Nutan mania

I've decided to become a full-fledged promoter of Nutan! Below you'll find pictures of her I've collected since I've started watching films with her: here's  my list of her films. I hope you'll enjoy her  as much as I do!

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I'm a French lover of Indian cinema, but I'm also interested in literature, science, art, and reflection in general. This blog will reflect these tastes more or less!

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Lundi 24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /Mars /2014 23:56


Here’s an addition to my collection of reviews of R.K. Narayan’s novels: Mr Sampath, the printer of Malgudi (first published in 1949). As usual with Narayan, what’s most pleasant is his style, the brisk eventfulness which he masterfully conveys, and how takes you along an effortless journey through Malgudi’s sunburnt charm. This time it’s centering on… no, not the printer, but on another guy, an editor called Srinivas who in due course ties up with Sampath the printer, but really the story is told from Srinivas’ point of view and it starts and ends with him. The book covers two fields of activity, that of newspapers and publishing, and then that of film production. Srinivas is the head […]

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Samedi 8 mars 2014 6 08 /03 /Mars /2014 13:17


Bonjour à tous, Voilà, nous sommes revenus! Ci-dessous quelques dernières impressions avant la reprise. Merci pour les commentaires, et merci à ceux qui nous ont aidés pour faire que ce voyage soit possible! La dernière étape du voyage a donc été la petite ville de Pushkar, connue pour être un centre spirituel indien, où se situe le seul temple de Brahma de toute l'Inde, et où se rassemble tous les ans en novembre une célèbre foire aux chameaux. Nous devions, selon le programme prévu au début, dormir sous tente, mais il y a eu tellement de modifications que finalement, ça a été un hotel (ci-dessous, la "Green Haveli") et peut-être cela a-t-il été pas plus mal... Nous sommes ensuite […]

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Mardi 4 mars 2014 2 04 /03 /Mars /2014 13:35


Enfants à Clock Tower market, Jodhpur Suite à notre séjour universitaire, le programme des étudiants comprenait la visite des villes de Jodhpur et d'Udaipur, où nous sommes à présent. Les trajets que fait notre petit car de 22 places sont plutôt rapides, nous avons parcouru hier la distance entre les deux villes, en s'arrêtant au fameux temple jaïn de Ranakpur, suffisamment rapidement pour profiter d'une soirée agréable à Udaipur, où nous sommes répartis en deux hôtels, car les étudiants n'avaient pas trouvé de chambres à leur hauteur de prix dans un seul hôtel. Nous avons du super beau temps, les étudiants sont tous contents, pas un sujet de plainte, remarque Ludovic. Assez souvent, […]

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Lundi 3 mars 2014 1 03 /03 /Mars /2014 18:33


Désolé du délai pour remplir ce blog avec les infos des derniers jours, mais pendant les 4 jours passés à JNU (Jaipur National University), nous ne disposions pas, bizarrement, de réseau internet ou téléphone ! Étrange pour une université ! Cela dit, peut-être pas tant que ça, car cette université est formatée sur le modèle des Public Schools britanniques, avec grilles d'entrée qui isole les « grounds »,uniformes, sonneries pour la fin des cours, respect scrupuleux de la hiérarchie, etc. Quand nous avons pu enfin accéder à une salle info pour avoir accès à nos messageries, vendredi dernier (28 février), nous nous sommes aperçus qu'il y avait un contrôle sur tous les sites non […]

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Lundi 24 février 2014 1 24 /02 /Fév /2014 19:15


Bonjour tout le monde, Journée à Agra aujourd'hui, très beau temps, voyage en car un peu long pour y arriver, mais les étudiants en mode "Waouh", à la fois bien sûr pour la Merveille du monde qu'est le Taj Mahal, mais aussi pour les rues d'Agra, pleines de la "vraie vie" indienne, les animaux, les boutiques chamarrées, les gens partout, et puis ensuite on est allé voir le fameux fort rouge d'Agra, assez vite visité en fait, où l'empereur qui construisit le Taj Mahal a été, soi-disant, enfermé par son fils... Mais en fait la journée a été un peu ternie par des soucis d'organisation avec des guides qui se sont imposés à nous sans qu'on le demande, et donc nous avons dû mettre les pendules […]

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Samedi 22 février 2014 6 22 /02 /Fév /2014 16:35


Bonjour à tous, Un premier jour assez difficile car après une longue attente du groupe principal à l'aéroport (4h), nous sommes allés à l'hôtel qui avait été réservé depuis la France, mais apparemment sans avoir eu accès aux Commentaires des utilisateurs! Or, ces commentaires étaient en fait franchement mauvais (ce qui été confirmé quand nous sommes arrivés après avoir été dirigés de ça de là dans sa direction), car l'état général de la literie était déplorable, et les vaillants étudiants étaient pas mal fatigués de n'avoir pas dormi dans l'avion, et aspirant à un peu de repos voulaient en prendre, naturellement, et furent très dépités de ne pas pouvoir décemment s'installer dans ce 1er […]

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Dimanche 16 février 2014 7 16 /02 /Fév /2014 19:06


Hello to all, I'm once again using this blog to serve as a travelog - with some students of my engineering school (INSA Rouen), we are soon to fly to India on a study trip whose programme has been prepared by them (check here - don't know if you can access this FB page publicly) ever since last September, when we started looking for Indian University contacts in oder to make sure that the French students would meet some Indian counterparts. First we liaised with IIM Indore, but after some procrastination, we took advantage of another contact, and a connection was established with JNU in Jaipur! They've accepted to host our group of 20 for three days, between Feb 25 and 28th! Thanks to […]

