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Garm Hava remains even today one of the most poignant films ever to be made on India's partition. Although Ritwik Ghatak and other film makers had made films touching on the Bengal Partition, this was a rare Hindi film to tackle ...
Farah Khan has made lampooning into a blockbuster Bollywood model. But Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om were in tongue in cheek and charming, and the gags and spoofs were light hearted and enjoyable. However, Happy New Year (HNY) comes across ...
How good is a David vs Goliath story if the David isn’t weak enough and Goliath not the strongest? The movie by debutant writer-director, Charudutt Acharya seems like an earnest attempt to rehash the small trader versus the industrial giant or ...
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 ...



    





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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.......
Balraj Sahni is perhaps the best known film actor in India to emerge from the post World War II Left Cultural Movements and one of Indian cinema's greatest ever actors. Born in Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan) in 1913, he studied at the Government


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The transition of child actors to adulthood is often painful and has seen many, many careers round the world die out or have limited success once these children grew up. Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney, no less, were among those who found the going extremely tough once adolescence kicked in. In India too, Tabassum, Naaz, Daisy and Honey Irani, Mas
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