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  • 03/25/11--01:38: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
  • Less than two months ago, a couple whom I am distantly connected to by marriage were in town. The lady’s American; her husband is Indian, and they live in New York. We were chatting about this and that, and the lady told us an interesting story: of how, some years back, they had been invited [...]

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    Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin RoofElizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin RoofPaul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin RoofElizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Big Daddy turns 65Big Daddy turns 65

    The elder son, GooperThe elder son, Gooper

    Mae and her broodMae and her brood

    Maggie and BrickMaggie and Brick

    Mae and GooperMae and Gooper

    Gooper reveals his pain to Big MommaGooper reveals his pain to Big Momma

    A drunken race - against no-oneA drunken race - against no-one

    Brick spends his days on the couch, drinking...Brick spends his days on the couch, drinking...

    ... and ignoring Maggie... and ignoring Maggie

    Maggie, the cat on the hot tin roofMaggie, the cat on the hot tin roof

    One of Gooper and Mae's daughters taunts MaggieOne of Gooper and Mae's daughters taunts Maggie

    Brick, haunted by the shade of SkipperBrick, haunted by the shade of Skipper

    The Pollitt family, with Big Daddy's doctorThe Pollitt family, with Big Daddy's doctor

    Big Daddy with his favourite son, BrickBig Daddy with his favourite son, Brick

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    Birdsong? No, really. Bird songs. I spent a bit of last Sunday at Delhi’s Okhla Barrage Bird Sanctuary. The barrage on the Yamuna hosts a vast number of migratory birds through the winter. Most of them are gone by this time of the year, but there’s plenty of bird life still to be seen: The [...]

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    Whitebreasted Kingfisher at the Okhla Barrage Bird SanctuaryWhitebreasted Kingfisher at the Okhla Barrage Bird Sanctuary

    Redwattled lapwing at the Okhla Barrage Bird SanctuaryRedwattled lapwing at the Okhla Barrage Bird Sanctuary

    Northern shoveller and garganey at Okhla Barrage Bird SanctuaryNorthern shoveller and garganey at Okhla Barrage Bird Sanctuary

    Ek tha bulbul... or ek thi ek aur bulbul! At the Okhla Barrage Bird SanctuaryEk tha bulbul... or ek thi ek aur bulbul! At the Okhla Barrage Bird Sanctuary

    Suno sajna papihe ne from Aaye Din Bahaar KeSuno sajna papihe ne from Aaye Din Bahaar Ke

    Jangal mein mor naacha, from MadhumatiJangal mein mor naacha, from Madhumati

    O meri mynah, from Pyaar Kiye JaaO meri mynah, from Pyaar Kiye Jaa

    Cheel cheel chillaake kajri sunaaye, from Half TicketCheel cheel chillaake kajri sunaaye, from Half Ticket

    Ek tha gul aur ek thi bulbul, from Jab Jab Phool KhileEk tha gul aur ek thi bulbul, from Jab Jab Phool Khile

    Kuchh din pehle ek taal mein, from LaajwantiKuchh din pehle ek taal mein, from Laajwanti

    Kaahe koyal shor machaaye re, from AagKaahe koyal shor machaaye re, from Aag

    Bhor hote kaaga, from ChiragBhor hote kaaga, from Chirag

    Chalat musaafir moh liya re, from Teesri KasamChalat musaafir moh liya re, from Teesri Kasam

    Murge ne jhooth bola, from ManmaujiMurge ne jhooth bola, from Manmauji

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  • 04/03/11--23:38: Teesri Kasam (1966)
  • One reason I’m glad I began this blog is that, because of it, I’ve met (although in most cases only in cyberspace) a lot of other people who are as enthusiastic about cinema as I am. Through these friends, I’ve been introduced to ‘new’ old films, to songs and directors and actors and styles of [...]

