‘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

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‘The Founder’ review: One Stake, Well Done


“What we expect from you is honesty, integrity, and team work, making sure you don’t do anything wrong or violate this company’s values,” said he, munching insistently and intently on his paan masala, his brown-stained teeth a messy giveaway of the years of masticated drumming they’d been subjected to. He being the manager in the … Continue reading ‘The Founder’ review: One Stake, Well Done

Airlift: Flair India


As Akshay Kumar’s voice over informed us in the end that this was the biggest human evac operation ever to be carried out, the audience in the cinema hall broke out in affectious applause, whistled, and hooted. And then, the credits began rolling. And no one, I mean, not a soul, moved from their seats. … Continue reading Airlift: Flair India

Bajirao Mastani: Sets Appeal and History Teacher


I had a History teacher, bless her wherever she is, who, in swift marches through sixth through tenth grades, did something that was irrevocable and immutable for me. She did this using an unfailing technique of teaching – reading through the History lessons drily, sometimes with an almost lackadaisical approach to the vast and tumultuous … Continue reading Bajirao Mastani: Sets Appeal and History Teacher

Bridge Of Spies: The Humane Exchange Program


A quick quiz to exercise your vision on patriotism and betrayal: let’s say there’s this RAW agent who is embedded in Pakistan, carrying out espionage on India’s behalf. Completely dedicated to our country’s cause, he’s a thorough gentleman in every sense, a well-behaved citizen in Pakistan, but stealing information from there to pass on to … Continue reading Bridge Of Spies: The Humane Exchange Program

Manjhi – The Mountain Man: A Mountain of Despair


It’s amazing what stories lie in any country’s boondocks – unbelievably strange, haunting, and something most of us cannot even fathom or imagine. India is no exception, though these stories remain buried and away from our everyday hustle of life’s bustles. Full credit, then, to director Ketan Mehta for bringing the story of Dasharath Manjhi … Continue reading Manjhi – The Mountain Man: A Mountain of Despair