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Sandeep Adnani has been writing movie reviews since 2007. He started blogging mini musings and short stories in 2013.
His first metaphysical/transformational fiction novel, 'The Codes of the Exiled Rogue' was published in December 2019 and went on to became an amazon #1 bestselling ebook.
Part 2 titled 'The Origin of the Exiled Rogue' was published in September 2020 and became an amazon bestseller in multiple categories as well. He has finished writing The Exiled Rogue series, the final instalment of the #TERS trilogy will be out in 2021.
He changed careers from the advertising/media industry and is now a mental health counsellor in Melbourne with bases in Mumbai and Dubai as well.
A romantic thriller by Ben Wheatley, the film offers everything it promises. Based on the 1938 novel of the same name, the plot is intriguing with enough suspense and mystery to have you invested and interested till the end.
The lead actors do a nuanced job of keeping you guessing while moving the plot along. The twist, when it appears, isn’t entirely a surprise but plausible.
Good performances in a different yet understandable story.
Based on the novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, this miniseries is brilliant at challenging and breaking stereotypes.
Director Scott Frank has painted a challenging world where we don’t feel sorry for anyone, we just root for them because of the way they handle and conduct their lives
The result? A prodigy who goes on to become a Chess phenomenon, taking on the greats in the realm. A riveting watch with a wonderful performance by the lead, Anya Taylor-Joy and every other cast member.
A must watch, with a pertinent message that is driven home plenty of times!
Only Mira Nair could have done justice to the poetic saga written by Vikram Seth, and she does so wonderfully.
Striking a balance between story telling and setting the mood for culture, family dynamics, heartbreak and new love, she captivates the audience while weaving a tale, drawing us in to the lives and choices of the many characters.
Though the 6 episodes cannot capture the entire content, they have however bottled the essence of the story, touching on all the key elements and relationships which form the drama, romance and strife in the plot.
Excellent performances by the entire stellar cast, the most noteworthy are Ishaan Khatter, Tabu and Ram Kapoor. But each and every one puts their finest theatrical foot forward.
Watch it for the detail, the feelings, the authenticity and the fine character portrayals and even finer direction.
The best part of this show is not the lack of horror, but the abundance of story telling. Stories that span centuries, back stories for everything and no caricatures or predictable plot twists.
An eerie mood is created by Mike Flanagan from the beginning, where words, cues or incidents stand out in your memory. There is a reason for it all, as the story unfolds.
What you are not prepared for are the surprises the story has in store for you, which explains everything you have seen and a plausible reason for it.
The haunting in this sense stems from grief, heartbreak, torture, abuse and betrayal which leaves a far bigger impact and resonance then traditional scares which are over in the next second.
The show scores for brilliant writing, screen adaptation of the work of Henry James, stellar acting by the cast, especially the younger siblings. Everyone has a story to tell and experiences that have shaped them to be the way they are. Nothing is black and white and no one is bad or good.
The haunting continues to haunt long after it is over.
The Origin of the Exiled Rogue is making waves on yahoo news ! Part 2 of The Exiled Rogue Series recently became an Amazon #1 bestseller and the author Sandeep Adnani has now been featured in the news! Check out the coverage!