Film Review: Ankhon Dekhi

Posted on 30 Mar 2014 under Essays

I’ve just watched Rajat Kapoor’s “Ankhon Dekhi”. Let me start by confessing that I know very little about Indian films to use statements like “typical Rajat Kapoor”, but I nevertheless have the feeling that that statement may not be very much off the mark. Where to begin with Ankhon Dekhi? Shall we begin with praising […]

Short Book Review: And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

Posted on 27 Mar 2014 under Essays

The Mira Nair movie “Monsoon Wedding”, was all about a big, fat, Indian wedding. And yet, the ending was all about a barely planned, almost serendipitous love story and a simple, unassuming little wedding ceremony that’s meant to steal your heart. Khaled Hosseini’s “And the Mountains Echoed” is a bit like that. Unlike “A Thousand […]

Book Review: Last Man in Tower, by Aravind Adiga

Posted on 02 Jan 2014 under Essays

I am going to preface this review by saying that I’m probably not very good at writing book reviews. I don’t have a pattern or a format or a template. I write a book review like I write a blog post — open up WordPress, navigate to the New Post page and start typing. With […]

Book Review: Animal’s People, by Indra Sinha

Posted on 22 Oct 2013 under Essays

Before I start this ‘review’, I should offer a couple of disclaimers. One – I love books that have a “bold” voice; books that are unapologetic in their view of reality, and present their story uncensored, no matter how vulgar. And two – it’s been a while since I’ve attempted a proper review of a […]

The Hobbit: A Review (Sort of)

Posted on 22 Dec 2012 under Essays

I was watching The Hobbit a couple of days back. I’m too rusty to do an all-out review, so I’ll make this easier on myself (and consequently, on you) by writing a few bullet points. I haven’t read any Tolkein, but I’ve watched all of the LOTR movies. When I watched Fellowship of the Ring, I remember being […]

Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (8/10)

Posted on 03 Jan 2012 under Essays

After seeing the trailers of the original Sherlock Holmes, it was with much trepidation that I watched the film. Holmes is supposed to be an intelligent man, extremely refined and gentlemanly, with an air of dismissive irreverence towards social norms. I wasn’t sure if Robert Downey Jr’s macho portrayal of Holmes would do justice to […]

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review (7/10)

Posted on 29 Dec 2011 under Essays

As of the moment of my writing this, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol enjoys a 7.9 rating on IMDB. Needless to say, I was excited about it, particularly bearing in mind the low standards set by its prequels, particularly the absolutely brainless M:i-2. Ghost Protocol is simpler. It’s got a very linear storyline involving nuclear […]

Happy Feet Two: A quick review (3/10)

Posted on 20 Nov 2011 under Essays

Happy Feet was a delightful, charming tale of an adorable little penguin that’s different from the others. It’s heart-warming and I felt empathetically connected to the characters. It had a decent story (which did wander off aimlessly a bit in the second half), but there were plenty of good moments. Robin Williams’ comic relief was splendid, […]

Green Lantern Movie Review: 4/10

Posted on 15 Nov 2011 under Essays

This is a movie made up of a series of bad clichés one after the other—predictable, dull and annoying. My roommate tells me this movie’s budget was a whopping $200m, but what’s really astounding is that it generated revenues to the tune of $219m—holy cow, how many dumbass people paid money to watch this movie? […]

Aarakshan Review: 3/10

Posted on 13 Aug 2011 under Essays

When I saw the trailers of this movie, I wondered to myself how brave it would be. Reservation is one of the most polarising topics in recent history. This movie could be controversial, yet brave. It could cause a sensation or riots…or both. It could present this difficult topic in a particularly clever way. The […]