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 [...]

The Ghazi Attack: A Melodramatic Misfire

In 1971, the Pakistan Government cracked down on the citizens residing in its Eastern wing, today known as Bangladesh, after East Pakistan-based Awami League gained a near absolute majority in the National Assembly. Fearing Bengali domination, President Gen. Yahya Khan unleashed holy hell on the East Pakistanis. People from the East flowed into India, causing a [...]

Rangoon: Tedious and Heavy Handed

The last time Vishal Bhardwaj sat in the director's chair, he delivered the brilliant Haider. The direction was excellent, so was the writing and the cast delivered some fine performances. Everything else fell into place for what turned out to be, at least for me, the best film of 2014. Alas, the same cannot be echoed for Rangoon. [...]

Culture and All is Fine, But Chill Out A Little.

A few days ago, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his crew were attacked on the sets of the director’s under-production film Padmavati, based on Rani Padmini of Chittor. The hooligans were part of a group that call themselves the Karni Sena. Not only did they attack people, they also wrecked equipment. Mr Bhansali’s crime was [...]

FLASH: Raees is Bollywood’s Best Robinhood!

May contain a pun-based spoiler. Rahul Dholakia's fifth feature film is his most commercial project till date. Set in the city of Fatehpura in Gujarat in the 80s and 90s, it is a Shah Rukh Khan vehicle all the way, though it does have other strong performances. Raees works for a bootlegger called Jairaj since [...]