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  • 01/17/12--23:25: Teen Deviyaan (1965)
  • This post is two weeks late. Late, because it’s a tribute to the actress Kalpana, who passed away on January 4 this year. I didn’t get to know about her death till the 8th, and then – though I did want to do a tribute post – I couldn’t think of a film I hadn’t [...]

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    Kalpana with Dev Anand in Teen DeviyaanKalpana with Dev Anand in Teen Deviyaan

    A meeting in a busA meeting in a bus

    Nanda discovers that she's misunderstood a fellow lodgerNanda discovers that she's misunderstood a fellow lodger

    A friendship - or a romance?A friendship - or a romance?

    I S Johar, Dev's bossI S Johar, Dev's boss

    An altercation in a gardenAn altercation in a garden

    Dev drives a drenched lady to her homeDev drives a drenched lady to her home

    The lady discovers Dev's poems in his coatThe lady discovers Dev's poems in his coat

    I S Johar and Dev celebrate the publishing of his poemsI S Johar and Dev celebrate the publishing of his poems

    Dev introduces himself as the writer of the poems, to SimiDev introduces himself as the writer of the poems, to Simi

    Kalpana comes back into Dev's lifeKalpana comes back into Dev's life

    ... and leads him on a merry dance... and leads him on a merry dance

    At a party at Simi'sAt a party at Simi's

    Simi Garewal in Teen DeviyaanSimi Garewal in Teen Deviyaan

    Kalpana in Teen DeviyaanKalpana in Teen Deviyaan

    Nanda in Teen DeviyaanNanda in Teen Deviyaan

    Edwina Lyons in Teen DeviyaanEdwina Lyons in Teen Deviyaan

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    Caution: Long post! It’s been a while now, but last year this blog hosted a Classic Bollywood Quiz. The prize for the runner-up was the chance to dictate a post: a theme for a list, for example. Our runner-up, Anu Warrier, like me, likes both Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand a lot. So, when we [...]

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    Jeevan ke safar mein raahi, from MunimjiJeevan ke safar mein raahi, from Munimji

    Raahi mil gaye raahon mein, from Dil Deke DekhoRaahi mil gaye raahon mein, from Dil Deke Dekho

    Hum bekhudi mein tumko, from Kala PaaniHum bekhudi mein tumko, from Kala Paani

    Bada qaatil hai mera yaar, from China TownBada qaatil hai mera yaar, from China Town

    Abhi na jaao chhodkar, from Hum DonoAbhi na jaao chhodkar, from Hum Dono

    Aasaan hai jaana mehfil se, from JungleeAasaan hai jaana mehfil se, from Junglee

    Zindagi hai kya, from MayaZindagi hai kya, from Maya

    Govinda aala re aala, from BluffmasterGovinda aala re aala, from Bluffmaster

    Tujhe jeevan ki dor se, from Asli-NaqliTujhe jeevan ki dor se, from Asli-Naqli

    Mujhe kitna pyaar hai tumse, from Dil Tera DeewaanaMujhe kitna pyaar hai tumse, from Dil Tera Deewaana

    Maana janaab ne pukaara nahin, from Paying GuestMaana janaab ne pukaara nahin, from Paying Guest

    Deewaane ka naam toh poochho, from An Evening in ParisDeewaane ka naam toh poochho, from An Evening in Paris

    Dekhiye sahibon woh koi aur, from Teesri ManzilDekhiye sahibon woh koi aur, from Teesri Manzil

    Yehi toh hain woh, from Solvaan SaalYehi toh hain woh, from Solvaan Saal

    Yeh duniyawaale poochhenge, from MahalYeh duniyawaale poochhenge, from Mahal

    Tumse achcha kaun hai, from JaanwarTumse achcha kaun hai, from Jaanwar

    Gustakh nazar chehre se hata, from Jaali NoteGustakh nazar chehre se hata, from Jaali Note

    Dhokha khaayegi na yaaron ki nazar, from SingaporeDhokha khaayegi na yaaron ki nazar, from Singapore

    Din dhal jaaye, from GuideDin dhal jaaye, from Guide

    Hai duniya usi ki, from Kashmir ki KaliHai duniya usi ki, from Kashmir ki Kali

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  • 01/30/12--05:20: The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  • It’s been a long time since I reviewed a film by one of my favourite directors, so I decided this one merited a rewatch. Like The 39 Steps and Young and Innocent, The Lady Vanishes is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s early British suspense films. I saw it first when I was about 12 years old; [...]

