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AWAARGI: Love Unfair Movies

Love is complicated. That’s the easy part. But it may not be quite as easy to understand that it is not necessarily just. And that it is sometimes blatantly unjust. And also that on certain occasions it is perfectly capable of tearing one apart with disarming innocence. One can only squirm and fume, and get frustrated when that happens because there is nothing that one...

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SHAUKEEN: Unapologetically Lustful, Age No Bar Movies

To make a movie about three lecherous old men salivating at every woman and girl who has the misfortune of falling within their eyesight was indeed a courageous thing to do back in the 1980s, or in any era that we have seen, for that matter; particularly so in India. That’s because we have never been comfortable with lust and advancing age. To us, lust...

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TRIYACHARITRA: Remarkably Restrained Movies

Child marriages have been part of a larger social reality in India as well as elsewhere for a long time, and while all child marriage might not have turned into disasters, certain social circumstances could and did turn some of them into blazing nightmares. Triyachartira tells the story of a child bride, Bimli (Rajeshwari), who is betrothed to a boy at an early age of...

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TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS: Powered by Kusum ‘Datto’ Sangwan Movies

Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) returns to Kanpur with her husband, Manu (R. Madhavan) left behind in a mental institution in London. Oddly, the husband lands in the asylum straight from what appears to be a marriage counseling session where he loses his temper over his wife’s provocatively blatant lies to the board of counselors. But getting angry — even very angry — is no medical anomaly...

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WOH CHHOKRI: Misfortune in Excess Movies

A terrifying knock at the door of a young girl (Pallavi Joshi) sleeping alone in her small hut in a thickly populated ghetto with similar huts all around sends shivers down the spine of the young girl, whose mother has gone away to meet the girl’s father (Paresh Rawal) on the girl’s adamant insistence fuelled by the tenacious hope that the man – now a...

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In this image released by Warner Bros., Heath Ledger starring as The Joker, is shown in a scene from "The Dark Knight."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Stephen Vaughan) ** NO SALES ** Movies

The Dark Knight is doubtlessly a cinematic masterpiece and the Joker is by all means one of the most intriguing negative characters to have ever come to life on the silver screen. The movie is remarkable not only in terms of characterization, but also because it deals with eternal human struggles once again without looking, feeling or sounding stale. The plot has Batman — the...

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NISHANT: A Tale of Violent Re-ordering Movies

Those with means and influence tend to be adamant and oppressive apart from being almost completely indifferent to the miseries of the less-privileged. Feudal India with its notorious landlords was a society in which power and money were concentrated in those few hands that did not hesitate in brutally squeezing the poor and the weak with or without reason. The excesses were tolerated solely because...

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SPARSH: Paranjpye’s Deft Touch Movies

In the dark world of the blind, touch is the only true guide — Sparsh (Hindi for ‘touch’). But whether the blindness shuts the world out and makes the blind incapable of engaging with the world visually, or makes the blind stay in touch with their own alternative world running parallel to the world of the sighted without losing touch with either of the two, or...

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BHUMIKA: A Woman’s Quest for Home Movies

The roles that human beings play in their lives are not too different from the way an actor essays a character in a movie or a play. One might argue that the difference lies in the ‘reality’ of life and the ‘make believe’ nature of plays and movies. That perhaps is a major perceptual mistake. Most of our real life is founded on the conceptual...

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GANGS OF WASSEYPUR – II: Neat Finish To A Clumsy Start Movies

When Indian heroes, led by Angry Young Man Amitabh Bachchan, turned superhumanly powerful and invincible, the mainstream Indian cinema became the wonderland of all kinds of possibilities with the ever-raging battle between good and evil thrown in, in which the good always triumphed, and the only thing left to be enjoyed was the trajectory it followed to attain the final victory because the ends were...

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