Articles by Blessy
Pipsi review: Must-watch tale of innocent faith and dogged hope
Director Rohan Deshpande presents a beautiful story with child artistes Maithili Patwardhan and Sahil Joshi.
Twilight years of saxophonist Manohari Singh through the eyes of friend Vish Shirali
Harmonica player Shirali, who played in many stage shows with the saxophonist, remembers his guru and father figure on the latter’s eighth death anniversary.
Gotya review: Interesting attempt marred by immature treatment
With an experienced hand at the helm, Gotya might have turned into a better experience for all, the cast as well as the viewers.
Youngraad review: This film about youth gone astray itself loses its way
Youngraad is impressive only in parts and offers little in terms of convincing storytelling.
Bedhadak review: This attempt to highlight conflict between sports and education lacks punch
Some of the twists in director Santosh Manjrekar's film are superficial while the climax is painfully predictable.
Juze is local Goan shot of exploitation, hope and redemption
The strong human connect makes filmmaker Miransha Naik's story universally believable.
Kaccha Limbu offers an uncomfortable experience that must not be missed
Director Prasad Oak’s film packs in memorable sights, sounds, emotions, and technical finesse in 115 precious minutes.
Watch Pimpal at the Habitat festival for Dilip Prabhavalkar's acting masterclass
The veteran Marathi actor plays Arvind, a septuagenarian who battles loneliness as he lives in a virtual world.
Monkey Baat review: Good concept let down by simplistic execution
Monkey Baat has a child artiste at its centre but also the usual tropes used in a children’s film — a thin conflict (with great potential that remains untapped), too many characters, a manifestation of god and a generous sprinkling of values and morals.
Zanjeer review: Well-paced revenge drama that works despite the thin plot
The dialogues, bordering on the corny but delivered with panache, the exciting chase and fight sequences, Kalyanji-Anandji's music and the grey shades of a likeable hero, a rarity in the era, make this a film worth revisiting.
Hope Aur Hum title track: Mediocre number that inspires little confidence
The amateurish lyrics by Saurabh Dikshit involving simple everyday terms make it relatable but also ensure it remains largely unimpactful.
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Zaffar And Tudu preview: A tale of rugby, challenges and self-discovery
Director Kavita Carneiro takes an unusual story of two underdogs to present a realistic documentary on how rugby changes their life.
Gulabjaam review: Entertainment served with dollops of heart
Director Sachin Kundalkar uses brilliant food metaphors to rustle up a layered film soaked in the goodness of a sensitive story with effortless humour, meaningful dialogue and good acting.
Hostel Days review: Good for a one-time watch to relive memories
Hostel Days has a confused plot that tries to include everything — friendship, love, jealousy, social evils, corruption, poverty and aspiration.
Dr Tatyaa Lahane review: An ego massage you can totally avoid
The film is full of incidents that glorify the man, often making the narrative sugary enough to pass off as a publicity exercise.
Thooppu preview: A seemingly simple tale with multiple layers
A genuine attempt by a sincere priest to help a young man with the mind of a child becomes the cause of conflict.
Firangi review: Good story marred by bland execution
In Firangi, Kapil Sharma makes a conscious attempt of breaking away from that comedian image he has held on so far.
Article Konkani Malayalam
IFFI 2017: You see a Juze wherever you go in Goa, says filmmaker Miransha Naik
The Konkani director speaks about the lead characters of his acclaimed film, why he dislikes closeups, and the Sexy Durga controversy.
Would have finished Aasra earlier had I known before: Director Ranjeet Jha on Tom Alter’s illness, passing
Alter, who passed away in September this year, acted in his last short film Aasra directed by Jha. Alter never saw the film.
Aasra review: Minimum runtime, maximum entertainment in Tom Alter’s last short film
Suspense, flowing dialogues, the charming presence of Alter, sample characters, the setting — all come together beautifully to make this film thoroughly enjoyable.