Neruda [2016] : JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Review

What makes Neruda a great film lies in the way Pablo Larrain & co-writer Guillermo Calderón playfully engaged us out of the biographic element, to present a meta, sometimes poetic dream of a storyteller. It’s a biopic that almost defies its own subject matter to become a subtle investigation of how and why a person decides to romanticize with words and phrases. Why he make his characters fall in love and above all, why he makes something so starkly breathtaking that even with low oxygen, the heart dies and resurrects on a white sheet of snow that has never ending lifelines.

After The Storm [2016] – JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Review

As a child, one dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. While getting to that point takes all kinds of pit-stops, sometimes your life turns out differently from what you’ve imagined. Kore-eda himself confesses that he wanted to be a successful writer and not a film-maker and somehow things didn’t work his way. After the Storm tells us that it’s totally okay to have failed at what you wanted to be because life doesn’t end there. What’s most important is to not undo the past, but correct all the imperfections that hinder the present.

Under The Shadow [2016] – JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Review

The fear and anxiety in Babak Anvari’s Under The Shadow not only lurks around closed doors, broken windows, shady basements, restricted roads, terrorized neighborhood but travels almost everywhere. The universality of the fear, both supernatural and real, is terrifying to an extent where the human mind starts questioning everything. And what makes Under The Shadow a brilliant horror film is when it proves your guesses to be wrong in every other instance. It’s a smart, skillful and eerie thriller that haunts you out of your mind.

Certain Women [2016] : JIO MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star Review

“Certain Women” is a remarkable and ambiguous study of gritty and gumptious individuals, cold-shouldered and unheard by the alienated community. Since director Kelly Reichardt’s camera only watches and listens to the existential threat faced by the characters without ever escalating the dramatic quotient, it demands a contemplative mindset to watch.