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- 01/03/14--22:04: _There you are!: The...
- 01/08/14--07:22: _Oliver!
- 01/15/14--03:07: _An Evening in Paris...
- 01/19/14--03:53: _Deep Jwele Jaai (1959)
- 01/26/14--20:34: _The Egyptian (1954)
- 01/31/14--21:17: _Book review: Akshay...
- 02/08/14--06:47: _Topkapi (1964)
- 02/13/14--22:25: _Songs of romantic l...
- 02/23/14--08:10: _Intequam (1969)
- 03/01/14--21:09: _Shijibganeun Nal (1...
- 03/08/14--23:12: _Nakli Nawab (1962)
- 03/14/14--21:12: _Ten of my favourite...
- 03/22/14--05:37: _The funny side of b...
- 03/26/14--02:26: _Ten of my favourite...
- 04/01/14--08:48: _Alexander’s Ragtime...
- 04/07/14--20:12: _Jis Desh Mein Ganga...
- 04/14/14--21:56: _Ten of my favourite...
- 04/22/14--09:53: _Ugetsu (1953)
- 04/29/14--09:18: _Dhool ka Phool (1959)
- 05/06/14--08:49: _The Mouse That Roar...
- 01/03/14--22:04: There you are!: The ‘lost and found’ trope in Hindi cinema
- 01/08/14--07:22: Oliver!
- 01/15/14--03:07: An Evening in Paris (1967)
- 01/19/14--03:53: Deep Jwele Jaai (1959)
- 01/26/14--20:34: The Egyptian (1954)
- 01/31/14--21:17: Book review: Akshay Manwani’s ‘Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet’
- 02/08/14--06:47: Topkapi (1964)
- 02/13/14--22:25: Songs of romantic love – in ten moods
- 02/23/14--08:10: Intequam (1969)
- 03/01/14--21:09: Shijibganeun Nal (1956)
- 03/08/14--23:12: Nakli Nawab (1962)
- 03/14/14--21:12: Ten of my favourite wind songs
- 03/22/14--05:37: The funny side of blogging
- 03/26/14--02:26: Ten of my favourite Nanda songs
- 04/01/14--08:48: Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938)
- 04/07/14--20:12: Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960)
- 04/14/14--21:56: Ten of my favourite ‘classic poem’ songs
- 04/22/14--09:53: Ugetsu (1953)
- 04/29/14--09:18: Dhool ka Phool (1959)
- 05/06/14--08:49: The Mouse That Roared (1959)
I suppose I should have dedicated this blog post to fellow blogger Anu Warrier, since the uncanny coincidences that dog our two respective lives and blogs seem straight out of a Hindi masala flick. There is also the fact that … Continue reading
dustedoffSidharth Bhatia's book: Amar Akbar Anthony: Masala, Madness, and Manmohan DesaiAmar Akbar Anthony: Nirupa Roy and three lost sonsRaja Harishchandra: Lost - and found!Dil Deke Dekho: A marriage is sunderedAn earthquake causes separations in WaqtDeedaar: No longer childhood sweetheartsSahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: Sweethearts, even if they didn't know they were marriedPyaar ka Mausam: A young man sings a songA demented mother hears a familiar song...Nirupa Roy discovers some old photos in Aaya Saawan JhoomkeEk Phool Do Maali: Blood relatives share bloodWaqt: An accidental meeting The young man with whom there's an inexplicable connect...Chhoti si Mulaqat: A wife discovers her husbandPhir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon: A father confronts an upstart......who is actually his sonBrothers on opposite sides of the law: Boyfriend
People who’ve been frequenting this blog for the past couple of years probably know by now that there’s one annual tradition I follow on Dusted Off: every year, on my birthday—which is today, January 8—I post a review of a … Continue reading
dustedoffRon Moody as Fagin in Oliver!The governors at the workhouse sit down to a meal...... and the orphans sit down to theirs"Please, sir, may I have some more?"Mr Bumble's reactionOliver is shunted out...... and ends up at the undertaker'sOliver, outnumbered and imprisoned in a coffinOn the road to LondonOliver arrives in LondonThe Artful DodgerOliver gets an invitationFagin greets OliverYou've got to pick a pocket or twoBill Sikes hands over a haul Nancy makes friends with OliverOliver is accused of picking a pocketFrom the song "Who will buy?"Ron Moody with Shani Wallis and Oliver Reed in Oliver!Ron Moody as Fagin in Oliver!
