Philip Seymour Hoffman has left us. But his films will endure. Which is your favourite PSH performance?
Formula One has the habit of making other sports look absurdly insignificant. What, you run real quick? What, you flog a bit of leather? What, you hit another bloke in the face? Well, I battle gravity and push physics to the limit by hurling myself at the apex of a curve, calculating and strategising about […]
Go Goa Gone: In which Raj and DK direct. In which Saif brings the cool. In which I write his lines. (Oh, and did I mention zombies?) ~
It isn’t often that I get to make a top ten list of good films. Most years, there are four or five good Hindi films. Sometimes I add a few more on, with a caveat. 2012, on the other hand, has offered up several shards of cinematic joy, and it is a year that may […]
After 99 Mirror columns, Raja Sen marks his ton by listing the hundred greatest films in the hundred years of Hindi cinema. Click on the image to view the list full-size. Please debate and disagree with inclusions and omissions in the comments section, but for every film you want to add, do suggest which one […]
The meritocracy. The mania. The home-delivered alcohol. The hours. The fact that we call it Bombay, come what may. The delusion. The complete lack of perspective. The palpable fanaticism about film. The seaface. The honest auto-rickshaws. The dives. The impossibility. The DVD bootleggers. The fanboys. The fact that nobody really cares unless you beseech them […]
Aarakshan, out this August, will be Deepika Padukone’s tenth film as leading lady, in less than five Bollywood years. What she lacks in range, she tries to make up with gams and gumption. She’s played a movie star, a cab driver, a blind roller-skater, a freedom fighter and even a half-Chinese Ninja-type. A feature with a plainer heroine, one who pronounces her apostrophes.
Why a guest-post? On this self-indulgent blog of stuff I write and actually like? Well, because it makes sense. Because it needed a space, and I had a particularly thickskinned one right here. Because it says what needs to be said. Because the anger is real and relevant and relatable. The friend who has written […]
How romance began, blossomed and withered all in the space of an epic 98. I first saw her at the Arts Centre. The University’s cricket-loving population was sprawled under a giant screen, a distinctly visible demarcation between hundreds in blue and an equal number in green. Actually, I had seen her before — even […]
Makers I’d Like to Follow: or, as is easier and catchier, #MILF. Welcome to the funnest fantasy league in showbizland. The game: Simple. 3 dream teams made of some of the industry’s finest directors — with some inexplicable choices thrown in. @Harneetsin, @PratimDGupta and yours truly have each chosen sides with very distinctive identities, and […]