Raja Nawathe: Gumnaam (1965)

You know I had never quite been a huge Hindi cinema buff. No doubt, I had watched numerous films over decades of my life in India, but had never really bought film magazines, nor bought tickets from the fellas who paced up and down, muttering something under their breath while you're waiting in queue with … Continue reading Raja Nawathe: Gumnaam (1965)

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Dev Anand, in conversation…

Varsha Bhosle, an ardent fan of Dev Anand interviewed the legendary actor somewhere around April 1997. Many others like her, and as fans of Hindi cinema may have already read this long interview, which I just came across minutes ago. As I do occasionally, on finding something interesting, especially unexpectedly, I share the treasure right-away; because … Continue reading Dev Anand, in conversation…

Pancham’s Debut – Chhote Nawab

Although Chhote Nawab's musical success did not bring a mad rush of film makers to Pancham's doorstep, in no way does that undermine the beauty in the songs here...

The song: ‘Saanvre, Saanvre’ – Film “Anuradha” (1960)

Outstanding in every way, 'Saanvre, Saanvre' is a splendid example of lyrics, composition and the singer's voice unifying into a sublime creation! Shailendra the poet-lyricist, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, and melodious Lata Mangeshkar were all in their prime, as was the gorgeous actress Leela Naidu making her Hindi film debut with the title role … Continue reading The song: ‘Saanvre, Saanvre’ – Film “Anuradha” (1960)

Drawing Parallels: “The Railway Man”

Last evening I watched "The Railway Man" (2014), a film based on the true story about this British officer, Eric Lomax from Edinburgh up north in Scotland, who at age 24 in 1943 was held PoW at a Japanese camp in the Far East. Inhumanly tortured while in the clutches of the Kempeitai until end … Continue reading Drawing Parallels: “The Railway Man”

Watch your kite soar!

In Indian cinema, poets and lyricists have expressed the joys and sorrows of people, through songs using the humble kite as a metaphor. Watching your kite soar, caressing the skies on a clear day is a simple delight. Across the oceans to the west, or bending far over in the orient's east, you see kites … Continue reading Watch your kite soar!

Book Review: Directors’ Diaries. Author: Rakesh Anand Bakshi

Asking a film director the right questions is key. The doors opened. 🙂 Until you've written a book, published it, (and hopefully a few have read it) you are not an author. You're not a film director until you have directed at least one film, it has been viewed by a spectrum of audiences and … Continue reading Book Review: Directors’ Diaries. Author: Rakesh Anand Bakshi

A sassy lassie asked her sexy chum, “Umm, so what’s hidden behind the choli?”

Coyly her chum replied, "That's my heart behind the choli"... Sassy lassie, saucy again, asks, "Pray, what's behind the chunari?" Sexy lady shot back, "That's my heart behind the chunari". As these two rustic young girls danced away on screen over two decades ago, off screen, given a chance, some Indians still scream, "Blasphemy! Anand … Continue reading A sassy lassie asked her sexy chum, “Umm, so what’s hidden behind the choli?”

“Robyn Davidson” quotes I love… but who is Robyn?

“And there are new kinds of nomads, not people who are at home everywhere, but who are at home nowhere. I was one of them ” ― Robyn Davidson, Desert Places This quote caught my attention right away. I knew I had to watch the film until the very end... no falling asleep like I … Continue reading “Robyn Davidson” quotes I love… but who is Robyn?

A bundle of verve, pizzazz… Helen!

Speaking of 'vamps' in Indian cinema's "golden era", I can't help but think of Helen... the epitome of verve and pizzazz! It will be hard to extoll virtues about this most elegant lady -- a contradiction, eh? But I only saw her on the Hindi cinema screen, usually in the role of the "other woman" … Continue reading A bundle of verve, pizzazz… Helen!