older feature pieces (non-reviews) by critics/writers and first-person columns of indie filmmakers
Film critic Rahul Desai throws back to the "storytelling" of the path-breaking music of Sairat - the Marathi blockbuster that subverted the norms of Indian mainstream cinema.
Pankaj Sachdeva dissects the Imtiaz Ali-written undertones of Sajid Ali's Laila Majnu (2018) - an underrated film elevated by one of the best male performances of the year.
By Pankaj Sachdeva Meghna Gulzar's Raazi is the story of Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) who is a daughter, a wife, and a spy. The film is based on Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat which itself was inspired by real events. Sehmat is the twenty-year-old daughter of Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapur) who dedicated his life to the service of his nation. He asks Sehmat to get married to a Pakistani major's son Iqbal (Vicky Kaushal) so that she can spy on the secret plans of the other nation's army and relay them to the Indian intelligence. Sehmat is raazi (in agreement) to do the same and becomes a raazi (keeper of [...]