Author: Aditya Mallya

Trapped | Movie Review – Home Alone

Trapped reminded me most immediately of 127 Hours.  Danny Boyle’s superb 2010 film told the true story of Aron Ralston, who literally got stuck between a rock and a hard place on a hiking trip, and made a series of increasingly desperate attempts to free himself over…127 hours, obviously. But while someone could conceivably find themselves trapped alone for days in a National Park in Utah, is such a thing possible in the heart of India’s busiest city? This is the scenario that director Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan, Lootera) explores in his latest film. Shaurya, played by Rajkummar Rao, is introduced to us a stereotypical IT /...

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Logan | Movie Review #2 – A Bold Landmark in the Superhero Genre

The title of the film was the first thing that impressed me. Studios like the safety and recall value of brands: this is the foundation of franchise film-making. If you try something once and have money thrown at you, obviously you will try it again. This is why we are flooded with sequels, and this is also in part why the sequels are so unimaginatively titled – why tinker with an established brand name? So you have Superman Returns. Spider-Man 2. Iron Man 3. Even when some thought is put into the title, it’s usually Captain America: The Winter Solider, or Thor: The Dark...

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The LEGO Batman Movie | Movie Review – Everything is Gotham

It’s no secret that the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is in shambles. Warner Bros. Pictures’ rushed attempt to emulate the success of the Marvel movies started unsteadily with the grim, joyless Man of Steel (2013). Then came 2016’s overcrowded and much-lambasted Batman vs. Superman (BvS), although I personally didn’t mind that film too much. The criticism of the doom and gloom in BvS panicked the studio into ordering last-minute reshoots to lighten up Suicide Squad, which was to release the same year. When Suicide Squad did hit theaters, it received as poor a reception as Batman vs. Superman, if not worse. The reports of the films in development aren’t encouraging, either. Several entertainment...

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IN-Conversation With Artist Saumin Suresh Patel (Kaamotsav) | Alto Pune Comic Con

As part of the lead-up to Alto Pune Comic Con on 4th and 5th March 2017, Alto Pune Comic Con presented a ‘Creating Comics Workshop’ on Saturday, 18th February in association with Independence Brewing Co. The workshop was conducted by Saumin Suresh Patel. Saumin is an artist whose comic projects include G-Man (created for Parle G), Mumbai Macguffin, 18 Days, The Mighty Yeti (Graphic India), Agent Vinod – The Jungfrau Encounter (Illuminati Films, Westland), Once Upon a Warrior (Disney India), and short stories for Tinkle and Holy Cow. In 2014, he self-published Kaamotsav Volume 1, a collection of erotic artwork...

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Kalki Koechlin & Sabiha Sumar Talk About ‘Azmaish’, Their Upcoming India-Pakistan Documentary

Two years ago, Kalki Koechlin met acclaimed Pakistani director Sabiha Sumar (Khamosh Pani, For a Place Under the Heavens, Good Morning Karachi) at a film festival. Sabiha, who has lived in India for several years, was turning over an idea for a film that would explore religious identity in India and Pakistan. She was looking for a partner, and Kalki seemed like a natural fit. That project eventually evolved into Azmaish – Trials of Life, a documentary that features Sabiha and Kalki traveling through India and Pakistan, and trying to understand why people in both countries are turning to religious extremism for answers. Photo courtesy Wishberry The movie has finished filming, and just hours before this article was written, completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for its post-production expenses. Indian Nerve interviewed Sabiha and Kalki separately about the project. Here is what they had to say. SABIHA SUMAR Sabiha, you have achieved acclaim both for your feature films as well as your documentaries. Why did you decide to tackle the subject of ​Azmaish ​ through a documentary as opposed to a feature? Don’t you feel that a feature may have attracted a larger audience? For me the subject matter of a film decides whether it’s a documentary or fiction. The story I am telling in Azmaish needed real people talking about real life experiences. I couldn’t have found a more powerful way to tell this...

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