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- 08/26/13--06:04: _Shikast (1953)
- 09/02/13--05:09: _Gojira (1954)
- 09/07/13--22:28: _Asha in Ten Moods
- 09/14/13--23:09: _Dharmputra (1961)
- 09/21/13--08:40: _Charly (1968)
- 10/02/13--22:37: _Waaris (1954)
- 10/09/13--21:59: _Ten of my favourite...
- 10/23/13--02:45: _Les Quatre Cents Co...
- 10/24/13--02:21: _Manna Dey: In Tribute
- 10/31/13--09:58: _Railway Platform (1...
- 11/03/13--20:59: _This blog is 5 year...
- 11/11/13--04:47: _Boot Polish (1954)
- 11/17/13--06:39: _12 Angry Men (1957)
- 11/22/13--22:14: _Ten of my favourite...
- 11/30/13--07:09: _Raj Hath (1956)
- 12/07/13--22:54: _The Night of the Hu...
- 12/11/13--04:11: _In Memoriam: Eleano...
- 12/18/13--23:10: _Random thoughts on ...
- 12/24/13--17:49: _Christmas in Connec...
- 12/30/13--08:39: _Ten of my favourite...
- 08/26/13--06:04: Shikast (1953)
- 09/02/13--05:09: Gojira (1954)
- 09/07/13--22:28: Asha in Ten Moods
- 09/14/13--23:09: Dharmputra (1961)
- 09/21/13--08:40: Charly (1968)
- 10/02/13--22:37: Waaris (1954)
- 10/09/13--21:59: Ten of my favourite boat songs
- 10/23/13--02:45: Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959)
- 10/24/13--02:21: Manna Dey: In Tribute
- 10/31/13--09:58: Railway Platform (1955)
- 11/03/13--20:59: This blog is 5 years old
- 11/11/13--04:47: Boot Polish (1954)
- 11/17/13--06:39: 12 Angry Men (1957)
- 11/22/13--22:14: Ten of my favourite ‘Who’s that lip-synching?’ songs
- 11/30/13--07:09: Raj Hath (1956)
- 12/07/13--22:54: The Night of the Hunter (1955)
- 12/11/13--04:11: In Memoriam: Eleanor Parker (June 26, 1922- December 9, 2013)
- 12/18/13--23:10: Random thoughts on lives, deaths, and tributes
- 12/24/13--17:49: Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
- 12/30/13--08:39: Ten of my favourite filmi wedding songs
There is a story behind how I ended up watching this film last week. I had first seen Shikast on TV years ago. I was a pre-teen, and didn’t much care for the film: it was too tragic, too angst-ridden, … Continue reading
dustedoffNalini Jaywant in ShikastRam talks to his bhabhiA past, raked upSushma with her son, MunnaMadho talks to RamSushma with the peasantsRam meets SushmaManglu and Sundariya bemoan their fateRam frees MangluBhabhi and Sushma await Ram's decisionSundariya approaches SushmaSushma is woundedMadho watches as Ram sets about trying to help the poorNalini Jaywant as Sushma in ShikastSushma and RamSushma worries at her scab, keeping her wound fresh
Aka Godzilla. I was in the mood for watching something different. This film seemed to fit the bill: the first old Japanese film I’ve seen that wasn’t directed by Akira Kurosawa, and the first monster movie I’ve reviewed on this … Continue reading
dustedoffGojira rips Tokyo apartSailors on a freighter see something scaryThe fishermen at Odo rescue three sailorsAn old man talks about GojiraA reporter hears the legend of GojiraGojira attacks the villageEmiko and Ogata aboard a boat bound for OdoYamane and his team arrive on Odo...with GojiraFace to face...In Tokyo, Yamane explains...and offers evidence in support of his theoryDepth charges are dropped to kill GojiraGojira surfacesGojira makes its way, wreaking havocAn influx of wounded, dying, and devastatedSerizawa shares something that terrifies EmikoJean Reno as Philippe in GodzillaGodzillaShall we escape? Or shall we chat?Gojira
A couple of months back, blog reader Shalini alerted me to the fact that this year was Asha Bhonsle’s 80th birthday. Would I be doing a special post to mark the occasion? I hadn’t known that it was such a … Continue reading
dustedoffAsha BhonsleDaiyya yeh main kahaan aa phansi, from CaravanAaiye meherbaan, from Howrah BridgeJab chali thandi hawa, from Do BadanAage bhi jaane na tu, from WaqtSaare jahaan se achcha, from Bhai-BahenPyaar par bas toh nahin, from Sone ki ChidiyaBankManager_SabaSeYehKehDoDekhne mein bhola hai, from Bombai ka BabuMain jab bhi akeli hoti hoon, from DharmputraYehi woh jagah hai, from Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi
