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    Invariably, I find that when I’m discussing old Hindi film songs with like-minded friends, we end up praising a song for its music. Often, equally, we admire the singer(s). Then comes the picturisation, the actors and actresses who appear onscreen, even the scenario itself. Rarely do we talk first and foremost about the lyrics. I’ve [...]

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    Shailendra (1923-66)Shailendra (1923-66)

    Mere saajan hain us paar, from BandiniMere saajan hain us paar, from Bandini

    Zindagi khwaab hai, from Jaagte RahoZindagi khwaab hai, from Jaagte Raho

    Dil ki girah khol do, from Raat Aur DinDil ki girah khol do, from Raat Aur Din

    Poochho na kaise main rain bitaayi, from Meri Soorat Teri AankhenPoochho na kaise main rain bitaayi, from Meri Soorat Teri Aankhen

    Wahaan kaun hai tera, from GuideWahaan kaun hai tera, from Guide

    Hain sabse madhur woh geet, from PatitaHain sabse madhur woh geet, from Patita

    Tu pyaar ka saagar hai, from SeemaTu pyaar ka saagar hai, from Seema

    Na main dhan chaahoon, from Kala BazaarNa main dhan chaahoon, from Kala Bazaar

    Mud-mud ke na dekh, from Shree 420Mud-mud ke na dekh, from Shree 420

    Ae chaand zara chhup jaa, from Laat SahibAe chaand zara chhup jaa, from Laat Sahib

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  • 09/05/12--03:07: The Midnight Story (1957)
  • This was not the film I’d intended to review this week. I’d something very different lined up. But you know what they say about serendipity? That it can suddenly come out of nowhere, and bowl you completely over. I won’t say The Midnight Story totally mesmerised me, but it made me change my mind about [...]

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    Tony Curtis and Gilbert Roland in The Midnight StoryTony Curtis and Gilbert Roland in The Midnight Story

    Joe Martini comes to the police stationJoe Martini comes to the police station

    Kilrain and Gillen hear Joe outKilrain and Gillen hear Joe out

    Joe visits his old home, the orphanageJoe visits his old home, the orphanage

    A distraught mourner at the funeralA distraught mourner at the funeral

    Joe comes to Kilrain's office while Father Guiseppe is being questionedJoe comes to Kilrain's office while Father Guiseppe is being questioned

    Joe hands over his badge to GillenJoe hands over his badge to Gillen

    Sylvio MalatestaSylvio Malatesta

    Joe meets SylvioJoe meets Sylvio

    Joe is introduced to Mama MalatestaJoe is introduced to Mama Malatesta

    ...and Pietro 'Peanuts'...and Pietro 'Peanuts'

    Sylvio's cousin, AnnaSylvio's cousin, Anna

    Sylvio offers Joe a job and a homeSylvio offers Joe a job and a home

    Joe and SylvioJoe and Sylvio

    Joe with the Malatesta familyJoe with the Malatesta family

    Joe meets VidaJoe meets Vida

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  • 09/12/12--02:57: Rangeen Raatein
  • The main reason I wanted to see this film was that it starred Shammi Kapoor and Geeta Bali—and her not in a mere item number, as in Mujrim, but in a much more substantial role. Unfortunately, what I didn’t realise was that it’s Mala Sinha who’s paired with Shammi Kapoor in Rangeen Raatein, while Geeta [...]

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    Shammi Kapoor in Rangeen RaateinShammi Kapoor in Rangeen Raatein

    The police discuss the 'carnival' and its evil waysThe police discuss the 'carnival' and its evil ways

    Mausi with Gulu and MalaMausi with Gulu and Mala

    MausiMausi

    Kamla stands aside as Mausi insults herKamla stands aside as Mausi insults her

    Kamla tells Mala her storyKamla tells Mala her story

    Kamla falls in love with GulabKamla falls in love with Gulab

    Gulab with Kamla's uncle, the hakimGulab with Kamla's uncle, the hakim

    Kamla's sob storyKamla's sob story

    Gulu and Mala commiserate with Kamla...Gulu and Mala commiserate with Kamla...

