Afternoon D & C Dedicated To Mumbai
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, February 16, 2019
Dharavi, often referred to as Asia’s largest slum, gave birth to the an underground rap scene, their rhythms, costumes and attitude strangely inspired by a form popularized by inner city blacks in the US, rather than the angst and anger soaked poetry of the Dalits in India, culturally closer to the underprivileged slum kids, who find their voice in slam poetry.... More
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Adapted from Meg Wolitzer’s book, The Wife, directed by Bjorn Runge, has been considerably simplified, but still, it is a nod to every woman who has let go of her own ambition so that her husband can be successful.... More
Saturday, February 09, 2019
If a girl prefers to go to a dank-looking chateau with a broken swing in the grounds for a romantic getaway, the man should have second thoughts; otherwise a laughably bad horror film like Amavas can ensue.... More
Saturday, February 09, 2019
If the plot of Cold Pursuit were to be summarized, it’s about a father avenging the murder of his son—it’s been done to death in the movies.... More
Saturday, February 02, 2019
The spark was lit by Deepa Mehta’s Fire (1996)—it took almost a quarter of a century for mainstream Bollywood to catch up with the subversive idea of a love story without a man.... More
Saturday, February 02, 2019
History, intrigue, powerful women, fabulous costumes and splendid production design—even those who could not care less about ancient British history could sit through this lush period drama,... More
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Bal Keshav Thackeray – kingmaker, protector of the interests of Maharashtrians and Hindus – leader of the working classes gets a biopic he would probably have approved of.... More
Saturday, January 26, 2019
The 'Khoob ladi mardani' aspect of the Rani of Jhansi is part of Indian consciousness, since she is just about the only female leader of her time who has made it to the history books.... More
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Why Cheat India starts with a quote from American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: “When students cheat on exams it's because our school system values grades more than students value learning.”... More
Saturday, January 19, 2019
On normal days, Mumbai is a city in perpetual chaos. Pia Sukanya’s debut film gathers up just a part of the bedlam that ensues when a woman loses her phone and an important package goes missing.... More
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Uri: The Surgical Strikes picks up the style and look of Hollywood combat films, like Zero Dark Thirty, adds a dash of Indian ‘family emotions’ patriotism, and some blatant propaganda that informs the audience that a New India is proudly aggressive; anyone who attacks India should expect quick and brutal retribution, supported by the current ruling party.... More
Saturday, January 12, 2019
If at all The Accidental Prime Minister achieves anything, it is a new level of social or political, maturity, that allowed a film based on, and critical of, real characters, to be released.... More
Saturday, January 05, 2019
Even those who haven’t seen the 1964 film with Julie Andrews playing Mary Poppins, a magical nanny with a flying umbrella, would know the immortal songs like Just A Spoonful Of Sugar, Let’s Go Fly A Kite, Chim-Chim-Cheree and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. One big problem with Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns is that it does not have such hummable songs; the other is that a briskly efficient Emily Blunt simply cannot match the warmth of Julie Andrews.... More
Saturday, January 05, 2019
The Transformers franchise, that originated from a range of toys, is all about special effects and bone-crunching (metal, actually) action. In this prequel, Bumblebee, directed by Travis Knight, there is the missing heart.... More
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Nobody does glee as well as Ranveer Singh—on and off screen his personality projects an over-the-top, cheerful demeanour. Rohit Shetty taps this to lighten up Simmba, which could very well have been Singham 3 if the young actor had a brooding presence like Ajay Devgn, who, incidentally, appears in a cameo in this film to add to the testosterone levels; not that any more was needed when Singh and Sonu Sood are already there.... More
Saturday, December 22, 2018
It's a good thing when a star wants to come out of his comfort zone and do something very different.... More
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Spider-Man : Into The Spider-Verse works with the thrilling premise (think of multiple franchise opportunities!) that there may be other ‘Spider-Persons’ in this world and in parallel universes.... More
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Holly Burns, in Ben Is Back, played by Julia Roberts with a missionary zeal,would remind audiences here of Indian, son-worshipping mothers, for whom their darling boys could do no wrong.... More
Saturday, December 08, 2018
The audience for Hollywood movies just has to accept that every few months there will be a big film set in a post-apocalyptic world, with a lot of action and special effects.... More
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Hindi cinema claims to be looking for fresh content, but then someone pitches a 'rich girl-poor boy' love story that ends with a deluge, and it gets greenlit, without anyone thinking that it sounds like old-style Bollywood-meets-'Titanic'?... More
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