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- 08/24/16--22:11: Ten of my favourite Songs addressed to Krishna
- 08/31/16--19:34: Ben-Hur (1959)
- 09/07/16--21:22: New Delhi (1956)
- 09/12/16--20:26: Ten tips to write better
- 09/17/16--08:43: Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai (1969)
- 09/22/16--22:37: Ten of my favourite Aankhen songs
- 09/29/16--06:46: Book Review: Raju Bharatan’s Asha Bhosle: A Musical Biography
- 10/05/16--08:55: How to write, Part 2: Non-fiction
- 10/11/16--23:42: Hum Sab Chor Hain (1956)
- 10/19/16--00:45: Adam and Evelyne (1949)
Happy Krishna Janmashtami! I am not a Krishnabhakt (I’m not even a Hindu), but when you’re a diehard fan of old Hindi cinema, you can’t really avoid noting the many, many references to Krishna, can you? The fact is, Krishna … Continue reading
dustedoffKrishnaAan milo aan milo, from DevdasManmohana bade jhoothe, from SeemaJaago Mohan pyaare, from Jaagte RahoKanhaiyya tori murali bairan bhayi, from New DelhiBanwaari re jeene ka sahaara tera naam, from Ek Phool Chaar KaanteAb tere sivaa kaun mera Krishna Kanhaiyya, from KismetKanha Kanha padi main tere dwaare, from ShagirdMeri sun le araj Banwaari from AankhenManmohan Krishna Murari, from Saanjh aur SaveraaJaa tose nahin boloon Kanhaiyya, from Parivaar
When I was compiling my post of English-language films that might appeal to a lover of old Hindi cinema, I needed to check something about Ben-Hur (which was on my list) on IMDB—and I discovered something I hadn’t realized. That … Continue reading
dustedoffA moment from the memorable chariot raceJesus of NazarethStephen Boyd and Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur and MessalaMessala comes homeAn altercationEsther comes to ask for permission to wed...... and finds herself confessing to loveThe new governor arrivesTirzah and Ben-Hur watch the processionMessala flatly refuses to help Ben-HurAn unknown carpenter takes pity on a thirsty manQuintus Arrius sees Be-Hur at the oarsArrius suggests an alternate life for Ben-HurBen-Hur rescues Arrius, even from himselfCaesar and Arrius agree on Ben-Hur's innocencePontius Pilate announces his imminent departure for Judeapic18Stephen Boyd as Messala in Ben-HurA glimpse from the chariot raceJack Huston and Morgan Freeman in Ben-Hur (2016)
Over the years, I have heard and read much praise for this relatively little-known film. Its songs, which various people have introduced to me over the years, are good, and Anu—whose taste and opinion usually match my own—had good things … Continue reading
dustedoffAnand meets Janaki in a taxiAnand at the Bannerjee's homeKumaraswamy assures AnandAnand gets the thumbs up from Mr SubramaniamJanaki goes to meet an 'uncle'... and reads out a letter about Mohini'Anand finds himself corneredThe new student meets his professor... and charms her with a songAnand discovers that Janaki is Mr Subramaniam's daughterAnand's parents arrive in town, and Kumaraswamy gets a job at their homeAnand and Nikki manage to manipulate Daddy into letting them go outNikki and Anand meet Ashok at the Red FortA chance meeting at the Red FortJanaki's father tells her to fetch Anand and his father sometime...... with disastrous consequencesAnand faces up to his fatherVyjyanthimala as Janaki in New Delhi
By which I mean writing that doesn’t make an editor wince. Let me provide the context to this. Every now and then, I am approached by a wannabe writer who wants me to have a look at their manuscript and … Continue reading
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Early in 2013, to mark hundred years of Indian cinema, I dedicated an entire month to regional Indian cinema. I reviewed several films of different languages, and realized, in the process, just how difficult it is to get hold of … Continue reading
