Connoisseur · First Watch

Thappad: The slap that confronts patriarchy

Zero, one, two, three, four, five… how many slaps justify the end of a marriage? Whichever numerical digit you picked or didn't pick after watching Thappad, if introspection is your thing, you will feel guilty for being a part of a system that feeds patriarchy, enabling men and women to diminish a woman's status. Thappad… Continue reading Thappad: The slap that confronts patriarchy

Connoisseur · First Watch · Movies

Love Aaj Kal: The Uncomfortable Romance

Love Aaj Kal dives straight into the ambiguous, uncomfortable and unspoken parts of love. You will either jump in and love it, or straight up hate it. As a fan, I can safely declare Imtiaz Ali is back in the zany space. The movie stays true to its premise of tackling uncomfortable parts of love until it reaches its pointy… Continue reading Love Aaj Kal: The Uncomfortable Romance

Connoisseur · First Watch

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

Connoisseur · First Watch · Movies

102 Not Out: Two men and an empty nest

At long last, a pair of old men share the driving seat in an emotional movie ride. Statistics tell us that women outlive men in their lifespans. But what happens when their partners perish earlier and men are left alone in the empty nest? With 102 Not Out, director Umesh Shukla makes a gentle and entertaining attempt… Continue reading 102 Not Out: Two men and an empty nest

Connoisseur · First Watch · Movies

October: Slow Cooked Love

October is like that rare, precious and real moment which arrives in our prescribed lives completely unannounced. Like a soft petal, or a floating cloud, or a silent wave. Filled with calm and spontaneity. Making us wonder what to do with it. Savour it? Live it? Run from it? Fast forward it? Solid, ready, and patient, it waits… Continue reading October: Slow Cooked Love

Connoisseur · First Watch · Movies

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

A mother and a daughter have the most hilarious conversation about Alibaba and him finding the cave. This was my favourite scene of Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. Sugandha and her mother start to discuss the topic of sex in a rather awkward fashion and then end up questioning assumptions regarding male sexuality. Erectile dysfunction does not cross… Continue reading Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Connoisseur · Directors · Vintage Watch


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