Tribeca Review: ‘Last Film Show’ is a bittersweet ode to cinema from the Indian countryside

Director Pan Nalin’s Gujarati language film from India, Last Film Show is filled with poignant, dramatic lines. The cinema-smitten Samay (an endearing Bhavin Rabari) is once told by a well-wisher, “As politicians tell stories to win votes, shopkeepers tell stories to sell their stuff, the rich tell stories to hide […]

‘Aarkkariyam’ review – a mercurial Malayalam drama around a dirty family secret

Nostalgia is a word that contains volumes of drama. It can be twisted to generate gazillion quotes with the finest of metaphors. A favourite would be, “Nostalgia is a beautiful lie dressed up in sepia.” Director Sanu John Varughese’s Aarkkariyam is not necessarily a film that thrives on that emotion. […]

’36 Chowringhee Lane’: An Aching Ode To Calcutta, Anglo-Indians, and Old Age

36 Chowringhee Lane which released 40 years ago was Aparna Sen’s debut directorial effort. It is named after a building where Miss Violet Stoneham (Jennifer Kendal) resided. Having stumbled upon the film about two decades back, I wondered why it was named so. After all, the story was all about […]

‘Joji’ review – Dileesh Pothan’s take on Macbeth is a bona fide masterpiece

“Society is a fucker,” declares the title character of Dileesh Pothan’s Joji. If we observe the setup from a distance, society is seldom a direct component in the Panachel family. Here is a film with minimal exposition and no random third party conversations staged at tea shops and rickshaw stands. […]

‘Saina’ review – Parineeti Chopra is ace in this simplistic sportswoman biopic

Much like several of Hollywood’s musician biopics, India’s sports biographies are interchangeable. In a good majority of stories, poverty or sexism (if its subject is female) becomes the pertinent roadblocks and the protagonist emerges triumphant with nationalistic elements thrown in for extra effects. Amole Gupte’s biopic on India’s ace badminton […]