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    Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood in The Lady VanishesMichael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood in The Lady Vanishes

    A crowded hotel in BandrikaA crowded hotel in Bandrika

    Mr and 'Mrs' TodhunterMr and 'Mrs' Todhunter

    Caldicott and Charters try to book a room at the hotelCaldicott and Charters try to book a room at the hotel

    ... and get the maid's room... and get the maid's room

    Iris and her friendsIris and her friends

    Miss FroyMiss Froy

    Miss Froy enjoys the song of a folk singerMiss Froy enjoys the song of a folk singer

    ...while Gilbert plays to some folk dancing...while Gilbert plays to some folk dancing

    Gilbert barges into Iris's room after she contrives to have him evicted from his ownGilbert barges into Iris's room after she contrives to have him evicted from his own

    The singer is strangledThe singer is strangled

    Iris is knocked on the head by a falling flowerpotIris is knocked on the head by a falling flowerpot

    Signor DoppoSignor Doppo

    Signora Doppo and her sonSignora Doppo and her son

    The baronessThe baroness

    Miss Froy chats with Iris in the dining car...Miss Froy chats with Iris in the dining car...

    Miss Froy writes out her nameMiss Froy writes out her name

    Caldicott and Charters are 'forced' to give up their sugar cubesCaldicott and Charters are 'forced' to give up their sugar cubes

    Iris enquires about Miss FroyIris enquires about Miss Froy

    The waiter denies seeing or serving Miss FroyThe waiter denies seeing or serving Miss Froy

    Iris and Gilbert go on a searchIris and Gilbert go on a search

    Dr Hartz diagnoses Iris as having hallucinationsDr Hartz diagnoses Iris as having hallucinations

    Todhunter denies having seen Miss Froy...Todhunter denies having seen Miss Froy...

    Caldicott and Charters say they don't recall a little old lady in tweed...Caldicott and Charters say they don't recall a little old lady in tweed...

    Searching for Miss FroySearching for Miss Froy

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    If you don’t know what manaana means, be patient. I’m getting around to that. First, though, an introductory note on this post. This list of hard-found songs (believe me! I’ve spent months coming up with these) is dedicated to extremely supportive and loyal blog reader pacifist.  Pacifist won the Innovative Ideas Award in the Classic [...]

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    Heroines manaaoing heroesHeroines manaaoing heroes

    Achhaji main haari, from Kala PaaniAchhaji main haari, from Kala Paani

    Kashmir ki kali hoon main, from JungleeKashmir ki kali hoon main, from Junglee

    O mere raja, from Johny Mera NaamO mere raja, from Johny Mera Naam

    Jiya o jiya o jiya kuchh bol do, from Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota HaiJiya o jiya o jiya kuchh bol do, from Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai

    Dekho kasam se, from Tumsa Nahin DekhaDekho kasam se, from Tumsa Nahin Dekha

    Yeh lo main haari piya, from Aar PaarYeh lo main haari piya, from Aar Paar

    Woh hain zara khafa-khafa, from ShagirdWoh hain zara khafa-khafa, from Shagird

    Aji roothkar ab kahaan jaaiyega, from AarzooAji roothkar ab kahaan jaaiyega, from Aarzoo

    Mere roothe hue balma, from Baawre NainMere roothe hue balma, from Baawre Nain

    O mere sona re sona re, from Teesri ManzilO mere sona re sona re, from Teesri Manzil

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  • 02/07/12--02:32: A Tale of Two Cities (1958)
  • Happy birthday, Mr Dickens! Yes, Charles Dickens was born exactly 200 years ago today – on February 7, 1812, in Portsea. In his lifetime, he wrote a number of short stories and non-fictional works, besides about a dozen major novels. He was recognised as one of Britain’s greatest writers within his lifetime – and cinema [...]

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    Dorothy Tutin, Paul Guers and Rosalie Crutchley in a scene from A Tale of Two CitiesDorothy Tutin, Paul Guers and Rosalie Crutchley in a scene from A Tale of Two Cities

    Mr Lorry receives a messageMr Lorry receives a message

    Mr Lorry and Sydney Carton arrive in DoverMr Lorry and Sydney Carton arrive in Dover

    Lucie bids farewell to Charles DarnayLucie bids farewell to Charles Darnay

    Lucie hears an astonishing taleLucie hears an astonishing tale

    A peasant girl dies because of the Marquis St. Evremonde's excessesA peasant girl dies because of the Marquis St. Evremonde's excesses

    ... and her brother dies in the stables... and her brother dies in the stables

    Dr Manette gives Defarge some instructionsDr Manette gives Defarge some instructions

    Defarge and his wifeDefarge and his wife

    Dr Manette, after many years in the BastilleDr Manette, after many years in the Bastille

    Mr Lorry shares some bad news with Dr Manette and LucieMr Lorry shares some bad news with Dr Manette and Lucie

    Darnay's trial - Barsad gives evidenceDarnay's trial - Barsad gives evidence

    Stryver reveals the similarity between Carton and DarnayStryver reveals the similarity between Carton and Darnay

    Darnay and Carton have a chatDarnay and Carton have a chat

    Darnay talks to his cousin, the MarquisDarnay talks to his cousin, the Marquis

    The marquis is murderedThe marquis is murdered

    A drunk Carton tells Lucie of his love for herA drunk Carton tells Lucie of his love for her

    Darnay and Lucie learn that Barsad is deadDarnay and Lucie learn that Barsad is dead

    Dirk Bogard as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two CitiesDirk Bogard as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities

    Paul Guers as Charles Darnay in A Tale of Two CitiesPaul Guers as Charles Darnay in A Tale of Two Cities

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  • 02/13/12--22:52: Prem Patra (1962)
  • I am not – most decidedly not – nuts about red hearts and roses and all that bullshit. Really, if you love someone, you love them. And not just on February 14. But, anyway, here’s my nod to the bandwagon. I’m not jumping on to it, mind you; just reviewing one of my favourite romance [...]

