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  • 07/08/16--10:37: Devchata (1961)
  • I remember watching a fair bit of Soviet cinema as a child. This was back in the late 1970s and 80s, when India and the USSR were bosom buddies. Soviet children’s literature filled our bookshelves and the occasional Soviet Film … Continue reading

    dustedoffNadezhda Rumyantseva in DevchataTosya is shown around the lumber camp...... and begins exploring the cabinA strange comes by with foodTosya sits down to eat...... and the girls arrive.The other girls comfort Tosya after Anfisa's angry outburstTosya and her roommatesAt the community hallIlya at play with FilyaTosya gives Ilya a taste of his own medicineIlya ends up being humiliated...... and takes on a bet with FilyaIlya and his men heap scorn on Tosya's cookingTosya refuses to be consoledIlya and his menTosya manages to win over Ilya and his teamOh joy! Oh, happy day!Nadezhda Rumyantseva as Tosya in DevchatadustedoffNadezhda Rumyantseva in DevchataTosya is shown around the lumber camp...... and begins exploring the cabinA strange comes by with foodTosya sits down to eat...... and the girls arrive.The other girls comfort Tosya after Anfisa's angry outburstTosya and her roommatesAt the community hallIlya at play with FilyaTosya gives Ilya a taste of his own medicineIlya ends up being humiliated...... and takes on a bet with FilyaIlya and his men heap scorn on Tosya's cookingTosya refuses to be consoledIlya and his menTosya manages to win over Ilya and his teamOh joy! Oh, happy day!Nadezhda Rumyantseva as Tosya in Devchata

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    When I was in my early teens, my father was in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and nearly all our holidays, long and short, were spent in the hills. We would accompany Papa on his tours, if he happened to be … Continue reading

    The Beas, near Manali.dustedoffThe Beas, near Manali.Hadimba Temple, set in a deodar forest.At the Museum: a hide waterpot, waterproofed with algae.Scales and measures from 1886. Note the weights, which include 1 seer. Vashist Temple. A Tibetan monk has a look-around.The gateway to the Vashisht Temple.The hot springs at Vashisht Temple.Early apples in an orchard near Manali.The Tripura Sundari Temple in Naggar.A carved Ganesh at the temple.A porch at the temple.An inner courtyard at Naggar Castle.The Jagatpati Temple at Naggar Castle.The view from the balcony at Naggar Castle.At Urusvati, a Bhutia mask.Some of Roerich's paintings of Russian monuments and cityscapes.Devika Rani, painted by her husband, Svetoslav Roerich.Roerich's House at Naggar.The Beas, near Manali.dustedoffThe Beas, near Manali.Hadimba Temple, set in a deodar forest.At the Museum: a hide waterpot, waterproofed with algae.Scales and measures from 1886. Note the weights, which include 1 seer. Vashist Temple. A Tibetan monk has a look-around.The gateway to the Vashisht Temple.The hot springs at Vashisht Temple.Early apples in an orchard near Manali.The Tripura Sundari Temple in Naggar.A carved Ganesh at the temple.A porch at the temple.An inner courtyard at Naggar Castle.The Jagatpati Temple at Naggar Castle.The view from the balcony at Naggar Castle.At Urusvati, a Bhutia mask.Some of Roerich's paintings of Russian monuments and cityscapes.Devika Rani, painted by her husband, Svetoslav Roerich.Roerich's House at Naggar.

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  • 07/15/16--10:33: Sikandar (1941)
  • I remember my very first glimpse of a scene from Sikandar. It was years ago, probably sometime in the mid-80s, and in some Doordarshan programme or the other, a snippet appeared from Sikandar. All I recall is a closeup of … Continue reading

    dustedoffPrithviraj Kapoor in and as SikandarAlexander with RukhsanaArastu gets annoyed and gives Alexander a pep talkRukhsana vows to bring Arastu to his kneesArastu has the last wordWhat transpiredPraarthana scoffs at her brother Aambhi and leaves him... to fall in love with Puru's elder son SamarRukhsana is accepted as 'rakhi sister' by PuruSikandar ne Porus se ki thhi ladaayiPrithviraj Kapoor as AlexanderSohrab Modi as PuruA scene from the Battle of the Hydaspes as shown in Sikandar (1941)dustedoffPrithviraj Kapoor in and as SikandarAlexander with RukhsanaArastu gets annoyed and gives Alexander a pep talkRukhsana vows to bring Arastu to his kneesArastu has the last wordWhat transpiredPraarthana scoffs at her brother Aambhi and leaves him... to fall in love with Puru's elder son SamarRukhsana is accepted as 'rakhi sister' by PuruSikandar ne Porus se ki thhi ladaayiPrithviraj Kapoor as AlexanderSohrab Modi as PuruA scene from the Battle of the Hydaspes as shown in Sikandar (1941)