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    Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman in Teesri KasamRaj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman in Teesri Kasam

    Heeraman vows never to transport stolen goods againHeeraman vows never to transport stolen goods again

    ... and never to carry bamboo again... and never to carry bamboo again

    Birju hires Heeraman and his bullock cartBirju hires Heeraman and his bullock cart

    A few prayers at a templeA few prayers at a temple

    ... and a revelation... and a revelation

    Heeraman and Heerabai become friendsHeeraman and Heerabai become friends

    A scene from the filmA scene from the film

    Waheeda Rehman in Teesri KasamWaheeda Rehman in Teesri Kasam

    Heerabai gets to know Heeraman a little betterHeerabai gets to know Heeraman a little better

    Heerabai gets free passes for HeeramanHeerabai gets free passes for Heeraman

    Heeraman's friend tries to get some time alone with HeerabaiHeeraman's friend tries to get some time alone with Heerabai

    ... as does the zamindar... as does the zamindar

    Heerabai on stageHeerabai on stage

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    The site stats for this blog sometimes show decidedly odd search terms that bring people to www.dustedoff.wordpress.com. ‘bollywood hide and seek behind a tree’; ‘sailing boat naked’; ‘iwanttohearmukeshsonginmukeshvoice’; ‘saree of kolkata grandmother’; and – this is one I can agree with, wholeheartedly: ‘cary grant being beautiful’. Yes, Cary Grant was very beautiful indeed (would ridiculously [...]

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    Cary Grant in Only Angels Have WingsCary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings

    Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in Only Angels Have WingsCary Grant and Jean Arthur in Only Angels Have Wings

    Bonnie Lee explores BarrancaBonnie Lee explores Barranca

    ... and makes friends with Les and Joe... and makes friends with Les and Joe

    Bonnie Lee is introduced to DutchyBonnie Lee is introduced to Dutchy

    Geoff gives Joe and Les their ordersGeoff gives Joe and Les their orders

    Geoff tries to help Joe land in thick fogGeoff tries to help Joe land in thick fog

    Bonnie and Dutchy see Joe crashBonnie and Dutchy see Joe crash

    Geoff begins eating Joe's steak dinnerGeoff begins eating Joe's steak dinner

    Frustration, grief and apparent callousnessFrustration, grief and apparent callousness

    Geoff tries to knock some sense into Bonnie LeeGeoff tries to knock some sense into Bonnie Lee

    Flying up in the mountainsFlying up in the mountains

    The Kid tries to refuse the truth about his eyesThe Kid tries to refuse the truth about his eyes

    Geoff tells Bonnie about his pastGeoff tells Bonnie about his past

    Bonnie is told to leaveBonnie is told to leave

    MacPherson/Gilgallan...MacPherson/Gilgallan...

    ... his nemesis... his nemesis

    ... and his wife... and his wife

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  • 04/12/11--09:00: Jahanara (1964)
  • Hindi cinema’s fascination for the Mughals is – well, fascinating. Even before independence, we were busy churning out semi-historicals such as Humayun (1945) and Shahjehan (1946); then, in the 50s and 60s, there followed a spate of rather more big-budget extravaganzas, complete with big names, vast armies, glittering palaces and superb music: Mughal-e-Azam, Taj Mahal [...]

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    Madhubala as Anarkali in Mughal-e-AzamMadhubala as Anarkali in Mughal-e-Azam

    Mumtaz Mahal's tomb, the Taj MahalMumtaz Mahal's tomb, the Taj Mahal

    Mala Sinha, in and as JahanaraMala Sinha, in and as Jahanara

    Jahanara and Mirza Yusuf Changezi bid farewell to each otherJahanara and Mirza Yusuf Changezi bid farewell to each other

    ... and meet again years later... and meet again years later

    Karuna encourages Jahanara in her love for Mirza ChangeziKaruna encourages Jahanara in her love for Mirza Changezi

    A forbidden love flourishesA forbidden love flourishes

    Mumtaz Mahal on her deathbedMumtaz Mahal on her deathbed

    Mumtaz Mahal's grieving offspring: Jahanara, Roshanara and DaraMumtaz Mahal's grieving offspring: Jahanara, Roshanara and Dara

    ... and her heartbroken husband, Shahjahan... and her heartbroken husband, Shahjahan

    Karuna offers to help Mirza ChangeziKaruna offers to help Mirza Changezi

    - using pigeons,- using pigeons,

    - and the help of Gulley, disguised as a eunuch- and the help of Gulley, disguised as a eunuch

    Roshanara spies on Jahanara and Mirza ChangeziRoshanara spies on Jahanara and Mirza Changezi

    Dara visits Mirza Changezi in prisonDara visits Mirza Changezi in prison

    Mirza Changezi makes a friend...Mirza Changezi makes a friend...

    ...meets two young women......meets two young women...

    ... and gains an admirer... and gains an admirer

    Aurangzeb turns rebelliousAurangzeb turns rebellious

    An example of art direction gone wrong...An example of art direction gone wrong...

