Kala Pani (Raj Khosla, 1958) – justice not done

Much before I knew Raj Khosla or Sachin Dev Burman or ‘Kala Pani’ (Raj Khosla, 1958), as a child, I knew the songs ‘Hum bekhudi mein tum ko pukaare chale gaye’ (Mohammad Rafi) and ‘Accha jee main haari, chalo maan jaao na’ (Asha Bhosale, Mohammad Rafi), probably from Chhaya Geet on Doordarshan. A J Cronin’s novel ‘Beyond This Place’ has had many film and television … Continue reading Kala Pani (Raj Khosla, 1958) – justice not done

Hawas (1974) – every night, a new man

I’ve been watching ‘Hawas’ (Saawan Kumar Tak, 1974) over 4 months now. It’s just one of those films which are so good, you need to savour the goodness slowly. Don’t gulp down, don’t swallow un-chewed. There are a lot of shenanigans that go on in the film, around a diamond necklace, worth 50 million rupees, that Kamini (Bindu) owns. The nitty-gritty of that plot is … Continue reading Hawas (1974) – every night, a new man