Man Jaiye (B R Ishara, 1972) – or let’s play tic, tac, toe

‘Man Jaiye’ is a classic example of a man’s confusion about women’s rights.  I’m never quite sure what B R Ishara really thinks of women. He gives them great freedom in his films, his female characters are usually strong and unapologetic about their decisions in life, and yet, they do often come to a bad end (Chetna), or at least somehow take cover in a … Continue reading Man Jaiye (B R Ishara, 1972) – or let’s play tic, tac, toe

Dil Ki Rahen (B.R.Ishara, 1973) – or love is the only solution

I am not in the mood for a Hindu-Muslim love story after a particularly confused rendition of Edward Albee’s ‘The Zoo Story’ (1958), transposed to Mumbai, with the addition of a skullcap and the shadow of terror. I am rather tired of the imperative endless conversations, to be a Muslim or not be one, the stereotypes, the impassioned pleas not to be stereotyped, the ‘other’ … Continue reading Dil Ki Rahen (B.R.Ishara, 1973) – or love is the only solution