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“My Name is Khan is a flawless work” – Subhash K Jha

Written by on February 15th, 2010

He repairs almost anything, including irreparably damaged relationships. But this film about damaged lives needs no repairing. My Name Is Khan is a flawless work, as perfect in content, tone and treatment as any film can get. The ‘message’ of humanism doesn’t comes across in long pedantic speeches. The film’s longest monologue has our damaged […]

Subhash K Jha: Rann is Ram Gopal Varma’s best work since Company

Written by on January 29th, 2010

Think. Really hard. What are we all doing with the opportunities that life so generously provides us? In the mad mindless rush towards self-gratification, are we somewhere sacrificing those values that brought us, kicking dragging and sacrificing from a hard-earned freedom from colonialism to the new millennium where we, the collective civilization, are now poised […]

Subhash K Jha: ‘Accident On Hill Road’ is road rage in all its gory splendour

Written by on January 5th, 2010

There’s a man stuck on your windshield! You want to scream to Celina Jaitly. But gosh, she does so much of that screaming thing herself you don’t really want to add to the din in this gory tale of the raat. In fact ‘Raat aur bahut sara din’ could well be the title of this […]

Subhash K Jha: ‘Raat Gayi…’ exudes the scent of intelligence and competence

Written by on January 1st, 2010

Somewhere on the second-half of this slightly seductive jigsaw about a one-night scam, filmmaker Sudhir Mishra shows up as Neha Dhupia’s father who drops in to have a chat with his sullen sultry daughter on the way to the airport. Little does the stoic Mishra know beti-babe has two men stashed away in a cupboard […]

Subhash K Jha: Rocket Singh, like its uncompromising protagonist, stands tall

Written by on December 12th, 2009

It is very important to understand what cinema means to you. Is it just a vehicle to indulge in mindless diversion? In that case Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year is not your cup of tee-hee. If cinema as a popular and predominant work of art is meant to make viewers reconsider the quality […]

Subhash K Jha: APKGK is an airtight trapeze down that familiar romantic lane

Written by on November 8th, 2009

If you’ve ever wondered what on earth is on-screen chemistry, here’s your one-stop all-purpose encyclopaedia on celluloid magic. Fasten your ‘see’-it belts, as veteran filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi sheds all his Lajja and pulls out all the stops to do a wacky, goofy, edgeless, weightless comedy of characters who walk in and walk out of frames […]

Subhash K Jha: Teree Sang is a sweet and likable spin on premature parenthood

Written by on August 11th, 2009

This is Raj Kapoor’s Bobby with furtive sex and a baby thrown in for good measure. Otherwise the boy-meets-girl formula never seemed more homage-bound. Soft to the touch, but underpinned by a strong message on sex and the single parent, Teree Sang is a sweet and likable spin on premature parenthood. The prim and propah […]

Subhash K Jha: Love Aaj Kal is a incredibly enchanting excursion into the matter of the heart

Written by on August 8th, 2009

The first thing to be said about this incredibly enchanting excursion into the matter of the heart as seen in contemporary times and in times gone-bye-bye , is … what’s wrong with these two people who are so much in love ? We can see that love. They can’t. That’s the paradox of love in […]

Subhash K Jha: Luck is original in concept and engaging in execution

Written by on July 25th, 2009

Let’s get one thing straight. This is a film about subverted heroes. People who need big money so desperately they are willing to participate in a crazy game of life and death orchestrated by a man who has turned betting on human beings into a galloping global industry. Sanjay Dutt strides across the wide screen […]

Subhash K Jha: New York is an important film

Written by on June 28th, 2009

This….ah, this! This is what cinema in contemporary times should be, must be. Though it seldom is. Once again the banner gives us cinema of the most clutter-breaking quality. It isn’t as if New York is the first remarkable film to synthesize terrorism and friendship. Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se comes to mind immediately where the […]

Subhash K Jha: 99 is an original piece of work.

Written by on May 18th, 2009

After two months of aridity at the theatres one is happy to straightaway take the plunge into the never-ending wonders of la-la land, also known as the silver screen. 99 is not quite the big bad blockbuster you’d have liked to see after such a longish period of deprivation. Where you’d want a big burp-inducing […]

Subhash K Jha: There are no villians in Heaven On Earth

Written by on March 28th, 2009

When the first slap comes, it hits us the audience hard across the face. Spousal abuse as a theme is not new to cinema. What sets Deepa Mehta’s Heaven On Earth apart from other films on the theme including, Jagmohan Mundhra’s Provoked, is the fusion of unspoken, unexpressed terror with mythological elements all packed with […]

Subhash K Jha: Kashyap has proved himself a master

Written by on March 20th, 2009

The blossoming of Anurag Kashyap into a formidable storyteller who bends all the rules of filmmaking, acquires a startling new definition with this film about student unrest during times of intense politicizing. Gulaal emblazons itself across the screen as a deft, definitive, brutal and life-defining film on the culture of decadence in typical North India. […]

Subhash K Jha: Firaaq deserves the highest praise

Written by on March 20th, 2009

Nearly flawless, almost pitched perfectly to show the trauma of those who lose limbs, lives, loves and faith in a communal carnage. Nandita Das’s directorial debut leaves you speechless. This is what cinema was always meant be. But somewhere in its chequered course from information to entertainment our movies began to feel like vaudeville entertainment […]

“My Work In Gandhi My Father Was Far Better Than Slumdog…” – Resul Pookutty

Written by on February 22nd, 2009

Resul Pookutty Wins BAFTA, Pips Oscar Nomination For Sound Mixing…Far More Prestigious Is CAS Award For Sound For ResulForget the much-hyped Oscar nomination that he has received for his exemplary work in sound-mixing for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire(SM). India’s best known sound designer Resul Pookutty has just won the prestigious BAFTA award for his sound […]

Subhash K Jha: Delhi 6 belongs to Abhishek Bachchan

Written by on February 22nd, 2009

So simple from above and yet so lusciously layered beneath, Delhi 6 does what its director’s last work Rang De Basanti did so spectacularly. It pushes the boundaries of cinematic entertainment almost beyond the brink. But catches its breath just in time in an exhilarating exhalation of enchanting thoughts, images and characters that seem to […]

Subhash K Jha: Billu Barber is not the film that you wanted it to be

Written by on February 14th, 2009

Let’s be clear on one thing. Billu Barber is not the film that you wanted it to be. A bitter-sweet portrait of the chequered and troubled star-fan relationship, it falls short of expectations mainly because the prolific Priyadarshan fills up the spaces occupying the star Shah Rukh and the commoner Irrfan Khan‘s tale with a […]

Subhash K Jha: Anurag Kashyap at last sheds his obstinate inaccessibility as a filmmaker

Written by on February 7th, 2009

Fiery unforgettably unstoppable in her self-worth… Paro, now transposed to Punjab (gawd, yeh ladki kahan-kahan jayegi?!) knows her Devdas just back from England wants some quality sex. As determined as ever, she cycles to the nearest sugarcane fields with a bulky bedroll tied to the carrier, spreads it, and herself, out for her foreign-returned lover-boy… […]

Blog: Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire makes Mumbai look like a sewer!

Written by on January 31st, 2009

Anil Kapoor stood up and cheered lustily into the camera when Danny Boyle won the Golden Golden Globe last weekend. I wish I could share his enthusiasm for Danny’s phenomenal flight into frenzy. After all the accolades and awards Slumdog Millionaire(SM) proves to be a deafening blow to the year that saw Mumbai go numb […]

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