(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) The opening scene of Tanuja Chandra’s Qarib Qarib Singlle (written by Kamna Chandra) exudes awkwardness. This could be intentional or unintentional. Jaya (Parvathy) is attending her friend’s wedding, is on the stage to meet the couple when her friend introduces Jaya to her groom (and… Continue reading Tanuja Chandra’s Qarib Qarib Singlle
(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) Quite a few things about Abhay Chopra’s Ittefaq are completely opposite of what the title means – coincidence. Nothing seems coincidental. In other words, nothing happens by chance, not even a surprise here or a shock there. Nothing is organic. Ittefaq goes about its plot… Continue reading Abhay Chopra’s Ittefaq
(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) A lot of things about Loving Vincent jumps out at you in very literal terms. Every frame, quite literally, is a painting. About 65000 frames. Each one of them an oil painting on canvas. It is a labour of love, and again, in both literal… Continue reading Loving Vincent
(Image: Getty) For The Wire, wrote about the WTA, the tennis you should be watching. Read here.
In the best scene from Joachim Trier’s new film Thelma, the 2017 Norwegian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, Thelma (Eili Harboe) is sitting inside a huge theatre with her friend Anja (Kaya Wilkins) and Anja’s mother, watching a new age dance-aerobics performance. For the socially awkward Thelma, everything… Continue reading Seize & Desist: On Joachim Trier’s Thelma
(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) We’ve had this genre for a while now. It’s called Aamir Khan is Too Perfect or He’s Imperfect But Will Have A Redemptive Arc Anyway. In Advait Chandan’s Secret Superstar, he plays a music director caricature of reality TV version of Anu Malik. The one… Continue reading Advait Chandan’s Secret Superstar
(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) Raja (Varun Dhawan) – he started when he was 8 or so – loves to spank unsuspecting women, in public places. Prem (Varun Dhawan again, of course) loves to plant a wet one on unsuspecting women and their mothers, quite literally, which is, still, apparently… Continue reading David Dhawan’s Judwaa 2