Several movies I recall pivot upon scenes of posh hotels where glam stars click-clack their heels and cause head turns. One has even read about hotel management in Jeffrey Archer’s novels albeit from the ownership angle. But what about the story of those very indispensable ambassadors of hospitality, a la the hotel staff? We see […]Read more "“October”: Wafts of Brilliance"
Having a broken DVD player (why do they use that word… like ‘broken’ souls.. it’s not really in pieces, is it?) on a Sunday evening offers an advantage. It means an excuse to head for a play, at long last. Titled Remember Remember, the production by Bangalore based Tahatto company claims to be a set […]Read more "“Remember Remember”: Unforgettable"
The occasions on which Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) is seen almost overwhelmed with grief in the movie Jackie are very few: In the aeroplane, after returning from Texas after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; in the presidential car as it zips through a sheltered road soon after the bullet shot . Both are […]Read more "“Jackie”: The cameras are still rolling"
Spoilers ahead… Think ‘Musical’ and up pop into mind Sound of Music and High School Musical. Perhaps this is the ‘conditioning’ of the modern mind about the genre of movies that has captivated minds and hearts down the ages. In La La Land, not only is a bridge built between the classic and the pop-age, […]Read more "“La La Land”: Label for the Next-Gen Musical?"
Spoilers ahead… Karan Johar wants to cater to the new, Tinder generation audiences. Yet retain older fans. The solution? Take a pot of pure Urdu dialogues and boil Instant Relationship noodles. Result: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. If one thing impressed me, it was the pure literary dialogue that resonated from Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) and Saba […]Read more "“Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”: Urdu Must be Saying “Uff!”"
Spoilers ahead… The storyline of Pink is about three girls living independently in Delhi, facing the male domination psyche at its worst. Minal (Taapsee Pannu), Falak (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) share a flat and work hard and according to some sources, party harder. Credit can be given to the absence of flashback […]Read more "“Pink”: ‘Respect’fully Yours"
Spoilers ahead… Families with skeletons in the cupboard are a common theme in both Kapoor & Sons and The Daughter. It’s interesting to see how Indian and the Australian cinema tackle this topical genre. Kapoor & Sons displays a sophisticated Indian family, albeit in down to earth roles. The Daughter, however, lets out whiffs […]Read more "“The Daughter”: A good Aussie attempt to depict the family secrets theme"