Raabta: Needs Rewiring

There's a scene in the beginning of Raabta in which Saira, played by Kriti Sanon, stands in front of a mirror and speaks to her dead parents. The first thought I had was 'Mirror of Erised from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. The story revolves around how an Indian chocolatier in Budapest who falls for a [...]

A Death In The Gunj: Achieves Remarkable Heights

I first saw the trailer of actor-turned-writer/director Konkona Sen Sharma's A Death In The Gunj in September '16, days before it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The English-language Indian drama caught my attention precisely because it was an Indian film by an Indian director in English, of which there are few. With a nine-(wo)man ensemble [...]

Trapped: Breaks New Ground….A Landmark Film in Hindi Cinema

Phantom Films seem to be making a habit of this....a rather good one, I must say. Each year, this production house puts out a film that breaks new ground, introduces new and engaging concepts. In 2014, their second year in the business, Phantom produced two such films: Queen and Ugly. In 2015, they came out with NH10, Hunterr (which [...]

La La Land: A Confluence of Beauty, Extravagance and Sheer Brilliance

I have not watched director Damien Chazelle's highly acclaimed drum-drama Whiplash nor have I watched a musical apart from The Sound of Music, which I loved. So what was it that drew me to La La Land? Well, loads of people were talking about it. Emma Stone is beautiful. Ryan Gosling is a fine actor. And the music [...]