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Salim’s Viewing! (updated)

Posted in the good on August 16, 2014 by Satyam

Watched this truly dreadful Bengali film at the London Indian Film Festival. It’s about the 1971 Bangladesh issues, but is simply awful – a screechy female lead, an entirely uncharismatic male lead, jarring background music, and a villain straight out of a bad 80’s film.

As part of the above festival I also went to the short films session, which was really good. And also an interview with Farhan Akhtar (Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his wife Anupama were both present in the audience too). Farhan was just like in his tv interviews.

Mouna Ragam
A friend has given me a few Ratnam DVDs so I’m looking forward to seeing them. This first one was enjoyable – certainly not as ‘refined’ as his later work, but Revathy was charming and her ballsy character was awesome, especially in the climax. The fights/songs were a bit annoying but I acknowledge that Ratman had constraints to make the film within.
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House of Light and Shadows (the story of Regal Theater)

Posted in the good on June 16, 2014 by Satyam

thanks to Rocky..

There were palm trees at Regal’s porch back then. The foyer had chandeliers. The staff would don dinner suits and, on occasion, bow ties. Scotch and soda was available for seven and a half annas. Tickets for anything between eight annas to three rupees. Everyone would stand in queue, including the Deputy Commissioner of Delhi, the highest local authority at the time. “A thick maroon velvet curtain adorned the stage,” writes Dayal. When the Viceroy or Governor General visited, a red carpet would be laid out.
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The Gold at Madh Island!

Posted in the good on May 31, 2014 by Satyam

I put this up on Bachchan’s blog as a response to something he said.. then thought it might make for a fun post..

I have always felt that if it is Madh Island there should be ‘sona’ arriving there from somewhere! More gold has arrived on this ‘coast’ than any other in human history! And you had then the exchange of ‘tickets’ or a piece of paper where one side provided one half and the other completed it. Often subterfuge was involved. The gold would arrive elsewhere leaving behind either a very irate villain or else a very frustrated policeman. Given how overused this location could be it was rather surprising that the Bombay police did not establish a permanent presence on the island! But this sort of observation is in bad taste. The whole charm about this theme if you will was of course the element of repetition. It was comforting to hear that the gold was going to show up at Madh Island. Occasionally it would be Versova or something else and this would be deeply disappointing, even disturbing. To paraphrase an advertising refrain ‘if it’s gold, it must be Madh Island’! The only competitor here was the ‘maal’ that would perennially show up on the ‘docks’!
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Top 10 worst films seen in the cinema!

Posted in the good on May 30, 2014 by jayshah

Top 10 most disappointing films seen in the cinema!

Here is my list. Let’s say whatever film I go to see I go in with a reasonable level of expectation that it will not be an epic disappointment. There are obviously some on this list that one would have expected to be a disaster of sorts but I had faith!
Please adds yours…and maybe when we are done…we will have the WORST OF ALL TIME IN THE CINEMA!

In no particular order

Hello Brother – I said in no particular order, but this is the epic of epic disasters. Total joke of a film.
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon – considering Barjatya rattled out to classics in MPK and HAHK, and his HSSH was decent in parts, MPKDH was a real crapfest.
Mela – I don’t know what Aamir was smoking when he chose this film. Total disaster.
Asoka – The soundtrack was reasonably good, but really did not gel well. This was a completely miss-cast film, miss-used soundtrack.
Yaadein – Subhash Ghai’s bomb of a film, which had a decent soundtrack but on the heels of Taal and Pardes it was a miss. The chemistry was lacking again between Hrithik and Kareena.
One 2 Ka 4 – at the fag-end of Juhi’s career, and just before SRK went on a run of hits, this silly film came out. It was a tossup between this and Duplicate for me.
Salaam-E-Ishq – Salman, Priyanka, Govinda, Juhi, Anil, Vidya, John Abraham, Akshaye, Ayesha … you’d think something could come good of this, except, Nikhil Advani picked up all the bad traits of Karan Johar
Blue – only Kylie saved this bomb.
Aarzoo – I thought back in the day, any Madhuri film is worth it. This film really sucked. I have never seen a death scene like it…youtube it, and see Saif die like a statue!
Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage – This one was so rubbish, I can’t even remember it.

Honourable mentions – Dil Ka Rishta, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke, Ra.One, Chaahat, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Kidnap, Chal Mere Bhai, Players.

Introducing Filmy Aces

Posted in the bad, the good, the ugly on May 27, 2014 by masterpraz

Filmy Aces FINAL-01

Hey everyone,

Just launched a new website called It’s dedicated to covering off Cinema from all over the world.

Will be contributing to and from Satyamshot occasionally as well other website.

You can check out the current list of authors HERE

New Book: Subramaniyapuram The Tamil Film in English Translation (The Caravan)

Posted in the good with tags , , , , , on May 23, 2014 by Qalandar

I wouldn’t agree that Subramaniyapuram “pioneered” the “gritty new aesthetic” in Tamil cinema (the likes of Paruthiveeran; Selvaraghavan’s work; and Kaadal all pre-date it, to name just a few), but can’t resist a book on Tamil cinema! — Qalandar

“M Sasikumar
Translated by Kausalya Hart, Constantine Nakassis and Anand Pandian
Edited by Anand Pandian
Blaft, 262 pages, Rs 595

Released in 2008, Subramaniyapuram is a tale of friendship, betrayal, love and revenge set in Madurai in the early 1980s. The film, made on a tiny budget by a first-time director and a cast of newcomers, pioneered a gritty new aesthetic in Tamil movies that caught the attention of film lovers around the world. This edition includes—in addition to a translation of the screenplay—film stills, posters, never-before-seen photos from the set, a wide-ranging interview with the film’s director M Sasikumar, as well as essays on the film’s cinematic context and social impact by critics such as Preminda Jacob, Constantine Nakassis, Anand Pandian and Baradwaj Rangan.”

Qalandar on QUEEN (Hindi; 2014)

Posted in the good with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2014 by Qalandar


It would be easy to dismiss director Vikas Bahl’s Queen as the sort of movie one has often seen in Hollywood, and that is increasingly common in Bollywood: suffused with a kind of cheap liberalism that makes one root for a sympathetic and intensely imagined female character, in a world populated by a number of men who are, not to put too fine a point on it, assholes, and who in some way, shape or form will get what’s coming to them. Queen certainly is that, but it is also quirky, charming, and at times very funny, so much so that by the end I was reminded that cheap liberalism isn’t the worst thing in the world. If movies had hearts, this one — about a bride-to-be who won’t let a little thing like having a wedding called off get in the way of a “honeymoon” to Paris and Amsterdam, each city with gurus ready to initiate her into “real life” — would have its in the right place, even if there’s never any doubt about what you’ll find there. Continue reading