‘Haseen Dilruba’ leaves you a bit bored, and least bothered. It tries to be steamy and yet sinks like a rock, and could very well be remembered as a botched-up thriller that had got both its romance and mystery wrong.
‘Sherni’ easily has to be one of the most hard-hitting Bollywood films that I have seen in recent times, and here is why. For one, its one of those films that affects you on multiple levels, and yet leaves no trace of an effort to do so behind; the pertinent notes that it passes across are discreetly subtle and the strategies adopted quite refined.
‘Choked’ is in many ways Kashyap’s most underdone film as yet, and while it remains that some of his former works have been applauded for their purposive lack of refinement, this would probably be not. Rather, it’s one of those films that sets out to do a lot more than what finally appears on screen, and which strangulates itself in its endeavours to do so.
‘Lust Stories’ takes a sneak peek at what it means to be a woman with a defined sexuality in India, and offers at least a couple of unquestioned triumphs in the process. Sporting an impish charm and delight that is often uncharacteristic of commercial Indian cinema, this is an omnibus that is a slightly uneven bag for sure, but one that remains unified through its individual films’ highs and lows.
Shlok Sharma’s ‘Haraamkhor’ that released earlier this year, is a film that blows you off your feet, for that insanely talented actor that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is. It does score brownie points on account of its highly volatile theme, but the actor palpably towers over the material here.
Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘Udaan’, speaks a lot and yet it is the unspoken bits that abound aplenty that make it a momentous film. Deftly directed and delightfully penned, it is as much a visceral examination of domestic abuse as it is a gut-wrenching coming-of-age tale. ‘Udaan’ is a persuasively atmospheric film that lures you straight into its fold.
Tanuj Bhramar’s ‘Dear Dad’ would perhaps be remembered as the first ever Indian film that talks of a coming-out tale of a middle aged man, who has seen the best and worst of his marriage. The delicate emotional chords that it strikes makes it a touching piece that is however quite uneven in tone.
Much has perhaps been already said about Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut ‘A Death in the Gunj’, and this review comes in pretty much late. The year is 1978, and the journey is from Calcutta to McCluskieganj. Winter has just about set in. Continue reading “A Death in the Gunj (2017) Hindi Movie Short Review”
Leena Yadav’s film is about women who have long accepted the injustice that has been meted out to them, and yet who do not think twice before making the grand escape, when they spot a door to liberty finally thrown open. It all seems a fantasy in the very final scene when the three friends buoyantly take to the streets, but then again, perhaps its the male mind that tends to disbelieve. Continue reading “Parched (2015) Hindi Movie Short Review”
The Hawa Mahal, where the four women in Alankrita Shrivasatava’s ‘Lipstick Under my Burkha’ reside, is as airy as it gets. Yet, behind closed doors, these women make frantic efforts to knead out the very last bit if life that is left in them, and try hard not to get stifled, strangled or choked.
Here is another gem that I unearthed quite late, and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s directorial debut is a charmer whichever way you look at it. This eventful journey of a mother and daughter through an excruciating maze land of tenth standard mathematics scores hands down.