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  • 01/07/17--20:25: Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960)
  • There was a point, when I was watching Meghe Dhaka Tara, that I was reminded of another much-acclaimed Indian classic, Pyaasa. A man, an artiste (a singer, not a poet, as in Pyaasa) wanders along on a grassy patch of … Continue reading

    dustedoffShankar does his riyaazNeeta 'Khuki', with ShankarNeeta's father and motherShankar gets told off by the shopkeeperMontoo rejoices over a pair of bootsNeeta with her mother and her younger siblingsNeeta with SanatNeeta with her motherNeeta and ShankarSupriya Choudhury as Neeta in Meghe Dhaka TaraA frame from Meghe Dhaka TaradustedoffShankar does his riyaazNeeta 'Khuki', with ShankarNeeta's father and motherShankar gets told off by the shopkeeperMontoo rejoices over a pair of bootsNeeta with her mother and her younger siblingsNeeta with SanatNeeta with her motherNeeta and ShankarSupriya Choudhury as Neeta in Meghe Dhaka TaraA frame from Meghe Dhaka Tara

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  • 01/11/17--08:16: Restaurant Review: Mr Choy
  • What’s better than going to a restaurant for the first time and finding that it’s worth revisiting? Going with somebody with whom you share a lot in common. Someone who pretty much likes the same things as you: the same … Continue reading

    The prawn, basil and kaffir lime gyoza: fantasticdustedoffInside Mr Choy.The prawn, basil and kaffir lime gyoza: fantasticPork adobo on riceSizzling chicken: buttery and wonderful comfort food.Filipino fruit salad: this came garnished with fresh corn, which worked surprisingly well.Coconut caramel custard at Mr Choy.What 2017 holds in store for me?The prawn, basil and kaffir lime gyoza: fantasticdustedoffInside Mr Choy.The prawn, basil and kaffir lime gyoza: fantasticPork adobo on riceSizzling chicken: buttery and wonderful comfort food.Filipino fruit salad: this came garnished with fresh corn, which worked surprisingly well.Coconut caramel custard at Mr Choy.What 2017 holds in store for me?

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    Whew. That’s a long title for a song list. But at least it covers the basics for what this list is all about. I listen to a lot of old Hindi film music. Even when I’m not listening to one … Continue reading

    dustedoffHariyaala saawan dhol bajaata aaya, from Do Bigha ZameenChhuppa-chhuppi o chhuppi, from SaveraSaathi haath badhaana, from Naya DaurDharti kahe pukaarke, from Do Bigha ZameenGagan jhanjhana raha, from NastikWoh subaah kabhi toh aayegi, from Phir Subah HogiUmad-ghumadkar aayi re ghata, from Do Aankhen Baarah HaathSaanwle-salone aaye din bahaar ke, from Ek Hi RaastaAe dil hai mushkil, from CIDJai Raghunandan Jai Siyaram, from GharanaMud-mudke na dekh, from Shree 420dustedoffHariyaala saawan dhol bajaata aaya, from Do Bigha ZameenChhuppa-chhuppi o chhuppi, from SaveraSaathi haath badhaana, from Naya DaurDharti kahe pukaarke, from Do Bigha ZameenGagan jhanjhana raha, from NastikWoh subaah kabhi toh aayegi, from Phir Subah HogiUmad-ghumadkar aayi re ghata, from Do Aankhen Baarah HaathSaanwle-salone aaye din bahaar ke, from Ek Hi RaastaAe dil hai mushkil, from CIDJai Raghunandan Jai Siyaram, from GharanaMud-mudke na dekh, from Shree 420

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  • 01/20/17--09:13: Nartakee (1963)
  • I remember watching Padosan as a child, and I remember my sister saying, “How could someone so handsome consent to be made up as someone like Bhola? And to act so silly?” I already liked Sunil Dutt a good deal, … Continue reading

    dustedoffSunil Dutt and Nanda in NartakeeNirmal meets his class - including AzadRatna tries to be cheeky but is put in her placeAt Sethji's houseMausi sees Lakshmi readingLakshmi and the principalLakshmi becomes a pupil of Nirmal'sRatna falls in love with NirmalA touching scene from NartakeeNanda in and as NartakeedustedoffSunil Dutt and Nanda in NartakeeNirmal meets his class - including AzadRatna tries to be cheeky but is put in her placeAt Sethji's houseMausi sees Lakshmi readingLakshmi and the principalLakshmi becomes a pupil of Nirmal'sRatna falls in love with NirmalA touching scene from NartakeeNanda in and as Nartakee

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    Some definitions that came to my mind, having—over the course of a little over thirty years—watched three versions of the same story: Nostalgia. A feeling of deep, intense longing for a film you saw in your childhood, and of which … Continue reading

    dustedoffChoi Eun-Hee as Ip-BunIp-Bun and Gap-Bun, maid and young mistressMaeng Jinsa exults over the gifts... and discovers a horrifying secret.The family gathers to discussFather and son make some corrections to the family treeGap-Bun and her friends enjoy a picnic - and dance and sing.The traveller stops to talk to the Bellflower MandustedoffChoi Eun-Hee as Ip-BunIp-Bun and Gap-Bun, maid and young mistressMaeng Jinsa exults over the gifts... and discovers a horrifying secret.The family gathers to discussFather and son make some corrections to the family treeGap-Bun and her friends enjoy a picnic - and dance and sing.The traveller stops to talk to the Bellflower Man

