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The Imperfect Filmi Family: Kapoor and Sons, Since 1921

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Sophisticated.

Mature.

Nuanced.

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.

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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!

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Life’s A Bitch: Detective Byomkesh Bakshi ka Review

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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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Dum Laga Ke Haisha: Yeh Fevicol ka Jood Hai Kya?

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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.

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Qissa Shatranj Ka: A First Look at Wazir

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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.

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Hawaizaada: A film that never really takes flight

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I have yet to see a film with hardly a redeeming feature as Hawaizaada. Read the full review here.

RB’s Snap-o-Meter: My snap-o-meter stopped working mid-way, but for effort one snap to banta hai.

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Ek Haseen Qatil: NH10

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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.

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