Three Monkeys; a visually sumptuous drama

It was the summers of 2008, when I got a call from one of my buddies; Tatpar. He asked me,” dude are you interested in films?” I always took more interest in watching an artistic cinema than a normal commercial cinema. So I grabbed the opportunity and went for it. It was the Ahmedabad International…

Yeh Saali Zindagi; Saali Badi Hatke Hai

Writer-director Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi is the most twisted love story you’ll see this year. There are so many characters, sub- plots, voice-overs, flash-backs, intrigues and counter-intrigues that you will need a master-guide to keep it straight.  The film is a trademark sign of Sudhir’s kind of work- dark, edgy and in-your-face. As storywriter, screenwriter…

127 HOURS- one word; Brilliant!!

Even today when I look back at the 2009 OSCAR’s list and see Slumdog Millionaire as the best film, I wonder “was it really that good?” I was never ever convinced that a film like Slumdog Millionaire can actually make you win an OSCAR. But yesterday, when I saw 127 Hours, I said to myself,…

Crumbling Cairo; Crumbling Egypt

It all started in December when a street fruit vendor in Tunisia set himself on fire, killing himself to protest government corruption. This resulted a Tunisian revolution, which galvanized young people in other Middle Eastern countries to take to the streets to protest rampant unemployment, police brutality, high food prices and repressive governments. In Egypt,…