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Brothers: Shattered Hearts, Bones, and Eardrums

By on August 17, 2015

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhen it comes to remakes of movies, the director and the audience face a dilemma of sorts. For the director, it’s the challenge of how much to adapt the story to their milieu. How much of the original content they ought to retain to acknowledge the remake, and how much of their oeuvre shadow do […]


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Drama | Movie Review | Romance

Masaan: Glowing Life of Pyre

By on July 29, 2015

Reading Time: 5 minutesPeople’s orbits around each other constantly evolve, change, and then catch other tracks, even as their paths cross, sometimes just as shadows on each other, in a universe where darkness and light are in a constant tussle, where both defy conventional definitions   – dark needn’t imply bad, light might just not be the source of […]

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Biography | Drama | Movie Review | Sport

Foxcatcher: Simmering Magma Opus

By on July 19, 2015

Reading Time: 4 minutesDirector Benett Miller didn’t have to go as far as Cain and Abel to make a movie that has its roots in a deadly wrap of sibling jealousy and rivalry, albeit one-sided. Instead, he bases his movie on the real life story of brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, both Olympic wrestling gold medal winners. Not […]

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Rahul Dev Burman | Tribute

Happy Birthday, Pancham!!

By on June 27, 2015

Reading Time: 3 minutesHappy birthday, dear Pancham from your instruments standing around, waiting for you to cut your cake: Santoor: “You made me rain happiness, soak your fans with bliss, sometimes I was sensual, sometimes poignant, sometime love, sometimes an unexpected filler in a pop song. Happy birthday!” Trumpet: “How I swing and dance in your songs! But […]

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Movie Review | Musical

ABCD 2: Binge Watch

By on June 24, 2015

Reading Time: 4 minutesOne would imagine that even as he sat down to chalk out the movie outline, Remo would have worn two hats for ABCD2 – Remo the director and Remo the choreographer and dancer. And each hat pointing him to a different direction for the movie. The director and story writer in him nudging the way […]

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Crime | Drama | Movie Review | Romance

Married Life: An Ennui-stitution Called Marriage

By on June 14, 2015

Reading Time: 5 minutesMarriage is such a funny thing. It’s damned if you (say you) do, damned if you don’t. Why do couples stay married? And why don’t or can’t they? And what about those who shirk from this seemingly concrete mixer of commitment, dedication, and (at least initial) feelings of love? Director Ira Sachs takes all such […]

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Drama | Family | Movie Review | Romance

Dil Dhadakne Do: A Wodehousian Cruise

By on June 7, 2015

Reading Time: 5 minutesHello, hello, tu posts hai padhne aayi, so let me introduce you to some new friends I made this weekend on a cruise. Meet Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) who’s the CEO of Ayka Industries, staring at an imminent bankruptcy in his business, an underachieving son, an overachieving daughter, a part-of-the-furniture wife, and a thirtieth wedding […]

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Drama | Horror | Movie Review

Maggie: The Pain Is the Horror

By on May 31, 2015

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen there’s even a semblance of trouble for their children, parents throw their paternal, protective cloak around them. If they know the child’s in harm’s way, they’ll go head on to divert the problem or ensure the child’s nowhere close. But what does a parent do when his daughter’s inflicted with a deadly virus that’ll […]

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Comedy | Drama | Movie Review | Romance

Tanu Weds Manu Returns: Fun Redux

By on May 28, 2015

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn a fast-food world where falling in love and then fighting to keep that love going because the logical culmination to all of this seems to be marriage, Tanu Weds Manu Returns takes a breezy look at “..and they didn’t live happily ever after.” What causes couples who fought the whole world to be together […]

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Biography | Crime | Drama | Movie Review

Big Lies Behind Big Eyes

By on May 23, 2015

Reading Time: 3 minutesThere’s a scene in “Big Eyes” where a habitué of a pub walks past a set of paintings with a couple of women, and when pointed to the paintings by one of them, the Italian (Aaron Craven) goes ga-ga about the paintings. He asks around about the painter.  And then, the camera looks at Amy […]

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