SECRET SUPERSTAR (2017)

As I sat through Secret Superstar, I couldn’t help but feel a gamut of emotions ranging from comedy, morose, and a fighting spirit but more than anything a feeling of warmth that I believe lies at the core of this film. Secret Superstar is in no way anything that we haven’t seen before. There can…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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,…

INDU SARKAR (2017)

Madhur Bhandarkar was known for his hard hitting cinema. He was never afraid of either going that extra mile or leave a bad taste in the mouth of his viewers with endings to his films that couldn’t be called exactly pleasing. With films like Chandni Bar, Page 3, Corporate and Traffic Signal, he created a…

RAAG DESH (2017)

Raag Desh is directed by one of my favorite Indian directors, Tigmanshu Dhulia and chronicles the story of three officers of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army who are captured by the British and tried for murder, disloyalty to the British Indian Army and abetment of murder. These trials were carried out in the Red…

A DEATH IN THE GUNJ (2017)

A Death in the Gunj will elude you the first time just like it eluded me. It isn’t the sort of film that grabs your attention instantaneously. The story of a subdued individual gradually being pushed to his death by being ridiculed and insulted is not the kind of material that sells these days. However,…

EK RUKA HUA FAISLA (1986)

Ek Ruka Hua Faisla is a film that I had never heard of before. I came to know about it quite by chance when I was researching the films of Basu Chatterjee. Just going by the synopsis of the film, I understood that it was a remake of the acclaimed Hollywood courtroom drama 12 Angry…

ANAARKALI OF AARAH (2017)

I have a Bihari friend who even though younger than me has a knack for sharing titillating Bihari stuff every now and then not only with me but every possible person who gives him an ear. Referred to as “Hawas ka Pujari”, one of this guy’s trump cards to draw people’s interest in his dirty…

JAGGA JASOOS (2017)

Very Recently, I was reading Herge’s “Tintin and Prisoners of the Sun”. The story was a culmination to a previous comics by Herge called “Tintin and the Seven Crystal Balls”. As a kid, I loved this comic and I read it and re-read it for god knows how many times. What I loved about the…