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  • 04/19/13--09:40: Chaowa-Pawa (1959)
  • Serendipity: noun. plural: serendipities. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident; the occurrence of such a discovery. Coined by Horace Walpole in 1754, based on a fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendib (‘Serendib’ being present-day Sri Lanka)—the … Continue reading 

    dustedoffUttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen in Chaowa-PawaManju throws a tantrumRajat meets Mr Choudhary......and is very disheartenedMr Choudhary comes home to a grumpy daughterMr Choudhary gives Manju an ultimatumIn the trainAsit is his usual pesky selfMr Choudhary makes an urgent phone callOn the Kolkata-Patna trainManju approaches Rajat for help... and is surprised to get itAn ad in a newspaperRajat Sen gets an ideaIn the trainAt the waiting room, Rajat pretends to be Manju's husbandAt the Grand HotelRajat shows Manju the shocking result of a fit of temperThe Bangla 'wall of Jericho'Chakravorty Babu gets suspiciousA moment of quiet longingUttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen in Chaowa-PawadustedoffUttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen in Chaowa-PawaManju throws a tantrumRajat meets Mr Choudhary......and is very disheartenedMr Choudhary comes home to a grumpy daughterMr Choudhary gives Manju an ultimatumIn the trainAsit is his usual pesky selfMr Choudhary makes an urgent phone callOn the Kolkata-Patna trainManju approaches Rajat for help... and is surprised to get itAn ad in a newspaperRajat Sen gets an ideaIn the trainAt the waiting room, Rajat pretends to be Manju's husbandAt the Grand HotelRajat shows Manju the shocking result of a fit of temperThe Bangla 'wall of Jericho'Chakravorty Babu gets suspiciousA moment of quiet longingUttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen in Chaowa-Pawa

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    Late last year, an editor from ForbesLife India wrote to me, telling me they’d be doing special ‘100 years of Indian cinema’ editions this year. Would I be interested in contributing an article? That was a no-brainer (or so it … Continue reading 

    dustedoffJaan-pehchaan ho, from GumnaamDil cheez kya hai, from Umrao JaanBabul mora naihar chhooto hi jaaye, from Street SingerAaj Himalaya ko choti se, from KismetPyaasa - Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye toh kya haiErica Lal in Waqt, as the crooner in Aage bhi jaane na tuEk main aur ek tu, from Khel-Khel MeinRaat baaki baat baaki, from Namak HalalGoli maar bheje mein, from SatyaMaula mere lele meri jaan, from Chak De India!Shamshad Begum, 1919-2013Kahin pe nigaahein kahin ke nishaana, from CIDdustedoffJaan-pehchaan ho, from GumnaamDil cheez kya hai, from Umrao JaanBabul mora naihar chhooto hi jaaye, from Street SingerAaj Himalaya ko choti se, from KismetPyaasa - Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye toh kya haiErica Lal in Waqt, as the crooner in Aage bhi jaane na tuEk main aur ek tu, from Khel-Khel MeinRaat baaki baat baaki, from Namak HalalGoli maar bheje mein, from SatyaMaula mere lele meri jaan, from Chak De India!Shamshad Begum, 1919-2013Kahin pe nigaahein kahin ke nishaana, from CID

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  • 04/26/13--20:43: Shamshad Begum: A Tribute
  • When I began April 2013 on my blog, I’d promised this month would be dedicated to celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema—not merely Hindi cinema, as I tend to do, but regional language cinema as well. Apart from a review … Continue reading 

    dustedoffShamshad BegumSaiyyan dil mein aana re, from BahaarJaiyo jaiyo sipahiya, from NishaanChhad de tu mera dupatta, from Koday ShahShamshad BegumNaan raniye rajavin, from AanNaina bhar aaye neer, from HumayunTeri kanak di raakhi, from Do LachhianAsomir mukhaate, from Piyoli PhukanKateya karoon teri roon, from Pind di KudiChaakuwaala chhuriwaala, from Al HilaldustedoffShamshad BegumSaiyyan dil mein aana re, from BahaarJaiyo jaiyo sipahiya, from NishaanChhad de tu mera dupatta, from Koday ShahShamshad BegumNaan raniye rajavin, from AanNaina bhar aaye neer, from HumayunTeri kanak di raakhi, from Do LachhianAsomir mukhaate, from Piyoli PhukanKateya karoon teri roon, from Pind di KudiChaakuwaala chhuriwaala, from Al Hilal

