Review – Toilet : Ek Prem Katha

17 years after the release of Gadar : Ek Prem Katha, comes another prem katha which although may be oblivious of the 1947 Partition but definitely not incognizant of the war they have to fight, a war with their own conscience StarCast : Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Sudhir Pandey, Divyendu Sharma, Anupam Kher, Shubha Khote…

Happy Birthday Rob

Its Rob De Niro’s birthday and I can go on and on about how much I enjoy him playing complex roles on screen, especially whenever he plays a gangster, but one movie that I truly love watching and can watch any number of times is Midnight Run (1988). Midnight Run is the most unusual buddy-cop…

Partners in CRIME!

If Akshay Kumar was all about style, Sunil Shetty was the muscular one.  If Akshay had the highest kicks, Sunil had the best punches.  These two actors had already proved their mettle as action stars when they first came together in Waqt Hamara Hai (1993) but it was Mohra (1994) that pitted them against each…

Awe-struck

Norman Jewinson stands out as a filmmaker by making movies in genres ranging from a War Comedy (The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!), a Mystery Crime-Drama with racial undertones (In The Heat of the Night), an all season Musical (Fiddler on the Roof), an explosive Courtroom Drama (….and Justice for All) and a…

Bazaar (1982)

Sagar Sarhadi’s Bazaar (1982) dealt with the issue of bride-selling, a trend still prevailing in some parts of the country and parts of the World. The movie boasted of a great starcast with some the best actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Farooq Shaikh, known for being torch-bearers for the New Wave Cinema. But it…

Jubilee Kumar goes tragic…

While Dilip Kumar was the undisputed ‘King of Tragedy’, fellow actor Rajendra Kumar who was otherwise known for his idealistic characters and swashbuckling ways took the path of tragedy when he did a string of characters that left him heartbroken. He played a doctor in Dil Ek Mandir (1963) who has to operate upon his…

Drawing Parallels

Benedict Cumberbatch once played Stephen Hawking in the BBC television film, Hawking (2004). Ten years later, Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), the same year Benedict Cumberbatch was also nominated for The Imitation Game 😎

Actress Kalpana gave Shammi Kapoor a tough competition when it came to her dance moves in the song Main Chali Main Chali from Professor (1962)

Mandela

Morgan Freeman (below) in Invictus (2011) and Idris Elba (above) in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (2013) show very different sides of Nelson Mandela as a reformer, a politician and above all as a human being.

War hero…

Donald Sutherland shone in a string of World War II thrillers from late 60s to late 70s. He stood out in The Dirty Dozen (1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), MASH (1970) and The Eagle has Landed (1976).

MOM review

​​StarCast : Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Adnan Siddiqui, Sajal Ali, Abhimanyu Singh Plot : A mother’s journey as she goes on to earn the title of a MOM! Review : MOM sees Sridevi play a mother for the third time after Judaai & English Vinglish, and a fierce one at that. The legendary actress…