Kapoor and Sons review: Melodrama meets maturity

Kapoor & Sons represents the coming of age of melodrama in Hindi cinema. A mature and balanced film on relationships, from a production house like Dharma (which has previously given us weepy dramas such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) is a significant achievement. This evolution is worthy of accolade and the intent…

AIRLIFT REVIEW: FLYING SKY HIGH

Sitting in a packed theatre with fellow cinemagoers merrily consuming their popcorn and Pepsi, I cynically explored the possibility of Airlift being all gas and no steel. In the opening five minutes, I had decided that this movie was all gas after all. Akshay Kumar had taken centre stage at a party (quite literally), and…

Wazir review: Pawnography

Hindi cinema is often powered by stardom. Directors seldom exercise unrestrained control on a film, giving in to the whims and fancies of the superstars they are paid to project on screen. Soojit Sircar, in a recent interview said, ‘Films are a director’s medium.‘ Fortunately for us, Bejoy Nambiar subscribes to that school of thought. Hordes of…

Bajirao Mastani review: Fool’s gold

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s pet project, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was in the works for 12 years. Unsurprisingly, the final product is extravagant in scale and unapologetically indulgent. Vibrantly colorful frames, beautiful locales, gorgeous costumes and sets exhibiting opulence become integral ingredients of this spectacle. The plot revolves around a love-story. Or maybe two. But, much like ‘Ram-Leela’, the…

Tamasha movie review: Extravagantly complex

The last time Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone appeared on screen, they created magic. Their off-screen drama had a telling effect on their on-screen presence and they, very quickly, became contemporary Bollywood’s favorite leading pair. While their previous outings (Bachna Ae Haseeno and Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani) were routine entertainers, their latest offering is anything…

Tiger Shroff vs Sooraj Pancholi; the better bet?

That which was not expected, has happened. No one saw this coming. Trade experts and industry pundits anticipated box office success of a grand scale. After all, some of the industry’s biggest names were associated with the movie. From conventional old-school heavyweight Subhash Ghai to the reigning Sultan of Bollywood, Salman Khan; an array of…

Hero review: An irresponsible wreckage

There are classics. And there are remakes. Successful cinema often resonates with a certain period, a generation of people with cinematic sensibilities unique to that particular era. The mindless imitation of classics, ignoring cultural and emotional evolution is nothing short of criminal, especially when you expect the viewer to lighten his wallet. Nikhil Advani’s ‘Hero’…