Despite its many problems, A Death in the Gunj is an important work, says Sreehari Nair. It is a fact well established that a man at his angriest reveals expressions of his mother. Betray a man's trust, slide ahead of him at the supermarket checkout counter, or question his competency during a meeting, and you will see in his face an anger that burns with a certain maternal quality. Shutu, the protagonist of A Death in the Gunj, has a mother we never see. But in Shutu's silent retaliations, ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana is insipid, terribly made, and yet a Warm Enterprise, feels Sreehari Nair. Few people in the audience knew the exact movie title. By the end, fewer even cared. I saw a lady walk out in the middle after hush-hushing to her friends that she had to feed her cat. "Which cat?" "Duh... Lucy???" "Oh!" There was a standing ovation of genuine relief by the time the film drew to a close. Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana (which, in its long-windedness, sounds like ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
There is no escaping Rahul Bose's compassion. He wears it like a name tag in Poorna, feels Sreehari Nair. In a video which has Rahul Bose talking about Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, his hands assume Kabuki poses, his head stays intellectually cocked, and his eyebrows inch closer as if they were about to mate. Bose is talking about the compassion and humanity in Ray's movies, and he pumps up the dramatics only so that we can feel what his heavy heart is truly feeling. I thought I knew what Bose ...Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
The hits and misses of the week. Last week saw two actresses take centre-stage in the movies but very different kind of films. Unfortunately, both of them -- Raveena Tandon's Maatr and Sonakshi Sinha's Noor -- got poor openings at the box office. Trade analyst Vinod Mirani gives us the weekly verdict. Noor Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar, Purab Kohli. Director: Sunhil Sippy. What works: Good performances. What doesn't: Shallow activism, filmsy ...Rediff.com, 3 days ago Box Office: Begum Jaan gets poor opening Rediff.com, 1 week ago Begum Jaan Review: A Vidya Balan Summer Project with a cold, sadistic heart Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) seems to be yielding to the advertisement lobby in building skywalks where they are not needed. The BBMP intends to build 137 skywalks across the city. Nine skywalks have been built and seven more are under ...Deccan Herald, 2 weeks ago
'In Udaan and in Lootera, the initial sensations that drove Vikramaditya Motwane to make those pictures never quite travelled beyond the walls that contained them.''Here, in Trapped, this sensations-strangled-by-the-walls feeling becomes the movie's real tune,' says Sreehari Nair. IMAGE: 'Trapped is the kind of movie that can get an audience high on its own "aesthetic purity," and its own "fine eye for themes lurking beneath the story".' The Face of Empathy, yes! The Face of Empathy, ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Projected as a pedestrians' delight, TenderSURE pavements are becoming a nightmare at many places. TenderSURE project works were meant to last 30 years without any damage. But in just two years, the pavements are giving way. The tiles are sinking, creating a ...Deccan Herald, 3 weeks ago
Aman Raj and Vishal Kothari starred with the ball as ITCSports Club registered a comfortable seven-wicket win over BEML Recreation Club in the KSCAGroup II, Division II cricket tournament here. BEML, riding on Madan Mohan's half-century (70), posted 144 runs ...Deccan Herald, 4 weeks ago
'In Angamaly Diaries, dreams, kinks, small corruptions, cheap lives, and hopes are all given their due and that attitude frees us up to believe that perhaps there is more good than bad in the sum total of us.''This is a coming-of-age tale taken straight out of a diary written in blood,' says Sreehari Nair. IMAGE: 'Sarath Kumar as Appani Ravi pitches in with perhaps the finest loud performance in Indian cinema since Manoj Bajpai in Satya.''You feel like he has emerged straight from the squats ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'In Vishal Bhardwaj's now fully set world of manufactured poetry, characters wear their emotions at their most prescribed anatomical positions -- courage on their chins, pride over their chests, and innocence in their faces,' observes Sreehari Nair. IMAGE: 'In Rangoon, like in most of Bhardwaj's movies, the first 20 minutes gives it away; we realise he is setting us up for a world of conflicting passions: where one man's pride becomes another man's pain, where someone's casual joke burrows out ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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