In 1992 Director Mani Ratnam made the first installment of his famous terror trilogy, which contains 3 films: Roja(1992), Bombay(1995), & Dil Se(1998). Roja was his first take on terrorism and the way he depicted it is quite a complex picture. Mani Ratnam tried to put forth a nationalistic message through Kashmir and its militancy. … Read moreROJA 1992: Kashmir with Conflicting Identities
In 2007 Director Farah Khan made her career-best directorial venture with the king of Bollywood in it, OM SHANTI OM was one of the biggest hits of 2007 and one of its kind in terms of its uniqueness because of a perfect mixture of cringe Bollywood melodrama along with intense storytelling. Let’s look at how … Read moreOM SHANTI OM: A Mockery of Bollywood
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???
After the country gained Independence and witnessed gruesome partition, Hindi cinema’s attempts of adding nationalist & patriotic themes to its films got reduced to very few films. One of the main reasons behind this was the uncompromising attitudes of the censor board. the censor board despite guaranteeing freedom of expression after independence has had issues … Read more1964 Bollywood film with War, Rape, & Nationalism survived Censorship
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
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke also known as “DADASAHEB PHALKE” is considered the “FATHER OF INDIAN CINEMA” because in 1913 he made his first film “RAJA HARISHCHANDRA” in which all the departments of filmmaking was done by him (except for Acting), from writing to direction to editing he did it all alone. This film by many film … Read moreNot DADASAHEB PHALKE, but these two men were “FIRST FILMMAKERS OF INDIA”