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YEAR END ROUNDUP 2018 – Hits & Misses

Hits and Misses of Hindi and Bengali Cinema 2018 – primarily looking at Music, Performances and Overall Films.

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Holi hai! Load a Fresh, Vibrant Playlist!

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If there is one festival that has been celebrated in its full glory in Hindi Cinema, it is the festival of colors – Holi! And why not – the vibrant colors, the energy of the festival, the smiling faces, the mischievous gestures, the sensuous overtones – they all provide the rich and colorful cinematic tropes for the screen! No wonder, Holi Songs are extremely popular too – they almost form a separate genre for Hindi Film Music! We think of Holi songs, and typically there is always a Rang Barse, Holi Khele Raghuveera, Ang Se Ang Lagana, Lets Play Holi, Holi ke Din, Balam Pichkari and many other extremely popular and overplayed Holi songs that always come to mind first. But Hindi Cinema has also composed some other beautiful holi songs in this very millennium that possibly don’t get as much love as they should, and they are equally vibrant in orchestrating a sensory treat, if not more, as the more popular ones.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Official Trailer

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – the name itself has such a zing to it! And then its a Quentin Tarantino film! And then it stars Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie amongst others! And then it pays its tribute to the golden age of Hollywood!

Can it get bigger than this? Yes! The teaser trailer indicates that the sum is going to be bigger than the parts! July 2019 is going to be massive!

Basu Paribaar – Official Trailer

Soumitro Chattopadhyay – Aparna Sen – Lily Chakraborty – Saswata Chattopadhyay – Rituparna Sengupta – Kausik Sen – Sudipta Chakraborty – Jisshu Sengupta – Sreenanda Shankar – Paran Bandopadhyay – Subhashish Mukherjee – Tapan Chakraborty – & Others…

That is Basu ParibaarSuman Ghosh‘s new film releasing on April 5th. The trailer hints towards a sentimental high pitch drama, a bit too much to create an immediate connect. But may be the stellar cast will get things right in entirety too. We will have to see.

 

Kia and Cosmos – Official Trailer

Kia and Cosmos trailer has something beautiful going in it, that really gets one intrigued and watch more. Directed by Sudipto Roy, the film stars Ritwika Pal, Swastika Mukherjee and Joy Sengupta in key roles, and traces the journey of a 15 year old special girl in search of her cat. The music by Neel Adhikary, camera work by Aditya Varma and editing cuts by Anirban Maity also significantly impress within the crisp trailer.

Kia and Cosmos releases on March 29, and we hope to see a good film.

PHOTOGRAPH Review : Capturing Poetry in Moments

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If one has studied the filmography of Ritesh Batra over the past decade, one would know what to expect out of Photograph. Like The Lunchbox as well as his two other previous films, Batra is interested in telling his story through a minimalistic plot, and rather find magic in moments framed in eternity. He is constantly in search of poetry – in evocative city landscapes, in internal moments of truth of his characters, in the calmness of the unstated, and in suddenly found connections between the most unlikely individuals. With Photograph, he has challenged his own template to extreme ends, taking his most sketchy plot to date – of an uneducated, struggling, aging, Muslim photographer trying to please his grandmother with a story that he is in a committed relationship with a brilliant, middle-class, pretty, young, Hindu girl from another world – and then creating an album sprinkled with moments of warmth, tenderness and understated charm between two strikingly different worlds.

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Kalank – Official Teaser

Kalank – the new film by Abhishek Varman, launched its teaser today, and boy it promises a lavish and rich canvas! The film has been scoring a lot of points by its intriguing first looks for a few days now, and the teaser is another solid step towards it.

The scale looks huge and the inspiration from Bhansali kind of canvas is apparent. But more importantly, the characters are looking interesting and the women especially steal the show, Sonakshi Sinha and Alia Bhatt to be more precise. So miss Sridevi today, as she was supposed to be in this film before and then Madhuri Dixit stepped in after her. Sridevi would have added so many layers to her character.

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Delhi Crime – Official Trailer

The new Netflix Original series Delhi Crime trailer is out, and seems like a spine-chilling disturbing replay of the heinous Nirbhaya gang-rape case that rocked the nation in 2012. With terrific actors like Shefali Shah, Adil Hussain, Rasika Dugal or Yashaswini Dayama at the center, this one is going to be an intriguing (though not easy) watch for sure.

The show will be directed by Richie Mehta – the maker of films like Siddharth or Amal before

Delhi Crime drops on Netflix on March 22nd.

BADLA Review : The Faltering Stories of Vengeance

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Sujoy Ghosh‘s Badla is an official adaptation of the 2016 Spanish film Contratiempo (English Title – The Invisible Guest). Written and directed by Oriol Paulo, the original film in itself had a convoluted screenplay, with quite a few screenplay loopholes to arrive at the end, which by the way, could be seen from a distance even in the original writing. Add to it the gimmicky execution of the final ‘twist’, and the experience of The Invisible Guest was rather average. It is unfortunate then that an immensely talented and original screenplay writer like Ghosh draws his inspirations from the tepid material and then decides to adapt it almost verbatim to make Badla, well other than swapping the genders of the protagonists and their immediate surroundings.

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Vinci Da – Official Trailer

Ritwick Chakraborty – Rudranil Ghosh – Anirban Bhattacharya – Sohini Sarkar – Riddhi Sen – Rana Basu Thakur – Bharat Kaul

Thriller – Trying too hard – Way too stylized – Gimmicky – Loud – Disappointing

Vinci Da – Srijit Mukherji – SVF – April 2019

P.S. Has the release date been kept open to gauge the Avengers fever and decide on the week?

Tarikh – Official Trailer

Churni Ganguly‘s upcoming film Tarikh further deepens the intrigue around the film through its trailer. The montage of images strung together tell a story without giving away much about the film. The voice of Ritwick Chakraborty becomes the narrator for a film on the social media backdrop, while weaving in the mystery around Shaswata Chattopadhyay, Raima Sen, Kaushik Ganguly and himself.

Tarikh releases on April 12th, and seems like a sumptuous Nabobarsho delicacy.