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Great books rarely translate into great movies and the chance of a mediocre book translating into a great movie is even rarer. Based on Chetan Bhagat's best seller novel of the same name 2 States, Abhishek Varman's directorial debut is an ...
What is very appreciable about the film is the ease with which it manages the integration of a spirit into the streets of Mumbai. Things like these need rules so that there’s a consistency in the universe that the filmmaker creates, ...
For those of us who grew up in the 90s on a steady diet of David Dhawan films, Main Tera Hero is a circa 21ist century packaging of his cinema. The familiar lampooning and chicanery is back, and this time ...
A story around two bumbling journalists, a broken bridge, and an evil nexus between a build and a politician. For a film that borrows so heavily elements from an all time great, O Teri is an insult to the memory of ...
It's been a while now that every year the Indian audience is subjected to a Jackky Bhagnani film and after so many inevitable debacles (termed as 'movies' produced by father Vashu Bhagnani) the one thing that is clear here is that ...



    





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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 ...
Jatishwar (Bengali)
Srijit Mukherjee began with a very good story on reincarnation where Kushal Hazra, an assistant librarian of Chandan Nagar, believes he is Anthony Phiringee reborn. Who is Antony Phiringee? He was Hansman Anthony, a Portuguese songwriter, singer and musician whose command ...
Biriyani (Tamil)
When he reviewed Jack (1996) and ripped it apart mercilessly, well-known critic Barry Norman happened to mention that you couldn't believe the name of the director in the film's credits is the same as that of one who also directed the ...
Chander Pahar (Bengali)
Chander Pahar (The Moon Mountain) is a legendary classic authored by Bibhutibhushan Bannerjee in 1937 and is set between 1909 and 1910. Interestingly, Bibhutibhushan never stepped out of Bengal and his geographical sources are drawn solely from his collection of travel ...
In 2011, I had picked M Saravanan's Engaeyum Eppodhum to be the best Tamil film of the year. So, expectations were naturally sky high for his follow up offering, Ivan Vera Mathiri (IVM). However, while the film is engaging ...
“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.......

Upperstall blogs features filmmakers expressing their thoughts on cinema... and everything else.
2013-03-28 02:08:26 - 16 Comments

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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