Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

How to know the other side of the door and still never think twice on knocking the door, in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. For I’ll tell you what, the film has a really good dramatic value. It uses some real good scenarios to introduce conflict and build up tension among the characters. But as far…

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The Big Lebowski

How to be smart but not care, in The Big Lebowski. “I don’t get it.” has been my answer to this film since the beginning. And I think there is a film in this journey itself. The writer and director, Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Big Lebowski is fun to think about and odd to…

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Ghost Stories

How to be responsible of the privileged license handed over to you, in Ghost Stories. Why is Anurag so Anurag? So brilliant. Few obvious metaphors popped in, in front of me. They were easy to grab so I did. But as in whole, it still remains a mystery to me. But I like his slow…

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Lust Stories

How to use and abuse the license allotted to you, in Lust Stories. Once again Anurag is Anurag. Jumping back to basics. What he knows. And what he knows is how to portray characters. He isn’t afraid of being repetitive and digging deep and feeding us, luring us by revealing information little by little. He…

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Bombay Talkies

How to start something by not keeping that very thing in mind, in Bombay Talkies. Okay. So, Anurag is Anurag. To make a cinema about cinema, more cinematic than you could imagine, he chooses to tell a fairy tale in this darkly pragmatic world. His segment is the best. Surprisingly, Zoya Akhtar’s segment disappointed me…

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Mukkabaaz (The Brawler )

How to prepare for your exams in one long night, in Mukkabaaz. Boy, do we have any other director in the Hindi film industry that dives into different genres like Anurag does. He is an animal behind the camera. And his growling, brawling nature is visible in this film. The writer and director Anurag Kashyap’s…

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The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)

How to make a film ahead of its time and get away with it, in The Passion Of Joan Of Arc. I have never seen such pronounced action in the film. And by action I mean the action description that we writers write in a script. It just gets the point across by simply keeping…

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The King Of Kings (1927)

How to give a hero’s journey to an already heroic personality, in The King Of Kings. The tragic journey of the director Cecille B. Demille’s The King Of Kings is not particularly a tragic journey. It’s a win. A tale of hope. Good conquering over evil. But what left me banging my head on the…

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The Ten Commandments (1923)

How to make it about the audience and also fulfill your desire by speaking about the supernatural elements, in The Ten Commandments. Split into two parts, the director Cecille B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments is a strong unflinching take on the religious subject. The film has many tropes but the most fascinating one is the…

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