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- 12/28/16--19:36: _Pote tin Kyriaki (1...
- 01/01/17--23:58: _The Unsinkable Moll...
- 01/07/17--20:25: _Meghe Dhaka Tara (1...
- 01/11/17--08:16: _Restaurant Review: ...
- 01/14/17--18:09: _Ten of my favourite...
- 01/20/17--09:13: _Nartakee (1963)
- 01/27/17--01:48: _Maengjinsadaek Gyeo...
- 02/02/17--19:11: _The Best Years of O...
- 02/07/17--00:17: _Blogging: Ten Tips
- 02/10/17--07:41: _Book Review: Akshay...
- 02/14/17--20:02: _My favourites: Ten ...
- 02/20/17--19:18: _Signpost to Murder ...
- 02/27/17--07:48: _Ek Hi Raasta (1956)
- 03/03/17--20:33: _Kahin Din Kahin Raa...
- 03/07/17--18:47: _The Women (1939)
- 03/12/17--21:57: _Ten of my favourite...
- 03/18/17--05:39: _Guest Post: Rajinde...
- 03/24/17--19:33: _Dastak (1970)
- 03/30/17--18:39: _Afrita Hanem (1949)
- 04/05/17--01:07: _Under Capricorn (1949)
- 12/28/16--19:36: Pote tin Kyriaki (1960)
- 01/01/17--23:58: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
- 01/07/17--20:25: Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960)
- 01/11/17--08:16: Restaurant Review: Mr Choy
- 01/14/17--18:09: Ten of my favourite non-romantic male-female duets
- 01/20/17--09:13: Nartakee (1963)
- 01/27/17--01:48: Maengjinsadaek Gyeongsa (1962)
- 02/02/17--19:11: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
- 02/07/17--00:17: Blogging: Ten Tips
- 02/14/17--20:02: My favourites: Ten answers to the ‘Kaun Aaya’ question
- 02/20/17--19:18: Signpost to Murder (1964)
- 02/27/17--07:48: Ek Hi Raasta (1956)
- 03/03/17--20:33: Kahin Din Kahin Raat (1968)
- 03/07/17--18:47: The Women (1939)
- 03/12/17--21:57: Ten of my favourite songs featuring colours
- 03/18/17--05:39: Guest Post: Rajinder Singh Bedi – My Uncle as I remember him
- 03/24/17--19:33: Dastak (1970)
- 03/30/17--18:39: Afrita Hanem (1949)
- 04/05/17--01:07: Under Capricorn (1949)
Or, in English, Never on Sunday. In one telling little scene in Pote tin Kyriaki, Greek prostitute Ilia (Melina Mercouri) tells earnest American Grecophile Homer Thrace (Jules Dassin, who also wrote and directed the film) that she is very, very … Continue reading
dustedoffIlia tells the story of MedeaIlia and ThraceIlia tells Thrace what she thinks of AristotleIlia on the docksA new admirerThrace finds himself in thrallAt the tavernIlia manages to interveneThrace discovers the unsavoury truthIlia and the lover she lovesMr No Face's man talks to DespoMelina Mercouri as Ilia in Pote tin KyriakiJules Dassin with Melina Mercouri in Pote tin Kyriaki
Happy New Year, Happy New Year, Happy New Year. That’s what’s been flooding my timeline on Facebook, that’s what’s coming my way on text messages, in e-mails from family, friends, even banks and online stores. And yes, don’t we all … Continue reading
dustedoffDebbie Reynolds as Molly BrownA hardy babyMolly takes on the boysShamus talks about his dreamsMolly runs into Johnny Brown... and accepts his offer of a mealChristmas agrees to hire MollyJohnny comes, bringing Molly's belongingsMolly practises readingThe brass bed and the refurbished cabinMolly gets upset at her slipshod weddingAll that money1Molly realizes that her wealth doesn't give her prestige, after allDebbie Reynolds in and as The Unsinkable Molly Brown
There was a point, when I was watching Meghe Dhaka Tara, that I was reminded of another much-acclaimed Indian classic, Pyaasa. A man, an artiste (a singer, not a poet, as in Pyaasa) wanders along on a grassy patch of … Continue reading
dustedoffShankar does his riyaazNeeta 'Khuki', with ShankarNeeta's father and motherShankar gets told off by the shopkeeperMontoo rejoices over a pair of bootsNeeta with her mother and her younger siblingsNeeta with SanatNeeta with her motherNeeta and ShankarSupriya Choudhury as Neeta in Meghe Dhaka TaraA frame from Meghe Dhaka Tara
What’s better than going to a restaurant for the first time and finding that it’s worth revisiting? Going with somebody with whom you share a lot in common. Someone who pretty much likes the same things as you: the same … Continue reading
The prawn, basil and kaffir lime gyoza: fantasticdustedoffInside Mr Choy.The prawn, basil and kaffir lime gyoza: fantasticPork adobo on riceSizzling chicken: buttery and wonderful comfort food.Filipino fruit salad: this came garnished with fresh corn, which worked surprisingly well.Coconut caramel custard at Mr Choy.What 2017 holds in store for me?
