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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, November 17, 2018
Never mind the Parsi/Indian connection of lead singer that drives Indian fans of Queen gaga, Bryan Singer’s biopic of the band and its star Freddie Mercury –Bohemian Rhapsody--serves up the part of his life that is known and recorded; there is no attempt to go behind the scenes of his volatile life, probably because two former Queen bandmates, Brian May and Roger Taylor, were involved in the making of the film and they probably got in what was absolutely necessary to make it convey their journey, but not enough to “rock you.”... More
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Mohalla Assi, long in the making and beset with censor problems, had some crucial points to make about a changing India, a country where politics and religion make for strange bedfellows, and several centuries co-exist on the banks of the Ganga, in Banaras where the film, Mohalla Assi, is set.... More
Saturday, November 10, 2018
The world’s favourite misanthrope, Grinch, created by beloved children’s author Dr Seuss in his classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas, gets a feature length animated makeover in the film, The Grinch, by Scott Mosier & Yarrow Cheney, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the green grouch.... More
Saturday, November 10, 2018
If Thugs Of Hindostan has turned out to be such a disappointment, it is because with his recent films, Aamir Khan has shown that his script sense is unerring; so audiences are justifiably wondering what made him pick up a film as bloated and dreary as this one.... More
Saturday, November 03, 2018
A family driving down a dark winding road, obviously lost, comes across a man standing by his stalled car, and ask him where the road goes.... More
Saturday, November 03, 2018
There was that magical Carol Reed film, 'Follow Me' (1972), in which Topol was hired by the wealthy businessman, Michael Jayston, to follow his wife, Mia Farrow, who, he suspects is cheating on him.... More
Saturday, October 27, 2018
This is a film in search of good actors, a sensible plot and a script that is not so convoluted that it trips over its own cleverness.... More
Saturday, October 27, 2018
There is something to be said for perfect casting, even if it borders on stereotype. Saif Ali Khan simply does not pass off a canny Gujarati stock trader, who studied at a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Surat—he can’t even pronounce it.... More
Saturday, October 20, 2018
In the most populous country in the world, when women are having babies at all ages within the child-bearing spectrum and some beyond (with medical advances), a film spends two hours plus going “hawww” because a middle-aged woman is having a baby?... More
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Okay, so Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s 'Namaste England' can be added to the list of the worst films of the year when it is drawn up.... More
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Tumbbad may not be for the squeamish, but it raises the bar rather high for Indian horror/fantasy films that usually follow a familiar template with ghosts or monsters terrorising people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time.... More
Saturday, October 13, 2018
The overbearing Indian mother is a very common entity. She could be a subject for an affectionate send up, especially at a time when there are so few roles for women over forty.... More
Saturday, October 06, 2018
It's just a film, but even so, why is it that in our movies, the pretty, intelligent, rich girl falls in love with an ordinary looking duffer with no prospects and no life goals?... More
Saturday, October 06, 2018
Sriram Raghavan's films throw their guileless protagonists into stormy waters, and catches them getting out transformed, their innocence tarnished forever. 'Andhadun' is his best so far ('Agent Vinod' being a misstep), inspired by Oliver Trennier's French short film 'L'Accordeur' (for which credit is duly given), and dedicated to once popular Doordarshan programmes 'Chhayageet' and 'Chitrahaar'.... More
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Yash Raj Films which took Bollywood to exotic foreign locations, now backing the film equivalent of slum tourism is a welcome sign.... More
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Pataakha' – about two sisters perpetually at war for no reason at all – seems to propagate the myth that women cannot co-exist peacefully and are also instrumental in breaking up their marital homes.... More
Saturday, September 22, 2018
NANDITA DAS’S beautifully shot and mounted biopic on Manto is more about the idea of a writer as iconoclast that the man himself; there is a certain banality about the story of the artiste who drank himself to death, suffered because the society around him was “unbearable,” he didn’t get his due while he was alive.... More
Saturday, September 22, 2018
SHREE Narayan Singh is trying to combine social issues in small town India, with a mainstream style with stars, songs and all.... More
Saturday, September 15, 2018
When a filmmaker from the West turns his eye on India, he wants to show what his audience wants to see—the ugly India.... More
Saturday, September 15, 2018
The female protagonist of Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Manmarziyaan’, named Rumi, and played by the wonderful Taapsee Pannu, has married a man her family chose for her, when her lover let her down.... More
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