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Applause, Konkona’s A Death in the Gunj and Familial Dramas

(An edited version of this was published in The New Indian Express) What is it about film festivals that forces from everyone an applause no matter the quality of the film? Is the film great just by virtue of being part of a film festival? Everyone tiredly, cautiously, reluctantly, readily breaks into an applause after… Continue reading Applause, Konkona’s A Death in the Gunj and Familial Dramas

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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya

Mirza-Sahiban, like every other love story, is a great tragedy. And we know Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra loves his tragedies. The attraction is magnetic, like Mehra’s filmmaking when it is at its best. He makes his characters go through a moral and ideological exercise that invites them to a position of suffering and ultimately, death. This… Continue reading Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya

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Neeraj Pandey’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

In a scene, a potential sponsor asks Dhoni’s well-wisher Dhoni kya Tendulkar hai? And the reply is shot back nahin paaji Dhoni Dhoni hai. The paaji is obviously important. There isn’t another succinct descriptor for a phenomenon such as Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Most paeans (and this ironically titled The Untold Story is surely one) end… Continue reading Neeraj Pandey’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story