March 2014

A Defence for Change

A Defence for Change

I have been seeing plenty of posts against the BJP in the social media. Some argue very persuasively, with intellectual clarity, on why we should not allow a right-wing party to gain power. Some appeal to baser instincts by ridiculing the catchphrase ‘Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkaar’ in a juvenile relish. Some are genuinely terrified […]

A Great Idea Called Aadhaar

A Great Idea Called Aadhaar

Ever since the Supreme Court has slammed the government for not fully making Aadhaar non-mandatory, the social media has been rife with severe condemnations for the Aadhar Project in general and Nandan Nilekani in particular. Some have even gone down to the level of terming Nilekani as the copycat of the American system and being […]

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, […]

AK versus AK, and NN!

AK versus AK, and NN!

For the past few months I have been formulating my views towards the emergence of the aggressive anti-corruption political party AAP and its rabble-rousing founder Arvind Kejriwal. I have been analysing and expressing my views on what exactly is wrong with the party and its founder. I read Kejriwal’s Swaraj and Guha’s book on Gandhi […]

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 […]