‘Pataakha’ review – two warring sisters and plenty of fireworks

Remember those eccentric comedies about identical or separated conjoined twins with lives and emotions inexplicably connected? Vishal Bhardwaj’s Pataakha stems from a similar foundation but wait, there is no love or affection in the picture here. Badki/Champa (Radhika Madan) and Champa/Chutki (Sanya Malhotra) are biological sisters and the only sentiment […]

‘Sui Dhaaga’ review – Sharat Katariya’s film is bound to tug at the heartstrings

Dreams and the Indian middle-class share a bittersweet relationship. Before even the most basic of them could soar, their ambitions are sealed with everyman plights. Sometimes it is an ailing parent or there is an impending family wedding to be taken care of. They call the propensity to dream risky as […]

‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’ review – a stylized medley of gangster drama clichés sans vital texture

“People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”, goes the popular saying. In a badass antithesis, the powerful gangster family headed by Periyavar (Prakash Raj) lives in a glass bungalow and are also veterans of violence. Mani Ratnam’s latest film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Crimson Red Sky) is one that […]

“Love Sonia”… An evocative film that uncovers flesh trade and limitless human spirit!

It is a difficult deal for films that attempt to picture the loss of innocence – especially where there are children and teenagers robbed off their basic right to be themselves. These stories agitate and sadden us while imparting what might simply be an uncomfortable social reality. Filmmaker Tabrez Noorani’s […]