Notes on Bobby Jasoos (2014)

July 6, 2014

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********Spoilers Ahead********* Bobby Jasoos is not a film about a case that Bobby solves. It is a film about Bobby Jasoos herself. Yes, there is a case that Bobby spends most of the film investigating but it is merely a vehicle to show us what kind of girl Bobby is and the challenges that she […]

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Ek Villian (2014)

June 29, 2014

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This film might be one of the worst Hindi films I have seen. It is stupid, illogical and features some of the worst acting ever. Every actor is horrendous. The characters are stupid. The writing is unbelievably bad. Scenes are set up without any thought to their import or how they will fit. It is […]

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2 States (2014)

April 21, 2014

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At the end of 2 States, Krish (a dull Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya (a just about tolerable Alia Bhatt) tell us that cultural difference was not the real problem; the real problem was that their parents couldn’t accept that their children found a life partner on their own. If that’s the case, one wonders what […]

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Bewakoofiaan (2014)

March 16, 2014

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My favourite scene from Bewakoofiaan is when our jobless hero, Mohit (a credible Ayushman Khurana), arrives at his girlfriend, Myra’s (a surprisingly good Sonam Kapoor) house for her birthday party. She is dressed in a pretty and expensive dress (she tells him the dress is from Mango) and asks for her birthday gift. Mohit, who has […]

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Queen (2014)

March 12, 2014

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Of late Bollywood has been fascinated by coming-of-age stories featuring women and travel: English Vinglish, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Highway and now Queen. It is not too hard to see that Queen is a direct descendant of English Vinglish. And much like English Vinglish, Queen is predictable from the word go. Predictability need not always be […]

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Thoughts on Highway (2014)

February 26, 2014

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One of the most poignant scenes in Imtiaz Ali’s Highway takes place toward the end of the film. Veera (Alia Bhatt) and her abductor, Bhatti (Randeep Hooda), escape to a remote, pristine corner of the Himalayas where they try to set up a house. Veera always wanted to live in a house in the hills, so when […]

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Thoughts on Gravity (2013)

October 14, 2013

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In 1990, as Voyager 1 was leaving the Solar system, Carl Sagan requested NASA to turn around the camera of the space shuttle to take a photograph of the Earth. The photo was taken from a distance of about 6 billion kilometers; you have to look really hard to find the Earth. It is visible […]

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The Lunchbox

September 30, 2013

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The near-universal critical acclaim and love for Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox has me somewhat bewildered. This isn’t a great film, or even a very good film, and while there are some truly deft touches, it is a film that is frustratingly blind to its own potential and is happy to fall back on the conventional […]

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Notes on Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

July 31, 2013

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani seems to have started life as a perfectly respectable coming-of-age film. But along the way, somebody decided give the film some “treatment” and “styling” and forgot to stop. The end result is a film in which empty, plastic style overwhelms almost every frame to the point where you begin to feel […]

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

June 12, 2013

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First, let’s get the story out of the way. The film is about five young friends on a road trip and their terrifying encounter with a family of cannibals. The young friends are Sally; her wheelchair-bound brother, Franklin; her boyfriend, Jerry; and two other friends, Kirk and Pam. They take the road trip to visit […]

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