heroine – in the quicksand of glamour

Dhanno keeps repeating incredulously, “This movie is a spoof of itself. When they make a spoof of this, it will be the actual film.” Shy keeps nudging me, and guffawing. “Really, really, but why?” Badal asks, “Whose idea was it to watch ‘Heroine’?” Shy says, “We had to see it. It’s so funny.” I say, “This girl (Mahi Arora aka. Kareena Kapoor) would be in … Continue reading heroine – in the quicksand of glamour

bhala manus (1976) – made in usa ka label on desi maal

There is much to love in this song. 1. Neetu Singh‘s giving grief to her soon to-be real life ‘jeth’ Randhir Kapoor. Including making him do dand-baithak, pinching his cheeks and his tummy, threatening him with a danda and making him dance. 2. Her pink-blue-yellow petticoat slit skirt under her pink sari. Four thigh-length slits, no less. 3. The serious pink of the pink. Blue … Continue reading bhala manus (1976) – made in usa ka label on desi maal

anjaana anjaani (2010) – hot or cool – an aurat is an aurat

Her name is Kiara. – Cool. Like a flower-bed, no? No, stupid, that is kyaari, this is Gaelic, means little, dark one. – Cool. And Kiara is Priyanka Chopra – Hot. So she gets to wear little, little shorts and little, little tops and show off her long, dark legs. – Hawwwt. She is different, you know, suicidal, very edgy. She even has lots of … Continue reading anjaana anjaani (2010) – hot or cool – an aurat is an aurat

chhupa rustam and laat saheb (1973) – 2 not so cool cats

‘Chhupa Rustam‘ (1973) is not one of Vijay Anand‘s best films. It seems to be a rehash of ‘Johny Mera Naam‘ (1970), a bit like the leftovers Mummy used to mash together into one gooey, brown, yucky porridge and try to convince us that it was quite tasty. Well, not really as bad as that. Because after all it does have a gorgeous young Hema … Continue reading chhupa rustam and laat saheb (1973) – 2 not so cool cats

diamond queen (1940) – bigger than BBKK

OK, so putting BBKK aside for a few moments,  I did do something I never imagined I’d ever get the chance to do. At IFFI, I actually watched a Fearless Nadia film on the big screen. ‘Diamond Queen’. Though I have shamelessly used Fearless Nadia as my avatar, I have never really watched a film featuring her. And I’ve only heard of the documentary made … Continue reading diamond queen (1940) – bigger than BBKK

do dooni char (2010) – 2 + 2 need not always be 4

Teja and I grew up with very few ‘things’, but it was a different time when everyone around us had few ‘things’. Dhanno grew up with shops around her, the brands of the world available, friends with all the goodies in their homes. We had a few years where the balance between the money we had or were willing to spend, and her wants had … Continue reading do dooni char (2010) – 2 + 2 need not always be 4