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

chashme buddoor, old and new – or does God really have the time?

Of course, we all talk in our heads to the people who have made us angry. We are angrier still when we were not able to make those ready retorts … Continue reading

August 21, 2015 · 13 Comments

tender is the sight (2014)

. My review of the National Award winning documentary ‘Tender is the Sight’ by Torsha Banerjee at Upperstall. Please read here

June 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

come embrace me, says life

This one is for Beth and Anu. The old man sitting under the tree is not young. His dimples have long disappeared under chubby cheeks. His eyes are still soft … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 4 Comments

so, yaadein (2001)

Suppose you brought back some blue, moldy cheese from France, which in its stinking fulsomeness, fetched you many suspicious and angry glances through the flight. You have been brought up … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · 8 Comments

finding fanny, daawat-e-ishq, khoobsurat (2014) – and Dhanno says

Dhanno thought that the people who made ‘Finding Fanny’ “were¬† so happy with the look of the film, oh how pretty everything is, and these quaint characters, and Deepika against … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 10 Comments

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

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