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  • 05/01/13--01:18: Mai Baap (1957)
  • Today is the 100th birth anniversary of one of my favourite Hindi film actors, the extremely talented, very versatile Balraj Sahni. Born on May 1, 1913 (an interesting coincidence, considering he went on to become the first president of the … Continue reading 

    dustedoffBalraj Sahni in AnuradhaChandan with KakaBasanti and Radha, with Kaka and ChandanChandan offers to buy a lottery ticketBasanti tries to dissuade ChandanLeela and Parker bemoan their fateDebtors crowd around at Parker's homeParker meets Mr KhannaBasanti and Chandan discuss the newsMuch excitement - and Kaka insists on going with ChandanLeela fawns over ChandanKaka expresses his fearsParker talks to Chandan Mr Khanna tries to intervene, but is interrupted by ParkerKaka finds himself desertedParker reads out a distressing letter to ChandanLeela and Parker fool ChandanBanwaari tries to get fresh with BasantiIn a village devastated by plague - or is it?Balraj Sahni, 1913-1973dustedoffBalraj Sahni in AnuradhaChandan with KakaBasanti and Radha, with Kaka and ChandanChandan offers to buy a lottery ticketBasanti tries to dissuade ChandanLeela and Parker bemoan their fateDebtors crowd around at Parker's homeParker meets Mr KhannaBasanti and Chandan discuss the newsMuch excitement - and Kaka insists on going with ChandanLeela fawns over ChandanKaka expresses his fearsParker talks to Chandan Mr Khanna tries to intervene, but is interrupted by ParkerKaka finds himself desertedParker reads out a distressing letter to ChandanLeela and Parker fool ChandanBanwaari tries to get fresh with BasantiIn a village devastated by plague - or is it?Balraj Sahni, 1913-1973

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  • 05/08/13--22:08: Plein Soleil (1960)
  • I’ve spent the past month—and more—focussing solely on Indian cinema. Time for a change, I thought. This, therefore. Director René Clément’s Plein Soleil (literally, ‘Full Sun’, but known as Purple Noon) is a French adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented … Continue reading 

    dustedoffAlain Delon in Plein SoleilAt a cafe in Rome: Philippe and TomTom makes a suggestionFreddy happens to come byPhilippe explains matters to FreddySome horseplay, and a blind man's caneThe woman - and the menMarge lashes out at Philippe before being won overTom dresses up in Philippe's clothes... and is caught outTom confronts Philippe about returning homeOn the boatTom is found, semi-conscious and sunburntTom plants an incriminating earringMarge insists on being dropped offA strange conversationTom launches an attackThe doctoring of Philippe's passportA closeup from Plein SoleilA street scene from Plein SoleilA crime scene, in Plein SoleilAlain Delon in Plein SoleilMatt Damon and Jude Law in The Talented Mr RipleydustedoffAlain Delon in Plein SoleilAt a cafe in Rome: Philippe and TomTom makes a suggestionFreddy happens to come byPhilippe explains matters to FreddySome horseplay, and a blind man's caneThe woman - and the menMarge lashes out at Philippe before being won overTom dresses up in Philippe's clothes... and is caught outTom confronts Philippe about returning homeOn the boatTom is found, semi-conscious and sunburntTom plants an incriminating earringMarge insists on being dropped offA strange conversationTom launches an attackThe doctoring of Philippe's passportA closeup from Plein SoleilA street scene from Plein SoleilA crime scene, in Plein SoleilAlain Delon in Plein SoleilMatt Damon and Jude Law in The Talented Mr Ripley

