‘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.
Majid Majidi’s crash landing on Bollywood grounds takes the viewers by surprise, as his Hindi film ‘Beyond the Clouds’ strikes an uncanny resemblance to many a Bollywood underworld flick, raking up reminiscences galore for the Indian audience. It is this bland familiarity that works against the film, and for those of us who had grown up on the stark brilliance that underlay ‘Baran’, ‘Children of Heaven’ and ‘The Colour of Paradise’, the disappointment is likely to be even more intense. Continue reading “Beyond the Clouds (2017) Hindi Movie Short Review”
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.
One of the most definitive moments in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s ‘Pink’ arrives when Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu) hastily throws the pullover hood over her head, when she over hears a couple of boys whispering to each other and wondering slightly aloud, if she weren’t the ‘Surajkund girl’.