Film Analysis

This sub-category contains film analyses of various movies and series.

Gulabo Sitabo – Worth a re-watch?

Gulabo Sitabo – Worth a re-watch?

Gulabo Sitabo marks the fourth collaboration of writer-director duo, Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi. 2012 onwards, this collaboration has culminated in some of the groundbreaking movies in Hindi cinema. However, the film seems a bit of a letdown with the absence of heavy emotions as portrayed in Sircar’s Piku or October or a unique storyline as portrayed through Vicky Donor.

Grave of the Fireflies: An anti-Hollywood war drama

Grave of the Fireflies: An anti-Hollywood war drama

There have been many attempts to remake this film involving real people in it. Twice, once in 2005 and again in 2008, this project was brought to life. But neither of the two could match the quality of the original work. A consensus, apart from varied formative analyses constituted by the experts, is that some things can never be repeated, and it’s not a wrong belief either.

Visaaranai: A radical critique of systemic violence from Vetri Maaran

Visaaranai: A radical critique of systemic violence from Vetri Maaran

If one follows the current tendencies of Indian mainstream cinema over the past couple of decades, one sees a lack of films that deal with the intersection of caste and class violence perpetrated by the state. Visaaranai is an exception to the norm. Vetri Maaran (the director of the film) is currently considered to be…

C/o Kancharapalem: Another film in Telugu cinema’s rebirth

C/o Kancharapalem: Another film in Telugu cinema’s rebirth

There are two significant problems one can see in the contemporary Telugu cinema. One, the spatiality of our movies are either city-centric or rural or a mix of both. Second, notwithstanding the spatiality, the stories are majorly elitist, which invokes false aspirations or a sense of escapism with regard to the audience.  In other words,…

Joker and Mahatma: What should one remind us of the other?

Joker and Mahatma: What should one remind us of the other?

These topics become mine, for articles on Gandhi have occupied my Facebook wall more than any wishes of ‘Gandhi Jayanthi’. Perhaps this is so because of the increasing online publications in India. On a different note, the movie ‘Joker‘, which hit Indian screens on Oct 2nd, 2019, also opened to excellent reviews. “I am fortunate to have…

‘Dear Comrade’: A not so love story

‘Dear Comrade’: A not so love story

The much hyped Telugu movie Dear Comrade released in cinemas last month & made its digital debut on Amazon Prime recently. The Rashmika Mandanna & Vijay Deverakonda pair returned to screens after their hugely successful outing Geetha Govindam.  Dear Comrade was a highly anticipated film because of various reasons – Deverakonda’s rising stardom, its release…