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No Gays Please, We’re Indians

No Gays Please, We’re Indians

In one of the dark days of independent India, a culturally rich and diverse country, yesterday, the Supreme Court set aside the earlier High Court verdict and made homosexuality a criminal offence. In one stroke of pen, India was sent reeling down to the Victorian era when homophobia was at its height. The archaic Section […]

The Promise of AAP

The Promise of AAP

The regulars to my blog and my friends know my particular scepticism towards the AAP. A week before the elections, I even challenged that they won’t manage beyond a few seats. Clearly, I have misread the whole situation. AAP’s performance has been nothing but spectacular. This is one of the occasions for which superlative adjectives […]

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 […]

Modi and India

Modi and India

The whole world knows now that Narendra Modi is the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP. Although it had been speculated for a while, there was a possibility, a teeny tiny possibility, as they say, that the BJP may end up playing safe. In fact, there are more cons than pros for announcing Modi’s candidature. […]

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 […]

Trivandrum Lodge

Trivandrum Lodge

[Cast: Jayasurya, Anoop Menon, Honey Rose, Master Dhananjay, Baby Nayanthara, Thesni Khan, Sukumari, Janardhanan, Jayachandran; Music: Jayachandran (songs), Bijibal (background score); Writer: Anoop Menon; Direction: V K Prakash] There’s a scene in Trivandrum Lodge: an aged father and a 30-something son, both widowers, reminisce their life over a drink. The father hates his departed wife […]

Madras Cafe

Madras Cafe

[Cast: John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna, Siddharth Basu; Music: Shantanu Moitra; Direction: Shoojit Sircar]   In the film ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,’ there’s a line; a reporter says, ‘This is the Wild West my friend. When truth and myth contradicts, we print the myth.’ There’s this problem with making biographies or political […]

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 […]

A Case for Drinking, Hic!

A Case for Drinking, Hic!

During the turn of the millennium, Time magazine drew up a list of top 100s of various things. It compiled a list of 100 remarkable people, 100 greatest novels in English, 100 greatest movies, and son. A little known fact was there was also a list of worst things, 100 worst ideas of the century, and […]