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  • Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

    Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

    ★★★½

    No Mr. Johar, not every Bollywood fan aspires to live out scenes and songs from Chopra and Johar films. Despite the self congratulatory tone of the film, it exceeds expectations mainly through the performances of Kapoor and Sharma. Also towards the end when I was almost certain Johar was getting into Kal Ho Na Ho territory , he surprised me once again with that ending. An extra half star just for that Channa Mereya song sequence at the wedding; no Kapoor has channeled his inner Chaplin better than in that scene.

  • Rajnigandha

    Rajnigandha

    ★★★★

    A film about the desires and fantasies of a young bourgeois woman, trying to decide between the two loves of her life. Quite ahead of its time, even though it tries its best not to appear completely blasphemous to the contemporary Indian society of the 70's. I think Vidya Sinha's conservative and dreamy (bordering on dumb) character definitely helps in that regard.

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  • Humanity and Paper Balloons

    Humanity and Paper Balloons

    Poetry is a dying art form mainly because good poetry generally made people think and interpret unlike the vulgar and crass, in-your-face forms of expression that people are being fed upon today. Humanity and Paper Balloons is not just a movie but rather its poetry in cinematic form.
    The movie leaves a lot of food for thought for the viewer; so much so that I was glaring at the blank screen for several minutes after this movie ended. The part…

  • A Passage to India

    A Passage to India

    ★★★★½

    While I was going through some of the previous reviews of this film, I noticed someone call it a "flawed masterpiece". I do not generally like to use this oxymoron to assess a film but this film definitely seems to fit into that category. There are so many things in this film that are flawed or might appear to lack imagination but then it does seem to get so many things right that it makes me think.

    The whole nature…