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Abhishek Bachchan's Temple of Dhoom 3

4 months agoFilm / Bollywood : Aspi's Drift

In the second major sequence in the year's last big Bollywood release Dhoom 3, Abhishek Bachchan - who plays a supercop called Jai Dixit - rams a ricksha through a wall and lands right in the middle of a bunch of goons. He and his buddy Ali (Udai Chopra hamming for the preteen demographic) then take on the gundas while still in the ricksha. Show More Summary

“Dhoom 3.”… Corn games

For the latest installment in an empty-headed franchise, Dhoom 3 sets its sights surprisingly high. This isn’t so much a bikes-and-babes tableau as an Angry Young Man saga (think Trishul on steroids), driven by the desire for revenge. Where the references in the earlier Dhoom films came from Hollywood capers, this one harks back to […]

‘I am willing to give up the kutcheri’

What is it about the chirping of some birds that makes it a song? What is the purpose of music? Does it matter whether you are a man or a woman in the world of Karnatik music? TM Krishna, in his book ‘A Southern Music’, lays down the history, evolution and grammar of his art […]

“Ivan Veramathiri”… The high cost of loving

My heart sank when, at the start of M Saravanan’s Ivan Vera Maathiri, a corrupt politician began to threaten the principal of a law college, and when he doesn’t get what he wants, he signals an underling and unleashes violence. A riot ensues. Students are beaten up, killed, and the cops just stand around and […]

“What the F!$#”… Home movie

In What the F!$#, Dimple Kapadia plays Sudha Mishra, a crotchety upper-class woman, and at the beginning of the film, she just cannot stop complaining – about the roads, about the cab driver who’s taking her home from the airport, and about the man outside her home who’s just begun to relieve himself. Brandishing a […]

“Jackpot”… Goa boys

Kaizad Gustad’s optimistically titled Jackpot wants to be a sweat-soaked comic noir, like those stories of con artists in sultry Florida bayous, with alligators snapping around. There’s a sense of that lassitude too – the film opens with the shot of a frog that can barely bring itself to jump, and a houseboat even carries […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Snow worlds and survival strategies”

Thoughts on the two biggest pre-“Hobbit” Hollywood blockbusters of the season, both of which are playing at a theatre near you. I hadn’t heard of Suzanne Collins or her Hunger Games novels until the first film was released, and I watched it because I was asked to review it. Otherwise, I may have avoided it, […]

‘An entertainer should help build the moral fibre of society’

A week before Aamir Khan was to inaugurate 11th Chennai International Film Festival, he consented to a curtain-raiser interview – and on a warm Thursday afternoon, I found myself waiting in his new sea-facing office in Bandra. The space doesn’t look finished yet, and from the things lying around no clear theme is visible. An oil […]

“Kalyana Samayal Saadham”… Scenes from an arranged marriage

The Chennai TamBrahm milieu in RS Prasanna’s Kalyana Samayal Sadham – a curiously old-fashioned title for a film that’s very modern in many ways – is presented with a loving insider-knowingness that’s not been seen on screen since… maybe, Aaha. The usual jokes about girls being tutored in Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam (and boys in playing the mridangam) acquire […]

“R… Rajkumar”… Do the fight thing

By some freakish coincidence, we have, this week, practically the same movie we had last week – only, this one’s done the way it should be. Like Bullett Raja, Prabhu Dheva’s R… Rajkumar is a masala movie about an amoral hero who works as a henchman (along with his best buddy) and who falls in […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “In the company of men”

About the non-release of “Satya 2,” and an attempt to understand a fine filmmaker’s descent into cultural irrelevance. That Ram Gopal Varma’s stock has fallen is in little doubt, but it was shocking, this Diwali, to see just how much it had fallen. Satya 2 was supposed to have been released a week before the […]

Man of Steel

An excerpt from my profile of Vikram for Caravan’s December issue. The full text will be available online soon at this link: IT WAS THE BEST NIGHT of Kenny’s life. It was the worst night of Kenny’s life. And it began on the pitch-black stage of the open-air auditorium at IIT-Madras. At first the audience […]

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Books, Cinema, Cinema: Hindi, Cinema: Tamil

A man and his muse

When Meena Kumari died of cirrhosis of the liver (precipitated by excessive drinking), in March 1972, Vinod Mehta was working as a copywriter in an advertising agency. He accepted a commission to write about the actress and delivered the manuscript in October that year, and the book was published a couple of weeks later. (This […]

“Bullett Raja”… Masala musings

There are many ways to make masala movies. You can serve them straight up, the way Prabhu Dheva does. Or you can distance yourself and refract the whole thing through a po-mo prism, the way Anurag Kashyap did in his Gangs of Wasseypur diptych. But in Bullett Raja, Tigmanshu Dhulia is after something else altogether. […]

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