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    Sadhana and Shashi Kapoor in Prem PatraSadhana and Shashi Kapoor in Prem Patra

    Arun at workArun at work

    Arun and RatnaArun and Ratna

    Kavita gets irritated after receiving an anonymous love letterKavita gets irritated after receiving an anonymous love letter

    Kavita and Arun bump into each otherKavita and Arun bump into each other

    Kedar and Sumitra hatch a plot to get Kavita and Arun togetherKedar and Sumitra hatch a plot to get Kavita and Arun together

    On night duty: Arun and Kavita examine a patient with appendicitisOn night duty: Arun and Kavita examine a patient with appendicitis

    Kavita gives Arun a lift homeKavita gives Arun a lift home

    Ratna's friend shares some gossipRatna's friend shares some gossip

    Ratna tries to pass some hintsRatna tries to pass some hints

    Arun receives an embarassing shockArun receives an embarassing shock

    Another love letterAnother love letter

    Arun is summoned to the principal's officeArun is summoned to the principal's office

    Ratna confesses to KavitaRatna confesses to Kavita

    Arun goes with his uncle to visit the zamindarArun goes with his uncle to visit the zamindar

    Arun's uncle tells him of the zamindar's requestArun's uncle tells him of the zamindar's request

    Arun's friends come to see him off at the docksArun's friends come to see him off at the docks

    Tara arrives in townTara arrives in town

    Tara and Subhash, with LeelaTara and Subhash, with Leela

    Tara coaxes Kavita to write a letter to Arun posing as TaraTara coaxes Kavita to write a letter to Arun posing as Tara

    Kavita hears what Arun thinks of herKavita hears what Arun thinks of her

    A love letter....A love letter....

    ... and another... and another

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    This is another of my ‘prize posts’, dedicated to one of the people who participated in the Classic Bollywood Quiz I hosted on this blog last year. One of the quiz questions was a toughie that no-one was able to answer: Which was Sahir Ludhianvi’s first ghazal to be recorded in Hindi cinema? I did [...]

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    Bharat Bhushan in and as Mirza Ghalib (1954)Bharat Bhushan in and as Mirza Ghalib (1954)

    Aah ko chaahiye ek umr asar hone tak, from Mirza GhalibAah ko chaahiye ek umr asar hone tak, from Mirza Ghalib

    Rehte thhe kabhi jinke dil mein, from MamtaRehte thhe kabhi jinke dil mein, from Mamta

    Yoon hasraton ke daag, from AdalatYoon hasraton ke daag, from Adalat

    Humse aaya na gaya, from Dekh Kabira RoyaHumse aaya na gaya, from Dekh Kabira Roya

    Jurn-e-ulfat pe, from Taj MahalJurn-e-ulfat pe, from Taj Mahal

    Main teri nazar ka suroor hoon, from JahanaraMain teri nazar ka suroor hoon, from Jahanara

    Mere mehboob tujhe meri mohabbat ki kasam, from Mere MehboobMere mehboob tujhe meri mohabbat ki kasam, from Mere Mehboob

    Uthaaye jaa unke sitam, from AndaazUthaaye jaa unke sitam, from Andaaz

    Zinda hoon is tarah, from AagZinda hoon is tarah, from Aag

    Chalte-chalte yoon hi koi mil gaya tha, from PakeezahChalte-chalte yoon hi koi mil gaya tha, from Pakeezah

    Tang aa chuke hain, from PyaasaTang aa chuke hain, from Pyaasa

    Justju jinki thhi, from Umrao JaanJustju jinki thhi, from Umrao Jaan

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  • 02/23/12--00:28: The 300 Spartans (1962)
  • This is the 300th post on this blog. A landmark for me, which I decided to celebrate with a film about 300-something. The 300 Spartans is based on a real-life incident, the Battle of Thermopylae in about 480 BC, when a handful of Spartan warriors led by King Leonidas, faced up to the invading army [...]

