Cross-Border Co-operation

The Imperfect Filmi Family: Kapoor and Sons, Since 1921

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These are just a few adjectives that one can begin to describe Kapoor & Sons, but this film is so much more, and truth be told I’m at a loss of words on where to begin. Rarely have I walked into a Bollywood film, especially those with queer characters, and walked out with sense of overpowering emotion engulfing me. Kapoor and Sons, I can finally say, is one such film.



Oculus’ Desi Rendering: Huma Qureshi’s Offbeat Film Choices

The other day I came across a report on BBC about Bollywood’s remake of Oculus, a 2013 Hollywood horror/thriller. Now, those of you familiar with my thematic choices are well aware that I am partial to horror films, take, for instance, my reviews of Zibahkahana and Siyaah, on this very blog, but nothing could quell my excitement for an actual, well-made desi horror film. If you, like me, are tired of staple, sleazy fare, such as Ragini MMS, Raaz, and Creature 3D,  then, this piece of news would be a welcome relief!


Filmi Fhan: Interview with Afia Nathaniel


Asalaam-walaikum khawateen-o-hazraat,

Today marks an interesting turn in the evolution of this blog. Filmistani Journeys began as a online journal of all things South Asia and pop culture, it covers Pakistani dramas, Bollywood films, Pakistani films, and even as yet unpublished articles on Iranian and Israeli films. Its diversity reflects the diversity of our own (pop culture) experiences! And it is with this in mind that MM and I begin a new collaboration, a podcast called Filmi Fhan, for the filmi in all of us.


Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the ugliest of them all: A Review of Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly



No, I haven’t disappeared. I was busy this weekend working on a review for Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly, which has been published by Dawn both online and in print! To read the full review head here. I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to the editor at Dawn, MM (truly where would I be without you!), and all you readers. Thank you for your support.

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Naya saal mubarak aur agli mulaqat Sadqay Tumhare kay saath.

Rab Rakha

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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!


(Not So) Khoobsurat: A Review


There are bad films, and then, there are really bad films. Khoobsurat (and as much as I hate to say this) is a really bad film. The Princess Diaries formula falls flat in its Indian context. Sorry, Sonam and (perhaps, more so) Fawad, but this was nowhere as good as the hype surrounding it. Weird cuts, a lack meaningful sequences, caricatures, cheap (and maybe even vulgar) humour, and ghatiya gaanay aur unkay chichoray lyrics make this a less than memorable watch. In fact, the only redeeming factors are Khoobsurat’s two khoobsurat debuts: Fawad Khan, our Pakistani Pompadour-ed beauty, and Jasleen Royal, the girl who gives us a soulful and beautiful rendition of “Preet“.


Fawad Fever!

Khoobsurat is less than five days away and even though I don’t have many expectations from this film, what I do have expectations about (rather firmly too!) is Fawad Khan’s performance. If the interviews, clips, and promos are anything to go by Rajkumar Vikram Rathore is all set to light up Indian screens on fire. Who knew Ashar Hussain could dance, lip sync, and have a good time?! This isn’t a long post as I’m waiting to get to the review, but here’s some FK for all you deewanas out there.

Fawad Khan: Character Introduction, Mr. Dracy, Mr Bingley, Mr. Knightly combined indeed! Sonam’s finally on to something:

And the less than memorable soundtrack:

Abhi to Party Shuru Hui Hai (aur agar yeh gaana shuru hoye to I wonder party kabhi khatam hoye gi?!):

Naina (Ever wondered what it would sound like if non-Punjabi’s spoke in Punjabi, well, now you know what it sounds like when they sing):

Maa ka Phone (This is how you spell D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R.):

Looking forward to reviewing this for you, filmi travelers! Until then,

Rab Rakha