Mathematics and motherhood lie at the heart of this Amazon Prime release, a biopic on the life of India’s Guinness World Record winning genius played by the immensely versatile Vidya Balan. The gaze is quite specific as the film is viewed through the lens of the daughter of the world-famous personality, portrayed on screen by Sanya Malhotra.
A real-life Indian mother and daughter playing fictionalised selves on screen could easily be a recipe for disaster. Thankfully, when that duo happens to be National award-winning actress Neena Gupta and her fashion designer daughter Masaba Gupta, the drama is a spicy dish worth consuming.
Scripted by ‘Dangal’ co-writer Nikhil Mehrotra and directed by debutant Sharan Sharma, ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ joins a growing trend of Bollywood biopics. Thankfully, movie mogul Karan Johar sheds his usual excesses to produce a measured and inspirational look at the story of India’s first female Air Force pilot in combat.
Since its rapturous publication in 1993, fans of Indian literature have been yearning for a screen adaption of Vikram Seth’s masterpiece ‘A Suitable Boy’ and the wait is finally over thanks to the BBC. Who better than the internationally reputed home of period drama to transform the mammoth 1,349-page novel into a six-part television series?
A handsome budget to shoot sumptuous scenes in the desert state of Rajasthan paired with some great melodies from Bollywood’s much-loved musicians, Shankar Ehsan Loy, make this new Amazon Prime offering from India a worthy addition to a growing catalogue.
Any crime drama starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte can be regarded a safe bet when it comes to entertainment value. As two of India’s top screen actors, they have carved their names and reputations as the victims and perpetrators in cinematic and digital streaming hits like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Badlapur’ and ‘Sacred Games’.
Director Chhabra stirs a tidal wave of emotions with his new movie ‘Dil Bechara’, swan song of the late Sushant Singh Rajput. Releasing on Hotstar less than two months after the actor’s untimely and shocking demise, there were bound to be all eyes on his final cinematic performance.
Since its release on Amazon Prime, Rasbhari has been the subject of fierce debate in the Indian media. Best described as a desi mix of cult sex comedies, ‘American Pie’ and ‘Sex Education’, the web series deals with the provocative subjects of teen sexuality and female empowerment in contemporary India. It’s ripe for controversy.