    ... and another... and another

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  • 04/19/11--04:00: Rattan (1944)
  • In an interview, while reminiscing about his first few years in the Hindi cinema industry, Naushad mentioned how, after he had moved to Bombay and become a music director, his parents arranged his wedding. “We have told your future in-laws that you are a tailor,” his mother said. “If we’d said you were into music, [...]

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    Karan Dewan and Swarnlata in RattanKaran Dewan and Swarnlata in Rattan

    Gauri and GovindGauri and Govind

    Gauri's mother warns her off GovindGauri's mother warns her off Govind

    Govind and his parentsGovind and his parents

    A loving coupleA loving couple

    Gangu comes calling, with a proposalGangu comes calling, with a proposal

    Gauri gets married and leaves the villageGauri gets married and leaves the village

    Rattan's bhabhi and Manju fuss over GauriRattan's bhabhi and Manju fuss over Gauri

    Rattan realises how young Gauri isRattan realises how young Gauri is

    Rattan and GauriRattan and Gauri

    Rattan begins reading an uncannily apt manuscriptRattan begins reading an uncannily apt manuscript

    Gauri's mother asks a favour of GovindGauri's mother asks a favour of Govind

    Watching the dance at DiwaliWatching the dance at Diwali

    Rattan's bhabhi insists Govind stay the nightRattan's bhabhi insists Govind stay the night

    Swarnlata as Gauri in RattanSwarnlata as Gauri in Rattan

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    Ever noticed how many old films were set in Paris? The Last Time I saw Paris, Gigi, An American in Paris and countless others celebrated the French capital’s reputation as one of the world’s most romantic cities. Interestingly, too, a lot of films that weren’t primarily romances were also set in Paris. Ninotchka, A Shot [...]

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    Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a MillionPeter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million

    Charles Bonnet appears at an auction of a 'Cezanne'Charles Bonnet appears at an auction of a 'Cezanne'

    The Cellini Venus is loanedThe Cellini Venus is loaned

    Nicole hears the newsNicole hears the news

    Charles Bonnet at workCharles Bonnet at work

    The 'Cellini Venus'The 'Cellini Venus'

    Nicole hears a burglarNicole hears a burglar

    ... and catches him trying to take away the 'Van Gogh'... and catches him trying to take away the 'Van Gogh'

    Simon Dermott turns on the charmSimon Dermott turns on the charm

    Nicole shoots, and then binds up, SimonNicole shoots, and then binds up, Simon

    A goodnight kissA goodnight kiss

    Simon examines the paint scraped from the 'Van Gogh'Simon examines the paint scraped from the 'Van Gogh'

    ... and learns about museum security... and learns about museum security

    M de Solnay asks Simon's opinion on BonnetM de Solnay asks Simon's opinion on Bonnet

    Nicole hears some disturbing news about the man she's datingNicole hears some disturbing news about the man she's dating

    Nicole learns the truth about LelandNicole learns the truth about Leland

    M Bonnet authorises insurance for the Venus...M Bonnet authorises insurance for the Venus...

    - and, unwittingly, more- and, unwittingly, more

    A bombshell dropsA bombshell drops

    Nicole hires an expert to steal the Cellini VenusNicole hires an expert to steal the Cellini Venus

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    This post is dedicated not just to music directors like O P Nayyar and Naushad (who made ‘tonga beats’ an important musical style), but also to friend and blog reader pacifist, who came up with the idea. Writing to me some weeks back, pacifist made a request: that I do a list of horse-drawn vehicle [...]

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    Dilip Kumar and Nadira in AanDilip Kumar and Nadira in Aan

    Yoon toh humne laakh haseen from Tumsa Nahin DekhaYoon toh humne laakh haseen from Tumsa Nahin Dekha

    Yeh kya kar daala tune from Howrah BridgeYeh kya kar daala tune from Howrah Bridge

    Main rangeela pyaar ka raahi from Chhoti BahenMain rangeela pyaar ka raahi from Chhoti Bahen

    Haule-haule saajna dheere-dheere baalma from Saawan ki GhataHaule-haule saajna dheere-dheere baalma from Saawan ki Ghata

    Maangke saath tumhaara from Naya DaurMaangke saath tumhaara from Naya Daur

    Ek toh soorat pyaari from Vallah Kya Baat HaiEk toh soorat pyaari from Vallah Kya Baat Hai

    Banda parvar thhaam lo jigar, from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya HoonBanda parvar thhaam lo jigar, from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon

    Piya piya piya mora jiya pukaare from Baap re BaapPiya piya piya mora jiya pukaare from Baap re Baap

    Dil mein chhupaake pyaar ka toofaan from AanDil mein chhupaake pyaar ka toofaan from Aan

    Mera salaam le jaa, from Udan KhatolaMera salaam le jaa, from Udan Khatola

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  • 05/04/11--02:10: Abe-Hayat (1955)
  • I’ve been very busy the last couple of days, and the busy-ness doesn’t look like it’ll come to an end soon. My husband, therefore (and what a model of husbandly devotion!) offered to write the review of Abe-Hayat for me. This, mind you, without having seen the film, just on the basis of a very [...]

