Film Reviews

Bahubali

Bahubali

When the film was originally conceived, SS Rajamouli must have clearly imagined that this was going to be a visual spectacle. It was going to be promoted as a grand epic and therefore the entire effort would be spent on that. Clearly, that’s what they have achieved. Bahubali is a spectacle of great imagination. Yes, […]

O Kadhal Kanmani

O Kadhal Kanmani

[Cast: Dulqhar Salman, Nithya Menon, Prakash Raj, Leena Samson; Music: AR Rahman; Direction; Mani Ratnam] I’m not sure whether O Kadhal Kanmani was the first Tamil film to deal with the idea of Living-In Relationship. I believe it is. There have been films that portrayed pre-marital sex. Nammavar did it way back in 1995. However, […]

Shamitabh

Shamitabh

[Cast: Amitabh Bacchan, Dhanush, Akshara Hassan; Music: Ilaiyaraja; Direction: R. Balki] Self-referenced indulgent movies aren’t new to Indian cinema. Many of Shah Rukh and Rajini movies continually refer back to their previous hits in the hope of extracting some excited cheer from their fans. Shamitabh is the next milestone in that journey of self-referenced films. […]

PK and Hinduism

PK and Hinduism

Some sections of the Hindutva groups are protesting that P.K. is ridiculing Hindu gods and Hindu belief systems and, in the process, hurting their religious sentiments. Therefore, they claim, the film must be banned. Many of these groups are actually shadow organisations of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the umbrella organisation of all the Hindutva […]

I – The Movie

I – The Movie

[Cast: Vikram, Amy Jackson, Santhanam; Music: AR Rahman, Direction: Shankar] Shankar had a knack of telling simple and direct stories. Like primary colours, his films used to deal with primary emotions. Sometimes they even border on banality, but they always worked with the audience. Sujatha must have been a key factor in establishing such simplicity […]

Haider

Haider

(Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Shradda Kapoor, KK Menon, Irfan Khan; Music, Story, Screenplay, Direction: Vishal Bharadwaj)   Hamlet is arguably be one of the toughest Shakespeare plays to remake, more so to Indianise. There’s infidelity, familial disloyalties, hallucinations and mental illnesses, unpalatable tragedy and, why, even an incestuous undertone. None of this that Indian audience […]

Ship of Theseus

Ship of Theseus

[Cast: Aida Elkashef, Sohum Shah, Neeraj Kabi, Shukla Vinay, Sameer Khurana; Music: Naren Chandavarkar, Benedict Taylor; Director: Anand Gandhi]   At one look Ship of Theseus might appear quite pretentious. The under-whelming DVD cover, which is intentionally designed to discourage you from picking it up from the shelves. The cryptic title of the film which […]

Kochadaiyaan

Kochadaiyaan

[Cast: Rajinikanth, Deepika Padukone, Nasser, Sarath Kumar, Shobana, Rukmini, Aadhi; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Soundarya Rajinikanth] We have seen several high-quality motion-capture animation techniques in the past. Some of them we didn’t even know were executed using the motion-capture technique. Take Gollum for example. That wretched schizophrenic character in The Lord of the Rings […]

Queen The Film

Queen The Film

[Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Hayden, Rajkumar Rao; Music: Amit Trivedi; Direction: Vikas Bahl] About fifteen years ago, when I moved to Hyderabad, I was shopping for grocery for the first time in my life. I called a wife of one of my friends and asked her for English word for ‘hing’. In the film Queen, […]

Highway

Highway

[Cast: Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhat, Durgesh Kumar; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Imtiaz Ali] Highway is a classic example for the dilemma a film-critic faces. Here’s where you see a great movie in the making, in the draft table, a very sincere effort from the film-maker and a relatively unique script, some terrific performances, inspired […]