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  • 05/15/13--21:23: Kalpana (1960)
  • Though I’d heard of this film – and loved one of its songs (As-salaam-aaleikum babu) – I’d not been too keen on watching it. Firstly, Ashok Kumar is not really my idea of a dashing leading man. Secondly, I’m not … Continue reading 

    dustedoffAshok Kumar and Padmini in KalpanaAmar makes a painting, watched by D'SouzaA woman on the horizonAmar introduces himselfKalpana with her motherAmar arrives at a deserted houseA rather creepy portraitAmar meets a cocky girl on the trainAsha gets a job - and feels very embarrassedAsha comes to Amar's home...... and is presumed, by his mother, to be his sweetheartKalpana resurfacesA phone call is received Kalpana with JauharPadmini in and as KalpanadustedoffAshok Kumar and Padmini in KalpanaAmar makes a painting, watched by D'SouzaA woman on the horizonAmar introduces himselfKalpana with her motherAmar arrives at a deserted houseA rather creepy portraitAmar meets a cocky girl on the trainAsha gets a job - and feels very embarrassedAsha comes to Amar's home...... and is presumed, by his mother, to be his sweetheartKalpana resurfacesA phone call is received Kalpana with JauharPadmini in and as Kalpana

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  • 05/23/13--06:24: Bahurani (1963)
  • Inspirations to watch (and review) films come to me from all over. Friends and relatives are occasionally badgered to suggest genres; blog readers’ requests and recommendations (some of them, alas, long-pending) are taken into consideration. And, sometimes, I get inspired … Continue reading 

    dustedoffMala Sinha in and as the BahuraniMala Sinha with Guru Dutt in BahuraniPadma puts a bull in its placeRaghu plays with his toysRaghu and Sukhia get a nasty shockRajeshwari and her husband, the zamindarPadma faces up to VikramSukhia tells the Zamindar and his Diwan about PadmaThe Zamindar decides he wants Padma as a bahuRajeshwari refuses the matchVaidji tries to stop the wedding...... and Padma refuses to withdrawPadma sees proof of Vikram's brutalityDaai maa reveals the truthPadma looks after Raghu... and is occasionally rattled by himChanda, Vikram's belovedChanda and her parents plot Vikram and his motherEnlightenment dawnsA portrait that looks nothing like Nasir HussainMala Sinha in BahuranidustedoffMala Sinha in and as the BahuraniMala Sinha with Guru Dutt in BahuraniPadma puts a bull in its placeRaghu plays with his toysRaghu and Sukhia get a nasty shockRajeshwari and her husband, the zamindarPadma faces up to VikramSukhia tells the Zamindar and his Diwan about PadmaThe Zamindar decides he wants Padma as a bahuRajeshwari refuses the matchVaidji tries to stop the wedding...... and Padma refuses to withdrawPadma sees proof of Vikram's brutalityDaai maa reveals the truthPadma looks after Raghu... and is occasionally rattled by himChanda, Vikram's belovedChanda and her parents plot Vikram and his motherEnlightenment dawnsA portrait that looks nothing like Nasir HussainMala Sinha in Bahurani

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  • 05/30/13--02:48: Andha Naal (1954)
  • Last week, chatting with a group of friends (equally mad about old cinema) on Facebook, I was stumped by a quiz question posted by one of them. Which was the first Indian language feature film to be made without any … Continue reading 

    dustedoffAndha Naal, the first Indian language film with no songsA man falls deadChinnaiah runs into Inspector NaiduNaidu and Chinnaiah enter the room where Rajan lies deadChinnaiah talks to Inspector NaiduPattabi and Hema's little sonUsha, Rajan's widowPattabi and Hema talk to NaiduShivanandam puts in an appearanceShivanandam shows Naidu the revolverChinnaiah shares his testimonyA quarrel in a garageWhat may have happenedThe cops question PattabiHema confronts RajanHema loses her temperWhat may have happenedRajan with AmbujamWhat may have happenedRajan is killed - but by whom?A still from Andha NaalSivaji Ganesan in Andha NaaldustedoffAndha Naal, the first Indian language film with no songsA man falls deadChinnaiah runs into Inspector NaiduNaidu and Chinnaiah enter the room where Rajan lies deadChinnaiah talks to Inspector NaiduPattabi and Hema's little sonUsha, Rajan's widowPattabi and Hema talk to NaiduShivanandam puts in an appearanceShivanandam shows Naidu the revolverChinnaiah shares his testimonyA quarrel in a garageWhat may have happenedThe cops question PattabiHema confronts RajanHema loses her temperWhat may have happenedRajan with AmbujamWhat may have happenedRajan is killed - but by whom?A still from Andha NaalSivaji Ganesan in Andha Naal

