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Saavat Review: Could have been a brilliant novel, makes for a terrible film

Language: Marathi | Genre: Crime fiction, Supernatural thriller | Streaming on: Netflix After a short prologue, Saurabh Sinha’s Saavat (2019) begins with a woman “penning her thoughts” which she claims “has been her only solace”. She questions her entire existence—am I a good woman? a good mother? a good daughter?Continue readingSaavat Review: Could have been a brilliant novel, makes for a terrible film

Kaithi review: A near-perfect thriller with phenomenal performances, but something still nags me about it

In spite all the brilliance I saw on screen, there is something that still nags me: Lokesh Kanagaraj is building the quintessential man’s world. While he acknowledges the existence of women and has even developed an eye for their experiences, he’s involuntarily erasing their existence by making them the emotional anchor. … Continue readingKaithi review: A near-perfect thriller with phenomenal performances, but something still nags me about it

Aadai review: Dear male filmmakers, please don’t misuse your freedom to make feminist films.

‘Aadai’ begins 200 years ago, with the story of Nangeli and her fight to wear what she wants. After the animated prologue and the moral science lesson (“all freedoms we live today have claimed many lives in the past”), we move to the present. We meet Kamini. Kamani — givenContinue readingAadai review: Dear male filmmakers, please don’t misuse your freedom to make feminist films.

Vellai Pookal review: A good enough mystery for Sunday home video.

Rudhran has a (not-so) unique investigation technique. He stands in the crime scene, plays the possibilities back in his mind and deducts/detects the crime. When the answer doesn’t fall into his lap, he interrogates suspects in his imagination too. In Vellai Pookal (2019), this is treated somewhat like a cut-awayContinue readingVellai Pookal review: A good enough mystery for Sunday home video.

Blog | Soni: The powerful telling of a simple, ordinary, commonplace slice of women’s lives

For me, the worst thing about watching a film on television is the distraction. A pile of laundry starts moaning for attention. Tea leaves in the bottle jump up and down crying out to be boiled. The Amazon delivery agent keeps calling to deliver groceries I’m too lazy to goContinue readingBlog | Soni: The powerful telling of a simple, ordinary, commonplace slice of women’s lives