India & The Oscars

                One of the most popular, glamorous and prestigious award is the Academy Awards, universally known as the “Oscars”, awarded by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences annually in Dolby  Theatre, Los Angeles. Keeping the controversies about Oscars being given for sentimental reasons, biopics of historical figures etc. at the back seat, Oscars…

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),…

M.S. Dhoni: The film good but the man better

        Mahendra Singh Dhoni: the name that reverberates throughout M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story trying to fill the empty spaces, the lack of innovation, attempting to cover up the stereotypical movie-making and to shift the audiences’ focus on his glory rather than the film’s achievement. The film stretches Dhoni’s love-life a bit; otherwise it…

Freaky Ali: Nawaz blooms like a Lotus in the Mud

            It is mostly disappointing yet a tad pleasing to see Sohail Khan’s 2016 directorial venture Freaky Ali. It is an unsatisfactory experience to watch such crude, uninteresting, Bollywood-cliché film with no personal or artistic touch at all. It is among those numerous Indian films whose sole objective is entertainment to the millions whose…

Sense of Magic in The Prestige

       The magic of Christopher Nolan’s mind is presented through a tedious and honest attempt to portray human relations, rivalry among all others, in a package wrapped with magic and tricks in his 2006 film The Prestige. It shows to what extent a man can go for victory in an unfair race; it shows…

Duvidha: A Mani Kaul Jewel

        Can a bleak existence devoid of love be called life? Is marriage once in a lifetime issue? Does it mean that once married one does not have the right to love (other person) if not loved? Along with these questions raised subtly, art especially painting is recreated on screen by the images in…

El Cine de Argentina

       Abutted by Andes in the west and Atlantic Ocean to the east, the 2.7 million sq. kms land known as Argentina is rich in biodiversity and diverse in terrain. Equally rich is their culture and their cinema. Argentina is one of the top three film producing nations of the Latin America, along with…

Tokyo Drifter: Not at all a B-Movie

               Some humans are destined to be great wherever they are placed, whenever be the time and whatsoever the conflicting forces at play are; Seijun Suzuki (originally Seitaro Suzuki) is such a man. He is destined to rise above the mass. He primarily made B-movies for Japanese production house Nikkatsu; after suing the company…

Golaam’s the Ace in Saheb Bibi Golaam

     Slow but not boring, attempting a thriller but not achieving it, showing promise but lacking the killer instinct: Pratim D. Gupta’s 2016 thriller Saheb Bibi Golaam attempts to be good but the result is quite mediocre. This is Gupta’s second feature after Paanch Adhyay, if his short 8 to 8 for the project X:…

Train and War in The General

     “If you lose this war don’t blame me” says Johnnie Gray aka Buster Keaton in the magnificent 1926 war-drama and comedy The General. The great Orson Welles said of this as:” The greatest civil war film ever made, the greatest war film ever made and possibly the greatest film ever made.”  The film has…

Eagoler Chokh: An overtly over-rated thriller

     ACP Shabor Dasgupta (Saswata Chatterjee) returns to big screen with the new police-crime- “thriller” Eagoler Chokh (translation: Eagle’s Eye), but not with a bang! Do not expect an explosion of some megatons; it’s not even one gram of cracker. This lackluster return of the police detective tempts us to ponder why the film may…

Is it really Ivan’s Childhood ?

     Is childhood always a happy affair for everyone? Is it always just an archipelago of happy memories or is it a series of adventures, thrilling the mind and exciting the body? Yes, it is a sea of adventure with a cluster of happy memories scattered around. For some the stars of joy are the…