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…

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…

Indie Film of the Month : Paudha | Review

In the 2019 Budget reveal, the cabinet put forward a vision for India to become a $ 5 trillion dollar economy. Despite the economic juggernaut that we are, the heart of India still resides in its small towns. This diaspora of people often carries its belief systems with it into the metros where they create…

Bharat | Movie Review | A national disaster of epic proportions

The best thing about Bharat is that it ends! After an excruciating 2 hours and 35 minutes, the exit door bulb lights up and it signifies hope for the wretched movie goer. I remember the scene from Swades when the old woman in the village looks at the bulb which lights up for the very…

Black Mirror Season 5 : Episodes Ranked Worst to Best

Charlie Brooker’s seminal speculative science fiction series Black Mirror brought the exciting romance of the genre back to our TV screen. What sets his writing apart is the impending possibility of the ideas portrayed that are more than likely to happen in our very lifetimes, unlike typical sci-fi dramas where the setting is often a hundred years…

Chernobyl: The horror of Nuclear Radiation and a Failed State | Review

On December 2nd 1942, Enrico Fermi, a Nobel Prize winning American-Italian physicist, announced the world’s first man-made self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in a makeshift Nuclear Reactor called the Chicago Pile – 1 (CP-1). Getting its name from Fermi’s amusing description of it as – “a crude pile of black bricks and wooden timbers”, CP-1 was…