Ko: Newsreel Aesthetics

                          From the birth of civilisation, the powerful has continued to dominate, to impose their views upon the masses. In the very early stages they were clan leaders, in the medieval times the kings and the landlords and in this era of democracy,…

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…

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…

Byomkesh O Chiriakhana presents a Different Man

        Anjan Dutt’s fourth Byomkesh film shows some promise by inserting emotions into skin of the sleuth but fails as a complete package, lacking in both the pace of the plot and killer instinct, quintessential  elements of a detective flick. Byomkesh O Chiriakhana is based on the novel “Chiriakhana” by Saradindu Bandopadhyay, which was previously adapted…

Visaaranai: Ultra-Modern Dark Epic

      There’s a proverb in Bengali “baghe chule atharo gha police chule chottirish” which can be understood as the police is more dangerous than the tiger which should be the case only for the criminals, not for the innocents. To be true this is not the exact scenario in modern India (and many other nations),…