KYO KII… MAIN JHUTH NAHIN BOLTA (2001)

Govinda is one of my favorite actors to have ever acted in Bollywood films. He was chubby like a teddy bear, he was neither square-jawed nor was he as tall as the Big B. He didn’t have the devilish charm of a Dharmendra or the persona of a Rajesh Khanna. In short, he was exactly…

JUDWAA (1997)

Judwaa 2 is right around the corner and this is the best time to look back at its predecessor, the original Judwaa starring Salman Khan and directed by the master comedy filmmaker, David Dhawan. When this film came out in 1997, Dhawan had already peaked his art with films like Raja Babu, Coolie No. 1…

A GENTLEMAN (2017)

A Gentleman is a very generic and done to death film but what makes it enjoyable are the performances by its leading pair and also the manner in which the story is approached. There is no novelty here in the approach of the director for those who have come up on Hollywood staple as we…

NEWTON (2017)

Newton is India’s official entry for the Oscars this year and after watching this film, I can’t say that I am too surprised that it was sent. Not only is Newton a really well-made film, it is one hell of a satirical look at all things democratic in a place where democracy hasn’t seen the…

TOILET : EK PREM KATHA (2017)

If there is one Khan doing different stuff apart from Aamir Khan then that is Akshay Kumar. Be-loved-ly referred to as the fourth Khan of Bollywood, Akshay once again proves to be bigger than a film that he is starring in and almost single-handedly drives that film to a height higher than what the director…

MUNNA MICHAEL (2017)

Why do they even make films like Munna Michael? Why do they even let Sabbir Khan direct another film after inhuman tortures like Heropanti and Ya! Ya oh sorry, Baaghi. Why do they even let Tiger Shroff appear on screen and mouth dialogs? Why do they even think that making a cardboard heroine run around…

TUBELIGHT (2017)

There has been a lot said and done about this film. While it has to be admitted that Tubelight turned out to be a lot lesser films both in terms of business and sheer quality than what was expected, one has to agree that it does deserve a word or two for why it turned…

BANK CHOR (2017)

Bank Chor is a confusing film. While the trailers will make you believe it to be a comedy, the film for a very large part remains a heist film with a twist in the tale. I went into it expecting comedy and after the initial 15-20 minutes of it, realized that I was not going…

HINDI MEDIUM (2017)

Hindi Medium is a delightful little film that will have you in splits for the duration of its runtime. It’s a film about our own superficiality. It’s a film about our take on a flourishing future and it’s a film about the extents we are ready to stoop down to ensure a blossoming career for…

BADRINATH KI DULHANIA (2017)

Badrinath Ki Dulhania turned out to be a surprisingly entertaining watch. At least that was the case for me in the first half, where Varun Dhawan proved once again that he may be a star child but he surely is a talented star child. The fact that the film hits on important social issues only…

MAKDEE (2002)

Makdee was Vishal Bharadwaj’s directorial debut. Before that, he was primarily a composer whose soulful music had found takers among the Indian masses. He also won numerous national awards for his music. My fondest memories of his music were that of two songs. “Pani pani re” from Maachis and “Chai Chap Chai” from Hu Tu…

KAMINEY (2009)

Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey was different. It wasn’t your run of the mill’s thriller or gangster film and was in many ways one of those films that were ahead of its time. Being an ardent fan of directors like Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino, the style and treatment of the film appeared all too well known for…