Whew. That’s a long title for a song list. But at least it covers the basics for what this list is all about. I listen to a lot of old Hindi film music. Even when I’m not listening to one … Continue reading
dustedoffHariyaala saawan dhol bajaata aaya, from Do Bigha ZameenChhuppa-chhuppi o chhuppi, from SaveraSaathi haath badhaana, from Naya DaurDharti kahe pukaarke, from Do Bigha ZameenGagan jhanjhana raha, from NastikWoh subaah kabhi toh aayegi, from Phir Subah HogiUmad-ghumadkar aayi re ghata, from Do Aankhen Baarah HaathSaanwle-salone aaye din bahaar ke, from Ek Hi RaastaAe dil hai mushkil, from CIDJai Raghunandan Jai Siyaram, from GharanaMud-mudke na dekh, from Shree 420
I remember watching Padosan as a child, and I remember my sister saying, “How could someone so handsome consent to be made up as someone like Bhola? And to act so silly?” I already liked Sunil Dutt a good deal, … Continue reading
dustedoffSunil Dutt and Nanda in NartakeeNirmal meets his class - including AzadRatna tries to be cheeky but is put in her placeAt Sethji's houseMausi sees Lakshmi readingLakshmi and the principalLakshmi becomes a pupil of Nirmal'sRatna falls in love with NirmalA touching scene from NartakeeNanda in and as Nartakee
Some definitions that came to my mind, having—over the course of a little over thirty years—watched three versions of the same story: Nostalgia. A feeling of deep, intense longing for a film you saw in your childhood, and of which … Continue reading
dustedoffChoi Eun-Hee as Ip-BunIp-Bun and Gap-Bun, maid and young mistressMaeng Jinsa exults over the gifts... and discovers a horrifying secret.The family gathers to discussFather and son make some corrections to the family treeGap-Bun and her friends enjoy a picnic - and dance and sing.The traveller stops to talk to the Bellflower Man
The very first English language film I remember watching was a war film (a farcical comedy called Our Miss Fred, which I’ve never managed to get hold of since). Over the years, and especially during my teens—thanks to a local … Continue reading
dustedoffFredric March as Al in The Best Years of Our LivesFred tries to get a flight to Boone CityHomer shows he's not dependent on othersHomer and Fred meet AlIn a taxi, in Boone CityHomer is welcomed home... as is AlAl finds his children are not quite what he expectedFred discovers his wife has moved outAt Butch'sFred is rescuedA nightmare - and someone to offer comfortFred realizes the love of his life may not quite be what he wantedHarold Russell as Homer Parrish in The Best Years of Our Lives
Every once in a while, someone (invariably a newbie blogger) sends me a mail, asking me what they should do to be a successful blogger. I have usually responded to such queries with whatever tips came to mind. But then, … Continue reading
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If there’s one film maker whose films tend to feature fairly prominently on this blog, it’s Nasir Husain. Of all the films he wrote and/or directed in the 50s and 60s, only two—Paying Guest and Anarkali, both of which he … Continue reading
dustedoffAkshay Manwani's 'Music Masti Modernity: The Cinema of Nasir Husain'Nasir HusainAsha Parekh and Dev Anand in Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai... and Joy Mukherjee and Tabassum in Phir Wohi Dil Laaya HoonDil deke dekho, from Dil deke dekhoDaiyya yeh main kahaan aa phansi, from Caravan
Just a few weeks back, Anu published a delightful blog post which listed ten songs on the theme of ‘Kaun Aaya’: who is this who comes? A lover, a hope, the much-anticipated partner of one’s life. I commented on that … Continue reading