Several readers have told me, over the past couple of years, that I should watch this film. It is, if you go by just the details of cast, crew, and awards won, a promising film. Directed by Yash Chopra, starring … Continue reading
dustedoffShashi Kapoor in DharmputraNawab Badruddin comes to meet Amrit RaiHusn Bano tells her 'brother' the storyAmrit Rai confides in SavitriThe baby is bornJaved and Bano get married, finallyDilip, the apple of Javed's and Bano's eyeSavitri has twins - and Amrit Rai rues Bano's and Javed's sinsNawab Sahib gets caught up in the freedom struggle15 years later, Javed and Bano returnDilip tells his siblings off for beign WesternisedBano and Savitri go to meet MeenaDilip with his mother and sisterShashi Kapoor as Dilip, the 'dharmputra'
This was not the film I’d been intending to review this weekend. The film I’d meant to watch was, instead, quite a different one: a Viking/King Arthur historical, the Robert Wagner-Janet Leigh-Debra Paget starrer Prince Valiant (1954). Why, then, am … Continue reading
dustedoffCliff Robertson in and as CharlyCharly at the playground...at homeCharly's landlady, Mrs AppleCharly, the butt of yet another prank...Charly's buddies at the bakery...and anotherThe effect on Charly, eventuallyMrs Kinian teaches Charly at night school... and assists Charly at the clinicA race against AlgernonAlgernon wins against CharlyAlice Kinian talks to Charly about the operationDrs Straus and Nemur discuss Alice's role, post-operationChaly is operated uponA win, finallyCharly turns the tables on Alice KinianCharly discovers more about life and emotionsThe trauma of growing intelligentCliff Robertson as CharlyCliff Robertson as CharlySplit screens in Charly
As frequent visitors to this blog would know by now, one of my weaknesses is good music—and there have been, over the years, dozens of films that I’ve watched primarily because they had good scores. In some instances, just one … Continue reading
dustedoffTalat Mahmood and Suraiya in WaarisRana Himmat Singh, with his munimHimmat Singh gives Kunwar some instructionsIn the trainKunwar discovers who Kuldeep really isA song is sungAt the station in Bombay - Kailash arrivesKailash flirts with RuhiKailash's wife, KantaShobha pleads with Kunwar Domestic goddess, Shobha...but Daddy forbids the matchKunwar decides to marry Shobha...Kailash spurns Kanta......and gives her the shock of her lifeKunwar and Shobha run into KantaThe solution to every problem?Bad news on the radioShobha and Kanta meet on a trainNadira as Kanta, in WaarisTalat Mahmood in Waaris
Some of you may know that I’ve recently returned from an exhilarating time at the Bangalore Literature Festival—one of the highlights (at least for a cinema fanatic like me!) of which was that I got to meet Nasreen Munni Kabir. … Continue reading
dustedoffOn a boat in LondonO pardesi chhora, from SaveraYeh chaand sa roshan chehra, from Kashmir ki KaliDin hain bahaar ke, from WaqtO mehbooba o mehbooba, from SangamAjeeb daastaan hai yeh, from Dil Apna Aur Preet ParaayiHue hain tumpe aashiq hum, from Mere SanamUs paar saajan, is paar dhaare, from Chori ChoriO maanjhi chal o maanjhi chal, from Aaya Saawan JhoomkeWoh shaam kuchh ajeeb thhi, from KhamoshiKuchh aur zamaana khta hai, from Chhoti-Chhoti Baatein
This is the 400th post on this blog. And, what with my penchant for honouring precedents, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to watch a film that has that number—400—in its title. Les Quatre Cents Coups (known in English as … Continue reading
dustedoffJean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel in Les Quatre Cents CoupsAntoine in classAn exam in progressAntoine gets hauled up, yet againAntoine and Rene head home after schoolAntoine wanders about an empty houseAntoine's mother comes home and starts ordering him about...and Papa and Antoine have a laughAt the Doinel dining tableAntoine reads BalzacAntoine and Rene, out on a jauntAntoine's mother, with a strangerAntoine lies in bed and listensRene rides away on his cycleA delinquent is led away to solitary confinementChildren at a puppet show
