Movie reviews

‘Taandav’ Starring Manoj Bajpayee is an Absurd Drama with Tragicomic Outlook on Human Existence

Posted on: 15th Feb, 2016

Devashish Makhija’s short film Taandav starring Manoj Bajpayee in an unusual role reminds me of Samuel Becket’s ‘Waiting for Godot’, a black comedy or a drama with tragicomic outlook on human existence. Both Taandav and ‘Waiting for Godot’ have one thing in common: existential absurdity or absurd existence where we are caught between a raging […]

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Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Fitoor’ is a Tale of Two Disappointments

Posted on: 14th Feb, 2016

Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor is a Tale of Two Disappointments: insignificant portrayal of Kashmir as a mere side actor and waste of such great talent as Tabu in an insubstantial love story of a dimwit artist. A poor Indian adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Fitoor begins like a powerhouse and then slogs down as an […]

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Jazbaa is a Must Watch for Gripping Story & Strong Performance Despite Some Faults in the Script

Posted on: 10th Oct, 2015

When Talvar is still fresh in our minds, another thriller hit the screens and added to the intensity created by cinematic reminiscences of the infamous Noida double murder case. Jazbaa is not just another woman-oriented film. True to current times, Jazbaa is a grim story of two women who are strong and vulnerable at the […]

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Piku is a Touching Story of Lonely, Independent, Working Girl with Light-hearted Script

Posted on: 9th May, 2015

I came across a few posts in the stream of my Facebook feeds that Piku is a sweet father-daughter relationship story, and Piku tells a story of road journey to Kolkata. I must correct them. Piku is neither a sweet relationship story nor absolutely a road movie. Piku is the story of a working girl […]

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Ram-Leela movie review: best lovemaking & flawed climax

Posted on: 17th Nov, 2013

I would like to start with a quote by Marilyn Monroe, “We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift”. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Romeo and Juliet in Ram-Leela are endowed with the ‘natural gift’ that is visually manifested in the epic beauty of […]

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Movie review | Anurag Basu’sBarfi! – a celebration of love and life

Posted on: 15th Sep, 2012

Barfi! is a triangle love story but with a distinct departure from typical Bollywood triangle love stories Saajan, Dharkan and Dil To Pagal Hai. Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starrer Barfi! is a celebration of love and life. Saying precisely, it is a story of two silent hearts. Or, it is the story of a physically […]

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Movie review | Rituparno’s Chitrangada The Crowning Wish

Posted on: 1st Sep, 2012

Rituparno Ghosh’s Chitrangada The Crowning Wish is a bold statement on one’s wish, one’s right and one’s freedom to be what one likes to be (in gender). After focusing on the suppression of woman sexuality by the orthodox society, revealing the sexual exploitation of women in the patriarchal society, and highlighting the society’s biased treatment […]

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Movie review – Hemlock Society celebrating life over death

Posted on: 23rd Jun, 2012

Hope, you see beggars here and there – on the way to office, streets, railway platforms, outside of temples or mosques and many other places. I too see them when I walk through the underpass to catch Metro at Dum Dum, when I make my way to the railway platform to board train to Bidhannagar […]

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Kahaani Movie Review: an enthralling, engaging and absorbing thriller

Posted on: 9th Mar, 2012

Sujoy Ghosh director of Kahaani weaves a kahaani (story) to thrill us; and Vidya Bagchi played by Vidya Balan weaves a kahaani to accomplish her mission in the movie. What is the real kahaani? Is it the struggle of a pregnant woman in search of her missing husband in the city of Kolkata, as it […]

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Movie review: Charulata 2011 revealing why Charu exists in the real

Posted on: 3rd Mar, 2012

Who is Charulata? Is she a mere fictional character? Does she really exist? Who creates her? Mr. Husbands who accuse their wives of cheating on them cannot see Charulata in them. Charulata is a literary image of lonely married women in the real world. The story of Charulata from the time when Rabindranath Tagore had […]

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