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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!

Rab Rakha

RB (Tweet me!)

Snooze Fest Karachi

This review originally appeared here.

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Impressed by Sabiha Sumar’s earlier film Khamosh Pani with its strong script and poignant take on Pakistani politics, although admittedly sometime sketchy direction, I was intrigued enough to want to see Good Morning Karachi at the 3rdi film festival despite its rather predictable plot.

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NH10: A Revenge Thriller Done Right!

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What a film! I highly recommend watching this. Absolutely LOVED it! Anushka is not just a smart actress but a shrewd producer as well. The full review is up at the Dawn.

RB’s Snap-o-Meter: A full four snaps up!

Till the next one,

Rab Rakha

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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.

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Authenticity.

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.

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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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