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    Happy birthday, Shyama! Today is the 78th birthday of one of my favourite actresses, the gorgeous Shyama. Born in Lahore on June 7, 1935, Shyama debuted at the tender age of 9, when she appeared onscreen as one of the … Continue reading 

    dustedoffShyamaSaiyyaan pyaara hai apna milan, from Do BehnenKaare-kaare baadraa, from BhabhiAe dil mujhe bata de, from Bhai-BhaiMujhe mil gaya bahaana, from Barsaat ki RaatLe jaa meri duaaein, from Lala RookhBarkha ki raaton mein, from ShrimatijiDil se main mujhse dil, from Bus ConductorYeh lo main haari piya, from Aar-PaarYeh zaalim nigaahon ki ghaat, from Khota PaisaDil toh razamand hai, from Mai-BaapShyamadustedoffShyamaSaiyyaan pyaara hai apna milan, from Do BehnenKaare-kaare baadraa, from BhabhiAe dil mujhe bata de, from Bhai-BhaiMujhe mil gaya bahaana, from Barsaat ki RaatLe jaa meri duaaein, from Lala RookhBarkha ki raaton mein, from ShrimatijiDil se main mujhse dil, from Bus ConductorYeh lo main haari piya, from Aar-PaarYeh zaalim nigaahon ki ghaat, from Khota PaisaDil toh razamand hai, from Mai-BaapShyama

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  • 06/13/13--06:23: The Long Ships (1964)
  • On a stormy night, a Viking longship battles the elements. Waves sweep over, tossing the ship; rocks loom. The men aboard the ship yell in fear and try to hold on to the masts, to each other—to anything—in an effort … Continue reading 

    dustedoffA shipwrecked man is saved by monksMosaics at the monasteryThe making of the golden bellRolfe tells a tale... and is dragged offAl Mansur with AminaAl Mansur questions RolfeRolfe escapesA longship sails inKing Harald and KrokKrok is paid a meagre sumOrm and the blonde rescue RolfeRolfe talks to Krok and OrmKrok remembers days long pastA plan is hatchedOrm abducts Gerda The sail of the funeral shipPanic sets inRolfe asks Sven for a solutionA brutal killingGerda, safe and soundA frame from The Long ShipsFrom The Long ShipsSidney Poitier in The Long ShipsA scene which didn't know where it was goingdustedoffA shipwrecked man is saved by monksMosaics at the monasteryThe making of the golden bellRolfe tells a tale... and is dragged offAl Mansur with AminaAl Mansur questions RolfeRolfe escapesA longship sails inKing Harald and KrokKrok is paid a meagre sumOrm and the blonde rescue RolfeRolfe talks to Krok and OrmKrok remembers days long pastA plan is hatchedOrm abducts Gerda The sail of the funeral shipPanic sets inRolfe asks Sven for a solutionA brutal killingGerda, safe and soundA frame from The Long ShipsFrom The Long ShipsSidney Poitier in The Long ShipsA scene which didn't know where it was going

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  • 06/22/13--05:55: College Girl (1960)
  • Look what I found! [To make that clearer to those not in the know: I am a die-hard Shammi Kapoor fan, especially of the Shammi Kapoor between 1957 and 1966. I have watched most of his films from that period, … Continue reading 

    dustedoffShammi Kapoor and Vyjyantimala in College GirlKamla tells Janaki the newsJanaki with her stepmotherJanaki accompanies Kamla to tell Kamla's family the newsRam Prasad refuses to let Kamla go to collegeHeera and Panna and their doting fatherKamla meets Dr Ratan LalDr Ratan Lal helps Kamla stage a little dramaShyam with his parentsShyam helps Kamla continue to pull the wool over her father's eyesKamla and Shyam become good friendsRam Prasad receives an inviteAll hell breaks looseRam Prasad breaks off his friendship with Ratan LalShyam and a friend - and a baby - set off to stop Ram PrasadShyam is injured by an irate Ram PrasadJanaki tells Kamla the truthShammi Kapoor in College GirlVyjyantimala in College GirldustedoffShammi Kapoor and Vyjyantimala in College GirlKamla tells Janaki the newsJanaki with her stepmotherJanaki accompanies Kamla to tell Kamla's family the newsRam Prasad refuses to let Kamla go to collegeHeera and Panna and their doting fatherKamla meets Dr Ratan LalDr Ratan Lal helps Kamla stage a little dramaShyam with his parentsShyam helps Kamla continue to pull the wool over her father's eyesKamla and Shyam become good friendsRam Prasad receives an inviteAll hell breaks looseRam Prasad breaks off his friendship with Ratan LalShyam and a friend - and a baby - set off to stop Ram PrasadShyam is injured by an irate Ram PrasadJanaki tells Kamla the truthShammi Kapoor in College GirlVyjyantimala in College Girl

