Screengobblr Interviews | Ananth Mahadevan & Shweta Rohira

“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to..” – Willem Defoe This very challenge which Willem Defoe talks about has kept Mr Ananth Mahadevan driven for the last three decades and he is not slowing down any time soon. As I sat down in…

Four More Shots Please |It stutters but makes it up with verve

So, Sex and the City and Veere Di Wedding had a love child? Before you reject my hypothesis as spurious, hear me out. Four females with broken hearts, internal turmoil and fantasy filled ‘sex’capades become each other’s strengths and a lucky suburban Bar’s premium customers. Going by the number of shots they wash down their…

Dhappa | Marathi | Pre-Release review

Towards the end of the movie ‘Dhappa’, a Tv presenter quips that if any adult plans to watch the climatic kids play, they are advised to be accompanied by someone below 18-year old. The wisecrack works well to establish the overall essence of the movie, which is an avant-garde of sorts. I will not segment…

Bumblebee | Unchained Melody, 80s vibe and a resurrected Franchise

If you are introducing your 18 year old cousin to the Transformers universe, you should start with the Bumblebee and probably show snippets of Optimus Prime fighting valiantly as Earth’s defender. The issue plaguing the Transformers movies have snowballed due to 2 main reasons. Michael Bay and his obsession with CGI antics and the faltering,…

Black Mirror : Bandersnatch | A week after the world united to save Stefan

(Spoilers included) Few days back the official Twitter handle of Netflix created quite a flutter by sharing that nearly 45 million accounts have watched the latest original “Bird Box”. What seemed like a subtle chest thumping, turned into a squabble among naysayers who discussed the relevance of such a data where the completion percentage is…

Zero | Review | The best Khan movie of 2018

That title was a click bait, I concede. But everyone cannot be as honest as Aanand L. Rai, who covertly insinuated us to have ‘zero expectations’ from the movie by naming it ‘Zero‘. However, it is not as bad as the other ‘Khan movies’ this year. But if your benchmarks are ‘Race‘ and ‘Thugs of…

What else am I bingeing on? Stand-up specials on Netflix

A joke where the Holocaust is the punchline rarely got any approbation a decade or so ago. But with an ever changing palate and people exposed to a heterogenous array of content, we have the risqué and the innocuous coexisting. The joke in question is from a Netflix special done by Anthony Jeselnik, the king…

Dilip Kumar | The first ‘Realism Hero’ | Happy 96th Birthday

Amitabh Bachchan put it aptly when he tweeted this today— “ ….the history of Indian Cinema shall always be written as ‘before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar” When we talk about the doyens of Indian Cinema, the name Dilip Kumar is taken with utmost reverence. He is peerless and probably the first purist to…

What else am I bingeing on? | Pankaj Tripathy

Anupama Chopra, “How did you come up with the ‘Aadhar Linked with the Witch’ dialogue in Stree?” Pankaj Tripathy,” Those days, almost every service provider was SMSing me requesting my Aadhar to be linked to my account. I thought the Witch might also have her Aadhar linked!” This is one of the numerous quips spread…

2.0 | Movie Review

The problem with technology is that it can overwhelm the user and metamorphose what is to be a vision into a pedantic exhibit of firecrackers without much substance. Indian Filmmakers are particularly susceptible to getting carried away by the glitter of CGI and action. Most of the CGI ‘infested’ movies which come out India are…

Thugs of Hindostan | Movie Review

Thugs of Hindostan has further reaffirmed my longstanding opinion that Diwali releases are never to be trusted for quality. Don’t believe me? Here are the Diwali movies released this decade— 2011- Ra.One 2012- Son of Sardaar 2013- Krish 3 2014- Happy New Year 2015- Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 2016- Ae Dil Hain Mushkil & Shivaay…

Top 4 non-English series currently streaming on Netflix

There is a scurry of fresh content lining up to be on Netflix which are cutting across cultural and linguistic divides. An article published on Indiantelevision.com today predicted that India is on track to becoming the second largest video- viewing audience by 2020. Content consumption among Indians has become both variegated and evolved. And we…