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    Prem Nathi in Abe-HayatPrem Nathi in Abe-Hayat

    The evil SaamriThe evil Saamri

    The Sabz Pari gives Rukhsana a few tipsThe Sabz Pari gives Rukhsana a few tips

    The Sabz Pari, turned to marbleThe Sabz Pari, turned to marble

    Jalal makes himself popularJalal makes himself popular

    Shahzaad excels at fencing...Shahzaad excels at fencing...

    ... and pasting on a moustache... and pasting on a moustache

    Aqeel follows up on a due debtAqeel follows up on a due debt

    Jalal wins against AqeelJalal wins against Aqeel

    ... and takes an unconscious stranger to his home... and takes an unconscious stranger to his home

    Love blossomsLove blossoms

    Aqeel kidnaps ShahzaadAqeel kidnaps Shahzaad

    Shahzaad tells her dad about Jalal's heroicsShahzaad tells her dad about Jalal's heroics

    The Wazir faces a dilemmaThe Wazir faces a dilemma

    Aqeel meets the Sultan (and Sultana) of HalamAqeel meets the Sultan (and Sultana) of Halam

    Aqeel makes a nuisance of himselfAqeel makes a nuisance of himself

    Another hard decision for the WazirAnother hard decision for the Wazir

    Sorrows assail the loversSorrows assail the lovers

    Saamri carries Shahzaad offSaamri carries Shahzaad off

    The Sultan surrounded by his well-wishersThe Sultan surrounded by his well-wishers

    Jalal hears the proclamation and decides to take actionJalal hears the proclamation and decides to take action

    Sadabahaar falls for JalalSadabahaar falls for Jalal

    ... as does the Sabz Pari... as does the Sabz Pari

    Off to save the worldOff to save the world

    Helen as a tavern dancer in Abe-HayatHelen as a tavern dancer in Abe-Hayat

    Shashikala in Abe-HayatShashikala in Abe-Hayat

    Premnath in Abe-HayatPremnath in Abe-Hayat

    Ameeta in Abe-HayatAmeeta in Abe-Hayat

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  • 05/08/11--06:00: I Remember Mama (1948)
  • The Times of India ran an interesting little article yesterday (I tried searching for it online, but sorry – can’t find it), as part of its run-up to Mother’s Day. It was a little piece about a mother who found herself reduced to a pair of hands – “can you open this?”, “can you fix [...]

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    My mama and I, years agoMy mama and I, years ago

    Mama - the centre of the familyMama - the centre of the family

    Katrin begins reading out her story of her MamaKatrin begins reading out her story of her Mama

    Irene Dunne as Marta Hanson, 'Mama'Irene Dunne as Marta Hanson, 'Mama'

    Philip Dorn as Lars, 'Papa'Philip Dorn as Lars, 'Papa'

    The oldest of the Hanson children, NelsThe oldest of the Hanson children, Nels

    ... Katrin...... Katrin...

    Christine...Christine...

    ... and Dagmar, the youngest... and Dagmar, the youngest

    Aunt Jenny, the bossy oneAunt Jenny, the bossy one

    Aunt Sigrid, the whiny one...Aunt Sigrid, the whiny one...

    ... and Aunt Trina, the timid one... and Aunt Trina, the timid one

    A Jehu comes to San FranciscoA Jehu comes to San Francisco

    Uncle Chris, at the top of his formUncle Chris, at the top of his form

    Jessie, Uncle Chris's 'housekeeper'Jessie, Uncle Chris's 'housekeeper'

    Mr Hyde reads to the HansonsMr Hyde reads to the Hansons

    Mama in her role as the Hanson household accountantMama in her role as the Hanson household accountant

    ...pulling together to avoid going to the bank...pulling together to avoid going to the bank

    I Remember MamaI Remember Mama

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  • 05/14/11--22:49: Ek Saal (1957)
  • Did the producer and director Devendra Goel specialise in film names that incorporated numbers? Have a look at this (admittedly select) filmography: Ek Saal, Ek Phool Do Maali, Ek Mahal ho Sapnon ka, Do Musafir, Dus Lakh…  Was he, perhaps, doing a countdown to what he hoped would be some blockbuster magnum opus that would [...]

