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Swetha Ramakrishnan's Film Reviews
Pataakha is an oxymoron. It’s explosive but subtle; it’s emotive but doesn’t take itself too seriously as a film. It could have benefited with a tighter edit, but for the most part I couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen. Pataakha is an indulgence worth investing in.
Lust Stories is a step in the right direction. This is the main reason I’m going to refrain from stating my favourite short, because I feel it’ll be a premature opinion. One must watch Lust Stories, dreamily, a couple of more times to fully soak it in. The stories may not have worked as longer features, because that would reveal the risk of over-analysing and forcing a story to fit within the three-act structure. Lust Stories is stitched together beautifully, like starkly different pieces of the same fabric. It is evocative, beautiful, visceral and alluring.
Love Per Square Foot has its heart in the right place. It’s an earnest, well-shot, well-written film meant to be watched with popcorn, and not cynicism.
Bollywood desperately needs films like A Death in the Gunj — one that doesn’t take itself too seriously or isn’t easy to frivolously label, but yet doesn’t insult the intelligence of its viewer. We need to have a middle path between “artsy fartsy parallel cinema” and “mass masala entertainer”, and Konkona Sen Sharma seems to have found a way.