“Judwaa 2” and its uncouth hero define everything that’s wrong with Indian hoi polloi…

1997. David Dhawan planned a ‘twins’ comedy of errors’ Judwaa with a straight-faced Salman Khan in the title role. The lissome Karisma Kapoor was cast opposite him – who seemed to move every single muscle for the camera in return for her remuneration. Another attraction in the film was the voluptuous […]

‘The Other Side of Hope’ review – about hatred, humanity, and a little humour

The initial reel of veteran Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope leaves us confused on the film’s genre. Famous for his rich oeuvre of clever, humorous plots, his latest film begins with a spate of silence that incidentally conveys quite a lot. Only to be halted by a live acoustic performance […]

“Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” – A hysterical attempt to redefine the masculine hero in cinema!

Director RS Prasanna’s Shubh Mangal Savdhaan is about the lead hero’s erectile dysfunction. The film doesn’t explicitly state it – evidently out of fear of a possible CBFC backlash. Facing a physical disability that doesn’t evoke empathy, no man would want to be in Mudit’s (Ayushmann Khurrana) place. A cowardly […]