    ... and plan with Bulbul to catch Gulab's attention... and plan with Bulbul to catch Gulab's attention

    By the roadsideBy the roadside

    Gulab chats with Moti Bai as he drivesGulab chats with Moti Bai as he drives

    Moti SinghMoti Singh

    Gulab tells the kidnapped girl to runGulab tells the kidnapped girl to run

    Kamla 'adopts' NatthuKamla 'adopts' Natthu

    Moti Singh et al at the thanaMoti Singh et al at the thana

    Gulu ends up having to haul Revdi across the riverGulu ends up having to haul Revdi across the river

    Moti Singh with MalaMoti Singh with Mala

    Gulab rejects Kamla all over againGulab rejects Kamla all over again

    Moti Singh and Mala fall in loveMoti Singh and Mala fall in love

    Moti Singh with his boss, Moti BaiMoti Singh with his boss, Moti Bai

    A scene from Rangeen RaateinA scene from Rangeen Raatein

    Shammi Kapoor and Geeta Bali in Rangeen RaateinShammi Kapoor and Geeta Bali in Rangeen Raatein

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  • 09/18/12--21:33: Stalag 17 (1953)
  • This post came about as a result of a chance conversation with a friend who admitted that he often confused William Holden with Joseph Cotten. That reminded me, of course, of Holden (who happens to be among my favourite actors), and then of the shameful fact that I have never, not in the nearly-four years [...]

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    William Holden as JJ Sefton in Stalag 17William Holden as JJ Sefton in Stalag 17

    At Stalag 17At Stalag 17

    Animal and ShapiroAnimal and Shapiro

    'Sugarlips' Shapiro gets more than his fair share of mail'Sugarlips' Shapiro gets more than his fair share of mail

    The apple of Animal's eyeThe apple of Animal's eye

    Price, Duke and HoffyPrice, Duke and Hoffy

    Joey, attached only to his music nowJoey, attached only to his music now

    A plan is rehearsed just before it's put into actionA plan is rehearsed just before it's put into action

    Sefton calls for betsSefton calls for bets

    The commandant addresses the POWsThe commandant addresses the POWs

    Potato soup - or dish water?Potato soup - or dish water?

    Sefton fries an egg for himselfSefton fries an egg for himself

    At Sefton's 'bar'At Sefton's 'bar'

    At the 'races'At the 'races'

    Sefton's 'telescope', trained on the Russian women's barracksSefton's 'telescope', trained on the Russian women's barracks

    A radio is delivered to Barracks 7A radio is delivered to Barracks 7

    Duke asks Schulz a questionDuke asks Schulz a question

    Schulz unloops the bulb stringSchulz unloops the bulb string

    ... and exchanges the black queen for another... and exchanges the black queen for another

    Dunbar and Sefton face offDunbar and Sefton face off

    Dunbar talks about the sabotage he pulled offDunbar talks about the sabotage he pulled off

    Sefton in Barracks 7Sefton in Barracks 7

    Sefton - the stoolie?Sefton - the stoolie?

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  • 09/25/12--23:49: Sharaabi (1964)
  • Today, September 26, 2012, would have been Dev Anand’s 89th birthday. To commemorate that occasion, I decided it was time to watch a film that had been sitting in my to-watch pile for nearly a year. Just looking at the cast and crew—Dev Anand, Madhubala, Lalita Pawar, Madan Mohan, Rajinder Krishan—and listening to some of [...]

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    Dev Anand and Madhubala in SharaabiDev Anand and Madhubala in Sharaabi

    Keshav and his drinkKeshav and his drink

    KamlaKamla

    Kamla and Keshav, very much in loveKamla and Keshav, very much in love

    Keshav's mother, distraught and at her wits' endKeshav's mother, distraught and at her wits' end

    Keshav's mother comes to take him to his father's deathbedKeshav's mother comes to take him to his father's deathbed

    Keshav stops his mother and Munni from leavingKeshav stops his mother and Munni from leaving

    Lakhmidas talks to his daughter KamlaLakhmidas talks to his daughter Kamla

    Kamla and Keshav meet at the coal depot for some light-hearted romancingKamla and Keshav meet at the coal depot for some light-hearted romancing

    Lakshmidas tells Keshav not to meet Kamla at workLakshmidas tells Keshav not to meet Kamla at work

