Tarana (Ram Daryani, 1951) – some more Madhubala love

Sometimes PDA makes you awkward; sometimes it makes you scoff. Sometimes it’s hard to believe; sometimes it is plain annoying. And sometimes, just sometimes, watching the ritual of courtship between two magnificent animals makes you believe in the notions of eternal love and soul mates. Tarana (Ram Daryani, 1951) has nothing much going for it in terms of new story or exciting craft, there are … Continue reading Tarana (Ram Daryani, 1951) – some more Madhubala love

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