]
content top

Notes from the 15th Mumbai Film Festival’s Curtain Raiser

Notes from the 15th Mumbai Film Festival’s Curtain Raiser

The 15th Mumbai Film Festival, running from October 17 – 24, had its Curtain Raiser yesterday, a press conference wherein the lineup and other information about the event were released to the public. I am not listing those details again (you can find the list of films playing at the festival here) or reposting any press release, because that’s not interesting. I took a few notes during the press conference, and I am including...

Read More

Some thoughts on “The Lunchbox”

Some thoughts on “The Lunchbox”

It is so hard to replicate reality. I don’t mean to say it’s not difficult to recreate the Middle Ages or depict outer space convincingly. It’s just that when it comes to reality, the audience — for once — is as much of an expert on the setting as the filmmakers (if not more). Every beat in the script, choice made by a character, piece of clothing worn by an actor and location in the background can and will be...

Read More

Movie Review: “Rush”

Movie Review: “Rush”

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” Mark Twain was onto something when he made that statement, and Rush is further evidence to support it. Based on a true story so incredible and bizarre that a novelist couldn’t dream it up, Ron Howard’s latest film is entertaining, thrilling and at times even moving. Rush is based on one of the greatest sporting rivalries ever,...

Read More

Roundup: All my work from the 66th Festival del Film Locarno

Roundup: All my work from the 66th Festival del Film Locarno

Three months ago, on this day, I woke up to a mail from Eric Kohn, Senior Editor at Indiewire (2012 Webby Award winner of Best Film Site). This mail was to inform me that I had been selected to be part of their Critics Academy, a workshop for young budding film critics organized by Indiewire in collaboration with Film Society of Lincoln Center and Pardo Live. Flash forward to today, one month after the Festival has ended, and it has been a...

Read More

Coming to terms with “Shuddh Desi Romance”

Coming to terms with “Shuddh Desi Romance”

This post contains explicit spoilers for the film in question. Consider yourself warned!   I know I’m in the minority here, so I’ll make sure I tread with caution. Today it has been a week since Shuddh Desi Romance, the new film from Maneesh Sharma, released in theaters and – going by the box-office collections – a lot of people saw it. I was part of this; the premise, cast and promotional material had me...

Read More

My Favorite Type of Film

My Favorite Type of Film

A few days ago I utilized a lazy Sunday afternoon by watching a movie. After some deliberation I landed upon Rob Reiner’s 1986 drama, Stand by Me. I loved the film unequivocally and since then it has occupied prime real estate in my mind. The film’s similarity to a few other titles I’m extremely fond of got me thinking: Which kind of film do I fall in love with the easiest? The result of that incessant rumination is this...

Read More

Movie Review: “Short Term 12″

Movie Review: “Short Term 12″

I saw Short Term 12, the new film from American director Destin Cretton, in an auditorium packed with more than 3000 people. As the credits started rolling at the end, every single person stood up and clapped. The standing ovation went on even after the credits ended, lasting for a total of about 10 minutes. I was part of that applause. It was extremely overwhelming for me; I can’t even imagine what Cretton and star Brie Larson must...

Read More

Movie Review: “White House Down”

Movie Review: “White House Down”

I’m not a fan of Roland Emmerich’s work. But, then, that is not anathema in film. Many people don’t have a stomach for the German director and his sensibilities, who has assaulted our senses (and intelligence, some would say) for years now, with films like “Independence Day”, “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012″ destroying our world in as many ways as possible. To put things in...

Read More
content top