Before Richard Linklater

In 1995, two young people – a wannabe American male writer and a strong-headed French woman – met on a train from Budapest. He had just broken up with his girlfriend in Madrid and was going to Vienna to catch a plane to the USA, while she was going back to her university in Paris…

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The Avatars of the Stalker

There’s a thin line between being in love and being obsessed – earnestly confessing your feelings for someone and coercing someone to reciprocate to your feelings. Writers, filmmakers and other artists have been universally enamoured by the psyche of the “stalker” – the innocuous or fiendish guy or girl who pursues the person he or…

Son of God Movie Review

Son of God (2014) Movie Review: Soulful yet Tedious

Didactic, melodramatic yet earnest – “Son of God” is primarily targeted at the devout Christians and those who enjoy religious tales. But, as a standalone film, it didn’t quite stir me up. Rating: 2.5 / 5 Standing in 21st century, where faith in everything is eroding at a meteoric pace, the courage to make a…

Parents Collage

Parents in Hollywood: 2013

While I definitely have bashed Hindi films quite a bit in some of my posts, I also agree that Hollywood is no guidebook of filmmaking. Yet, it’s also true that for all the junk that the American Film Industry furnishes, it also brings out a pretty diverse and healthy mix of movies every year. This…

Devdas-Madhuri with Aishwarya

Women, Bonding, Films and Bollywood

Much has been said and written about the beguiled amorous relation between Begum Para and Muniya in Dedh Ishqiya. Aloof of the Lihaaf of shame and societal-pressures, the mistress and the maid embroiled themselves in a beautiful bond of mutual trust and love. The shadow play where Khalujaan longingly and admiringly looks at the two…