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…

ZULM KI HUKUMAT (1992)

Zulm Ki Hukumat is a faithful albeit highly indianized version of “The Godfather”. It was nearly impossible to commercialize a film like Godfather and not end up being unintentionally funny. Even us the Indians who remade Amadeus and named it Shakalaka Boom Boom and cast Upen Patel as Mozart couldn’t do it.  Thankfully the Bollywood…

HATE STORY 4 (2018)

The Hate Story franchise has built up for the erotic thriller genre in a manner similar to the way the 1920 films have built for the horror genre. The problem with both these franchises has been the fact that the films have got increasingly worse over the years and the downward spiral continues with Hate…

BAAZIGAR (1993)

“Baazigar” was released in 1993 and I was in preparatory in that year. But that didn’t stop me from collecting every picture of it that came out in the local dailies. You see, it was part of the job for the newspapers in those days to publish movie schedules and they did it in great…

TERA INTEZAAR (2017)

I never hate on films neither do I enjoy ridiculing bad films. I watch films to be enthralled by them and even in the bad ones I look for redeeming factors. Sadly, Tera Intezaar is one of those rare films that has not a single redeeming factor about it. It is a terribly written, horribly…

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…

SHOLAY (1975) 3D

Sholay the greatest Indian story ever told comes back to the theaters in 3D this year and incidentally turns out to be the best New Year’s gift for the viewers. I never had had the opportunity to catch this epic in a theater but had seen in it on home videos countless number of times….