dustedoffKaun Aaya? - Answers to the questionChaakuwaala chhuriwaala, from Al-HilalDekhne mein bhola hai, from Bombai ka BabuJogi jab se tu aaya mere dwaare, from BandiniKoi matwaala aaya mere dwaare, from love in TokyoBanda parvar thhaam lo jigar, from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya HoonMehfil mein jo aaye tum, from Vallah Kya Baat HaiAasmaan se aaya farishta, from An Evening in ParisLeke pehla pehla pyaar, from CIDGhoomke aaya hoon main bandhu, from BasantDilli se aaya bhai Tingoo, from Ek Thi Ladki
This film has been on my radar for a long time now—since I discovered that one of my favourite Hindi films, Ittefaq, was based on Signpost to Murder. The other day, I was again reminded of that, and this time … Continue reading
dustedoffForrester and Fleming have a chatForrester dreams of being free and living in the villageForrester makes a run for it... and sees the mill house, a good hideoutRogers comes to meet Mrs ThomasForrester gets into Mrs Thomas's houseMark Fleming arrives and talks to Mrs ThomasThe mill wheel turns and Mrs Thomas confides in ForresterAttractionForrester sees something - and then it's gone.Rajesh Khanna and Nanda in Ittefaq
BR Chopra is one director for whom I have a lot of respect: he was one of the most versatile film makers of his time, a man whose films could not easily be dumped together into one broad category. Look … Continue reading
dustedoffMeena Kumari and Ashok Kumar in Ek Hi RaastaPrakash at home with Pyarelal and Tiger... and visiting Amar and MaltiA little family goes on an outingAmar stumbles upon some crookednessA brawl in the mudMalti finds herself widowedPrakash tells a lieBihari gets slapped by PrakashMalti becomes a wife again, in dramatic circumstancesMeena Kumari and Ashok Kumar in Ek Hi Raasta
Let’s say you’re a film maker in the Hindi cinema of the late 1960s. You’ve set your heart on making a thriller. You have some money, but not enough to be able to hope to churn out something with Shammi … Continue reading
dustedoffBiswajeet with Helen in Kahin Din Kahin RaatThe cops come in the way of a truck carrying contrabandRobbie accosts Helen on the Agra-Delhi trainDiamonds! Helen falls for Robbie... and introduces him to JackRobbie finds a phone booth occupied...... and meets an old flameIn happier timesMay-dumb gives instructionsBaadshah gets a nasty welcomePoonam gets yelled atMay-dumb and Pran bully their prisonerRobbie/Suraj ticks Poonam off...... and Helen's heart is brokenPran and the scientist - and a poisoned fingernailRobbie versus a fake owlA quartet of inept PIsWhere am I?!
Much is made of International Women’s Day, and I find myself inundated with messages relating to that, beginning a week in advance of March 8. Promotions from online retailers, newspaper ads, flyers offering discounts on everything from spa treatments to … Continue reading
Happy Holi! I don’t celebrate Holi—ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had a horror of being wet and dirty, and come Holi, I used to insist on locking myself in. I was in good company; though my father … Continue reading
It is sad that among the people responsible for making cinema what it is, the spotlight is invariably only on the ones whom the audience sees and hears. Actors, singers. Composers and directors, by dint of their work being most … Continue reading
In Rajinder Singh Bedi’s Dastak, there is a scene well into the film which offers a glimpse of both what this film is about and what its tone is like, how it conveys its messages. Hamid Ahmed (Sanjeev Kumar) is … Continue reading
Aka Little Miss Devil. This is a first for my blog: an Egyptian film. I have known about classic Egyptian cinema for a while now (the very first recommendation that came my way was from fellow blogger Richard, who had … Continue reading
Alfred Hitchcock is, for me, the cinematic equivalent of writers like PG Wodehouse or Georgette Heyer or Agatha Christie: I see their names on a work, and I know that this is something I can read (or watch, in Hitchcock’s … Continue reading