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)"
Set in 2016 BC at the height of Indus Valley Civilization, the story of Mohenjo Daro follows a farmer Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) who travels to the city of Mohenjo Daro and falls in love with a high-status woman Chaani (Pooja Hegde), and who must then challenge the city’s elite, and fight against overwhelming odds to […]Read more "Mohenjo Daro (2016)"
One of the worst feelings in the world is being made to feel small by your very own family members. English Vinglish has one such protagonist that has been taken for granted and she endures callous remark after remark day in day out by her daughter. She also has to endure laughter behind her back […]Read more "English Vinglish (2012)"
This is Vishal Bhardwaj’s second Shakespeare film adaption. His first being the stupendous Maqbool (Macbeth). This time round he breathes life into another Shakespeare tragedy, Othello. Omi (Ajay Devgan) strong-arms the locals into following his boss, the politician Tiwari Bhaisaab (Naseeruddin Shah). Eventually, Omi enters politics himself and appoints one of his lieutenants, Kesu (Vivek Oberoi), […]Read more "Omkara (2006)"
Every year I get to go to some schools to introduce P6 kids to the world of Literature and I am always very stoked when the schools choose William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This play is my absolute fave because it has all the ingredients of a dark story – witches, murder, treachery, big battle and the […]Read more "Maqbool (2003)"