‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ review: Man Ki Baat


This Friday, as I stepped out of the cinema hall, chewing the mental cud, so to speak, wondering what to make of director Akshay Roy’s Meri Pyaari Bindu (My Lovely Bindu), I was ambushed by representatives of a newly launched TV news channel, and before I could say “No swami”, I found myself in their … Continue reading ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ review: Man Ki Baat

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‘Noor’ review: Hollow Ma’am


You’re facing what is possibly the biggest crisis of your life. You’re at your wit’s end, wondering how on earth you’ll ever resolve it. No, your boyfriend hasn’t given you the thumbs down. And no, your first date didn’t end up with you slobbering all over your mains. It’s much worse than this and anything … Continue reading ‘Noor’ review: Hollow Ma’am

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

Pancham: And Yet Again…


And yet again, you trend on social media. And yet again, doohickeys come out of the woodwork, professing how you made their careers, or how they made yours. And yet again, you are worshiped and put on the pedestal. And yet again, there's no dearth of stories of others composing the mukhda or a now … Continue reading Pancham: And Yet Again…

‘Kahaani 2’ (p)review: A wowdunit?


In Kahaani, director Sujoy Ghosh turned the concept of the hunter and the hunted upside down, a la the much maligned but very entertaining Taking Lives – the final twist in the Angelina Jolie thriller very cleverly adapted to the noise and chaos of Durga Puja in Kolkatta. With the trailer of Kahaani 2 out, … Continue reading ‘Kahaani 2’ (p)review: A wowdunit?

Pancham: Just a Song Before I Kill


Party 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 … Continue reading Pancham: Just a Song Before I Kill

Pancham: A Special Guest Appearance


  In Hindi movie parlance, a “guest appearance” connotes an actor of repute who’s not in the parade of the main protagonists. However, she/he makes an appearance right at the time when you’ve had enough of the lead actors; or, just when you think the fun couldn’t get any wackier, the special appearance actor adds … Continue reading Pancham: A Special Guest Appearance