First Watch · Movies · Popular

Raees

First up, a few mandatory warnings. Ignore any resemblance Raees has to the real life tale of a certain bootlegger-gangster from Gujarat of 90s who shall remain unnamed for perfectly legal reasons. Or the fact that the movie is heavily influenced by classic crime dramas like Goodfellas, The Godfather, Scarface, Heat or ones closer home such as Zanjeer, Deewar, Company, Satya and Gangs Of… Continue reading Raees

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Actors · Short Takes

The fight scene that convinced Prakash Mehra to cast Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer

“Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae (characters) folded in her hand.” George Elliot’s quote from Middlemarch perfectly fits Amitabh Bachchan’s situation and his casting in Prakash Mehra’s Zanjeer – written by Salim-Javed – the movie that created the angry young man phenomenon and gave Hindi cinema its most successful and lasting superstar to… Continue reading The fight scene that convinced Prakash Mehra to cast Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer

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Connoisseur · Directors · Vintage Watch

Kanoon

What happens when someone is wrongly accused and sentenced for a murder? B.R.Chopra’s gripping 1960 whodunit courtroom drama Kanoon not only questions capital punishment but also examines the place of individual wants/ needs and how they fit within society’s aim of providing justice to all members equally. Intriguingly, the movie starts with a murder. The… Continue reading Kanoon

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