Today, Facebook reminded me of a review that I wrote published way back in 2014. Thought I will share it; both the heavily edited article and the review. Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour explodes on our screens (1st May) after winning the Palme d’Or at the recent Cannes Film Festival. In an unprecedented […]Read more "Blue is the Warmest Colour (2014)"
Quiet is louder, meek is strength, small is big, less is more. These phrases seldom ever transcend their archetypal audiophile underpinning. But I find them so apt in describing The Lunchbox. The film revolves around a wrong delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service) of Mumbai, which leads to a profound relationship between Saajan (Irrfan Khan), […]Read more "The Lunchbox (2014)"
I feel the coolest thing Vishal Bhardwaj has done in Haider is not so much the adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but his brilliant staging of the revenge story within the Kashmir’s volatile political history of 1995. The historical element brings the crazy family revenge up on a pedestal where death and doom looms all around. […]Read more "Haider (2014)"
This is a winsome feel-good family movie. I knew that even before I went in because this is an Aamir Khan production and his name spells class. What I didn’t count on is that it is especially empowering. There may be scenes that are contrived and it tries a little too hard, but in all […]Read more "Secret Superstar (2017)"
Growing up I love watching emotionally manipulative tear-jerkers. These come in all shapes, sizes and languages. The most awesome sub-genre of this category will be those that have the protagonist suffering from some kind of malaise or having a terrible physical handicap. The Chinese cinema have 汪洋中的一條船 which has heart-throb Qin Han without legs (actually […]Read more "Black (2005)"
Even if there are mighty trees all around you, Let them be shady, let them be huge, But, even for the shade of a single leaf, Beg not, beg never, ask never! The path of fire you shall tread! The path of fire! Yes, That Path of Fire! You shall never tire, You shall never […]Read more "Agneepath (2012)"
What a film! What a performance! I have just walked the Path of Fire – Agneepath. This one is full-on melodrama and reminds me of Brian de Palma’s bombastic Scarface. The first 30min is one of the best openings ever. A boy is taught a life lesson by his father – every person in his […]Read more "Agneepath (1990)"