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Sultan and Atlanta – An Indian Version of a Greek Myth

19.07.16   Sultan was the biggest box office hits in Hindi film ever. However, the story in the film is entirely unoriginal, even though it has been updated. The story is based on the Greek myth of Atlanta. The myth of Atlanta is about winning a woman over in a competition, by fair means or … Continue reading

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