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    The very first English language film I remember watching was a war film (a farcical comedy called Our Miss Fred, which I’ve never managed to get hold of since). Over the years, and especially during my teens—thanks to a local … Continue reading

    dustedoffFredric March as Al in The Best Years of Our LivesFred tries to get a flight to Boone CityHomer shows he's not dependent on othersHomer and Fred meet AlIn a taxi, in Boone CityHomer is welcomed home... as is AlAl finds his children are not quite what he expectedFred discovers his wife has moved outAt Butch'sFred is rescuedA nightmare - and someone to offer comfortFred realizes the love of his life may not quite be what he wantedHarold Russell as Homer Parrish in The Best Years of Our LivesdustedoffFredric March as Al in The Best Years of Our LivesFred tries to get a flight to Boone CityHomer shows he's not dependent on othersHomer and Fred meet AlIn a taxi, in Boone CityHomer is welcomed home... as is AlAl finds his children are not quite what he expectedFred discovers his wife has moved outAt Butch'sFred is rescuedA nightmare - and someone to offer comfortFred realizes the love of his life may not quite be what he wantedHarold Russell as Homer Parrish in The Best Years of Our Lives

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  • 02/07/17--00:17: Blogging: Ten Tips
  • Every once in a while, someone (invariably a newbie blogger) sends me a mail, asking me what they should do to be a successful blogger. I have usually responded to such queries with whatever tips came to mind. But then, … Continue reading

    graphicsdustedoffA song-and-danceSONY DSCCropped man and woman using electronic device free imagesharesstatscopyscapegraphicsgraphicsdustedoffA song-and-danceSONY DSCCropped man and woman using electronic device free imagesharesstatscopyscapegraphics

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    If there’s one film maker whose films tend to feature fairly prominently on this blog, it’s Nasir Husain. Of all the films he wrote and/or directed in the 50s and 60s, only two—Paying Guest and Anarkali, both of which he … Continue reading

    dustedoffAkshay Manwani's 'Music Masti Modernity: The Cinema of Nasir Husain'Nasir HusainAsha Parekh and Dev Anand in Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai... and Joy Mukherjee and Tabassum in Phir Wohi Dil Laaya HoonDil deke dekho, from Dil deke dekhoDaiyya yeh main kahaan aa phansi, from CaravandustedoffAkshay Manwani's 'Music Masti Modernity: The Cinema of Nasir Husain'Nasir HusainAsha Parekh and Dev Anand in Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai... and Joy Mukherjee and Tabassum in Phir Wohi Dil Laaya HoonDil deke dekho, from Dil deke dekhoDaiyya yeh main kahaan aa phansi, from Caravan

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    Just a few weeks back, Anu published a delightful blog post which listed ten songs on the theme of ‘Kaun Aaya’: who is this who comes? A lover, a hope, the much-anticipated partner of one’s life. I commented on that … Continue reading

    dustedoffKaun Aaya? - Answers to the questionChaakuwaala chhuriwaala, from Al-HilalDekhne mein bhola hai, from Bombai ka BabuJogi jab se tu aaya mere dwaare, from BandiniKoi matwaala aaya mere dwaare, from love in TokyoBanda parvar thhaam lo jigar, from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya HoonMehfil mein jo aaye tum, from Vallah Kya Baat HaiAasmaan se aaya farishta, from An Evening in ParisLeke pehla pehla pyaar, from CIDGhoomke aaya hoon main bandhu, from BasantDilli se aaya bhai Tingoo, from Ek Thi LadkidustedoffKaun Aaya? - Answers to the questionChaakuwaala chhuriwaala, from Al-HilalDekhne mein bhola hai, from Bombai ka BabuJogi jab se tu aaya mere dwaare, from BandiniKoi matwaala aaya mere dwaare, from love in TokyoBanda parvar thhaam lo jigar, from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya HoonMehfil mein jo aaye tum, from Vallah Kya Baat HaiAasmaan se aaya farishta, from An Evening in ParisLeke pehla pehla pyaar, from CIDGhoomke aaya hoon main bandhu, from BasantDilli se aaya bhai Tingoo, from Ek Thi Ladki

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  • 02/20/17--19:18: Signpost to Murder (1964)
  • This film has been on my radar for a long time now—since I discovered that one of my favourite Hindi films, Ittefaq, was based on Signpost to Murder. The other day, I was again reminded of that, and this time … Continue reading

    dustedoffForrester and Fleming have a chatForrester dreams of being free and living in the villageForrester makes a run for it... and sees the mill house, a good hideoutRogers comes to meet Mrs ThomasForrester gets into Mrs Thomas's houseMark Fleming arrives and talks to Mrs ThomasThe mill wheel turns and Mrs Thomas confides in ForresterAttractionForrester sees something - and then it's gone.Rajesh Khanna and Nanda in IttefaqdustedoffForrester and Fleming have a chatForrester dreams of being free and living in the villageForrester makes a run for it... and sees the mill house, a good hideoutRogers comes to meet Mrs ThomasForrester gets into Mrs Thomas's houseMark Fleming arrives and talks to Mrs ThomasThe mill wheel turns and Mrs Thomas confides in ForresterAttractionForrester sees something - and then it's gone.Rajesh Khanna and Nanda in Ittefaq