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To me, Vishal Bhardwaj's efforts with adapting Shakespeare are a mixed bag. While he succeeded wonderfully with Maqbool (Macbeth) set in the underworld, Omkara was too contrived an adaptation of Othello for me. Haider, taking off from Hamlet is another disappointment. ...
Daawat-e-Ishq is easily one of the weakest offerings to come out from Yash Raj films, a shallow romcom with some surprisingly lazy writing. Leave alone the superficial way in which the use (or misuse) of section 498A is handled, the narrative ...
Mary Kom is a real-life hero. The kind of anomaly and a success story that dreams are made of. A woman from a small village tucked away in Manipur, fighting against a number of stigmas, both figuratively and literally, and rising ...
Addressing the subject of child trafficking and sexual exploitation, Mardaani succeeds to quite a length. However, the noble aspirations fall short here for a gamut of reasons. Fashioned as a cat and mouse thriller chase between the cops and the elusive villain, ...
There’s one scene that is wholly and pleasantly unexpected in the film. Singham has just met the wife of a cop from his team who is dead. The cop has been framed and killed in a corruption scandal involving a politician, ...



    





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Madras (Tamil)
On one side, Madras has a lot going for it - a gritty, realistic setting of a lower middle class housing colony in North Chennai, some great attention to detail in its production design, interesting and well-fleshed out characters and above ...
Anjaan (Tamil)
You can't find fault with UTV's absolutely brilliant marketing strategy and hype they created for Anjaan. The buzz was terrific, expectations sky high. For all the gory violence, they even managed a U certificate for the film. This translated into a ...
Khashi Katha (Bengali)
The narrative returns again and again to the goat in conversation with Hassan whose excitement rises with every segment. These offer both comic and satiric relief questioning the rationality of the so-called rational human being. Judhajit Sarkar has fleshed out each ...
Apur Panchali (Bengali)
Apur Panchali is a three-layered film. Two layers are framed within the anchor story that is located in the present depicting the interaction between two men, Arko and Subir, distanced in age, ideology, lifestyle and social class. One layer is comprised ...
Fandry (Marathi)
For the last decade, since Shwaas (2004), one has seen Marathi cinema slowly but surely come into its own through some wonderful films like Harishchandrachi Factory, Ghabricha Paus, Valu, Vihir, Deool, and Shala, just to name some. One can safely add ...
“Documentary film hai, bhaiya. Pakka ticket dun?” ("It's a documentary film, brother. You sure you want a ticket?") says the guy at the ticket window, inadvertently summarising the state of documentary film market in India. In the recent past many no.......
Shahid Kapoor is undoubtedly one of the most promising actors from the younger lot of actors in Hindi cinema today. From an average beginning, where he was often described as aping Shah Rukh Khan (and cor


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Reading Ray has always been as delightful as watching his films, be it fiction or his articles on cinema. His impeccably crafted prose, both English and Bengali, with its easy flow and delectable flavor, his keen observations, clarity of thought, ready wit and brevity have been the hallmark of most of his writings, just like in his films. So when I
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