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

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

naya nasha, 1973 – smoking hot or pot?

Boredom. If Amitabh Bachchan tells you, in his on-the-cusp-of-being-successful-even-if-you-don’t-know-it-yet-since-it’s-1973 voice that Boredom is the malaise of the 70s, you believe it. Even if this boredom theory comes right after a … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · 14 Comments

queen (2014) and a little bit of highway (2014)

Thoughts on ‘Queen’: I have always thought that it is easier to combat rape, domestic violence, or dowry deaths, than it is to get over the protectiveness that an average … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · 25 Comments

algorithms (2013) – 4 moves in, and we are all blind

‘Algorithms‘ (2013) by Ian McDonald is a film about blind chess players in India. Ian told us that he kept a small newspaper cutting about the subject in his wallet … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

sholay in 6D

Now that ‘Sholay’ in 3D is safely behind us, and we can all forget that it ever happened, I must tell you that I met Ramesh Sippy recently. Well, actually, … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 12 Comments

lymphosarcoma of the intestine – Take 2

Teja got impatient. Pu explained patiently that I needed antibiotics. Dhanno said in her mildly sarcastic way, “Mom, doctors exist, medicines exist, there is science, there are cures.” I finally … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · 13 Comments

of plum cakes and albela (1951)

There are days when you have a lunch and a dinner date. And days when you feel locked-in in your suburban apartment, looking out at the traffic on the highway, … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · 10 Comments

ramleela (2013) – of dead peacocks

This is a guest post by Dhanno. I am thinking about how the films of yesterday and that of today have any connection. There is a sudden shift in the … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 30 Comments

growing up with the movies

I grew up around Liberty, Novelty, Minerva, Maratha Mandir and Metro. Those were the nicer theaters, we went to every once in a while. The ones with lovely balconies, red … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 32 Comments

phata poster nikhla hero (2013) – twinkle, twinkle, little star

These days when Dhanno summons us to spend some time with her, we go, even if it means driving back from Bandra after 3 hours with the CA and dreadful … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 8 Comments

madras cafe (2013) – i need some more heart

Pu and I have more coffee after ‘Madras Cafe‘ but that still does not help us to understand what the film is all about. Both of us at some point … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · 20 Comments

the real deal about that thingy

The word ‘peri-menopausal’ jumps out at me a lot these days. All the doctors I have happened to meet in the last 2 years, usually family friends, or family, or … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · 16 Comments

are these your dream girls?

Woman 1 looks admiringly at the men around her, con-men/police/politicians, and says, “The real work is being done by these people. We are only getting …” The audience sniggers. Woman … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 9 Comments
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