More than 40 years ago Govind Nilhani’s directorial Masterpiece AAKROSH was released, and to date, it is arguably one of the best takes on the caste divide in Indian society as per Hindu mythology. In the film, Naseeruddin shah plays a character of a lawyer named Bhaskar Kulkarni an upper caste who has just started … Read moreAAKROSH 1980: The Rage Within
Amar Akbar Anthony is a very popular Bollywood film. It was one of the best-regarded and hit films of the 1970s. Hindi cinemas most successful director at that time Manmohan Desai directed this film. If you look for logical coherence in the film then you will stop watching this film at the very establishing shot … Read moreAMAR AKBAR ANTHONY: a tale of fateful coincidences
THE GODFATHER is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made in the history of cinema. Every Filmmaker & every cinema in the world had been impacted by it, so is Indian Cinema. But rather than adapting the subtleness of this masterpiece Indian filmmakers had messed up its beauty& value for Indian viewers with … Read moreHow BOLLYWOOD Ruined THE GODFATHER???
Shershaah is a recently released Hindi/BOLLYWOOD film on the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video. The film is based on the life of Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain VIKRAM BATRA who fought the 1999 Kargil War with great strength & fearlessness like a lion. He was awarded Indian Army’s highest gallantry award posthumously and he became … Read moreSHERSHAAH: A Relief from HYPER-NATIONANLISM???
When it comes to the depiction of rural life & farmers in Hindi Cinema aka BOLLYWOOD we talk about films like LAGAAN(2001), MOTHER INDIA (1957), DO BIGHA ZAMIN(1953), etc. But do we know about one of the most realistic depictions of rural life, poverty, hunger, prostitution, love in a pre-independence Hindi film??? DHARTI KE LAL … Read moreDHARTI KE LAL: a film that inspired DO BIGHA ZAMIN
DADA SAHEB PHALKE also cited as Father of Indian cinema, creator of first Feature-Length Film of INDIAN CINEMA, named RAJA HARISHCHANDRA had faced enormous stress when he was casting for the female lead of this film. He was so helpless while making his first film, that he had to even approach prostitutes for the role … Read moreAnna Salunke: Restaurant boy who became First Actress of Indian Cinema
KABIR SINGH & NEWTON, both films named on Protagonist, both the protagonists deals with internal conflicts, like too much anger and too much honesty, & their internal conflicts and personalities puts them in opposition with society and usual norms, and they have two choices either they surrender and become like them or they resist, and … Read moreKABIR SINGH v/s NEWTON: Story Complication
When it comes to Bollywood, the subject of Gender Sensitization hardly gets addressed through films. But few films do talk about LGBTQ Community in either conventional narrative or else through unconventional masterpieces. Today we are comparing one conventional Bollywood film with an unconventional one & both films represent GAY MEN.ALIGARH (2015) & DOSTANA (2008) are … Read moreALIGARH v/s DOSTANA : GAY CINEMA & BOLLYWOOD
PARTITION- The division of British India into two separate states- India & Pakistan; the consequences were horrific for both sides and for both Hindus and Muslims, not all Indians wanted partition still millions of them moved to what they hoped would be a safer territory with Muslims going to Pakistan & Hindus and Sikhs moving … Read moreGARAM HAWA: THE MUSLIM PLIGHT OF PARTITION
INDIAN CINEMA from its very beginning had been more of a medium of Popular Entertainment/Culture than an ART form, Popular culture or pop-culture is the combination of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture The expression ‘popular culture’ is preferred as it denotes what majority of … Read morePOPULAR CINEMA: MAINSTREAM MASSALA OF INDIAN CINEMA