THE BATTLE FOR BANARAS (Dir. Kamal Swaroop, 2015, India) – The Crowd

There is a spectacular political trice at the end of Swaroop’s participatory documentary. At night, on the banks of the river Ganges, which is teeming with euphoric revellers and a swathe of India’s police, Modi emerges victorious, returning to Banaras, where he had stood for election as a BJP candidate. As he makes his way… Continue reading THE BATTLE FOR BANARAS (Dir. Kamal Swaroop, 2015, India) – The Crowd

BAJIRAO MASTANI (Dir. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, India, 2015)

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films have tended to confound me for their emotional and psychological emptiness, often masked by a fondness for the engrossing worlds he imagines through the art of production design. Bhansali is an unashamed mainstream, populist filmmaker who with his interests in narratives of unrequited love and fatalistic romance recalls the films… Continue reading BAJIRAO MASTANI (Dir. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, India, 2015)