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  • An Off-Day Game

    An Off-Day Game

    ★★★★

    sasidharan's camera, whether static or moving, is quietly ominous, filming with seemingly equal dread the stillness of water, the unremitting gaze of dissolute men, lashing rain, the silence of nature, the drooping eyes of drunken apathy.

  • Sanju

    Sanju

    ½

    pretty much nothing less than the deepest, darkest reaches of cinematic hell will do for raju hirani, for butchering the poetry of anand bakshi (and majrooh sultanpuri and sahir ludhianvi) alone, i thought to myself while watching ‘kuch to log kahenge’ from amar prem just now.

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  • Kaala

    Kaala

    ★★★★½

    a living, breathing record of an urban milieu -- reconstructed with the vibrancy of color, music and rebellion -- shots of alleys, domestic interiors and every sound bringing forth the multiplicities of voices, perspectives and personalities of its dalit community.

    at the center of it is, of course, rajni, a screen presence and symbol imposing enough to potentially define/devour/debilitate everything around him. somewhat startlingly (at least for someone yet to watch kabali), kaala begins and sustains a tense dialogue between…

  • Guide

    Guide

    ★★★★½

    between waheeda's every gesture, every abrupt cut to dev anand's face, every segue into beautiful song -- the recurring 'tere mere sapne' a particularly heartbreaking highlight  -- and the fervid existential heights of the prolonged epilogue that pushes an already deeply troubled film into even stranger territory, guide is one of those classics that only slowly unravels its many complexities, one rewatch at a time.