‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’ is not a superhero movie | Review

While the Marvel – DC rivalry gathers heat, there’s a sub-genre of superhero parody films that have made their very own space. These films do not boast of over-the-top special effects, powerful meta-humans, or world-threatening events. They consist of beaten down underdogs who develop a quixotic obsession to emulate the vigilantism of superhero characters that…

Sonchiriya’s gritty tale of redemption will haunt you for days

Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 film Sholay was more than just a fight that pitted two ex-cons against a notorious gang of dacoits that had terrorized the village of Ramgarh. It was also a romanticized version of the proverbial battle between good and evil. Jai and Veeru were the quintessential misunderstood samaritans who had fallen into the…

Total Dhamaal left me speechless

Remember that time when you have had a splitting headache and you wished someone could give you a free lobotomy ? Well, that’s how I felt when I walked out of the theatre after about 150 minutes of brain-titillating balderdash. The first Dhamaal came out over a decade ago with surprisingly well-timed comedy with scenes…

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is a study in contrasts

Based in a politically tempestuous time in 1970s Mexico, Alfonso Cuarón’s personal sketch gambols between the journey of Cleodegaria “Cleo” Gutierrez as she serves as live-in help for a middle-class Mexican family, and the societal upheaval that swept through the country during that period. Civil conflict between the incumbent authoritarianism led by the PRI (Institutional…

Gully Boy | Review

No mincing words, no flinching courage, With heads held high comes the convoy, The commotion starts, emotions rise, Look to your right, Enter Gully Boy!! Well, the movie has got me pumped and my sleepy poet awake. Joyce Meyer put it aptly when he said, “ Words are containers for power. You choose what kind…

Is Alita: Battle Angel Rodriguez’s best film yet ?

Although I enjoyed Robert Rodriguez’s popular trilogy Spy Kids as a teenager, I always saw him as a director whose style was a bit over-the-top with a tinge of exaggerated drama which made his films feel like super-bowl commercials. Don’t get me wrong here. Rodriguez knew what he was doing and his movies had a…

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga | Review

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgement regarding Section 377 on Sep 2018 lifting the 158-year-old archaic law that prohibited ‘unnatural offenses’ in terms of sexual intercourse against the order of nature of any man, woman or animal. Being highly subjective in its verbiage, Section 377 had become a weapon for anyone and…

Velvet Buzzsaw is a buzzkill | Netflix

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out became the breakout film of 2018 through its piercing, literal commentary of the unconscious racism that still pervades the predominantly white America. On the outset, Get Out uses all the tropes of a neoclassic horror thriller in its premise where Daniel Kaluuya, who plays Chris, goes out to meet…

Thackeray | Review

In the year 1925, just the year before Bal Keshav Thackeray was born, the first volume of the National Socialism manifesto was published. It was written by a young man who had traveled to Vienna from his hometown in Austria to become an artist. However, during his travails, his worldview began to shape into an…

Manikarnika : The Queen of Jhansi | Review

There is something really alluring about powerful female characters. From being mere aberrations to helming entire projects on their shoulders, strong female protagonists have come a long way in trailing a blaze in the hitherto male-worshiping Bollywood. Indian history itself has not been kind to female bravehearts who have been reduced to the end pages…

Uri : The Surgical Strike | Review

If you are a regular follower of Indian politics, then you will surely have come across the copious amount of memes with ‘Kadi Ninda’ (strong condemnation) as the punch phrase. For the longest time, an average Indian politician cut a sorry figure post the umpteen infiltration and terrorist activities perpetrated on our soil. They came…

Is ‘The Mule’ Clint Eastwood’s first ever comedy ?

If you dare categorize the world using Clint Eastwood’s career, you would end up with three distinct groups – the ones who know him as an actor, the ones who know him as a director, and the ones who know him as a performer. As you expand yourself by assimilating more than one facet of…