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- 05/14/16--08:41: _Noorjehan (1967)
- 05/20/16--11:26: _Pesh Hai: The Musli...
- 05/27/16--10:48: _Ten of my favourite...
- 06/03/16--20:08: _Macario (1960)
- 06/10/16--11:10: _Priya (1970)
- 06/19/16--10:08: _Anatomy of a Murder...
- 06/24/16--11:15: _Book Review: Doroth...
- 07/02/16--10:12: _Ten of my favourite...
- 07/08/16--10:37: _Devchata (1961)
- 07/11/16--03:47: _Of Meditating Demon...
- 07/15/16--10:33: _Sikandar (1941)
- 07/22/16--10:55: _Bahaaron ke Sapne (...
- 07/29/16--06:01: _Ten of my favourite...
- 08/04/16--09:55: _The Woman in Questi...
- 08/11/16--07:00: _Rashōmon (1950)
- 08/15/16--20:01: _Yeh Zindagi Kitni H...
- 08/19/16--21:55: _Ten English-languag...
- 08/24/16--22:11: _Ten of my favourite...
- 08/31/16--19:34: _Ben-Hur (1959)
- 09/07/16--21:22: _New Delhi (1956)
- 05/14/16--08:41: Noorjehan (1967)
- 05/20/16--11:26: Pesh Hai: The Muslim Social—Random Thoughts
- 05/27/16--10:48: Ten of my favourite philosophical songs
- 06/03/16--20:08: Macario (1960)
- 06/10/16--11:10: Priya (1970)
- 06/19/16--10:08: Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
- 07/02/16--10:12: Ten of my favourite Dupatta/Chunri/Chunariya songs
- 07/08/16--10:37: Devchata (1961)
- 07/11/16--03:47: Of Meditating Demonesses and Russians Far from Home
- 07/15/16--10:33: Sikandar (1941)
- 07/22/16--10:55: Bahaaron ke Sapne (1967)
- 07/29/16--06:01: Ten of my favourite songs of waiting
- 08/04/16--09:55: The Woman in Question (1950)
- 08/11/16--07:00: Rashōmon (1950)
- 08/15/16--20:01: Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai (1966)
- 08/19/16--21:55: Ten English-language films for lovers of Hindi cinema
- 08/24/16--22:11: Ten of my favourite Songs addressed to Krishna
- 08/31/16--19:34: Ben-Hur (1959)
- 09/07/16--21:22: New Delhi (1956)
Give me a period film, and I’m willing to give it a shot. If it happens to be set in Mughal India, so much the better. If the cast features people like Meena Kumari, Pradeep Kumar, Rehman, Veena, Lalita Pawar … Continue reading
Including some recommendations, and some warnings. This post was sparked off by a comment, by blog reader and fellow blogger Ava, on my review of the Sunil Dutt-Meena Kumari starrer, Ghazal. Like me, Ava ‘adores’ Muslim socials, and in her comment, … Continue reading
dustedoffMeena Kumari as Naaz in GhazalJaan-e-mann ek nazar dekh le, from Mere MehboobNa toh kaarvaan ki talaash hai, from Barsaat ki RaatMast aankhen hain ke paimaane, from Nakli NawabMala Sinha, in and as JahanaraJurm-e-ulfat pe humein, from Taj MahalThaare rahiyo o baanke yaar, from PakeezahMere mehboob tujhe meri mohabbat ki kasam, from Mere MehboobZindagi bhar nahin bhoolegi from Barsaat ki RaatChalte-chalte yoon hi koi mil gaya tha, from PakeezahShakila in Nakli NawabBadle-badle mere sarkar, from Chaudhvin ka chaandMeena Kumari as Zeenat Jahaan Begum in Bahu BegumRaj Kapoor and Nutan in Dil Hi Toh HaiTera dil kahaan hai, from Chandni ChowkNeend Hamaari Khwaab Tumhaare
This post has been in the pipeline for a while. I had been thinking about compiling a list of philosophical songs from classic Hindi cinema, and blog reader Kamini Dey’s request for a post with that theme served to spur … Continue reading
dustedoffCaptureAage bhi jaane na tu, from WaqtHumDono_MainZindagiKaSaathDetective_AankhonPeBharosaMatKarTaxiDriver_ChaaheKoiKhushHoChaaheAadmiAurInsaan_ZindagiIttefaqHaiAnand_ZindagiKaisiHaiPaheliPhirSubahHogi_AasmaanPeHaiKhudaBahaareinPhirBhiAayengi_BadalJaayeAgarMaaliDoBighaZameen_MausamBeetaJaayeAnari_KisiKiMuskuraahatonPeHoNisaar
Can a blessing turn out to be a curse? Can it be that the one thing you have yearned for—to the extent that it now seems an impossible dream—is suddenly given to you, and you realize it was not what … Continue reading
dustedoffMacario and his familyMacario's wife lights a lamp for her dead mother-in-lawThe family at dinnerChona talks to Macario's wifeThe children look at the stalls with confectioneryMacario watches the baker baste turkeysMacario confesses to his wifeDona Eulalia tell off Macario's wifeMacario's wife gives him the stolen turkeyA visitor offers riches for turkey... and another asks for some, tooMacario shares his turkeyDeath gives Macario a gourd full of miracle water... and some instructionsMacario manages to heal his sonDon Ramiros summons Macario to heal his wifeMacario and DeathMacario's houseThe dream sequence from Macario
This week’s film came about after several false starts. A new blog reader and I have been waxing eloquent about our shared love for Sanjeev Kumar, not just one of Hindi cinema’s finest actors, but also, in his younger days … Continue reading
