Life’s A Bitch: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi ka Review


Not really what I expected but still a fairly decent watch. The full review is up at the The Dawn.

RB’s Snap-o-meter: Two-and-a-half snaps up!

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Badlapur: Badla kya?

The review for Badlapur went up on the Dawn, but was edited for space, so I put the entire version here.



It is the one thing cinema going audiences crave – detailed and sympathetic portrayals without veering towards the simplistic, hoping our daily experiences are reflected in the films we watch without ever resorting to escapism or parody, all the while praying that if nothing else our filmmakers wouldn’t question our intelligence.


Qissa Shatranj Ka: A First Look at Wazir


Khel, khel mein, khel, khel ki, khel, khel yeh aa jaye ga.

Haar jeet say, haar jeet kay, jeet haar sikhaye ga.

Khel, kehl mein…

Bring Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan together under a Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra banner and you are bound to have an explosive film (quite literally too!). At least that’s what one can gather from the trailer. It seems March is a month for thrillers, as NH10 and Wazir are both slated for release on the same day. Whereas the former is an Indian take on Afia Nathaniel’s road-trip thriller, the latter is a bomb-blasting, politically tinged, Delhi-based film in-sync with the current trend of terrorists, bombers, and daishatgards.


Tevar: Retro Rehash


A review of Tevar is up on Dawn. Read it here.

RB’s Snap-o-Meter: A one and half snap up and only because of Manoj Bajpai!

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Expect the Unexpected: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi!

Bakshi. Byomkesh Bakshi.

Ever wondered what a desi Bond would be like? Well, for the Indians he’d be Byomkesh Bakshi. For the Pakistanis, it would have to be Ali Imran. Between Bakshi and Imran, though, we can be certain that we are desperately in need of a good desi detective, one that can confidently compete with the likes of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.


A Pakistani Style Murder Mystery: 8969


No, I didn’t come up with the name for this film. Thanks for that!

I wouldn’t necessarily write about this film but seeing that Saba Qamar makes an appearance, I just had to do a preview. Chances are, I’m most likely not going to watch this film, and if I do I’m pretty certain I won’t like it, which is exactly why I want to pen my thoughts down, in case 8969 proves me wrong (doubt it!).


Retro Rerun!


Hey, hey filmi travelers!

Keeping in mind my obsession with everything retro, I’m starting a segment on those retro highs(!) and lows, of course some choices will be more retro than others. All the way back to the black and white and rather gay 1920s to the acid trip highs of the 1990s, I’ll be picking hidden gems for your viewing and reading pleasure!