PINK – A progressive, provocative, powerful statement.

“The premise of three girls and their fight for justice gets intense as you peel the layers and questions our self-anointed custodians of morality — the DOs and DON’Ts for women in this country.” When I first learned about PINK, I said to myself, “Aah! there you go….another male bashing film. Thus, generalizing Indian men…

THE BATTLE FOR ALGIERS: The true inglorious bastards

“Not many people know about this particular film, probably because not many people were exposed to this genuine prophetic piece of cinema — ‘The Battle for Algiers’ could easily termed as a film that could act as a manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it. Jokes apart, this is…

EXCLUSIVE: Lights…Camera…and….Hudson!

Two years back, I had a chance to meet the ace director and one of my favourites; Hugh Hudson. With a heart full of queries and an eagerness to learn more from him, I decided to approach him and have a tête-à-tête on cinema   Born in London, he’s an ex-army lieutenant in the Army Reserve of…

EXCLUSIVE: Spotting cinema with Spottiswoode

In the fall of 2011, I had a chance to interact with one of Hollywood’s most successful directors, Roger Spottiswoode. In a 45 minutes long conversation, Roger and I discussed about his life, actors and of course about his cinema at length. Here’s an excerpt from that conversation…. His name may or may not ring…

Pasolini

It’s a celebration of Pasolini’s style of cinema as Willem Dafoe delivers a performance that could be his best yet!   “To scandalise is a right; to be scandalised is a pleasure,” says Pier Paolo Pasolini, I am sure by now many of you must have seen the trailer and have read about it. But…

HER

Her is the freshest and the most original plots of all time. It is the finest writing and directorial endeavor of Spike Jonze’s career.   “I think I have felt everything I’m going to feel,” says Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), the protagonist of Her, “and from here on out I’m never going to feel anything…

Aankhon Dekhi

Aankhon Dekhi is a call to extreme spiritual and intellectual freedom instead of an economic and political one. It’s a celebration of freedom in life, families and brotherhood in an apparent dysfunction society…..     At first, Aankhon Dekhi’s treatment will remind you of Mrinal Sen’s 1982 classic Kharij. Directed by Rajat Kapoor, the film…

Dirty Wars (Documentary)

Not always you watch a documentary, which compels you to think and discuss about it. I have chosen this platform to interact with you all and bring to you this incredible, hard-hitting documentary called, “Dirty Wars.”   Post 9/11, the world changed; its people, geo-politics, dynamics, new faces of terror and a new term emerged,…

The Wolf of Wall Street

Full of sex, drugs and amoral characters, but it is fascinating to watch.   More than thirty feature films in, at age 71, Martin Scorsese has never been racier or more risqué. With a charismatically decadent Leonardo DiCaprio going at full throttle in the central role, The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s giddy biopic…

Meghe Dhaka Tara

“Meghe Dhaka Tara is not a linear story. It is a collage of moments drawn from his life, concepts, his ideologies, his eccentricities, his reading, his writings, his anger and his frustrations expressed everywhere”  When we talk about “Meghe Dhaka Tara” or hear these three words, the first person to strike our minds is Ritwik Ghatak….

Ship of Theseus (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

One of the most engaging films of our time, Ship of Theseus is a question to the human soul. What is right or wrong? How do you measure happiness or sadness? Once in a while, comes a man who does not even try to be part of the crowd? There are many who believe they…

Raanjhaana

Dhanush, an established Tamil actor makes his Hindi film debut as Kundan in Arvind L. Rai’s second film Raanjhaana. Playing the the son of a pandit/Hindu priest, living in Banaras. Kundan  As a child he sees a girl, Zoya, and instantly falls in love, and spends his years growing up trying to woo her. Impressed…