On 4th November 2016, the first season of The Crown aired on Netflix. The Crown, a historical drama series, tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II, the present monarch of the United Kingdom. Although there have been claims of some historical inaccuracies in the series by viewers and historians, the series is largely a biographical venture. The second season of the same began on 8th December 2017. Meanwhile, the beginning of that year itself saw “protests” here in India against the shooting of Padmavati (later, Padmaavat).
Based on Criminal Justice by Peter Moffat, Indian series “Criminal Justice” streaming exclusively on Hotstar directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Vishal Furia brings out some of the many obsessions of us humankind and just how deep we can drag ourselves into them. The storyline revolves around the degree of hastiness and casualness with which youngsters step into some wild & messy decisions, the modern lifestyle of young people, their perspective of right or wrong and their way of doing certain things.
There’s something distilled about independent, non-commercial art. Like all things that do not tread the path of commercial acclaim as it’s primary motive, indie films too go on retaining their aesthetic essence. There have been movies, very products of our own Bollywood, headed over by equally proficient filmmakers that takes us on a trip of reeling pleasure, quite literally.
For movie lovers, missing out on such works is kin to a crime, so to make things easier and keep a track on how well acknowledged you are regarding this arena of Bollywood here goes a list of some personal favorite indie films that should be ticked off within this weekend itself, if not done already.
It’s a make believe presumption that sequels to most series and movies fail to live upto the benchmark created by its first installment of the franchise. TVF Tripling was one of the very first web series out here in India, and oh boy was it loved. A simple plot construct of three siblings out on an impromptu, unplanned road trip set out for a watch that brought on smiles and laughter and a quite a few contemplative sighs.
“Live-in relationships” are still a taboo in Indian society. This contemporary way of trial and error before marriage is embraced by most people nowadays. Luka Chuppi glorifies live-in relationships in the form of a light comedy. The movie is based on the backdrop of Mathura that covers exquisite divinity of it. Guddu, a famous cable news reporter falls in love at first sight with Rashmi, an intern. After spending a lot of time together, Guddu proposes to Rashmi which initially freaks her out.
On the night of 16 December 2012 near Munirka Chownk in the capital of India, a brutal act beyond the extremities of humankind took place, which absolutely left the whole nation in shivers and shock. An inhumane act of raping of a 23-year-old paramedic student by six men, ripping her insides to numeral pieces and tearing her soul into two halves.
It’s been around a year since Ee. Ma. Yau hit the theatres. The movie had a good box-office run and has since then gone on to win several awards and recognitions.
Set in the backdrop of a coastal fishing village, Chellanam in Ernakulam, the movie revolves around the sudden death of Vavachan Mesthiri. His son, Eeshi has promised to fulfill his father’s last wish. A grand funeral with a band, mourning songs and all the regalia; just like that of an Emperor.
So before I start off, all my critique and analysis is based off watching the first season. I watched it after it being so heavily advertised and multiple people recommending it to me. So I took some time out and watched the first season and well it’s got a lot of issues. Before typing out that angry dm just hear me out.
13 reasons why is a show praised by the mainstream for talking about serious social issues.
We all miss someone we know is never coming back, someone whose loss slowed down the pace of everything in our lives. We all have lost someone very dear to us and gone through the terrible stabbing pain in the heart. In everybody’s life there comes a grieving moment from which we can never recover completely, and in some cases a moment from which we can never move past and remain stuck in the labyrinth where time doesn’t matter anymore and we just want it all to end, to stop.
A powerful 6 episode series with a strong and wonderful message, “Selection Day” pursues the cause of depicting the message of letting the children be, letting go of the pressure and the control we hover upon them as parents. As children, we often find ourselves clueless on the path of our careers, the direction is often blurry and sometimes lost completely.
But there are other times, where we have our path all sorted out, directions all jotted down on the map, and destination tattooed in our heart and brain, but something stops us; and that something is our parents.