Category Archives: Films

The Shared Blanket Issue – A Review of Dil Dhadakne Do

There is a scene in the film Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD), when Ms. Shefali Shah and Mr. Anil Kapoor are in bed on board a cruise ship. Their relationship is one of contempt for each other, and if they were living in the US, they would have been divorced ages ago. They are both under […]

Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

This follows the run-up to the movie in the previous post. There was once a Hindi multi-starrer called Jaani Dushman (1979) that had more stars than a bowl of breakfast cereal and the only way to deal with all of them was to keep bumping them off. Age of Ultron does not kill off its […]

Daredevil, Avengers: Age of Ultron – Run-Up

This piece has partly appeared in the Mumbai Mirror. It was meant to be a review of Daredevil, along with a run-up to Avengers: Age of Ultron and then a review of Age of Ultron. Daredevil Netflix and Marvel last week put out 13 episodes of the re-imagined Daredevil, all at one go, which I managed […]

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough…A Long Winding Film Review

The piece I was actually to going to write yesterday was based on the new article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) about the long-term benefits of running, but I am converting that into a book, so more about that later. All the highlights in Bold are the ideas that are […]

How the Bullet Raja Team Ruined a Perfect Chicago Evening

I like to see films when I travel and have fond memories of different theatre and film experiences. For example, in Berlin, before one of the Mission Impossible films, the ads lasted for around 45 minutes, watched patiently by a full house, followed by an interval and then the main film. Over the years though, […]

Post-Credit Geeks…in Mumbai

Last Sunday, we watched Iron Man 3 at the Adlabs in Wadala. When the film ended and the credits started rolling, my wife got up. I held her down saying I wanted to catch the post-credit scene. She didn’t know what I was talking about, but waited anyway…and my excited son and I explained to […]

The Tale of Two Films…A Good “Bad” Original and its Bad “Bad” Remake

When non-Indians ask for masala Bollywood film choices, I tell them to start with Sholay, then try Amar Akbar Anthony or Yaadon ki Baarat and finally Himmatwala. 1983. We had just finished a brain-squeezing exam and 30 of us wanted to leave those brains behind and watch a “bad” Hindi film. Himmatwala playing at Badal/Bijlee […]

A Week of Roller-Coaster Emotions, Changes and Closure

What a roller-coaster week this has been! The biggest story obviously was Balasaheb Thackeray’s on-off death. From the time I started understanding things as a kid, the Sena and he have been part of our lives, sometimes central, most times peripheral, responsible for changing Bombay and its residents, for good or for bad. Interestingly, just […]


Four days ago, I watched English Vinglish. In this new world of first weekend-hit films, this movie is still running to full houses in its third week, simply because of Ms. Sridevi, who is just so damn good. I liked the film and even had a lump in my throat when Ms. Sridevi gave her […]

We Can Keep Some Secrets…

By the time we got to watch “Kahaani”, most of our immediate world had already seen the film. It is a devious movie that uses a lie to fool us into believing a certain truth that turns out to be untrue in the end. Despite the number of people who had seen the film before […]