banno, dhanno and teja in bumm-bumm-bhole-land

hariyali aur rasta (1962) – the greenery and the road, really?

Dhanno comes in to the room and says, “I know her, I know her.” After a moment, she remembers, “She played Rukhsaar’s (Simone Singh) husband’s grandmother in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · 15 Comments

amrit aur vish (hindi, 1966) – poison can be nectar, or vice-versa

An author turns 60. The local political party has organized a celebration in his honour. He himself feels like a cheat, he has not written in 2 years, he feels … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · 6 Comments

this could only mean that you are totally vella

Who are the people at Juhu beach on a Thursday noon? 1. Couples. Mostly young. Young couples find the time to go everywhere. 2. Still photographers. Holding up open albums … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 6 Comments

apna desh (1972) – of the poor junta and golden hats

Watching Mumtaz dance on her knees, not once, but in several moves, squatting and then moving up effortlessly, I think how strong she must be. And then again, in the … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 3 Comments

Once (2006) – trusting smart

A friend recently wrote this on FB, in the context of an interview about her book, ‘Trust Me’ – “About trust, I feel that when in doubt, it’s important to … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

shareef badmaash (1973) – a film that inspires 2 posts

I wrote about ‘Shareef Badmaash’ today, then remembered that I had written about it before. It was almost exactly 3 years ago. I had pretty much the same things to … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · 6 Comments

indian birthdays defy calculation

As I slide gently, inexorably towards five-zero, my conversations, more and more, seem to take on a note of pontification. We could be talking about a movie, a dress, a … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · 23 Comments
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