Shubhra Gupta is film critic and senior columnist with the Indian Express. She watches world cinema for delectation, Hollywood for fun, and Bollywood for work. She has a huge capacity to sit through terrible Bollywood movies, but no patience at all with bad Hollywood. And world cinema has to be really cutting edge to grab her attention, and keep it. When she began reviewing, over 20 years ago, people would commiserate and say, “oh, you poor thing, you have to watch Hindi cinema”. But soon, Bollywood became cool, cool, cool. So now she hears this more often “oh my god, you watch Bollyood films, can you introduce me to Shah Rukh Khan”? No, she can’t, sorry, though she can vouch for the fact that he is really sharp and good fun in conversation. But what she can do, and has done week after week, month after month, year after year, without a break, is to lead you into the magical world of movies, and share her experiences of watching all those hundreds of films over the years. In her reviews and columns, she lets you into what she likes, and doesn’t, and invites you to be bewitched. And to know how to choose between the good ones and the turkeys, and how you can take away something from even the really ghastly ones. Because life is a movie, isn’t it? Bahut picture baaki hain, mere dost.
On Shashi Kapoor's birth anniversary, let's take a look at the career of an actor who belonged to a gentler, kinder era. He wore his looks, and his understated acting ability lightly, sometimes so lightly that you often overlooked his skills.
Raid review: In all this to-ing and fro-ing, background music blaring to make up for the lack of real drama, even a terrific actor like Saurabh Shukla is left floundering.
Dil Juunglee review: Taapsee Pannu, who could have saved this creaky thing, is buried under a bad hairdo in the first half. By the time she gets all chic, post interval, it’s much too late. For her, and the film.
Hate Story IV review: The plot of Urvashi Rautela, Karan Wahi, Vivan Bhatena and Ihana Dhillon starrer Hate Story 4 is a steady stream of hot bods. And acting, what’s that? The film has no ambitions that-a-way, so there.
3 Storeys review: Everyone plays it quite competently, despite the predictable beats. Nice to see Renuka Shahane, who aims for naturalness despite some stodginess in the way her part is written.
Pari review: Anushka Sharma plays Rukhsana with a great deal of bloody enthusiasm. You cannot accuse her of not trying hard, but the film is so poorly-written, and so scatter-brained that nothing can rescue it.
Sridevi typified that rare creature, the Bollywood actor who didn’t want to go slowly into the night, and was determined to do something about it.
Berlin International Film Festival is not a grafted, hot-house delegates-only soiree; it is an organic part of Berlin’s cultural calendar, and it is proudly, flagrantly, refreshingly political.
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety movie review: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh starrer Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is breezy enough, and provides some laughs, some of which escape involuntarily.
The melding of the myth and the real is not as effective, though, and the film becomes repetitive in places. But overall, ‘Raakshas’ holds, and is a welcome step in the direction of making non-Hindi contemporary, inventive cinema accessible to all.
Welcome To New York movie review: You wish there was more savagery and skewering all round, but Welcome To New York, starring Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh, turns out to be a limp, lame tribute to Bollywood.
Two compelling docufeatures screened at the Berlinale urge you to ask some hard questions.
What makes people to do the things they do? Underneath the skin and bones, who really, are we? Like all good films, 3 Days, a feature based on fact, compels you to ask the hard questions, and leads you to think.
Q’s latest film Garbage received a warm reception at the Berlinale film festival.
Garbage, the only official Indian entry at the Berlin festival is sometimes too in your face in the way it takes two young women and a man, flings them into terrible situations, and observes them, pitilessly, trying to negotiate those tough tangles.
His 1945 ‘Eve’, all about a slimy handsome fellow working his way up the rungs in post-war Hollywood, turns up as the freshly minted Eva directed by Benoit Jacquot, in the Competition section.
James Hadley Chase's 1945 novel Eve turns up as the freshly minted Eva directed by Benoit Jacquot in the Competition section. Meanwhile, the Indian delegation, led by Karan Johar, has been busy talking up the Indian film industry in the European Film Market (EFM).
The Silent Revolution by Lars Kraume is set in the Berlin of 1956, when the cold war was setting in, and the division between those who thought that the West was evil decadence, and themselves, the champions of socialism, was cementing rapidly.
Isle Of Dogs reunites Anderson with the stop-motion technology which he used so well in his previous top-notch animation Fantastic Mr Fox.
PadMan movie review: PadMan isn’t a particularly good film. It has tonal problems, swinging between commonplace-ness and flat-out filmi-ness, because it is trying to appeal to many constituencies at the same time.
Monochrome Stripes! Kangana, Deepika, Anushka hit the latest Bollywood trend
'The real success of a city depends on its ability to make available its facilities and resources equitably. Everybody who lives there must have access to what the city offers, be it housing, drinking water, healthcare, safety or educational opportunities,' says Sheila Dikshit.