Reading Time: 1 minute A snazzily romantic, tense number from ‘Raksha’ revisited (and rewritten). Happy birthday, Pancham.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Pancham’s use of Lata’s vocals. The unusual and the unexpected.
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: 4 minutes Director Sujoy Ghosh lays out a detailed, conversational thriller that’s high on the quality of ingredients, even if the flavors are all too familiar and predictable. But the point of ‘Badla’ isn’t to surprise you as much as it is to make you pay attention and revel in the atmosphere. Plus, of course the top notch acting that rivets, diverts, and then delivers a climactic scene that’s more heartbreaking triumph than a twist.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Director Shelly Chopra Dhar makes a breezy first half that takes the best of a Wodehouse story and comes up with a sunny, happy entertainer. It’s when she takes on societal prejudices and throwing light on a couple but continues to take the pre-interval approach that the cracks in her missus begin to show. And even though her lead actress does a sincere—but skimming the character’s surface—job, it’s the rest of the cast that shines and props up the movie all through. Meanwhile offscreen, the movie’s producer continues to don the mantle of a life and music coach.
Reading Time: 6 minutes How do you capture the zest and madness of an actor who lived life on his terms, even if those terms meant hellish conditions for those around him? How do you get the mania onscreen that Marathi stage’s first (and perhaps only) superstar evoked amongst his audience? Director Abhijeet Deshpande and actor Subodh Bhave do a stupendous job in doing all of this and more. In a movie whose title means listing its subject at the end of the credits, it’s a first amongst Indian actors’ biopics.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Sriram Raghavan with his team of writers comes up with a devilishly clever and sharp entertainer that’s full of twists, jumps, guffaws, and references galore. As with any satisfying thriller, it’s when it throws you off most unexpectedly that you give out a sigh most evil.
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 In this 1970 outing, director Shiv Kumar makes an unbelievably lame and unintentionally comic contribution to Hindi cinema, combining family drama, a spy caper, and coming up a cropper. Composer Rahul Dev Burman, painting out a silver lining with his score, comes to the heroic (and hero’s) rescue.