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  • 08/18/17--21:26: 12 O’Clock (1958)
  • Years ago, in the good old days when the single channel on Doordarshan was our main source of entertainment and we therefore watched everything that was telecast, I watched 12 O’Clock. I’d already seen Guru Dutt’s big films—Pyaasa, Sahib Biwi … Continue reading

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    No, this song list isn’t the result of a dear relative landing up in jail or anything of the sort. It just popped into my head one day when I was looking up a song on Youtube and saw Lapak-jhapak … Continue reading

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  • 09/02/17--07:35: The Mummy (1932)
  • The other day, after weeks of should I—should I not, I finally decided I should watch the 2017 The Mummy. I’ll admit I had low expectations, but The Mummy succeeded in showing me that even those expectations had been too … Continue reading

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  • 09/09/17--04:57: Humsaaya (1968)
  • In which Joy Mukherji single-handedly (with some help from the snow-clad Himalayas) defeats an invading army of Chinese guerrillas, thus lending a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘humsaaya aasmaan ka’. Hindi cinema has mostly tended to stay away from … Continue reading

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  • 09/14/17--21:05: Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
  • I have learnt a lot from blog readers and fellow bloggers over the years I’ve been blogging. One thing for which I am especially grateful is recommendations: I’ve had bloggers mention films they like, and more often than not, I’ve … Continue reading

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    In the early 1940s, my mother (then a toddler) and her family lived in Amritsar. My grandfather used to work in Lahore: he was the sound engineer at the HMV recording studios there. Nana would commute everyday between Amritsar and … Continue reading

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  • 09/26/17--07:00: Hatim Tai (1956)
  • RIP, Shakila. Yes, this post is a little late as a tribute to one of Hindi cinema’s loveliest actresses—Shakila passed away, aged 82, on September 21—but that was because I was travelling. I heard the news, was saddened and upset, … Continue reading

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    … sung to a single person, not an audience. Let me explain that a bit. Hindi cinema, especially in the glamorous and colourful world of the 60s, is full of songs inviting love (or lust, or whatever interpretation one might … Continue reading

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  • 10/07/17--08:41: Chakrapani (1954)
  • Every few months, I go on a rampage, looking for old regional language films with English subtitles. One of the saddest facts I’ve realized over the past few years—since I became interested in films in languages other than Hindi and … Continue reading

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    Sometime last month, I discovered that one of my favourite music directors would have celebrated his birthday centenary this year. Born Roshanlal Nagrath on July 14, 1917, in Gujranwala (now in Pakistan), Roshan played the esraj for All India Radio, … Continue reading

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