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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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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All The Best

How to know what you’re putting out there and how will it be perceived, in All The Best. Every single joke of the film emerges from the characteristics of the characters that keeps explaining the characters to its audience. This is a standard manual on “how to write jokes”. Yet one of the best tricks…

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Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ

How to be so large and still rely upon such minute details, in Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. The director Fred Niblo’s Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ is an odd tale. I mean, it’s a known tale, a great tale. But it felt somehow different to me. And I couldn’t particularly point my…

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