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    Still from The 300 SpartansStill from The 300 Spartans

    A Spartan spy is brought before XerxesA Spartan spy is brought before Xerxes

    XerxesXerxes

    Agathon comes across Grellas in the Persian campAgathon comes across Grellas in the Persian camp

    In Xerxes's tent - with an ex-Spartan kingIn Xerxes's tent - with an ex-Spartan king

    Hydarnes tries to distract Xerxes from ArtemisiaHydarnes tries to distract Xerxes from Artemisia

    At the council in CorinthAt the council in Corinth

    Themistocles speaks upThemistocles speaks up

    Leonidas speaks for the SpartansLeonidas speaks for the Spartans

    Themistocles and Leonidas discuss a strategyThemistocles and Leonidas discuss a strategy

    ... and choose Thermopylae... and choose Thermopylae

    Agathon meets LeonidasAgathon meets Leonidas

    Gorgo gives Phyllon his shield and war cloakGorgo gives Phyllon his shield and war cloak

    Phyllon with EllasPhyllon with Ellas

    Leonidas comes home to GorgoLeonidas comes home to Gorgo

    At the council of SpartaAt the council of Sparta

    Leonidas takes a decision regarding PhyllonLeonidas takes a decision regarding Phyllon

    Ellas smuggles Phyllon's shield to himEllas smuggles Phyllon's shield to him

    The Thespians come, offering helpThe Thespians come, offering help

    The 300 SpartansThe 300 Spartans

    The Leonidas Monument at ThermopylaeThe Leonidas Monument at Thermopylae

    Gerard Butler in 300Gerard Butler in 300

    Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes in 300Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes in 300

    A monstrous part of the Persian armyA monstrous part of the Persian army

    Leonidas bids farewell to GorgoLeonidas bids farewell to Gorgo

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    This is another of the prize posts for those who participated in the Classic Bollywood Quiz I hosted on this blog last year. I’ve two awards left to ‘hand out’ – (read ‘two more posts to dedicate to readers’) – but this post is dedicated to Neha, whose blog is really niche: it’s a collection [...]

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    NaushadNaushad

    Madan Mohan and Manna DeyMadan Mohan and Manna Dey

    Joy Mukherjee in 'Duniya paagal hai' from ShagirdJoy Mukherjee in 'Duniya paagal hai' from Shagird

    Shashi Kapoor and Nanda in the end scene from Jab jab phool khileShashi Kapoor and Nanda in the end scene from Jab jab phool khile

    Shammi Kapoor in Dil Deke DekhoShammi Kapoor in Dil Deke Dekho

    Shammi Kapoor in a scene in JungleeShammi Kapoor in a scene in Junglee

    Dev Anand in Nau Do GyaarahDev Anand in Nau Do Gyaarah

    Manoj Kumar and Mala Sinha in Hariyali aur RaastaManoj Kumar and Mala Sinha in Hariyali aur Raasta

    C RamchandraC Ramchandra

    Dheere se aaja ri akhiyan mein, from AlbelaDheere se aaja ri akhiyan mein, from Albela

    Rehman in PyaasaRehman in Pyaasa

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  • 03/05/12--08:08: The Mark of Zorro (1920)
  • The highlight of last week was—no, not an old film that I watched at home, but a new film that I watched in a cinema theatre. The Artist. A couple of friends, both people with excellent taste in cinema, recommended it to me. So I wheedled my husband into coming to watch The Artist. And, [...]

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    Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in The ArtistJean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in The Artist

    Douglas Fairbanks in The Mark of ZorroDouglas Fairbanks in The Mark of Zorro

    The 'mark of Zorro' - a ZThe 'mark of Zorro' - a Z

    Gonzales boastsGonzales boasts

    Don Diego Vega arrivesDon Diego Vega arrives

    Captain Ramon's noticeCaptain Ramon's notice

    Zorro fights GonzalesZorro fights Gonzales

    Diego/Zorro comes home to find Bernardo sleepingDiego/Zorro comes home to find Bernardo sleeping

    Diego's father gives him the newsDiego's father gives him the news

    With a bored and unwilling LolitaWith a bored and unwilling Lolita

    In praise of LolitaIn praise of Lolita

    Zorro woos LolitaZorro woos Lolita

    The PulidosThe Pulidos

    Lolita comes with her parents to Diego's houseLolita comes with her parents to Diego's house

    Zorro arrives to protect Lolita from RamonZorro arrives to protect Lolita from Ramon

    DiegoDiego

    Lolita and ZorroLolita and Zorro

    A funny moment in the midst of a chaseA funny moment in the midst of a chase

    Tyrone Power in The Mark of ZorroTyrone Power in The Mark of Zorro

    Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell in the 1940 The Mark of ZorroTyrone Power and Linda Darnell in the 1940 The Mark of Zorro

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    This was not what I’d planned as my next post. But I learnt this morning that Ravi – the man who composed some wonderful tunes from the 50s and 60s – is no more. He passed away yesterday, the 7th of March, just four days after his 86th birthday. Ravi (born Ravi Shankar Sharma) also [...]

