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?”

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“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!

Hindi Film Songs based on Raag Darbari Kanada

This post is just the first in a series I hope to create, towards my refresher and personal education on classical Indian sangeet. So as to recognize the raag when I listen to Hindi film songs, I'm searching for videos that are not too complex in content. The more one listens, the easier it would … Continue reading Hindi Film Songs based on Raag Darbari Kanada

Remembrance (2011): My Take

Last evening, I watched this foreign film, "Remembrance". It is the story about a Jewish woman, Hannah Silberstein, who struggles to break free from the dark memories of her past life in the Auschwitz concentration camp during Poland's SS occupation. Young Hannah falls in love with an inmate, Tomasz Limanowski. Together, after they escape from … Continue reading Remembrance (2011): My Take

Bollywood fans? Awaara Dream Sequence Interpretation

By sheer accident a few minutes ago, came upon this site... Now what was I searching for? Yeah, Awaara - interpretation of the dream sequence in this film. For a project I'm working on in collaborative mode, I'd considered a very different interpretation for the end of this song... (without having ever watched the iconic … Continue reading Bollywood fans? Awaara Dream Sequence Interpretation

Dancer, Photographer, Soprano Singer, Writer, Director, Movie maker… Dreamer?

A short while ago a couple of people 'followed' me i.e. this blog. Now that can seem mighty flattering, if you too blog, be it on Blogger, WordPress, or wherever else... By the way, can someone tell me if there's a 'word' for someone who blogs on WordPress? Pronto, like for the 99.99% out there, … Continue reading Dancer, Photographer, Soprano Singer, Writer, Director, Movie maker… Dreamer?

The Wisdom Tree film… a spiritual journey that traverses farther yonder!

On a dark, stormy night, driving on an empty road in Northern California, Steve Hamilton, a self-conflicted quantum physicist meets with an implausibly bizarre car accident! Dr. Trisha Rao, a compassionate but unwavering neurologist attending to Steve’s injuries, and an anguished FBI Agent, Mike Parker, attempt to untangle this baffling accident. The mystery deepens as … Continue reading The Wisdom Tree film… a spiritual journey that traverses farther yonder!

Crickets herald the onset of Fall… Jhingur Bole Cheeki-Meeki

Crickets herald the onset of Fall... Jhingur Bole Cheeki-Meeki... Well, remember this song from the film "Usne Kahaa Tha" (1961)? With lyrics written by Shailendra ji, and some fabulous music by Salil Chowdhury, this is one of my most favorite songs from Hindi Cinema. Lata Mangeshkar and Talat Mahmood sing off-screen, while a charming Nanda, and the youthful Sunil Dutt sing with abandon on the silver screen.

O, Sajana Barkha Bahaar Aayi

O, why hasn't Shailendra continued writing more stanzas? Did it stop raining? Salil da, what an outstanding composition!