…and a day or two in Beirut (plus an afternoon in the Lebanese countryside, masquerading as provincial France). A couple of days in Switzerland, and a grey afternoon at the Niagara Falls. Lots of Paris, of course, from the Eiffel … Continue reading
dustedoffSharmila Tagore as Deepa and Suzie in An Evening in ParisDeepa arrives in ParisDeepa confides in HoneyA plan is concoctedDeepa finds an admirer in LouisLouis breaks the news to SamDeepa finds herself another admirerPariswaale chaacha and his wicked son, ShekharDeepa finds an admirer in ShekharSam pesters DeepaDeepa's virtue, in jeopardyDeepa leaves a letter for SamJack receives a shockShekhar meets SuzieDeepa and SamSuzie checks out DeepaHoga tumse kal bhi saamnaSharmila Tagore and Shammi Kapoor in An Evening in ParisAn unusual helicopter at Niagara Falls...
It’s sad that, over the past year or so, barely a month has passed without my having to post a tribute to yet another film personality who’s passed on. Last month, with Eleanor Parker, Joan Fontaine and Peter O’Toole passing … Continue reading
dustedoffSuchitra SenSuchitra Sen with Basant Choudhary in Deep Jwele JaaiRadha watches Debashish leaveA meeting of the doctorsTapas loses his mental balanceSulekha jilts TapasDr Mitter talks to Radha... and is annoyed to be refusedRadha remembers a sad dayBeena is rebuffed by a suspicious TapasRadha manages to build a rapport with TapasRadha begins to fall apart, even as Tapas draws closeSuchitra Sen as Radha in Deep Jwele JaaiWaheeda Rehman with Rajesh Khanna in KhamoshiThe doctors and a guest have a laughA scene from Deep Jwele JaaiA frame from Khamoshi
…and it’s a historical, again! Frequent visitors to this blog would probably by now have realised that I have a weakness for history and historical films. Give me a sword and sandals epic, a Mughal extravaganza, or just about any … Continue reading
dustedoffEdmund Purdom with Michael Wilding in The EgyptianAn abandoned baby is rescuedSinuhe and Horemheb at the School of LifeSinuhe meets KaptahHoremheb and Sinuhe at the taven, with Merit looking onA fool worships the sunSinuhe attends to a patientAn arrestPharaoh appoints Sinuhe royal physicianThe queen and the princess look onQueen Taia questions SinuheSinuhe is captivated by NeferNefer charms SinuheSinuhe gives up Pharaoh's necklace to NeferA nasty but tantalising womanThe princess has a chat with HoremhebSinuhe tries to kill NeferSinuhe finds his foster-parents deadSinuhe takes his parents' mummies into the desert to buryMerit gives Sinuhe some newsA scene from The Egyptian, showing Pharaoh's court
I grew up in a house that resonated with the sound of Hindi film music. My maternal grandfather had worked many years for HMV; my father, whose elder brother was a guitarist in Bombay’s film industry, had inherited his love … Continue reading
dustedoffSahir Ludhianvi: The People's Poet, by Akshay ManwaniSahir LudhianviAt the book launch of Akshay Manwani's 'Sahir Ludhianvi: The People's Poet'
RIP, Maximilian Schell. Of the cinema personalities who have passed on recently and to whom I’ve posted tributes on this blog, nearly all have been people I’ve watched in at least a few films each. People (like Eleanor Parker, who … Continue reading
dustedoffMaximilian Schell, 1930-2014A thief introduces herself...and ogles a bejewelled daggerElizabeth Lipp gets in touch with Walter HarperHarper lays down some conditionsPage demonstrates a problemAt KabanaSimpson is given an assignmentAt the border: a Turkish policeman is unimpressedSimpson's car is searched An interrogation is held......and Simpson tries to defend himselfInstructions are passed on to Simpson, now police informantMr 'Plimpton' is given some odd newsThe cookThe 'Human Fly', GuilioThe strong manAt the fair: a replica of the daggerPeter Ustinov and Maximilian Schell in Topkapi
Ah, well, the Valentine’s Day bandwagon and all that. Seriously, I’ve blogged through five Valentine’s Days, and steered clear of the temptation to post something even vaguely romantic (largely because my idea of what constitutes ‘romantic’ is more often than … Continue reading
dustedoffHappy Valentine's Day!Jaane kahaan mera jigar gaya ji, from Mr and Mrs 55Jurm-e-ulfat pe humein, from Taj MahalRuk jaa raat, from Dil ek MandirTumne mujhe dekha, from Teesri ManzilAa ja re aa zara aa, from Love in TokyoSambhal ae dil, from SadhanaDukh aur sukh ke raaste, from Hum DonoEhsaan tera hoga, from JungleeTum apna ranj-o-gham, from ShagoonGumsum sa yeh jahaan, from Duniya Jhukti Hai
When Anu listed her favourite Sadhna films, I remarked that another Sadhna film I like—though it’s from later in the actress’s career—is Intequam. Based on Vendetta, a Marie Corelli novel (the only film adaptation of a Corelli work that’s in … Continue reading
