Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lucy (2014): French filmmaker Luc Besson's solid Action flick with a weak Sci-Fi element

What could have been a path breaking cinema ends up being just another good film

By Amrit Rukhaiyaar

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Lucy, Film Poster, Directed by Luc Besson, starring Scarlet Johansson
Lucy (2014) By Luc Besson
Reviewer's Rating: 6.0
IMDb Ratings: 7.8
Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
CastScarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi
Country: France
Language: English | French | Korean | Chinese
Runtime: 89 min

SummaryA woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Badlapur (2015): Indian filmmaker Sriram Raghavan's unflinching tale of revenge with an underlying moral dilemma

Part psychological thriller, part character study that's both entertaining and thought-provoking

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Badlapur, film poster, Directed by Sriram Raghavan, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Varun Dhawan, Radhika Apte
Badlapur (2015) - By Sriram Raghavan
Our Rating: 7.0
IMDb Ratings: 8.3
Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
CastNawazuddin Siddiqui, Varun Dhawan, Radhika Apte
Country: India
Runtime: 134 min
Color: Color

Summary: Raghu is a happy content man who has a beautiful wife Mishti, his college sweetheart and a son Robin. This fairy tale life comes to an abrupt end when Mishti and Robin are killed in a bank robbery case. Left in a state of shock, Raghu never comes to terms with his life.

ICC World Cup 2015: Cricket, Movies, Food, Fun and Frolic

The quadrennial clash between cricket and cinema

A Potpourri of Vestiges Feature

People in India are crazy about two things: cinema and cricket. If the latter is our nation’s lifeline, then surely the former forms its DNA. But, of late, I have been observing an anomaly which I am certain can only happen once in four years. No, I am not referring to the leap year phenomenon. Nor, am I alluding to the US presidential elections. Some of you might have guessed it already. Yes, I am referring to the cricket fever that comes in form of the world cup. Ever since the 2015 World Cup got underway, I have been noticing a clear clash between love and passion. As much as people in India love to go out for movies with their friends and family, they just cannot afford to miss the cricket carnival that happens only once every four years. The passion for cricket can sometimes get so overwhelming that the daily chores often take the back seat whilst people remain glued to the television screens. At times, the intensity can get so high that people even forget about eating. No one wants to leave his/her seat until the very last ball, let aside cooking… and when India wins the euphoria momentarily ends up satiating the hunger.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

"'Muffler wala' is synonymous with Arvind Kejriwal" says the Pune-based filmmaker who ran the AAP's 'Sardi' campaign

A candid conversation with filmmaker Abdullah Siddique

A Potpourri of Vestiges Exclusive

Abdullah Siddique, Aam Aadmi Party, Sardi Campaign, The Zero Productions
Abdullah Siddique:  The brain behind AAP's 'Sardi' Campaign
The 2015 Delhi Assembly elections saw the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)a political force that has emerged out of the anti-corruption movement started by the Gandhian social activist Anna Hazare—achieve a landslide victory, winning an unprecedented 67 out of the 70 Assembly seats. Obviously, the AAP win didn't happen overnight and a lot of handwork would have gone into it. Among many things that worked in AAP's favor was the innovative 'Sardi' video campaign that became quite popular on YouTube and other social media platforms. Did you ever wonder who was behind the campaign? Well, the campaign was the brainchild of a Pune-based filmmaker and IT Professional Abdullah Siddique who considers the Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal to be his role model.  

Banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi's Taxi wins the Golden Bear at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival

A singular triumph of artistic freedom and human determination

Taxi, Directed by Jafar Panahi, winner of the Golden Bear at 65th Berlin International Film Festival, starring Jafar Panahi
A Still from Jafar Panahi's Taxi
I am literally running out of breath as I try to write this blog post. I just received the news that Jafar Panahi's Taxi has won the prestigious Golden Bear at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. 

It was only last week that my very good friend and filmmaker Praveen Morchhale (the creative mind behind the indie Barefoot to Goa) brought my attention to Jafar Panahi's latest film Taxi. Praveen had just returned from Iran and was sharing the snippets about his Iranian sojourn during which he got the chance to interact with some of the greatest creative minds in Iran including Abbas Kiarostami and Asghar Farhadi. "Jafar Panahi has made yet another film while being under house arrest and the Iranian government is furious," Praveen told me. "It's in Berlin now," he further added. The moment he mentioned about a Panahi film making the cut for Berlin, my first response was: "You got be kidding me!" It was beyond my understanding how he managed to outfox the Iranian government for the third time in over four years.