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  • 07/22/16--10:55: Bahaaron ke Sapne (1967)
  • I can blame my not having watched Bahaaron ke Sapne all these years on my father: when I first expressed an interest in the film because it had been directed by Nasir Husain (back then, a teenaged me associated Nasir … Continue reading

    dustedoffRajesh Khanna in Bahaaron ke SapneLachhu and his assistantBhola on his way homeGauri tries to be the voice of reasonA disappointed Ram comes home - but Bhola refuses to be disappointedGeeta with RamChachi tries to throw a spanner in the worksMr Kapoor gets impatientGeeta stops Ram from killing himself - or does she?Mr Kapoor tells Bhola he's been firedGauri and Bhola worry over the money for Champa's weddingGauri discovers the bitter truthRam flings scorn at the haughty richAt John's tavernRam learns the truthRam wanders Bombay in search of a jobP Jairaj as the trade union leader, Das KakadustedoffRajesh Khanna in Bahaaron ke SapneLachhu and his assistantBhola on his way homeGauri tries to be the voice of reasonA disappointed Ram comes home - but Bhola refuses to be disappointedGeeta with RamChachi tries to throw a spanner in the worksMr Kapoor gets impatientGeeta stops Ram from killing himself - or does she?Mr Kapoor tells Bhola he's been firedGauri and Bhola worry over the money for Champa's weddingGauri discovers the bitter truthRam flings scorn at the haughty richAt John's tavernRam learns the truthRam wanders Bombay in search of a jobP Jairaj as the trade union leader, Das Kaka

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    The idea for this post came to my mind when I’d finished writing up my review of Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal’s Gaata Rahe Mera Dil: 50 Classic Hindi Film Songs. For me, one of the songs that was conspicuous … Continue reading

    dustedoffAaja re main toh kabse khadi is paar, from MadhumatiTum pukaar lo, from KhamoshiKoi door se aawaaz de, from Sahib, Biwi aur GhulamFootpath_Shaam-e-ghamkiKasamDulari_SuhaaniRaatDhalChukiYeh hawa, yeh fiza, from GumraahChaarDilChaarRaahein_IntezaarAurAbhiAurAbhiAayega aanewaala, from Mahal - composed by Khemchand PrakashHumre gaaon koi aayega, from ProfessorBahuBegum_HumIntezaarKarengeAaja ke intezaar mein, from HalakudustedoffAaja re main toh kabse khadi is paar, from MadhumatiTum pukaar lo, from KhamoshiKoi door se aawaaz de, from Sahib, Biwi aur GhulamFootpath_Shaam-e-ghamkiKasamDulari_SuhaaniRaatDhalChukiYeh hawa, yeh fiza, from GumraahChaarDilChaarRaahein_IntezaarAurAbhiAurAbhiAayega aanewaala, from Mahal - composed by Khemchand PrakashHumre gaaon koi aayega, from ProfessorBahuBegum_HumIntezaarKarengeAaja ke intezaar mein, from Halaku

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  • 08/04/16--09:55: The Woman in Question (1950)
  • Aka (in the US) Five Angles to Murder. The last English-language film I reviewed on my blog was Anatomy of a Murder, which, while not strictly a multiple narrative film, was one of those that peeled back layers of a … Continue reading

    dustedoffJean Kent in and as The Woman in QuestionAlfie goes to deliver the newspaper to Mrs HustonLodge and his assistant talk to Mrs FinchThe ultimate lady, Mrs HMrs H opens her heart to Mrs FinchA visit from the shrewish Catherine... and from the bullying Bob BakerCatherine yells threats at her sisterAgnes, drunk and frumpyAgnes accuses Catherine of having an affair with CharlieCatherine and BobBob confesses, and proposesAgnesThe romantic dream of a young manThe comfortable hope of an older mandustedoffJean Kent in and as The Woman in QuestionAlfie goes to deliver the newspaper to Mrs HustonLodge and his assistant talk to Mrs FinchThe ultimate lady, Mrs HMrs H opens her heart to Mrs FinchA visit from the shrewish Catherine... and from the bullying Bob BakerCatherine yells threats at her sisterAgnes, drunk and frumpyAgnes accuses Catherine of having an affair with CharlieCatherine and BobBob confesses, and proposesAgnesThe romantic dream of a young manThe comfortable hope of an older man

