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

shareef badmaash (1973) – a film that inspires 2 posts

I wrote about ‘Shareef Badmaash’ today, then remembered that I had written about it before. It was almost exactly 3 years ago. I had pretty much the same things to say about the movie that I had back then. Two scientists spend 10 years designing a fighter plane like no other in the world. Their important research culminates in some school kid kind of drawings. … Continue reading shareef badmaash (1973) – a film that inspires 2 posts

shareef badmaash (1973) – icecream sizzler

Carmen and Seema dance at the Happy Hearts Club. (I think!) Carmen does a mean strip tease and comes down to a bikini dress. Her pelvic thrusts, her beautiful face, her bare limbs, are all inviting. Seema removes a scarf from somewhere around her waist, and one from the side of her dress. A glimpse of her thigh is all you get. She sways gently, … Continue reading shareef badmaash (1973) – icecream sizzler

kucche dhaage (1973) – snazzy threads

I am not a big fan of dacoit sagas, but Raj Khosla‘s ‘Kucche Dhaage’ is a crisply told tale with many surprises. It avoids some standard cliches, packs in some relevant messages without diverting from the drama, and creates a love interest which is not merely romantic. The locations and the cinematography add to the interest value.  The village houses, their rooftops and the fields … Continue reading kucche dhaage (1973) – snazzy threads