MOVIE REVIEW: 12 Years a Slave (No Spoilers)

12 years a slave is a moving, almost disturbing true story of Solomon Northup, an educated free man from Saratoga, New York, who is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery. Like so many other movies, this one glamorizes hope. It offers a peek into the mind of someone who is resolved to his fate, but yet resilient and hopeful of winning his freedom back with dignity. … Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: 12 Years a Slave (No Spoilers)

An epic called ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ – Movie Review (No spoilers)

Rarely, does a Hindi movie manage to attract international critics as well as the ‘mass’ Indian audience. Rarely, has an Indian director compared to the likes of Quentin Tarentino and Francis Ford Copolla – and that, by international film critics at Cannes. Rarely, does a film have so many strong characters, and portray each one without compromising on the strength of characterisation. Rarely, does a … Continue reading An epic called ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ – Movie Review (No spoilers)

Kahaani: Pre-release opinion – Oh Calcutta!

What is a pre-release review? – It is an opinion about a movie, about expectations BEFORE the movie is released. I hadn’t really thought I would ever write about a movie before even seeing it. But the Calcuttan in me (notice the archaic spelling!) could not resist. I was quite ‘taken’ by the trailer of the movie – it is distinctively Calcutta. Right from “Durga … Continue reading Kahaani: Pre-release opinion – Oh Calcutta!