“Kapoor & Sons” and a brief history of “family” in Bollywood

Shakun Batra’s “Kapoor & Sons” (2016) is the latest example of how Bollywood's portrayal of the family is changing dramatically. The film is about the Kapoors, living in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor hill station (nobody knows how these Punjabis landed there). The husband and wife (Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah) play a perennially quarrelling married couple, … Continue reading “Kapoor & Sons” and a brief history of “family” in Bollywood

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Reading “Carol” and “Fire” together

The most everlasting feature of American film-maker Todd Haynes' "Carol" is Cate Blanchett. In the film, she is Carol Aird, a charming, but unhappy woman suffering a bitter divorce from Harge (Kyle Chandler). While seeking out a younger woman, Blanchett acts out Carol's seducing skills with stunning brevity - an affair that has repercussions for her family. [Review by The Telegraph] "Carol", … Continue reading Reading “Carol” and “Fire” together

The lonely old men of ‘Aligarh’ and ‘The Lunchbox’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JezwsQKpXuU ‘Aligarh’, a film about a professor caught in a scandal for having sex with a man in his apartment, reminded me of ‘The Lunchbox’. Although the two films are worlds apart in their themes, they give an insight into lives of two men who, despite having full-time government jobs, are on the fringes of … Continue reading The lonely old men of ‘Aligarh’ and ‘The Lunchbox’

Learning to Drive – on road and elsewhere

Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley-starrer 'Learning to Drive' uses the metaphor of a driving lesson in New York to make a point about life and relationships. Clarkson plays Wendy, a book editor, who's husband has just left her for another woman. Kingsley is Darwan, a meticulous and gentle Sikh man, who is Wendy's driving instructor. … Continue reading Learning to Drive – on road and elsewhere