At the outset, let us first tip our hat or in fact give a standing ovation to a few people involved in Bajirao Mastani. Fistly – Sriram Kannan Iyengar, Sujeet Subhash Sawant, Yantra Design Studio and Saloni Ankush Dhatrak for some breathtaking Production Design – probably the best we have seen since Mughal-e-Azam!!!
Saturday, 19 December 2015
Friday, 18 December 2015
Ever get a feeling that you tried to do something differently but could not change who you stand for and ultimately landed up making a big hash of everything? If the answer is yes, then Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale will give you that sense of déjà vu. It would have definitely given Shetty that feeling.
Saturday, 28 November 2015
He started with a very simple movie 10 years back. One which would qualify to be a sleeper hit. It was called Socha Na Tha and starred a certain relative of someone with a 2.5 kg fist. He has released a movie around every 2 years since. Jab We Met (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009), Rockstar (2011), Highway (2014) and now Tamasha (2015). He is one of my favourite writer directors in India today – Imtiaz Ali.
Friday, 20 November 2015
Disclaimer – This writer is a massive James Bond fan. He has collected every single release of James Bond on DVD and plans to convert the same (shortly) into an enviable Blue Ray collection before the release of Bond 2017-18. He can rarely find fault in a James Bond movie and therefore can be classified as a “classic fanboy”. Read on.
Saturday, 14 November 2015
To say that Marathi Cinema has come of age is a stale statement these days. It is well past the coming of age stage and is rapidly moving towards excellence. Subodh Bhave’s directorial debut is a commendable one and an industry (that was otherwise considered a laggard) one step forward.
Thursday, 12 November 2015
It has been nearly 2 months since I put the proverbial pen to paper. I have watched movies in the interim – they are like the air that I breathe – but a combination of writer’s block and just plain lethargy prevented me from writing. Not that cinema of the likes of Pyar Ka Punchnama 2 or for that matter Shandaar didn’t inspire me to overcome the lethargy.
Friday, 18 September 2015
Nikhil Advani is definitely not known for brilliant movies with the one exception of D-Day where he made his only genuine attempt to aid the effort of quality cinema in Bollywood. Back to Back releases in a week may indicate that Shri Advani over estimated his prowess in the field of direction. Regretably he has botched up both stories – one which was a classic and the other that had a lot of promise.
Friday, 21 August 2015
I have started writing this review a little after the interval of All Is Well. It will definitely be one of the corniest lines I have ever written in over 5 years of reviewing but I am at a loss of words as of now. All is definitely not well. There. I have said it.
I can only guess or speculate when I make this statement that even Hollywood seems to be running out of good ideas for cinema. Why else would one try and relaunch a superhero franchise that was not perceived as a great one to begin with. More importantly, why would someone try to narrate the same story again?
Friday, 31 July 2015
Sometime back, a T Shirt featuring Sir Ian McKellen created a minor ripple (http://weheartit.com/entry/group/100286). It read, I AM GANDALF AND MAGNETO. GET OVER IT. Sir I M can now change that T Shirt to read – I AM GANDALF, MAGNETO AND SHERLOCK – BEAT THAT!!!