RUBARU ROSHNI : Tales of Life

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Death follows Birth, but Life is Eternal‘ – We come across this message in one of the stories of Rubaru Roshni, and it possibly summarizes what this deeply poignant film stands for. Directed by Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal and backed by Aamir Khan Productions, Rubaru Roshni intimately documents three amazing stories of life, death, and life after that death.

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Bharat – Teaser on expected lines

Bharat – the new Salman Khan film which ia planned for release on Eid 2019, relased its teaser today, and it looks like a typical larger than life Salman film catering to the expectations of his fan base. The teaser focuses on no one else, the repetitive blanking out of screen is jarring, and the rest of the screen space is all about the superstar which well is equally jarring. Khan and director Ali Abbaz Zafar have given huge commercial hits before without the films being any good. This one seems no different, more to be sensed through the trailer.

 


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KOODE : Lust for Life

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So I finally watched Anjali Menon‘s Koode yesterday night, a film that I wanted to watch for long, and finally had the opportunity once it released on Hotstar Premium recently. Quickly scribbling what I thought..

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Ahaa Re – A delicious affair?

The trailer of director  Ranjan Ghosh‘s new film Ahaa Re is out, and it could be a delicious affair if spiced up subtly and cooked as a simmering delicacy. Starring Rituparna Sengupta and Bangladeshi actor Arifin Subho, the premise seems interesting over two strangers connecting over food. Of course, we have already had The Lunchbox and Once Again in this genre, both brilliant films. Will Ahaa Re get anywhere close? Or will it come out overcooked? We will have to find out.

 


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SONI : The Battles Around and Within

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Ivan Ayr‘s new Netflix film Soni is a must watch. It thrives on its minimalism, and says so much about the inherent patriarchy and gender terror prevelant at every nook and corner of the society we live in – doesn’t matter if it is the dark deserted bylanes of a big city, the secured classrooms of the most modern schools, the police headquarters itself, or the posh interiors of the homes of A list administrators of our country.

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SHAH JAHAN REGENCY: Check In to Life!

Dear Srijit Mukherji,

Many years back, when I had first read Shankar‘s Chowringhee, I could not come out of a trance for days. The deft writing, the complex relationships, the interconnected lives, and the heartbreaks did not leave me for very long. Shankar had very skillfully captured the intricacies of the era in which he had based his story, but the characters that he created and the stories of their lives were timeless and ever relevant. It is hence natural why you would have felt the urge to adapt the same. It was a tricky and dangerous thought though, after all Chowringhee the book or its first on screen adaptation have become a legend over years. I had my apprehensions too. The first sneak peak into your trailer had reduced some of that anxiety, the world of Shah Jahan Regency that you created was looking good in a capsule, and I desperately wanted to see a good full length film as immersive as the trailer.

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URI: THE SURGICAL STRIKE – Misses Target

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Let me start by saying that when the first trailers of Uri: The Surgical Strike came in, it did not appeal to me. On the surface, it seemed to be cut out of the same hyper-nationalist jingoistic fabric as a typical J.P. Dutta film that flourishes on dialogbaazi. As a result, I never really felt excited to watch the film for about a week, but finally decided to go for it today to celebrate its success which is already on its way to become the first super-hit film of 2019. Let me start by happily confessing that my initial perception was proven wrong, and sensationalist jingoism is the least of problems of this film. Sadly though, it still misses the target of becoming good impactful cinema, and has bigger problems to deal with. Hence, all we get in the end of it is a strictly average and quickly forgettable cinematic experience.

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NagarKirtan – Official Trailer

The trailer of Kaushik Ganguly‘s multiple national awards winning film NagarKirtan (The Eunuch and the Flute Player) looks outstanding. Riddhi Sen is the clear show stealer in an extremely challenging transgender role, and that itself says a lot when he is up against Ritwick Chakraborty. Cannot wait for its February 15th release.

Finally Bhalobasha – Official Trailer

Anjan Dutt is ready with his next film – Finally Bhalobasha, which the director thinks is his best work to date. Honestly, the trailer does not give that impression. The film shown in the trailer comes across as another loud and messy offering from the director – A film with multiple parallel stories seems to be trying too hard making a point. Even Anirban Bhattacharya feels over the top trying to do a Brokeback Mountain, as are the other characters including Raima Sen, Arjun Chakraborty or Arindam Sil, which is disappointing. Sauraseni Maitra and Suprabhat don’t stand out either way. Anjan Dutt, the actor seems to be the only one making an impression in the trailer. Finally Bhalobasha releases on February 8th.

 


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SHAME : A Glorious Mess!

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Anusha Bose might have had a great idea in her mind when she conceptualized her latest short film Shame. The idea would have been to peep into the world of the invisible working class of the posh hotels and what happens when their hidden desires are exposed in the hands of rich people with far more hidden darkness. Sadly, the film she makes does no justice to her concept. It has a tonality that shrills and a treatment that does not know how to moderate itself to remain as sleek as the surroundings it florishes in.

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