Indie Film of the Month : Aslam Ka Dost | Review

2014 gave us the ultimate and literal coming-of-age movie ‘Boyhood’, where Richard Linklater’s ethos of leisurely story-telling resonated with audiences across age groups and people in theatres relaxed in their recliner seats, sipped their cold drink calmly and let Linklater indulge in his narration of a localised vision of streetwise random, as he told a…

Mindhunter – Season 2 | Review

David Fincher’s Netflix adaptation is based on John Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s seminal true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit which provided a never-before-seen insight into the creation of FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) in the 70s. This was a time when psychological profiling of criminals was unheard of and the concept of…

The Dil Chahta Hai generation | 18 years of Akash, Sameer & Sid

“The only time a group of friends successfully executed a Goa plan without anyone backing out was in Dil Chahta Hai” — Anonymous Indian (unconfirmed) On August 10, 2001 Farhan Akhtar presented us with a cult classic about bromance, complicated relationships and the undefiled freshness of three disparate characters whose camaraderie binds them together. When…

The Boys – Season 1 : Subverting the Superhero Myth | Review

If you looked at the etymology of the word ‘hero’, you’d be hard-pressed to find even a single negative attribute that would define the word. Heroes are supposed to be these unnatural humans who were outliers, incorruptible and essentially good. Superheroes, all the more so. Even with powers with which they can clutch the world…

Virus and the art of Medical Thrillers | Review

Even as Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Environmental Activist, warns us about our foreboding future – “But I don’t want your hope, I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic, I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act, I want you to…

What else am I bingeing on | Netflix, MX Player, Hoichoi, Voot

Secret Obsession : (Streaming on Netflix) The movie’s fate and eventual likeability hinges on the climatic reveal. For obvious reasons we will abstain from divulging any details, but let me tell you this, the title is a giveaway. Secret Obsession has nothing noteworthy in terms of plot buildout. It takes a beaten to death route…

Comicstaan Season 2 | Episode 1-3 | Review

Comicstaan Season 2 returned this Friday with 3 episodes releasing together while the rest of the 5 episodes will release every subsequent Friday. The familiar stand up stars take the judge’s seats with a few returning from Season 1 while some, like Zakir Khan take the mantle of judging for the first time. Amazon Prime…

I want to like the Indian version of ‘The Office’ but it’s hard  | Opinion

While watching the American version of The Office, I have often wondered how Greg Daniels managed to adapt a hit TV show and still create such iconic characters that have become a cult phenomenon. Wasn’t there that ‘whatchamacallit curse’ which created convoluted, lesser versions of great originals when repackaged for a different audience ? Although…

“Game Over” Explained !

2018 gave us a brain mash in Andhadhun, one of the movies of the decade with a convoluted plotline which engendered innumerable fan theories. With “Game Over” we may have stumbled upon the first such brain mash of the year! The movie at its surface is a simple story about a troubled woman who finds…

Game Over | Movie Review |Taapsee Pannu

Fear manifests itself in various forms. Some are palpable due to impending danger and some are visceral and occupy the mind completely. The Shining worked because of the looming psychotic presence of Jack, while in The Babadook, the anticipation of the apparition keeps us hooked. Game Over beautifully juxtaposes both types of fear to deliver…