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bajirao-mastaniSanjay Leela Bhansali has been searching for love all his life, at least on celluloid.

Earlier, in smaller moments with Khamoshi and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, then taking an experimental turn with Saawariya and later in fully embracing star-crossed lovers in Devdas, and the Romeo-Juliet inspired Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram Leela.

His latest offering Bajirao Mastani too tells the epic tale of a doomed love against the backdrop of a warring Marathas and rigid divisions along lines of religion which leave little room for love to flourish.

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MortdecaiThe handlebar moustache clearly should have gotten second billing in the comic caper Mortdecai since it is its’ one and only punchline.

Based on the novel “Don’t Point That Thing At Me” by Kyril Bonfiglioli, writer/director David Koepp (Premium Rush) and writer Eric Aronson translate this 1970s cult comic thriller onto the screen. Only, the movie has fewer thrills and even less comedy; 007 with none of his charm, intellect or gadgetry.

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Ship of Theseus

If the title didn’t clue you in, fear not, the director makes allowances for people like us by spelling out the Theseus paradox: which essentially raises the question that if all the parts of the ship are replaced is it the same ship; thereby framing his film in the context of identity, authenticity and change.

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Impressed by Sabiha Sumar’s earlier film Khamosh Pani with its strong script and poignant take on Pakistani politics, although admittedly sometime sketchy direction, I was intrigued enough to want to see Good Morning Karachi at the 3rdi film festival despite its rather predictable plot.

Intrigued enough, I might add, to pick this film to end my four year drought of not having seen the inside of a theater, I was ready to be more forgiving than usual and even hoped to gain some insight into her creative mind at the Q&A. Alas, all I have is a migraine and an even lesser understanding of her inspiration and work thanks to a disappointing film topped by a lackluster discussion.

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