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…

GANGNAM BLUES (2014)

South Korean films have a huge market in India. However, that market is divided into two distinct segments. While one segment comprises of viewers like me who are into dark and gritty fares like “Oldboy”, “I Saw the Devil”, “Memoirs of A Murder” and “Swiri”, the other segment is made up of mostly girls who…

GERALD’S GAME (2017)

I have been itching to write about Gerald’s Game ever since I watched this film. The film is based on a novel by Stephen King, the man whose almost every work has either already been adapted into a movie or a series or is in the process of being adapted. His work has such a…

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017) 3D

Blade Runner 2049 is more of an experience than a film. It cannot be watched as a film alone and enjoyed. For one to like this film, one has to sink into the mythology of the characters and the story that started with Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic. I have to be very subjective in my…

BLADE RUNNER (1982)

Science fiction is a genre that has been furthered by Hollywood like no other country and some of their greatest achievements have seen the light of the day in the 1980s and 1990s. Speaking of this genre, one film that has made a considerable impact and has gone on to define genre stereotypes is Blade…

KYO KII… MAIN JHUTH NAHIN BOLTA (2001)

Govinda is one of my favorite actors to have ever acted in Bollywood films. He was chubby like a teddy bear, he was neither square-jawed nor was he as tall as the Big B. He didn’t have the devilish charm of a Dharmendra or the persona of a Rajesh Khanna. In short, he was exactly…

AMERICAN MADE (2017)

American Made starts with a scene wherein, Tom Cruise playing the commercial pilot Barry Seal fakes a turbulence just to wake up his co-pilot ignoring what effects it might have on the passengers aboard. This sequence gives us a firsthand look at the kind of reckless attitude Barry has towards life and the people around…

BABY DRIVER (2017)

Baby Driver is the latest offering from Edgar Wright, the man who brought us films like Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End. Wright is one of the most exhilarating and out of the box directors as far as action films are concerned and if you already don’t know that, then all…

JUDWAA (1997)

Judwaa 2 is right around the corner and this is the best time to look back at its predecessor, the original Judwaa starring Salman Khan and directed by the master comedy filmmaker, David Dhawan. When this film came out in 1997, Dhawan had already peaked his art with films like Raja Babu, Coolie No. 1…

A GENTLEMAN (2017)

A Gentleman is a very generic and done to death film but what makes it enjoyable are the performances by its leading pair and also the manner in which the story is approached. There is no novelty here in the approach of the director for those who have come up on Hollywood staple as we…

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…