My latest batch of movies etc:
WOW! I’ve searched for this Kamal Amrohi movie for many years and was delighted to see it recently uploaded on YouTube. Meena Kumari plays a young girl married to a very old man – they both appear to be suffering from TB. Meena is magnificent in this very grim movie – this was one of her very first performances and yet she is incredible. Some brilliant songs too.
Fantastic marital drama by Satyajit Ray, where the wife is forced to take a job but this has all kinds of repercussions on the family, especially her husband’s ego. Halfway through I realised that Humkadam (a movie I saw few months back was a remake of this). Also stars a 14 year old Jaya Bhaduri debuting as the daughter! Anyways, this was a masterpiece in my opinion.
Really enjoyed this sweet seventies film starring Vidya Sinha and Amol Palekar. Fantastic soundtrack by Salil Chaudhry especially the title track.
Shuddh Desi Romance
After hearing just about everyone rave about Parineeti on KWK I was keen to watch one of her films, and Sushant I liked a lot in Kai Po Chhe so decided to check out this film. Enjoyed it a lot. Very impressed by the lead pair – natural and endearing.
I was at a friend’s place and we wanted to see 12 Monkeys but it wasn’t working so ended up seeing this very dull movie with Ryan Gosling playing a drug-addict schoolteacher who has a close bond with one of his students. Blah…
Pakeezah – (Book by Lord Desai)
I enjoyed reminiscing about the film but generally wasn’t too impressed by the book. It made some broad statements that I didn’t agree with and there were errors when song lyrics were quoted. Also, some obvious mistakes, e.g. he says that Bimal Roy convinced Meena Kumari to do a guest appearance in Do Bhiga Zameen, when in fact it is well known that she saw some glimpses of the film (she was shooting Parineeta for Roy at the time) and requested to be part of the film in some way so the special appearance with the song Aa Jaa Ri Aa was created for her
Mughal-e-Azam (Book – Anil Zankar)
Much better – well researched and well written – I enjoyed this and learnt some new things. But still some mistakes with the song lyrics!! The writer explores lots of different themes and goes on some interesting tangents too. Worth a read for all fans of the movie.
A friend recommended it to me, so I zoomed through season 1-6 over a period of two weeks. Brilliant show – Hank Moody is a legend (second only to Gregory House). And my most favourite clip:
Wolf of Wall Street
Thought this was a very good film – Dicaprio was outrageously brilliant.
Finally got to see this – for sure it was a good film, but I don’t think I could say it was brilliant. For some reason it reminded me of English Vinglish, a film I rate far higher and have seen three times.
Deep Jele Jaai
Satyam recommended this Suchitra Sen classic and I checked it out the day she passed away. She was spectacular, and much as I adore Waheeda Rahman’s performance in Khamoshi, Suchitra Sen here is in another league. Beautiful music (as was the case in the Hindi remake). I’m definitely gonna try to watch more Bengali films that are subtitled.
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
I thought it was rather timepass but I can see why this was a popular film – endearing performances by Aamir and Ayesha (this is one of the only films I’ve seen of her). Music could have been better (except for the classic Pehla Nasha).
One of those films that is super famous for its songs. Laximkant Pyarelal have composed a host of gems for Rafi in this film about the friendship between two guys, one of whom is blind and the other a cripple. Jaanewaalo Zara Mud Ke Dekho, Chaahunga Main Tujhe Saanjh Savere, Koi Jab Raah Na Paaye, Rahi Manwa Dukh Ki Chinta.
Oh dear, I dunno what induced me to watch this atrocious film starring Jeetendra and Aparna Sen (who looks unrecognisable). Kamini Kaushal plays Jeetu’s westernised, vampish estranged mother who left him and his poor father (Bharat Bushan) but who now wants to get back into her son’s life. Truly terrible.
Bengali movie starring Jaya Bhaduri, who plays a woman who runs a shelter for women, and who is well respected because of her role of a freedom fighter during her youth – she had shot a British officer. She continues to fight against the evils in society for the same of her country, unwilling to move to Boston with her son (Abhishek in a special appearance). Good film.
I think this was Rituparno Ghosh’s first major success. Aparna Sen plays a famous classical dancer who was widowed many years back – her husband was jealous and unsupportive and her grown up daughter resents her and they have virtually no relationship. I liked the film a lot – very typically Ghosh’s style.
Zany film about two long-lost brothers, both criminals, one reformed. Raj Kapoor stars alongside the lovely Madhubala. Average music by OP Nayyar which was a bit disappointing.
This 1960 Shammi Kapoor-Nutan starrer was a flop and trashed by critics too, and I can see why but I kinda enjoyed it despite the flaws. It’s a breezy rom-com, with added drama as usual. Nutan sparkles and makes it worth watching. Johnny Walker is absolutely brilliant too – one of his most fun performances. It’s basically a variation of It Happened One Night (Chori Chori/DHKMN) and a trace of (An Affair To Remember (Mann).
I liked this a lot – it captured the essence of Devdas far better than SLB (not that much is required for that). Very good soundtrack and decent performances. Probably my favourite Kashyap film.
I was really excited to watch this, but I finally gave up after watching the first couple of months. They have really screwed it up and I don’t understand why. They have made so many changes to the story – and not in the way that one might see it as a reinterpretation of the epic (which could be interesting) but rather just tampering for the sake of it. So Arjun is like the ‘hero’ now, with his brothers reduced to playing his side-kicks. He even turns up to join Krishna in rescuing Rukmini! Really very disappointing. The one good thing that has come out of this is an awesome page on Facebook where they discuss all the inaccuracies and then reference back to the original texts – it is really enlightening.