ANJAAM (1994)

Release Date: 22/04/1994 Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Kiran Kumar, Deepak Tijori, Tinnu Anand, Sudha Chandran Director: Rahul Rawail A brutal and unflinching portrayal of how evil obsession can be Anjaam released 4 months after Darr. Anjaam’s star Shahrukh Khan played an anti-hero in Darr where he was obsessively in love with the character of…

KRANTIVEER (1994)

Release Date: 22/07/1994 Cast: Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia, Atul Agnihotri, Mamta Kulkarni, Paresh Rawal, Danny Denzongpa, Tinnu Anand Director: Mehul Kumar Pratap (Nana Patekar) as a kid was a rebel. He dropped out of school and spent most of his time playing cards and convincing other kids of his village to do so with him….

ASURAN (2019)

Release Date: 04/10/2019 Cast: Dhanush, Manju Warrier, Prakash Raj, Pasupathy, Pavan, Aadukalam Naren, Ken Karunas, Tee Jay, Abhirami Director: Vetrimaaran Pure, vicious and unabashed revenge has been the driving force behind uncountable blockbusters and it still continues to incite and inspire filmmakers to bring their own take on the subject. One such attempt is Asuran that…

BADLA (2019)

Release Date: 08/03/2019 Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Amitabh Bachchan, Amrita Singh, Manav Kaul Director: Sujoy Ghosh Badla is the official remake of Contratiempo aka The Invisible Guest, a Spanish thriller about a couple having a secret affair who end up in a freak accident that leads to the death of a boy. The two have a…

THUGS OF HINDOSTAN (2018)

Release Date: 08/11/2018 Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Katrina Kaif, and Lloyd Owens Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan coming together for the first time, a period film, a seemingly cracking actioner on the surface, endless speculations and discussions for years, the presence of the svelte siren Katrina Kaif…

SATYAMEVA JAYATE (2018)

Release Date: 15/8/2018 Director: Milap Milan Zaveri Cast: John Abraham, Manoj Bajpayee, Aisha Sharma Satyameva Jayate tries to be a vigilante film that is aimed at not only the whistleblowing and cat-calling frontbencher but also the elite class with a healthy dose of family drama, patriotic undercurrents and sly attempts at thrills. However, with a…

PRAHAAR (1991)

Release Date: 29/11/1991 Cast: Nana Patekar, Gautam Joglekar, Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia Director: Nana Patekar Written by: Hriday Lani, Nana Patekar, Sujit Sen Prahaar was the directorial debut of Nana Patekar and having seen it multiple times, I couldn’t help but wonder why he didn’t make anymore. Perhaps it was his passion project and he…

PARINDA (1989)

Release Date : 3/11/1989 Cast : Nana Patekar, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher Written and Directed by : VIdhu Vinod Chopra Cinematography : Binod Pradhan Editing : Renu Saluja Music : R.D Burman Parinda for a very long time was considered the greatest gangster film made in India. That was until a…

SHAAN (1980)

Release Date: 12/12/1980 Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Rakhee, Parveen Babi, Shatrughan Sinha, Sunil Dutt, Bindiya Goswami and Kulbhushan Kharbanda Director: Ramesh Sippy Screenplay: Salim-Javed Shaan was a pretty bad film even by the 1980s masala no-brains potboiler standards. I heard some good things about this film though. Mainly about its classic baddy, Shakaal played…

KSHATRIYA (1993)

Kshatriya meaning Warriors is one of those JP Dutta films that were as epic in proportions as they were in treatment. There is a long list of such films that Dutta made including Ghulami, Batwara and the fantastic Hathyar where he took massive star casts and stories that were epic in their scopes and have…

DACAIT (1987)

Dacait is a thrilling journey through the life of a simpleton, Arjun (Sunny Deol) who comes back to his village after completing his education and gets entangled in a feud with the local landlords that result in the annihilation of his whole family. Tortured, insulted and beaten up to a pulp, Arjun runs to the…

TRISHUL (1978)

Very recently I picked up a book titled “Written by Salim-Javed: The Story of Hindi Cinema’s Greatest Screenwriters” by Diptakirti Chaudhuri. As the title would suggest, the book is a retelling of the journey of Hindi Cinema’s greatest and most influential (if I may add) screenwriters. And it’s no wonder, that a book about screenwriters…