Hindi Films

Chennai Express

Chennai Express

[Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Satyaraj; Music: Vishal-Shekar; Screenplay: Yunus Sajawal; Direction: Rohit Shetty] In Rajinikanth’s films, he usually plays Rajinikanth. He is expected to replay his classic one-liners from his previous films, to re-enact some of the famous scenes, and other characters are expected to sing ode to his fame. This should happen […]

Being a Woman

Being a Woman

This is not an article about the film Raanjhana, but it contains spoilers from the film. So those who haven’t seen the film and are intending to, please be warned. There are three essays in today’s Hindu on the influences of the film Raanjhana. Is it misogynistic? No, argues Swara Bhaskar, one of the actresses […]

Lootera

Lootera

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Barun Chanda, Adil Hussain; Music: Amit Trivedi; Direction: Vikramaditya Motwane   There are a few scenes in Lootera where the guy and girl simply look at each other.  They are not lovers. They are on the verge of falling in love, so there’s a romantic tension between them. They don’t […]

Raanjhanaa

Raanjhanaa

Cast: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Baskar, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub; Director: Anand Rai; Music: A R Rahman The film was in focus for many reasons. It is Dhanush’s Bollywood debut. It’s a test for a south Indian hero in the competitive (and apparently racist) Hindi film industry. It is the second film by the director who […]

Delhi Belly

Delhi Belly

Cast: ImranKhan, Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Poorna Jagannathan; Music: Ram Sampath;Direction: Abhinay Deo Abhinay Deo must be a fan of Coen Brothers.  The impersonation of the character Nitin is unmistakably that of Big Lebowski. However,the idea of ordinary people attempting and failing in crime is, thankfully, the only idea that Deo has borrowed from […]

Dhobi Ghat

Cast:Prateik Babbar, Amir Khan, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra; Music: GustavoSantaolalla; Direction: Kiran Rao Dhobi Ghatreminds you of those French New Wave-inspired Hollywood films. A Requiem for aDream here, an Everything Put Together there, and none of them in the intentionof impersonating or feeling superior but, of creating a cleanest possiblemovie. The chosen model works big […]

Rockstar – The Album

All the audiophiles would be familiar with the music albums in the 80s and early 90s called NOW! That’s what I call Music’. I used to refer to them as NOW! That’s what I call a Collage. A single ‘NOW!’ cassette contained pop, rock, blues, jazz and rap, not exactly in that order. I found […]

A Novel, A Film

’ Never judge a book by its movie’ – JW Eagen ‘Have you read the book? if not, then shut up!’ thundered Vinod Chopra. Nobody knew whether it was sheer impatience or the arrogance of having netted hundreds of crores out of 3 Idiots but it was the wrong move. The media and the public […]

Delhi 6

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Music: A R Rahman Cast: Abhishek Bacchan, Vaheeta Rahman, Rishi Kapoor, Om Puri, Sonam Kapoor Ever encountered a situation where you are desperate to like the film, want the film to work spectacularly, attach yourself to the critical result of the film on behalf of the director, often more passionately than […]

Santacruz Millionaires

‘How many a times must a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn’t see?’ – Bob Dylan, Blowin’ in the wind The controversy generated by Amitabh Bachchan, now reached international media has slightly marred the buoyancy felt by the success of Slumdog Millionaire. The age-old – albiet clichéd – complaint from the mainstream film-makers […]