The “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” Review

When you make a movie every few years, the tendency is to try and achieve grandeur more than focus on quality and to ornament the story  with a multitude of emotions replete with sequences which may not be coherent. This is inherently what pulls this Karan Johar movie down. What started as an exploration into…

The “Train to Busan” Review

The undead have come of age. I remember the time when I used to sneak out of bed to catch a late-night telecast of George Romero’s 1968 zombie classic – “Night of the Living Dead” ’cause there was no way in hell mom would allow her little boy to watch such horrid films. But I…

How films are made : “Boyhood”(12 years in the making)

On July 11, 2014, movie goers were left awestruck by something which has never been presented to them before—watching a bildungsroman of sorts, chronicling the formative years of a character (and the actor also) in real time over the course of a 12 year span, filmed for a duration of 3 hours. There have been…

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” Review

In a world which imposes and commands conformity, being peculiar is usually considered to be a negative trait. Even the very intonation of the word sounds demeaning and a cringe appears on your face while you read it. This story is not about that world… Directed by the “Edgar Allan Poe” of World Cinema, Tim…

“The Accountant” Review

  Is it just me or are we having an Afflecktion (pun intended) this year ? From the much-appraised reboot of the Batman in the Justice League foundation film Batman v Superman, to a short yet equally powerful Batman cameo in the Suicide Squad and then going off on a different tangent altogether in The Accountant, Ben has been prolific…

The “INFERNO” Review

The Da Vinci Code introduced us to the world of Robert Langdon and the religious iconography and symbology he used to decipher cryptic messages, all the while saving humanity from rogue cults and misguided fundamentalists. Three years later, director Ron Howard returned with the second movie based on Dan Brown’s book  Angels and Demons. This…

How films are made : “Birdman” 

Alejandro Inarritu is one of those rare misfits whose work sets new paradigms of film-making with every production that he comes up with. The Revenant which was a harrowing tale of the life and rebirth of a frontiersman named Hugh Glass earned wide acclaim with its sheer visceral imagery and a stark portrayal of the…

Open Letter from “Hero ka Dost”to Movie Directors

Dear Directors, I am not sure if you can instantly put a face to my name. I am just another cast member from the big budget multi crore Rupees flick which you directed this summer. Yes, I was there for roughly around 30% of the movie, but I doubt if anyone gave a fleeting glance…

The “M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story” Review

M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story is true to its name, as it tries to unravel the man behind the helmet, the struggle behind the now famous wide grin and the grit and unwavering trust in his ability which christened him “Captain Cool”. The movie is both an eulogy and an honestly dramatized biography of India’s most…