By Sudhanshu Dube Film: “Is She Raju?”; Cast: Ansh Gupta, Aditi Bhagat, Yashpal Saini, Abbas Khan, Amit Behl and Saurabh Sharma; Director: Rahul Kumar Shukla Bollywood is packed with biopics, patriotic dramas and sci-fi extravaganza, but “Is She Raju?” is a fresh, unique, quirky and relatable comic-caper spun around small town boys and girls who Read more..
By Subhash K Jha Film: “Badla”; Director: Sujoy Ghosh; Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh; Rating: ****(4 stars) The phonetic distance between badla, the Hindi word for revenge that serves as the deliciously filmy title of this delicately drawn whodunit, and Badal, the name that the lawyer-protagonist is known by is easily bridgable. The Read more..
‘Luka Chuppi’: Strong performances elevates this light-hearted entertainer (IANS Review, Rating: **1/2)
By Troy Ribeiro Film: “Luka Chuppi”; Director: Laxman Utekar; Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Vinay Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana; Rating: **1/2 Set in Mathura, Director Laxman Utekar’s “Luka Chuppi” is a straight-laced, frothy rom-com that panders to the concept of a “live-in-relationship”. You never know where the heart is going to lead, and often, Read more..
By Subhash K. Jha Mumbai, Feb 23 After a turbulent 2018, Telugu cinemas prolific director Krish Jagarlamudi is now at peace with his creative faculties. He wishes more people would have gone to theatres to watch the first part of a saga about actor-politician Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as NTR “I had to Read more..
By Subhash K. Jha Film: “Total Dhamaal”; Director: Indra Kumar; Cast: Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaaferi and Sanjay Mishra; Rating: * Is there any polite way of saying this? “Total Dhamaal” is the worst, most undesirable brand of filmmaking obtainable to mankind. Crass, corny, lowbrow and utterly non-intellectualised, it Read more..
The Oscar for Best Foreign Film should go to ‘Shoplifters’, not ‘Roma’ (Column: Bollywood Spotlight)
By Subhash K. Jha There’s no mistaking the fact that Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexican film “Roma” and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Japanese “Shoplifters” are both great films. And they deserve to win the Oscar on Sunday for Best Foreign Film. Both speak a universal language of the heart. They are both works that celebrate the joy of being Read more..
By Subhash K. Jha Film: “Nagarkirtan” (Bengali); Writer and Director: Kaushik Ganguly; Starring: Riddhi Sen, Ritwick Chakraborty; Rating: *****(5 stars) There are passages in this profoundly melancholic study of gender disorientation where the wall dividing the characters from the audience disappears. And what we see is the naked soul of two people who are desperate Read more..
By Subhash K. Jha Film: “The Wife”; Director: Bjorn Runge; Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater; Rating: **(2 stars) Nothing is more saddening than to see a mediocre film being elevated to a masterly event just because the central performance is powerful enough to make one forget the shallowness and other shortcomings of an Read more..
By Arundhuti Banerjee Mumbai, Feb 9 An art form is a creative expression and cannot be bound by rules, believes Oscar-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris Jr., who says if rules dictate it, it becomes a job of an employee rather than art by an artist. Alexander, one of the co-writers of acclaimed American black comedy “Birdman”, Read more..
By Troy Ribeiro Film: “The Fakir of Venice”; Director: Anand Surapur; Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor, Kamal Sidhu, Mathieu Carriere and Valentina Camelutti; Rating: *** Director Anand Surapur’s “The Fakir of Venice” is based on a true story. It is the story of a strange relationship between two contrasting characters to carry out a deception. Read more..
By Subhash K Jha Film: “Amavas”; Director: Bhushan Patel; Starring: Sachiin Joshi, Nargis Fakhri, Mona Singh, Asgar Ali, Vivan Bhatena; Rating: *** (3 stars) The immovable tropes of the horror genre in Bollywood, move! Well, somewhat. For a very long time I watched “Amavas” with growing apprehension that it won’t move beyond the known terror Read more..
By Subhash K. Jha Film: “The Fakir of Venice”; Director: Anand Surapur; Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor, Valentina Carnelutti and Kamal Sidhu; Rating: *** In his first acting assignment, Farhan Akhtar is splendidly in form as a bit of a jerk. He plays a production controller who can get a film crew anything they want Read more..