Manzil (Mandi Burman, 1960) – the moon, and you and me

I really liked the first half of ‘Manzil’ (Mandi Burman, 1960); the romance between Raju (Dev Anand) and Pooja (Nutan) had all the innocence of first love with the physicality of young hormones at play. There are stolen kisses and romping around on the floor, and holding hands quite naturally, and lots of cuddling. The family drama with the strict, uncompromising father Mehta-Ji (K.N.Singh) doing … Continue reading Manzil (Mandi Burman, 1960) – the moon, and you and me

Dil To Paagal Hai – red balloons can fly anywhere

Dhanno was 4 when ‘Dil To Paagal Hai’ (Yash Chopra, 1997) released. It was the first film she saw in the theatre. She had had a glimpse of ‘Midnight Cowboys’ from her pram at the CRT in FTII. Barely 3 months old, she stayed for not more than 10 minutes. In ‘Dil To Paagal Hai’, she danced in the aisles, decided she wanted to marry … Continue reading Dil To Paagal Hai – red balloons can fly anywhere

Kali Ghata (1980, Ved Rahi) – lost in the fog

Kali Ghata (Ved Rahi, 1980) is one of those films that make you question ‘What is the purpose?’ … ‘Of this film?’ … ‘Of life?’ The only answer I could come up with is Rekha. She is cute, wears pert wigs, lots of denim interspersed with red, flawless make-up and gets to be twins with no discernible difference except that one is called Rekha and … Continue reading Kali Ghata (1980, Ved Rahi) – lost in the fog

Simran (Hansal Mehta, 2017) – too much bad girl

The other day, I had a banana caramel ice cream at a place called ‘Degchi’ in Poona. The banana was too bananaesque and the caramel was too carameliac. I had to flail my tongue to get through one gooey lump. Too much of a good thing is always a disaster for a recipe, or a recipe for a disaster. Food or films. ‘Simran’ lays out … Continue reading Simran (Hansal Mehta, 2017) – too much bad girl

when harry did not meet sejal or sally – imtiaz ali, 2017

Dhanno said, “I would have cut the entire Punjab story. You don’t need a backstory to see a person’s loneliness. The loneliness is enough.” A person could come from anywhere, be anywhere, for any reason, and be lonely at a particular time in his life. They could enjoy their independence, their detached lifestyle, the perks of their work and the country they are living in, … Continue reading when harry did not meet sejal or sally – imtiaz ali, 2017