‘Murder on the Orient Express’ review: Standard Gauge


The director fails to capture the stifling, terrorizing claustrophobia of the coach, making it look all very simple and straight-forward. Even the top shots inside the carriages that he shoots are more distracting, taking an almost detached view of the goings-on below, you wondering what to make of all the heads you see. With the result, the breathtaking scenery is memorable, the mystery less so. Is that why the denouement, weak by any detective movie standards, takes place outside the train - all the passengers lined up on chairs, as if guests of honor at a valedictory event – instead of inside of the dining car, where the tension in the book and the 1974 movie was unbearable?

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‘13 Reasons Why’ review: An Education Most Harrowing


You’re shocked at the viciousness of people at people who don’t ‘belong’ in their group. You’re mortified as you see Hannah reach out to help, though not ostensibly so, and at folks who just brush her aside – because they don’t care, or are too busy fighting their own battles - and you ask yourself, how many times did you not read the signs? You’re pushed into cringe-mode as you see hurt, yearn, and hurt fester in a vicious cycle of perpetuating isolation and eventual numbness.

‘Naam Shabana’ review: Tap (to) see the Power


Here’s a question that if you answer correctly, will immediately qualify you for an interview with India’s top-secret agency - it (the agency, not the question) is beyond the purview of all the listed, government-sanctioned ones, ostensibly craftier and more effective than all the armed forces put together. Ready? Here goes: You’ve caught the only … Continue reading ‘Naam Shabana’ review: Tap (to) see the Power

‘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

‘Inferno’ review: Dark Brown Template


Author Dan Brown cracked the template of success amidst the bosky of financial turkeys he churned out initially. Set stories in a 24-hour template, add dollops of historical scientific documentation, real-life dark societies and their practices, and cults; add to this mix modern technology, the works of venerated Renaissance artists or scientists, a test-tube of … Continue reading ‘Inferno’ review: Dark Brown Template

The Drop: The Dog and the Doggone Money


For me, one of the biggest takeaways from Suketu Mehta’s “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found” was how, beneath the veneer of the hustling-bustling city of Mumbai, exists a world that usually does not rise above the steaming roads  and railway tracks and affect people rushing to get to work or get back home. This … Continue reading The Drop: The Dog and the Doggone Money