The first scene of the first story ‘Majnu’ opens up with Fatima Sana Shaikh dressed up in a bright red wedding lehenga. With the costumes taking up more attention in the entire frame than Sana and Jaideep Ahlawat, I was apprehensive that this might be headed in a wrong direction. The premise is basic. A couple stuck in a loveless marriage, continues to be miserable together because society, power politics and all that. Until one day when a young boy joins the family business and changes the dynamics of this couple. Shashank Khaitan builds up an interesting plot with his twisted characters, but somehow everything feels very emotionally distant. This story does end with an unexpected closure, but with lack of any nuances to the characters, I felt most disconnected to this one.Continue reading
An untimely death leaves a young widow grappling with the idea of grief. The farthest of relatives are lining up displaying profound loss meanwhile this girl is craving pani puri.
Ok so the OTT platform is ever evolving. I am glad that we are seeing increasing number of women stories, even better when the creators are also women. But when will this representation truly become more inclusive, more believable and free of stereotypes? Bombay begums is not the answer to these questions. But it probably is one tiny step in the right direction.
A dark and nasty tale of a corrupt legal guardian who will stop at nothing in her pursuit of wealth and power.Continue reading
Cast: Neena Gupta, Divya Dutta, Sanya Kapoor, Aisha Ahmed, Deepak Dobriyal, Rima Kallingal, Swarrop Sampat, Shafina Patel and more.
Directors: Tahira Kashyap, Punarvasu Naik, Vijayeta Kumar, Rakesh Sain, Gautam Govind Sharma, Smrutika Panigrahi and Vinay Chhawal.
Guneet Monga brings seven slice-of-life short stories each narrated and filmed with a distinctive style tied together by nothing but versatility.Continue reading
Very rarely do we see sequels superseding the success of a popular movie, especially a thriller. The first part left us with a satisfying closure where the hero – a common man, won against all odds – the system. All possibilities were explored and we were convinced that with this end, the dead and the alive can rest in peace. Drishyam 2 starts off by challenging this very assumption, and gives a befitting if not a better part 2.Continue reading
Mothers are also daughters, and wives, and women and after all those labels, individuals. Tribhanga looks at characters who challenge this societal order of responsibilities. It brings the story of few non-conformist women who chose to be their own selves first.Continue reading
To appreciate AK vs AK you have to be at least a decade old fan of Bollywood in the first place. Not to say that this film follows the template of any Bollywood movie ever. In fact it does just the opposite. It bends rules, crosses boundaries and blurs the line between reel and real.Continue reading
Aashram Chapter 1 & 2 builds a very compelling world based on the far and wide consequences of blind faith. The larger than life aura and fanfare of the central character, Baba Nirala is cringe-worthy but at the same time very immersive with all the ‘japnaam’ chants. While the direction, editing and narration are amateurish, the series does manage to throw light on many uncomfortable realities of exploited faith.Continue reading
Hello fellow binge watchers! Most of us have grown up in an education system where PT period’s importance was next to that of a free period. But your PT teacher’s influence extended beyond that one class. You might end up sucking at any or all sports but it’s the sportsmanship that he/she teaches you for life. That makes the premise of Chalaang, with a PT teacher as a central character compelling. It is the superficial hints of Luv Ranjan in this Hansal Mehta film that doesn’t really add up very well.Continue reading