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Cinema || Meri Pyaari Bindu

Why does a section of Bollywood keep feeling the need to emphasize that women who fail in their creative pursuits can actually find themselves in the role of the successful woman when they become mothers? “Meri pyaari Bindu” does not manage to steer clear of

Cinema || Udta Punjab (Flying High)

‘Udta Punjab’ (Flying Punjab) has that distinct menace in its title that distinguishes it from run of the mill films on social issues. While most would invoke anger to get to their point, suffusing the narrative with dollops of sympathy and revolutionary spirit, they would

Cinema || Phobia (Horror of the Times)

It would not be a tremendous exaggeration to state that psychological thrillers have lost their erstwhile charm. It is certainly, in part, due to a flooding of the genre with generic specimens and partly due to the insistence that the story be framed from the

Cinema || Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

When Batman begins to believe that God is dead, despite the miracles of a perpetual woman and an all powerful being from space staring him right in the face — THAT is his first step into darkness! If a timeline of the art of storytelling be catalogued,

Cinema || Bajirao Mastani (Bollywood at its best)

Celluloid storytelling of epic proportions, both in terms of grandeur of subject and lavish nature of productions,  is a hallmark of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, adored in the annals of Bollywood history as the maker of the sublime ‘Khamoshi’, the extravagant tragedy ‘Devdas’ and the

Cinema || Har Har Byomkesh (Death in the land of Faith)

Mysteries in matters of faith are certainly not as uncommon as celluloid adaptations of mysteries centred in the great city of faith; the religious capital of India, Varanasi. Director Arindam Sil’s imagining of Saradindu Bandopadhyay’s classic Bengali sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi, Har Har Byomkesh is no

Cinema || I kissed a girl (Queer Inversions)

Simple inversions often present a perspective that, in spite of retaining their inherent capacity to disturb the general notion of affairs, does not fail to generate a ‘general’ sense of novelty when presented in a pink little package for the very first time. A deferred

Cinema || Talvar (Deconstructing the Filicide)

Bollywood has seldom shied away from condescendingly portraying the nation’s lawkeepers on screen. It has often managed to strike that particular nail by introducing a glaring exception to the ‘rule’, a protagonist who is often a larger than life superhero figure with the will and

Cinema || Blue Velvet (Blue Shades of the Dark)

“It’s like saying that once you’ve discovered there are heroin addicts in the world and they’re murdering people to get money, can you be happy? It’s a tricky question. Real ignorance is bliss. That’s what Blue Velvet is about.”                              – David Lynch Blue

Cinema || Rajkahini (A Subaltern Tale of Royalty)

Having had no shortage of Bengali friends attempting to shove in the face their ‘superior culture’, especially films, I have known for a while now that Indian cinema has historically been moulded and transformed into what it is thanks to the sincere effort of the