dustedoffSadhna with Sanjay Khan in IntequamA smuggler arrives at customsThe smuggler hands over the postcards to a strangerRita with her ailing MumRita is interviewed by BaankeRaj asks his father for money to pay off his debtsSeth Murlidhar gets freshRita snaps back at Seth Sohan LalThe staff at the department store is searchedThe necklace is found in Rita's raincoatBack from prisonRita meets Hira LalDiamonds! Rita and Rebecca plot...Murlidhar's downfallMurlidhar's lawyer finds himself corneredRebecca is wooed by PyarelalRaj is entranced by RitaLove is in the airHira Lal recounts the pastSohan Lal is introduced to RitaRita and a diamond necklaceRaj insists on marrying Rita immediatelyRaj and Rita: friends? Enemies? More? Less?Caught between love on two sides
In English, The Wedding Day. Also known (ironically, as it turns out) as A Happy Event in the Maeng Family. I’ve been watching a lot of (relatively new) Korean films—most of them frothy romances and romcoms—over the past several weeks. … Continue reading
dustedoffThe Wedding DayAt the Maeng houseGapbun and IpbunGapbun's father shares the good news with his wife and with Gapbun's nanny... and, with little success, with his fatherSamdol once again proposes to IpbunMaeng Jinsa reads the list of gifts sent by Kim PanseoIpbun is reprimandedMaeng Jinsa sets about updating the family treeA servant reports the coming of a guestMaeng Jinsa talks to the scholarSamdol asks the scholar about MieonMaeng Jinsa gets told off by his wifeA conference is heldIpbun tries to come to terms with her changed situationIpbun with GapbunIpbun, the unwilling bride
Muslim socials are among the genres I can never have too much of. Back in their heyday, they had some of the best music around (remember Chaudhvin ka Chaand? Barsaat ki Raat? Mere Mehboob? The inimitable Pakeezah?) There was the … Continue reading
dustedoffpic1Sharafat, Shaukat and Shabnam arrive at a mushairaBaadshah recites a stolen ghazalYusuf sings a song...... and wins Shabnam's heartBaadshah brags about a bag he's stolenNajma cautions ShabnamAt the nawab's houseShaukat remembers Mohammad and little YusufYusuf hugs Shaukat - and picks his pocketYusuf wonders why he couldn't bring himself to thrash ShaukatA plot is hatchedSharafat at Zohra's kothaAbdul has a chat with Sharafat'Nawab' and 'Begum Sahiba' arrive at Shaukat'sShaiza brings some startling newsYusuf is found!Sharafat throws a hissy fitShabnam manages to arrange a meeting...and they fall in loveShakila with Edwina in 'Hum deewaane tere'
The other day, with a storm in full force, I could hear the crash and rumble of thunder, the pitter-patter of raindrops (and, as it grew more stormy, huge splashes of water against the windows)—and the wind, gusting and whooshing … Continue reading
dustedoffHawa mein udtaa jaaye...Ae saba unse keh zara, from Ali Baba aur Chaalees ChorThandi hawaayein lehraake aayein, from NaujawanSan-san-san woh chali hawa, from Kaagaz ke PhoolSaba se yeh keh do, from Bank ManagerDheere chal dheere chal, from BoyfriendYeh hawa, yeh fiza, from GumraahThandi hawa kaali ghata, from Mr and Mrs 55Thandi hawa yeh chaandni suhaani, from JhumrooJhukti ghata gaati hawa, from Dhool ka PhoolO basanti pawan paagal, from Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai
I’ve been blogging for more than five years now, and over the years, I’ve discovered a lot of things that make me want to continue. One is the enthusiasm and support of readers. Another is the vast amount of knowledge … Continue reading
dustedoffLet's shake!Khurram and Arjumand fall in lovePremnath in AanEk jaam... jaam ke naam (a toast to a toast)
This wasn’t the post I’d planned for this week on Dusted Off. I’d been thinking, instead, of reviewing a Hollywood film—one which I happened to be watching when I received the news that Nanda had passed away on the morning … Continue reading
dustedoffNanda, 1939-2014Waadiyaan mera daaman, from AbhilashaLikha hai teri aankhon mein, from Teen DeviyaanAllah tero naam, from Hum DonoNa Main Dhan Chaahoon, from Kaala BazaarPyaar bhari yeh ghataayein, from Qaidi No 911Jo humpe guzarti hai, from Mohabbat Isko Kehte HainYeh samaa, samaa hai yeh pyaar ka, from Jab Jab Phool KhileJaan-e-chaman shola badan, from GumnaamAha rimjhim ke yeh, from Usne Kaha ThaTie lagaake maana ban gaye, from Bhabhi
The other day, scrolling through previous posts, I realised I hadn’t reviewed any Hollywood films for a while (to be honest, I’ve not even watched many Hollywood films over the past couple of months). I also realised that it’s been … Continue reading
