Rangoon

To appreciate Rangoon, one has to have certain foreknowledge of where the director is coming from. Vishal Bhardwaj is the man who brought us Shakespearean adaptations to Bollywood: Omkara (Othello), Maqbool and Haider (Macbeth), these three being the top most prominent ones. They all were adapted so brilliantly, and the audiences lapped it all up….

Kaabil

Kaabil is worth watching for Hrithik Roshan only. Had this movie starred another male lead, the movie would have fallen flat, and certainly not worth your money.   The premise is rather simple.   Rohan (Hrithik Roshan), is a blind man who does voice-over/ dubbing for a living. He is introduced to Supriya (Yami Gautam),…

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

What’s all the brouhaha about? We in Pakistan don’t have the privilege of watching the latest Bollywood film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (This Heart is Difficult- ADHM) which was released this weekend (and has the ever popular Pakistani actor Fawad Khan). That’s the problem. Given our other choices at the cinema (Jack Reacher and The…

Baar Baar Dekho

Having underperformed at the box office, with mixed reviews from the critics, along with bad word of mouth from the audience, Baar Baar Dekho (BBD) didn’t do well. This was a disappointment as the music for the movie was already massively popular with one song being a wedding favourite. Not to mention the sizzling chemistry…

Mohenjo Daro

Sometimes, there are movies that depict a certain culture and time period that calls for intense and meticulous research. Whether it’s a period movie like Gone With The Wind, Braveheart or Pride and Prejudice, attention is paid to the details, the locations, the costume, the mannerisms and the general feel of the movie. Coming to…

Udta Punjab

There was a lot of hype and controvery prior to the release of Udta Punjab. First, lead actress Alia Bhatt got into trouble for portraying a sterotyped Punjabi women. Then the cesnsor board had an issue with language asking for 89 cuts in the movie. Ultimatelty, it was released in India with one cut, and…

Te3n

Sometimes, a movie experience is enriched when you have no foreknowledge of what the movie is about. A very last minute plan had us end up at the latest Bollywood release Te3n, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqi and Vidya Balan. Don’t let the title of the movie put you off (even though it may remind…

Finding Fanny

Finding Fanny is a road trip movie. There are quite a lot of road trip movies in Bollywood, but not all stand out. The ones that do stand out, stand out remarkably well (Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Piku and my favorite Highway!) Finding Fanny falls somewhere between a  good trip and a…

Ki and Ka

I can imagine what must have happened at the director’s office: Hey, let’s make a movie for today’s generation. Let’s twist the traditional rom-com that Bollywood is churning out these days. I know, I have an idea, says the director, let’s turn the traditional setup upside down. Let’s make the husband the kind of person…

Kapoor and Sons (Since 1921)

  In the Asian culture, family is a very important element. There have been countless movies that revolves around families, ranging from the brilliant Piku to the high profile but phony Dil Dhadakne Do (though in my opinion Monsoon Wedding is the best movie that deals with the breakdown of familial relations and ultimately redeeming…