Three-way romance falls apart after strong start.
Shuddh Desi Romance contains some tonal shifts that set it apart from the established tropes of contemporary Bollywood romantic comedies. Before descending into the genre’s typically overstated melodrama, Maneesh Sharma’s pretty, personable film...
A stylish, complex classic from Yash Chopra.
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF MELBOURNE: Yash Chopra’s Kabhi Kabhie, originally released in 1976 and a box office hit in its day, is now considered a classic of Bollywood cinema.
School rivalry lacks rights tone.
This is a Bollywood high school movie. Still, it starts off a bit like The Big Chill, except the cast are twenty-somethings and what they’ve been doing since they left school, and exactly how they feel about it, hardly intrudes on the main action...
Mixed messages in revenge melodrama.
Only a spinning moral compass stops Karan Malhotra’s Agneepath from being the stuff that Bollywood’s melodramatic dreams are made of. Richly-detailed in every aspect of traditional Indian filmmaking and taking on an ambitious, multi-generational...
Family melodrama pitched to the back row.
The themes bubbling under the frantic surface of Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House are enticingly complex: Patriarchal dominance, unfulfilled potential, familial discourse, reverse racial stereotyping and, of course, romantic longing. Personified...