    Shankar tries to tempt KeshavShankar tries to tempt Keshav

    An attack of sudden painAn attack of sudden pain

    The hakim finds an empty bottleThe hakim finds an empty bottle

    A little bit of romanceA little bit of romance

    Two drunks end up with Keshav's bottle of 'saunf ka arak'Two drunks end up with Keshav's bottle of 'saunf ka arak'

    Shankar tries to force liquor down Keshav's throatShankar tries to force liquor down Keshav's throat

    Keshav has another face-off with his motherKeshav has another face-off with his mother

    Kamla finds her world falling to piecesKamla finds her world falling to pieces

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    This post came about because of my recent review of Rangeen Raatein. Another film-lover, an American, noticed that post and said that she thought it was time she began branching out into watching Hindi cinema too (she’d already seen a good bit of Satyajit Ray’s work). She thought she’d begin with Rangeen Raatein. I was [...]

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    Meena Kumari in Sahib Bibi aur GhulamMeena Kumari in Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam

    Dev Anand and Shakila in CIDDev Anand and Shakila in CID

    Ameeta, Shubha Khota and Anita Guha in Dekh Kabira RoyaAmeeta, Shubha Khota and Anita Guha in Dekh Kabira Roya

    Shammi Kapoor and Kalpana in ProfessorShammi Kapoor and Kalpana in Professor

    Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman in KhamoshiRajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman in Khamoshi

    Sunil Dutt, Sadhana and Raj Kumar in WaqtSunil Dutt, Sadhana and Raj Kumar in Waqt

    Nargis and Raj Kapoor in Chori-ChoriNargis and Raj Kapoor in Chori-Chori

    Guru Dutt in PyaasaGuru Dutt in Pyaasa

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

    Tarun Bose and Sharmila Tagore in AnupamaTarun Bose and Sharmila Tagore in Anupama

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  • 10/05/12--04:54: Dr No (1962)
  • Over the years I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve posted tributes to dozens of personalities: directors, actors and actresses, singers, music directors, lyricists, even a writer. This time, therefore, I’m being a little different: I’m posting a tribute to a fictitious character. Ian Fleming’s suave spy, James Bond. Because today is Global James Bond Day, [...]

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    Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr NoSean Connery as James Bond in Dr No

    Strangways is killedStrangways is killed

    ... as is a woman operating a radio... as is a woman operating a radio

    Sylvia TrenchSylvia Trench

    At the table, playing chemin de ferAt the table, playing chemin de fer

    "Bond. James Bond."

    Bond stops off to meet Moneypenny...Bond stops off to meet Moneypenny...

    ... and meets M... and meets M

    Bond's Beretta is replaced with a Walther PPKBond's Beretta is replaced with a Walther PPK

    Sylvia Trench invites herself homeSylvia Trench invites herself home

    Bond makes a phone callBond makes a phone call

    A fake 'chauffeur from Government House' gets caught outA fake 'chauffeur from Government House' gets caught out

    At Strangways's homeAt Strangways's home

    Bond meets QuarrelBond meets Quarrel

    Bond and Leiter discover each otherBond and Leiter discover each other

    A persistent female photographer is questionedA persistent female photographer is questioned

    Dent answers Bond's questionsDent answers Bond's questions

    Quarrel's boat proves radioactive in placesQuarrel's boat proves radioactive in places

    Bond meets up with Miss TaroBond meets up with Miss Taro

    The 'dragon' on Crab KeyThe 'dragon' on Crab Key

    Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr NoUrsula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr No

    Joseph Wiseman in and as Dr NoJoseph Wiseman in and as Dr No

    A nasty surprise - a tarantula in bedA nasty surprise - a tarantula in bed

    Mehmood and Dharmendra - and an unfriendly tiger, in Aankhen (1968)Mehmood and Dharmendra - and an unfriendly tiger, in Aankhen (1968)

    At Dr No's lairAt Dr No's lair

    Ajit as Shaakaal in Yaadon ki Baaraat (1973)Ajit as Shaakaal in Yaadon ki Baaraat (1973)

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  • 10/11/12--19:09: In Tribute: ‘Verni’
  • Those of you who’ve been frequenting this blog for a year or more probably came across this earlier post, on my uncle David Vernon Liddle. Vernie Tau (tau is the Hindi word for a father’s older brother) was my father’s elder brother. He was born on October 12, 1929, and passed away when I was [...]

