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RUNWAY 34 (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) BOLLYWOOD (IN THEATRES)

Robust Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn owns “Runway 34”, as director, producer and star he controls, with an iron fist, the tightly wrought scenario; based loosely on the Jet Airways Doha to Kochi flight 9w 555 on August 18th, 2015; as pilot “Captain Vikrant Khanna”, blessed with an eidetic memory, he arrogantly doffs the rules followed by lesser mortals; Devgn’s implacably ... Read More »

BALTHAZAR 4TH SEASON (Amazon Prime); JERSEY (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) in theatres

“BALTAZAR”  Never have I grieved more for a fictional character than at the bleak conclusion of “Baltazar’s” third season; other protagonists have sequestered permanent residency in my memory vault: House, Foyle, Morse but none possess the illumination,  compelling endearment, concrete charm of “Raphael Balthazar”; Tomer Sisley’s Herculean portrait of the forensic pathologist is slathered in cunning, inimitable style, grace, insouciant ... Read More »

BOLLYWOOD & STREAMING MOVIES

“KGF CHAPTER 2”                 (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)  THEATRES  Bombastically challenging is the second chapter of Robin Hood facsimile, “Rocky”, a humble boy who rises to gargantuan wealth, power and inspiration of the lower classes; Bollywood hunk, Yash, stars as the gilded gangster (generating adulation in India’s youth) and his monumental physique dominates every pungent, cacophonous moment of this action infused, bloody, ... Read More »

THE BOMBARDMENT (NETFLIX), THE KASHMIR FILES (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) IN THEATRES

Two explosive and extremely traumatic films based on actual events; one inadvertent and one intentional; both are viscerally challenging to watch. “The Bombardment” from its inception is shocking: an idyllic landscape in the outskirts of Copenhagen witnesses the bombing of a taxi holding three virginally beautiful women in white; a young cyclist, “Henry” (Bertram Bisgaard) rendered mute by the sight ... Read More »

JHUND (HERD) (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) in theatres

Years ago, a friend and I had the privilege of touring the Dharavi slum in Mumbai; staggering in its viability, actuality in its focus on poverty at its nadir, but also depicted the ingenuity of its in habitants; it was a hotbed of industry, vibrating with entrepreneurship: bakeries, cleaners, schools, with uniformed children; these inspirational exceptions eased, but did not ... Read More »

GANGUBAI KATHIAWADI (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES) BOLLYWOOD (IN THEATRES)

Years ago, while doing a stint in Bollywood, I had the opportunity of interviewing Soni Razdan (actor/director) and Mahesh Bhatt (director) parents of now prodigious actor Alia Bhatt; during the interview she returned home from school, meeting this sprite, never imagining her career would grow exponentially with her age; at 28 she is truly remarkable in the role of “Gangubai ... Read More »

83 (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES, in theatres), FLEE (DANISH: ENGLISH SUBTITLES in theatres)

Bollywood treats its cricketers with reverence, without eradicating human frailties, giving them life and vibrancy, palpating exuberance informs every scene, seizing the viewer’s attention from commencement to conclusion; director Kabir khan, focuses on the 1983 World Cup and India’s gut-wrenching march to grasp an almost unattainable victory; the “march” is worthy of every moment, every second of “83’s” compelling quest. ... Read More »

FILMIC FUTURE IS STREAMING

For the near future our lives will be pandemically scripted; at the bountiful mercy of the internet we can see classic, vintage, contemporary films, cemented in the confines of our domiciles. As a craver of the genre, after daily duties, I delve into the myriad of streaming choices available, my odds-on favorites: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Brit Box, Hulu, or Roku ... Read More »

SIR (Hindi: English subtitles) Netflix

Abashedly, I have neglected Bollywood in this era of pandemic trouncing, but director Rohena Gera’s 2018 “Sir”, has awakened my longing for the scents and enchantments of multi-faceted India: murky, mystical, poignant pollution seizes with its ineluctable tentacles, as one exits the airport, slipping into the blackest of night’s moments; if open to its charismatic, beguiling caprices, a part of ... Read More »

RADHE: YOUR MOST WANTED BHAI (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

The Bollywood genre is an acquired taste for many Westerners; I have been hooked, captivated, numbed by its magical realism for over twenty years: “Lagaan”, “Dil Chahta Hai”, “Like Stars on Earth”, “3 Idiots”, “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer”, “Mangal Pandey”; dominated by the unrelated Khan’s (Salman, Aamir, Shah Rukh) I can testify that I have studied their varied performances for ... Read More »

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