Archive for the 'Hindi Cinema' Category

Oct 11 2017


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Rape and revenge dramas can easily cross the line and feel lurid and/or exploitative. But Mom doesn’t feel that way since it treats the subject with the sensitivity it requires. But the revenge part of it pushes it from drama to a masala film. The titular mom is Devki(Sridevi), a stepmom trying hard to earn the […]

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Sep 12 2017

Jab Harry Met Sejal

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What is it about the pairing of Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka that drives directors to dream up their most moronic scripts? First there was Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, where both of them played characters who were mean, selfish and unlikable. I don’t remember much about Jab Tak Hai Jaan but I do remember there […]

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Jan 03 2017


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As a sports movie, the broad outline of Dangal is quite formulaic. We have a coach who initially alienates his students with his tough coaching methods but they eventually come around and his training methods help them be victorious. But small changes in the screenplay and uniformly solid performances across the board hide the formulaic […]

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Apr 04 2016


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Dilwale‘s promos focused almost entirely on the Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol pairing, making us wonder if the film would be a mature love story recalling their most famous film DDLJ. But its Rohit Shetty, the director behind Chennai Express, at the helm and so Dilwale actually feels a lot like Baasha as it kicks off with Raj Bhai(Shah Rukh […]

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Mar 28 2016

The 63rd National Film Awards

The 2016 National awards were announced today. What stood out for me immediately was the fact that I was familiar with all the major winners. The lists of winners in the last few years have always been populated by at least a few films in languages like Bengali and even when the films were in Tamil or Malayalam, they […]

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Oct 12 2015

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

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Ever since the Pokkiri remake Wanted became a BO hit, Salman Khan has mostly appeared in unabashed masala films that gave him larger-than-life roles and delivered over-the-top action, light romance and goofy comedy. So the storyline of his latest film Bajrangi Bhaijaan – he goes into Pakistan to reunite a lost girl with her parents […]

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Aug 10 2015


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Road movies are always made up of the main characters meeting a number of people along the way. While the person(s) taking the road trip are more grounded, the people they run into are usually eccentric or strange but end up imparting some important life lessons to the protagonists. The bulk of Piku is also […]

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Apr 22 2015


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Revenge thrillers have a rather rigid template. The protagonist undergoes a family-related tragedy caused by the bad guys and then goes after them with single-minded determination, extracting his revenge in crowd-pleasing ways. The tone may be dark(Naan Sigappu Manithan) or more masala-ish(Aboorva Sagodharargal) but the basic plot remains the same. But Sriram Raghavan, the director […]

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Apr 06 2015

Baby (Hindi)

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Baby finds covert ops agent Ajay(Akshay Kumar) in a series of missions with hardly any breathing time between. The film’s innocuous name is actually the name of the unit he is a part of, an elite unit that is made up of a select few from different groups and as part of a 5-year test […]

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Feb 18 2015


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Based on his films so far, director Rajkumar Hirani has hit upon a rock-solid formula for his movies. He picks an establishment that is ostensibly about serving people but is seen by the public as a money-making endeavor(a hospital in Munnabhai M.B.B.S, a college in 3 Idiots), he introduces an outsider, a rebel who questions […]

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