The Fame Game (2022)

The waters of fame run deep, to win the game you have to play long.

What starts as a case of a missing superstar, quickly becomes an unravelling of her whole family and many of those around her.

It has multiple layers and messages, all communicated with ease, but in their own time. The entrapments of fame are evident throughout, with little done to hide or mask them.

Madhuri has given a brilliant and understated performance and is ably supported by a stellar cast, all of whom do a splendid job in portraying their respective arcs. No character is two dimensional and they all have more going on than meets the eye.

The verdict? A riveting display of the realities of the business, the families of those involved and how their struggles and backstories are never known or thought of.

Loosely based around many theories of stars in Bollywood and perhaps on their real lives too, it is a must watch with all doors open for a second season! Bravo to the creator Sri Rao and directors Bejoy Nambiar and Karishma Kohli.

The Kashmir Files (2022)

A recap of our shocking history filled with many heartbreaking details which are based on true events, the film isn’t easy to watch. Not only because of the atrocities, but because of the inaction of the government in power then and the way this episode has been forgotten entirely.

The film sets a mood from the very beginning, building on it without relying on music or histrionics. We see different sides to the story, the role of different elements, some told in passing, others in more detail.

Watch it to revise the history of the land, those that led to its prosperity and those that ultimately ruined it. Great performances by the cast and crew and bravo to Vivek Agnihotri for his astute direction.

History can be forgotten but not denied.

4/5

Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is synonymous with portraying strong women and their point of view. This is a tale which shows the heroics of Gangubai, a woman wronged by love, who rights the life of many as she fights the good fight.

SLB has struck to the brief. There is grandeur in the details, which form the backdrop for the talents of the entire cast. The highlights are Alia Bhatt, Seema Pahwa and Vijay Raaz. The performances grip you, the writing entertains, enlightens and jolts you, the songs and turning points give you hope in a world which has been cast aside.

We get glimpses of the lives of many such women, their back stories and tragedies, but the film doesn’t dwell on that. It’s always looking forward, as did the protagonist in real life, while imparting many life lessons, philosophies and truths in her candid manner.

Different from his earlier films but with his trademark for the dramatic, this one is another feather in his illustrious cap.

A must watch for its strength and dignity.

4/5

The Exiled Rogue Series live on 22.2.22

An existential crisis
A transformational journey
A metaphysical revelation
A visionary experience
The CODES, their ORIGIN and a PROPHECY guide the EXILED ROGUE as he traverses time, space, life, death and beyond.

The omnibus of my trilogy, The Exiled Rogue Series, is live tomorrow 22.2.22!

The complete paperback, collectible hardcover, ebook with series art and the full audio book can be ordered/downloaded worldwide!

The Exiled Rogue Series Trailer

Presenting, the trailer of the omnibus of my trilogy, The Exiled Rogue Series!

A story that spans more than 120 years, The Exiled Rogue Series is the complete offering of three Amazon #1 bestsellers, The Codes of the Exiled Rogue, The Origin of the Exiled Rogue and The Prophecy of the Exiled Rogue.

It starts as an existential crisis, develops into a clandestine meeting to discuss life and its purpose, quickly escalates into something deeper and more profound. The characters journey through life and beyond, uncovering truths which the human mind has grappled with since the dawn of time.

A larger plan for humanity and the evolution of each being is revealed, as our characters traverse time and space in different realms, all of which have laws of their own. Though the dimensions are distinct, yet they flow beautifully and logically into each other to form a whole, invoking a sense of déjà vu!

Written by award winning author Sandeep Adnani, this trilogy will help you appreciate the joy and wonder of being alive and look forward to the dimensions that await us upon our departure from this world.

Campaign art : Noor Shaikh

Cover design and series art : Saumya Sharma

Narrated by Simon Atkins, the voice of the audio book which will be live along with the paperback, collectible hardcover and complete ebook on 22.2.22

The Exiled Rogue Series – Cover Reveal

Presenting the beautiful cover art of The Exiled Rogue Series!

A culmination of the philosophies of the three books, it has been hand drawn by Saumya Sharma @tissayra_arts and completed by Noor Shaikh @lumoz_studio

The all seeing eye, the tree of life (as above, so below), the cycle of the moon and the source of life on Earth; the shining sun, which has been witnessed and revered by humanity since the beginning. The black and white, yin and yang, the duality of existence, the red symbolising life itself.

The Ouroboros, an ancient symbol that represents eternal cyclic renewal or a cycle of life, death, and rebirth. The skin-sloughing process of snakes symbolizes the transmigration of souls.

An unyielding journey of hard work, vision and connection has resulted in this labour of love, which I hope connects with all of you and marks the beginning of the end, the offering of the complete trilogy in one volume!

Launch in 11 days!
22.2.22