Jio MAMI 2018 Roundup: Day 6

A synopsis of all that we experienced on the second day of the 20th Mumbai Film Festival. 1:30 p.m.: Screening of Spanish film Champions at PVR Nirmal Lifestyle, Mulund Country: SpainLanguage: SpanishDirector: Javier Fesser Spanish film Champions is a real tearjerker, a laugh-out-loud comedy, and an excellent feel-good film all rolled into one. It’s not only the first sports film that features […]

Continue Reading

Jio MAMI 2018 Roundup: Day 4

A synopsis of all that we experienced on the second day of the 20th Mumbai Film Festival. 11:00 a.m.: Screening of Chinese film Shadow at Liberty, Marine Lines Country: ChinaLanguage: MandarinDirector: Paweł Pawlikowski Shadow plays out like a historical Chinese Shakespearean tragedy, backed by breathtaking action sequences, opulent set-pieces, stunning cinematography, and a jaw-dropping twist in the finale. It may not […]

Continue Reading

How the glory of MAMI is being ruined by the rise of pseudo-intellectual attendees each year

Is it really that necessary for audiences to applaud at the end of every film in MAMI? Has it also become a forgone conclusion that the handful of us who don’t restrict our affection to only a certain school of cinema, be forced to listen to pseudo-intellectuals — forming a majority of the crowds at […]

Continue Reading

Jio MAMI 2018 Roundup: Day 3

A synopsis of all that we experienced on the second day of the 20th Mumbai Film Festival. 11:30 a.m.: Screening of Polish film Cold War at Regal, Colaba Country: PolandLanguage: Polish/French/German/Russian/ItalianDirector: Paweł Pawlikowski Polish romantic film Cold War feels cold, dull, and bleak despite having just an 85-minute run time, primarily because of its insistence to focus too much on […]

Continue Reading

Jio MAMI 2018 Roundup: Day 2

A synopsis of all that we experienced on the second day of the 20th Mumbai Film Festival. 2:30 p.m.: Screening of Amazon Prime and Excel Entertainment’s web series, Mirzapur at PVR Icon, Andheri Country: IndiaLanguage: HindiDirectors: Karan Anshuman and Gurmmeet Singh First there was Sacred Games. Now there’s Mirzapur. India finally has two gangster shows that can rub […]

Continue Reading

Jio MAMI 2018 roundup: Day 1

A synopsis of all that we experienced on the first day of the 20th Mumbai Film Festival. 11:30 a.m.: Screening of Colombian film Birds of Passage at PVR ECX, Andheri Country: ColombiaLanguage: Wayuu/SpanishDirectors: Cristina Gallego and CiroGuerra Colombian film Birds of Passage takes a darkly disturbing look at family feuds, clan rivalry, and how age-old customs and […]

Continue Reading

“I’ve given one-of-my-best performance to date in Baazaar”: Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan is returning to the big screen this week in Baazaar – a film, that though unconventional for Hindi cinema like most of the work the actors does these days, still carries a mainstream, commercial treatment compared to his recent outings. We caught up with the Nawab a short while ago to discuss […]

Continue Reading

Deepika Padukone to play acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in a film directed by Meghna Gulzar of Raazi fame

We had revealed a few days ago that Deepika Padukone would be turning producer soon, and her first production would be a female-centric film on acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in collaboration with filmmaker Meghna Gulzar of Talvar and Raazi fame. Well, our report has turned out to be accurate. Deepika and Meghna are indeed joining hands for the […]

Continue Reading

LoveYatri movie review: An ideal candidate for the “so bad that it’s good” tag

LoveYatri has a done-to-death plot, which wouldn’t be half as bad as it is had it not been saddled with every cliche in the book and executed with a complete lack of planning or direction. That’s not to say the film isn’t entertaining, though not due to any merit of its own, but rather because […]

Continue Reading