Author: Anurag Paliwal

MCC 2017 – Highlights, Special Guests, Venue & More

With your favorite weekend of the year just a week away, here are a the key details that you need to know. Major Highlights of the show:  Special Guests  – Creator of the very popular Web Comic The Awkward Yeti – Nick Seluk, British comics artist best known for V for Vendetta – David Lloyd, comic book artist, designer and illustrator of  Transformers comics series – Andrew Griffith, professional comic book artist for DC & Dark Horse Comics Yishan Li and International Pro-cosplayer Nicole Marie Jean are coming to attend Maruti Suzuki Mumbai Comic Con 2017. Exclusive Experiential & Gaming Zones...

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Faster Fene | Marathi Movie Review – The Boy Detective Returns Older, Stronger

From what I learnt about Faster Fene in the past two months, this school-going boy detective created by BR Bhagwat was the Marathi-equivalent of this generation’s Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys. I haven’t read a complete book but have skimmed through a translated summary of Pratapgadavar Faster Fene, and immensely enjoyed a passing reference to it early on in the movie. (Readers, if there were other easter eggs hidden in the film, please enlighten in comments below. Would love to know.) Director Aditya Sarpotdar presents us with an older Bhanesh Fene aka FaFe (Ameya Wagh) with a contemporary set of problems – he is now done with school...

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‘Ittefaq’ trailer starring Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha and Akshaye Khanna Promises an intense thriller

One event, two murders, two suspects and two different narratives of the same incident – and you’ve got an unsettling edge-of-the-seat thriller that promises to test your wit and judgment. An acclaimed writer Vikram (Siddharth Malhotra), and a young homemaker Maya (Sonakshi Sinha) are two suspects in a double murder case being investigated by police officer Dev (Akshaye Khanna). Their two versions of the event sound true, but only one of them is telling the truth. It’s good to see Akshaye back in his intense elements after such a long time. Sonakshi looks good, and so does Siddharth. Directed by Abhay...

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Watch Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Stop-Motion Animation Trailer

Wes Anderson returns to animation with Isle of Dogs, and from the first look of the trailer, it’s everything one has come to expect from the auteur. Set in a futuristic Japan, the panic arising due to the outbreak of ‘dog flu’ left no option for the government but to carry out a mass canine quarantine. All dogs are transferred to an isolated island where they’re left to look after themselves. A young Japanese boy comes looking for his dog and makes friends with other dogs in his search. Mayor Kobayashi does his best to stop the boy at all counts....

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‘Collateral’ by Vineet Wankhede | Book Review

Vineet’s debut mystery novel is a refreshing read with a flashback narrative that keeps a constant check on its horsepower. Never a dull moment in this 120-page book Dave, a website-designer, stumbles across a two-year-old kid at a supermarket under unusual circumstances, waits for a long time for her parents to come and claim her, but following an unpleasant death at the store, he decides to take the kid home to his wife, Bethany. Pretty soon things start unfolding crazily and they learn the true identity of the baby and what had happened to it, and they fear for their own lives now that they are part of this mess. The story is good, but there are certain plot lines that are difficult to digest. For one, telling an 8-year-old that she’s been adopted and ensuring that she understands the gravity of the situation. Upon learning the news all the kid has to say is ‘Yeah, it happens in movies all the time,’ which is an understandable response for the eight-year brain. But these are just minor nitpicking from my side. The book feels as if it’s been written with a movie in mind. If it does get a Bollywood movie adaptation, I’m pretty sure it would be far better than those run-of-the-mill mystery films we’re being fed most of the times. That’s saying a lot about a 23-year-old author. Can’t wait...

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