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…

Patriotism in Bollywood

It was 6 months after Mahatma Gandhi had started the Quit India Movement and promulgated a nation wide non-violent campaign against the Britishers. In Bombay, lyricist Kavi Pradeep was working on a song for the new movie “Kismet” which was to star Ashok Kumar. Although the movie was about a small time pick pocket and…

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…

Whitney Cummings : Can I touch it? | Netflix

It is not everyday that you see a Sex Robot on stage. In hindsight though, we should have seen that cumming (I just had to 😉 ). In her fourth taping for Netflix, Whitney Cummings touches upon all topics considered tendentious these days and uses her acuity and sharp comic timing to deliver a taut…

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…

“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…

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…

A superhero story this! The “Super 30” trailer is inspiring

The very first sentence of the “Super 30” trailer makes you think. We are a nation of a billion plus people, yet the disparity is perceptible. Super 30 is a story which most of us have heard of, in newspapers and news channels. Ask any IIT aspirant and you will notice the reverence with which…

Rocketman | Movie Review

Elton John stands in an attention position as smoke emanates all around him and within a second, he takes off for the firmament!! While you picturise that happening in your mind, let me palliate any doubts by saying that Rocketman is infact a well made biographical movie, albeit with few creative liberties taken here and…

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….