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

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
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