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    Ravi, March 3, 1926 - March 7, 2012Ravi, March 3, 1926 - March 7, 2012

    Chaudhvin ka chaand ho, from Chaudhvin ka ChaandChaudhvin ka chaand ho, from Chaudhvin ka Chaand

    Zindagi ittefaq hai, from Aadmi aur InsaanZindagi ittefaq hai, from Aadmi aur Insaan

    Ae mere dil-e-naadaan, from Tower HouseAe mere dil-e-naadaan, from Tower House

    Aa bhi jaa, from GumraahAa bhi jaa, from Gumraah

    Aage bhi jaane na tu, from WaqtAage bhi jaane na tu, from Waqt

    Yeh zulf agar khulke, from KaajalYeh zulf agar khulke, from Kaajal

    Rangeen bahaaron se hai gulzar, from China TownRangeen bahaaron se hai gulzar, from China Town

    O babu o lala, from Dilli ka ThugO babu o lala, from Dilli ka Thug

    Jab chali thandi hawa, from Do BadanJab chali thandi hawa, from Do Badan

    Tum agar saath dene ka vaada karo, from HumraazTum agar saath dene ka vaada karo, from Humraaz

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    Because my Ravi tribute was swiftly turning into a Joy Mukherji tribute – and because I thought Joy merited a tribute all his own – I decided to do a Joy Mukherji post. My intention had originally been to review a Joy Mukherji film – until I realised that I’d already reviewed all my favourite [...]

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    Joy Mukherji, 1939-2012Joy Mukherji, 1939-2012

    O mere shaahekhubaan, from Love in TokyoO mere shaahekhubaan, from Love in Tokyo

    Aaja re aa zara aa, from Love in TokyoAaja re aa zara aa, from Love in Tokyo

    Laakhon hain nigaah mein, from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya HoonLaakhon hain nigaah mein, from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon

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

    Duniya paagal hai, from ShagirdDuniya paagal hai, from Shagird

    Aanchal mein sajaa lena kaliyaan, from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya HoonAanchal mein sajaa lena kaliyaan, from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon

    Dil ki aawaaz bhi sun, from HumsaayaDil ki aawaaz bhi sun, from Humsaaya

    Jaanoon kya mera dil ab kahaan, from ZiddiJaanoon kya mera dil ab kahaan, from Ziddi

    Mujhe dekhkar aapka muskuraana, from Ek Musafir Ek HaseenaMujhe dekhkar aapka muskuraana, from Ek Musafir Ek Haseena

    Hum chhod chale hain mehfil ko, from Ji Chaahta HaiHum chhod chale hain mehfil ko, from Ji Chaahta Hai

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  • 03/16/12--09:39: Azaad (1955)
  • After all the unhappiness over the past week or so – first Ravi’s death, and then Joy Mukherji’s – you’d think the last film I’d want to see would be one that starred the ultimate tragedy couple: Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari. But, thanks to Anu, who assured me that Azaad was loads of fun, [...]

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    Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari in AzaadDilip Kumar and Meena Kumari in Azaad

    #441 with the new inspector#441 with the new inspector

    Shobha with her foster motherShobha with her foster mother

    Charandas and his wife bemoan the loss of their sonCharandas and his wife bemoan the loss of their son

    Janki arrives to ask for help with SundarJanki arrives to ask for help with Sundar

    Sundar asks Chandar to kidnap Shobha for himSundar asks Chandar to kidnap Shobha for him

    Khan Sahib Abdul RahimKhan Sahib Abdul Rahim

    #441 and the inspector visit Khan Sahib#441 and the inspector visit Khan Sahib

    Shobha is abducted by Chandar and his men...Shobha is abducted by Chandar and his men...

    ...and is rescued by an 'old man' and his cronies...and is rescued by an 'old man' and his cronies

    The 'old man' persuades Shobha to take shelter for the nightThe 'old man' persuades Shobha to take shelter for the night

    At the cable car operating 'cabin'At the cable car operating 'cabin'

    Shobha is introduced to Paro mausi, Gopi and ChandaShobha is introduced to Paro mausi, Gopi and Chanda

    Azaad introduces himselfAzaad introduces himself

    Charandas arrives in Bhopur with guestsCharandas arrives in Bhopur with guests

    Charandas goes to the cops with a letter from AzaadCharandas goes to the cops with a letter from Azaad

    Chandar and the jagirdar find themselves duped by AzaadChandar and the jagirdar find themselves duped by Azaad

    A farewell song and dance in Azaad's mansion in the hillsA farewell song and dance in Azaad's mansion in the hills

    Kitna haseen hai mausam...Kitna haseen hai mausam...

    #441 and the inspector keep an eye on things#441 and the inspector keep an eye on things

    Meena Kumari and Dilip Kumar in AzaadMeena Kumari and Dilip Kumar in Azaad

    Meena Kumari in AzaadMeena Kumari in Azaad

    Sai and Subbulaxmi in Aplam chaplam chaplai reSai and Subbulaxmi in Aplam chaplam chaplai re

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  • 03/22/12--02:47: Harvey (1950)
  • No prizes for guessing whom this prize post is dedicated to. (For those who’re not in the know: I hosted a Classic Bollywood Quiz last year on this blog, and the prizes for that—one for each participant—was a post dedicated to that participant. My friend and fellow blogger Harvey got the Quick Worker Award for [...]

