Jesse Plemons – A Cross between Meth Damon & J.Edgar DiCaprio

A tad pudgier than Damon, and definitely more blond, is the FBI Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Less twinkly-eyed, taciturn, betraying superficial smile, much more real, and hence scarier, Mitchell is played with aplomb by Jesse Plemons. You don’t want to be handled by this agent. He chokes your breath by slowly squeezing your balls. Has…

Hansal Mehta’s SCAM 1992: The Finest Indian Web-series Thus Far

If the opening theme (created by Achint Thakkar) does not haunt you enough, Harshad’s stroke and the lonesome death at the climax definitely shall.  With Neeraj Arya of Kabir Café singing ‘Mat Kar Maya Ko Ahnkar’, Harshad Mehta fades into time, leaving behind his family, infamy, ruined small investors and a trail of unanswered questions….

Cops Rushing in Where Sanity Fears to Tread

  A Police team from Pakistan has arrived in Mumbai to investigate the apparent suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput. In support of their move, the Pakistani cops have produced a footage in which SSR is seen answering to the name of Sarfaraz, a Pakistani living in Belgium. Since Sarfaraz’s parents and extended family still live…

STREAMING  PLATFORMS : Mediocrities on Offer

    I jump into streams, To scour their beds. Where is gold dust? No classics are shared. (4)   No Bergmann fests, Not Fellini’s best, Where lies Bunuel buried? Where has Kiarostami fled? (8)   In these waters only small fishes abound, Not many valuables in flotsam are found, Banks are flooded with easy…

Inglourious BULBBULS

(No Spoilers)   Although Seven was marketed as Se7en, it neither hurt the sense of the name, nor its pronunciation. Rather it reinforced the idea of ‘seven deadly sins’ around which murders in the film occur. Pursuit of Happyness was so named despite Will Smith pointing at the incorrect spelling on the wall graffiti in…

फिर एक आत्मघात – सवाल,समस्या,कर्म या अकर्म?

हर मौत का मतलब निकले ये आवश्यक नहीं । हर घटना के पीछे कुछ गहरा कारण हो ये ज़रूरी नहीं । किसी ने आत्मघात कर लिया तो क्यूँ किया? तुम खबर मिलते ही सूइसाइड नोट ढूँढने लगे । खुद को पुलिसवाला,फोरेंसिक एक्सपर्ट,वकील समझकर सुराग तलाशने लगे। कुछ नहीं मिला तो कयास लगाने लगे – अफेयर…

फिल्म शूल में मनोज वाजपेयी – काहे का समर,कौन से प्रताप, किधर का सिंह?

(सिनेमा नहीं देखे हैं तो नहीं बुझाएगा । फिर सवाल यह उठता है कि नहीं देखे हैं तो क्यूँ नहीं? सिनेमा देखते ही नहीं हैं , या फिर कुछ कुछ होता है और नोटिंग हिल से ज्यादा वास्तविकता झिलती नहीं!) इतना धारदार किरदार नहीं देखा । मानो ज़िंदगी के पत्थरों पर घिस-घिस कर पैना हुआ…

Maine Dil Se Kahaa

Death of a close acquaintance robs us of objectivity. Grief keeps pouring out of welled-up eyes and chokes our breaths. Attendant rituals and surrounding mourners give rise to claustrophobia. It is then that numbness sets in. Profound gloom envelops everything. Days become long and dark, nights darker and endless. Pain might heal, loss always haunts….

Burt Lancaster in The SWIMMER

Ned Merrill , the character played by Burt Lancaster, does not put on either a shirt or a trowser during the entire runtime of 95 minutes. Neither does he shut his lips even once to deny us the grand spectacle of his shapely teeth. The Swimmer is that kind of a film, in which a…

Once Upon a Tarantino in Hollywood

  Brad Pitt’s Pit Bull has a larger , meatier role than the Great Al Pacino in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. It is the dog, Brandy, that breaks the tense standoff at the climax by jumping the wannabe-assassin hippie when his master Pitt so directs him on the direction of Tarantino . Talking…

DESPITE WHATEVER ‘THE FAMILY MAN’ TELLS YOU….

      JIHAD IS NOT A REACTION, IT’S A CREED UNTO ITSELF. It is considered as the sixth pillar of Islam and is a valuable instrument of policy of every Islamic state be it Pakistan, Daesh, Iran or Saudi Arabia. It is the holy path of duty which takes every Believer to the promised…