Bollywood film review – X: Past is Present A psychotic trip! Rating 2.5




By Aryeman Raj

What’s it about?

A filmmaker with a mid-life crisis meets a mysterious young girl who reminds him of his first girlfriend at first, and subsequently, of every woman in his life.


Who is she? Is she real or imaginary? A stalker or a ghost? His past catching up or a character from the script he is writing?


A bold and original take on man-woman relationships, X: Past Is Present is a one-of-its-kind feature where 11 Indian filmmakers with strikingly different cinematic styles have come together to make different parts of the same film. One story told through the eyes of 11 unique storytellers.


Duration: 105 minutes / Language: English, Hindi, Tamil


Made on the typical lines of an international film festival genre, the film takes you on a psychotic trip into the mind of a film director. What all starts on that one night unravels the different layers of the mind-set of the central character.

While only niche audiences would relate to this subject, the effort is commendable. Getting 11 film directors to show different perspectives and blending it into an engrossing thriller is worth watching.

Similar directorial touches in most sequences makes it slightly monotonous. There are loads of over-the-shoulder scenes coupled with static one-frame camera shots with voice-overs. However each director has shown their distinctive style of shot composition and highlighting the actors’ histrionics.


Rajat Kapoor balances his multi-layered role as the film director who has skeletons in his cupboard. Almost all the female leads like Radhika Apte, Swara Bhaskar, Bidita Bag, Gabriella come out with shining performances.

The Huma Qureshi  episode is quite a let-down in terms of content. Anshuman Jha lacks the appeal to hold the character of the younger version film director.

Box-office rating:

The film could get critical acclaim but the box-office numbers could be a disappointment. Only elite audiences would watch it. This film is a must watch for budding film makers.

Film Credits


Rajat Kapoor, Anshuman Jha, Aditi Chengappa, Bidita Bag, Gabriella Schmidt, Huma Qureshi, Neha Mahajan, Parno Mitra, Pia Bajpai, Pooja Ruparel, Radhika Apte, Richa Shukla, Rii Sen, Swara Bhaskar

Directed by:

Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Nalan Kumarasamy, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma

Written by:

Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma and Thiagarajan Kumararaj

Directors of Photography:

Anuj Dhawan, Aseem Bajaj, Dinesh Krishnan, Gairik Sarkar, Katyayani Mudholkar, Maeve O Connell, Q, Ravi K Chandran, Sandeep Mohan, Siddhartha Nuni, Sidharth Kay and Viraj Singh Gohil

Edited by:

Sreekar Prasad, Vijay Prabakaran, Vijay Venkataramanan, Biplab Goswami, Gairik Sarkar, Dhritiman Das, Shreyas Beltangdy, Ankit Srivastava, Ninaad Khanolkar.

Post Production Management & Grading:

Siddharth Meer

Sound Mix:

Gita Gurappa


Pratyush Prakash & Raja Sen


Sudeep Swaroop

Additional Screenplay:

Thiagarajan Kumararaja

Executive Producers:

Shiladitya Bora & Sudhish Kamath

Produced by:

Manish Mundra

Music launch of ‘Pappu Cant Dance Saala’


The music launch of Saurabh Shukla’s first mass entertainer ‘Pappu Cant Dance Saala’ was truly massy amidst the flashes of the shutterbugs and ample media attention!

The event kicked off with a little interactive session between the audience and the host Siddharth Kanan. Then he called on stage veteran director, Sudhir Mishra and producer/director Vipul Shah to launch the promo of the film. “Saurabh is a dear friend and coming out in his support was obvious for me. He is a multi talented person and he truly does justice to all the roles he plays” said Sudhir Mishra.

After that the singers from the movie took the centrestage one by one and entertained the audience with a variety of songs from the movie itself. This included names like Aakriti Kakkar, Shilpa Rao, Sangeet Haldipur, Kailash Kher and Mansi Scott.

Apart from the starcast ie Neha Dhupia, Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, the event was also attended by Ranveer Shorey, Raju Hirani, Arshad Warsi, Manoj Bajpai, Pritam and Manjari Phadnis. Ravinder Singh, the producer and the chairman of R vision films was also present.

Pritam was there to support his friend and protege Malhar (picture attached with Pritam da). Malhar is the music director of Pappu Cant Dance Saala.

The first look launch of Praveen kumar’s forthcoming film Jo Dooba So Paar – It’s Love In Bihar


The first look launch of Praveen kumar’s forthcoming film Jo Dooba So Paar – It’s Love In Bihar starring Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Anand Tiwari, Sadia, Sita Spada and Pitobash.

Vinay Pathak was in jovial mood and kept everybody in splits the whole evening. He even posed in front of ladies wash room for the shutterbugs.