‘Allied’ review: Love In Casa-Blah-nca

The opening sequence is as poetic in its hushed arrival as they come. A beautifully choreographed parachute landing in the deserts of the Sahara circa 1942 shows you the magnificently piliferous Brad Pitt cast away his jumping jack and proceed towards Casablanca. Director Robert Zemeckis couldn’t have given us a better welcome than this in … Continue reading ‘Allied’ review: Love In Casa-Blah-nca

‘Dangal’ review: First Class Coach

We menfolk have it rather good, don’t we? There’s nary a phase of discrimination in our lives, be it while pursuing our education, while deciding what we want to do with our lives, while pursuing our interests, while establishing ourselves at our work places, or even while looking for a soul mate. Life for most … Continue reading ‘Dangal’ review: First Class Coach

‘Force 2’ review: Biceptic and Triceptic

ACP Yashvardhan (John Abraham) enters into the frame for the first time in director Abhinay Deo’s Force 2 in a crisp, sparkling white shirt and cargoes, and the audience in the cinema hall hoots and whistles in joy. That’s the last time that shirt retains its lineage to Snow White, and is eventually dwarfed by … Continue reading ‘Force 2’ review: Biceptic and Triceptic

‘Dr. Strange’ review: Marvel at the Universe

If I were to pose a universal question to you - namely, What is that one entity who, all human beings, regardless of race, religion, or economic status, take for granted? – what would your answer be? No, it’s not that aunt who knits away sweaters for ungrateful nieces and nephews; nor is it that … Continue reading ‘Dr. Strange’ review: Marvel at the Universe

‘Shivaay’ review: High Anxiety, Extended Version

For the second time in as many weeks, I’ll invoke the parent in you – and this time, it’s because director Ajay Devgn - venturing behind the camera for the second time – doesn’t give you any choice. For, Shivaay is all about a single parent and his daughter, and the former’s travails (a mild … Continue reading ‘Shivaay’ review: High Anxiety, Extended Version

‘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

‘Banjo’ review: Instrument Engineer

Right from my childhood days in Bombay (before the printers and sign-board companies made a killing off of the name change), festivals meant some immutable markers – delectable food and new clothes. And, rising above the colour and gaiety, the unmistakable decibel flight of frantic drums, cymbals, and the sure, sharp sound of the banjo. … Continue reading ‘Banjo’ review: Instrument Engineer