Top articles

  • Jana Aranya: an education to the moral world

    05 mai 2015

    Jana Aranya (1976) is about a young man called Somnath (Pradip Mukherjee), who discovers that in order to succeed in the world of business you have to accept to compromise your principles, and find yourself losing an innocence which you didn’t know you...

  • Aranyer din ratri: Ray's models

    23 mars 2016

    It’s weird how when one starts wondering about a Satyajit Ray movie, one is faced with lots of people telling everyone it’s a masterpiece – this 1969 movie is even somewhere graced with the ubiquitous title of Ray’s best film ever – and how so little...

  • Firaaq, the power of fear

    15 juin 2016 ( #Film reviews )

    It seems appropriate today to speak about Firaaq, a 2008 movie which is Nandita Das’s debut film venture, based on the 2002 Gujarat anti-Muslim riots, in which Indian PM Modi had been suspected of biased non-intervention. Today, because the pressure of...

  • Parched - Righting women's wrongs

    02 mai 2016

    Went to see Parched (2015), by Leena Yadav, of (not good) Shabd fame. So I was a bit wary of what was to come. What came was a rather pleasant surprise, I’m happy to say. Parched is the story of four gujarati women, stuck all four of them in male-dominated...

  • Nutan's intelligence

    02 juin 2015 ( #Nutan )

    This post is about a not so common cinematographic quality, intelligence. If people in general would agree that actors need a good understanding of their roles in order to act well, perhaps they’d also say they can just rely on what the directors tell...

  • Pilani

    21 octobre 2015 ( #Trips to India )

    BK BIET se trouve à Pilani, petite bourgade à 150 kms de Delhi, mais le bourg lui-même vaut le détour, enfin, si on y est, il y a des choses intéressantes. En fait, la ville est une espèce de Cambridge modèle réduit, car le coeur de la ville est composé...

  • Astitva, a feminist manifesto

    02 avril 2016 ( #Film reviews )

    Thanks to Anu Warrier’s Conversations over chai, I have just been the fortunate viewer of Astitva, by Mahesh Manjrekar, a film which was shot in 2000. If you haven’t read her review, please do, it’s a thoughtful, well-balanced commentary of the movie,...

  • Lion, a pretty picture

    08 mars 2017 ( #Film reviews )

    Sunny Pawar Before knowing that Garth Davis was a successful commercials director, I stood up from the screening of his first feature movie, Lion (2016) telling myself, “well now, that was nice, but rather commercial”. Not everything is bad about commercialization:...

  • Heer, the revelation

    22 juin 2015 ( #Nutan )

    It seems that India collects “eternal love” stories: on top of that of Layla and Majnun, Khosru and Shirin, Sohni and Mahiwal, there is (among many others) that of Heer and Ranjha. This last epic has been the subject of numerous versions, the Wiki page...

  • Jaipur - Agra - Delhi

    24 octobre 2015

    Le dernier post vous a laissé haletant(e)s sur l’autoroute (?) qui nous menait à Jaipur, ignorant la suite… Voici venu le moment de combler votre curiosité ! Ne pas oublier que le « tour » de 3 jours organisé par BK BIET avait attiré 13 personnes, dont...

  • I finally went to the movie theatre

    03 mars 2016

    During our stay in October I finally went to the movies in India… A little post on this! (those of you who can read my French have had a little preview of the event here ). Almost ever since the beginning of my interest in Bollywood, people had been telling...

  • A passage to India

    09 mai 2016

    Why did I decide to read EM Forster’s A passage to India? Probably no other reason than it’s about a European’s vision of India and I had enjoyed some other books by the same author, Howard’s End and A room with a view. Then there was a film to watch...

  • Tagore's dark abyss

    30 mars 2015 ( #Poetry )

    In the morning I cast my net into the sea. I dragged up from the dark abyss things of strange aspect and strange beauty—some shone like a smile, some glistened like tears, and some were flushed like the cheeks of a bride. When with the day's burden I...

  • The origin of my admiration for Nutan

    03 juin 2016 ( #Nutan )

    The long-awaited 80th anniversary of Nutan's birth has arrived! On top of being able to order Lalitha Tamhane's book in its English version (hopefully, I'll try asap), here's an article which, in agreement with Seema who had wondered if this contribution...

  • 25 years ago

    21 février 2016 ( #Nutan )

    Nutan left us 25 years ago today. Here's a tribute to the actress who now shines from high above: I have simply selected some unpublished photos of her (well, perhaps not all), and hoped that some of you would enjoy seeing them. First a selection of non-film...

  • Cérémonies d'ouverture

    18 octobre 2015 ( #Trips to India )

    Les festivités ont commencé! Hier, une rencontre entre industriels et université, et aujourd'hui la grande séance d'ouverture de la Conférence ICCS-2015, avec tous les intervenants venus d'inde et de l'étranger, dont un bon contingent de français, car...

  • My two interventions

    19 octobre 2015

    I knew before coming to Pilani that I would have to deliver an address in the context of the Conference on Communications Systems, but of course it couldn't be a scientific paper, so I had devised a subject called "the pleasure of communication", which...

  • Arrival

    16 octobre 2015 ( #Trips to India )

    Notre arrivée s'est faite en plusieurs fois, selon les horaires des avions que chacun avait pu prendre. Ainsi, quand nous deux les profs sommes arrivés à Delhi, on a vite eu l'info que le premier groupe de 4 étudiants était déjà arrivé (vers 9h) à Pilani,...

  • Nutan-bollymusings.com/

    10 juin 2015

    Hey, a new blog about my movies!! Hello everyone, I am pleased to announce the official launch of MUSINGS , a new blog by S. Basu which he has announced will deal chiefly with Nutan, since the author is a die-hard fan of the lady, but also perhaps on...

  • A good Indian wife

    05 juillet 2015 ( #Book reviews )

    For those who need the summary of the story, please check Goodreads. The Good Indian wife is a novel of many qualities, in spite of a few flaws, perhaps because it’s Anne Cherian’s first. First a simple but effective story, based on a simple theme: can...

  • Nutan blog changes

    24 février 2015

    Hey, this wasn't expected!! Hi, well, as you can see, Overblog has forced me to modify the outlook of the blog! As a result, all the Nutan photo albums which I had placed on the left banner were removed to some obscure, out of the way location. So I've...

  • India 2015

    12 octobre 2015

    Hi all, this blog will revert to a travelog for a few days, as I'm off to Pilani, Rajasthan with my school, for a ten-day stay there and thereabouts. After the failure (seems a strong word, but well, that's what it really was...) of our attempt last year...

  • This blog...

    15 janvier 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Hi everyone, I've been a Bollywood fan for some time now, so I thought I would like to share my pleasure with you guys out there who also enjoy Bollywood films and songs. I don't know exactly what I'll do, but one idea will probably be to exchange around...

  • Your best bollywood film (Monsoon wedding?)

    15 janvier 2007 ( #Film reviews )

    I'm a recent Bollywood fan, and I know next to nothing about oldies! I'm sure there are treasures there, but for me they're still to be unearthed... Please if some of you have suggestions, don't hesitate! So... Best Bolly film? Why not Monsoon Wedding?...

  • What I like about Bollywood (Dil se)

    18 janvier 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Bollywood started for me with a selection of films shown on the French TV two years ago, and I was at first simply curious to discover a new sort of movies. One of them was Mani Ratman’s Dil se , with Manisha Koirala that literally blows up on the screen....

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 > >>