dustedoffTyrone Power and Alice Faye in Alexander's Ragtime BandRoger with his aunt and her friendStella asks for a job...and Roger and his band ask for a jobA performance at Dirty Eddie'sRoger and StellaCharlie sings a song for StellaRoger and Stella fall in loveCharlie manages to entice Mr DillinghamMr Dillingham offers Stella a career on BroadwayCharlie tries to break up the fight between Roger and StellaRoger organises a military concertThe men go off to war...Stella drops a bombshell on RogerRoger is introduced to JerryCharlie has a chat with StellaAlice Faye as Stella Kirby
In one pivotal scene in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, Kammo (Padmini), the daughter of a dacoit chief tells her naïve beloved that they, the dacoits, are not to be scorned or derided, because they wield guns to make … Continue reading
dustedoffRaj Kapoor and Padmini in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti HaiRaju is accosted by a wounded strangerRaju gives up his dinner to his rescueeThe dacoits drag Raju offDoubts are expressedThe sardar makes Raju welcomeKammo has a chat with RajuKammo and Raju fall in loveRaka, vying for Kammo's handRaka hatches a planA dacoit raid at a weddingRaju rushes to the local police officerRaju tries to stop the dacoitsA gristly reminderJis Desh Mein Ganga Behti HaiPadmini as Kammo in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti HaiLalita Pawar in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti HaiA frame from the filmA frame from the filmRaj Kapoor as Raju in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai
Several weeks back, a two-day festival called Dilli ka Apna Utsav was organised in Delhi. As part of the festivities was a heritage walk led by my sister, Swapna Liddle. This walk took us to buildings and landmarks associated with … Continue reading
dustedoffBharat Bhushan in and as Mirza GhalibAah ko chaahiye ek umr asar, from Mirza GhalibLagta nahin hai dil mera, from Laal QilaO mere shah-e-khubaan, from Love in TokyoZindagi khwaab hai, from Jaagte RahoRaat yoon dil mein teri, from JaanwarSarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai, from ShaheedVande mataram, from Anand MathMohe bhool gaye saanwariya, from Baiju BawraSaare jahaan se achcha, from Bhai-BahenO yaar zulfonwaale, from Ek Musaafir Ek Haseena
Or, if you want the complete, expanded name, Ugetsu Monogatari (Tales of Moonlight and Rain), named for the collection of supernatural stories by 18th century Japanese writer, Ueda Akinari. Two of the stories from this book—Asaji ga Yado (House amid … Continue reading
dustedoffGenjuro prepares to go to NagahamaOhama tries to stop Tobee, in vainA happy return from NagahamaGenjuro and Miyagi get to work Tobee lends a handThe troops attack the villageGenjuro, Tobee and their wives set outA victim of pirates warns the travellersMiyagi and Genichi are left ashoreA mysterious lady shows an interest in Genjuro's potteryTobee gets his samurai armour and weaponGenjuro is taken to the Palace of the Kutsuki familyLady Wasaka praises Genjuro's work...An eerie dance, and a proposalA frame from Ugetsu
Yash Chopra’s debut as a director, Dhool ka Phool is unusual in a lot of ways. Leela Chitnis, for instance, is not a coughing-her-guts out (or basket-making) pathetic old mum. The hero and heroine travel by train—and that too in … Continue reading
dustedoffManmohan Krishna as Abdul Chaacha in Dhool ka PhoolAn accident leads to a romanceAn irritable uncle and aunt...... and a loving daai"Humein yeh galti nahin karni chaahiye thhi"Daddy arranges a matchHope springs eternal...Malti gets married to a man with an unsavoury past as a jilterDaai saves her darling from committing suicideOur hero acts most un-hero-likeAbdul Chaacha finds an abandoned baby... and faces the censure of his neighboursRoshan grows up a bit... as does his half-brotherJagdish Chandra proposesTwo half-brothers arrive at the same school to be admitted.
What is a country to do if its economy suddenly takes a nosedive? What if the country’s sole source of income is a product that’s suddenly no more in demand? Are economic reforms in order? Or a smart political move? … Continue reading
dustedoffThe way to solvencyGrand Duchess Gloriana XII of Grand FenwickGrand Fenwick's tiny wine industryThe upstart from CaliforniaBobo makes a suggestionThe high and mighty of Grand Fenwick think over itMore discussions ensueWill Buckley, Tully's 2ICThe brave warriors set out...... and arrive in a deserted New York CityThe invasion mapAn encounter with 'men from Mars'Tully and Will gatecrash Dr Kokintz's lab...... and take him, Helen and the bomb hostageGeneral Snippet is captured