Delhi, my friend

It’s a belief I have held for long now – cities are like people. With both, you tend to lose objectivity in your feelings and start viewing them through the lenses of experiences you have had and memories you created with them. More often than not, it starts with a sense of uncomfortable unfamiliarity, progressesContinue reading “Delhi, my friend”

Udta Punjab -Stunning, hard-hitting and an absolute high!

* * * 1/2 Alright, so this is a brilliant work by Kashyap and co, though it makes you uncomfortable and concerned about more than one cause. The problem that the movie very effectively portrays – that of drug menace in Punjab. Reading about it print is different from watching it unfold in front ofContinue reading “Udta Punjab -Stunning, hard-hitting and an absolute high!”

Bajirao Mastani: A visual , artistic and royal beauty K. Asif would be proud of

* * * * Mesmerizing palaces, fountains and chandeliers, alluring classical dance numbers, royal court and pride,  shayaris and constant references to the moon and Gods, epic battle scenes and a forbidden love – if all this reminds you of Mughal-e-Azam, then come and  relish with absolute delight and almost palpable sense of pleasure, thisContinue reading “Bajirao Mastani: A visual , artistic and royal beauty K. Asif would be proud of”

Tamasha : Musings of a master storyteller

* * * 1/2 Once upon a time in Bollywood, the usual enemies of love were external – parents,  goons or evil relatives, love was a solution to life’s problems, and a destination in itself. Then came people like Ayan Mukherjee, Shakun Batra, Imtiaz Ali and love became an instrument to self-discovery , and hadContinue reading “Tamasha : Musings of a master storyteller”

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Scary demons of a bygone era

1/5 Imagine the following scenes, set in a mansion which looks like a cross between royal palace of the Mughals and a five star hotel, and the characters dressed in heavy jewelry, saris, lehengas, kurta payjamas and pagdis, with swords for accessories. The king and his sisters reunite, hug and make peace. The soon-to-be-queen ofContinue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Scary demons of a bygone era”

Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 : Double the bias, double the fun – This one ups the ante!

* * * 1/2 The best works of art are those which make no pretension of being impartial and free of bias. Hence, label this movie (like its predecessor) misogynistic but the makers open their line of attack with a full throttle and boy, they score again and how!  You may agree or disagree withContinue reading “Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 : Double the bias, double the fun – This one ups the ante!”

Masaan : Redemption, Art and Banaras

* * * * The darkest spots are often beneath the flame. Varanasi, Benaras or Kashi- the religious capital of India, the oldest living city of world, the home to Shiva might draw people from all over the world with the lure of nirvana, of witnessing a living museum of the times as old asContinue reading “Masaan : Redemption, Art and Banaras”