RAABTA (2017)

Holysh#t! The art of film making must be rolling in its grave and whimpering with a similar feeling to what I experienced watching Raabta. I am a lover of cinema. I have done some really crazy stuff to watch films. I ran into tussles with my bosses at work for catching a Friday screening. I…

TRAPPED (2017)

Trapped is an exasperating and mind numbing film for its treatment and performance. I haven’t seen a film in recent times that has been able to build up tension and the suspense throughout its runtime in a manner that this film does. It has just one character if you take away the bits and pieces…

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…

HALF GIRLFRIEND (2017)

Chetan Bhagat has turned a prolific writer over the years ever since his highly entertaining Five Point someone brought a chunk of the country’s youth back to books even if it was for that one chapter where the nerdy engineer got to deep his beak into a radiant beauty. His writings have time and again…

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…

DEV (2004)

I have been an ardent Govind Nihalani fan for as long as I care to remember. I was bolstered by his Drohkaal a film that remains one of my favorite Bollywood films of all times and one which I am planning on doing a detailed review very soon. He made several other path breaking films…

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….

RANGOON (2017)

Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon is a lot of things at the same time and it is very good in some of it, average in some others and bad in a few. Bhardwaj has never attempted a film of such scale and palate before and I was extremely excited about this film. The trailer was intriguing and…

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…

IRADA (2017)

Irada is a film about eco-terrorism. That’s a word which I had heard before but never really cared to dwell deep into finding its meaning. But once you have seen this film, you are bound to look deeper into finding the meaning of this word. The film starts with us following the daily routine of…