October 2014

Haider

Haider

(Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Shradda Kapoor, KK Menon, Irfan Khan; Music, Story, Screenplay, Direction: Vishal Bharadwaj)   Hamlet is arguably be one of the toughest Shakespeare plays to remake, more so to Indianise. There’s infidelity, familial disloyalties, hallucinations and mental illnesses, unpalatable tragedy and, why, even an incestuous undertone. None of this that Indian audience […]

Garbage Nation

Garbage Nation

This August, when I was in Delhi, I was driving through the Main Road in Ghaziabad that leads to Indira Puram. Litter piled up on both sides of the road. Plastic bottles, polythene bags, papers, food waste, and, I’m sure, human waste as well, lined up the road. I chanced upon an odd board on […]

Ship of Theseus

Ship of Theseus

[Cast: Aida Elkashef, Sohum Shah, Neeraj Kabi, Shukla Vinay, Sameer Khurana; Music: Naren Chandavarkar, Benedict Taylor; Director: Anand Gandhi]   At one look Ship of Theseus might appear quite pretentious. The under-whelming DVD cover, which is intentionally designed to discourage you from picking it up from the shelves. The cryptic title of the film which […]