The story that needed to be told | Laakhon Mein Ek | Created by Biswa Kalyan Rath

It was in June 2014, when two seemingly goofy guys rose from anonymity to social media stardom. Their formula – a fresh, unabashed take on the mind-numbingly silly tropes used in mainstream Bollywood. Aptly titled Pretentious Movie Reviews, the show broke the traditional reviewing style by bringing out hilarious observations that were exaggerated through sketches…

TVF Inmates | Episode 1 & 2 Review | Mukti Mohan, Kashyap Kapoor

Seinfeld, Friends, How I Met Your Mother… hugely successful series, albeit western, which have become our regular fodder during our travel to work, lunch breaks or a constant companion during our weekend slothfulness. Basic premises being similar, these series have a cult following due to their connect with the younger audience over the years and…

Mindhunter | Pilot Review | David Fincher

Crime dramas hold an unsaid fetish with the viewers. On one hand we want the law enforcement to get down and dirty to solve the crime but a part of us is also intrigued by the psychology of the prodigal murderer. Netflix’s exponentially increasing repertoire of originals and screen adaptations has given us some of…

An ode to Bollywood’s Crown Prince | Rajkummar Rao | by Vibhor Chadha

A few years ago, I had read a book called “The Secret”. Throughout the book, the author repeatedly stressed on the power of belief; in yourself, in your dreams and in your courage to overcome what obstacles may come in your way. She called it the Law of Attraction: When you put your whole being into achieving a…

The elusive Oscar for Bollywood and the ‘Newton’ promise

Somewhere between the utter conundrum surrounding one year in office of arguably the most polarizing president of the United States and the muddled yet well-intentioned path towards ‘Acche Din’ (good times) delineated by Narendra Modi’s government in India, the movie ‘Newton’ got the audience vote as well as a unanimous selection from the jury as…

Blade Runner 2049 | The philosophy and symbolism of Denis Villeneuve

The year was 1982 and Hollywood was teeming with some of the best science-fiction films that would later become classics in film history. Spielberg’s E.T : The Extraterrestrial and Steven Lisberg’s Tron were captivating audiences in their respective thematic presentations but it was apparent that both were ensconced in the pubescent technology that existed during…

Ghosted | Pilot Review

Ghosted released yesterday, Sunday, October 1st and the series is just the perfect divertissement you needed to relax on a laid back Sunday afternoon. The makers of the series cognize the potential of buddy cop camaraderie between stars Adam Scott and Chris Robinson and jump straight into it without spending too much time in establishing…

Has Gerald’s Game just created a new genre ?

Despite the fact that Hollywood has seen one of its slowest summers this year, 2017 has given us some of the biggest blockbusters with films like Wonder Woman, Logan, Dunkirk, War for the Planet of the Apes just to name a few. Be that as it may, if you had to baptize this generous year…

Mission China (Assamese) | Review

Every movie industry goes through a sine curve wherein a period of saturation plagues the industry for some time and it’s resurgence depends on fresh ideas and even fresher execution to lure the audience back to the theatres with renewed vigour. Hollywood reinvented itself with 2001 : A Space Odyssey back in 1968 which is…

BAADSHAHO and a look at the MASALA Movie genre

A brooding Ajay Devgn, breakneck action sequences and a gang of misfits trying to rampage their way to a royal treasure. Sounds like a great recipe for a ‘masala’ movie? Yes, if you are still stuck in the 90s. Masala movies are a staple genre in Bollywood which try to cram in every emotion fathomable,…

We need to talk about Petyr Baelish

And so, Winter has truly arrived in Westeros as reinforced by the menacing snow-flakes falling over King’s Landing. The enemy, whose mere glimpses had sent shivers down our spines, has now set foot into the land we had earlier associated only with political strife, bloody war-games and dark magic. The game of thrones has now…