Wedding Season (2022)


Little America (2020)

Eight heartwarming real stories that tell us what dreams and aspirations brought people to the USA or kept people there.

Spelling, squash/sneakers, hat/boots, a silent retreat, cookies, quail eggs, lucky winners and asylum seekers all have relevance in how people persevere in making their dreams come true.

With all the negativity in the world right now, this one is a heart warming watch!

Phillauri (2017)

Debut director Anshai Lal creates a warm tale filled with love, comedy and above all a story. Good content is key, the small budget is an achievement and coupled with good acting and music, this film is a complete package.

Anushka Sharma is cute as the friendly ghost, understated and controlled, involuntarily tethered to Suraj Sharma because of ‘marry a tree manglik ritual’. It isn’t that simple of course, there is a back story, and a fulfilling one at that.

Diljit Dosanjh is appropriate in the role of a village singer, with a progressive arc to his character. Mehreen Pirzada is supportive and charming. Lots of scenes are communicated only via expression, which involve the audience at a deeper level.

It is refreshing to see solid content presented in an entertaining way, keeping the aesthetic and emotional quotient high. The film integrates history, music and love in a unique way.


Million Dollar Arm (2014)

Disney brings us the true story of RInku and Dinesh, two boys who win a competition in India to play baseball back in the USA. This was a last attempt to save a flagging career by sports agent JB Bernstein, who travels through India with a novel concept to recruit young men.

The strength of this movie is that its based on a true story, which makes it more real than aspirational. It is handled sensitively, showing a more rural and congested India, but not as gritty and stark as ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. What starts off as unique strategic move, turns into an evolutionary journey for all those who are on it.

Classic ‘sports film’ moments, the well placed highs and lows, the background score, make this film predictable, yet enjoyable. The casting is very impressive, with a host of talented actors present, but not necessarily impactful.

In the end I think this film was more of a culture exchange, rather than atheletic, which gave it its warm fuzzy Disney feel.

A strong pitch with a soft heart.