Pankaj Tripathi went from being a murderous butcher in Anurag Kashyap's "Gangs of Wasseypur" to a docile father in "Bareilly ki Barfi" - and won acclaim for both roles. The National School of Drama alumnus has been acting in Bollywood for 12 years, but says it's only now that he's being noticed and credited.
Emerging out of the theatre after watching “Simran”, one wishes this film wasn’t swirling around in as much controversy as it is. This is a film with merit, and with a central performance strong enough to iron out faults and shortcomings in other departments.
Less than a month after “Qaidi Band”, another set of prisoners form a music band in jail - picking up life lessons and making friends in the process.
The 2014 Marathi film “Poshter Boyz” was a mostly loud, but bearable comedy about three men who find themselves on a government poster advertising voluntary vasectomies. The ad causes an upheaval in their lives, living as they do in a village that apparently hasn’t moved on from the last century.
In the world of “Daddy”, darkness rules in the frame and in the story being narrated. Ashim Ahluwalia’s biopic of one of Mumbai’s most feared gangsters is full of dank, seedy alleys and teeming chawls, where bullets fly easily and you never know where the enemy could be lurking.
Amit Masurkar's second film puts the spotlight on the election process in the Indian heartland, a subject rarely tackled by film-makers in the world's largest democracy.
The language and milieu have changed, but the problem remains the same in R. S. Prasanna's "Shubh Mangal Saavdhan" (a chant uttered during Hindu weddings), the Hindi remake of his 2013 Tamil film "Kalyana Samayal Saadham" (A Wedding Feast).
If ever there were such a prize, Milan Luthria's "Baadshaho" (Emperors) would win "most banal heist film". This long, meandering tale set during the 1975 Emergency about a princess and her treasure, is a dud. Moreover, Luthria and co-collaborator Rajat Arora (screenplay and dialogue) give us two hours and forty-odd minutes of this exercise.
Even at its best, 2016 was a middling year for the Indian film industry. There were a few high points but no movie really scaled the zenith of filmmaking. Even the “good” films suffered from a few niggles, which we will ignore in our list below. And as is the case every year, when the nadir was reached, Bollywood seemed to find newer ways to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Full Article
A women's rights organization is asking movie-mad Indians to rewrite sexist Bollywood songs, the latest attempt in drawing attention to gender stereotyping and misogyny portrayed by the influential country's film industry. Akshara Centre's 'Gaana Rewrite' competition, launched earlier this month, invites people to change the lyrics to any Bollywood film song they find sexist. Full Article
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