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…

Manto is the most important film of our time

Just twelve years before the birth of Saadat Hasan Manto, a man breathed his last. He had been a writer of the highest calibre, writing unabashed about social decadence, the misplaced concept of beauty, and breaking the archetype of sexuality. As could have been expected for the times then, as they can be now, his…

Sacred Games | Review | Nawazuddin Siddiqui | Saif Ali Khan

Yayati was a Puranic king and an ancestor of the Pandavas. Legend has it that he was cursed with old age during his prime by Shukracharya, the priest of the Asuras, which he later exchanged with his Son Puru to regain his youth. The season Finale of Sacred Game is titled ‘Yayati’ and it is…

Raees | Movie Review | Shahrukh Khan

Prohibition, in India, has had an alluring history. Throughout the Independence movement, prominent leaders like Gandhi have held a staunch perspective towards the consumption and ill-effects of liquor among the young who needed to unite in harmony and stand against the enemy. In an attempt to carry forward his anti-addiction policy, the Central and State…

Haraamkhor | Movie Review

Reality is uncomfortable, isn’t it ? The unfettered emotions and the naked truths of a grimy world are difficult to process when subconsciously our brains are attuned to phase out or masquerade such thoughts by over-writing them with all that is shiny and clean. This basic survival mechanism is what keeps most of us far…

The “Freaky Ali” Review

I belong to the increasing legion of fans who wait for a Nawazuddin Siddiqui movie with great anticipation. He is one performer, who, over the last few years has brought about a refreshing change in focus from gimmick-heavy, muscle-flexing form of acting to a more refined and honest show of acting prowess which is almost…