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    David Vernon Liddle, aka 'Verni'David Vernon Liddle, aka 'Verni'

    Madhubala in MahalMadhubala in Mahal

    Tum na jaane kis jahaan mein, from SazaaTum na jaane kis jahaan mein, from Sazaa

    Vande mataram, from AnandmathVande mataram, from Anandmath

    Ajit and Meena Shorey in DholakAjit and Meena Shorey in Dholak

    Shyama and Nasir Khan in ShrimatijiShyama and Nasir Khan in Shrimatiji

    Nalini Jaywant in NaujawanNalini Jaywant in Naujawan

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

    Anil BiswasAnil Biswas

    David Vernon KumarDavid Vernon Kumar

    Mausam hai aashiqaana, from PakeezahMausam hai aashiqaana, from Pakeezah

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  • 10/20/12--19:55: Singapore (1960)
  • I’ve been exceptionally busy over the past few weeks, and even had to give up the idea of publishing a post last week—simply because I didn’t have the time. But today is the birthday of my favourite Hindi film star, Shammi Kapoor—how could I not post a tribute? So, even though it’s meant doing some [...]

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    Shammi Kapoor in SingaporeShammi Kapoor in Singapore

    Madan Puri as Chang in SingaporeMadan Puri as Chang in Singapore

    Shivdas eavesdrops on Shobha's conversation with RameshShivdas eavesdrops on Shobha's conversation with Ramesh

    Shobha and Ramesh at the clubShobha and Ramesh at the club

    Ramesh gives Shyam some good newsRamesh gives Shyam some good news

    Shyam finds his conversation suddenly cut offShyam finds his conversation suddenly cut off

    On board Air India, with MariaOn board Air India, with Maria

    Cha Cu introduces Shyam to Chin Chin ChooCha Cu introduces Shyam to Chin Chin Choo

    Cha Chu gives Shyam some adviceCha Chu gives Shyam some advice

    Shyam meets Lata, and mistakes her for ShobhaShyam meets Lata, and mistakes her for Shobha

    Shobha expresses her worry for RameshShobha expresses her worry for Ramesh

    Shyam is introduced to Lata's uncle, ShivdasShyam is introduced to Lata's uncle, Shivdas

    Chin Chin Choo denies meeting ShivdasChin Chin Choo denies meeting Shivdas

    Maria phones Shyam...Maria phones Shyam...

    ...and tries to persuade him to sell off the rubber estate...and tries to persuade him to sell off the rubber estate

    Shyam goes to Maria's home - and escapes being murderedShyam goes to Maria's home - and escapes being murdered

    A cigarette case reveals a secretA cigarette case reveals a secret

    Shyam makes a copy of the mapShyam makes a copy of the map

    Ready to go on a picnicReady to go on a picnic

    Shyam and Lata go on a picnicShyam and Lata go on a picnic

    Shobha follows her fatherShobha follows her father

    Shyam tries to stop ShivdasShyam tries to stop Shivdas

    Shivdas is shot atShivdas is shot at

    The police come to arrest ShyamThe police come to arrest Shyam

    Shyam, masquerading as 'Khan Gulab Khan'Shyam, masquerading as 'Khan Gulab Khan'

    Edwina Lyons in SingaporeEdwina Lyons in Singapore

    Who is this actor? - as Inspector Chung in SingaporeWho is this actor? - as Inspector Chung in Singapore

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    Where I go, cinema seems to follow. Well, not unusual, in this day and age, especially not in a country where cinema is so well-loved. But on a recent weekend trip to Mussoorie, I made a discovery that excited me so much, I had to share it. Mussoorie, as some of you may know, has [...]

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    In Sisters Bazaar, Landour. The long building on the right was once owned by Dev Anand.In Sisters Bazaar, Landour. The long building on the right was once owned by Dev Anand.