I am listening to Poochho na kaise maine rain bitaayi as I write this. I am hearing Manna Dey’s voice, bringing so much emotion, so much frustrated longing into “Ut jale deepak, it mann mera; phir bhi na jaaye mere … Continue reading
dustedoffManna Dey (1919-2013)Manna Dey
Railway Platform begins, not on a platform, but in a train. It starts with a song, Basti-basti parbat-parbat gaata jaaye banjaara, lip-synched by a philosopher and poet (Manmohan Krishna) as he rides in a crowded train compartment. This man, only … Continue reading
dustedoffThe kavi sings a songRam with his mother and sisterA chat with some fellow passengersRam meets a princess in disguiseThe maaraja of Andher NagariAt the station master's officeThe station master answers some queriesSeth Naseeb Chand gets an idea...... and follows through on itNaina realises the consequences of the saleRam rescues Naina from drowningNaina, Ram and their respective parentsNaina and RamNaina, the princess, and BimlaRam, amidst the swish setNaseeb Chand gets down to pujaSunil Dutt in his debut role as Ram in Railway PlatformSunil Dutt and Sheila Ramani in Railway Platform
Yes. The first post on Dusted Off was published on November 4, 2008. It wasn’t as if I’d woken up suddenly one day with an epiphany and decided I had to create a blog. It just so happened that everything … Continue reading
dustedoffCelebrating 5 years
When I reviewed Les Quatre Cents Coups a couple of weeks back, I was mentally riffling through the list of good films with child protagonists that I’d seen. I couldn’t, sadly, think of many. There were some—The Night of the … Continue reading
dustedoffRattan Kumar and Naaz in Boot PolishA social worker leaves two toddlers at a houseJohn tries to reason with KamlaKamla teaches the children to begBhola and Belu, begging on the trainBhola realises a bitter truthTaking stock of their cacheKamla, the shrewJohn Chacha helps Bhola and BeluChitku learns the truth - and has to be bribedBhola tells John Chacha of a leadJohn Chacha gets arrestedBhola and Belu, in dire straitsNaaz with Rattan Kumar in Boot PolishLapak-jhapak tu aa re badarva
I’ve lost track of the number of people who’ve recommended this film to me. Sabrina Mathew’s blog was where I first read a review of 12 Angry Men (and a comparison to Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, which I’d seen ages … Continue reading
dustedoffA tense scene from 12 Angry MenIn the courtroom - judge and juryA hot day in a cramped little roomThe jury sits down Some jollity and laughter, ill-placedVotes are castJuror#8 pleads his caseThe murder weapon: a switchblade knifeA face-off between opposing sidesThe tension mountsLee J Cobb as Juror#3 in 12 Angry MenA scene from Ek Ruka Hua FaislaPankaj Kapur with KK Raina in Ek Ruka Hua FaislaSubbiraj as Juror#10 in Ek Ruka Hua Faisla
If the title of this post stumps you, let me explain. Anybody who’s seen Hindi films (especially from the 1940s onward, when playback singing became widespread) knows that most actors and actresses onscreen weren’t singing for themselves. Occasionally, as in … Continue reading
dustedoffO re maajhi, from BandiniHerman Benjamin, in Jaan-pehchaan ho, from Gumnaam? in Ae mere pyaare watan, from KabuliwalaAage bhi jaane na tu, from WaqtSudhir Kumar in Jaanewaalon zara mudke dekho mujhe, from Dosti? in Hansta hua nooraani chehra, from Parasmani? in Hansta hua nooraani chehra, from ParasmaniBhupinder in Hoke majboor mujhe, from Haqeeqat? in Hoke majboor mujhe, from Haqeeqat? in Aaj sajan mohe ang lagaa lo, from PyaasaDulari in Aan milo, aan milo, shyaam saanwre, from Devdas? in Aan milo aan milo shyaam saanwre, from DevdasSheila Vaz in Leke pehla-pehla pyaar, from CID? in Leke pehla-pehla pyaar, from CIDSurekha Pandit in Dheere-dheere machal, from Anupama
Despite my love for historicals and Madhubala, I was surprised when Ava mentioned this film on her blog. A historical (and a Sohrab Modi one, too), with Madhubala, and I’d never heard of it? Ava recommended it, so I decided … Continue reading
