By Anamika Chatterjee
Would you leave your partner if he were to slap you just once? Not out of a warped sense of humour, but a strong sense of entitlement. As I first saw the trailer of Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad, I turned to a friend to probe into her thoughts on the same. She felt that while the act itself would tear her apart, she would certainly dig deep to understand what led her partner to raise his hand in the first place. Made sense; after all, love cannot be a casualty of a slap, I told her. Sinha’s film is a gentle nudge to that notion.
Continue reading Why Thappad is the wake-up call you need
By Sandhya D’Mello
My interest in watching the Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Athiya Shetty starrer Motichoor Chaknachoor had been building up ever since I saw promos of the Hindi movie on TV. The film was released last November and it was a busy month for me, hence I could not watch it on the big screen. I was patiently waiting for some kind soul to upload a ‘watchable’ print on YouTube. But to my luck, Netflix announced that it would be streaming the movie.
Continue reading Why I never take movie review ratings seriously
By Keith Pereña
Picture this: An eight-year-old boy and his brother are sitting in front of the television watching three black Honda Civics on screen. The identical cars swarm a cargo truck to steal its contents and disappear into the dead of the night. Their ‘Spoon engines’ are the only sound that echoes in the solitary freeway. For my brother and I, and to pretty much every kid back in the early 2000s, this was their introduction to the action flick The Fast and the Furious (F&F), and the ‘tuner car’ culture that it spearheaded.
Continue reading Can somebody tell Fast and Furious to slow down?
By Rohma Sadaqat
How do you say goodbye to something that has been part of your life for so long?
The short answer to that is that you don’t, and the long answer is some variation of the phrase, “it’s complicated”. What am I talking about here? Well, recently, I got the chance to attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Ask any Star Wars fan about their plans for the winter break and chances are that they will tell you that December means a Star Wars movie is going to hit the theatres. It is all we can think and talk about in the months leading up to the release; I am pretty sure that I have quite a few long-suffering friends, who had to sit through many a lunch hour with me discussing theories and all things Star Wars. Continue reading This may be goodbye to Star Wars, but the Force will always be with me
By David Light
If you feel the two-week horizon that is the National Day holidays is still too distant, or you have no idea where you’re going to head for your extra time off, we feel you. It seems ages since the summer break and our feet have become progressively itchier. Continue reading The wanderlust flicks (which don’t include Wanderlust)
By Rohma Sadaqat
What do you do when something that formed an integral part of your childhood re-emerges 25 years later? Well, you go and watch it, of course.
Continue reading Roaring down memory lane with (the original) Lion King
By Rohma Sadaqat
Assume that when people think about the Pink Panther, there are a few things that immediately pop up in their minds. There is, of course, the fact that you are looking at an animated panther who walks upright and is a stunning shade of pink.
Continue reading What’s hot dogs got to do with Pink Panther?