Film Review

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The Stupid White Male Critic: A Response to Mike McCahill’s Review of “Kaabil”

27.01.17   I wrote a film review yesterday after watching “Kaabil”. The review can be found here:   https://sunsm.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/kaabil-film-review/   I gave “Kaabil” a positive review because the film was a response to the injustice of rapist immunity and to the male-dominated legal and political system of power. Today, I read through some other reviews … Continue reading

Kaabil Film Review

26.01.17   “Aadami ka khud pe bharosa uski taqat hoti hai…tum aur main..Hum kamzor nahi hain” “The strength of a human being is having faith in themselves… you and me, we are not weak.”   SPOILER ALERT!   It was the clash of the titans at the Hindi box office this week. I chose the … Continue reading

Contemporary Feminism and Dangal – The Problems Facing India and the World Today

28.12.16   Dangal is a recent film about Indian women’s wrestling. It is a box office phenomenon in India. It looks set to be the highest grossing Hindi movie of this year, if not of all time. Dangal is based upon a true story. A man from a small village, Mahavir Singh Phogat, sets his … Continue reading

Ghayal Once Again Film Review

09.02.16 Ghayal was a landmark film in my childhood. It is about a wounded man (‘ghayal’ means ‘wounded’) framed for the murder of his brother. His brother has been killed by the most powerful man in the city and as a result of his death, the title character’s life unravels and he becomes immersed in … Continue reading

Hamlet in Kashmir – Haider Film Review

27.03.15 A Hindi filmic reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet was an irresistible draw. I have read Hamlet a number of times because of its significance to English literature and I wanted to see how the Hindi film industry accommodated the conventions of Shakespeare’s time to the present day and in line with its own familiar conventions. … Continue reading

Mardaani – Film Review

“This world in which mothers and sisters are not relations but swear words, in this world I will break all the relations of morality” – Mardaani Anthem I am not a fan of Rani Mukerji, although I respected her powerful performance in ‘Black’, but I was irresistibly drawn to this crime thriller in which she … Continue reading

Film Review – PK (11th January 2015)

My Bollywood film viewing as of late has been concentrated on the older generation – films by Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. The youngest hero whose films I also watch regularly are Hrithik Roshan. I have watched Kick, Bang Bang, Krrrish 3, PK, Talaash, Chennai Express and am planning to watch Happy … Continue reading

Film Review: BBC’s Esio Trot

I am not a big fan of the conventional attitude that dismisses filmic interpretations of books as inevitably inferior to the original. The filmic interpretation of a work of literature can be an accessible introduction to the work, or a good reinterpretation which renews the work according to modern-day sensibilities. However, having said this, I … Continue reading

Film Review – Man of Tai Chi

One of the films I watched recently – and was impressed with – was the directorial debut of Keanu Reeves, Man of Tai Chi. It had a traditional storyline, which was the corruption of power and the loss of discipline and control which is such a favourite theme of the martial arts movie. However, despite … Continue reading