Review: Chaitanya Tamhane’s The Disciple

Bombay slows down when you’re alone at night. The city may infamously refuse to sleep, but it does take the occasional breather. Also, earphones help. We see the protagonist in Chaitanya Tamhane’s extraordinary film The Disciple ride a motorcycle through deserted crossings in an ungodly hour, the city allowing him to drink in lungfuls of […]

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Review: Kabir Khan’s Phantom

Old jungle saying: cast a film well. There is a lot that a film-going audience can forgive in a production – from continuity errors to script flaws, from incoherent cinematography to weak plots – but one of the hardest to overlook is when the filmmakers pick the wrong people for the principal parts. Truly remarkable […]

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Review: Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan

(Full disclosure: Masaan is produced by Drishyam Films and they are the people producing my directorial debut, X, as well.) ~ It’s devastatingly hard to crush a skull. For all its lifelong fragility, the human skull is a significantly tough nut, which is why crematoriums have assistants on call to shove a stick into a pyre […]

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My picks for the Mumbai Film Festival

The 16th Mumbai Film Festival starts today, October 14. The official website gives you everything you need to know, and lets you reserve tickets. But this here link (RS MAMI Picks), gives you a PDF of the schedule with my must-watch films of the festival — based on things I’ve read, heard and trailers of the […]

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