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  • The Way I See It

    The Way I See It

    ★★★★½

    “it takes two to make every great career: the man who is great, and the man — almost rarer — who is great enough to see greatness and say so.” 

    my entire career is built on this bedrock of mutual recognition and support; saving my own stories and instead pushing to make sure that the stories that are told don’t just get lost in the abyss but reach its truest audience. people like me, the supporting characters in a hero’s…

  • The Human Factor

    The Human Factor

    ★★★★

    policy + risk assessment sprinkled with a bit of hindsight + personal regret is my kinda reality tv! this focused, (mostly) undramatic and aptly christened documentary was a much needed reassurance that every once in a while, even within the male-ridden world of diplomacy and long-drawn-out attempts at catch 22 peace, there are, in fact, moments of hope and humanity. not going to lie, i choked up when daniel ross did. 


    arafat-rabin ✊🏽🤍

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  • Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai

    Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai

    I’m objective and yet altogether too invested to be objective about Choked. 

    In 2015, this script landed on my work desk. I was with Phantom Films and even as a novice script consultant, I was tired of the tropes I was being taught to imitate. The emphasis was on techniques, three-act structures, character graphs and the regular film school education that blocked free flow creativity. In that mundane fatigue of reading high concept, perfectly constructed scripts, Nihit Bhave’s Choked was…

  • The White Tiger

    The White Tiger

    ★½

    You can’t take the Bollywood out of India. Adapted from a trite story with cringe dialogues and terrible performances to boot. Our Gal Gadot export doesn’t realize her character was mocking her so she played it as tone deaf as she is; Rajkumar keeps choosing random words to italicize. Adarsh deserves a solid indie film to cleanse himself from this rubbish. Apparently The Great Indian Socialist Dream is to fuck over your comrades and drool all over the rich. No…