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  • 06/28/13--03:50: Ten Memorable Rain Scenes
  • A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Nina Hilger, who works with Dzintars Cers of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Nina said she’d read my list of ten favourite monsoon songs, had been inspired to rent the films in … Continue reading 

    dustedoffA rain scene from Tumsa Nahin DekhaWoh Kaun Thi?MadhumatiMahalBarsaat ki RaatKaagaz ke PhoolGuideTeesri ManzilMother IndiaSonia flees to Amar's haveliChhoti si MulaqatPyaar Kiye JaadustedoffA rain scene from Tumsa Nahin DekhaWoh Kaun Thi?MadhumatiMahalBarsaat ki RaatKaagaz ke PhoolGuideTeesri ManzilMother IndiaSonia flees to Amar's haveliChhoti si MulaqatPyaar Kiye Jaa

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  • 07/04/13--04:29: 36 Hours (1965)
  • It is May 31, 1944. In London, the plans for D-Day have been finalized. The Allied invasion of Europe—and, hopefully, the subsequent collapse of the Axis—cannot be far. Things are looking bright. Perhaps a bit too bright? Perhaps the Allied … Continue reading 

    dustedoffJames Garner in 36 HoursPike and MacLean discuss Operation OverlordThe general talks to Pike and MacLeanPike gets his ordersPike departs for LisbonA strange woman roots about in a roomAt the German embassy in LisbonPike falls unconscious at a restaurantGerber addresses a gatheringDr Major Gerber, in charge of the hospitalPike is worked onThe grounds of the hospitalPike gets the shock of his lifeGerber and Anna try to calm PikeGerber talks to Pike... and convinces him that this is a strange case of amnesiaPike discovers he has a wifeAnna and Pike - husband and wife?Schack arrives at the hospitaldustedoffJames Garner in 36 HoursPike and MacLean discuss Operation OverlordThe general talks to Pike and MacLeanPike gets his ordersPike departs for LisbonA strange woman roots about in a roomAt the German embassy in LisbonPike falls unconscious at a restaurantGerber addresses a gatheringDr Major Gerber, in charge of the hospitalPike is worked onThe grounds of the hospitalPike gets the shock of his lifeGerber and Anna try to calm PikeGerber talks to Pike... and convinces him that this is a strange case of amnesiaPike discovers he has a wifeAnna and Pike - husband and wife?Schack arrives at the hospital

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  • 07/11/13--06:46: Saajan (1969)
  • The other day, a fellow blogger, mentioning her distaste for Manoj Kumar’s films said that while she has “nothing against the man himself”, she really hates his films. I know what she meant (at least I think I do): I … Continue reading 

    dustedoffManoj Kumar and Asha Parekh in SaajanMummy belos paapadsGuruji counsels RajniBalam gives Rajni a liftAuntie sees something of interestBela and Rajni get a lift Tarakkilal hears the newsBela gives Rajni some adviceAshok Saxena talks to Dharamdas... and tries to free himself of SudhaAshok meets Rajni'Vinod' offers to pretend to be Ashok SaxenaMr Saxena gives his blessingsLaajo receives a noteA meeting with an old enemyDharamdas alias Sheroo proposes blackmailRajni breaks off with AshokA pistol is a girl's best friend...Good riddance to bad rubbishThe cops try to figure out what's happeneddustedoffManoj Kumar and Asha Parekh in SaajanMummy belos paapadsGuruji counsels RajniBalam gives Rajni a liftAuntie sees something of interestBela and Rajni get a lift Tarakkilal hears the newsBela gives Rajni some adviceAshok Saxena talks to Dharamdas... and tries to free himself of SudhaAshok meets Rajni'Vinod' offers to pretend to be Ashok SaxenaMr Saxena gives his blessingsLaajo receives a noteA meeting with an old enemyDharamdas alias Sheroo proposes blackmailRajni breaks off with AshokA pistol is a girl's best friend...Good riddance to bad rubbishThe cops try to figure out what's happened

