Dil To Paagal Hai – red balloons can fly anywhere

Dhanno was 4 when ‘Dil To Paagal Hai’ (Yash Chopra, 1997) released. It was the first film she saw in the theatre. She had had a glimpse of ‘Midnight Cowboys’ from her pram at the CRT in FTII. Barely 3 months old, she stayed for not more than 10 minutes. In ‘Dil To Paagal Hai’, she danced in the aisles, decided she wanted to marry … Continue reading Dil To Paagal Hai – red balloons can fly anywhere

when harry did not meet sejal or sally – imtiaz ali, 2017

Dhanno said, “I would have cut the entire Punjab story. You don’t need a backstory to see a person’s loneliness. The loneliness is enough.” A person could come from anywhere, be anywhere, for any reason, and be lonely at a particular time in his life. They could enjoy their independence, their detached lifestyle, the perks of their work and the country they are living in, … Continue reading when harry did not meet sejal or sally – imtiaz ali, 2017

jab tak hain jaan (2012) – you look just the same

The Khan trio by dint of fate are born in the same year as me. For that reason alone, I’ve watched their failures and successes with a sense of camaraderie, and their aging, or lack of, with curiosity. Recently, we went to a farewell party of our girls hostel warden at FTII, and a large part of the evening was spent in telling each other … Continue reading jab tak hain jaan (2012) – you look just the same

A few tips on surviving film festivals, or life

1. Do your best to go with someone. Beg, borrow, steal, or call a professional escort service, if you have to. But don’t; please don’t venture into a film festival on your own. Firstly, it announces to everyone how friendless and boring you are, but more dangerously, it attracts other friendless and boring people to latch on to you. 2. If you really have no … Continue reading A few tips on surviving film festivals, or life