Gaman (Muzaffar Ali, 1978) – waiting for that embrace

Someone close to us passed away last week. Barely three months after his mother. Who was closer to us. To Dhanno and me. Death and funeral rites and sorrow notwithstanding, a feud rages on within the family for the small sliver of an apartment that has been home to 10 people in the last 20 years. 200 square feet. I look at the walls, blistered … Continue reading Gaman (Muzaffar Ali, 1978) – waiting for that embrace

some nostalgia toh banta hain if you watch ‘yaadein’

Yesterday, Dhanno and I watched ‘Yaadein’ (2001). Amongst other things which we shall talk about in another post, was the most laughable editing I have seen in a film. As I do each time I watch a Subhash Ghai film, I began thinking of how ‘Pardes’ is my favorite SG film, and how much of it works because of Hemanti’s (Sarkar) editing. Yesterday, I had … Continue reading some nostalgia toh banta hain if you watch ‘yaadein’

holi outside ftii

There were quite a few of us missing FTII like crazy. I mean, it’s Holi night, you are dancing, and you ought to be near the Wisdom Tree, not an air-conditioned banquet hall in Bumm-Bumm-Bhole-Land. It didn’t help when Pu called, she was at FTII, and said she was watching me on screen, playing TT with an egg. I wanted to be there right then, … Continue reading holi outside ftii

raman raghav (1992) – and some curry and rice

It’s rarely that a film shot on U-matic Hi Band holds its own after 18 years. Sriram Raghavan had a preview screening of his tele-film ‘Raman Raghav’ when we were students at the FTII. He was a senior only by a very few years, but respected because of his cinematic diploma ‘8-Column Affair‘. ‘Raman Raghav’ at the time re-emphasized his ease with the craft. What … Continue reading raman raghav (1992) – and some curry and rice

and banno goes flying

I hugged Reema Borah who showed us her diploma, ‘Chaatak’ made for the acting students of 2008-2010, and told her my love story. I hugged her cameraman husband, Sandeep Patil, and told him my love story. I hugged the band members of A-Void, and pulled their lovely, long pony tails. I hugged Shedge-ji, the driver of the FTII bus, and thanked him for looking after … Continue reading and banno goes flying