Rightly lauded as a well-told romance.
In Mumbai, the dabbawala is a person who ferries prepared lunches from restaurants or private homes to men toiling in white collar office jobs. The network is intricate and voluminous, requiring trays of boxed lunches to be carried on crowded...
Slow burn road trip fizzles to a stop.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: In Liar’s Dice, the snows of the mountain village of Chiktul, near the border of Indo-Tibet, bake constantly in the sun; the villagers dress for an extreme blend of hot and cold. Kamala (Geetanjali Thapa) lives in Chiktul,...
Crime thriller cops to philosophy.
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL / SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: Something of an outlier at Cannes, even in the Midnight Movies section, where its pulp-y ultra-violence (if not its gimmicky structuralism) set it apart from more austere entries, Amit Kumar’s debut...
Thriller aims for something deeper.
This intricately plotted thriller from director Reema Kagti has a weird, ethereal mood. Still, it kicks off as an earthy, real-world police procedural. In the stunning opening, a car races through the night down a Mumbai coast road. Without any...
Uneven Bombay-based drama nails authenticity.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Set in the Bombay of the mid-1980s, Miss Lovely looks at the erotic underbelly of the monolith that is the Indian film industry. This is the first fiction film from writer/director Ashim Ahluwalla, who cut...

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