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Notes on Bobby Jasoos (2014)

July 6, 2014


********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 […]

Ek Villian (2014)

June 29, 2014


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 […]

2 States (2014)

April 21, 2014


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 […]

Bewakoofiaan (2014)

March 16, 2014


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 […]

Queen (2014)

March 12, 2014


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 […]

Thoughts on Highway (2014)

February 26, 2014


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 […]

Thoughts on Gravity (2013)

October 14, 2013


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 […]

The Lunchbox

September 30, 2013


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 […]

Thoughts on English Vinglish

October 12, 2012


The film is not about learning English. It is one of the most loving and most genuine tributes to mothers that I have seen. It is about the mothers to our generation. Mothers who mostly wear saris, mothers who cook great food, mothers who run the household without any help, mothers who are fascinated by […]

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

February 10, 2011


I believe this film is Woody Allen’s James-ian story — the innocent American’s encounter with the sophisticated European. The innocent Americans in this film are Vicky and Cristina, two best friends who have come to spend a glorious summer in Barcelona. The girls are played by Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson, respectively. The sophisticated Europeans […]