‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ review: Batsman Returns


As director James Erskine sat down to write the script for Sachin: A Billion Dreams, one can only imagine him grappling with the quintessentially existential questions that must haunt anyone who sets out to make a docu-drama on a much-loved, much-adored, and much-revered personality – what’s to be the POV for this feature? How much … Continue reading ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ review: Batsman Returns

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‘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

‘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

‘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

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’ review: Of Trailer and Trail Her Chills


There’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 … Continue reading ‘Kahaani 2’ review: Of Trailer and Trail Her Chills

‘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

‘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?

‘Sairat’ review: Teach Your Children Hell


If you’re a parent, you’d have faced that inescapable question your little one would have piped up and asked you, catching you unawares, much like any situation that the common man faces hits our scrofulous politicians. No, I don’t mean the question about the birds and the bees. That’s easier to handle, as you deal … Continue reading ‘Sairat’ review: Teach Your Children Hell