Wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do
Quick review: Hindi pulp murder mystery, but on-screen, not in a novel. In that sense, it ends up as intended. A cheesy story that over-romanticises romance. Good performances are not enough to make it worth your energy and precious TV time.
Wogma rating: Catch on TV/online for sure
Quick review: Summary of an intense drawing-room conversation about women’s oppression in everyday life. Charming when it isn’t coming off like a lecture from one India to another.
(Available on Disney+ Hotstar)
Wogma rating: The keen must watch on screen; else TV/online
Quick review: To preserve or not to preserve nature is a human vs human fight. This three-way struggle simmers in an intense film. The politicisation of the situation is reasonably detailed and thus engaging.
(Available on Amazon Prime)
Wogma rating: Even the keen, wait for it to come on TV/online
Quick review: Refreshing that a film is based on a simple but true story of extraordinary achievements. Refreshing that a sports film isn’t an underdog or rags-riches tale. Alas, that’s about it. So to be watched only if you are intrigued about the player’s story. (Available on Amazon Prime)
I finally watched Ijaazat. My thoughts on watching it as a 46-year-old.
A counterpoint to Meeta's review of Aiyaary and a comparison with the other film that released on the same day The Shape of Water.
This piece is fanboy material by design - it is for the most part about the influence of his - the Joharian school of cinema - on me, as someone who grew up in the late nineties as also on our popular mainstream culture - something that our man isn't credited for often and not nearly enough with.