Hindi Films

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dhoom 3

Dhoom 3

Cast: Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bacchan, Udhay Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Jackie Shroff; Music: Pritam; Direction: Vijay Krishna Acharya The biggest drawback of Dhoom 3 is that Aamir Khan is in it. Had he not been there, the makers would not have attempted to ‘build’ any story in the first place. Therefore, where the story is absent, […]

Golion Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

Golion Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

[Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Supriya Pathak; Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali; Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali] Romeo is not a strong willed guy. He is not altogether a good guy either. Contrary to general perception, Shakespeare portrays Romeo as the weak-willed guy prone to impulsive reactions. His feelings for Juliet are as much lust as it […]

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox

[Cast: Irfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nimrat Kaur; Music: Max Richter; Direction: Ritesh Batra] I have to provide a disclaimer here. I have a specific bias for leisurely-edited films. I am prejudiced against fast-paced, MTV-style edited films. If the director lets you linger on an actor’s face or a scene, it shows their confidence in his […]

Shuddh Desi Romance

Shuddh Desi Romance

[Cast: Shushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, Vaani Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor; Music: Sachin-Jigar; Writer: Jaideep Sahni; Direction: Maneesh Sharma]   Our films have  generally portrayed people and places that are unreal. We see houses which could be seen only in prime localities in Mumbai, people who could be mistaken as sons or daughters of Tata or […]