Manmarziyaan | Review

“If it is right, it happens—the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”– John Steinbeck The beauty of Love is that despite all the glaring imperfections visible on the surface, the emotion is tenacious enough to vanquish all and arouse something ethereal within us. Anurag Kashyap’s Manmarziyaan is an exploration of the…

The Predator | Review

If you are a millennial in India, you have probably grown up watching Star Movies, which was our quintessential gateway to Hollywood back in the 90s. When you want to create an audience where none exists, you introduce them to the blitz and bang of action films. The Star Group understood that very well and…

Gali Guleiyan is why I write about Film

In the dingy back-alleys of a forgotten Delhi, decrepit buildings find themselves entangled with overhanging electrical wires covered with the soot and grime of everyday life. Somewhere inside one of those tenements, lives a man who sits in front of a TV set peering intently into the goings-on. His face is contorted with a deep-seated…

The Nun | Review

When it comes to milking a franchise till posterity, The Conjuring universe has become a cow that keeps on giving.  After the phenomenal reception that the first two films received from the audience, James Wan set a template for horror film-makers proving time and again that horror can be a money-making genre right up there…

Searching and the Genre of Technopomorphism

Social Media has pervaded so deep into our world that even after we die, our consciousness would still live through the technological footprint that we would leave behind. Maybe someday, Bioscientists would become capable enough to recreate us from the string of binary shadow of us that would be floating around in the ocean of…

The Rom-Coms are back!!

Peter ‘those-eyes-that-voice’ Kavinsky is the latest phenomenon getting girls (even some boys) all googly eyed while Lara Jean is making quirky-recluse appealing again. Elle is making sure you imagined yourself voyeuristically looking at the ‘events’ in the Kissing Booth. Is it the 90s? Are Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger plotting a grand comeback? Unfortunately no,…

Stree | Review

When the Ramsay brothers directed their first horror film in 1972, little did they know that it would spawn a stream of parallel cinema which would never become a part of mainstream Bollywood, but would rather create its own cult following. This cult following which may have started out by ardent horror enthusiasts doesn’t stand…

Alpha | Review

Jerry Seinfeld, always the astute observer that he is, once said that if the aliens were to look down upon us with their large telescopes one day, they would think that all of humanity served a higher species known as the dogs. They would see us feeding them, petting them, bathing them and even picking…

Ghoul | Review | Netflix

Atmospherics play an indispensable part in creating the eerie feeling which makes the audience uncomfortable whilst creating a sense of inevitability to the narrative. Take movies from every era, be it The Birds, The Shining or the recent 10 Cloverfield Lane, the claustrophobia, dark alleys and surrealistic musical cues create the necessary setting where the…

Best (new) Documentaries streaming  on Netflix India right now

Besides their constant push to create original movies, Netflix is also becoming a treasure-trove for documentary enthusiasts. While Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and The Staircase achieved much critical acclaim, there are still many undiscovered documentaries that would grip you from the get-go and make you binge until you have heard the full story. After sifting…

Gold | Review

Kishan Lal was born in colonial India in the year 1917. He was the captain of the first Indian team which won the Olympics Gold medal in 1948 under the Indian Tricolour. A born leader, talismanic figure of Indian hockey and later a successful coach and commentator, Kishan Lal was honoured with the Padma Shri…

Why The Meg is an insult to Jaws | Viewpoint

The year was 1974 and a young twenty one year old was fiercely pitching his capabilities to producers at Universal Studios about bringing Peter Benchley’s smash hit book named Jaws to the big screen. This ambitious young man was none other than the legendary Steven Spielberg. Producers Dick Zanuck and Dave Brown had gone around…