Ae Dil Hai Mushkil review: Heartache? Headache, more like

Karan Johar’s latest directorial venture, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, is a mangled mess of emotions and relationships. Johar seemingly thrives in this space, although his previous films used dollops of black and white to depict human relationships. With age, Johar’s style of filmmaking has matured. Evolved, even. But, his ability to tell stories has deteriorated, and…

RUSTOM REVIEW: BLANKS FIRED!

Akshay Kumar has successfully carved a niche for himself in Hindi cinema, as an actor competent of marvellously mixing the pragmatic with the preposterous. His unique ability to keep the box-office buzzing with asinine releases such as ‘Singh is Bliing’ and ‘Housefull 3’ along with sensibly delivered dramas in ‘Airlift‘ and ‘Baby’ has sustained his…

ROCKY HANDSOME REVIEW: GRUESOME. GORY. GLORIOUS.

A film with a cheesy title is often going to be met with scorn and apprehension. Rocky Handsome has been widely promoted in mainstream media with a barrage of social media advertising to go along with it. Yet, there appears to be an impenitent ignorance among the public concerning this flick. Is it because John…

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…