Tuesday, November 24, 2015

15 Park Avenue (2005) - Review

15, Park Avenue is the story of Mithi (Konkana Sen), a former journalist who's had to leave her job and is now homebound, because of her clinical condition.

In the first scene, the camera takes us through the busy lanes of Calcutta where Mithi is trying to search for an address - 15, Park Avenue. Irked and running late for work, her elder sister Anjali, (Shabana Azmi), who has driven her down, tells her off no such place exists. In the next, Mithi is shown talking about her five kids. No one around believes her; her story subtly brushed away. And you gradually understand why.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Director's Cut: In conversation with Sudhish Kamath

As part of our Directors' Cut series today, we bring you a conversation with friend, film critic and filmmaker Sudhish Kamath, who talks about his upcoming film X - Past is Present. X brings together 11 film-makers with diverging perspectives. Sudhish tells us what drove him to make this film, what went into making it and why it isn't your routine Hindi cinema. The much-awaited film, which was in the works for 2 years, finally hits the screens tomorrow. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dor (2006) - Review

Starring: Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag, Shreyas Talpade, Girish Karnad
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Producer: Elahe Hiptoola
Writer: T.A. Razak
Music: Salim - Sulaiman Merchant
Cinematographer: Sudeep Chatterjee
Editor: Sanjib Datta
Release date: September 22, 2006
Duration: 147 minutes

Dor trails the intertwined lives of two women who come from diverging worlds and basic grounding in life. One is Meera (Ayesha Takia) who is submissive and uncomplainingly succumbs to the dictats of the society; the other is Zeenat (Gul Panag) an independent, headstrong woman who lives by her rules and decisions and is stoic enough to face their consequences. A tragic turn of events brings the two together.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

WATCH: Mani Ratnam in conversation with Peter Webber

It's heartening to see a man of so many accomplishments talk about his work with such humility, even as he charms with his wit and spontaneity.

Director, writer and producer Mani Ratnam in conversation with director Peter Webber during the 2015 London Indian Film Festival:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) - Review

By Avijit Das Patnaik

Brilliant shots of palace payo (lit up by purple, pink or orange dressings); different shades of red dresses payo; bit of Sallu comedy payo; lots of marigold payo; majestic forts payo; Sonam's style and smile payo and yummy laddoo shots payo.

The above, pretty much, sums up Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. The movie takes up close to three hours of your precious Diwali week to churn melodrama, songs, romance in a damp squib, even by Salman's standards.