Ponmagal Vandhal (பொன்மகள் வந்தாள்)

Ponmagal Vandhal (பொன்மகள் வந்தாள்) India (2020) Dir. J. J. Fredrick The issue of rape and sexual abuse in India is a thorny one, with attacks on young girls also a growing problem. Now they are doing something about it, but corruption within the country’s patriarchal society remains a block in erasing this heinous crime. In … Continue reading Ponmagal Vandhal (பொன்மகள் வந்தாள்)

Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante

Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante India (2006) Dir. Tanveer Khan Those of us with a more discerning movie palette that watch films from around the world tend to baulk at the idea of Hollywood remaking successful foreign language works. This isn’t necessarily snobbery, rather being acutely aware of how much will be distilled or lost in … Continue reading Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante

Gully Boy

Gully Boy India (2019) Dir. Zoya Akhtar It shouldn’t matter where you come from, if you have a dream there is no reason why you shouldn’t try to make it happen. Sadly, instead of encouragement, parents in some cultures feel settling for the status quo should be their children’s fate just because it was theirs. … Continue reading Gully Boy

Eureka

Eureka India (2020) Dir. Kartik Anand It’s one thing to have a reputation that brings infamy to your name but what happens when you change? How do you go about earning people’s trust again when you are only associated with trouble? College life is a chore for Yuva (Karteek Anand), the number one delinquent on … Continue reading Eureka

Gulabo Sitabo

Gulabo Sitabo (Cert 15) VOD (Distributor: Amazon Prime Video) Running Time: 125 minutes approx. The divide between the “haves” and the “have nots” is usually a vast one, encouraging snobbery and petty discrimination, so it is extremely rare, let alone paradoxical, when the two sides are almost one in the same. But that doesn’t stop … Continue reading Gulabo Sitabo

Chintu Ka Birthday

Chintu Ka Birthday India (2020) Dirs. Devanshu Kumar & Satyanshu Singh Birthdays for children are meant to be days where everything is about them, the day of the year when they are pampered more than usual and are showered with gifts and all the food they’re not usually allowed to eat. And of course, cake. … Continue reading Chintu Ka Birthday

Jawaani Jaaneman

Jawaani Jaaneman India (2020) Dir. Nitin Kakkar Being a parent means adopting a new level of responsibility not just for your life but that of your child. Some people are built for it, others need adapting to it, but what of those who fear it? Who are they most afraid of letting down - the … Continue reading Jawaani Jaaneman

Good Newwz

Good Newwz India (2019) Dir. Raj Mehta Pregnancy is a difficult situation for all involved, more so for the woman who has to carry a tiny human being in their belly for nine months but I digress. It can also be a cruel process where people who want children are unable to whilst others can, … Continue reading Good Newwz

Blackmail

Blackmail India (2018) Dir. Abhinay Deo There are some games you just shouldn’t play, as they will get very messy. Blackmail is one of them. The perpetrator always thinks they will get away with it but they are soon found out and pay the price, whether via official judicial punishment by law, or the victim … Continue reading Blackmail

Aadai

Aadai India (2019) Dir. Rathna Kumar Everyone likes a good laugh - except Daily Mail readers as they are humourless, soulless creatures - but there are limits to how far a joke can be taken before it stops being funny and becomes dangerous. Whilst having fun shouldn’t be censured, jokers should at least take responsibility … Continue reading Aadai