Film Review – Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story Of Indian Cinema

Among the many pernicious stereotypes surrounding American Jewry is that they control Hollywood. Unlike other stereotypes however, there is some truth to this. At the turn of the 20th century, when the film medium was still in its infancy, many… Continue Reading

Rangoon Film Review – A Big, Beautiful And Protracted Disaster

Vishal Bhardwaj is a man of immense talent. It would be futile to debate that. Even a skeptic can’t listen to one of his intricately composed songs or experience one of his powerful Shakespearean adaptations and deny that the renaissance man is… Continue Reading

OK Jaanu Film Review – The Bollywood Tonic We Need To Forget 2016

From the toxic far-right wing populist movements that pervaded the West to the ongoing refugee crisis , the general consensus is that 2016 was the “worst year ever”. Although that claim could just be social media hyperbole, it definitely was one… Continue Reading

Dear Zindagi Film Review – Alia Bhatt Transcends Director Gauri Shinde’s Sophomore Slump

I waited impatiently for Dear Zindagi for only one reason – Gauri Shinde, who directed a personal favorite of mine, English Vinglish – was also directing this picture.  With English Vinglish, her debut film, Shinde not only managed to resurrect… Continue Reading

Udta Punjab Review – Not An Exciting Exposé, More Like A Total Buzzkill

The hoopla has ended, the dust has settled and all we are left with is a very curious product in the form of a film attempting to shed light on Punjab’s rampant drug epidemic. Much to director Abhishek Chaubey’s chagrin,… Continue Reading

Kapoor & Sons Review – Turning Bourgeoisie Melodrama To High Art

Two prodigal, NRI sons (Siddhalth Malhotra and Fawad Khan) return to India to tend to their ailing grandfather (Rishi Kapoor with heavy prosthetics) and resolve long-standing issues with their parents (Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor). They also meet a cute… Continue Reading

Fitoor Film Review – Dickens is Alive And He Lives In Kashmir

When the Bollywood-going crowd ambushes a film in an act of Groupthink and J’accuse!, the film is not spared. Fitoor’s crime, as has been heard through the grapevine, is that it’s nothing more than a shallow affair that whitewashes the… Continue Reading

Ungli Film Review – Drawing Correlations Between Bollywood & Ferguson, Missouri

Ungli , a Bollywood superhero flick, arrives at the heels of an incendiary court ruling in Missouri that has caused ripples  across the world. Indian citizens can now take solace in the fact that they’re not alone in their struggle;… Continue Reading