SHAKUNTALA DEVI (2020)

Release Date: 31/07/2020 Cast: Vidya Balan, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh, Jisshu Sengupta Director: Anu Menon A decent enough film bolstered by Vidya Balan’s spirited performance Shakuntala’s (Vidya Balan) astonishing mathematical abilities are discovered by a relative who doesn’t waste a single moment to express the same on her family. Her father, who is without a…

DABANGG 3 (2019)

Release Date: 20/12/2019 Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kichcha Sudeep, Arbaaz Khan, Saiee Manjrekar Director: Prabhudeva It is safe to say that Salman Khan and Prabhudeva peaked their interpretation and presentation of the masala potboiler genre with Wanted in 2009. Wanted was also the film that brought back Salman Khan’s fast obliterating acting career and made him the “Bhai”…

ARTICLE 15 (2019)

Release Date: 28/06/2019 Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Director: Anubhav Sinha Article 15 of the constitution of India prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. Throughout the runtime of Article 15 we see each of these bullet points violently undermined and…

DELHI CRIME (2019)

Original Air Date: 22/03/2019 Director: Richie Mehta Cast: Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain. Delhi Crime chronicles the journey of Delhi Police through a span of 5 days as they try to track down the perpetrators of the infamous “Nirbhaya Gang Rape” case (names changed here). The story not only takes us through…

DROHKAAL (1994)

Release Date : 31/08/1994 Cast: Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Ashish Vidyarthi, Amrish Puri, Mita Vasisth, Annu Kapoor. Director : Govind Nihalani Written By: Govind P. Deshpande (additional dialogue), Govind Nihalani  (additional dialogue, story and script),  Anjum Rajabali (associate script),  Atul Tiwari (dialogue). Drohkaal is easily one of my favorite cop dramas and one of the…

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…

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,…

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…

FORCE 2 (2016)

Force is a perfect example of Bollywood-action trash that carefully hides itself behind the façade of a film that deals with RAW and international espionage. However it holds on to that façade for just about 5 mins of its runtime. Don’t be fooled by the initial homage paid to the men and women of RAW…

BLACK FRIDAY (2004)

Black Friday is the definitive Anurag Kashyap film of all times. It is in so many ways better than his most acclaimed film “Gangs of Wasseypur”. This was a film which was banned for a long period of time because the authorities felt that if this film released before the Bombay blast verdict was declared,…

JAI GANGAAJAL (2016)

Jai Gangaajal is finally here. I have been waiting for this film for a while now. Going by its title it is a sequel to Gangaajal but there is no common link between the two films apart from the fact that the story unfolds in the state of Bihar. Having said that, the film still…

GANGAAJAL (2003)

Gangaajal is my favorite Prakash Jha film. I have watched and re-watched Prakash Jha films for a plethora of reasons but Gangaajal, I believe is the film that I have watched the most number of times. What is it about this film that pulls audiences from varied age groups? What is it that makes its…