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Murtaza Ali Khan

Independent film critic and author of the movie blog 'A Potpourri of Vestiges'

Murtaza Ali Khan is an independent film critic based out of New Delhi, India. He is the Author of the movie blog “A Potpourri of Vestiges”. His education spans science, technology and management. Cinema is not only his passion but also his greatest obsession. His all-time favorite filmmakers are Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, Luis Bunuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Satyajit Ray, Fritz Lang, Jean-Pierre Melville, Sergio Leone, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Lars von Trier.

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The Many Layers Of 'Bhuvan Shome': Revisiting A Mrinal Sen Classic

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…
04/09/2016 10:52 AM IST
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Come On BBC, Are These Really The 100 Greatest Films Of The 21st Century?

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.
26/08/2016 2:12 AM IST
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'Udta Punjab' Hits A High With Its Treatment Of The Punjab Drug Crisis

<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.
18/06/2016 12:00 AM IST
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'Te3n': A Slow-Burning Thriller With A Classic Whodunit At Its Core

<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?
14/06/2016 12:04 PM IST
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How I Made The Leap From Reviewing To Filmmaking

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.
02/06/2016 8:28 AM IST

'X-Men: Apocalypse': A Promising Film Marred By Over-Ambition And Self-Indulgence

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>.
23/05/2016 12:15 PM IST

‘Azhar': An Engaging Sports Film, Biopic And Courtroom Drama Rolled Into One

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.
17/05/2016 12:55 PM IST
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'Captain America: Civil War' Sets A New Benchmark For Superhero Movies

<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.
06/05/2016 8:27 AM IST