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    Ashok Kumar and Madhubala in Ek SaalAshok Kumar and Madhubala in Ek Saal

    The doctor gives Colonel Sinha some terrible newsThe doctor gives Colonel Sinha some terrible news

    ... leaving him devastated... leaving him devastated

    Usha celebrates her birthday in LucknowUsha celebrates her birthday in Lucknow

    A surreptitious flick of fingers...A surreptitious flick of fingers...

    ... and nani finds her necklace gone... and nani finds her necklace gone

    Nani refuses to let JB Pinto search her guestsNani refuses to let JB Pinto search her guests

    Suresh tries to flirt with Usha - and get the necklace from her bagSuresh tries to flirt with Usha - and get the necklace from her bag

    Usha meets the new estate manager - Suresh!Usha meets the new estate manager - Suresh!

    Suresh's partner-in-crime, RajniSuresh's partner-in-crime, Rajni

    Suresh and Rajni, back in Lucknow...Suresh and Rajni, back in Lucknow...

    Usha's friend brings along an 'engagement garland'Usha's friend brings along an 'engagement garland'

    Usha faints after being rejected by Suresh...Usha faints after being rejected by Suresh...

    Colonel Sinha meets Suresh with a propositionColonel Sinha meets Suresh with a proposition

    Happiness all aroundHappiness all around

    Rajni starts getting suspiciousRajni starts getting suspicious

    ... and hires JB Pinto and Mary... and hires JB Pinto and Mary

    Madhubala in Ek SaalMadhubala in Ek Saal

    Johnny Walker and Minoo Mumtaz in Ek SaalJohnny Walker and Minoo Mumtaz in Ek Saal

    R H Stowell in Ek SaalR H Stowell in Ek Saal

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  • 05/20/11--23:09: North-West Frontier (1959)
  • While I was writing the review of Ek Saal last week, I was reminded of this film. And that for what might seem an obscure reason to some: I S Johar was the man who suggested the story idea for Ek Saal, and he – now as actor, not writer – plays one of the [...]

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    I S Johar in North-West FrontierI S Johar in North-West Frontier

    A group of near-strangers set off on a perilous journeyA group of near-strangers set off on a perilous journey

    I S Johar, Kenneth More and  (in the background) S M Asgaralli in North-West FrontierI S Johar, Kenneth More and (in the background) S M Asgaralli in North-West Frontier

    The raja of the North-West Frontier fears for his life - and his son'sThe raja of the North-West Frontier fears for his life - and his son's

    Kishan is handed over to Captain Scott, along with Mrs WyattKishan is handed over to Captain Scott, along with Mrs Wyatt

    Scott and his escort leave for Haserabad...Scott and his escort leave for Haserabad...

    ... which is flooded with refugees... which is flooded with refugees

    Sir John Windham tries to be reassuring...Sir John Windham tries to be reassuring...

    ... but Mrs Wyatt is sceptical, and vocally so... but Mrs Wyatt is sceptical, and vocally so

    Scott discovers Empress of IndiaScott discovers Empress of India

    Scott and Gupta concoct a planScott and Gupta concoct a plan

    Scott shares the plan with Windham etc.Scott shares the plan with Windham etc.

    Doubts give way to acceptance...Doubts give way to acceptance...

    Peters hitches a ride on the train...Peters hitches a ride on the train...

    ... as does Van Leyden... as does Van Leyden

    Mr Bridie gets on the train because he's been ordered to do so...Mr Bridie gets on the train because he's been ordered to do so...

    ... as does Lady Windham... as does Lady Windham

    Victoria begins her journeyVictoria begins her journey

    Sabotage!Sabotage!

    Mrs Wyatt steps into a train of massacred refugeesMrs Wyatt steps into a train of massacred refugees

    A memorable dialogueA memorable dialogue

    The original 'curry Western'?The original 'curry Western'?

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    Continuing with my plan to link every post to the previous one… well, what next? (Harvey: you were close when it came to guessing!) My last post, North-West Frontier, was set mostly in a train – and that too a train in the Indian subcontinent. So it seemed appropriate to do a list of my [...]

