Ray’s Restored Apu Trilogy opens today

Sixty years since the release of Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali, a lovingly restored set of the films of The Apu Trilogy are being released by Janus Films for a limited time, starting today, May 8th, at the Film Forum here in New York City. The NYC debut of the digitally restored trio will be followed […]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

With the huge (and initially, surprising) success of John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, it wouldn’t take the keen insight of the Weinstein brothers to realize that a sequel might also prove to be a goldmine. But it can be so tricky, the second time around, can’t it – to rekindle the chemistry among […]

Finding Fanny…Floundering

It’s been a while since I saw Homi Adajania’s debut film Being Cyrus, but in the flashes of it that come to mind I think of overstuffed, almost claustrophobic apartments of its eccentric Parsi characters with all assortment of unusual items sitting on the nightstands and around the house.  In Finding Fanny, the director’s team […]


The 2014 NYIFF opened Monday night with director Anurag Kashap’s latest film, Ugly, a disturbing study of several lives unraveling simultaneously and revealing the ugliness inside of each. A 10-year-old girl vanishes from a busy street in Bombay.  She’s been left alone in the car by her father, Rahul, a struggling actor, while he goes […]

The Lunchbox

On the morning commute to the office, while staring out the window and watching the scenery roll by, an image came into my head out of the blue, of the interior of a Druk Air Airbus making its approach to Paro Airport on a sunny day – and the following scene:  little Yashvi is in […]