Tamasha : Musings of a master storyteller

* * * 1/2 Once upon a time in Bollywood, the usual enemies of love were external – parents,  goons or evil relatives, love was a solution to life’s problems, and a destination in itself. Then came people like Ayan Mukherjee, Shakun Batra, Imtiaz Ali and love became an instrument to self-discovery , and hadContinue reading “Tamasha : Musings of a master storyteller”

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Scary demons of a bygone era

1/5 Imagine the following scenes, set in a mansion which looks like a cross between royal palace of the Mughals and a five star hotel, and the characters dressed in heavy jewelry, saris, lehengas, kurta payjamas and pagdis, with swords for accessories. The king and his sisters reunite, hug and make peace. The soon-to-be-queen ofContinue reading “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Scary demons of a bygone era”

Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 : Double the bias, double the fun – This one ups the ante!

* * * 1/2 The best works of art are those which make no pretension of being impartial and free of bias. Hence, label this movie (like its predecessor) misogynistic but the makers open their line of attack with a full throttle and boy, they score again and how!  You may agree or disagree withContinue reading “Pyaar ka Punchnama 2 : Double the bias, double the fun – This one ups the ante!”

Masaan : Redemption, Art and Banaras

* * * * The darkest spots are often beneath the flame. Varanasi, Benaras or Kashi- the religious capital of India, the oldest living city of world, the home to Shiva might draw people from all over the world with the lure of nirvana, of witnessing a living museum of the times as old asContinue reading “Masaan : Redemption, Art and Banaras”

Bajrangi Bhaijaan ***1/2

Salman, Secularism and actually a ‘Story’, Rejoice! It was high time someone actually realized the potential of Bhai’s stardom, and made a better use of it than just making him do embarrassing moves and mouth silly lines in an incoherent apology of a story. Not that it stopped his fans from turning those movies intoContinue reading “Bajrangi Bhaijaan ***1/2”

आकार

कुछ आकार सा ले रहा है विचारों के बादलों को कुछ दिशा सी मिल रही है धुंधली तस्वीरों पर छाया कोहरा छंट सा रहा है इस नितदिन के कोलाहल में कुछ साकार सा हो रहा है कुछ आकार सा ले रहा है, एक नियम सा, एक दिनचर्या सी इस व्यस्तता की एक अपेक्षा सी। हरContinue reading “आकार”

Any Body Might Dance, but certainly not anybody (or everybody) can make a movie!

* * In what can be one of the most cruel comments for the makers of this movie, it reminds you disturbingly of that Farah Khan atrocity –Happy New Year, in many ways. Both the films are about an international dance championship, the protagonists are a bunch of losers out to win the competition toContinue reading “Any Body Might Dance, but certainly not anybody (or everybody) can make a movie!”

Dil Dhadakne Do : First world problems, solutions from the heart!

* * * In a country of modest means yet one of the largest number of millionaires, while the aspiration value of the lifestyle of the rich might be high, yet (or maybe hence) it is one of the easiest targets to make fun of. Hence a movie which deals with a dysfunctional family ofContinue reading “Dil Dhadakne Do : First world problems, solutions from the heart!”

बचपन

मेरे कमरे की बालकनी से बाहर गली, मकानों और पेड़ों के बीच अब भी बचपन खेलता हुआ दिखता है शाम के हुल्लड़ और झगड़ों में , मुझे दूर दूर से अजनबी सा देखता है कल जो मेरा आज था , आज वही  एक मजबूर  सा, एक भूले हुए एहसास सा जूझता  है इन सड़को पर कंधेContinue reading “बचपन”