dustedoffSanjeev Kumar and Tanuja in PriyaKishore's wife gives him a scoldMan Singh with the tailorChandan's mother gets mad...Pujara comforts Chandan - with ulterior motivesShakuntala being enactedvlcsnap-2016-06-10-22h48m30s172Motilal is told that Chandan is being expelledMa throws a fit and begins a fastChandan, corneredChandan's rescuer starts feeling hornyChandan wakes up to horrorChandan makes up with her rapistThe death of Chandan's mother, with her daughter's name on her lips.Man Singh beats up RajuChandan lies that she's pregnantThe man tries to kill Chandan, but cannot bring himself to do so.Tanuja in PriyaTanuja in Priya, 1970.
A couple of months back, I was invited to an interesting series of sessions focusing on building creativity. This was part of a venture by an organization where I once worked, and the creativity-building exercises take unconventional routes to help … Continue reading
dustedoffA scene from Anatomy of a MurderJames Stewart as Paul Biegler Paul with his secretary, MaidaPaul gets a phone call while McCarthy looks onPaul meets Lt Manion...... and LauraLaura Manion tells the story of her rapeBiegler examines the trophies on the bar wallBiegler asks Paquette some questionsThe Prosecutor has a friendly chat with BieglerLaura gets scared at the realization her husband may be jealousMary Pilant - who, and why?In court, Biegler with his clientDancer cross-examines LauraA scene in courtGeorge C Scott and James Stewart in Anatomy of a Murder
I don’t recall exactly when I realized who the Hunterwali really was. Myth, fictional character, movie character: I had no idea, but—even as a child—I had vague memories of references to a feisty woman who went about cracking a whip … Continue reading
dustedoffDorothee Wenner's biography of Fearless NadiaHunterwaliFearless Nadia in 11 O'clockMiss Frontier MailHunterwali
In November last year, friend, fellow blogger and soul sister Anu came to India on work—and actually came all the way to Delhi to meet me (now if that isn’t flattering, I don’t know what is!) We spent two days … Continue reading
dustedoffDupattaHawa mein udta jaaye mera laal dupatta malmal ka, from BarsaatGora rang chunariya kaali, from Howrah BridgeDupatta mera malmal ka, from AdalatDhaani chunri pehen sajke, from Hare Kaanch ki ChooriyaanInhi logon ne le leena dupatta mera, from PakeezahDhalki jaaye chundariya hamaari, from Nau Do GyaarahMaine rang li aaj chunariya, from Dulhan ek Raat kiLaaga chunari mein daag, from Dil Hi Toh HaiChunri sambhaal gori udi chali jaaye re, from Bahaaron ke SapneMain toh odhoon gulaabi chundariya, from Humayun
I remember watching a fair bit of Soviet cinema as a child. This was back in the late 1970s and 80s, when India and the USSR were bosom buddies. Soviet children’s literature filled our bookshelves and the occasional Soviet Film … Continue reading
dustedoffNadezhda Rumyantseva in DevchataTosya is shown around the lumber camp...... and begins exploring the cabinA strange comes by with foodTosya sits down to eat...... and the girls arrive.The other girls comfort Tosya after Anfisa's angry outburstTosya and her roommatesAt the community hallIlya at play with FilyaTosya gives Ilya a taste of his own medicineIlya ends up being humiliated...... and takes on a bet with FilyaIlya and his men heap scorn on Tosya's cookingTosya refuses to be consoledIlya and his menTosya manages to win over Ilya and his teamOh joy! Oh, happy day!Nadezhda Rumyantseva as Tosya in Devchata
When I was in my early teens, my father was in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and nearly all our holidays, long and short, were spent in the hills. We would accompany Papa on his tours, if he happened to be … Continue reading
The Beas, near Manali.dustedoffThe Beas, near Manali.Hadimba Temple, set in a deodar forest.At the Museum: a hide waterpot, waterproofed with algae.Scales and measures from 1886. Note the weights, which include 1 seer. Vashist Temple. A Tibetan monk has a look-around.The gateway to the Vashisht Temple.The hot springs at Vashisht Temple.Early apples in an orchard near Manali.The Tripura Sundari Temple in Naggar.A carved Ganesh at the temple.A porch at the temple.An inner courtyard at Naggar Castle.The Jagatpati Temple at Naggar Castle.The view from the balcony at Naggar Castle.At Urusvati, a Bhutia mask.Some of Roerich's paintings of Russian monuments and cityscapes.Devika Rani, painted by her husband, Svetoslav Roerich.Roerich's House at Naggar.