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    Songs on a trainSongs on a train

    Hai apna dil toh awara, from Solvaan SaalHai apna dil toh awara, from Solvaan Saal

    Apni toh har aah ek toofaan hai, from Kala BazaarApni toh har aah ek toofaan hai, from Kala Bazaar

    Dekhoji ek baala jogi, from China TownDekhoji ek baala jogi, from China Town

    Rukh se zara naqaab utha do, from Mere HuzoorRukh se zara naqaab utha do, from Mere Huzoor

    Dil thhaam chale hum aaj kidhar, from Love in SimlaDil thhaam chale hum aaj kidhar, from Love in Simla

    Badal jaaye agar maali, from Bahaarein Phir Bhi AayengiBadal jaaye agar maali, from Bahaarein Phir Bhi Aayengi

    Cheel-cheel chillake, from Half TicketCheel-cheel chillake, from Half Ticket

    Auraton ke dabbe mein mard aa gaya, from Mud-mud Ke Na DekhAuraton ke dabbe mein mard aa gaya, from Mud-mud Ke Na Dekh

    Humko samajh na lijiye, from KalpanaHumko samajh na lijiye, from Kalpana

    Dekh tere sansaar ki haalat, from NastikDekh tere sansaar ki haalat, from Nastik

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  • 06/06/11--01:56: The Train (1970)
  • While, in the world of Hindi films, songs are often sung on trains, alas – trains too are occasionally dangerous places to be in. And I’m not simply talking about a train in which a heartbroken and lonely hero or heroine is travelling [such trains invariably have frightful accidents in which the hero(ine) is about [...]

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    Rajesh Khanna in The TrainRajesh Khanna in The Train

    A murderer kills a rich merchant...A murderer kills a rich merchant...

    ... and is picked up by an accomplice... and is picked up by an accomplice

    'Nawab Sahib' comes to Hiralal's shop...'Nawab Sahib' comes to Hiralal's shop...

    ... receives a phone call...... receives a phone call...

    ... and leaves behind a distressing cheque... and leaves behind a distressing cheque

    Neeta and Shyam celebrate their loveNeeta and Shyam celebrate their love

    Shyam lets the cops know he's one of themShyam lets the cops know he's one of them

    Shyam receives a call from the baddieShyam receives a call from the baddie

    Lily at work...Lily at work...

    ... and play... and play

    Shyam gets down to workShyam gets down to work

    Neeta tells her mother about ShyamNeeta tells her mother about Shyam

    The truth is revealedThe truth is revealed

    Ram Dev arrives, an escapee from the lawRam Dev arrives, an escapee from the law

    Shyam tries to dig up the truthShyam tries to dig up the truth

    In the villains' denIn the villains' den

    An 'old pal' of Ram Dev's turns up with an offer of helpAn 'old pal' of Ram Dev's turns up with an offer of help

    Kalavati makes friends with PyarelalKalavati makes friends with Pyarelal

    Pyarelal receives a bad shockPyarelal receives a bad shock

    ... and Sethji is stabbed dead... and Sethji is stabbed dead

    Rajesh Khanna and Helen in The TrainRajesh Khanna and Helen in The Train

    Obviously Nanda in profile...Obviously Nanda in profile...

    - and someone completely different when she turns around!- and someone completely different when she turns around!

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    Since The Train was, all said and done (though I’m not convinced about it) a suspense film, I decided to stick to that genre for this post as well. And Then There Were None is a classic suspense film, based on Agatha Christie’s book of the same name. Christie’s book (originally titled Ten Little Niggers) [...]

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    Ten little Indian boys...Ten little Indian boys...

    A group of strangers travel in a motorboatA group of strangers travel in a motorboat

    The house on the islandThe house on the island

    The Rogerses begin showing the guests to their roomsThe Rogerses begin showing the guests to their rooms

    The guests at the Owens'The guests at the Owens'

    General MandrakeGeneral Mandrake

    Justice QuincannonJustice Quincannon

    The frivolous Nikki, Prince Nikita StarloffThe frivolous Nikki, Prince Nikita Starloff

    Ms Emily BrentMs Emily Brent

    Vera ClaythorneVera Claythorne

    Philip Lombard...Philip Lombard...

    The sleuth, Blore...The sleuth, Blore...

    Dr ArmstrongDr Armstrong

    Vera recites the nursery rhymeVera recites the nursery rhyme

    Nikki plays the piano, before a startling revelation...Nikki plays the piano, before a startling revelation...

