Brightburn | Movie Review

A kindly couple in a rural setting, unable to bear children, take in an alien child hurtled into their lives from space. Sounds familiar? Of course it does. Because we all know what happens next. The child grows up to be a righteous paladin of the world and is christened Superman for his extraordinary strength….

The legend of La Llorona and why it’s worth a watch | Review

Motherhood is a beautiful thing, and yet, painful when exposed to the persecution of life. One of my favourite horror films in recent time on this very theme is Andrés Muschietti’s Mama where two toddlers survive a car-crash and are taken care of by the spirit of a mother who had lost her children many…

Romeo Akbar Walter | Movie Review

Espionage as a subject has attracted a lot of interest from Bollywood recently. From D-Day to Baby to Ek Tha Tiger and the recent blockbuster Raazi, makers have stumbled upon a formula of interlacing patriotism with rampaging action sequences backed by a pulsating score. As a kid, the first such ‘Spy’ movie I remember was…

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…

Gully Boy | Review

No mincing words, no flinching courage, With heads held high comes the convoy, The commotion starts, emotions rise, Look to your right, Enter Gully Boy!! Well, the movie has got me pumped and my sleepy poet awake. Joyce Meyer put it aptly when he said, “ Words are containers for power. You choose what kind…

Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi | Review

There is something really alluring about powerful female characters. From being mere aberrations to helming entire projects on their shoulders, strong female protagonists have come a long way in trailing a blaze in the hitherto male-worshiping Bollywood. Indian history itself has not been kind to female bravehearts who have been reduced to the end pages…

A Private War | Review

It takes a special kind of conviction to become a War Correspondent. As per the data gathered by the Committee to Protect Journalists, no less than 74 journalists lost their lives in 2012 alone, while on the field reporting back to their respective media agencies. Imagine watching the abject devastation on a town somewhere in…

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs | Review

Westerns have always held a hallowed space in the annals of Hollywood. The wild, lawless past depicted in these films mirrored a time of immense change for America as a nation for this was a time when railroads were being built to join towns as an industrial revolution swept through its veins. While the burgeoning…

Indian Horror is coming of age and Tumbbad shows how

Netflix’s Ghoul introduced us to a kind of horror that was very uncharacteristic for what we have been used to in Bollywood. There were none of the distracting tropes that acted merely as fillers until the next jump-scare. Ghoul’s unremitting personality pulled us into its dystopian gloom through its atmosphere that was layered deliciously over…

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…