SACRED GAMES (2018)

Air Date: 06/07/2018 Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Neeraj Kabi, Radhika Apte, Girish Kulkarni, Elnaaz Norouzi, Kubra Sait Director: Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane Written By: Vikram Chandra (Novel), Smita Singh (Screenplay), Vasant Nath (Screenplay), Varun Grover (Screenplay) Sacred Games is based on the 933 pages long thriller of the same name by Vikram…

RACE 3 (2018) 3D

Release Date : 15/06/2018 Director: Remo D’Souza Cast: Salman Khan, Anil S Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Bobby Deol, Freddy Daruwala. Race 3 is exactly what its trailers made us believe it to be. It is a film with no merit that tries to score on Salman Khan’s star power alone. It’s a…

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…

PARMANU : THE STORY OF POKHRAN (2018)

Release Date : 25/05/2018 Cast: John Abraham, Diana Penty, Boman Irani, Abhiroy Singh, Mark Bennington Director: Abhishek Sharma Witten by: Sanyukta Shaikh Chawla, Saiwyn Quadras, Abhishek Sharma Operation Shakti was about India conducting a series of nuclear tests in Pokhran at a time when its security was being threatened as much by its neighbors like China and Pakistan…

RAAZI (2018)

Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Shishir Sharma, Rajit Kapoor, Soni Razdan and Jaideep Ahlawat. Director: Meghna Gulzar Screenplay : Meghna Gulzar and Bhavani Iyer Story : Harinder Singh Sikka (based on the book “Calling Sehmat”) Release Date: 11/5/2018 The first time you see Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) in Raazi is when she is seen saving a squirrel…

DON (1978)

Finally, I watched Don, the original. I watched its Southern remakes starring Ajit Kumar with glee. I was amused by its Bollywood re-incarnation directed by Farhan Akhtar and I loved it’s follow up even more. However, somehow I never caught its original in its entirety even though it can often be seen airing on the…

BATWARA (1989)

Batwara chronicles the journey of two friends Thakur Vikram Singh (Vinod Khanna) and Choudhry Sumer Singh (Dharmendra), two inseparable friends who are torn apart by their duties towards their respective sects as situations and changing political scenario of the country weighs down on them and they have no option but to take sides with their…

MAJBOOR (1974)

Majboor is one of those few Bollywood films of the 70s that relied more on the plot and screenplay and less on the charisma and histrionics of its leading man. This was one of Salim-Javed’s initial breakthroughs and when I watched it very recently, it held up pretty decently. Ravi Khanna (Amitabh Bachchan) is a…

BAAGHI 2 (2018)

Baaghi 2 is a remake of the Telugu hit Kshanam. It follows the story more or less faithfully only adding a few characters and a few sequences here and there. Where it differs from Kshanam is in its treatment and its unabashed action. While the protagonist in Kshanam was an investment banker, our Tiger here…

RAID (2018)

Raid is directed by Raj Kumar Gupta (Aamir, No One Killed Jessica, and Ghanchakkar) and relates the story of one of income tax department’s longest Raids conducted in Lucknow. The film though based on real events paints a fictional picture evidently to avoid any controversies. Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn) is an uptight income tax officer…

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…