‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex

The camera follows Jayaraman (Mohanlal), panning his walk in slow motion, as he passes the dead body, and then, in the crowd, you see the killer’s visage, a child in his arms, a lady next to him. You do a double take, but Jayaraman passes him by, even though he’s had a deadly scuffle with … Continue reading ‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex

‘Hidden Figures’ review: A Calculated Success

Imagine you are a woman. (If you actually are, you can safely skip this part.) Imagine, also, that you’re a woman who belongs to a race, religion, or caste, that’s discriminated against. Imagine that you’re sharp, intelligent, and ambitious. Imagine that you’re strait-jacketed by the forces of discrimination at work and in the society, your … Continue reading ‘Hidden Figures’ review: A Calculated Success

‘The State vs Jolly LLB 2’ review: Judge Dread

The law’s an ass, but not in the classic sense of the phrase. Not in India, at least. Here, with the ratio of a judge to the civilian population an unbalanced 10 to a million (in the year 2015) and over 30 million cases running in different courts, the law’s an overloaded, overworked ass. Ditto … Continue reading ‘The State vs Jolly LLB 2’ review: Judge Dread

Bee Gees: The Spirits Just Keep Flying

Ever wonder what that exuberant, light-headed feeling of love was ever like? Does it even, ever exist? When it doubt, wear your flying tweeds and head right into Spirits Having Flown. In their fifth album, the eponymous number by Bee Gees is a winner all the way. In the little-over-five minutes of magic that the … Continue reading Bee Gees: The Spirits Just Keep Flying

‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise

{This review was first published in the inaugural issue of Pancham Times, a publication conceptualized and crystallized into nostalgic reality by the panchammagic group based out of Pune, India. To know more about this group, visit http://panchammagic.org/. You can also follow them on Facebook @panchammagic and on Twitter at @panchammagic.} The fall is as horrifying as an … Continue reading ‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise