Hindi Films

To be or not to be

Whether it is nobler in the mind to wallow the slings and arrows of outrageous mainstream or to take arms against a sea of mediocrity. May the Bard pardon the liberal bastardisation of his phrase; hopefully he would understand the dilemma that faces the pseudo intellectuals caught on the middle of this river, not knowing […]

Guru

Cast: Abhishek Bacchan, Aishwarya Roy, R. Madhavan, Mithun Chakrabarty, Music: A R Rahman, Direction: Mani Ratnam Namratha Joshi, the film critic from Outlook wrote this about Yuva, Ratnam’s last movie, ‘Yuva is not a good film, it pretends to be a good film’. Thinking about it there is something distinct I noticed while watching Mani […]

Water

Cast John Abraham, Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, Sarala, Music: Mychael Danna, Direction: Deepa Mehta   This movie, when Deepa Mehta decided to film it in Banaras, created a lot of controversy. The Hindu fundamentalists ransacked the sets, burnt or broke expensive equipment and in turn, successfully stalled the shooting. Later Mehta announced that the project […]

Rang De Basanti

Cast: Amir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Atul Kulkarni, Anupam Kher: Music by A R Rahman: Directed by Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra   The first significant relief in watching this movie is it does not have a hero in the literal sense as followed in Indian films. The all-powerful, omnipotent ‘Kutte Main Tere Koon Pee Javoonga’ […]

Good movies and bad movies Part II

  In the recent version of King Kong, a particular scene comes to my mind as I begin to write this. Kong, after ‘rescuing’ the girl (Naomi Watts) from the clutches of the city, on their way to escape, lands in the frozen lake in New York’s Central Park. As expected, Kong slides down the […]