    Chick Chocolate, the restaurant in MussoorieChick Chocolate, the restaurant in Mussoorie

    Aa teri tasveer bana loon, from NaadaanAa teri tasveer bana loon, from Naadaan

    Gore-gore o baanke chhore, from SamadhiGore-gore o baanke chhore, from Samadhi

    Eena meena deeka, from AshaEena meena deeka, from Asha

    Chic Chocolate, in Rut jawaan-jawaanChic Chocolate, in Rut jawaan-jawaan

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    While I was watching this film, I was reminded constantly of something Kurt Vonnegut had written when talking of the basics of creative writing. Basic rule #2 was: Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. The next rule was: Every character should want something, even if it is only [...]

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    The Flight of the PhoenixThe Flight of the Phoenix

    James Stewart and Richard Attenborough as Towns and MoranJames Stewart and Richard Attenborough as Towns and Moran

    The passengers in the planeThe passengers in the plane

    Gabriel, looking forward to seeing his wife againGabriel, looking forward to seeing his wife again

    Trucker Cobb and Heinrich DorfmannTrucker Cobb and Heinrich Dorfmann

    Captain Harris and Sergeant Watson, with Dr RenaudCaptain Harris and Sergeant Watson, with Dr Renaud

    The plane is forced to come down...The plane is forced to come down...

    Renaud examines Gabriel's leg while Moran looks onRenaud examines Gabriel's leg while Moran looks on

    Waiting for rescue...Waiting for rescue...

    Moran rations out a bit of water to StandishMoran rations out a bit of water to Standish

    Harris insists on goingHarris insists on going

    Moran and Towns discuss Captain Harris's plan to go for helpMoran and Towns discuss Captain Harris's plan to go for help

    Cobb distributes his belongings in preparation to 'travel light'Cobb distributes his belongings in preparation to 'travel light'

    Watson takes a tossWatson takes a toss

    Harris and Carlos set offHarris and Carlos set off

    Dorfmann makes a surprising revelationDorfmann makes a surprising revelation

    Moran realises Dorfmann was seriousMoran realises Dorfmann was serious

    Towns finds Cobb's corpseTowns finds Cobb's corpse

    Towns and Dorfmann have a face-offTowns and Dorfmann have a face-off

    Looking a tad dusty...Looking a tad dusty...

    James Stewart in The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)James Stewart in The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

    Is this a disaster or a picnic? The Flight of the Phoenix, 2004Is this a disaster or a picnic? The Flight of the Phoenix, 2004

    A scene from the 1965 filmA scene from the 1965 film

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    The other day, listening to old Hindi film songs while I went about my housework, I realised something: a lot of my favourite songs are songs the character onscreen sings to himself/herself. Not quietly hummed to oneself, not songs merely sung when no-one else is around: but songs whose lyrics are specifically addressed to the [...]

    dustedoffAe dil kahaan teri manzil, from MayaAe dil kahaan teri manzil, from MayaAe dil ab kahin le jaa, from BluffmasterAe dil mujhe bata de, from Bhai-BhaiMere mann ke diye, from ParakhMann re tu kaahe na dheer dhare, from ChitralekhaAe mere dil kahin aur chal, from DaagAwara ae mere dil, from Raat aur DinAe mere dil-e-naadaan, from Tower HouseDil-e-naadaan tujhe hua kya hai, from Mirza GhalibAe dil hai mushkil, from CIDdustedoffAe dil kahaan teri manzil, from MayaAe dil kahaan teri manzil, from MayaAe dil ab kahin le jaa, from BluffmasterAe dil mujhe bata de, from Bhai-BhaiMere mann ke diye, from ParakhMann re tu kaahe na dheer dhare, from ChitralekhaAe mere dil kahin aur chal, from DaagAwara ae mere dil, from Raat aur DinAe mere dil-e-naadaan, from Tower HouseDil-e-naadaan tujhe hua kya hai, from Mirza GhalibAe dil hai mushkil, from CID

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  • 11/11/12--03:08: Nausherwan-e-Adil (1957)
  • Today, November 11, is the birthday of Mala Sinha, so I decided to finally watch this film—not because it’s one of her best, but because it has three elements I’m partial to: it has music by C Ramachandra, it’s a historical, and it stars Mala Sinha. I have to admit my love for Mala Sinha [...]

