‘Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare’ review – a compassionate ode to India’s working class heroines

The most fascinating characters in Alankrita Shrivastava’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare are two children. They are Dolly’s (Konkona Sensharma) sons – Bharat (Hearty Singh) and Pappu (Kalp Shah). A regular school boy, Bharat loves sports and is someone who might grow up into what they call an ‘alpha […]

‘Paheli’: A Picturesque Folk Tale With A Message On Women Empowerment

Amol Palekar directed Paheli. The actor who came to limelight in the ’70s and ’80s as the young middle-class man in bustling Indian metropolises, one would identify him as the poster boy of everydayness. He was seen in stories devoid of extra colours, those with dishevelled relationships and in lyrical […]

‘Rajnigandha’: About a Fragrance That Smells Like Love

“Adhikaar ye jabse saajan ka har dhadkan par maana maine Main jabse unke saath bandhi, ye bhed tabhi jaana maine Kitna sukh hai bandhan mein…’ Rajnigandha phool tumhare bikhre yunhi jeevan mein…” Writes lyricist Yogesh for Basu Chatterjee’s Rajnigandha. The words roughly translate to: “Since I’ve given him every right […]

‘Varane Avashyamund’ review – when engrossing characters remain emotionally distant

Believe it or not, Malayali millennials are significantly lucky as far as cinema and culture are concerned. They have had the good fortune to grow up on some of the finest films from the ‘80s and ‘90s conceived by the likes of Priyadarshan, Sathyan Anthikkad, Padmarajan, Fazil, Sibi Malayil, Siddique-Lal, […]

‘Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish’ review – Bombay in blue and red hues

As they wade through the daily hazards of Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay), the residents of the city would feel a sudden respite upon seeing a flicker of ‘Bombayness’ – albeit in a film. I’m referring to the bittersweet flavour that Bombay used to emanate – even to stark outsiders who merely […]

‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ review – Says a self-conscious yet warm hello to change

“Why would anyone like a story like this?”, quips Balbir Chaudhary (Anil Kapoor) upon hearing the plot of the play that he is supposed to be acting in. As his mother had rightly stated a few minutes before, stories cannot get cornier when they are about two lovers, parental opposition […]