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Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi: Kangana Ranaut claims her throne

“Jhansi aap bhi chaahte hai aur main bhi. Farq sirf itna hai ke aap raaj karna chaahte hai aur main apnon ki sewa.” This defiant line delivered by Kangana Ranaut sets the stage and tone for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (Manikarnika) as well the kind of values Rani Laxmibai stood for. As a bonus, Kangana…… Continue reading Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi: Kangana Ranaut claims her throne

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Actors · Directors · Filmmaking · Movies · Perspective · Writers

The 10 Great Movies of 2018: A year that was…

Women shone in Hindi cinema, the Khans sobered down, solid scripts made their mark, and character actors rocked big along with stunning lead performances in 2018. Returning to mainstream with a solid presence, women made ample use of significant screen time devoted to them. Six movies with female-driven plots made it to top ten performers…… Continue reading The 10 Great Movies of 2018: A year that was…

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Pataakha: Female anger & energy, unleashed

        Boom. Female anger unleashes and explodes on the Hindi cinema screen in full frontal glory in Pataakha. Who other than Vishal Bhardwaj for the job? The writer-director tackles women’s energy head on, by exploring a tempestuous relationship between two sisters Badki and Chutki with black humour. A mad hatter concept suspends the…… Continue reading Pataakha: Female anger & energy, unleashed

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Dhadak: Ishaan and Jhanvi shine, but the beat is missing

Dhadak lacks the unbridled consonance and passion of Sairat, on which it is based, but the lead pair and a compelling second half make it worth a visit. Janhvi Kapoor’s star presence is unmistakable as Parthavi Singh. She is talented, dewy, and has inherited Sridevi’s grace and easy charm. Ishaan Khatter’s Madhukar Bagla is au naturel,…… Continue reading Dhadak: Ishaan and Jhanvi shine, but the beat is missing

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Soorma: For the win

Diljit Dosanjh, who won acclaim for second lead roles, gets to play his first title role as international hockey player Sandeep Singh in Soorma. The best thing about the actor is the softness about him, along with an earnest wicked, which has quite the disarming effect on women. Diljit adds quiet strength, finesse, and power to…… Continue reading Soorma: For the win

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Sanju: Flawed and zany, but not a terrorist

I love Sanjay Dutt. The cool Indian rockstar superstar with heart. An impossibly flawed hero who has failed many times, and mustered up the strength to pick himself up, face and address his demons. No doubt the actor has been wed to trouble all his life. Yet he also showed up, every single time, bigger…… Continue reading Sanju: Flawed and zany, but not a terrorist

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Sydney Film Festival: Decoding Manto and Mehsampur

Life can be distressing for creative souls who strive to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth. The consequence of their honesty could be killings or attacks, even in a civilised society. Sound familiar? Indian films Manto and Mehsampur, directed by Nandita Das and Kabir Singh Chowdhry respectively, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival this year,…… Continue reading Sydney Film Festival: Decoding Manto and Mehsampur

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