One can easily mistake this film for a typical masala action flick starring Salman Khan or Ajay Devgn. In reality, it is a courtroom drama made almost in documentary style with Manoj Bajpayee in the lead. The Bajpayee factor upped my interest to watch the film that dropped on OTT last week. The strange title... Continue Reading →
Gulmohar – My Flash Review!
Just the cast of some films piques your interest to watch them. With an ensemble cast of Sharmila Tagore, Amol Palekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Simran and even Ghazal singer Talat Aziz in a cameo, Gulmohar is one such. If ever you needed proof that Bollywood is flipping itself for the good after getting the rough end... Continue Reading →
My pick of the Top 10 films of 2022!
Another Friday. Another big-ticket Hindi film release. Another flop at the Box Office. This has been the recurring theme in Bollywood this year. The latest one to suffer this ignominy is Cirkus directed by none other than Rohit Shetty - a filmmaker with many 100 crore grossers under his belt and one who is touted... Continue Reading →
CHUP – The Revenge of the Artist – My Flash Review
What happens when a filmmaker gets enraged by the uncharitable reviews which he believes are dishonest? What if that filmmaker had a mentally disturbing upbringing? And finally, what happens if that filmmaker becomes a psychopath and starts targeting film critics whom he believes are not honest in their reviews? And what if the targeting means... Continue Reading →
30 Years of Roja and Rahman!
This piece was originally written for the news portal “The News Minute” and was carried on 15th Aug 2022. The link to the piece is here: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/30-years-roja-movie-gave-us-musical-marvel-ar-rahman-166867 Mani Ratnam’s super hit film Roja was released on August 15, 30 years ago. When we saw the film, we understood why the makers opted for a Saturday... Continue Reading →
Laal Singh Chaddha – My Flash Review!
First the disclosures. I have not watched Forrest Gump. I watched Laal Singh Chaddha (LSC) in isolation as a film and my review has no comparative references to the original. I have also attempted to look at the film filtering the surround sound that preceded the release. The film opens with the longest disclaimer I... Continue Reading →
Darlings – My Flash Review
There are films which you find interesting and look forward to writing about them. And there are those that are ordinary and you go through the motions of writing a review. Darlings starring Alia Bhatt that dropped on OTT (skipping a theatrical release surprisingly) falls in the first category. So, right there, you have got... Continue Reading →
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect – My Flash Review!
In a sense, this film – Rocketry is very much like The Kashmir Files! It is a subject that we are privy to, but only in parts. It’s a subject that needs to be told to the public at large. Again, it’s a subject that leads to catharsis for the people involved and brings a... Continue Reading →
With Vikram, has Lokesh Kanagaraj cracked the code for ‘star’ films?
This piece was originally written for the news portal “The News Minute” and was carried on the 21st July, 2022. This is my 25th article for the portal since I started writing for them in 2017! The link to the piece is here: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/vikram-lokesh-kanagaraj-has-steered-clear-star-film-trap-166061 With just one film, Tamil cinema has got its mojo back.... Continue Reading →
Gangubai Kathiawadi – My Flash Review!
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are ought to be watched on the full screen. He doesn’t make films. He creates a spectacle. A spectacle with its share of drama, dance and of course music that is packaged and presented as a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. Gangubai Kathiawadi (GK) is another film in that lineage. Having missed... Continue Reading →