    Accusation after accusationAccusation after accusation

    Rogers admits to having put the record on to playRogers admits to having put the record on to play

    Armstrong has a sudden brainwaveArmstrong has a sudden brainwave

    ... and Nikki dies at the piano... and Nikki dies at the piano

    A china 'Indian boy' disappearsA china 'Indian boy' disappears

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  • 06/17/11--00:22: Gumnaam (1965)
  • For anybody who’s been following my idea of ‘linked posts’ – each post connected to the one before, and to the one after – this probably comes as no surprise. And Then There Were None was based on Agatha Christie’s highly popular novel and play; Gumnaam is, in turn, an adaptation of And Then There [...]

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    Manoj Kumar and Nanda in GumnaamManoj Kumar and Nanda in Gumnaam

    Khanna pays off a henchmanKhanna pays off a henchman

    Asha hears the newsAsha hears the news

    ... and Khanna is killed by a visitor... and Khanna is killed by a visitor

    Rakesh wins...Rakesh wins...

    ... as does Kitty... as does Kitty

    ... and Madhusudan Sharma... and Madhusudan Sharma

    An unexpected stopoverAn unexpected stopover

    The group ponders over their course of actionThe group ponders over their course of action

    A spooky mansion - and an even spookier apparitionA spooky mansion - and an even spookier apparition

    An odd butlerAn odd butler

    Anand reads out a scary messageAnand reads out a scary message

    Rakesh asks Kitty to have a drink with him...Rakesh asks Kitty to have a drink with him...

    Dr Acharya looks once again at the poison he's carryingDr Acharya looks once again at the poison he's carrying

    One missing dinerOne missing diner

    Anand and Asha fine Kishan, deadAnand and Asha fine Kishan, dead

    A suspicious revelationA suspicious revelation

    Dr Acharya pronounces Dharamdas's death by strangulationDr Acharya pronounces Dharamdas's death by strangulation

    Laxmi Chhaya and Co. in Jaan-pehchaan hoLaxmi Chhaya and Co. in Jaan-pehchaan ho

    Ted Lyons and his Cubs, and Herman Benjamin, in Jaan-pehchaan hoTed Lyons and his Cubs, and Herman Benjamin, in Jaan-pehchaan ho

    Helen in Gumnaam...Helen in Gumnaam...

    ... and more Helen!... and more Helen!

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    My last two posts were related in a way common in cinema: the first was a review of a film based on a book, and that was followed by a review of a film that was a remake – in another language – of that film. So here’s the first of another duo of reviews, [...]

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    Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in The Hound of the BaskervillesBasil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in The Hound of the Baskervilles

    A tramp (?) tries to rob the dead Sir Charles BaskervilleA tramp (?) tries to rob the dead Sir Charles Baskerville

    Dr Mortimer at the inquest...Dr Mortimer at the inquest...

    ... is stopped by his wife from saying something... is stopped by his wife from saying something

    At the inquest, the Stapletons and Dr MortimerAt the inquest, the Stapletons and Dr Mortimer

    Frankland has his sayFrankland has his say

    A newspaper announcementA newspaper announcement

    Holmes looks at Dr Mortimer's stickHolmes looks at Dr Mortimer's stick

    ... and meets Dr Mortimer... and meets Dr Mortimer

    Hugo Baskerville and his friendsHugo Baskerville and his friends

    The hound howling over Hugo's bodyThe hound howling over Hugo's body

    Holmes invites Mortimer to bring Henry Baskerville to himHolmes invites Mortimer to bring Henry Baskerville to him

    An odd messageAn odd message

    Holmes meets Henry BaskervilleHolmes meets Henry Baskerville

    Holmes interviews the cab driverHolmes interviews the cab driver

    A goodbye - and an assurance of helpA goodbye - and an assurance of help

    Mr and Mrs Barryman welcome their new masterMr and Mrs Barryman welcome their new master

    Watson and Baskerville surprise Barryman at some odd businessWatson and Baskerville surprise Barryman at some odd business

    Henry Baskerville and Beryl Stapleton fall in loveHenry Baskerville and Beryl Stapleton fall in love

    A seance at the Mortimers'A seance at the Mortimers'

    A peddler on the moorA peddler on the moor

    Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the BaskervillesBasil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Beryl pleads with Henry to go awayBeryl pleads with Henry to go away

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  • 06/30/11--21:49: Bees Saal Baad (1962)
  • Several people who read my last post – which, as I’d mentioned, was an adaptation of a suspense novel, and in turn was remade in another language – guessed what this post would be all about. You were all kind enough to not let the cat out of the bag, but I guess you all [...]

