Pink (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, 2016), or whose story is it?

‘Pink’ is a textbook example of the pitfalls of making a film as a star vehicle v/s making a film to tell a story. Increasingly, mainstream Hindi films are only about the stars. I guess the producer and director spend so much time and energy chasing the star to agree to do their film, that when they do get the star, they must milk his/her … Continue reading Pink (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, 2016), or whose story is it?

some nostalgia toh banta hain if you watch ‘yaadein’

Yesterday, Dhanno and I watched ‘Yaadein’ (2001). Amongst other things which we shall talk about in another post, was the most laughable editing I have seen in a film. As I do each time I watch a Subhash Ghai film, I began thinking of how ‘Pardes’ is my favorite SG film, and how much of it works because of Hemanti’s (Sarkar) editing. Yesterday, I had … Continue reading some nostalgia toh banta hain if you watch ‘yaadein’

khargosh (2008)

Priyamwad’s ‘Khargosh’ seemed too literary on the first reading. It is only while viewing the film I realized that the story had given Paresh Kamdar immense freedom to unleash his own imagination. Paresh reduces the story to its essence, substituting surrealism for an aesthetic minimalism. The small town of Priyamwad’s ‘Khargosh’ is transformed into lines, shadows, terraces, secret stairways, doors, windows, slats of light. A … Continue reading khargosh (2008)