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Posted On February 18, 2008By SandeepIn Abrahamism, Commentary

Jodha Akbar: Does it Deserve the Attention?

I didn’t want to blog about the controversy around Jodhaa Akbar simply because it doesn’t deserve the attention it is getting. The opinion I’ve heard about the movie is that it is an expensive and lengthy bore–at the least. Taking liberties with history is nothing new to Bollywood. Jodhaa Akbar is just the latest after the cinematic character-assassination of Bhagat Singh. Akbar’s benevolence is a loaded term because history shows his love for mass murder in the service of Islam. He was just less crueller than Babur or Humayun orRead More

Posted On May 24, 2007By SandeepIn Uncategorized

Autobiography of a Failed Film Critic in Two Parts

I’m a flunked film critic and this is my story. My dad’s list of favourite movies began with Nagin, Anarkali, Bees Saal Baad, Chaudvin ka Chand, Aah, Shri 420, Dilli ka Thug, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam, Funtoosh, China Town, Aawara, Anari, CID, Jewel Thief, Gumnaam, Kashmir ki Kali, Love in Tokyo, An Evening in Paris, Janwar, Junglee, Teesri Manzil, Yaadon ki Baraat, and ended with Kaala Pathar. That’s the only anger-charged Amitabh film he ever saw. It finished his film-watching life.Read More

Posted On April 5, 2007By SandeepIn Uncategorized

Movie Review: Mungaru Male

I finally watched the movie that’s sent the whole of Karnataka into a tizzy. I’m glad I watched Mungaru Male. The best things in life are often simple. Mungaru Male’s simplicity is its success secret: when was the last time you saw the Sold Out sign for a Kannada film in an upmarket theatre like PVR for the 10 PM show?Read More
I haven’t followed any Girish Karnad plays after the horrendous Agni Mattu Male (The Fire and the Rain). But it is nice to learn that his plays still enjoy enormous fan following in the circles that matter. To my knowledge, Karnad has written at least three plays after Agni Mattu Male. All three have expectedly received rave reviews from the obvious quarters. Here’s another review from Uma, which sounds balanced. Let’s see how.Read More

Posted On March 6, 2007By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics, Media Watch

Politics of Resurrection

The inevitable has to happen to any religion that only stands on the shaky ground of faith: it has to die its natural death. When Faith can no longer be asserted by violence, other, more desperate means are tried. Money, for example. Even that cannot take you too far, at best it can prolong the death by a few more years. So it is with Christianity, a religion founded exclusively on the Myth that is Jesus Christ.Read More

Posted On February 7, 2007By SandeepIn Uncategorized

Another Western Gutter Inspector

This time it’s a journalist, not a novelist. Reviewing (shallow) Water made by the self-scourging Deepa Mehta. I had covered the likes of Mehta earlier. So this review is not worth writing about. And he makes all the usual noises about the backwardness of widow-related traditions, and other blah-blahs. Is it surprising then, that the cheerleaders of these gutter inspectors should be left behind? They’re right there, behind them, tooting the Western trumpet with glee.Read More

Posted On December 21, 2006By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics, Media Watch

Actors not Just Onscreen

This was inevitable. Film actor Sanjay Dutt, held guilty for possessing arms in the 1993 bomb blast case, on Thursday arrived at the TADA court which would hear his plea seeking time to surrender. Dutt’s lawyers are likely to seek a pardon for him on the grounds of good behaviour. G-o-o-d b-e-h-a-v-i-o-u-r.Read More

Posted On December 21, 2006By SandeepIn Uncategorized

Movie Review: Tarka

Tarka (trans=Logic) launched one of the most amazing directors in Kannada cinema. Although it didn’t exactly set the box office ablaze, it signalled that Sunil Kumar Desai had arrived with his maiden directorial venture. A pity that Desai retired a couple of years ago. Tarka is a suspense-thriller, murder-mystery and pscyhological-horror tale all rolled into one. Its highlight is its taut, and fresh screenplay as well as the gripping tale. It is one of those rare songless movies. I’ve always despised the presence of songs in a movie that’s supposedRead More

Posted On December 18, 2006By SandeepIn Uncategorized

Movie Review: Ondanondu Kaladalli

As promised, here’s my review of Shankar Nag’s debut movie. Apart from paving the way for Shankar’s trailblazing career as both actor and director par excellence, this film has in its own small way, retained a cult-like reputation. A one-of-a-kind film in Kannada cinema, almost no other Kannada film has managed to achieve its class in terms of script and narration. I can only recall two miserable failures that attempted this kind of cinematic storytelling: Bharjari Bete and Gandabherunda. The latter was a pathetic inspiration of Mckenna’s Gold. Directed byRead More

Posted On December 18, 2006By SandeepIn Uncategorized

On a Different Track

I’ll take a temporary departure from blogging about political dirt and assault you with my enlightened views on Shankar Nag’s movies. No, I’m not his fan–not now, not in my childhood despite growing up watching his movies. I simply think he made, and acted in some amazing movies that beg to be talked about in more detail. I’ve already reviewed one of these.  The most striking aspect of Shankar Nag’s movies is the utter lack of pretension: he did make some “serious” (hate that word in the context of cinema) moviesRead More
It’s now the wife’s turn. To say the same things. On an occasion it was uncalled for. Versatile Bollywood actress and social activist Shabana Azmi on Friday depricated as unjust and untrue the tendency of equating Islam with terrorism as she received the prestigious International Gandhi Peace Prize…Read More

Posted On August 2, 2006By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics, Media Watch

Analysis Gone Awry

Amardeep Singh has an interesting article that’s curiously titled the communalisation of censorship. I believe he also runs a blog, which I tune into on and off. The article begins quite engagingly, recounting recent and past incidents of censorship in India, what was done about it and so on, but runs into few problems starting some place around this paragraph. With a secular United Progressive Alliance government led by the Congress party currently in power, the central government strictures may have been loosened…Read More