Playing Subhash Chandra Bose Today: An interview with Kenny Basumatary

Q1. You are playing Netaji in Raag Desh. How did you prepare for the part other than listening to Mr Dhulia? I didn’t really have to listen to Mr Dhulia except during the last few moments before the shot and sometimes after the first take. After he cast me, I started my homework by reading His Majesty’s Opponent by Sugata Bose, and listening to and … Continue reading Playing Subhash Chandra Bose Today: An interview with Kenny Basumatary

Masaan: Beautiful and Authentic – Kenny Basumatary

This is less of a review and more of a freewheeling rave and rant. Masaan won two awards and a long standing ovation at Cannes. I was very happy because I personally know so many of the people involved in it, but familiarity with the filmmaker is a double edged sword, especially in situations where you watch their film and it’s shit and you need … Continue reading Masaan: Beautiful and Authentic – Kenny Basumatary

Should Superheroes Stop Trying To Save The World?

The best part of Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t any of the city-destroying, world-saving, building-smashing scenes, but the everyone-trying-to-lift-Thor’s-hammer scene, and the solid payoff to this gag during the climax. I think we’ve had enough of these orgies of destruction and saving the world – they start looking the same after a while. Man of Steel, Avengers 1, Avengers 2 – it’s a bit of … Continue reading Should Superheroes Stop Trying To Save The World?

Whiplash – Almost a Sureshot Oscar Winner by Kenny Basumatary

Whiplash is quite simply the best film on music that I’ve seen since School of Rock. I started liking it within the first two minutes. The opening is a long shot and long take of lead actor Miles Teller on the drums, and you can see that he’s actually playing at a very high level of skill; not a stunt double or editing trickery. Then … Continue reading Whiplash – Almost a Sureshot Oscar Winner by Kenny Basumatary