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Fitoor: Exquisite Expectations

By on February 19, 2016

Reading Time: 4 minutes Welcome to Abhishek Kapoor’s art gallery that’s opened up in Kashmir, Delhi, and London.  It’s called “Fitoor”, and if you like your art in slow, candescent strokes, this movie is for you.  If you like it brisk, brusque, and fast, you oughtn’t tempt your fates or Tates (as Manoj Pahwa’s character in Dil Dhadakne Do […]


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Bangalore Days: The Questions to All Answers

By on February 12, 2016

Reading Time: 5 minutes What do you want out of life? Love? A career? Friends?  Family? An opiate high of pursuing your life’s passion? And can all of these threads ever intersect? “Bangalore Days” (Malayalam), directed by Anjali Menon, sets out to trace lives of three of its characters in pursuit of their lives’ goals and ambitions, even as […]

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Airlift: Flair India

By on January 24, 2016

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. […]

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Alan Rickman: Hanging On To Every Word

By on January 15, 2016

Reading Time: 4 minutes I watched “The January Man” only for Kevin Kline.  And I came about this movie as I doxed the VHS rental video library for anything on Kline, thanks to “A Fish Called Wanda”. Oh, how I swung from loving him to hating him in this mad caper, him having a petulant ball of a time, […]

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Wazir: When It Dawns a Pawn on You

By on January 10, 2016

Reading Time: 5 minutes Statistically, this could have gone either way. First, he made the eclectically gripping “Shaitan”. Next, he delivered the DOA “David”. Which is why, “Wazir” is a toss-up wins –or- fails flip of the directorial coin for Bejoy Nambiar. In his latest effort, he’s aided by a story by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who’s also written the […]

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Pancham: A Special Guest Appearance

By on January 4, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes   In Hindi movie parlance, a “guest appearance” connotes an actor of repute who’s not in the parade of the main protagonists. However, she/he makes an appearance right at the time when you’ve had enough of the lead actors; or, just when you think the fun couldn’t get any wackier, the special appearance actor adds […]

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Oggarane: Life Is Scrumptious

By on January 2, 2016

Reading Time: 5 minutes The movie belongs to Prakash Raj and Sneha – the former is absolutely assured and gobsmackingly good as Kalidasa. Pitching his character’s age, love for food, and cooking and personal ethics superbly, Raj displays a matured effectiveness that lends a perfect blend of comedy, anguish, and upright fun.

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2015 @24 Frames per Second

By on December 31, 2015

Reading Time: 6 minutes   Right off the bat, this isn’t a list. This isn’t a best and worst compilation. And this isn’t a recommendation communique either. Also, no five-star rating based statistical effort here. Just a glimpse at some moments of life in a cinema hall (and home theatre) in 2015. Piku Amitabh Bachchan’s imperfect bowel and perfect […]

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Bajirao Mastani: Sets Appeal and History Teacher

By on December 27, 2015

Reading Time: 8 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 […]

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The Drop: The Dog and the Doggone Money

By on December 23, 2015

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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 […]

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