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    Elwood and Harvey - a portraitElwood and Harvey - a portrait

    Elwood steps out...Elwood steps out...

    ... and his womenfolk watch him go... and his womenfolk watch him go

    Veta tries to reassure Myrtle MaeVeta tries to reassure Myrtle Mae

    Judge Gaffney receives a phone call from VetaJudge Gaffney receives a phone call from Veta

    Elwood ushers Harvey to a bar counterElwood ushers Harvey to a bar counter

    ...and urges his friend to drink up...and urges his friend to drink up

    Elwood introduces Harvey to the ladiesElwood introduces Harvey to the ladies

    Veta makes a distress callVeta makes a distress call

    ... and picks on Chumley's Rest... and picks on Chumley's Rest

    Miss Kelly, the nurse at Chumley's RestMiss Kelly, the nurse at Chumley's Rest

    Wilson gets orders to take Elwood upstairs to a room to begin treatmentWilson gets orders to take Elwood upstairs to a room to begin treatment

    Veta talks to Dr SandersonVeta talks to Dr Sanderson

    Dr Sanderson realises the error they've madeDr Sanderson realises the error they've made

    Dr Sanderson and Miss Kelly apologise to ElwoodDr Sanderson and Miss Kelly apologise to Elwood

    Elwood meets Mrs ChumleyElwood meets Mrs Chumley

    Elwood makes friends with the gateman at Chumley's RestElwood makes friends with the gateman at Chumley's Rest

    Pandemonium ensues at Chumley's RestPandemonium ensues at Chumley's Rest

    James Stewart in HarveyJames Stewart in Harvey

    The psychiatrist and the patientThe psychiatrist and the patient

    Myrtle Mae finds true loveMyrtle Mae finds true love

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    I attended an interesting Conference on Crime Fiction at St Stephen’s College, Delhi University, last month (for more on that, click here). During a couple of the less-engrossing sessions, I found my mind wandering a bit – but not too far: only to crime in cinema. And from there, to songs about crime. Also, over [...]

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    Lillian in Black CatLillian in Black Cat

    Inhi logon ne le leena dupatta mera, from PakeezahInhi logon ne le leena dupatta mera, from Pakeezah

    Mohe panghat pe Nandlal chhed gayo re, from Mughal-e-AzamMohe panghat pe Nandlal chhed gayo re, from Mughal-e-Azam

    Nafrat karnewaalon ke seene mein pyaar bhar doon, from Johny Mera NaamNafrat karnewaalon ke seene mein pyaar bhar doon, from Johny Mera Naam

    Ghaayal hiraniya, from MunimjiGhaayal hiraniya, from Munimji

    Aji tum aur hum hon saath-saath, from Marine DriveAji tum aur hum hon saath-saath, from Marine Drive

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

    Baaboo sanjho ishaare horan pukaare, from Chalti ka Naam GaadiBaaboo sanjho ishaare horan pukaare, from Chalti ka Naam Gaadi

    Jaane kahaan mera jigar gaya ji, from Mr and Mrs 55Jaane kahaan mera jigar gaya ji, from Mr and Mrs 55

    Main sitaaron ka taraana, from Chalti ka Naam GaadiMain sitaaron ka taraana, from Chalti ka Naam Gaadi

    Kajra mohabbat waala, from KismatKajra mohabbat waala, from Kismat

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  • 04/04/12--04:56: Reporter Raju (1962)
  • A couple of months ago, I got a call from Seventymm (the video rental service I’d subscribed to), letting me know that they were shutting down rentals and becoming retail-only. Since I’d paid up in advance for a year’s subscription, I had Rs 800 worth of unused vouchers—which, they said, I could use to pick [...]

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    Reporter Raju - in the newsReporter Raju - in the news

    A function to honour RajuA function to honour Raju

    Bimal and MadanBimal and Madan

    Raju receives a phone call from an adoring HoneyRaju receives a phone call from an adoring Honey

    ...and an anxious Kanta...and an anxious Kanta

    Raju runs into Radha and Honey at the park...Raju runs into Radha and Honey at the park...

    ... and meets Kanta, only to have her hurry away... and meets Kanta, only to have her hurry away

    The pram goes hurtling down the stepsThe pram goes hurtling down the steps

    Kanta's colleague hands him a note from KantaKanta's colleague hands him a note from Kanta

    At the Royal TheatreAt the Royal Theatre

    Dewan Sunder Lal and Gopi talk to the theatre managerDewan Sunder Lal and Gopi talk to the theatre manager

    The ring on the dying man's fingerThe ring on the dying man's finger

    Sister Kanta is confided inSister Kanta is confided in

    A sad endA sad end

    Kanta extracts a promise from RajuKanta extracts a promise from Raju

    Madan arrives - and Raju runs outMadan arrives - and Raju runs out

    Madan comes to meet Mr Sharma and BimalMadan comes to meet Mr Sharma and Bimal

    In the train to BilaspurIn the train to Bilaspur

    The Kohinoor Theatrical Company gives Raju a liftThe Kohinoor Theatrical Company gives Raju a lift