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  • 07/13/13--00:17: Pran: In Memoriam
  • You could say Pran played, in a way, an important role in shaping my early film-watching days. My parents tell me that when Majboor (1974) was released, I—then a toddler—completely fell in love with one of its songs. My rendition … Continue reading 

    dustedoffPran, 1920-2013Pran as Ugra Narayan in MadhumatiPran with Rajshree in BrahmachariPran with Helen in GumnaamPran with Asha Parekh in Do BadanPran as Malang Chacha in UpkarMumtaz as Kammo in Mere SanamdustedoffPran, 1920-2013Pran as Ugra Narayan in MadhumatiPran with Rajshree in BrahmachariPran with Helen in GumnaamPran with Asha Parekh in Do BadanPran as Malang Chacha in UpkarMumtaz as Kammo in Mere Sanam

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  • 07/22/13--04:31: Halaku (1956)
  • Bunny Reuben’s biography of Pran, as many Pran fans would know, is called …and Pran: A Biography, a nod to the hundreds of credit sequences in which Pran—invariably one of the most prominent artistes in whichever film he was in—was … Continue reading 

    dustedoffPran in and as HalakuParvez and NiloferHakim Nadir learns of Halaku's invasion...and of Nilofer's romanceDilawar dresses up to take Hakim Sahib away on a wild goose chaseThe matchmaker comes to Hakim SahibA happy Parvez travels to meet a merchant, QamaalParvez arrives to find Hakim Nadir dyingNilofer, singing at the Mongol camp......and being auctioned offNilofer is dragged offNilofer speaks up before HalakuHalaku is entranced by NiloferNaubahar arrives to serve NiloferDokuz pleads with HalakuThe dancersHalaku disguises himself as a Persian merchantHalaku, aka Hulegu Khan, with Dokuz KhaatoondustedoffPran in and as HalakuParvez and NiloferHakim Nadir learns of Halaku's invasion...and of Nilofer's romanceDilawar dresses up to take Hakim Sahib away on a wild goose chaseThe matchmaker comes to Hakim SahibA happy Parvez travels to meet a merchant, QamaalParvez arrives to find Hakim Nadir dyingNilofer, singing at the Mongol camp......and being auctioned offNilofer is dragged offNilofer speaks up before HalakuHalaku is entranced by NiloferNaubahar arrives to serve NiloferDokuz pleads with HalakuThe dancersHalaku disguises himself as a Persian merchantHalaku, aka Hulegu Khan, with Dokuz Khaatoon

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  • 07/28/13--23:16: Genghis Khan (1965)
  • Considering the last film I reviewed—about Genghis Khan’s grandson, Halaku (Hulegu Khan)—it seemed to me about time that I watched this one. What strengthened my resolve was that I happened to watch the Julie Andrews-Omar Sharif starrer The Tamarind Seed … Continue reading 

    dustedoffOmar Sharif in and as Genghis KhanThe tribe of Yesugei is attackedJamuga capture TemujinTemujin is 'imprisoned'Sengal takes Temujin to fetch waterTemujin helps Borte - and receives her friendship in returnJamuga arrives on the sceneGeen and Sengal join TemujinA quick lesson in geographyTemujin frees a captive, ShanTemujin sets off down the road to Tashkent...and saves a married woman from Shan's attentionsTemujin kidnaps BorteBorte introduces her brothers to her husbandTemujin rescues Borte after Jamuga's raped herThe ambassador of the emperor of ChinaTemujin offers an escort The emperor of ChinaDisaster strikes - but is not taken seriouslyEli Wallach as the Shah of KhwarezmOmar Sharif as Genghis KhanThe Mongols massed for battleA scene from the filmGenghis KhandustedoffOmar Sharif in and as Genghis KhanThe tribe of Yesugei is attackedJamuga capture TemujinTemujin is 'imprisoned'Sengal takes Temujin to fetch waterTemujin helps Borte - and receives her friendship in returnJamuga arrives on the sceneGeen and Sengal join TemujinA quick lesson in geographyTemujin frees a captive, ShanTemujin sets off down the road to Tashkent...and saves a married woman from Shan's attentionsTemujin kidnaps BorteBorte introduces her brothers to her husbandTemujin rescues Borte after Jamuga's raped herThe ambassador of the emperor of ChinaTemujin offers an escort The emperor of ChinaDisaster strikes - but is not taken seriouslyEli Wallach as the Shah of KhwarezmOmar Sharif as Genghis KhanThe Mongols massed for battleA scene from the filmGenghis Khan

