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Apurva Asrani, Homosexuality and the Film Industry

Apurva Asrani, in this short interview, speaks of Aligarh, homosexuality in the film industry and how Bollywood is gradually maturing over the years and helping common people to come out of the closet:   In a country which forbids homosexuality by law, what made you write a screenplay like that of Aligarh? It is an outdated law passed by Henry VIII in 1553 but done away by them in their own country. Besides, the law is unconstitutional. It is in direct conflict with one’s fundamental right to privacy and dignity….

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A Billion Dreams – Sachin

In an age of biopics and feature films, it was indeed an interesting choice to pitch the story of Sachin as a docu-drama. Now before I get on to any details of the film, in 2 hours 20 minutes, the film entails the story of the man that is behind the legend Sachin Tendulkar, in a chronicle that compels us to plunge at the nostalgia of the man we love and adore the most, but disappointingly enough, the film fails to apprise the controversies and disputes that happened behind the…

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A List of Really Bad Movies One Should Watch Before Death

It is said that one has to suffer to create art. While we’re not sure about the art end, both writers for this article did their share of suffering, often in movie theatres where the movie took the backseat in favour of… activities that the RSS most definitely does not encourage. Well, 4/20 may have gone by but what follows is a list of the really bad movies one should watch before death. (of boredom, perhaps, but death is inevitable. ) NOTE: Regulated quantities of the Devil’s Lettuce may be…

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Satyajit Ray: A love letter to Art

“Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon” – Akira Kurosawa Art as a form and subject is an integration of impulses and consciousness. The main desire is to embark a conversation with the emotions of the viewer. In 1948, an unknown young man criticising Indian cinema and filmmakers for not grasping the new media, and fulfilling the purpose of the subject, wrote in a newspaper- “The raw material of cinema is life itself”. Few years down the…

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My Favourite K in Bollywood – Nagesh Kukunoor

My mother doesn’t usually watch movies, but a while back, as I was bemoaning the lack of anything decent to watch, she recommended that I watch Nagesh Kukunoor’s earlier movies. Though initially sceptical, I managed to ‘procure’ most of what I wanted to watch from several, completely legal sources on the internet. After about 3 days, when I emerged from the cocoon of Kukunoor that I had managed to envelop myself in, I was smitten, and how. Here are the highlights: I started off with his debut film, Hyderabad Blues….

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Bad – Naam Shabana – Reviewed

Last week’s release PHILLAURI turned out to be so disappointing, that I refrained from reviewing it. While NH10 was a milestone for Anushka’s CLEAN SLATE Production, PHILLAURI turned out to be a wasted journey in a promising direction. Neeraj Pandey’s NAAM SHABANA is another let down from the B-town, giving a valid reason as to why millennials have moved in masses towards Hollywood. While good Indian films fail to reach Big Banner or Distributors’ chamber, Hollywood movies are sweeping away the audience, thanks to the qualities of India’s big banners’ presentation. We only outscore the West on either Eid…

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Viola Davis, An Inspiration

What makes a real life fighter? Here is the stunning journey of Viola Davis: “I Have Stolen, Jumped in Garbage Bins With Maggots For Food” Dedicated to the beautiful and ever charming Viola Davis, an inspiration for millions – A night which ended with a caricature of the greatest order, the 89th annual Academy Awards certainly had its moments of blushes and plaudits. While the mainstream media turned its focus on the winners and the glam and thrill of the night, I would like to take couple of moments away…

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Most unforgivable decisions made at the Academy Awards

The 89th Academy Awards have come and conquered, of course with a stellar line of mistakes and mishaps thrown in for good measure. With the huge brouhaha over Moonlight and La La Land and the announcement that went wrong, terribly wrong, Academy Awards lived up to its full potential of providing us with dollops of entertainment and yes, needless to say, the disappointments. However, one might say that the entire case is subjective in content as people differ and so do their choices in films. Hence, this comes straight from…

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Movie Review – Rangoon

RANGOON is a tale that takes the most of the tangent of two incomplete circles. It ceases on expectations of either being a Love Story or a War Period drama, and without disappointing us, delivers a magnificent blend that is a bar raiser.  The darker than the blood colored logo of Vishal Bhardwaj’s (VB) Pictures is up on the black canvas to call the shots. The acronym’s decoding is a mystery to the common moviegoers as much as the readability of the logo. Director-cum-composer Vishal Bhardwaj is the voluntary brand ambassador of William Shakespeare…

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Movie Review: Jolly LL.B 2

Jolly LL.B  2: REVIEW After the much critically acclaimed prequel to the film much was expected from ‘The State vs Jolly LL.B 2’ and it is fair to say, after watching the film, Akshay Kumar and co. did not disappoint at all. While the last installment dealt with a hit-n-run case, this one deals with the case of mistaken identity of a J & K terrorist. The film centers around Jolly a.k.a Jagdishwar Mishra, a BA LL.B (law-degree) graduate, who is struggling to establish himself among the quarters of the…

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