I remember my very first glimpse of a scene from Sikandar. It was years ago, probably sometime in the mid-80s, and in some Doordarshan programme or the other, a snippet appeared from Sikandar. All I recall is a closeup of … Continue reading
dustedoffPrithviraj Kapoor in and as SikandarAlexander with RukhsanaArastu gets annoyed and gives Alexander a pep talkRukhsana vows to bring Arastu to his kneesArastu has the last wordWhat transpiredPraarthana scoffs at her brother Aambhi and leaves him... to fall in love with Puru's elder son SamarRukhsana is accepted as 'rakhi sister' by PuruSikandar ne Porus se ki thhi ladaayiPrithviraj Kapoor as AlexanderSohrab Modi as PuruA scene from the Battle of the Hydaspes as shown in Sikandar (1941)
I can blame my not having watched Bahaaron ke Sapne all these years on my father: when I first expressed an interest in the film because it had been directed by Nasir Husain (back then, a teenaged me associated Nasir … Continue reading
dustedoffRajesh Khanna in Bahaaron ke SapneLachhu and his assistantBhola on his way homeGauri tries to be the voice of reasonA disappointed Ram comes home - but Bhola refuses to be disappointedGeeta with RamChachi tries to throw a spanner in the worksMr Kapoor gets impatientGeeta stops Ram from killing himself - or does she?Mr Kapoor tells Bhola he's been firedGauri and Bhola worry over the money for Champa's weddingGauri discovers the bitter truthRam flings scorn at the haughty richAt John's tavernRam learns the truthRam wanders Bombay in search of a jobP Jairaj as the trade union leader, Das Kaka
The idea for this post came to my mind when I’d finished writing up my review of Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal’s Gaata Rahe Mera Dil: 50 Classic Hindi Film Songs. For me, one of the songs that was conspicuous … Continue reading
dustedoffAaja re main toh kabse khadi is paar, from MadhumatiTum pukaar lo, from KhamoshiKoi door se aawaaz de, from Sahib, Biwi aur GhulamFootpath_Shaam-e-ghamkiKasamDulari_SuhaaniRaatDhalChukiYeh hawa, yeh fiza, from GumraahChaarDilChaarRaahein_IntezaarAurAbhiAurAbhiAayega aanewaala, from Mahal - composed by Khemchand PrakashHumre gaaon koi aayega, from ProfessorBahuBegum_HumIntezaarKarengeAaja ke intezaar mein, from Halaku
Aka (in the US) Five Angles to Murder. The last English-language film I reviewed on my blog was Anatomy of a Murder, which, while not strictly a multiple narrative film, was one of those that peeled back layers of a … Continue reading
dustedoffJean Kent in and as The Woman in QuestionAlfie goes to deliver the newspaper to Mrs HustonLodge and his assistant talk to Mrs FinchThe ultimate lady, Mrs HMrs H opens her heart to Mrs FinchA visit from the shrewish Catherine... and from the bullying Bob BakerCatherine yells threats at her sisterAgnes, drunk and frumpyAgnes accuses Catherine of having an affair with CharlieCatherine and BobBob confesses, and proposesAgnesThe romantic dream of a young manThe comfortable hope of an older man
Although it’s been several years since I first watched Rashōmon, I’ve always avoided reviewing it, for the simple fact that this film, one of the most highly rated works of one of the world’s greatest directors, has been dissected and … Continue reading
dustedoffToshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyo in RashomonThe woodcutter and the priest shelter in the Rashomon gatehouseThe woodcutter begins to tell his taleAn unnerving discoveryThe priest testifies in the courthouse gardenA samurai leads a horse with his wife seated on itTajomaru lets fly at the man who arrested himA gust - and a revelation... and its effect on TajomaruTajomaru spins a tale to entice the manThe woman tries to defend herself with a daggerTajomaru kisses the woman - and she ends up kissing him backThe woman sees contempt in her husband's eyesThe woman testifiesThe bandit, the man, and his wife
Every now and then [with distressing frequency], I come across a film that, just by looking at its cast and crew, sounds mouthwatering enough. This was one of those. Saira Banu, when she still looked pretty. Joy Mukherji, still at … Continue reading
