‘Madaari’ review: The Nation’s Wont to Know

THIS Friday, director Nishikant Kamat spun out his latest effort, Madaari in the theaters. With screenplay by Ritesh Shah and written by Shailaja Kejriwal, this socio-political thriller piqued me, actor Irrfan co-producing this venture being just one of the reasons; my interest in Nishikant Kamat’s oeuvre being another pre-eminent one. Imagine my surprise when, even … Continue reading ‘Madaari’ review: The Nation’s Wont to Know

‘Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu’ review: Internet of Nothings

6:00 AM: The alarm on your smart phone jangles, sending out sycophantic, irritating sound waves that cut through your fog of brain, interrupting what possibly is a very crucial moment in your dream; then, as the insistent sound clears out the fog, you realize it’s another manic weekday. 6:15 AM: The snooze function kicks in … Continue reading ‘Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu’ review: Internet of Nothings

‘Sultan’ review: Life’s Clichéd Lessons

As you step into the cinema hall for a Salman Khan movie, you’re very clear that no matter how ostensibly deep the subject matter is being marketed as, all you’ll get is skim-the-surface entertainment and a shooting-the-breeze couple of hours in the hall. That was before the 2014 release Kick. To me, that enterprise was … Continue reading ‘Sultan’ review: Life’s Clichéd Lessons

‘Sicario’ review: Can’t Tell, Cartel, Horror

This has become an unintentional trilogy of drug-laced movie reviews, but, rounding up this triumvirate is an extremely satisfying and unsettling movie. Udta Punjab was a terrific snort of the very real -time problem that’s powdering not just the youth in a particular Indian state, but rearing its addling head across the country; Raman Raghav … Continue reading ‘Sicario’ review: Can’t Tell, Cartel, Horror