Fish Tank (2009) Movie Review

In my opinion (at the risk of generalizing), rebellious teenagers are more equipped to pursue their dreams and make things happen. On the other hand docile teenagers are more likely to go with the flow and end up dormant as the sun is about to set. Now, the reasons for which they may rebel, may…

The Rajiv Rai Trilogy

Recently I’ve come across many trilogies by great directors, like the Color trilogy, death trilogy, some zombie trilogy, some vampire trilogy and there are many more which I’m unaware of. When we look for trilogies coming from India, the first one that comes to mind is the Apu trilogy. I am sure Shyam Benegal also…

Men will be Men, Women better be women

Please note that this post has spoilers, and I highly recommend watching this movie with a blank slate. After being almost blown away in my first viewing, the second viewing intensified my feelings for the film and at the same time perplexed me even more about the movie’s overall trajectory of two people falling in…

The Dirty Picture-VB with NS

Women empowerment, filmy style!

The best movie reference for The Dirty Picture would be Paul Verhoven’s Showgirls. It has the same over-the-top exploitative tone and is entertaining in a very subversive yet idealistic way. It surely is a more heavy handed, complying to our own desi melodrama template filled with high-pitched emotional punches at every step. Thankfully it refuses…