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Mardi 17 décembre 2013 2 17 /12 /Déc /2013 22:18


"I wish I could start from scratch. I have done good, bad and indifferent films. I wish I could erase it all and start afresh like the Professor of "Ek Din Achanak" who walked out on his family in a rainy day without even as much as informing anybody. One of the characters says: "one of the saddest things in life is that you live only one life." However famous you are, you are aware of your mediocrity in certain respects. When you realize that, you face a crisis that is insurmountable. Though I have an enviable position as a maker of good, bad and indifferent films, I cannot escape this feeling of mediocrity within. Perhaps it happens because we are too immersed in our own selves." […]

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Lundi 4 novembre 2013 1 04 /11 /Nov /2013 19:21


There isn’t much of a story in Satyajit Ray's Pratidwandi (the Adversary, 1970): because of social and economic disruption in Bengal, young Siddharta (Dhritiman Chatterjee) and his family (mother, uncle, sister and younger brother) find it hard to cope amid the rising tide of unrest and unemployment. The film starts with his father’s cremation, which causes him to interrupt his medical studies. His nice-looking sister’s got a secretary’s job with a boss who probably values her more for other, less professional reasons, and his brother belongs to the Communist Naxalite movement. This is what Ray wrote about the film: "You can see my attitude in The Adversary where you have two brothers. […]

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Mardi 2 juillet 2013 2 02 /07 /Juil /2013 22:44


I’d been wanting to watch Baarish (1957, Shankar Mukherjee) for a long time, but as there were no subtitles, I knew I was in for a more strenuous viewing than usual. Still, this film was a little like the missing link in my Nutan experience! It’s a pleasant movie, inspired, I think, of Kazan’s On the Waterfront, which explains why we have all those kabootars in it (Sunheriyaadein was wondering… BTW, thanks to that blog’s author for the story!), but also accounts for the film noir atmosphere. The only important aspect Baarish doesn’t adopt is the character of the Catholic priest, Father Barry. But otherwise, there’s Ramu the young thug (our lovable Dev Anand), his purifier Chanda […]

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Lundi 3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /Juin /2013 21:33


Hello, well, it seems that only Nutan ki janmadin can rouse me from my silence these days! Sorry to say, but there's just too much OTHER stuff to do, sigh! Anyway, I had been collecting these for the day, so even if you know most of them (true lovers of Nutan that you are all, I know ), here are all the posters of Nutan films that I had been able to lay my hands on! And if you have knowledge of any more, please let me know! I have not included other posters, such as those that have appeared on Filmfare covers, or other supports such as VHS or DVD covers (but perhaps I've been misled, and you can tell me). The films are in alphabetical order; if you want the chronological order, check […]

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Lundi 29 avril 2013 1 29 /04 /Avr /2013 18:45


Famous, witty, challenging… and brilliant in the way some works of genius are, but Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie pleases and displeases at the same time. It certainly strikes the reader as a fascinating work of art, technically and stylistically; one follows the life and pranks of its main protagonist, Saleem Sinai, while wanting to know where all of it will take us, and there are some crunchy bits which reward the faithful reader. But I’m afraid there is also a lot of quirky narrative during which one wonders: “What’s this leading to?” Perhaps you know that the reason for the story is the parallel between the hero’s career in life and the birth and evolution of India. The two […]

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Mercredi 13 mars 2013 3 13 /03 /Mars /2013 16:16


Thanks to Ashok I have been fortunate to discover the treasure trove of these Old Indian photos, where much more than what will be discussed here is to be found: it’s a real Ali Baba’s Cave. But going through some of its riches, I stopped at these pics because they seemed to say so much about a certain Bollywood style of relationships back in the 1950s. My first reaction was perhaps slightly on the sleazy side (like what this person says at Bollywood Life, when she describes the “murky side of casting couch”…), but I have taken a good look and I find the pics much less offensive than instructive. You judge! These pics (here’s the lot) are said to have been taken in 1951 by photographer […]

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Jeudi 21 février 2013 4 21 /02 /Fév /2013 15:35


Hello all, It's been some time I wanted to share with you some of the clownish photos of Nutan that I've collecting, and well, why not the occasion of her death anniversary coming up this Feb 21st? Nutan passed away 22 years ago on that date. I know the tradition for anniversaries is more auspicious on the birth anniversary, but precisely, a collection of zany photos, where our favourite actress is pulling out her tongue and squinting, doesn't this participate to the celebration of life, even beyond the shuffling off of our mortal coil ?? You judge! That's all for now folks!!

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Mercredi 20 février 2013 3 20 /02 /Fév /2013 15:02


Umrao Jaan (Muzzafar Ali, 1981) belongs to the genre of tragedies which describe the destiny of a doomed character in a beautifully told narrative such as will bring out the pity and sorrow necessary for spectators to be cleansed of their own sins. And yet the story escapes the genre in two ways: the heroine doesn’t die, and there is an insistence on the fact we aren’t in the grips of destinies, but only wrong and contingent circumstances. We’ll see if and how far these two elements modify our appreciation. If you don’t know the story, check it here, told by Philip Lutgendorf. He also highlights many of the movie’s details and its relationship with the original novel, Umrao Jan Ada by […]

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