    Radha arrives at the performance with a copRadha arrives at the performance with a cop

    With the Mallika-e-HusnWith the Mallika-e-Husn

    Manorama in her younger daysManorama in her younger days

    Raju meets the Rajmata of KamalpurRaju meets the Rajmata of Kamalpur

    ... and the Thakur of Kamalpur... and the Thakur of Kamalpur

    Feroze Khan in Reporter RajuFeroze Khan in Reporter Raju

    A set of scenes copied from The 39 StepsA set of scenes copied from The 39 Steps

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  • 04/11/12--01:36: Charulata (1964)
  • … and some random comparisons with Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam. This Satyajit Ray film had been lying in my to-watch pile for a long time. Then, I learnt a few days back that the Indian government had finally decided to award a Dadasaheb Phalke to Soumitra Chatterjee for his contribution to Indian cinema. Better late [...]

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    Soumitra Chatterjee in CharulataSoumitra Chatterjee in Charulata

    Charu at homeCharu at home

    An afternoon of boredom, as usual...An afternoon of boredom, as usual...

    Bhupati, Charu's husbandBhupati, Charu's husband

    Bhupati talks to CharuBhupati talks to Charu

    ... and tells her about his decision to invite Umapada to work for him... and tells her about his decision to invite Umapada to work for him

    Charu with MandaCharu with Manda

    Amal arrivesAmal arrives

    Umapada and Bhupati at the office of The SentinelUmapada and Bhupati at the office of The Sentinel

    Bhupati hands over the keys of the safe to UmapadaBhupati hands over the keys of the safe to Umapada

    Bhupati tries to convince Amal of the importance of politicsBhupati tries to convince Amal of the importance of politics

    AmalAmal

    Bhupati asks Amal to guide Charu in her writingBhupati asks Amal to guide Charu in her writing

    Amal chats with CharuAmal chats with Charu

    All the women are so perfect...All the women are so perfect...

    Amal at workAmal at work

    Charu sees a woman with her baby, through the opera glassesCharu sees a woman with her baby, through the opera glasses

    Charu realises what she feels for AmalCharu realises what she feels for Amal

    Manda makes a paan for AmalManda makes a paan for Amal

    Amal with CharuAmal with Charu

    Charu - the caged bird?Charu - the caged bird?

    Charu looks out on the streetCharu looks out on the street

    Madhabi Mukherjee as CharuMadhabi Mukherjee as Charu

    Soumitra Chatterjee as AmalSoumitra Chatterjee as Amal

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    Today, April 18th, is World Heritage Day. A day to thank God, our ancestors, civilisation—for the richness that surrounds us. Whether it’s in the form of a unique ecosystem, or a beautiful old building. Or a language, a cuisine, a medicinal system. It’s all heritage, and it’s all precious. All remarkably, frighteningly fragile. The United [...]

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    Mughal Gardens At Kashmir: Kashmir ki kali hoon main, from JungleeMughal Gardens At Kashmir: Kashmir ki kali hoon main, from Junglee

    Taj Mahal: Ek shahenshah ne banwaake haseen Taj Mahal, from LeaderTaj Mahal: Ek shahenshah ne banwaake haseen Taj Mahal, from Leader

    Qutb Minar: Dil ka bhanwar kare pukaar, from Tere Ghar ke SaamneQutb Minar: Dil ka bhanwar kare pukaar, from Tere Ghar ke Saamne

    Darjeeling Hill Railway: Mere sapnon ki rani kab aayegi tu, from AradhanaDarjeeling Hill Railway: Mere sapnon ki rani kab aayegi tu, from Aradhana

    Kalka-Shimla Railway: Mujhe apna yaar bana lo, from BoyfriendKalka-Shimla Railway: Mujhe apna yaar bana lo, from Boyfriend

    Ellora Caves: Aaiye padhaariye, from Geet Gaaya Pattharon NeEllora Caves: Aaiye padhaariye, from Geet Gaaya Pattharon Ne

    Mahabalipuram: Tumne kisi ki jaan ko, from RakjumarMahabalipuram: Tumne kisi ki jaan ko, from Rakjumar

    Fatehpur Sikri: Hum hain raahi pyaar ke, from Nau Do GyarahFatehpur Sikri: Hum hain raahi pyaar ke, from Nau Do Gyarah

    Chittaurgarh: Aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai, from GuideChittaurgarh: Aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai, from Guide

    Nalanda: O mere raja khafa na hona, from Johny Mera NaamNalanda: O mere raja khafa na hona, from Johny Mera Naam

    Lodhi Gardens (Delhi): Aapko pyaar chhupaane ki buri aadat hai, from Neela AkashLodhi Gardens (Delhi): Aapko pyaar chhupaane ki buri aadat hai, from Neela Akash

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    One of the good things about growing up in a family that loved reading was that even as a child, I was surrounded by books—novels, of course; and treatises on everything from Wordsworth’s poetry (thanks to my mother) to gardening and homoeopathy (thanks to my father). Those books, big tomes that were all words and [...]

