If you saw Ravi Jadhav's "Banjo" without any knowledge of his filmography, you'd think this was an amateur effort rather than a film by an accomplished director. Jadhav, who made the wonderful "Balak Palak" and "Natsamrat" in Marathi, seems to have lost his mojo during the transition to Hindi films and slides deep into mediocrity and cliches. Full Article
Some of the scenes in "Pink" are wonderfully handled and the acting, especially by the three lead actresses, is top-notch. But the lack of attention to detail makes you wish the makers had paid some attention to how basic court procedures are handled. The film is largely a triumph that talks about a burning topic and finds an entertaining way to do it. Review
Shoojit Sircar is happy that his first project as a producer is being praised for boldly talking about the issues of sexual assault and consent. The film-maker spoke to Reuters about the significance of the message in “Pink”, whether or not he ghost-directed it, and what Bollywood is doing wrong. Full Article
The Indian film industry needs to break out of its mould and produce more hard-hitting films that challenge its audience, veteran actor Om Puri said. Puri, who has acted in both Hollywood and Bollywood and was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire), said Indian filmmakers should draw on the country's rich culture and history. Full Article
Under the flimsy cover of a sports film, “Freaky Ali” is just another Bollywood ‘good guy versus bad guy’ movie. This is an unabashedly populist film that makes no attempt to actually understand the sport at the centre of it. Every character is a caricature and every plot point already seen in a thousand other films. Full Article
For a debutant director, Nitya Mehra has an impressive resume. The Amritsar-born filmmaker has assisted Mira Nair in “The Namesake” and Ang Lee in his Oscar-winning “Life of Pi”. She also worked on the Indian version of the TV series “24” and assisted Farhan Akhtar on the crime thriller “Don 2”. Full Article
In A R Murugadoss’ action film “Akira”, Sonakshi Sinha plays the eponymous protagonist, a feisty college student who is being chased down by four corrupt police officers. In an industry flooded with macho heroes who save damsels in distress, Akira is an exception – a girl who fights for herself and punches the men where it hurts, writes Shila Jamkhandikar. Full Article
In Ruchika Oberoi’s anthology, three strangers and their fates interconnect in unexpected ways, giving us an intimate and wonderfully observed film about people who are, in some form or the other, isolated and desperately looking for an anchor in their lives. Set in Mumbai but with characters that could belong anywhere, Oberoi manages to sketch the lives of three lonely people eloquently. Read
There are many limitations in Remo D’Souza's repertoire as a director but in “A Flying Jatt”, he combines humour, a social message and out-of-this-world fight sequences to give us a film that looks like a box-office winner, even though it won't win any prizes for film-making. Full Article
Mudassar Aziz’s “Happy Bhag Jayegi” is a romantic comedy about a runaway bride who wants to escape an unwanted alliance, but lands in more trouble than she bargained for. The plan goes awry and she lands not in the arms of the man she loves, but in another country. Full Article
Not many Bollywood film stars go from the big screen to television, but the Indian actor and producer Anil Kapoor has not had a traditional career. "People say that movie stars and big movie stars don't do television because from the big screen you're in everybody's bedroom, it's small screen. So that risk was there," Kapoor told Reuters in an interview in London. Full Article
Anupam Sharma’s “UnIndian” is the quintessential film for Indian expats - full of great locations, pretty houses and a thousand clichÃ©s about Indians and their ways. Set in Australia, but mostly among the Indian community there, the film is a somewhat clunky effort at a cross-cultural romance, with a predictable conflict and resolution, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar. Full Article
Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Mohenjo Daro” is supposed to be a historical epic that recreates one of the oldest-known civilizations and one that can still give us important lessons on democracy, the environment and good governance. Unfortunately, those lessons hardly get a chance to come to the fore, hidden behind tacky sets and a singularly one-toned film that never manages to create enough drama or entertainment. Full Article
In Rohit Dhawan's "Dishoom",Â the opening credits roll to a rap song mouthed by two brawny protagonists who describe themselves as "simple" men disappointed in love who prefer home food to eating in five-star hotels. With one disclaimer: these otherwise meek men turn violent if someone doesn't stand up while India's national anthem is playing, criticizes the country or harasses a woman. Full Article
With "Madaari", Nishikant Kamat goes back to the film that first brought him in the limelight. In "Dombivali Fast", a man suffers at the hands of a corrupt administration before turning into a vigilante. In "Madaari", Kamat again explores this aspect of social justice, pitting one man against a rotting political establishment, and advocating street justice. Full Article
Film-maker Ali Abbas Zafar has hit the jackpot with his third Bollywood film. "Sultan", a 170-minute wrestling saga starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma, is breaking box-office records this month and looks set to become the most successful Hindi film of all time. Full Article
The Indian film industry is changing and films no longer have to have a song and dance sequence to be successful, superstar Shah Rukh Khan said. "The younger filmmakers and everyone, they know that, you know, we don’t need to just shove in a song anymore," he said. Full Article | Video
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