Sacred Games (2018)

Based on Vikram Chandra’s novel, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane capture gritty Mumbai, the gang culture and political backdrop of the time with brilliant story telling.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui narrates and acts the character of Ganesh Gaitonde with unerring ease, hypnotising audiences with his life story, and leaving us wanting more at the end of the season.

Saif Ali Khan has a role that he can finally sink his teeth into, intense, on edge with a past that is yet to be revealed.

Such a show is an ensemble effort, every actor and location adding to its grim reality. Not one character was average, everyone acted their parts authentically.

Fast paced, full of eye opening moments and well edited back stories, there is a rationale for everything and everyone. Can’t wait for season 2!



TE3N (2016)

Director Ribhu Dasgupta brings us an unusual and unique set of circumstances which lead to two kidnappings and three people who try to unravel them.

Amitabh Bachchan is a beaten old man, a grand father who is not sprightly or happy. He has one mission and will leave no stone unturned to achieve it. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays a priest but has a past he doesn’t want to face. Instead he hides behind the will of God. Vidya Balan is credited as a special appearance but is pretty much present through out. She plays the cop who wants to believe but needs proof.

While the premise of the climax is understandable it’s not entirely believable. That said, it is still a good film with some moments that really make you think.


Manjhi : The Mountain Man (2015)

Set in post independence India, the tale of a lone man who wants to conquer a mountain for the betterment of his village is heart warming.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, plays the title role with such conviction, that you never think you are watching a film, but are somehow privy to a slice of their life. Radhika Apte who plays his spouse, has supported him ably, matching up to him in every frame. Their scenes have great chemistry and their intimacy is shot beautifully.

Director Ketan Mehta has captured the essence of the period, with appropriate dialogue, songs, body language, locations and sets. It’s earthy, not melodramatic and real.

The audience is left with a message in the end which could have been far more elaborate, but they say a lot in few lines. A sincere film with a big heart.


Badlapur (2015)

The extent of damage caused by grief is seen in this intense film which keeps catching you off guard.

Director Sriram Raghavan has gone a step further in this tale of revenge, where we see gory scenes and details and have no time to digest them.

Varun Dhawan has portrayed the character of a man that spans more than two decades, playing a care free young man, a responsible married man and the rest that follows. He has a spectrum from a ‘happy go lucky full of life guy’ to a ‘raw menacing wide eyed freak’. There is a complete transformation and an unforgiving streak which make him unpredictably scary.

Nawazzudin Siddiqui on the other hand is perhaps the anti-Varun, dealing with the proceedings in the moment. He is non chalant and unaffected. The audience was stretched to process both of them.

The film is brilliant in exposing small moments from new angles which add a rich texture to the story. An ensemble cast effort, every member has played an important part.

The climax is the best part of the film. You don’t know how you arrived there. You don’t know how things will move forward. But the Indian audience has to be spoon fed so nothing is left to the imagination.

A dark grisly tale which is a highlight in varun’s career and another feather for Nawazzudin.


The Lunchbox (2013)

There are films and there is film making. This movie is the latter and much like it’s name, serves a varied palette of delicate flavours which have to be eaten fresh!

Every nuance of the film, every frame, has a story which completes the recipe of this 109 minute gastronomical delight.

From the invisible ‘aunty’, the annoying colleague, the repressed house wife and the lifeless government worker, the scenes are packed with intelligent insights and a very high emotional quotient, supported by a strong undercurrent of humour and realism.

You can’t help but wonder why our realities are such, but you are hopeful that change is occurring. Awe-inspiring performances by 
Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bharati Achrekar and Lillete Dubey mirror many facets of human relationships in such a short span of time.

Written and Directed by Ritesh Batra, who should be applauded for his craft, one of the many brilliant lines of the film, which struck a chord deep and strong was, “You forget things if you have no one to tell them to.”

Skip every meal, but not this one.