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  • Attuned to the times

    28-03-2015 00:06:00

    Gulzar composed a gentle, meditative song for a classic like Bandini more than 50 years ago, also won an Oscar

  • Nostalgia trips and lasting morals

    14-03-2015 00:04:00

    The similarities between Naseeb Apna Apna and Dum Lagaa ke Haisha are really just skin-deep though

  • Canvases on celluloid

    28-02-2015 00:06:00

    Amidst the Oscar hoopla of the past few weeks, and the accompanying burden of expectations on a critic - that most of one's time should be spent analysing the relative merits of award favourites Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel - one of ...

  • Nihilism in a medical ward

    31-01-2015 00:06:00

    There is, of course, satirical exaggeration in this portrait of a medical ward as a purgatory for confused souls, administered to by angels whose faces keep changing

  • Love, virtually

    17-01-2015 00:06:00

    If Her is a bone-chilling romance between a man and a machine, it is also a comment on how human relationships are changing in an increasingly tech-dependent world

  • A case for new sermons

    03-01-2015 00:04:00

    The protests against PK only strengthen the case for preachy actors

  • The joker and his disguises

    20-12-2014 00:06:00

    Mera Naam Joker is seen as one of Kapoor's most personal films

  • Connecting the dots

    06-12-2014 00:16:00

    Usually, when a book is adapted into a film, the scriptwriters don't assume that their viewers have read the source text; the movie should work on its own terms

  • A child in time

    22-11-2014 00:06:00

    Though a scripted, fiction film, Boyhood was made in installments over 12 years and captured the actor's own growth from age seven to age 18

  • What dreams may come

    08-11-2014 00:07:00

    Passages from Rajorshi Chakraborti's Or The Day Seizes you reminded me of Fellini's 1963 film, Eight and a Half

  • Breaking the wall

    25-10-2014 00:06:00

    The most Brechtian film I have seen from that period is Ketan Mehta's debut feature, Bhavni Bhavai

  • To die, to sleep: two dark princes

    11-10-2014 00:04:00

    One can't help but note the connections between Shakespeare's prince of melancholia and Stoker's Prince of Darkness - both are preoccupied with death and afterlife. Seen here is a poster of the 1931 f

  • Made for each other: Kishore Kumar and Madhubala

    27-09-2014 00:06:00

    Kishore Kumar and Madhubala's is one of the most unusual - yet also oddly poignant - romantic pairings in Hindi-movie history

  • How a critic was fooled

    13-09-2014 00:06:00

    During a class I recently taught about film criticism, an ancient, all-too-familiar question surfaced like a Kraken bursting foully from the ocean's depths

  • Being connected, in a moral haze

    30-08-2014 00:07:00

    One of the funniest and scariest scenes in Anurag Kashyap's 2004 film Black Friday - about the investigation that followed the 1993 terror attacks in Bombay - had a bunch of policemen pursuing a suspect named Imtiaz through a massive slum. Towards ...