Brilliant cinema at the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival, raves Sukanya Verma. In all its 16 years, this is my first trip to the Mumbai Film Festival. For some reason or another, I always found myself occupied with a professional or personal engagement to make time for what I have discovered to be the sine qua non for all movie buffs. But this year I planned things better and made sure I attend the festival made possible this year by passionate patrons of cinema with mind and money. Day ... Rediff.com, 2 days ago
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Sukanya Verma picks potential AB collectibles as Bollywood's most iconic star celebrates his 72nd birthday on October 11.In posters and autographs, glimpses and encounters, countless viewings of his big screen heroics or fun-filled evenings of lock kar diya jaaye, a timeline broadcasting his enthusiastic social networking skills or that I-think-I-know-him feeling while going through his personal blog, Amitabh Bachchan has touched every Indian movie buff. When an actor is loved as much as he is, ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
And it will haunt you long after you've left the theatre, promises Sukanya Verma. By its very virtue, melancholy is a lonely, lingering, tedious and consuming emotional state. It simply cannot be hurried. Except if you persist sympathetically by the side of the man devastated by its grip, the upshot is more heartfelt than ‘words, words, words’ can articulate. In Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Kashmir's trials are mirrored in ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
We would like to share this wonderful news with you... Rediff.com's Sukanya Verma wins the Best Critic Award at the Dainik Jagran Film Festival.If you watched Daawat-E-Ishq or haven't, read her review and tell us if you agree with the rating.Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
In Sukanya Verma's special series re-visiting great Hindi film classics, we look back at 1960's Parakh, starring Sadhana, Motilal, Nazir Hussain and Durga Khote. In a year of opulent dramas like Mughal-E-Azam, Jis Desh Main Ganga Behti Hai, Kohinoor, Barsaat Ki Raat and Chaudhvin Ka Chand, master filmmaker Bimal Roy reiterates the power of simplicity with his 1960 offering Parakh. Seldom mentioned in the same breath as his more eulogised works like Do Bigha Zamin, Devdas, Bandini, Sujata or ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Faux feminism aside, Mardaani is mostly a middling action thriller, writes Sukanya Verma. 'Jis duniya mein maa-behne rishte nahi gaali hain, uss duniya se maryada ke rishte saare todungi,' screams an eye-catching tagline of Mardaani’s poster. You’d think there’s a point behind this relatable sentiment? But no, five minutes into the film and Rani Mukerji barges into a goon’s house and hurls a no-holds-barred expletive at the concerned. Sometime later, she cusses at ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Sukanya Verma pays tribute to Robin Williams, who passed into the ages on August 11. Robin Williams is no more? How can Robin Williams be no more? As the ubiquitous funnyman of Hollywood, he’d made me laugh so much, so hard and so often. But today when I woke up to the cruel realisation of his passing away, I keep wondering why and how. It’s simply too unexpected, an inevitability I never deemed possible. For a kid growing up in the 1990s, Robin Williams is an unforgettable ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Despite four screenplay writers' and Salman Khan's best efforts, Kick fails to impress, says Sukanya Verma. Never heard a filmmaker say 'Anyone can direct' in the vein of Chef Gusteau's 'Anyone can cook' belief. There's a reason why. Watching Kick, which marks producer Sajid Nadiadwala's debut as director, explains it with brutal honesty. Its star, soul and the reason why anyone should care at all -- Salman Khan has salvaged many a juvenile plots, which appear as though they've been put ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago Box Office: Sonali Cable is a disaster! Rediff.com, 2 days ago Box Office: Haider, Bang Bang fare average Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago Box office: Below average opening for 3 AM, Desi Kattey Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Finding Fanny is a fine blend of soulful musings and nuanced filmmaking, feels Sukanya Verma. Finding Fanny opens to the sound of a loud sob and barking dogs. Somewhere in fictitious Pocolim of real Goa, an old postmaster Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah) is wailing like a baby because he’s discovered a 46-year-old proposal he wrote to ladylove Fanny (Anjali Patil) slipped underneath his door. Regretfully, it never reached her. One never grows old enough to stop feeling the ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago Box Office: Finding Fanny gets mixed response, Creature 3D flops Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Even though its not completely the foodie feast the title suggests, Daawat-E-Ishq is a breezy exercise, feels Sukanya Verma. Daawat-E-Ishq is like an exuberant menu of a newly opened restaurant that’s eager to please with its spread of scrumptious offerings that balances crowd-favourites with substance. While the sides are undercooked, the entree leaves an enjoyable aftertaste that owes much credit to its spunky actors and rest to Habib Faisal’s crisp script and ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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