First Watch · Movies · Popular

Pad Man: Bleeding Glory

F*** you Jauhar, Pad Man is here. There is something quite endearing about a man holding a sanitary napkin in his hand and bringing it to his woman in the nick of time. Women, please add this to your list of qualities for the perfect man's CV: must source sanitary pad without qualms. When that… Continue reading Pad Man: Bleeding Glory

Filmmaking · Writers

Kamna Chandra: The writer who made Raj Kapoor give life to her story in Prem Rog

“No, I won’t narrate to his assistant. Main kahani Raj Kapoor ji ko hi sunaoongi.” Even as a newcomer trying to break through in the late 70s, veteran writer Kamna Chandra was at her assertive best with his secretary Harish Bhibhra while she was trying to persuade him to get her an audience with the… Continue reading Kamna Chandra: The writer who made Raj Kapoor give life to her story in Prem Rog

Actors · Swansong

Goodbye Shashi Kapoor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX8KbMy17A8&feature=youtu.be This is how I shall always remember Shashi Kapoor. Him riding a bike in Kala Patthar, carefree and full of life, singing: Ik raasta hai zindagi, Jo tham gaye to kuchh nahi, Yeh kadam kisi muqaam pe, Jo jam gaye to kuch nahin... Every time I watch this song, my heart does triple somersaults.… Continue reading Goodbye Shashi Kapoor

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

Actors · Short Takes

Happy 60th, Dimple Kapadia

The nation is still panting.  Less than 5 months before I was born, in September 1973, one woman redefined and mainstreamed female sexuality for Hindi cinema. We still haven't recovered... This song, Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho Aur Chaabi Kho Jaaye, of course, played a huge part in that. Although the lyrics were… Continue reading Happy 60th, Dimple Kapadia

Actors · Swansong

Goodbye Vinod Khanna

  He was the sexy sanyasi with a swagger. With that unforgettable cleft chin, those delicious good looks, solid screen presence and earnest acting, movie punters of yore were convinced that Vinod Khanna was Amitabh Bachchan's only real competition. Khanna himself was pragmatic about it and didn't think much of that analogy. He was at… Continue reading Goodbye Vinod Khanna

First Watch · Movies · Popular

Noor

There is something very endearing about Noor. Though I did wish it delved deeper into the serious issue of organ trafficking and not just skirted around it. That said, director Sunhil Sippy, who co-wrote and directed the black comedy Snip! back in 2000, does craft this coming-of-age story with heart. As a romantic comedy, it works up a charm! Sippy's direction is refreshingly… Continue reading Noor