Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar – a random nostalgia by An Jo

Posted in Notes, the good with tags on May 28, 2022 by munna


JJWS is/was an anthem for us; I mean, at least the defined-losers. Lifted right away from ‘Breaking Away’, it was, when I watched, in ’93, a daisy-fresh film. Being from small-towns, being that son of a bank-manger [yeah I know what you were thinking; keep it to yourself], the joys of learning new culture, new language, something that used to be called a Pre-University in the South versus studying in Chandigarh, I reminisce now, but as a growing up kid, it was difficult to learn, only to realize later in life, how enriching it was. It is not for some stupid reason that I can read and write in 5 Indian languages, and I miss the fact there are so many sub-cultures and languages that one can learn in India…

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Trailers from all other movies – 2022

Posted in Continuing, the ugly, Trailer on May 27, 2022 by munna

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Actor Ray Liotta dead at 67

Posted in News, Obituary on May 26, 2022 by munna

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Top Gun:Maverick, Anek, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (Continuing), minor releases and the rest of the box office

Posted in Continuing, the bad on May 26, 2022 by munna

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Trailers of non-Indian languages movies 2022

Posted in Continuing, the ugly, Trailer on May 24, 2022 by munna

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tonymontana’s viewings (Updated)

Posted in Continuing, the good on May 20, 2022 by munna

RRR:

A good effort overall with a few great scenes (Ram Charan’s opening scene, NTR’s chase with the tiger, the dance sequence, and the interval point). Never gets boring but doesn’t feel convincing either. The hard work shows. Wishes the second half was better as had high expectations from it. The masala is done right but nowhere near Bahubali.
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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Dhaakad and the rest of the box office

Posted in Continuing, the bad on May 18, 2022 by munna

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How Delite, among Delhi’s first cinemas in Independent India

Posted in Extrenal, the good on May 17, 2022 by munna

How Delite, among Delhi’s first cinemas in Independent India

Adrija Roychowdhury
A plot was purchased in an auction by the Delhi Improvement Trust, for an exorbitant Rs 6 lakh, to make way for the hall with about 1,100 seats.

Piyush Raizada (61) faintly recollected his father, Brij Mohan Lal Raizada, narrating a fond experience of a cinema in Calcutta, that convinced him of entering a similar business. Raizada was involved in an automobile business at that time and lived in Sitaram Bazar inside the Walled City.

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A note on Satya seen through Uday Bhatia’s “Bullets over Bombay” by tonymontana

Posted in reviews, SS Exclusive, the good on May 15, 2022 by munna


Uday Bhatia’s Bullets Over Bombay is a book not just on the making of one of the most influential films in the last 50 years but also covers other aspects of the genre film. Satya revolutionised how the Indian film industry looked at the gangster genre, but it also chronicles the cinema that preceded it, with its beginnings probably tracing back to Ashok Kumar’s Kismet that offered a skewed view of morality and how we imagine our leading film hero. The films that followed Kismet and those that explored the city of Mumbai might not have been a direct influence on Satya, but they certainly took baby steps towards developing and evolving the modern-day crime film, all with naturalistic lighting and the actual city (not a film set) with its ugliness and its claustrophobic lanes serving as the backdrop. Continue reading

Shivaay on the best Bollywood masala films over the last decade

Posted in Commentary, SS Exclusive, the good with tags on May 15, 2022 by munna

My take on the best Bollywood masala films over the last decade and why Hindi cinema needs at least half a dozen of such movies every year :

Reference : Sanjay Dutt’s own revelation that he thinks Hindi cinema has forgotten larger-than-life heroes onscreen and as such is losing out on audiences from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan.
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The Sports Thread 2022

Posted in Continuing, Sports, the good on May 15, 2022 by munna

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An Jo’s Viewings (Updated)

Posted in Continuing, Notes with tags on May 14, 2022 by munna


WINDFALL: A true tribute to the MASTER of horror/suspense/thriller Sir Alfred.

A wonderful, wonderful film that relies on writing and is a terrific tribute to the great one. All that it requires, is just 3 characters and a terrifically written story/screen-play with Jesse, Lily, and Jason. A mind-scape of a film, it is truly a Hitchcockian tribute in the sense that the film walks backwards, like in DIAL M FOR MURDER and REAR WINDOW. It puts the characters in fore-front; and you LEARN and yearn about the proceedings through the characters…Every line is a revelation, how much does Jesse earn? why is he hated by the working class? What is Lily’s contribution to all of these?
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Image form Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali

Posted in the bad on May 14, 2022 by munna

Images from movies – 2022

Posted in Continuing, the bad on May 14, 2022 by munna

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Laal Singh Chaddha Trailers (Updated)

Posted in the ugly on May 12, 2022 by munna

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Jayeshbhai Jordaar and the rest of the box office

Posted in Continuing, the bad on May 12, 2022 by munna

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Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passes away

Posted in News, Obituary on May 10, 2022 by munna


He had been suffering from kidney-related issues for the last six months and was on dialysis. He passed away due to cardiac arrest.

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma was born on January 13, 1938, in Jammu. He is credited with giving Santoor an identity in the Hindustani Classical Music. After taking it to different heights, he also composed music for Bollywood, beginning with a background score for Shantaram’s ‘Jhanak Jhanak Baje Payal’.

He also gave music for many Yash Chopra films as well, including Lamhe, Chandani, and Silsila.

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Avatar 2 Trailer

Posted in the ugly on May 9, 2022 by munna

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thar, other small releases and the rest of the box office

Posted in Continuing, the bad on May 9, 2022 by munna

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