KHAMOSH (1985) : A THRILLER PAR EXCELLENCE THAT FLEW UNDER THE RADAR

As I dwelled into various readings about Bollywood, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of “Best Bollywood Films” lists featuring a film called “Khamosh”. A film that I had never heard of before. The fact that it was directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra (who at that time called himself just Vidhu Vinod) and is…

GULAAL (2009)

Release Date : 13/3/2009 Cast : Raj Singh Choudhary, Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Ayesha Mohan, Jesse Randhawa, Piyush Mishra, Pankaj Jha. Director : Anurag Kashyap Written By: Anurag Kashyap, Raj Singh Choudhury Music : Piyush Mishra Gulaal is one of those hindi films that I have watched probably the most number of times. There…

HULLA (2008)

Directed by : Jaideep Varma Story by : Jaideep Varma Starring : Rajat Kapoor, Sushant Singh, Kartika Rane, Vrajesh Hirjee Release Date : 19/9/2008 If someone told me that there could be a movie about a man who has trouble sleeping in his building because of the watchman blowing a wistle too loud and what…

IS RAAT KI SUBAH NAHIN (1996)

Release date : 7 June 1996 Directed by : Sudhir Mishra Written by : Nikhil Advani, Sudhir Mishra, Shivkumar Subramaniam Story by : Sudhanshu Mishra Cast : Nirmal Pandey, Smriti Mishra, Tara Deshpande, Ashish Vidyarthi Music by : M. M. Kreem Cinematography : Sukumar Jatania Edited by : Renu Saluja I was reading up on…

HAASIL (2003)

Release Date: 16/05/2003 Cast: Irrfan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Hrishita Bhatt, Ashutosh Rana Written and Directed by : Tigmanshu Dhulia Haasil is Tigmanshu Dhulia’s debut and it was a ravishing one at that. Haasil along with Black Friday, Gulaal, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Gangs Of Wasseypur Saga kind of sums up the renaissance of the modern Indian cinema…

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…

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…

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,…

1971 (2007)

Long after the 1971 Indo-Pak war was over, 100s of Indian soldiers languished in Pakistani prisons. Pakistanis denied their very existence even though random letters flew in from different jails in Pakistan to the families of the soldiers. The Indian government acted on this information and managed to get the Red Cross involved for the…

RAAT(1992)

In 1992, Ram Gopal Varma wrote and directed a film called Raat which would go on to not only become a cult classic but would also define the horror genre in the years to come. I had not watched this film right up till now and now after watching it I find an uncanny resemblance…

SEHAR (2005)

Sehar is one of those movies which is all the very best that is left in Indian cinema and yet somehow managed to remain unnoticed. It shows us the how an engrossing story and splendid acting make up for big names and glossy sets and foreign locales. Kabeer Kaushik has been able to deal with…