Chetna (B.R.Ishara, 1970) – maybe it’s ok to be lost

I was 5 when Chetna released. And yet, I have this memory of its iconic poster. The bare legs of a girl spread apart, standing on a bed. I don’t know where I remember it from. The poster apparently was a tongue in cheek rejoinder by the filmmaker to the ‘A’ certificate given to the film by the Censor Board. I saw the film only … Continue reading Chetna (B.R.Ishara, 1970) – maybe it’s ok to be lost

julie (1975) – that time is fleeting, time is fleeting, time is fleeting

‘Julie‘ was released in 1975. I was 10, and definitely not allowed into an adult movie, which its poster alone loudly proclaimed it to be. But what could stop the songs from reaching us? ‘My heart is beating, keeps on repeating, I am waiting for you’ was the rage for years, helped along by its singer, Preeti Sagar appearing on Doordarshan regularly, and singing it. … Continue reading julie (1975) – that time is fleeting, time is fleeting, time is fleeting

bhanwar (1976) – the whirlpool is missing but …

Dhanno said, “Maybe they could try to pretend that this is really an operating room, and the blood in that bottle is not orange.” She came in on the second half of ‘Bhanwar‘ and for some inexplicable reason, the movie slipped rapidly into idiocy, not helped at all by Parveen Babi‘s face-scrunching and arm flailing and dippy inflection. Dhanno said, “Does she even know the … Continue reading bhanwar (1976) – the whirlpool is missing but …

of stereotypes, sins and genders

Dipali and Pallavi tagged me to list at least ten things I have wanted or done which my gender is not supposed to. Being not just A woman, but an Indian woman, seriously influenced by Hindi cinema, I thought that I am: sadly none of this, whatsoever, no grace, no dancing skills, no utterly, utterly breath-taking beauty. but maybe, a little bit of this – … Continue reading of stereotypes, sins and genders