dustedoffPrithivraj Kapoor as Gurmukh Singh in Nanak Naam Jahaaz HaiGurmukh Singh and Prem SinghGurmeet is namedPrem and Ratan get marriedRatan begins to reveal her true coloursSukha tries to poison Ratan's mindPrem refuses to agree to Ratan's demandsSukha takes time off from preening to give his adviceGurmukh Singh pleads with RatanThe inspector scolds SukhaRatan and Sukha rejoice over the money Channi's mother refuses to break off the matchChanni and Gurmeet fall in loveRatan gets furiousGurmeet's vision is gonePrem offers to accompany GurmeetNanak Naam Jahaaz HaiNishi Kohli as Ratan Kaur in Nanak Naam Jahaaz HaiVimmi as Channi in Nanak Naam Jahaaz HaiThe Dalai Lama and Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (?) appear in Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai
Not nayan, not naina, not chakshu or any other Hindustani/Hindi/Sanskrit word for eyes, but aankhen. This post, though the immediate spur for it was Anu’s delightful list of zulfein songs, has been in the pipeline for the past several years, … Continue reading
dustedoffBeautiful eyes - Shakila in 'Mast aankhen hain ke paimaane do' from Nakli NawabAankhon hi aankhon mein ishaara ho gayaAankhon-aankhon mein hum-tumAankhon mein kya jiTeri aankhon ke sva duniya meinJeevan se bhari teri aankhenHumne dekhi hai un aankhon ki mehekti khushbooLikha hai teri aankhon meinAankh khulte hi tumDo pal jo teri aankhon se peene ko mileAansoo samajhke kyon mujhe
At the risk of being labelled an iconoclast and being trolled by diehard Lata fans, I have mentioned several times on this blog how much I like Asha Bhonsle. It’s not that I don’t like Lata: I do, very much, … Continue reading
dustedoffRaju Bharatan's 'Asha Bhosle: A Musical Biography'Lata Mangeshkar and Asha BhosleAsha Bhosle with OP NayyarAe kaash kisi deewaane koTera dil kahaan hai, from Chandni Chowk
A couple of weeks back, I wrote a post on how to write better: some basic tips on grammar, on punctuation, on dos and don’ts that help create a more polished manuscript. It drew a lot of attention, and several … Continue reading
I have to admit that I watched this film against all advice. Anu had watched it a couple of years back (and had written up a review of it); but I—remembering a long-ago viewing of Hum Sab Chor Hain, which … Continue reading
dustedoffRam Avtar, Shammi Kapoor, Nalini Jaywant, Rajendranath in Hum Sab Chor HainSukhram and Budhram steal a chickenA detective comes visitingBimla recounts her tale of the fake sadhusNath stands up for BimlaAt the theatreThe detective meets BimlaKamla hears from the detectiveDeepak bullies KamlaDeepak passes off an unaware Bimla as KamlaThe guests at The Great Hotel are convinced of Bimla/Kamla's lunacyAt the lunatic asylumSeth Dheerajmal Shantidas with a photo of his lost familyAmeeta as Madam Fifi, in Hum Sab Chor HainThe two crooks: IS Johar and Majnun in Hum Sab Chor Hain
This film has been on my to-watch list for years, one major reason being that it stars one of my favourite actors, the very attractive Stewart Granger. It also stars, opposite Granger, the beautiful Jean Simmons, whom he was to … Continue reading
dustedoffStewart Granger and Jean Simmons in Adam and EvelyneEvelyne chats with a classmateEvelyne's photo of her 'father'Adam and MoiraThe gambling hallChris comes to meet AdamAdam comforts EvelyneEvelyne Bill is introduced to EvelyneEvelyne chats with AdamThe neighbours are curiousMoira reveals the truthAdam comforts EvelyneEvelyne, all grown upAdam realizes his feelings towards Evelyne have changedJean Simmons and Stewart Granger in Adam and Evelyne