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    Biswajit in Bees Saal BaadBiswajit in Bees Saal Baad

    The jagirdar sets off into the grasslandThe jagirdar sets off into the grassland

    The end of the jagirdarThe end of the jagirdar

    Kumar meets Dr PandeyKumar meets Dr Pandey

    A one-eyed man watches Kumar's arrivalA one-eyed man watches Kumar's arrival

    Dr Pandey drives Kumar to the mansion...Dr Pandey drives Kumar to the mansion...

    ... and introduces him to the weird Laxman... and introduces him to the weird Laxman

    Kumar is faced with the first of many mysteriesKumar is faced with the first of many mysteries

    Kumar meets RadhaKumar meets Radha

    Radha and her uncle, Ram LalRadha and her uncle, Ram Lal

    Radha tells her uncle about KumarRadha tells her uncle about Kumar

    Mohan Babu tries to make friendsMohan Babu tries to make friends

    ... but seems to be hiding a secret of his own... but seems to be hiding a secret of his own

    Gopichand jasoos puts in an appearanceGopichand jasoos puts in an appearance

    Laxman signals to someone out in the grasslandsLaxman signals to someone out in the grasslands

    Kumar's lecherous dadajiKumar's lecherous dadaji

    A glimpse of the woman who sings to Kumar...A glimpse of the woman who sings to Kumar...

    Waheeda Rehman in Bees Saal BaadWaheeda Rehman in Bees Saal Baad

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    What made Bees Saal Baad such a good watch was its music, its fairly good suspense – and its lovely heroine. Waheeda Rehman had it all: an immense amount of talent, a rare beauty, a grace and dignity that few possess – and she was a superb dancer. What’s more, as I discovered in a [...]

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    Waheeda Rehman in Baat ek Raat kiWaheeda Rehman in Baat ek Raat ki

    Waheeda Rehman in KohraWaheeda Rehman in Kohra

    Kahin pe nigaahein kahin pe nishaanaKahin pe nigaahein kahin pe nishaana

    Piya tose naina laage re, from GuidePiya tose naina laage re, from Guide

    Paan khaaye saiyaan, from Teesri KasamPaan khaaye saiyaan, from Teesri Kasam

    Badle-badle mere sarkar, from Chaudhvin ka chaandBadle-badle mere sarkar, from Chaudhvin ka chaand

    Bhanwra bada naadaan hai, from Sahib, Bibi aur GhulamBhanwra bada naadaan hai, from Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam

    Na tum humein jaano, from Baat ek Raat kiNa tum humein jaano, from Baat ek Raat ki

    Sach hue sapne tere, from Kala BazaarSach hue sapne tere, from Kala Bazaar

    Rangeela re tere rang mein, from Prem PujariRangeela re tere rang mein, from Prem Pujari

    Bujha diye hain khud apne haathon, from ShagoonBujha diye hain khud apne haathon, from Shagoon

    Jaane kya tune kahi, from PyaasaJaane kya tune kahi, from Pyaasa

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    Why not begin, I thought, where I left off in my last post? The last song I listed in my post on my ten favourite Waheeda Rehman songs was Jaane kya tune kahi, from Pyaasa. Interestingly, this was also the first song in the film. It’s a film I’ve seen a few times – always [...]

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    Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman in PyaasaGuru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman in Pyaasa

    Jaane kya tune kahiJaane kya tune kahi

    Ho laakh musibat raste meinHo laakh musibat raste mein

    Sar jo tera chakraaye ya dil dooba jaayeSar jo tera chakraaye ya dil dooba jaaye

    Hum aapki aankhon mein is dil ko basaa dein tohHum aapki aankhon mein is dil ko basaa dein toh

    Jaane woh kaise log thhe jinkeJaane woh kaise log thhe jinke

    Jaane woh kaise log thhe jinkeJaane woh kaise log thhe jinke

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    Aaj sajan mohe ang lagaa loAaj sajan mohe ang lagaa lo

    Jinhe naaz hai Hind par woh kahaan hainJinhe naaz hai Hind par woh kahaan hain

    Yeh mahalon yeh takhton yeh taajon ki duniyaYeh mahalon yeh takhton yeh taajon ki duniya

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