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…

Grey shades…

Saif Ali Khan did a string of grey characters in Ek Hasina Thi (2004), Being Cyrus (2005) and Omkara (2006) giving his career a new high

TOP TEN Bollywood Movies that turn 50 this year!

An Evening in Paris – This Shakti Samanta movie has one of the most energetic opening sequences in a Bollywood movie, with a visibly overweight but suave Shammi Kapoor clinging on to the bonnet of a car and singing the title song with his gang of girls. The movie repeated the successful pairing from Kashmir Ki Kali, but this…

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…

Detective couple

William Powell and Myrna Loy starred together in Manhattan Melodrama (1934) and eventually went on to do 14 films together, but their most celebrated roles were as Nick and Nora Charles (The detective couple) alongwith their pet Skippy in The Thin Man series

Thompson directs Peck

Director J. Lee Thompson always reserved his best for Gregory Peck and the result was a World War II thriller made on an epic scale The Guns of Navarone (1961), a modern day film noir Cape Fear (1962) and a Western comprising an all starcast Mackenna’s Gold (1969). These movie are still considered some of…

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 😎

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.

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…