’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 […]

‘Lootera’: A Turbulent Romance With The Quietude of a Poem

Lootera. A title that would otherwise have belonged to an off-kilter heist comedy from the ‘90s is now fondly associated with one of the most cherished love stories of our times. Starring Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh in principal roles, this Vikramaditya Motwane film is a serene reminder of how […]

‘Kinara’ Is Akin to Reading a Mellow, Atmospheric Novel

Gulzar’s Kinara is special. One of the reasons being Hema Malini who is in her elements here. Not without that quintessential south Indian fragrance she brings in, Kinara is comfort zone for her. There is dance, emotions that fluctuate from mild to heavy-duty. There’s also some great music and an easy-breezy way of […]

‘Kareeb’: Bobby Deol Sparkles In A Heartwarming Musical Romance

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Kareeb released in July 1998. Based on a story penned by Chopra’s mother-in-law Kamna Chandra, the film is about two simple individuals in love. Simplicity is the catchword for Kareeb. It is a tale of simpletons. Their tribulations aren’t larger than life. The surroundings, the music, the production […]

Raise your hands, if you love Jaan-e-mann’s music…

Shirish Kunder’s debut directorial venture Jaan-e-Mann released during Diwali 2006. The film’s soulful soundtrack was set to tune by maverick composer Anu Malik with words penned by veteran lyricist Gulzar. Jaan-e-mann had two of our macho heroes court the beautiful leading lady in grandiose. Pitted against another biggie flick, where a traditionally love-struck […]