dustedoffMadhubala and Pradeep Kumar in Raj HathBakhtawar Singh smirksThe humiliation of Sangram Singh and JagmerThe prince is summonedThe princess of JagmerDaljeet Singh encourages his daughter to think revengePreparations are made for battleA spy poses as a mendicant...... and ends up in dire straitsThe princess advises her father......and turns up, disguised, in courtAt court, Daljeet Singh appoints two young spiesA 'dancer' wins a ring from the prince of SatnapurThe dancer asks for a guided tour of the mazeThe prince of Satnaput obligesAn unexpected meetingThe princess gets ready for vengeanceLove... and honour
The other day, someone commented on my long-ago list of ten favourite Robert Mitchum roles. It reminded me that I hadn’t watched a Mitchum film in a long, long time (unpardonable, considering he’s one of my favourite actors). And, since … Continue reading
dustedoffRobert Mitchum as Harry Powell in The Night of the HunterAn old lady tells a moral taleSome children find a corpse... and Harry Powell goes off in a stolen carHATEBen Harper looks for a place to hide the money... and extracts a promise before he's arrestedIn prisonIcey Spoon gives Willa some adviceJohn and Pearl watch as Powell shows them the tussle between LOVE and HATEA wedding is announcedUncle BirdieWilla chastises herself in public for Ben's death and crimesA wedding nightHarry Powell with John and PearlThe night Willa is killed
On my laptop, I have a bunch of wallpapers of some of my favourite actors and actresses. Every now and then, depending upon whose films I’ve been watching—and therefore, who’s my current favourite—the wallpaper changes (right now, in anticipation of … Continue reading
dustedoffEleanor Parker in The Sound of MusicEleanor Parker in Escape from Fort BravoEleanor Parker in The Sound of MusicEleanor Parker in Home from the HillEleanor Parker in ScaramoucheEleanor Parker with Charlton Heston in The Naked JungleEleanor Parker with Robert Taylor in Many Rivers to CrossEleanor Parker in CagedEleanor Parker in Lizzie
This was not the post I had intended for this week. As a matter of fact, I had not given any thought to what I’d write about, but I had imagined it would be something light-hearted (perhaps a song list … Continue reading
dustedoffJoan Fontaine in RebeccaPeter O'Toole in The Night of the GeneralsPeter O'Toole in The Lion in WinterJoan Fontaine in This Above AllManna Dey (1919-2013)
Aka Indiscretion, which doesn’t sound quite so Christmassy (in fact, it sounds rather more like a Hitchcock film) but describes this one better. Because this film, while it is about an eventful Christmas in Connecticut, is more about an indiscreet … Continue reading
dustedoffMerry Christmas!Christmas in Connecticut (aka Indiscretion), 1945Elizabeth at work... and with Uncle FelixDudley, Elizabeth's editorJohn Sloane, Elizabeth's friend and unwanted suitorJeff dreams lovely dreams of fabulous feastsIn hospitalSinkewicz gives Jeff some adviceElizabeth Lane's mouthwateringly good articlesJeff chats with Mary LeeElizabeth tries to talk Mr Yardley out of his planAt Felix'sJohn proposes to Elizabeth againThe magistrate gets started on the weddingJeff arrivesElizabeth tries to handle the babyElizabeth loses her heartBarbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan in Christmas in Connecticut
It’s wedding season in Delhi (has been, in fact, for the past couple of months). Almost every night, there’s a large shamiana at our local municipal park. There are traffic jams because of huge baaraats, all the women laden with … Continue reading
dustedoffWaheeda Rehman as a bride in Chaudhvin ka ChaandMeri saheliyaan byaahi gayeen saari, from Teesra KaunGori sasuraal chali, from ShagoonWaheeda Rehman and Chand Usmani in ShagoonChoori dheere pehna chooriwaali, from DahejSakhi re teri doliya uthaayenge kahaar, from Railway PlatformMera yaar bana hai dulha, from Chaudhvin ka ChaandBaalam se milan hoga, from Chaudhvin ka ChaandManbhaavan ke ghar jaaye gori, from Chori ChoriNargis in Chori ChoriChal ri sajni ab kya soche, from Bombai ka BabuBaabul ki duaayein leti jaa, from Neel KamalGori ghoonghat mein mukhda chhupao na, from GhoonghatAaj ki raat nahin, from Dharmputra