Sui Dhaaga weaves together an instant classic

In the razzmatazz of a service economy, we have somehow forgotten the fact that India was a land of riches and opportunity. During the 1700s, under the reign of the Mughal Empire, India accounted for a quarter of the world’s GDP making it the most powerful and self-reliant economy in the world. It was only…

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…

Stree | Review

When the Ramsay brothers directed their first horror film in 1972, little did they know that it would spawn a stream of parallel cinema which would never become a part of mainstream Bollywood, but would rather create its own cult following. This cult following which may have started out by ardent horror enthusiasts doesn’t stand…

Gold | Review

Kishan Lal was born in colonial India in the year 1917. He was the captain of the first Indian team which won the Olympics Gold medal in 1948 under the Indian Tricolour. A born leader, talismanic figure of Indian hockey and later a successful coach and commentator, Kishan Lal was honoured with the Padma Shri…

Mulk | Review

The history of Religion is fraught with violence. A definitive set of tenets can only work when you can boast of a massive population that follows them. However, not everyone would be sympathetic to your beliefs so war became a method for powerful regimes to impose their religious doctrines on relatively secular states which held…

Why Race 3 is the best film of 2018

You thought this was clickbait, didn’t you ? Well, guess what. It is not. How’s that for a twist, you Nolan-praising, Kashyap-breathing, rational human-being you ? Race 3 is the culmination of a decade long vision of ace directors (they put the ‘ace’ in ‘race’) Abbas-Mustan much like Marvel’s Avengers : Infinity War, except that…

Bhavesh Joshi Superhero | Review

We have been surprisingly unimaginative when it comes to creating Superheroes. The last original, most elaborate templates we have had, came from scriptures that were thousands of years old. Even though they were brilliant masterpieces of writing and character arcs, Ramayana and Mahabharata had become infused into a larger world religion, and their characters had…

Biopic Man : Why Rajkummar Rao did Omertà

In As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII Shakespeare talks about the world being a stage, and all men and women merely players. This unassumingly simple idea may actually have two different perspectives – one for the audience and one for the actor. For the audience, it would resonate with the myriad of duties…

The Philosophy behind Shoojit Sircar’s October

The idea of romance in Bollywood is unabashedly centered around a more materialistic meaning of the word ‘Love’. If I love something, I must pursue it and obtain it by any means necessary. More often than not, this base instinct becomes the ultimate motivation for a protagonist to fight against evil not for the righteous…

Does SIZE really matter? | Sidharth Iyer

OK, before you start thinking you stumbled upon a sexpert’s weekly column mistakenly – Don’t worry we are still discussing movies here! There have been many ‘media gurus’ and ‘trade pundits’ who have attempted to answer the question – ‘Is it truly feasible to make feature length films for exclusive streaming platforms alone?’ While many…

Padman | Movie Review | Akshay Kumar | R Balki

Gloria Steinem in her acerbic witty style, wrote an article ‘If men could menstruate’, where she imagined a society in which men had menstruation cycles. She said, “So what would happen if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? Clearly, menstruation would become an enviable, worthy, masculine event. Men would brag about how…

Padmaavat | Movie Review | Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor

Padmaavat is an epic poem written by the Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in the year 1540, more than 200 years after Alauddin Khilji’s invasion against the king of Chittor. Historians have no account of a Queen Padmavati bewitching Khilji and refer to her story as an allegory. Even the great wordsmith Amir Khusrau, who…