Parineeta director Pradeep Sarkar passes away at 68

Posted in News, Obituary with tags on March 24, 2023 by munna


Shivaay on Rocket Boys 2 (Updated)

Posted in reviews, SS Exclusive, the good, TV Series with tags , , on March 23, 2023 by munna

If Kalam’s intro sequence of “har shaakh par ullu baitha hai” questioning the loyalties of a minority yet substantial number of Indian Muslims was the punchline of season 1, season 2 belongs to Dr Bhabha’s “We’re surrounded by trouble”. Continue reading

Bheed, John Wick:Chapter 4, other releases and the rest of the box office

Posted in Continuing, the bad with tags , on March 22, 2023 by munna

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Pathaan Images and Trailers (Updated)

Posted in the ugly on March 21, 2023 by munna

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Songs, Teaser and Images form Kisi ka Bhai Kisi ki Jaan (Updated)

Posted in the bad on March 21, 2023 by munna

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Trailers from all other movies – 2023

Posted in Continuing, the ugly, Trailer with tags , on March 21, 2023 by munna

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An Jo’s Viewings (Updated)

Posted in Continuing, Notes with tags on March 20, 2023 by munna


A somewhat ambiguous film; and I quite didn’t understand the adulation  this film got in some departments: It did deserve awards in cinematography and make-up – else, I found it to be done-to-death movie. T Continue reading

Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway, Zwigato, minor releases and the rest of the box office

Posted in Continuing, the bad with tags , on March 15, 2023 by munna

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Bholaa Trailers (Updated)

Posted in the ugly with tags on March 15, 2023 by munna

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Abzee’s Oscar Predix for the year in film 2022 (Updated)

Posted in SS Exclusive, the good with tags , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2023 by abzee

The nominations for the 95th Academy Awards will be announced in exactly 2 weeks’ time. After the slapgate that was the Will Smith-Chris Rock embarrassment of last year, the Covid affected restricted ceremony of the year prior to it, the host-less events from the couple years before that, and the shadow of the #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite movements that loomed over the two ceremonies previous to these… the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would like the Oscars this year to be a return to normalcy and one that would be remembered only for the films rather than any scandal or drama. Having host Jimmy Kimmel back to anchor the evening is a step in that direction.

At a time when global film industries are in a state of flux, audiences’ viewing habits are shifting, and theatrical outings are becoming more and more about just tentpole releases… perhaps this will be the massiest Oscars in years. The Oscars have always battled low ratings owing to charges of snubbing popular films in favour of snobbish prestige fare. Think The Hurt Locker winning over Avatar, or Anthony Hopkins in The Father over Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther… there are several examples.

Summer blockbusters and superhero films, genres that have kept the film industries and theatres still relevant, have always received a reluctant appraisal from the Academy in technical categories like Visual Effects and Sound. The 95th Academy Awards could be different.

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A Brief History of South Indian Kuthu and Teenmaar Music in 10 Songs

Posted in Refugee with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2023 by Qalandar
Ram Charan and N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in RRR

From Deva to M.I.A. to A. R. Rahman, we trace the evolution of the dance-folk genre at the heart of RRR hit “Naatu Naatu”

Excerpt: “In truth, “Naatu Naatu” is just one example of what is called “dappankuthu” (literally “drum punch”) in Tamil or “teenmaar” (literally “three sounds”) in Telugu, a percussive, aggressive and raunchy form of pop music with roots in both Chennai and Hyderabad, the respective homes of the Tamil and Telugu-language film industries. The genre has its origins in street music, when Dalit musicians in both cities played the frame drum at a fast pace to accompany festivals, funerals, or weddings. While initially marginal in mainstream Indian film music, where a light classical, tabla-focused style of pop dominated, by the turn of the millennium the genre had established itself in the industry, setting the scene for every wannabe blockbuster’s most lavish musical number.”

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Shivaay’s note on Amitabh’s legacy and Pink

Posted in Notes, the good with tags , on March 10, 2023 by munna

Enough said about legacy, box office records, longevity etc. etc. etc. There’s a moment in every legend’s career when mere mega stardom transforms in Legacy. And that LEGACY for me as a viewer and childhood fan of Amitabh Bachchan was perhaps the best film of the decade of the 2010s PINK! Continue reading

Krish on Amitabh Bachchan

Posted in Commentary, the good with tags , on March 10, 2023 by munna

As a kid who grew in the 80s, all i can say that Amitabh is the greatest superstar there has ever been. My first movie of his in theatre was the 5th or 6th rerun of Mr Natwarlal in Anand theatre Thane and that was sometime in 1984 or 1985 when the movie actually came in 1979 and i saw that in a packed house then. Unfortunately the electricity went and we had to come back home sadly 😦 Continue reading

An Jo on AB’s and SRK’s come-backs

Posted in Commentary, the good with tags , , on March 10, 2023 by munna

On AB’s and SRK’s come-backs…

Quite surprised at the turn — maybe the colors of Holi did play their magic — of tide here: Marcus, Master, everyone acknowledging AB’s unparalleled stardom: Been wanting to write this for a long time. As I believe someone said here, it is difficult and futile to compare stars of different eras and their levels of connectivity to the audience. Continue reading

Sunil on Akshay’s stardom

Posted in Refugee with tags on March 10, 2023 by munna

(On popular demand…)

Vijayshivaay is right.Comparing different generations is futile.Amitabh was greatest of his era.He should not be compared with anyone.Akshay is a legendary superstar.He is the biggest superstar of his Era that is since 1992 or 1999. Continue reading