Following the protagonists through the seven stages of love, Dhadak is a beautifully crafted tale of doomed romance.
The fascinating life surely makes for a cinematic story, but there's nothing cinematic about Shaad Ali's storytelling.
The half-yearly report of Bollywood where I talk about the good, bad and outright trash from 2018.
The day brings back so many fond memories. Lootera changed the general perception of Sonakshi Sinha not being a capable actress. She delivered an impeccably restrained and heartbreaking performance as Pakhi. Ranveer Singh, just 2 films old by then, proved his calibre with his controlled performance as Varun. Expressing with his eyes, using a low … Continue reading 5 Years Of The ‘Masterpiece’
For years, no one wanted to 'touch' Deadpool. Deeming the character “too violent” to appeal to the masses as most comic books films are in the realm of PG-13 (pushing an R-rating, but never crossing over). Cut to : 2016 - Deadpool makes a superhero landing at the big screens, 'touching himself' in all its violent & gory glory, … Continue reading Deadpool 2 – Breaking The Rules, Film-Making Myths, Bones And The Fourth Wall
This is the kind of film which starts with the lead actress getting punched and kicked on the face, leading her to unconsciousness. After the film I wondered if the blows were aimed at us, telling us to act numb to whatever comes on screen next. Ahmed Khan's Baaghi 2 is a sequel to the … Continue reading Baaghi 2 – Rebel Against Logic
Set in 1912, Pankaj Batra's Sajjan Singh Rangroot covers the tale of Sikh soldiers from Indian British Army who fought alongside Britishers in World War I against Germany. This is probably the first film which acknowledges the sacrifices done by Indian soldiers in the World War and does justice to all Indians that lost their … Continue reading Sajjan Singh Rangroot – Remembering The Forgotten Indian Heroes of World War I
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Before we begin talking about Tiger Zinda Hai, let's talk about its predecessor: Ek Tha Tiger. The major problem I had with Ek Tha Tiger was that it was a love story disguised (and promoted) as a spy-thriller. And that too a boring, soulless and at times even cringe-worthy love story with a lead pair … Continue reading Tiger Zinda Hai – A Surprisingly Good Sequel To A Terrible Film
Over the years after hearing and reading a lot about what is arguably the biggest film festival in India, this was my first experience with MAMI which turned 19 this year. I was a part of the Young Critics Lab where we were mentored by the best critics from India and The US: National Award … Continue reading My MAMI 2017 Review Roundup – 7 Days of Cinema Heaven