One of the first few scenes in Shree Narayan Singh’s “Batti Gul Meter Chalu” (Lights off Meter On) shows a town which is pitch dark due to a power outage. For the next 175 minutes, the movie tries very hard but struggles to see the light. A sanctimonious tale about the evils of big power corporations, erratic electricity supplies and corrupt officials, “Batti Gul Meter Chalu” is one of those films that does its cause more harm than good.
“Manto” doesn’t begin with the main subject of the film but with the story of a girl and a 10-rupee note. Those who have read writer Saadat Hasan Manto will know that it is his short story “Dus Rupay (Ten Rupees) that is being played out.
In Anurag Kashyap’s “Manmarziyaan” (What the heart wants), the conflicts are not external. The characters elope, break off engagements and indulge in all manner of transgressions.
Besides missing a punctuation mark in the title, “Love Sonia” is lacking in several other things. Plausible plot points, for one. Tabrez Noorani, who has produced films in Hollywood and seems to have access there, assembles some well-known names for his film (Mark Duplass, Demi Moore and Freida Pinto), but the heft of the cast doesn’t quite translate onto the screen.
The credits say “Laila Majnu” is directed by Sajid Ali, but the latest Bollywood iteration of an age-old love story cannot escape the trademark stamp of his brother and co-writer Imtiaz Ali. An adaptation that attempts to turn the story of star-crossed lovers on its head, the modern day “Laila Majnu” has several recurring themes. We also get dialogue similar to some of Imtiaz’s earlier films, a tortured hero and a female lead whose perspective is hardly deemed important.
In Dipesh Jain’s “Gali Guleiyan” (Mazes), Khuddoos (Manoj Bajpayee) roams aimlessly in Delhi’s labyrinthine alleys. A recluse with a troubled mind, our protagonist is treated with suspicion by the neighbourhood, and for good reason. He peers into houses as he walks by, and spies on his neighbours by setting up surveillance cameras.
Shahid Kapoor's new film "Batti Gul, Meter Chalu" (Lights Out, Meter On) focuses on corruption and power theft in an Indian town.
The fact that there have been three iterations of a film that should never have been made even once is a telling comment – whether on the film industry or the audience that consumes them is a matter of debate.
The ghost in Amar Kaushik's horror comedy "Stree" (The Woman) is unusual in many ways. For one, she understands consent, capturing only those who answer her call and keeps away from those who ask her to.
Reema Kagti made her Bollywood debut with a quirky comedy, followed it up with a suspense drama and switched genres yet again in her third outing as director.