dustedoffSaira Banu in Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen HaiA man eavesdrops on a conversationDinu Kaka tries to persuade Princess Sarita to come homeWilliam goes to meet SaritaMr Jolkar, the neo HitlerMr Jolkar tells Olga of his daughter's deathJolkar goes to meet Guptaji, while plotting his deathJolkar's co-conspiratorsSanjay chats with a toy in prisonSarita and Princess Sarita... and some instructionsSanjay meets Princess Sarita... and begins to hound herMailika-e-Husn and Mr HandsomeOn the banks of the SeineSaira Banu and Joy Mukherjee in Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen HaiSaira Banu and Motilal in a scene from the film
Specifically, Hindi cinema of the 50s and 60s. This post had its genesis in a post sometime back, in which blog reader and fellow blogger Rahul commented that he tended to not watch foreign films. I decided, then, to create … Continue reading
dustedoffClark Gable and Claudette Colbert in It Happened One NightMargaret Sullavan and James Stewart in The Shop Around the CornerCharlton Heston and Stephen Boyd in Ben HurJane Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in RebeccaChristopher Plummer, Julie Andrews and the children in The Sound of MusicIrene Dunn and Charles Boyer in Love AffairKirk Douglas in Paths of Glory
Happy Krishna Janmashtami! I am not a Krishnabhakt (I’m not even a Hindu), but when you’re a diehard fan of old Hindi cinema, you can’t really avoid noting the many, many references to Krishna, can you? The fact is, Krishna … Continue reading
dustedoffKrishnaAan milo aan milo, from DevdasManmohana bade jhoothe, from SeemaJaago Mohan pyaare, from Jaagte RahoKanhaiyya tori murali bairan bhayi, from New DelhiBanwaari re jeene ka sahaara tera naam, from Ek Phool Chaar KaanteAb tere sivaa kaun mera Krishna Kanhaiyya, from KismetKanha Kanha padi main tere dwaare, from ShagirdMeri sun le araj Banwaari from AankhenManmohan Krishna Murari, from Saanjh aur SaveraaJaa tose nahin boloon Kanhaiyya, from Parivaar
When I was compiling my post of English-language films that might appeal to a lover of old Hindi cinema, I needed to check something about Ben-Hur (which was on my list) on IMDB—and I discovered something I hadn’t realized. That … Continue reading
dustedoffA moment from the memorable chariot raceJesus of NazarethStephen Boyd and Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur and MessalaMessala comes homeAn altercationEsther comes to ask for permission to wed...... and finds herself confessing to loveThe new governor arrivesTirzah and Ben-Hur watch the processionMessala flatly refuses to help Ben-HurAn unknown carpenter takes pity on a thirsty manQuintus Arrius sees Be-Hur at the oarsArrius suggests an alternate life for Ben-HurBen-Hur rescues Arrius, even from himselfCaesar and Arrius agree on Ben-Hur's innocencePontius Pilate announces his imminent departure for Judeapic18Stephen Boyd as Messala in Ben-HurA glimpse from the chariot raceJack Huston and Morgan Freeman in Ben-Hur (2016)
Over the years, I have heard and read much praise for this relatively little-known film. Its songs, which various people have introduced to me over the years, are good, and Anu—whose taste and opinion usually match my own—had good things … Continue reading
dustedoffAnand meets Janaki in a taxiAnand at the Bannerjee's homeKumaraswamy assures AnandAnand gets the thumbs up from Mr SubramaniamJanaki goes to meet an 'uncle'... and reads out a letter about Mohini'Anand finds himself corneredThe new student meets his professor... and charms her with a songAnand discovers that Janaki is Mr Subramaniam's daughterAnand's parents arrive in town, and Kumaraswamy gets a job at their homeAnand and Nikki manage to manipulate Daddy into letting them go outNikki and Anand meet Ashok at the Red FortA chance meeting at the Red FortJanaki's father tells her to fetch Anand and his father sometime...... with disastrous consequencesAnand faces up to his fatherVyjyanthimala as Janaki in New Delhi