‘Made in Heaven’ is unflinchingly brutal | Review

When you hear of a limited series collaboration between Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, you stand up and listen. The director-writer duo is inadvertently emerging as a force majeur in the film-makers’ circuit and with good reason. While Akhtar has established a firm footing as a naturally gifted director through her cult classics Luck By…

Captain Marvel used to be Shazam and our mind is blown !

So little is known about Captain Marvel in contemporary pop-culture that when her sign first flashed on Nick Fury’s retrofitted pager while he turned to ash in Avengers: Infinity War, movie-goers were left wondering what his last trump card was. It was, of course, the ardent comic-book nerds who came to the rescue and recognized…

RSVP Movies | The production house to watch out for | Ronnie Screwvala

Rohinton Screwvala, known to the world as Ronnie, is a pioneer in the true sense of the word. The affable yet shrewd businessman has founded companies which are as diverse from each other as possible, but with the central ethos of ‘all glory is fleeting, so strive for more’ running in their entrepreneurial veins. After…

Netflix’s new stalker-thriller ‘Dirty John’ is almost perfect

After the resounding success of You, stalker thrillers are a dime a dozen on Netflix including some of the most terrifying true crime documentaries that would get under your skin. Based on a True Crime podcast of the same name by Wondery, Dirty John revolves around an expert con-man and sociopath named John Meehan who…

Sonchiriya’s gritty tale of redemption will haunt you for days

Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 film Sholay was more than just a fight that pitted two ex-cons against a notorious gang of dacoits that had terrorized the village of Ramgarh. It was also a romanticized version of the proverbial battle between good and evil. Jai and Veeru were the quintessential misunderstood samaritans who had fallen into the…

The Umbrella Academy | Review

In a world where larger than life CGI-based superheroes rule the roost, we have gotten used to a strange predictability that no matter what happens, the world would eventually be saved and things would go back to normal. Marvel only recently broke this convention by letting Thanos score a win against the Avengers in, you…

Total Dhamaal left me speechless

Remember that time when you have had a splitting headache and you wished someone could give you a free lobotomy ? Well, that’s how I felt when I walked out of the theatre after about 150 minutes of brain-titillating balderdash. The first Dhamaal came out over a decade ago with surprisingly well-timed comedy with scenes…

Screengobblr Interviews | Ananth Mahadevan & Shweta Rohira

“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to..” – Willem Defoe This very challenge which Willem Defoe talks about has kept Mr Ananth Mahadevan driven for the last three decades and he is not slowing down any time soon. As I sat down in…

Revisiting Bombay 70 – The Naezy Story

Amidst the bustling subculture of Indian hip-hop and rap productions that finds its place in Youtube today, there is a 10-minute short film called Bombay 70 that had been showcased in the MAMI film festival in 2014 and had gone on to win the Best Short Film award in the Mumbai Dimensions category. This heartfelt…

What else am I bingeing on | The Graham Norton Show

Talk shows have been part of the popular culture for decades. Network television brought about the golden age in prime time Talk Shows from 1949 to 1973. Late night shows came a little later, after studio bosses figured that it is highly cost effective to produce a ‘casual’ talk show than a sitcom. Also, legends…

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is a study in contrasts

Based in a politically tempestuous time in 1970s Mexico, Alfonso Cuarón’s personal sketch gambols between the journey of Cleodegaria “Cleo” Gutierrez as she serves as live-in help for a middle-class Mexican family, and the societal upheaval that swept through the country during that period. Civil conflict between the incumbent authoritarianism led by the PRI (Institutional…