    dustedoffMala Sinha with Raj Kumar in Nausherwan-e-AdilA Christian is unmaskedNausherwan-e-Adil pronounces judgmentDavid storms into courtNausherwan listens to David's diatribeThe wazir is given instructions to draft lawsNausherwan with his queen and his two sonsNaushahzaad with AskafA woman is found drifting along in the waterNaushahzaad falls in love with a drowned girlAt David's hermitageThe girl comes to...David is reunited with his daughter MarciaNaushahzaad/Joseph and Marcia fall in loveNausherwan shows his compassion for the poorThe new laws are draftedThe queen asks to go with her husband on one of his expeditions into townAskaf is overheard David scolds MarciaNaushahzaad is taken to task by his fatherThe queen hears her son's admission of his true religionA conversation between mother and sonThe queen extracts a promise from NaushahzaadMarcia and 'Joseph'Mala Sinha and Raj Kumar in Nausherwan-e-AdildustedoffMala Sinha with Raj Kumar in Nausherwan-e-AdilA Christian is unmaskedNausherwan-e-Adil pronounces judgmentDavid storms into courtNausherwan listens to David's diatribeThe wazir is given instructions to draft lawsNausherwan with his queen and his two sonsNaushahzaad with AskafA woman is found drifting along in the waterNaushahzaad falls in love with a drowned girlAt David's hermitageThe girl comes to...David is reunited with his daughter MarciaNaushahzaad/Joseph and Marcia fall in loveNausherwan shows his compassion for the poorThe new laws are draftedThe queen asks to go with her husband on one of his expeditions into townAskaf is overheard David scolds MarciaNaushahzaad is taken to task by his fatherThe queen hears her son's admission of his true religionA conversation between mother and sonThe queen extracts a promise from NaushahzaadMarcia and 'Joseph'Mala Sinha and Raj Kumar in Nausherwan-e-Adil

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  • 11/21/12--04:13: Where Eagles Dare (1968)
  • By an odd coincidence, all my entertainment (admittedly quite limited) over the past week has been related in some way or the other to Nazi Germany. I watch almost no TV, but I’ve recently been getting a lot of laughs out of the farcical British comedy series, ’Allo ’Allo. And, the book I’m currently reading [...]

    dustedoffA dramatic scene from Where Eagles DareIn a Junkers, flying over BavariaAdmiral Rolland and Colonel Turner brief a missionSmith, Schaffer and the others listenA mysterious woman parachutes out after the menHarrod's body is foundSmith checks the radio - and Harrod's bodySmith makes a rendezvous with MarySome instructionsSchloss Adler, the 'Castle of the Eagles'Rolland expresses his fearsSmith and Schaffer look out over WerfenThe men enter Werfen, disguised as soldiers of the elite AlpenkorpsSmith 'introduces' himself to HeidiA meeting in the woodshedHeidi arrives at the woodshedSmith discovers MacPherson's bodyHeidi introduces 'Maria Schenk' to von HapenAn officer arrives with ominous newsOff to the Schloss Adler, by car...... and cable carClint Eastwood with Richard Burton in Where Eagles DaredustedoffA dramatic scene from Where Eagles DareIn a Junkers, flying over BavariaAdmiral Rolland and Colonel Turner brief a missionSmith, Schaffer and the others listenA mysterious woman parachutes out after the menHarrod's body is foundSmith checks the radio - and Harrod's bodySmith makes a rendezvous with MarySome instructionsSchloss Adler, the 'Castle of the Eagles'Rolland expresses his fearsSmith and Schaffer look out over WerfenThe men enter Werfen, disguised as soldiers of the elite AlpenkorpsSmith 'introduces' himself to HeidiA meeting in the woodshedHeidi arrives at the woodshedSmith discovers MacPherson's bodyHeidi introduces 'Maria Schenk' to von HapenAn officer arrives with ominous newsOff to the Schloss Adler, by car...... and cable carClint Eastwood with Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare

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  • 11/28/12--00:32: Adalat (1958)
  • My family first acquired a TV in 1982. For the next few years, Doordarshan remained our main source of entertainment. And the films Doordarshan telecast at 5.45 PM every Sunday (and a couple of times during the week, mostly at odd times) were the highlights of the week. We saw loads of films during those [...]

