PRAHAAR (1991)

Release Date: 29/11/1991 Cast: Nana Patekar, Gautam Joglekar, Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia Director: Nana Patekar Written by: Hriday Lani, Nana Patekar, Sujit Sen Prahaar was the directorial debut of Nana Patekar and having seen it multiple times, I couldn’t help but wonder why he didn’t make anymore. Perhaps it was his passion project and he…

RACE 3 (2018) 3D

Release Date : 15/06/2018 Director: Remo D’Souza Cast: Salman Khan, Anil S Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Bobby Deol, Freddy Daruwala. Race 3 is exactly what its trailers made us believe it to be. It is a film with no merit that tries to score on Salman Khan’s star power alone. It’s a…

BHAVESH JOSHI SUPERHERO (2018)

Release Date: 1/6/2018 Cast: Priyanshu Painyuli, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Ashish Verma, Nishikant Kamat, Pabitra Rabha Director: Vikramaditya Motwane Alfred Hitchcock once said that the greatest pleasure and success of a thrill lies in its “release”. Bhavesh Joshi Superhero falters on this one count. For everything else, it is one of the most gripping, original and heartwarming…

PARINDA (1989)

Release Date : 3/11/1989 Cast : Nana Patekar, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher Written and Directed by : VIdhu Vinod Chopra Cinematography : Binod Pradhan Editing : Renu Saluja Music : R.D Burman Parinda for a very long time was considered the greatest gangster film made in India. That was until a…

SHAAN (1980)

Release Date: 12/12/1980 Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Rakhee, Parveen Babi, Shatrughan Sinha, Sunil Dutt, Bindiya Goswami and Kulbhushan Kharbanda Director: Ramesh Sippy Screenplay: Salim-Javed Shaan was a pretty bad film even by the 1980s masala no-brains potboiler standards. I heard some good things about this film though. Mainly about its classic baddy, Shakaal played…

ZANJEER (1973)

Zanjeer kick-started the angry-young-man phenomenon that till this date finds a voice in many of the Bollywood films. It made a superstar out of Amitabh Bachchan and firmly established the writer duo of Salim-Javed and announced their arrival in the big league. As I was watching this film for the purposes of this review, I…

DON (1978)

Finally, I watched Don, the original. I watched its Southern remakes starring Ajit Kumar with glee. I was amused by its Bollywood re-incarnation directed by Farhan Akhtar and I loved it’s follow up even more. However, somehow I never caught its original in its entirety even though it can often be seen airing on the…

GHULAMI (1985)

Ghulami released in 1985, 15 years after JP Dutta’s first film Sarhad was shelved owing to Vinod Khanna’s decision to give up films and move to the OSHO’s retreat in Rajneeshpuram, USA. Ghulami came 15 years after that and can be called JP Dutta’s debut feature. Interestingly enough, it firmly set about the palate on…

BATWARA (1989)

Batwara chronicles the journey of two friends Thakur Vikram Singh (Vinod Khanna) and Choudhry Sumer Singh (Dharmendra), two inseparable friends who are torn apart by their duties towards their respective sects as situations and changing political scenario of the country weighs down on them and they have no option but to take sides with their…

HATHYAR (1989)

Hathyar is a typical JP Dutta film but unlike its predecessors, it unfolds in a town and is a gangster film at heart. It has every element that is synonymous with a J P Dutta film like rivalry, angst, injustice, betrayal and above all two protagonists whose lives come full circle through the runtime of…

KSHATRIYA (1993)

Kshatriya meaning Warriors is one of those JP Dutta films that were as epic in proportions as they were in treatment. There is a long list of such films that Dutta made including Ghulami, Batwara and the fantastic Hathyar where he took massive star casts and stories that were epic in their scopes and have…

DACAIT (1987)

Dacait is a thrilling journey through the life of a simpleton, Arjun (Sunny Deol) who comes back to his village after completing his education and gets entangled in a feud with the local landlords that result in the annihilation of his whole family. Tortured, insulted and beaten up to a pulp, Arjun runs to the…