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Sunday, May 09, 2021

Film of the Month


Film of the Month: Did Farooq Sheikh play his real flirty self in 1983's Katha?

March 31, 2020 9:57 am

At least co-star Deepti Naval and director Sai Paranjpye think so. We revisit Katha (also featuring Naseeruddin Shah as protagonist... and let us reassure you the film has lost none of its repeat value) to find out ourselves.

Film of the Month: Amitabh's Agneepath is more than mere Scarface, maloom?

February 16, 2020 3:02 pm

Amitabh Bachchan's widely-parodied Vijay Dinanath Chavan turns 30 today. The crime drama holds a special place in the hearts of fans but did you know it was an epic flop on release? Trashed as a middling Scarface copy, today it is an oft-quoted cult film.

Film of the Month: 1975's Deewaar

January 17, 2020 9:14 am

Lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar was once a part of the renowned writing duo Salim-Javed — best known for Zanjeer, Sholay and Don among more. But critics call Deewaar (1975) their finest hour at the movies. Even Amitabh Bachchan thinks so.

Film of the Month: Revisiting Bawarchi and Rajesh Khanna's uncomplicated simplicity

December 30, 2019 10:15 am

Anand (1971) may be Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Rajesh Khanna's most iconic collaboration, but it is their second movie Bawarchi that remains truly special.

Film of the Month: What Uddhav Thackeray can learn from Nayak's Shivaji Rao

November 30, 2019 1:54 pm

Recently, a fan, who may have seen S Shankar's Nayak (2001) far too many times, suggested Anil Kapoor's name as Maharashtra's CM. It's true that Kapoor played the most ideal Chief Minister there could ever be. The film follows the rollercoaster ride of a journalist who accepts the challenge to become CM for a day and how the rookie deals with the dirty demands of politics.

Film of the Month: Catch 'Humans of South Bombay' in action in Govind Nihalani's biting satire Party

October 31, 2019 1:28 pm

With an awful lot of serious talks and fascinating arguments and counter-arguments, this ensemble skit that released 35 years ago is still extraordinarily relevant for having the audacity to expose the pettiness and pretensions of the educated elite. Party's fundamental question, 'What is the role of art (and artists) in society?' remains just as intriguing today.

Film of the Month: Yash Chopra's Chandni foreshadowed Bollywood gloss

December 26, 2019 4:31 pm

Released on September 14, 1989, the jukebox Chandni came at a time when Yash Chopra, the maker of Deewaar, Trishul and Kaala Patthar, was disenchanted with all the "violence" and action stuff. It was a rare "no-compromises" film, as the director has put it – the ultimate tribute to the budding poet and incurable romantic in him. The Sridevi-starrer was the first of his out-and-out romantic pictures. But thankfully, not his last.

Film of the Month: Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi tells us everything that is wrong with the Left

August 29, 2019 11:14 am

Author Kiran Nagarkar praised Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi as "one of the finest political films." The 2005 political drama exposes the hypocrisy of the Left movement by revealing the huge gap between its naïve romanticism/intellectual activism and its utter failure to make a better and more just world.