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    Michelangelo's The Creation of ManMichelangelo's The Creation of Man

    Charlton Heston as Michelangelo in The Agony and the EcstasyCharlton Heston as Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy

    Michelangelo's DavidMichelangelo's David

    Pope Julius II returns to Rome, victoriousPope Julius II returns to Rome, victorious

    Julius reads out a nasty poem of Michelangelo'sJulius reads out a nasty poem of Michelangelo's

    Julius talk to MichelangeloJulius talk to Michelangelo

    Bramante with the Pope, and a model of St Peter's BasilicaBramante with the Pope, and a model of St Peter's Basilica

    Inside the Sistine Chapel - Inside the Sistine Chapel - "no more architecture than a cow barn"

    Michelangelo is told to paint the ceiling of the Sistine ChapelMichelangelo is told to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

    An argument erupts in the Sistine ChapelAn argument erupts in the Sistine Chapel

    At Contessina de' Medici's villa, her brother, the cardinal Giovanni de' MediciAt Contessina de' Medici's villa, her brother, the cardinal Giovanni de' Medici

    Michelangelo shows the de' Medicis the letter from the SultanMichelangelo shows the de' Medicis the letter from the Sultan

    Cardinal Giovanni de' Medici tries to reason with Michelangelo...Cardinal Giovanni de' Medici tries to reason with Michelangelo...

    ... and Contessina succeeds... and Contessina succeeds

    Work begins on the cartoons for the frescoesWork begins on the cartoons for the frescoes

    Michelangelo has a run-in with Bramante while the Pope looks up at the scaffoldingMichelangelo has a run-in with Bramante while the Pope looks up at the scaffolding

    At a tavernAt a tavern

    The tavern keeper lets the sour wine out of the caskThe tavern keeper lets the sour wine out of the cask

    Michelangelo destroys the frescoes on the ceilingMichelangelo destroys the frescoes on the ceiling

    At work in the marble quarries of CarraraAt work in the marble quarries of Carrara

    InspirationInspiration

    A bunch of disapproving cardinalsA bunch of disapproving cardinals

    The finished ceiling of the Sistine ChapelThe finished ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

    Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison in The Agony and the EcstasyCharlton Heston and Rex Harrison in The Agony and the Ecstasy

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  • 05/03/12--02:06: Waqt (1965)
  • By some strange oversight, despite the fact that Waqt is one of my favourite masala films, I’ve never reviewed it on this blog. And I’m wishing I didn’t have to end up writing about it on such a sad occasion—because Achla Sachdev, the actress who played the self-sacrificing, long-suffering mother and wife in this film, [...]

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    Achla Sachdev, 1920-2012Achla Sachdev, 1920-2012

    Achla Sachdev in WaqtAchla Sachdev in Waqt

    Lala Kedarnath inaugurates a new shopLala Kedarnath inaugurates a new shop

    Kedarnath boasts of his own hard work and willKedarnath boasts of his own hard work and will

    After the celebrationsAfter the celebrations

    Lachhmi learns that Kedarnath is probably deadLachhmi learns that Kedarnath is probably dead

    Sewing clothes for a livingSewing clothes for a living

    Raju stands up to the tyrannical manager of the orphanageRaju stands up to the tyrannical manager of the orphanage

    Kedarnath chokes the manager to deathKedarnath chokes the manager to death

    Babloo is adopted by a wealthy coupleBabloo is adopted by a wealthy couple

    Raja is told about the stolen necklaceRaja is told about the stolen necklace

    Raja comes to Meena's party to return her necklaceRaja comes to Meena's party to return her necklace

    ... and comes unannounced to her home again... and comes unannounced to her home again

    At the airportAt the airport

    A romance, unknown to RajaA romance, unknown to Raja

    Raja goes to meet Chinoy Seth...Raja goes to meet Chinoy Seth...

    ... and tells Balbir off... and tells Balbir off

    Vijay and RenuVijay and Renu

    A romance doomed to failA romance doomed to fail

    Vijay's mother falls illVijay's mother falls ill

    Vijay bids farewell to RenuVijay bids farewell to Renu

    Hardayal Rai gives Kedarnath a clue to Lachhmi's whereaboutsHardayal Rai gives Kedarnath a clue to Lachhmi's whereabouts

    A chance encounted between strangersA chance encounted between strangers

    Meena and Ravi - and RajaMeena and Ravi - and Raja

    Vijay gets a job as Chinoy Seth's driverVijay gets a job as Chinoy Seth's driver

    Motilal in WaqtMotilal in Waqt

    Shashikala in WaqtShashikala in Waqt

    Erica Lal in Waqt, as the crooner in Aage bhi jaane na tuErica Lal in Waqt, as the crooner in Aage bhi jaane na tu

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