AKSAR 2 (2017)

I watched Aksar 2 because literally, I had nothing else to do. Being in a town that isn’t exactly bubbling with social activities and not wanting to stay inside a hotel room for another second, I decided to re-visit a theater that I had fond memories of as a kid. The Oriental Cinema of Silchar…

HASEENA PARKAR (2017)

Towards the end of Haseena Parkar, the judge presiding over the 2 hours long case finally tells the prosecuting attorney that whatever she has done for the last 2 hours is debate and not a legal proceeding and therein, the director himself sums up the biggest underlying problem of the film. The manner in which…

DADDY (2017)

Daddy is a fresh and intriguing tale of the meteoric rise and fall of Arun Gawli, one of the few gangsters who was considered to be on par with the likes of Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Rajan. He also had the distinction of making it to the assembly by winning an election with landslide verdict….

THE STONEMAN MURDERS (2009)

The Stoneman Murders was an infamous set of killings of road dwellers that happened in Mumbai in 1983 and then again in Kolkata in 1987. While the mystery so as to who might have done the killings still remains a mystery, there have been many takes on the matter by various experts. The Stoneman Murders,…

MOM (2017)

When Arya in Mom asks for her father’s permission to go to a party, I felt restless and deep down somewhere, I wanted her father to refuse. When her stepmom Devaki interferes and adds a few inquisitive statements, she walks away from the table in anger. I was thinking, Come on! You idiot; can’t you…

JANATHA GARAGE (2016)

I have been away from Television far too long to realize the fact that the cable TV networks have become a treasure trove of Hindi and South Indian films. Films released as late as March and April are finding their way to the Television screens at a rate that was unimaginable a few years back….

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…

WAJAH TUM HO (2017)

Wajah Tum Ho appeared to me as an interesting guilty pleasure watch when its trailers were out and after watching this film after rather long, I can safely say that I was right. What we have here is a film that is heavily inspired from the Hollywood flick Untraceable but successfully indianises the content to…

SHIVA (1990)

When Bollywood makes stark and gritty fares, they make it better than most others. Gangster films in Bollywood has had its share of wear and tear and different interpretations. Be it the over the top presentations of the heroes or the larger than life eccentricities of the villains these films have always found takers among…

NAAM SHABANA (2017)

Naam Shabana is a unique effort for varied reasons. I don’t remember an instance in recent years or for that matter in a wee bit distant past wherein a Bollywood director picked up a character from one of his own films and made an origin story out of that character. To be honest, we have had…

SARKAR RAJ (2008)

Sarkar Raj was a new film. Even though it took a few elements here and there from The Godfather films, it remained a new film at the core with a story that was not only done well but once again very well acted. My only issue with the film was its abrupt ending. There were…

SARKAR (2005)

There are few examples of Hollywood adaptations not gone wrong in Bollywood and when the film in question is “The Godfather” the stakes and the risks are even higher. But somehow, Ram Gopal Varma pulled off the impossible and made a film that was stunning in its indianization of “The Godfather” and laced with terrific performances….