Wogma rating: Catch on TV/online for sure
Quick review: A sports drama that is hardly the best sports film around yet goes beyond. A social drama that aims to get you involved in the topic, not deeply educated about it. Yet, together makes for a film worth your time and energy. (Available on Zee5)
Wogma rating: The keen must watch on screen; else TV/online
Quick review: It’s long. It’s slow. But it’s a necessary watch. Not just for the real-life martyr’s story but also for how a national hero’s story can be told without resorting to jingoism. (Available on Amazon Prime Video)
Wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do
Quick review: I’d have called myself a whiny, cynical old woman if I found only the depiction of romance problematic. Glamourising creepy men who do "anything" to be loved by someone they love is worrisome. It's difficult to look beyond at other potentially redeeming factors.
(Available on Disney+Hotstar)
Wogma rating: Even the keen, wait for it to come on TV/online
Quick review: Borderline cute and barely horrifying, this supposed horror film is just about watchable. (Available on Disney-Hotstar)
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.