“The Magnificent Seven” Review

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 Old-Western classic of the same name directed by John Sturges which was itself a remake of the cult Ronin-styled film, Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa. Now that due acknowledgements are given to all the predecessors, let us talk about the present version of the story about…

Why India never wins the Oscar for Best Foreign Film

Every year FFI (Film Federation of India) selects one movie to represent the nearly 1500 movies made annually in India at the prestigious Oscars. This year, Visaranai is India’s official entry for Oscars 2017.And with it, all Indian movie aficionados are again befuddled by a simple question. Why don’t Indian movies win an Oscar? No,…

Series Spotlight: “The People v O J Simpson”

If you search for the Top 10 Most Controversial Court Cases in the world, the Murder Trial of O. J. Simpson would definitely be on that list. Touted as one of the most high-profile cases in American history, it had all the elements of a sensational, socially divisive court-room drama. As the very first season…

The “Freaky Ali” Review

I belong to the increasing legion of fans who wait for a Nawazuddin Siddiqui movie with great anticipation. He is one performer, who, over the last few years has brought about a refreshing change in focus from gimmick-heavy, muscle-flexing form of acting to a more refined and honest show of acting prowess which is almost…

The “Sully” Review

Someone had asked a very interesting question in Quora sometime back as – “What will a film look like if the director does not have vision ?” Although it wasn’t directly implied but it intrigued me when I thought about the underlying meaning of that question. What this inquisitive Quoran really wanted to understand was…

The “Don’t Breathe” review

I will always remember Fede Alvarez as the guy who brought Evil Dead back from the dead in 2013. This largely unknown Uruguayan Director suddenly cropped up in our radar through the reboot of the Sam Raimi directed, Bruce Campbell starrer Evil Dead franchise which gained a lot of notoreity in the 80s for being…

The “Island City” Review

I love anthologies ! The sheer excitement of what the next story would have for you, the anticipation of an equated catharsis, the playfulness of the changing moods and dimensions make anthologies even more challenging for a film-maker than a conventional story. Although it may still seem like a novel concept to most of us,…

TOP 5 actors from Youtube India

Circa mid-2014. The Youtube Fan-fest was organised with tremendous fervour in Mumbai and teenagers and 20-somethings had thronged to see their favourite superstars of the online world. Biswapati Sarkar was on stage as the satirical alter ego Arnub of first-a-patriotic-then-a- journalist Arnab Goswami. It was TVF’s turn to entertain the audience for 15 minutes when…