(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) When we are introduced to Sanjana (Daisy Shah) in Remo D’Souza’s Race 3, we are told she is into martial arts and that she loves extreme sports. The visuals that accompany this voiceover give us the sad reality. We see her indoors, extracting every fun… Continue reading Race 3
Wrote two pieces on Kaala/Pa.Ranjith/Rajinikanth over the last week for Arre: Before the film’s release, a piece on Rajinikanth as a Trojan Horse for multiple players: Read here On Kaala, Pa. Ranjith and the indictment of Hindu Rashtra: Read here
(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) Bhavesh Joshi is not a superhero. The first third of Vikramaditya Motwane’s new film is set up too much like a spoof to be taken seriously. We slowly do realize that that is the point. Bhavesh Joshi (Priyanshu Painyuli), Sikandar Khanna (Harshvardhan Kapoor) and Rajat… Continue reading Bhavesh Joshi Superhero
(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) Veere Di Wedding has a problem at its foundation that is hard to shake off. It also plants a doubt in our minds about its intentions. Is it to illustrate a systemic issue in a world populated and controlled by men, meaning, is this a… Continue reading Veere di Wedding
(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) In Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, John Abraham does an Akshay Kumar. He bats for the country but more than that, he bats for a party – the one ruling us currently. The same one was in power, wobbly so, in 1998 during the Pokhran… Continue reading Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran
On Mahanati, Savithri, Mani Ratnam, Missiamma and Mooga Manasulu, piece for Cinema Express. Read here.
(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt) commits her first kill. It wasn’t part of the plan and it was an extreme measure she had to take to not compromise her mission. It is messy. Sehmat is messy in general. She forgets to lock the bathroom door when… Continue reading Raazi