Hacksaw Ridge | Movie Review | Mel Gibson

War is the single-most devastating atrocity that men can perpetrate on each other. Disease and natural calamities are forces of nature that aren’t based on anyone’s choice while war is founded upon stringent belief systems that lead men to willingly choose to take up a weapon and kill others. Through the decades, film-makers have strived…

Oscars 2017 | Predictions | Special Feature

On the eve of the biggest night for Hollywood and World Cinema this year, here we are with our own traditional line-up of the films which are slated for the golden statuette with their deserving counterparts which we feel should be the winners. Well, only time will tell who gets the spotlight and gets to create history…

Key & Peele | Top 5 Sketches

Comedy series over the years have evolved in both structure and treatment, from dramedies  like M*A*S*H and The Wonder Years to the revolutionary The Mary Tyler Moore Show with a working woman as the pivotal character, to the surfeit of comedy shows featuring a group of friends going through everyday tribulations and following their aspirations…

Manchester By the Sea | Movie Review

The best pieces of writing are those which consist of characters which are tumultuous, unpredictable and complex. As a reader, you like to be surprised more than you may care to realize. The mark of a great screenplay is its ability to catch the audience off-guard with characters who don’t conform to the socially acceptable…

Hidden Figures | Movie Review

A couple of years ago when ISRO sent India’s first Mars Orbiter into space, a picture of a few women scientists celebrating the success in the ISRO control room draped in colorful saris went viral on social media. It was both a heartwarming image of women power and a glum reminder that we still get…

JOLLY LLB 2 | Movie Review

The archetypal underdog is a subject which has seen various glorious enactments on the big screen and is a story which resonates with the masses who tend to rally behind our lead against his nemesis. From Sanju in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander to Iqbal from the eponymous movie, the underdog has always received affection from…

7 days 7 Short films | Part 7

“Sujata” Shlok Sharma’s first impression on our collective psyché was the hard-hitting Haraamkhor which starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui and revolved around the sexual abuse of a teenage school-girl by her morally perverted teacher. Sujata, also directed by Sharma, narrates a similar tale where a young woman has lived her whole life fearing the shadow of a…

7 Days 7 Short Films | Part 6

3 Shades During the last few seconds of this short film, the crying child beggar stares at the camera for all but two seconds. If those two seconds made you uncomfortable, then the purpose of this hard hitting yet simple story is served. 3 Shades shows the necessitous underbelly of Mumbai where the voices of…

7 days 7 Short films | Part 5

“Bypass” Directed by Amit Kumar, Bypass is a testimony to the fact that you do not need a back-breaking production budget or scintillating locales to tell a unique story. Sometimes you don’t even require the seemingly overrated focus on dialogues or words to tell a gripping tale. Yes you read that right. Bypass speaks to you…

7 days 7 Short Films | Part 4

“Chutney” It requires a certain aesthetic to consistently maintain an undertone throughout a narrative, knowing the explosive catharsis that is imminent. Jyoti Kapur Das’ Chutney plays with inherent human insecurities weaving them out into a convoluted triumph of sorts. Tisca Chopra is your proverbial “village-wife”, if that’s a term, from Ghaziabad who has been thrown amidst…

7 Days 7 Short Films | Part 3

“Bombay Mirror” Rajkumar Rao stars in this short film which , despite it’s 3 minute run time, manages to jolt you with a pertinent message in the last few seconds. You don’t really see the end coming as we are shown a placid neighbourhood with an unassuming barber shop and a friendly barber talking to…

The Great Wall | Movie Review | Matt Damon

Alternate history is fascinating – it takes condiments from the most significant events in recorded history and often provides an outrageous yet thought-provoking perspective to the cause of those events, integrating them with facts in such a manner that the events align perfectly with those well-known historical antecedents. This is why Alternate History is to…