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‘Begum Jaan’ review: No Freedom at Midnight

By on April 15, 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutes“You have one month to empty this kotha (brothel)!” says Ilias (Rajit Kapoor). Something told me that the repartee by Begum Jaan (Vidya Balan) would invoke dates and menses, and there it was. It wasn’t even particularly powerful, and it is this predictability that haunts director Srijit Mukherji’s eponymous Begum Jaan (Mrs. Jaan). Written by […]

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Kanu Roy: Addicted to Pain

By on March 5, 2017

Reading Time: 2 minutesIf 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 […]

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‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise

By on February 5, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes{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 […]

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‘Kahaani 2’ review: Of Trailer and Trail Her Chills

By on December 3, 2016

Reading Time: 7 minutesThere’s this unsaid thing between me and movie trailers. I usually don’t watch them, and vice-versa. Unless, of course, they’re being screened in cinema halls, which then makes them a beguiling part of the experiential package. Trailers, especially nowadays, have this nasty habit of raising your expectations, and making you connect the story dots in […]

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Pancham: Just a Song Before I Kill

By on June 26, 2016

Reading Time: 6 minutesParty scenes in Hindi movies have always had an arterious connection with the movie plot, and even more so with the soundtrack. And I don’t mean today’s party songs that are only reason for you to reach out for your goggles, as the strobe lights and thumping beats assault your sensory sensations, more often numbing […]

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