Tale of two ‘Woods’

Jaipur doesn’t afford me the luxury of watching Bengali cinema. The Internet sucks and Hall releases are out of the question. On my last - kind of impromptu - visit to Kolkata, I squeezed out enough time to watch a couple. Shiboprosad Mukherjee is the probably the brightest star Bangla New Wave has, at the …

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Jaipur Diaries: Chapter 7

Home Theater! Watching movies and writing about them are two very distinct activities. While watching movies - not necessarily strictly curated ones - is still pretty much a regular affair, I have not written about any in a long-long time. Considering the sheer number of movies we do watch, I ought to write my perceptions and …

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Dil Dhadakne Do: Why this Indian Critic’s ‘Heart Can’t Go On’!

Okay Spoiler alert: This is not exactly a ‘review’. In fact, it isn’t a review at all. Let’s just say it’s a perspective debate with one national review and an international one as the quantifying factors. So Zoya Akhtar’s latest offering is characteristically set among the uber rich, picking up the thread from Zindagi Na …

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Retrospective: Bhuvan Shome

Someone I know distinctly draws a difference between ‘films/movies’ and ‘cinema’; with reason, in my humble opinion. In a nutshell, films are synonymous with light entertainment, frivolity, not too much thinking (mostly none at all in Bollywood). As the mob says ‘Paisa Vasool’. Cinema on the other hand stirs you, makes you think, form an …

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