Reading Time: 5 minutes Writer-director Richie Mehta stalks the investigative team of Delhi’s blood-curdling crime and comes up with a harrowing but must-watch series. With a top-notch cast delivering solid performances, ‘Delhi Crime’ brings to fore the real-life struggle of police officers as they balance their personal hurdles and come to terms with a crime so heinous. And yet, the most disquieting moments come after the case is solved.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Using the lush, hush verdant hills of Shimla, director Sarthak Dasgupta creates a poetic ode to the exquisite and ethereal pain of waiting.
Reading Time: 2 minutes One-minute review series looks at director Dan Gilroy’s horror-satire outing.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In his fantastic debut feature, director Ivan Ayr slices the lives of two women in the Delhi Police force and runs a parallel through them. And then, he throws a stunning spotlight on how similar their struggles are, even as he shows other ugly cracks in the form of school shaming, being propositioned, as if it was part of the job description, and the obnoxious entitlement that seems to oil a venal machinery. And even if he does it with a quiet, observant camera, almost as if tip-toeing into the lives of the two women of his movie, his messaging is loud and clear.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Anand Tiwari, using a breezy story-telling rom-com format, shows us that life in a megapolis is an everyday struggle to find one’s own living space. That, love will find a way to come into your life but it’s your impossible task to find a living space for it.
Reading Time: 6 minutes
Thanks to Netflix, director Vikramaditya Motwane’s dark take on what it means to be a superhero in India, gets a deservedly new lease of life. Despite some of its obvious failings, ‘Bhavesh Joshi Superhero’ is grittily superb, where for a change the superhero is as human as the rest of us, and as vulnerable too.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Directors Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane whip up a fantastic first season for Netflix’s original content debut in India. Dividing the story-telling into two tracks, they add layers of conflicted and murderous characters who clash and collide, sparking off intense drama and hard-to-look-from away scenes. The action’s intense, the notes are grungy and the suspense an undercurrent to the main arc: the boiling cauldron of religion, politics, and power. Add to it an all-round superlative cast and an anxious background score, and you have a bloody winner.
Reading Time: 4 minutes “Lust Stories” is a welcome—if not perfect—addition to movies opening up about women’s sexuality and the consequences of both men and women dealing with it in this increasingly conflicted society. It’s also a sinking realization: some societal mores just won’t budge, no matter how far—or how much—we’ve come.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Every passing interview, Holden and Tench change too – their strengthening bond suddenly frayed, as Holden discovers an almost devious delight in manipulating his interviewees with empathy and sympathy, both at first forced, but as they go deeper, the line between analyzing them to joining them in verbal jousts that speak their language, shattering the sanitized questionnaire into shreds; straining the team’s tenuous ties to the point of breakdown. And in a brilliant turn, as Holden gets manipulative and pushes the boundaries of ‘accepted procedure’ he gets better and abrasive, even.
Reading Time: 6 minutes You’re shocked at the viciousness of people at people who don’t ‘belong’ in their group. You’re mortified as you see Hannah reach out to help, though not ostensibly so, and at folks who just brush her aside – because they don’t care, or are too busy fighting their own battles – and you ask yourself, how many times did you not read the signs? You’re pushed into cringe-mode as you see hurt, yearn, and hurt fester in a vicious cycle of perpetuating isolation and eventual numbness.