The Bicycle Thief – nothing fictional about it

The story of today that was told in the past   For a long time I was thinking of reviewing some of my favorite cult classic films, but was terribly scared of reviewing theme as these were the ones which inspired me to take keen interest in cinema and especially world cinema. Anyway, I have…

Barfi! – Ekdom FaTaFaTi!

Barfi! is a tale that simply makes you fall in love with the character’s innocence.  Chances are, someone’s already told you to run out and see Barfi!, Anurag Basu’s tender romantic comedy starring Ranbir Kapoor as a deaf man. The film has opened strong in India, and word of mouth among Indian and diaspora audiences…

‘Gandu’- Kama Sutra rewritten for a new age of repression and alienation

It is hard not to be excited by this fiercely idiosyncratic approach to protest filmmaking and Gandu gleefully tramples all expectations of Indian culture. But narrative incoherence and some irritating misuse of material intended to shock mar Mukherjee’s good intentions. The disaffection of youth may be utterly commonplace as a theme of independent cinema, but…

KAHAANI; Twisting tale of a woman

Kahaani brings Kolkata back to limelight Hindi films have had many thrillers, most of which revolve around similar plot of gangster action, and off late hardly such films have accounted to classics. Kahaani, from trailers and posters, seemed to be an off beat commercial cinema: a lady (pregnant) in search of her missing husband in…