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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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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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.

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Dolly ki Doli: ز (zay) say Zabardast!

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Not quite the disaster I thought this film would be, in fact, it’s an easy watch. Full review up at the Dawn (read it here).

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

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