year. The “FilmBay” will provide an alternative, exhibition space for independent and art-house cinema and documentaries that may never get a traditional commercial Bollywood release.

Kiran Rao, as Creative Director, will be supported by renowned members of the industry, Anupama Chopra, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Rohan Sippy, who will bring in their collective expertise to make the Film Centre a diverse, eclectic hub for debate and discussion.Continue reading “Kiran Rao to head NFDC’s unique film centre “FILMBAY””

The 16th Mumbai Film Festival Concludes as ‘Court’, ‘Chauranga’ and ‘Killa’ bag Top Honors

Painting a whole new world of cinema, creativity and master classes, the 16th Mumbai Film Festival organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) traversed from screens straight to the cine goer’s hearts over the last 8 days. A testimony to faith of cinema patrons, the festival saw exemplary success and drew to a close with assurance to return next year with more glitz and glamour.

The closing night sparkled in the presence of celebrities such as Madhuri Dixit, Vaani Kapoor, Esha Gupta,  Parineeti Chopraand Anushka Sharma joined by business world stalwarts including Ajay Bijli, Chairman PVR, Gayatri Yadav, CMO, Star India among others and the coveted members of the Jury.Continue reading “The 16th Mumbai Film Festival Concludes as ‘Court’, ‘Chauranga’ and ‘Killa’ bag Top Honors”

Bombay Talkies: Tribute to 100 years of Indian Cinema

An ode is a rather tough thing. You have to be very much in love to be able to pay an ode to something. Here we have 4 film makers paying an ode to cinema and their love for cinema is very much visible and palpable. You’d expect an ode to bring out what has been prevalent in the industry but no, here the filmmakers make the movies the way a few movies have come out the last year, a superior kind of movies, movies that have been a breath of fresh air in the industry.Continue reading “Bombay Talkies: Tribute to 100 years of Indian Cinema”

Bombay Talkies Movie Review: An Ode to the Experience of Cinema

Bombay TalkiesAs I sat in the dark dingy single screen in nondescript Katpadi village a forty two second teaser of my favorite superstar’s comeback film unspooled on the silver screen. Just a glimpse, a fleeting glimpse of the star on the big screen five years since the last outing drove me to tears of joy. That is the power that cinema holds in this film crazy nation of ours. It is this power and hold on the collective conscience of the masses that Bombay Talkies celebrates.Continue reading “Bombay Talkies Movie Review: An Ode to the Experience of Cinema”