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)"
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)"