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  • 08/05/13--00:03: Love in Bombay (2013)
  • Or 1971, if you go by the year the film was made, not the year the film was released. Or 1974, which was when the censor certificate dates from. I came to know of Love in Bombay a few months … Continue reading 

    dustedoffKishore Kumar, Narendra Nath, and Joy Mukherji in Love in BombayJoy Mukherji in Love in BombayJoy Mukherji with 'Wonder Horse Joker' in Love in BombayRehman and Bipin GuptaPreeti is captured and dragged off to a partyNarendra Nath as RoshanGanpat Rao, Birju, and assorted friendsTuntun as Motia's motherLove in Bombay - posterWaheeda Rehman in Love in BombaydustedoffKishore Kumar, Narendra Nath, and Joy Mukherji in Love in BombayJoy Mukherji in Love in BombayJoy Mukherji with 'Wonder Horse Joker' in Love in BombayRehman and Bipin GuptaPreeti is captured and dragged off to a partyNarendra Nath as RoshanGanpat Rao, Birju, and assorted friendsTuntun as Motia's motherLove in Bombay - posterWaheeda Rehman in Love in Bombay

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    I’d been thinking, for the past few months, of doing a post on songs that a person uses to introduce himself or herself in Hindi cinema. Not the “Awaara hoon” or “Main rangeela pyaar ka raahi” type, which actually use … Continue reading 

    dustedoffMy name is - Mera naam hai Chameli, from Raja aur RunkMera naam Chin Chin Choo, from Howrah BridgeMain hoon Mr Johnny, from Mai BaapMera naam Abdul Rehman, from Bhai-BhaiMera naam hai Shabnam, from Kati PatangMy name is Suzie, from An Evening in ParisMain hoon Papa Khan, from Postbox 999Mujhe kehte hain Kallu Qawwaal, from Dulha DulhanMaazaa naav ahe Ganpat Rao, from Love in BombayMera naam Rita Christina, from April FooldustedoffMy name is - Mera naam hai Chameli, from Raja aur RunkMera naam Chin Chin Choo, from Howrah BridgeMain hoon Mr Johnny, from Mai BaapMera naam Abdul Rehman, from Bhai-BhaiMera naam hai Shabnam, from Kati PatangMy name is Suzie, from An Evening in ParisMain hoon Papa Khan, from Postbox 999Mujhe kehte hain Kallu Qawwaal, from Dulha DulhanMaazaa naav ahe Ganpat Rao, from Love in BombayMera naam Rita Christina, from April Fool

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    A couple of weeks back, I reviewed Genghis Khan (1965). Before that I’d reviewed Halaku (1956). In the nearly five years this blog’s been in existence, I’ve watched and reviewed dozens of historical films in various languages—from La Grande Guerra … Continue reading 

    dustedoffMadhubala and Dilip Kumar in Mughal-e-AzamRobert Taylor in EscapeOrson Welles as Cesare Borgia in Prince of FoxesVivien Leigh as Cleopatra in Caesar and CleopatraCharlton Heston as Michelangelo in The Agony and the EcstasyStewart Granger in and as Beau BrummelA scene from ZuluOmar Sharif and James Mason in Genghis KhanTyrone Power as Zorro in The Mark of ZorroMaureen O'Hara in and as Lady  Godiva Of CoventryHrithik Roshan in Jodhaa AkbarThe chariot race scene in Ben HurRichard Armitage in North & SouthA scene from War and PeacedustedoffMadhubala and Dilip Kumar in Mughal-e-AzamRobert Taylor in EscapeOrson Welles as Cesare Borgia in Prince of FoxesVivien Leigh as Cleopatra in Caesar and CleopatraCharlton Heston as Michelangelo in The Agony and the EcstasyStewart Granger in and as Beau BrummelA scene from ZuluOmar Sharif and James Mason in Genghis KhanTyrone Power as Zorro in The Mark of ZorroMaureen O'Hara in and as Lady Godiva Of CoventryHrithik Roshan in Jodhaa AkbarThe chariot race scene in Ben HurRichard Armitage in North & SouthA scene from War and Peace

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