September 2013

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 […]