Links: Fruitvale Station, The Good Road

My review of The Good Road: Somewhere in the middle of The Good Road, a truck driver’s assistant grumbles that if you pile 10 tons on a truck that’s meant to carry a six-ton load, then it’s bound to topple. This is effectively what is happening to The Good Road. Seen only as a debut film, rather than one bearing the weight of representing the nation and the stigma of having left people like Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar heartbroken, The Good Road is inoffensive and has its moments. You can read the whole review here.   And last week, I … Continue reading Links: Fruitvale Station, The Good Road

Links: Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha and Gyan Correa’s The Good Road

So here’s what’s interesting about these two films. Both the directors insist that their films have nothing to do with real life politics. Except it’s difficult to imagine a realistic story set in Gujarat that doesn’t have any imprint upon it of the riots of 2002 and their aftermath. Just as it’s difficult to watch the trailer of Satyagraha and not think of the fasts that Anna Hazare took to save us from all sorts of, er, stuff. But when the film is as yet unreleased, take the director’s word for it. Or at the very least, let the director … Continue reading Links: Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha and Gyan Correa’s The Good Road