UGLY (Anurag Kashyap, 2013, India)

Director Anurag Kashyap really knows how to cast his films, finding actors (rather than working with stars) with the right level of anxiety in their faces, inculcating a strange volatility in the audience. Ugly could almost be a companion piece to Peddlers, a film produced by Kashyap and which is stuck in distribution hell with… Continue reading UGLY (Anurag Kashyap, 2013, India)

THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS (Dir. Anurag Kashyap, 2010, India)

Kalki Koechlin’s rise has been somewhat meteoric and deservedly so in many respects. She is a fine actress and her 2010 collaboration with husband-director Anurag Kashyap on That Girl in Yellow Boots (the title refers to the yellow Doc Martins worn by Koechlin) suggests she will inevitable shift into filmmaking. Koechlin wrote the screenplay with… Continue reading THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS (Dir. Anurag Kashyap, 2010, India)

LOOTERA / ROBBER (Dir. Vikramaditya Motwane, 2013, India) – Paper Flowers

Lootera is in fact more of a testament to Bengali cinema than anything else. It is more Bengali than Indian and as a period melodrama the film arguably comes close to being excluded from mainstream Hindi cinema. The narrative takes inspiration from a short story titled ‘The Last Leaf’ by O. Henry. I have not… Continue reading LOOTERA / ROBBER (Dir. Vikramaditya Motwane, 2013, India) – Paper Flowers

PEDDLERS (Dir. Vasan Bala, 2012, India) – City of Ghosts

Vasan Bala’s directorial debut premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 when Indian independent cinema was finally receiving the notice it merited transnationally. No one quite knows what happened to Peddlers in terms of finding distribution in both India and internationally. This remains a mystery yet points to one of the reasons why New… Continue reading PEDDLERS (Dir. Vasan Bala, 2012, India) – City of Ghosts