The film world has been waiting with much anticipation for the release of the movie “The Jungle Book”. Directed by Jon Favreau, this version deviates from the earlier animated film by Walt Disney in that this uses three dimensional CG technology. It has been released in English and Hindi in India and has had a whopping opening. It is therefore no surprise that there were way more adults than children when we watched this movie recently.
Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) looks interesting on promos. To check if the film lived up to the expectations, we watched it recently.
“Neerja” by Ram Madhvani had a much awaited release recently. It is common knowledge that the story is based on the PANAM aircraft hijack incident in 1983 where the chief purser Neerja Bhanot showed outstanding courage in trying to save the passengers. She has been a source of inspiration and the film captures the incident with admirable sincerity.
The recent release of Hansal Mehta’s film Aligarh has been fraught with controversies – be it issues raised by the Censor Board or the touchy regional sentiments. Given that there is no star cast – glamorous actors – foreign local – fights or even a shaadi, we were not sure how long this would last in the cinema halls and watched this at the first opportunity. We are glad we did!
Tamasha by Imtiaz Ali stars Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) as a man trapped in a mundane corporate job with a passion for story telling. He meets Tara (Deepika Padukone) who becomes the medium bringing transformation in his life. We know many around us who, given a choice, would have been in a different profession. The film is for them. Notwithstanding its flaws, Tamasha is an honest and enjoyable effort and a must watch for the die hard romantics.
The Diwali release “Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo” had evoked a lot of interest. However given the muddled storyline, poor acting, flat music, half baked characters and every other thing that could go off or over the top, this film is a huge disappointment. Sitting through the almost three hour longgggg duration could be an ordeal.
Un-freedom deals with lives of few people – some demanding freedom from society, some struggling to set themselves free from their past and some rejecting the idea of freedom from taboos. The film is a bold attempt in creating something new using the tried and tested theme of homosexuality and post 9/11 trauma. Unfreedom is very well scripted & directed and editing is also praiseworthy.
Prosenjit Chatterjee Retrospective is being held during 7-29 September, 2015 at India Habitat Centre. The retrospective started with the Benagli film Dosar directed by Rituparno Ghosh. Dosar stars Prosenjit and Konkona and is about extra marital relationships in an urban setting. We found the flim somewhat cliché and is definitely not among the masterpieces of Rituparno. Yet, it is a watchable film, relatable in parts and the English subtitles make it an easy watch for non Bengali speaking audience.