Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Reema Kagti takes actor Akshay Kumar’s cinematic legacy-building efforts one step further, this time designed to make you stand up for the national anthem. ‘Gold: The Dream that United our Nation’ grips in parts while in others it slips, even as the performances prop it up almost through and through. But the movie’s finest moment is hidden in a fleeting expression at the very end.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Abhishek Sharma sets very low ambitions and makes “Parmanu” a quasi-thriller-cum-patriotic fluff within the limited boundaries it operates. But, is this what co-producer and actor John Abraham was looking for?
Reading Time: 6 minutes Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali creates a stunning spectacle that envelopes your aural senses. But, when it comes to the story telling…
Reading Time: 7 minutes Life is a Cinema Hall rating: (This rating is only a snapshot. The details are in the words.) It’s obvious that director Steven Spielberg admires the fourth estate and women. His latest outing, The Post, his ode to both, resounds much like a beautifully printed coffee table tribute, one that you can’t help but admire […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes There’s a scene in Patriots Day where Veronica (Khandi Alexander, the only scene she’s in for the length of the movie) from the High-Value Interrogation Group, is interrogating Katherine Russell (Melissa Benoist), wife of terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Themo Melikidze), who along with younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Alex Wolff) set off bombs in Boston and has […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes 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 […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes “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 […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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. […]
Reading Time: 9 minutes 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 […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes 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 […]