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Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

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If you dialled 1300-FILM EPICS in India, I’m sure you’ll get a direct line to Ashutosh Gowariker. The man seems to have a penchant for making big epics. Note his body of work – Lagaan, Swades, Mangal Pandey. His most famous work outside of his home country is the nearly 4 hour long Foreign Film Oscar Nominated Lagaan. So what is he offering this time with Jodhaa Akbar, a historical epic set in the 16th Mughal empire?

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Koi Mil Gaya (2003)

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A Bollywood Sci-Fi flick, eh?

The first time I heard about Koi Mil Gaya, I admit to be mildly interested. I envisioned an epic space opera with emphasis on the opera. I imagined something as camp and kitsch as the Flash Gordon movie with dance numbers.

The credits open with a comets crashing and galaxies swirling. Words scroll up the screen in that oh so familiar fashion and… we get the opening credits. So what I get instead is a … (read more)

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Fiza (2000)

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I, for one, remember little of the Mumbai riots.

If truth be told, I have trouble recalling when it was and what I was doing at the time. Despite the violence and destruction, it happened a world away and I was shielded from the goings on because there was no local connection.

Cold but true.

So watching Fiza was less a revisitng and more an awakening of what happened almost a decade ago in India and, more importantly, a look … (read more)

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