    dustedoffNargis as Nirmal in AdalatNirmal slaves away at homeNirmal's aunt does the righteous actA collision of cycles - and love blossomsNirmal tells her aunt offNirmal meets an old friendLeela and Kedarnath rejoiceKedarnath reveals his true colours - all blackThe shocking news - of the raidNirmal's aunt gets ready to throw her outKedarnath resurfacesNirmal narrowly escapes deathNirmal confesses her destitution to Thakur SahibNirmal and Rajinder meet againThakur Sahib tells Rajinder about Rajinder's upcoming stint abroadRajinder decides to marry NirmalThakur Sahib's wife hears some rather disgusting newsKedarnath puts in an appearanceAchla Sachdev in AdalatJawahar Kaul in AdalatdustedoffNargis as Nirmal in AdalatNirmal slaves away at homeNirmal's aunt does the righteous actA collision of cycles - and love blossomsNirmal tells her aunt offNirmal meets an old friendLeela and Kedarnath rejoiceKedarnath reveals his true colours - all blackThe shocking news - of the raidNirmal's aunt gets ready to throw her outKedarnath resurfacesNirmal narrowly escapes deathNirmal confesses her destitution to Thakur SahibNirmal and Rajinder meet againThakur Sahib tells Rajinder about Rajinder's upcoming stint abroadRajinder decides to marry NirmalThakur Sahib's wife hears some rather disgusting newsKedarnath puts in an appearanceAchla Sachdev in AdalatJawahar Kaul in Adalat

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    Do you recognise this tune? (The clip’s only a few seconds long, so it won’t take much time to listen to it). I’m sure most of you who like old Hindi film music will be able to guess this one. O P Nayyar’s favourite guitarist was a man named Hazara Singh, but occasionally, he’d let another [...]

    dustedoffSamuel Naseeruddin 'Sammy' DaulaYeh chaand sa roshan chehra, from Kashmir ki KaliMy_Lawfully_wedded_Husband_FCdustedoffSamuel Naseeruddin 'Sammy' DaulaYeh chaand sa roshan chehra, from Kashmir ki KaliMy_Lawfully_wedded_Husband_FC

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  • 12/10/12--03:28: Xiao Cheng Zhi Chun (1948)
  • Or, in English, Spring in a Small Town. In the years this blog has been in existence, I’ve watched and reviewed films in several foreign languages—but never Chinese. Then, some time back, I came across this film, and discovered that in 2005, it was named—by the Hong Kong Film Awards Association—the best Chinese film ever [...]

    dustedoffWei Wei and Wei Li in Xiao Cheng Zhi ChunThe decaying garden of the Da householdYuwen walks home from the marketLiyan at home in the gardenYuwen and LiyanMeimei, Liyan's bubbly young sisterThe servant, Lao HuangZhang arrives, a very welcome guest for LiyanLao Huang informs Yuwen of the guest's arrivalYuwen is 'introduced' by LiyanZhang is shocked to meet Yuwen againMeimei warms to ZhangMeeting after ten years...Yuwen and Zhang try to come to terms with their past, present and futureLiyan confides in ZhangMeimei feels something more for Zhang than mere affectionLiyan and YuwenAt the crumbling city walldustedoffWei Wei and Wei Li in Xiao Cheng Zhi ChunThe decaying garden of the Da householdYuwen walks home from the marketLiyan at home in the gardenYuwen and LiyanMeimei, Liyan's bubbly young sisterThe servant, Lao HuangZhang arrives, a very welcome guest for LiyanLao Huang informs Yuwen of the guest's arrivalYuwen is 'introduced' by LiyanZhang is shocked to meet Yuwen againMeimei warms to ZhangMeeting after ten years...Yuwen and Zhang try to come to terms with their past, present and futureLiyan confides in ZhangMeimei feels something more for Zhang than mere affectionLiyan and YuwenAt the crumbling city wall

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    Today is the 90th birthday of one of Hindi cinema’s greatest legends. Dilip Kumar was born Yusuf Khan in Peshawar on December 11, 1922—and yes, they’re celebrating his birthday in Peshawar too. Most people tend to associate Dilip Kumar only with sombre, melancholy roles: whether it’s Devdas or Aadmi, Andaaz or Deedaar, Dilip Kumar seems [...]

