Reviews

January 2010

Blue (2009)

By |January 5th, 2010|

It would be unfair to watch every movie with the same vision. You watch Yash Raj films for ensemble casts, romance, songs and exotic locales. You watch Vishal Bhardwaj films for their intensity and David Dhawan films for their light hearted humour. Plunging into […]

Kaminey (2009)

By |January 5th, 2010|

Eleven characters. A volley of bullets whizz by. Corpses pile up. A dead body disappears. A drug deal goes awry. Blink and you might miss all of it. Kaminey is a film that requires a heavy dose of caffeine and your utmost attention. It […]

Luck (2009)

By |January 5th, 2010|

If there’s one thing that writer-director Soham Shah got right, it was to name his film in the hope that like some magical charm it would transfuse the power from its name onto the object itself. Luck is precisely what he needs to make […]

Maula Jatt (1979)

By |January 4th, 2010|

There is no need to go into the story, a gandasa, a howling musical note, fits of staccato laughter and the dialogue are the only things you need to savour the very essence of Maula Jatt. Memorably scripted by Nasir Adib, and directed with […]

Aa Dekhen Zara (2009)

By |January 4th, 2010|

Money is power. Power is seduction. It can seduce anyone, even the simplest of men. Can one cheat death? Can fate be fought? These are the questions that Aa Dekhen Zara poses as a film.

But make no mistake. This isn’t a moralistic film. It […]

8×10 Tasveer (2009)

By |January 4th, 2010|

Strictly (technically) speaking, 8×10 Tasveer is a milestone for Nagesh Kukunoor. As a storyteller, Kukunoor has tried changing his genre, stepping out of his comfort zone and right into the suspense-thriller genre. For a filmmaker, that stepping out can go either way. Where one […]

Zinda Laash (1967)

By |January 4th, 2010|

In a day and age where even the mere mention of Lollywood elicits shudders of contempt, it is a relief to watch a resurrected classic Zinda Laash. Horror film buff and filmmaker Omar Khan decided to bring this desi gothic classic to life to […]

New York (2009)

By |January 4th, 2010|

New York, directed by Kabir Khan of Kabul Express fame, has all the makings of a successful film if one just disregards the miniscule fact that the plot is at least five years stale. An endearing story of three friends whose lives […]

Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

By |January 1st, 2010|

Mughal-e Azam tells the story of the Great Mughal, Akbar (r. 1556-1605). The film’s making was itself something of an epic, as it took over fifteen years to shoot, and involved a complete change of cast (the original included Chandramohan, who played Jehangir in […]

December 2009

Madhumati (1958)

By |December 27th, 2009|

Madhumati was the biggest hit of director Bimal Roy. His hallmark neo­realist images and social concern are evident in this unusual reincarnation/ghost story scripted by Ritwik Ghatak, later acclaimed as one of India’s greatest directors. Two of the top stars of Hindi cinema, […]