BHRAMAM : The Insipid Remake

Bhramam is a scene by scene remake of Andhadhun, minus the eye catching performances of Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu, the scintillating music of Amit Trivedi, and the eclectic charm of Shriram Raghavan’s masterful direction!

Prithviraj, Mamta Mohandas and a Wild Boar are not a patch on the original show stealers, and even a ‘Drishyam’ joke falls flat while painting the make believe worlds of the blind-foldeds! In an attempt to notch up the commercial tonality of the film, KA Ravichandran lets go off the subtle, intelligent black comedy treatment of the original and makes way for a louder, banal comedy that’s rather uninspiring!

Shit happens!

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The Colliding Worlds of AARKKARIYAM and KAANEKKAANE

2021 is possibly going to be remembered as one of the strongest years for Malayalam cinema. At three quarters of the year milestone, it may very well happen that if we sit down to list the top 10 or top 15 Best Indian Films of the year now, three quarters or at least half the spots will be occupied by Malayalam films. Two films that will most definitively occupy some of the top billings in those lists (alongside Joji and Malik) will be Sanu John Varughese‘s underrated quiet gem Aarkkariyam and the most recent addition to the Malayalam cine bouquet of 2021, Manu Ashokan‘s touching human drama Kaanekkaane. It is important to dive a little deeper into both these films together because there are some striking similarities and colliding dissimilarities between the two when looked through the unified lens.

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BINISUTOY : Without Strings – The Uncanny Loneliness of the Privileged Lives

Mon… Mon er bhetor mon…. Tar o gobhire mon…..

In Binisutoy : Without Strings, filmmaker Atanu Ghosh is interested in exploring these buried complexities of the lonely heart of two complicated individuals, and takes us on a journey along with them where we start identifying with their privileges, eccentricities, their crisis and their escape routes to win the tricky games of life.

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TURNING POINT: 9/11 and The War on Terror – Is a Must Watch

TURNING POINT: 9/11 and The War on Terror is a 5 part docu-series directed by Brian Knappenberger currently showing on Netflix and is a Must Watch. Tracing the entire journey from what led to 9/11 till the timeline of August 2021 when US Forces withdrew from Afghanistan with the country immediately falling to the Taliban regime, the series delves deep into the US War against Terror and where it went wrong with its approach of mixing Terrorism with Terror that led to giving unforeseen authority to the government for uncontrolled use of US brute force across countries and their people who had no apparent links with 9/11. The docu-series also keeps its spine upright and does not take any sides of Democrat vs. Republican and points unhinged fingers equally at the Bush, Obama, Trump or Biden administrations and where they all went wrong.

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MODERN LOVE – Season 2 : Has 3 Beautiful Stories to Tell

“Here’s to healing… In all its forms…”

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#HOME : And its Sugar Sweet Heart

Rojin Thomas‘s new Malayalam movie ‘Home‘ can be brushed off as saccharin sweet and too emotionally manipulative to be considered as one of those feel good movies that we will go back to again and again and discover new things. Personally if I have to watch movies on dysfunctional families, I would watch a ‘Kumbalangi Nights’ or a ‘Kapoor and Sons’ any day over a ‘Home’, because the former films have relationship dynamics playing at multiple levels of depth and intrigue, and have characters arcs that are fuzzy and complex which gradually get delayered over time. Home is not that film.

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Dil Dhoondhta Hai : Gulzar, the Humanist Poet, and his Women of Strength

Gulzar was a toddler of one when his mother, Sujaan Kaur, passed away. As there were no photographs of the lady to fall back upon, he does not even know what she looked like. That unseen face of a woman who brought him into the world is, in a very crucial way, probably the reason why the busy poet-filmmaker has never forgotten that otherwise little known, nondescript village which now lies on the Pakistani side of India’s northwestern border. It is a village that, in his mind, is associated with the mother whose visage he does not remember. So he clings on to whatever is remotely reminiscent of that tiny hamlet of his childhood.

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His friends and associates often allude to his feminine disposition: it enables him to see relationships invariably from the standpoint of women. For a boy who attained manhood without the benison of maternal love, the feminist slant of his work is almost a dire necessity, an act of coming to terms with a chasm that has existed in the very center of his life ever since he can remember.

– Excerpts from ECHOES and ELOQUENCES, The Life and Cinema of Gulzar – By Saibal Chatterjee

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Saif Ali Khan – What a Range!

Range, thy name is Saif Ali Khan ! Arguably the most secured hindi film actor of today, he is out there in the middle to just have fun! Delicious characters, Terrific performances, Who cares what happens to the box office of the films! And one can do that only when they are absolutely sure about themselves! You go Saif!

Happy Birthday Saif !
Keep challenging the status quo!

Manisha Koirala – Dil Se

“Roz roz resham si hawa…
Aate jaate kehti hai bataa…
Resham si hawa..
kehti hai bataa…
Woh jo doodh dhuli, masoom kali…
Woh hai kahaan kahaan hai….
Woh roshani kahaan hai…
Woh jaan si kahaan hai…
Main adhoora, tu adhoori ji rahi hai….”

From Annie to Kiran, from Rajjo to Shaila, you sparkled.. And what should we say about Meghna! Truly Magical!

Happy Birthday Manisha Koirala !

Shammi Kapoor – Musically Yours

10 years today when Shammi Kapoor is no longer with us. But as long as we would continue to love one of more of these songs (my 10 personal favourites in no order), he would live on through the echoes of that music immortalized by the golden voice of Mohammad Rafi Saab…

  1. Tumne mujhe dekha – Teesri Manzil
  2. Deewana huya baadal – Kashmir ki Kali
  3. Ehsaan tera hoga mujhpar – Junglee
  4. Dil ke jharokhe me tujhko bithakar – Brahmachari
  5. Raat ke humsafar – An Evening in Paris
  6. Tum mujhe yun bhula na paoge – Pagla Kahin Ka
  7. Hum aur tum aur yeh sama – Dil Deke Dekho
  8. Jawaniyan yeh mast mast – Tumsa Nahin Dekha
  9. Iss rang badalti duniya me – Rajkumar
  10. Dil usse do jo jaan de de – Andaaz