Afternoon D & C Dedicated To Mumbai
Film Review
Deepa Gehlot
Your regular dose of even-handed criticism of movies that actually help you decide whether to go or just skip the show. This column combines both film reviewing as well as reporting, opening up the world of Bollywood that everyone finds so fascinating.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
When Havildar Ishar Singh—played by Akshay Kumar-- the protagonist of Anurag Singh’s Kesari,is about to go into a battle that will result in the death of his small regiment, he changes from his khaki uniform turban to a saffron one.... More
Saturday, March 23, 2019
The third and final part of the fantasy series, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, directed by Dean Dublois, based on Cressida Cowell’s children's books, about a boy and his dragon buddy has awe-inspiring animation.... More
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Ritesh Batra’s much-acclaimed film The Lunchbox, was about the unlikely connection between a middle-aged man and a lonely young woman.... More
Saturday, March 16, 2019
The problem of a lack of sanitation exists in India, and Toilet : Ek Prem Katha brought it to the notice of mainstream cinema audiences, while documentaries continue to do so.... More
Saturday, March 09, 2019
It is a sign of the times, and probably the result of the success of Wonder Woman, that the new Captain Marvel is a woman, played by Brie Larson.... More
Saturday, March 09, 2019
For Sujoy Ghose, whose biggest hit so far has been Kahaani, the Spanish film The Invisible Guest (Oriol Paulo, 2016), must have been an attractive project to remake.... More
Saturday, March 02, 2019
The film is set in Mathura, not mars, but the characters behave as if they have just discovered live-in relationships!... More
Saturday, March 02, 2019
Abhishek Chaubey, who has mapped the Indian hinterland in his earlier films, goes to the Chambal ravines, that once featured in dozens of films with horse-riding dacoits.... More
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Third in the Dhamaal series, this one too has a bunch of people chasing money, in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World mode, which is one major thing that’s wrong with Indra Kumar’s Total Dhamaal, the persistent feeling that you have seen this sort of thing so many times.... More
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Dharavi, often referred to as Asia’s largest slum, gave birth to the an underground rap scene, their rhythms, costumes and attitude strangely inspired by a form popularized by inner city blacks in the US, rather than the angst and anger soaked poetry of the Dalits in India, culturally closer to the underprivileged slum kids, who find their voice in slam poetry.... More
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Adapted from Meg Wolitzer’s book, The Wife, directed by Bjorn Runge, has been considerably simplified, but still, it is a nod to every woman who has let go of her own ambition so that her husband can be successful.... More
Saturday, February 09, 2019
If a girl prefers to go to a dank-looking chateau with a broken swing in the grounds for a romantic getaway, the man should have second thoughts; otherwise a laughably bad horror film like Amavas can ensue.... More
Saturday, February 09, 2019
If the plot of Cold Pursuit were to be summarized, it’s about a father avenging the murder of his son—it’s been done to death in the movies.... More
Saturday, February 02, 2019
The spark was lit by Deepa Mehta’s Fire (1996)—it took almost a quarter of a century for mainstream Bollywood to catch up with the subversive idea of a love story without a man.... More
Saturday, February 02, 2019
History, intrigue, powerful women, fabulous costumes and splendid production design—even those who could not care less about ancient British history could sit through this lush period drama,... More
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Bal Keshav Thackeray – kingmaker, protector of the interests of Maharashtrians and Hindus – leader of the working classes gets a biopic he would probably have approved of.... More
Saturday, January 26, 2019
The 'Khoob ladi mardani' aspect of the Rani of Jhansi is part of Indian consciousness, since she is just about the only female leader of her time who has made it to the history books.... More
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Why Cheat India starts with a quote from American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: “When students cheat on exams it's because our school system values grades more than students value learning.”... More
Saturday, January 19, 2019
On normal days, Mumbai is a city in perpetual chaos. Pia Sukanya’s debut film gathers up just a part of the bedlam that ensues when a woman loses her phone and an important package goes missing.... More
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Uri: The Surgical Strikes picks up the style and look of Hollywood combat films, like Zero Dark Thirty, adds a dash of Indian ‘family emotions’ patriotism, and some blatant propaganda that informs the audience that a New India is proudly aggressive; anyone who attacks India should expect quick and brutal retribution, supported by the current ruling party.... More
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