The Godfather: An Epitome of Prestige & Elegance

I remember the first time I was really pressured into doing something by my peers was watching good films, exploring cinema rather. They also insisted on reading books back then but watching cinema was a lot easier than reading a nearly 500-pages-long book.

The teenage drew most of us to the mafia culture real quick, which is fairly based on only one principle- show no mercy. The initial films I saw involved a lot of action between the cops and the gangsters, including a cold war between the good cops and the bad cops. This seemed really fun. I watched a 6 to 10 hours long marathon of such films and emerge from my den, unshaken.

However, this one film I watched in my teens has been on the top of my list of favourites. It’s Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972).




Black (2005) #Review

Being a cinephile myself, I’ve often resonated with the protagonists of films more than the people in real world. If the stories are narrated efficiently, they sure have the ability to evoke the deepest of your emotions. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black (2005), starring Rani Mukherji and Amitabh Bachchan is one of such impactful films in the history of Indian Cinema.

The film is about a girl who lost her eyesight and hearing at around two years of age, trying to cope with her life with the help of her Teacher. Inspired by the life of Hellen Keller, Bhansali pretty much metaphorized the whole film and deciphered layers and layers of human insecurities it.

Ijaazat (1987) #Review

Films teach you a lot about yourself. They mirror you and parts of your life through someone else’s prospect. But, there are very few films that leave an enduring impact. Gulzar’s 1987 film, Ijaazat, a Hindi film starring Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, and Anuradha Patel is by far the most sensitive film I’ve ever watched. The film is based on a Bengali story, Jatugriha by Subodh Ghosh. It belongs to the art-house genre, also considered an Alternate Cinema Space in India.