Abhishek Bachchan in Mani Ratnam’s next?
Cineswami tells you more, also throwing light on Peepli Live director Anusha Rizvi’s next based on Amitav Ghosh’s book Sea of Poppies
While the world was getting its collective knickers in a twist about Amitabh Bachchan’s health, his son made a quiet trip to Chennai and back. The reason wasn’t to stock up on idlis, dosas and pongal or even Dindgul biryanis, but to catch up with the man who made him act decently twice and once went horribly wrong – Mani Ratnam. The director had extracted decent performances from Aby’s baby in Yuva and Guru, but failed spectacularly with Raavan. The visit was an official one, beginning with talks at Mani’s plush office, followed by lunch at his home. Abhishek then made his way over to AR Rahman’s place to pay his respects. Click here to read more
CHAURAHEN movie review: Rich, layered yet light-hearted
The film is a masterstroke by director Rajshree Ojha
The four stories, originally written by Nirmal Varma, come together in a mysterious melange of pain, longing and tentative redemption in Chaurahen. In her other film Aisha, director Rajshree Ojha gave us no clue of her affinity to such an intimate contact with the deepest recesses of the human heart. Aisha ended up being as shallow as its Jane Austen-derived protagonist. Dare we say the characters in Chaurahen are as thought-provoking as the writer-director’s vision of a life in the metros? Under the bustling soundtrack (from Rabindra Sangeet to Carnatic), there’s an all-pervasive stillness at the core of the stories that crisscross so effortlessly in Chaurahen. The characters are all living with ghosts, reluctant and afraid to let go of their past and live in the present. Each of the four stories is steeped in nostalgia, pain and a final redemption (the airport finale feels fake). Click here to read more