    dustedoffDilip Kumar in AndaazMadhuban mein Radhika naache re, from KohinoorAaj ki raat mere dil ki salaami, from Ram aur ShyamO door ke musaafir, from Udan KhatolaNain lad jayeen hain toh mannwa maan, from Ganga JamunaDil mein chhupaake pyaar ka, from AanYeh mera deewaanapan hai, from YahudiToote hue khwaabon ne, from MadhumatiAaj puraani raahon se from AadmiKoi nahin mera is duniya mein, from DaagBachpan ke din bhulaa na dena, from DeedardustedoffDilip Kumar in AndaazMadhuban mein Radhika naache re, from KohinoorAaj ki raat mere dil ki salaami, from Ram aur ShyamO door ke musaafir, from Udan KhatolaNain lad jayeen hain toh mannwa maan, from Ganga JamunaDil mein chhupaake pyaar ka, from AanYeh mera deewaanapan hai, from YahudiToote hue khwaabon ne, from MadhumatiAaj puraani raahon se from AadmiKoi nahin mera is duniya mein, from DaagBachpan ke din bhulaa na dena, from Deedar

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  • 12/20/12--01:14: Shrimatiji (1952)
  • Among the lesser-known films for which my Uncle Vernie played was Shrimatiji, made by (and featuring) some of his closest friends. IS Johar, who was one of Vernie Tau’s chums, wrote, directed, and acted in it. The three music composers for the film (Jimmy, Basant Prakash, and S Mohinder) too were friends of Vernie Tau’s, [...]

    dustedoffShyama and Nasir Khan in ShrimatijiIndra waits for a bus Jeevan gives Indra a liftJeevan's car 'runs out of petrol'Jeevan briefs a friendA 'palmist' joins Indra at her tableJeevan comes to Indra's rescueThe Major takes a photo of the 'newlyweds'Jeevan shows his true coloursIndra gets the better of JeevanBack in town, Indra and her friendsA little song and danceAt the typing school...Chhoturam and Motumal give Indra her orders - and moneyThe Japanese in radio contact with Chhoturam and MotumalIndra overhears her bosses - with Jeevan!A quarrel outside a theatreRajesh and his palsIndra orders Rajesh aboutShyama as Indra in ShrimatijidustedoffShyama and Nasir Khan in ShrimatijiIndra waits for a bus Jeevan gives Indra a liftJeevan's car 'runs out of petrol'Jeevan briefs a friendA 'palmist' joins Indra at her tableJeevan comes to Indra's rescueThe Major takes a photo of the 'newlyweds'Jeevan shows his true coloursIndra gets the better of JeevanBack in town, Indra and her friendsA little song and danceAt the typing school...Chhoturam and Motumal give Indra her orders - and moneyThe Japanese in radio contact with Chhoturam and MotumalIndra overhears her bosses - with Jeevan!A quarrel outside a theatreRajesh and his palsIndra orders Rajesh aboutShyama as Indra in Shrimatiji

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  • 12/24/12--19:07: I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
  • It’s been a while since I did a Christmas post—therefore, this time round, I decided it was time to mark this festive season with a Christmas special. Not It’s A Wonderful Life or one of those other famous Christmas films, but a little-known one that manages to retain all the sweetness and charm of Christmas, [...]

    dustedoffMerry Christmas!Joseph Cotten and Ginger Rogers in IdustedoffMerry Christmas!Joseph Cotten and Ginger Rogers in I"ll Be Seeing YouMary buys candy at a stallZac stops to buy a magazineIn the trainZac and Mary get talkingZac asks Mary if he may phone herAunt Sarah welcomes Mary... and Mary meets BarbaraBarbara is suspicious of MaryZac in his roomA printed article, in Zac's luggageAunt Sarah tells Mary to invite Zac for dinnerMary hears a confessionAt dinner - Zac shows signs of distressAt the moviesA diner owner gets peskyAt the Marshalls' gateMary confronts BarbaraMary gets ready for a partyThe faceless bossMary and Zac fall in loveCotten and Rogers in I'll Be Seeing YouJoseph Cotten in I'll Be Seeing YouMerry Christmas!

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