Category Archives: Film Reviews

Kolkata As Star

In Shrijeet Mukherjee’s 22shey Shrabon and Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani, the star is the city of Kolkata, and that too such a powerful star that it could render the Bengali superstar, Prosenjit in the former and the Hindi film star Vidya … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Dastaan-e-Ghare Baire

Dastangoi, is a medieval form of storytelling devised by the Prophet’s father-in-law, Amir Hamza Esquire and contains stories of magic, fairies, truant students and naïve maulavis. The form has been revived in modern India through Danish Hussain and Amar Farooqui. … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Shammi..at the end of the day

Shammi Kapoor died on the early morning of the 14th of August 2011, succumbing to a chronic renal malfunction. Fortuitously, I was reading about one of the possible causes of the malady as being chronic adrenaline fatigue, a possibility that … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews | Leave a comment

Revisiting Charulata – Sangeetha Padmanabhan’s Film Just Calle Charulata

Sangeeta Padmanabhan, also in my friend’s list of film makers, has just canned her debut film, Charulata encore. I forget the exact name of the film but I think that it is just called Charulata, implying that Satyajit Ray’s masterpiece Charulata … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews | Leave a comment

Sabaash Suzanna

Suzanna Anna Marie had six married husbands and one constant by-stander. She was an Anglo Indian, lived in Mussorie, her father was a contemporary of the legendary Jim Corbett and lived in a huge estate that she inherited as her … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews | Leave a comment

Death Wish In A Dying Culture – Guzaarish

For quite some time now I have been sensing that India is in the grips of a death wish. The growth rate of population is slowly coming down, the size of family is decreasing and while life expectancy is on … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews | Leave a comment

Break Ke Baad – Impudent Chauvinism

Sometimes I get appalled at the decisions of the Censor Board of India. They are overly concerned with sex, violence and smoking on screen, often take these scenes out of their context and assume that the frames containing such “contraband … Continue reading

Posted in Film Reviews | Leave a comment