Hardship in Another Year

                        It is a common notion amongst many people that the discussion while having some food or smoke is probably the most honest outburst of their inner thoughts. Shengze Zhu shows the truth of this sometime vague notion and justifies it entirely. Another Year is a 2016 documentary take on a Chinese family of…

Bishorjon: Not the best of Kaushik Ganguly

                 A cross border romance set during the festivity of the pujas; which has the mixed flavours of the puja, the joy associated with the coming of the goddess; a criss-cross of dialect from the two “bangla”s separated by just a river and a mighty border. The people from the two sides differ in their…

I, Daniel Blake, am a citizen, nothing more, nothing less

                                      What is one human trying to live on the state welfare as he is unable to work for poor health? To the state he is just a beneficiary or a to-be-beneficiary, if he has applied for the benefits. What is a person who wants to get the welfare for jobless? He is also…

Raees: From a Fan’s Perspective

                                 I am a Shah Rukh Khan fan. I was much disappointed after watching Happy New Year (2014), Chennai Express (2013); why did Shah Rukh resort to such shallow films, especially Happy New Year. After Fan (2016) came, I was relieved that the actor inside the star is still very much alive. He was…

Kaasav: Aristic Brilliance with a Social Stance

                                 How does a sensible man cope with the materialistic nature of the people around him? How can he adjust with the discrimination, with the violence, with all the human delinquencies happening around? Will he close the eyes of the mind and ignore everything? Or will he make himself distant from all the worldly…

A Man Called Ove: Swedish Tragicomedy

                     “The cat has tuna twice a day and wants to shit in private. Please respect that. And above all, make damn sure the bastards don’t drive on our paths.” This is Ove’s instruction to daughter-like Parvaneh in his final letter or will to say it officially. “Go ahead, tell him. If you can…

Cuts From KIFF Vol III: Not A Happy Ending

                          Time flew very quickly during the last five days and it was already the penultimate day (17th November) of the KIFF 2016. Cristian Mungiu presents the corruption network of Romania through a doctor who is drawn into the net trying to secure a future for his daughter who is going to graduate from…

Cuts From KIFF Vol II: Amidst Phones

                                After the two days at the KIFF, I wanted to go a few years back to my school days and change my essay on the advantages and disadvantages of technology. I would like to add there that booming smartphone technology has created a severe lack of concentration and focus of the smartphone using…

Cuts from KIFF Vol I: The Festival

  “Life itself is an irony, when juxtaposed with death”       –   Satyajit Ray          Had he truly believed in this, he would have reclined to his favourite arm chair in his house and world would be robbed of some gems of cinema. I believe it to be an oxymoron; life is the conjunction between two…

Dr. Strange: Visual (Effects) Delight

          Marvel’s latest production Dr. Strange, starring the enigmatic Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character has all the key clichés of any other Marvel product but it is unique in the sense that it presents the movie goers with spectacularly stunning visuals. By visuals I don’t intend to mean amazing frames but mostly visual…

Beauty And Philosophy in The Turin Horse

        “Heaviness of human existence”: Bela Tarr used these words to describe his last film, The Turin Horse, which opened at the Berlinale in 2011. Life is indeed a big burden for many, due to the difficulties they face, when things spiral out of their control. Existence becomes tiring, almost an unworldly ghost-like appearance shrouds…

Gangsters and Shakespeare in Zulfiqar

               What’s next from Srijit Mukherji? Yes, that’s the question which will strike the minds of many, after the blow received from the painful experience of watching his most recent filmmaking attempt by directing-editing-screenwriting-cameo in Zulfiqar, which is so much overcooked that it tastes sour, so much dramatized that it feels like Jatra at…