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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, 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
Saturday, September 08, 2018
The love story of Laila Majnu, has fascinated filmmakers, so much that there have been several version of it over the years.... More
Saturday, September 08, 2018
If a list of the handful of war films made in India is drawn up, Border will undoubtedly find itself somewhere at the top.... More
Saturday, September 08, 2018
A top shot at the end of the Dipesh Jain’s Gali Guleiyan, shows the narrow bylanes of old Delhi like the kind of maze used by scientists to study the behaviour of rats.... More
Saturday, September 01, 2018
Film buffs would have seen, and probably remember, the 1973 film starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, based on the book 'Papillon', by Henri Charrière, who recounted his own extraordinary story of courage and irrepressible spirit.... More
Saturday, September 01, 2018
There is the disclaimer at the beginning of 'Stree', that states that the film does not encourage superstition and so on.... More
Saturday, August 25, 2018
By the look of it, Mudassar Aziz seems to have hit upon a franchise idea with 'Happy#2', the sequel to 'Happy Bhag Jayegi' – a sleeper hit of 2016.... More
Saturday, August 25, 2018
No industry kid should have to bear the weight of the family's overbearing expectations, the way Utkarsh Sharma has to do in 'Genius', directed by his father Anil Sharma.... More
Saturday, August 18, 2018
A corrupt cop has two front teeth made of gold, and aspires to convert all thirty-two. He says this as he thrashes an innocent Muslim man, as his mother prays outside the police station.... More
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