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  • 08/11/16--07:00: Rashōmon (1950)
  • Although it’s been several years since I first watched Rashōmon, I’ve always avoided reviewing it, for the simple fact that this film, one of the most highly rated works of one of the world’s greatest directors, has been dissected and … Continue reading

    dustedoffToshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyo in RashomonThe woodcutter and the priest shelter in the Rashomon gatehouseThe woodcutter begins to tell his taleAn unnerving discoveryThe priest testifies in the courthouse gardenA samurai leads a horse with his wife seated on itTajomaru lets fly at the man who arrested himA gust - and a revelation... and its effect on TajomaruTajomaru spins a tale to entice the manThe woman tries to defend herself with a daggerTajomaru kisses the woman - and she ends up kissing him backThe woman sees contempt in her husband's eyesThe woman testifiesThe bandit, the man, and his wifedustedoffToshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyo in RashomonThe woodcutter and the priest shelter in the Rashomon gatehouseThe woodcutter begins to tell his taleAn unnerving discoveryThe priest testifies in the courthouse gardenA samurai leads a horse with his wife seated on itTajomaru lets fly at the man who arrested himA gust - and a revelation... and its effect on TajomaruTajomaru spins a tale to entice the manThe woman tries to defend herself with a daggerTajomaru kisses the woman - and she ends up kissing him backThe woman sees contempt in her husband's eyesThe woman testifiesThe bandit, the man, and his wife

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    Every now and then [with distressing frequency], I come across a film that, just by looking at its cast and crew, sounds mouthwatering enough. This was one of those. Saira Banu, when she still looked pretty. Joy Mukherji, still at … Continue reading

    dustedoffSaira Banu in Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen HaiA man eavesdrops on a conversationDinu Kaka tries to persuade Princess Sarita to come homeWilliam goes to meet SaritaMr Jolkar, the neo HitlerMr Jolkar tells Olga of his daughter's deathJolkar goes to meet Guptaji, while plotting his deathJolkar's co-conspiratorsSanjay chats with a toy in prisonSarita and Princess Sarita... and some instructionsSanjay meets Princess Sarita... and begins to hound herMailika-e-Husn and Mr HandsomeOn the banks of the SeineSaira Banu and Joy Mukherjee in Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen HaiSaira Banu and Motilal in a scene from the filmdustedoffSaira Banu in Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen HaiA man eavesdrops on a conversationDinu Kaka tries to persuade Princess Sarita to come homeWilliam goes to meet SaritaMr Jolkar, the neo HitlerMr Jolkar tells Olga of his daughter's deathJolkar goes to meet Guptaji, while plotting his deathJolkar's co-conspiratorsSanjay chats with a toy in prisonSarita and Princess Sarita... and some instructionsSanjay meets Princess Sarita... and begins to hound herMailika-e-Husn and Mr HandsomeOn the banks of the SeineSaira Banu and Joy Mukherjee in Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen HaiSaira Banu and Motilal in a scene from the film

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    Specifically, Hindi cinema of the 50s and 60s. This post had its genesis in a post sometime back, in which blog reader and fellow blogger Rahul commented that he tended to not watch foreign films. I decided, then, to create … Continue reading

    dustedoffClark Gable and Claudette Colbert in It Happened One NightMargaret Sullavan and James Stewart in The Shop Around the CornerCharlton Heston and Stephen Boyd in Ben HurJane Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in RebeccaChristopher Plummer, Julie Andrews and the children in The Sound of MusicIrene Dunn and Charles Boyer in Love AffairKirk Douglas in Paths of GlorydustedoffClark Gable and Claudette Colbert in It Happened One NightMargaret Sullavan and James Stewart in The Shop Around the CornerCharlton Heston and Stephen Boyd in Ben HurJane Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in RebeccaChristopher Plummer, Julie Andrews and the children in The Sound of MusicIrene Dunn and Charles Boyer in Love AffairKirk Douglas in Paths of Glory

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    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 ParivaardustedoffKrishnaAan 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