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Drishyam 1 and 2: Why Jeethu Joseph’s films are not the  average cat-and-mouse chase

Drishyam 1 and 2: Why Jeethu Joseph’s films are not the average cat-and-mouse chase

Written by : Shreya Seth What happens when the life of an ordinary person living a normal life with his family, tucked in a remote corner of someplace, is suddenly disrupted one day? To what extent can he go to protect his family, especially when they are being interrogated by the mighty and powerful administration and police who pledge to not give up until they prove them guilty? Writer- Director, Jeethu Joseph, is a master storyteller for a reason, and his films ‘Drishyam’ (2013) and its sequel ‘Drishyam 2: The Resumption’ (2021) bear testimony to that. When Drishyam (meaning to…
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Family Man – Season 2 : A distorted notion of History for Generation Z

Family Man – Season 2 : A distorted notion of History for Generation Z

Written by :Simran Saini You must have heard the term pop music? Well, with the advent of innumerable OTT platforms, and the wide range of content available to the public, we are now welcoming the age of ‘pop’ series/dramas. These platforms offering pocket-friendly subscription packages and multi-user access, host a wide range of dramas, movies and documentaries. Although there is so much content available on these platforms, a few of them become so popular that they go viral for all the right or wrong reasons. These are the series people cannot stop tweeting, instagramm-ing and whatsapp-ing about. These are the…
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There’s a new spectre in town. And it’s here to crack you up.

There’s a new spectre in town. And it’s here to crack you up.

Written by : Anuja Dutta There’s a new spectre in town. And it’s here to crack you up. ‘Rudyard Funn runs a funeral home in the village of Piffling Vale. It used to be the only one. It isn’t anymore.’ Death has a way of triggering within us a sense of discomfort one can sometimes associate with old and extremely embarrassing childhood memories: we know them to be true yet can’t ever seem to come to terms with the full thrust of its meaning and aftermath. In many ways, we learn to survive (and not embrace) the event of death…
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Lockdown Streaming : A new age of Digital Consumption

Lockdown Streaming : A new age of Digital Consumption

Written by : Shreya Seth, Kolkata Photo credit : shutterstock.com As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the ‘familiar’ way of life that we seemingly took for granted, has altered significantly. The impact of the crisis has been felt across all sectors, and the entertainment industry is no exception to it. Audiences, who in usual circumstances, would have thronged cinema halls, auditoriums, theatres, and other public places to satiate their need for entertainment, are now confined to their homes. While there is little one can do about it, Over The Top (OTT) platforms may have come to the rescue.…
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Irrfan Khan in Indian mainstream cinema: A memorable story

Irrfan Khan in Indian mainstream cinema: A memorable story

Written by : Shreya Seth, Kolkata Photo credit : Maqbool (2003) Isn’t it strange how we hail actors as extraordinary beings, as people who instill curiosity, but are far removed from the drudgery of our everyday lives? Our admiration, and sometimes obsession, grows manifold when we witness them playing diverse characters on-screen: the audience, in awe of the actor, who delivered yet another dialogue with the eloquence and grace of an exemplary performer. And of course, that isn’t the end of our experience. The rest is best left to public memory, for it will not let us forget till it…
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Kaamyaab (Round Figure): The Success-dream of Every Commoner

Kaamyaab (Round Figure): The Success-dream of Every Commoner

Written By : Simran Saini New Delhi, India Photo: Official Facebook Page Film Review: Kaamyaab (Round Figure) Country: India Director: Hardik Mehta Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal. In Hindi cinema, the line between the new and the old is not a thin one. To the general public, who goes to the cinema only for ‘entertainment’ (read item numbers, popular actors and fascinating plots), this line may be thick, but almost a blur. If you look closely though, you may read the words ‘critically acclaimed’ engraved on this line. This term has become quite common these days, among the viewers of…
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Blurry boundaries, abundant homes!

Blurry boundaries, abundant homes!

Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Film Review: La Patrie- Homeland Country: India-France Director: Anindya Chatterjee Cast: Parambrata Chatterjee, Ani Hovhannisyan In 1972, when President Richard Nixon was seeking re-election in the United States, he was threatened by John Lennon’s growing popularity and influence, especially his stance against the Vietnam war. In March 1973, John Lennon received a deportation order from the administration citing an erstwhile case from 1968, where Lennon was convicted for possessing marijuana in England. A week after the deportation order, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held a press conference announcing the formation of a new conceptual…
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Abu- a personal account with a political bearing

Abu- a personal account with a political bearing

Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Film Review: Abu Country: Canada-Pakistan Director:Arshad Khan The camera is a beautiful device that succinctly captures and retains all that our restless vision and cramped memories cannot. However, it might seem to be losing its charm in a world that is predominantly obsessed with capturing everyday life, not with the intention to retain or revisit, perhaps to abide to a false sense of self- portrayal and self-validation. Amidst these changes, Arshad Khan's documentary 'Abu' comes as a refreshing take on personal life told primarily through a camera that is not a mere intruder or…
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Manto: The relentless censorship on reality and dissent

Manto: The relentless censorship on reality and dissent

Written by: Shreya Seth Kolkata, India Film Review: Manto Director: Nandita Das Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal, Rajshri Deshpande, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Bhanu Uday, Vinod Nagpal A growing climate of intolerance has no room for dissent. Saadat Hasan Manto, an Urdu author and playwright born in British India, met the same fate that many others do for speaking their minds today. Infamous for his raw portrayal of reality, Manto wrote extensively during the partition era of the 40’s and was tried for obscenity in British India and later in Pakistan. Written and directed by Nandita Das,…
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The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour

Film Review Gary Oldman won the best actor Oscar for « Darkest Hour « but the movie did not win the Best Movie Oscar. It would have taken a lot of flak if it had. While one can forever debate whether Oldman played Churchill in an unforgetableway meriting an oscar, or not;but one cannot debate whether certain historical facts are true or false. The film is rife with historical inaccuracies despite its not being listed as fiction. When the main character is Winston Churchill and the period depicted, the Darkest Hour (a term coined by Churchill himself) during the second…
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