Archive for February, 2011

oscar predictions

here goes:

Best Picture – The King’s Speech

Actor in a Leading Role – Colin Firth for The King’s Speech

Actor in a Supporting Role – Christian Bale for The Fighter

Actress in a Leading Role – Natalie Portman for The Black Swan

Actress in a Supporting Role – Melissa Leo for The Fighter

Animated Feature Film – Toy Story 3

Art Direction – Alice in Wonderland

Cinematography – Inception

Costume Design – The King’s Speech

Directing – David Fincher for The Social Network

Documentary Feature – Exit through the Gift Shop

Documentary Short Subject – Sun Come Up

Film Editing – The Social Network

Foreign Language Film – Dogtooth

Makeup – The Wolfman

Music (Original Score) – Inception

Music (Original Song) – Toy Story 3

Short Film (Animated) – The Lost Thing

Short Film (Live Action) – Na Wewe

Sound Editing – Inception

Sound Mixing – Inception

Visual Effects – Inception

Writing (Original Screenplay) – Christopher Nolan for Inception

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network


7 Khoon Maaf – Reviewed

Vishal Bhardwaj has done it again. 7 Khoon Maaf is nothing short of a masterpiece in cinematic filmmaking. Even with a 160 minute run time, the film feels very fluid, with the story adapting to itself scene by scene and upping the intensity with every frame. Of course it helped to have an ensemble cast of very talented actors who brought to life the director’s vision.

You know a movie’s good when you keep talking about it after you’ve left the theatre. Personally speaking, the debate over what Suzanna’s 7th sin was continued till the day after. That’s how you can tell a story and screenplay is riveting.

One of the best things I liked about the film was the attention to detail in the sets and wardrobe. Subtle elements such as Priyanka’s acid wash jeans to reflect the mid-90s, the Motoral Startac that Nik the Russian husband was using, and the footage of the Babri Masjid incident playing in the background all lead to engaging the intelligent mind and addressing the period without having to use supers or captions. It was rather brilliantly executed since a lot of filmmakers choose to simply show the time and location as a subtitle on the lower half of the screen.

All in all, 7 Khoon Maaf will appeal to those who enjoy a break from the usual song and dance, oot patang comedy hijinks and tales of forbidden (or at least challenging) love. Plus, you gotta love the one and only song that’s featured, a desi version of a Russian wedding tune.

Bhardwaj, hats off man. I see 7 Khoon Maaf doing exceptionally well in the festival circuit.

RATED: Must Watch

saat khoon maaf

psyched about watching ‘saat khoon maaf’ (seven forgiven murders), based on ruskin bond’s “suzanna’s seven husbands“. industry buzz is claiming it’s one of the hardest hitting adapted screenplays to come out of bollywood. of course, anything with naseeruddin shah has to be certified gold. plus, priyanka’s grown a lot as an actor. watch this space for my pending review.


hey diva, take a chill pill. your dramatics aren’t the reason i come to work everyday.

yeah, this is gonna be fun.