Author: Aditya Mallya

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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Dangal | Movie Review – Take a Trip to Suplex Village

Disclaimer: Contains spoilers, although this isn’t the kind of movie that is spoiled by knowing what happens Maybe it’s just because I’m not very good at keeping up with the news, but I don’t remember ever hearing about Geeta Phogat, or her sister Babita Kumari. Now I know that Geeta won India’s first ever gold in women’s wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Babita won a silver at the same games, although in a different event. What made the achievements of these sisters even more remarkable was that they hailed from a small village in Haryana, which isn’t exactly utopia for women....

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La La Land | Movie Review – Drop Everything and Watch the Film of the Year

I felt a jolt every time a cellphone rang. Every time a Toyota Prius drove past, every time the singer George Michael was referenced, every time YouTube came up in a conversation. I found myself constantly astonished at realizing that La La Land is set in the modern day world, because it tingles from head to toe with the soul and spirit of an age long gone.  This, my friends, is not a movie of our times – and I can think of no higher compliment in times like ours. We open on a sunny winter’s day in Los Angeles. We are in the middle...

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