‘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

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‘Phillauri’ review: Tree’s Company


The title of this piece has just about a tenuous thread to what follows. Much like the no-connection between the trailer of Phillauri (citizen of Phillaur) and the movie feature. I’ve lamented about how misleading trailers can be, either upping your expectations only to realize the heights were but an illusion - flashback to my … Continue reading ‘Phillauri’ review: Tree’s Company

Pancham: Flashback to the Future


[I wrote a mildly modified version of this piece in the Pancham group on Facebook as part of the Aaina Wahi Rehta Hai: Flashback with Pancham theme. This group is truly the most vibrant and informative one on Pancham on Facebook. Thanks to ever-vigilant and enthusiastic admins, blame and flame throwers are reined in quickly, … Continue reading Pancham: Flashback to the Future

Kanu Roy: Addicted to Pain


If there was one composer in Hindi cinema who could wrap his baton around your emotions and squeeze it to cause a pain so exquisite that you’d go back for more, it was the sadly underrated Kanu Roy. With a trademark vibraphone traversing across hitherto unexplored and untouched strings in your soul, Roy composed and … Continue reading Kanu Roy: Addicted to Pain

Carpenters: Better Than Chocolate, Really


When the world’s going as crazy as it is now – and to add an extra topping to our miseries, we can’t even escape what’s going around us – there’s just one thing to do. Find solace, and quick. The trick, then, is to locate that one bromide - it’s a world of fast-food and … Continue reading Carpenters: Better Than Chocolate, Really

‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex


The camera follows Jayaraman (Mohanlal), panning his walk in slow motion, as he passes the dead body, and then, in the crowd, you see the killer’s visage, a child in his arms, a lady next to him. You do a double take, but Jayaraman passes him by, even though he’s had a deadly scuffle with … Continue reading ‘Oppam’ review: An Apartment, Complex

‘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

‘The State vs Jolly LLB 2’ review: Judge Dread


The law’s an ass, but not in the classic sense of the phrase. Not in India, at least. Here, with the ratio of a judge to the civilian population an unbalanced 10 to a million (in the year 2015) and over 30 million cases running in different courts, the law’s an overloaded, overworked ass. Ditto … Continue reading ‘The State vs Jolly LLB 2’ review: Judge Dread

Bee Gees: The Spirits Just Keep Flying


Ever wonder what that exuberant, light-headed feeling of love was ever like? Does it even, ever exist? When it doubt, wear your flying tweeds and head right into Spirits Having Flown. In their fifth album, the eponymous number by Bee Gees is a winner all the way. In the little-over-five minutes of magic that the … Continue reading Bee Gees: The Spirits Just Keep Flying

‘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