The name and the context of this nine episode series is laid out in the first few seconds of the first episode. A voice over of the protagonist (Inspector Hathiram Chaudhary) simplifies how the universe is divided in three loks – swarg, dharti and paataal, metaphors of the very clear class divide that we live in today.Continue reading
Who are these women? Where do I meet them? Never in my 10 years of living in Mumbai have I ever crossed paths with anyone who remotely comes close to this misplaced idea of ‘modern independent women’. But this is season 2, so there is clearly some audience there who wants be blinded by cliches and stereotypes. It is disappointing how very few stories are written about female friendships and when fewer of them see the light of the day, they are left so one-dimensional.
If the writers wanted to create an aspirational world for women with liberation written in bold, it’s a half-hearted attempt. They have created a delusional world where the society oscillates between regressive (glass ceiling, body shaming etc.) & progressive (open marriage, co-parenting, same sex marriage, etc.) to fit into their narrative of showcasing ‘girl power’. These conflicting ideas leave us with very less place to relate to any situation or character.Continue reading
The subject, the breaking point, the story, and the climax everything is summed up in the title. Yet, Anubhav Sinha and the entire cast weave an engaging story to break down the point of ‘zero tolerance’ in a potent narrative.
A sprawling Banyan tree, some old men with big turbans sitting underneath, dictating laws for the village and solving family feuds. Thanks to Bollywood and very fade civic lessons, this is the visual that comes to my mind when I hear the word ‘Panchayat’. If you are anything like me you will be pleasantly refreshed with TVF’s sketch of a modern day ‘Panchayat’.
Yes, the idea of digital content is to experiment, explore unique or seemingly bizarre concepts. But with platforms like Netflix, the standards have been set high and it cannot become a dumping ground for failed experiments (Bard of Blood, Drive and point in case House Arrest)
What we have here is the concept of ‘hikikomori’ – a Japanese societal phenomenon of isolation. Great idea, but does that make a great movie? Far from it.
Let us leave aside the name, because that’s a lie.
These are four stories or rather interpretations of darker human psyches. Some makers have played safe and some have pushed boundaries, the result is inconsistent. Indian filmmakers have started treating Netflix as a testing ground for their unfulfilled creativity that was too brave for mainstream. We the digital audience are the guinea pigs, so expect to be surprised, manipulated, cheated and sometimes times intrigued.
The Family Man does not promise to bring anything extraordinary to the genre. Like every espionage, there is this one hero vs some anti-national elements, both working on and against a certain ‘operation’ which is always supposed to be ‘the biggest ever’. Having said that, Family man stands competent in handling the socio- geo-political explication and summarize it in a fairly gripping 10 episode series.
Uncomfortable middle class stereotypes, a northern small town, identifiable characters and some tongue- in- cheek humor, feels like home for our non conformist hero – Ayushman Khurrana. With a promising trailer that sets a rather absurdly humorous premise, Dream Girl starts off with an intention to leverage and continue Ayushman’s winning streak in this genre. But there is only as much entertainment to Dream Girl as Ayushman and some other veteran actors could carry on their shoulders through this otherwise confused and bumpy ride.
Disclaimer: This review is only going to be full of applauses and admiration to the brilliance that Gully Boy is.
India’s first true-blue street musical, Gully Boy chronicles the life of Murad, a boy living in the world famous slums of Dharavi, inspired by the real rappers – Divine and Naezy.
An actor of the explosive energy levels of Ranvir Singh, who was last seen making an almost 10 mins long full-blown Bollywood hero entry in Simba, simply appears as the third (least) important person in soft focus in the opening scene of Gully Boy. In focus stays his friend (played by the supremely talented Vijay Verma) who sets up the scene of Dharavi and the humdrums of its residents for whatever is to follow.
Acceptance of well scripted and unexplored genres from low to medium budget movies and back to back rejection of ‘super star ‘ movies at the box office marks 2018 as the year of ‘evolution’ in Cinema.
Here are the 10 movies of 2018 that make it to the ‘paisa wasool’ list.