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!
Us 90s kids remember, all to well, the catchy one-liners that brands in India came up with before the world became a smaller place with internet, cable television, and mobile phones ::insert nostalgia here::, so imagine my surprise when I heard that a Yashraj film was actually called dum laga ke haisha!
Remember Fevicol? Who am I kidding, of course, you do.
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.
In Anurag Kashyap’s tried and tested tradition of ugly characters, sinister plot lines, and eerie aesthetics, NH10 is a rather timely venture on contemporary life in Delhi. As a true dilliwala, I cannot help but admire the visuals, and this is a first reaction to the trailer. Imagine what the actual movie would look like. From Anushka being stuck in a rather lonesome Delhi traffic light to the slowly towering ranges of the Aravalis, there wasn’t a scene that I had not witnessed, in fact, encountered, in my time in Delhi.
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.
Hot on the heels of her less than impressive performance in Khoobsurat, Sonar Kapoor brings us yet another romantic comedy. The premise for this one: Dolly kiski? Three grooms all vying for the same prize, but something tells me the prize has its own kahani in mind, aur pyar ki katha kinds nahi.