“Noblemen” blurs the boundaries between fear and fortitude!

First-time director Vandana Kataria’s Noblemen throws a fascinating allegory with William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Merchant of Venice’. The integration quickly reminded me of the way Asghar Farhadi laced Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ to his Academy Award-winning slow-burner Salesman. The lead protagonist Shay (Ali Haji) essays the part of […]

“Game Over”… Taapsee Pannu is marvelous in this original, unapologetic panic fest!

Midway through Ashwin Saravanan’s genre-bending thriller Game Over, we tend to correlate the key protagonist Swapna’s (Taapsee Pannu) tribulations to her vocation – that of a game developer. The director smartly intersperses his frames with numerous quotes and subtle hints to establish this strange yet possible connection. Swapna is shown […]

“Bharat”… A vulnerable film on family virtues often threatened by needless machismo!

There were days of promises – mother promise, God promise and ‘insert-your-favourite-person’ promise. Often stronger than legal agreements, these promises were often part of films and literature, forming significant plot binders. Days have passed and the concept has nearly erased from pop culture, if not from real life. Director Ali […]