Saat Uchakkey, co-written and directed by Sanjeev Sharma, stars an ensemble cast that includes Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Aditi Sharma and Anupam Kher. The movie presents...
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A Hindi drama directed by Ajit Singh and written by M. Salim, Wah Taj tells the story of a Marathi farmer who comes to Agra with his family and makes a bold claim on the land where the world famous Ta...
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Directed by Ravi Jadhav, the Hindi musical drama Banjo is a feel good story of four Mumbai-based street musicians whose lives change when an international singer takes cognizance of their work. It is...
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Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Pink is a story of three modern, independent women -- Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) -- who share an apartment...
There are several ways to approach ‘Bhuvan Shome’. At its most elementary level, it can be described as a film about a man's bird hunting adventure in Saurashtra. At another level, it can be seen as a powerful character study of a strict bureaucrat who finds it difficult to survive outside the comforts of his cocooned existence. The film can also be looked upon as a treatise on human solitude and longing for companionship. Yet another way to approach the film is as a social commentary on the great rural-urban divide…
The BBC recently released a list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century i.e. from the year 2000 onwards. The list was selected by a panel of 177 international film critics including a handful from India. To say that I am utterly disappointed with the picks would be an understatement. More than anything, the list reflects the jury's lack of understanding of contemporary world cinema. The choices made by some of the Indian critics, especially, are almost hilarious.
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Directed by Muda ar Aziz, Happy Bhag Jayegi revolves around an Indian runaway bride named Happy who accidentally ends up in Pakistan, with people on both sides of the border chasing after her. The fil...
One gets the impression that the film is aiming for a commercial hit (Akshay Kumar in the lead is one hint) rather than winning over critics, but the filmmakers have made the critical mistake of underestimating the audience’s intelligence.
The death of the 76-year-old filmmaking legend Abbas Kiarostami marks the end of a great era in world cinema.
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<em>Sultan</em> is exactly what one expects from a Salman Khan movie. Yes, you guessed it right! It is an Eid special that's a complete family entertainer that will make you laugh and cry, should you choose to suspend your disbelief.
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The movie features memorable performances from Ashutosh Rana and Jimmy Sheirgill. While Sheirgill is at great ease playing a politician who thrives on the politics of divide and rule, Rana reminds us of his remarkable range as an actor.
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<em>Raman Raghav 2.0</em> is all style and little substance, and doesn't live up to the hype created by the trailer. It makes an average film like <em> Ugly</em> look like a masterpiece. Alas, Anurag Kashyap seems to be going his one-time mentor Ram Gopal Varma's way! With each film he appears more lost as a filmmaker.
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<em>Udta Punjab</em> is an eye-opening account of how the ongoing drug crisis in Punjab is consuming the mind, body and soul of the state's youth. It's enough to make your blood boil and your eyes wet. The movie presents a kaleidoscopic account of how drugs enter the border state via Pakistan. How the ruthless drug lords operate under the aegis of the state machinery. How easily youngsters get sucked into the maw of darkness, choosing to live in drug-induced utopias rather than face reality.
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<em>Te3n</em>'s plot focuses upon two similar kidnapping cases separated by eight years. While the first one involves a girl, the second involves a boy. But the modus operandi is so similar that the police suspects that the same person is behind both of them. Has the kidnapper returned to the city after eight years of absence? Or, someone is merely trying to imitate the earlier kidnapping?
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After months of procrastination I finally succeeded in convincing myself on New Year's Eve. I made a resolution to shoot my first short film the same year. The mind is such a powerhouse. Once the mind is made up, things automatically begin to happen. Now that I was absolutely certain that I would finally make a short film of my own, I had to decide what it would be about.
The film begins with a quote by Voltaire: "<em>A society gets the criminal it deserves.</em>" Perhaps, it is also true of artistes. <em>Veerappan</em> is a story of the rise and fall of a man who went on to become a legend. Who better than RGV to narrate such a tale? And he does it with great panache but little humility.
The late American film critic, Roger Ebert, wrote in his review of <em>Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan</em>, more than three decades back: "Star Trek stories have always been best when they centered around their characters." One can say the same of X-Men stories. If they are good, they are so because of the characters. On those occasions they are not, the characterization, as well as the interplay between the characters, is to be blamed, as is the case with <em>Apocalypse</em>.
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As a fictionalized account of the life and times of one of the most successful Indian cricket captains, <em>Azhar</em> serves as a colourful reminder of a bygone era of cricket and succeeds in highlighting the passion, euphoria and madness associated with the sport in cricket-crazy India. How the captain doesn't merely represent a team of 11 players but a country of more than 1 billion people. How dearly a victory is cherished. How badly a defeat is regretted.
<em>Civil War</em> comes across as one of those rare superhero movies that rely a great deal on the plot. The film is not merely a marked improvement on <em>Age of Ultron</em>, both in terms of story and action, but it actually proves to be a new benchmark as far as the genre is concerned. Like all good superhero movies, it is the characters that ultimately shine here: be it Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Black Panther or Falcon.
National Awards need to differentiate themselves from Filmfare and other popular awards. They need to have a more balanced criteria for selecting winners. What good is a film if it has little socio-cultural and cinematic relevance?