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  • Mother India, the mother of Indian movies

    08 février 2009 ( #Film reviews )

    Mother India…That title resonates like everything a Bollywood-lover should pine for: aren’t we all somehow in love with Bharat mata? Aren’t we all her children up to some extent? As for me, I’d say that ever since I’ve been writing this blog (more than...

  • Khamoshi: Unutterable music

    17 mai 2007 ( #Film reviews )

    I've seen Khamoshi: a musical. Watching it has been like a revelation. Everything it says, everything it hints at, everything it suggests, because it cannot be said, I have avidly drunk as one drinks from a familiar well, knowing that the effect is exactly...

  • Pardes - (Bad Bollywood)

    25 février 2007 ( #Film reviews )

    This 1997 film, compared to the one I’ve spoken about previously, will be my example of what is NOT so good about Bollywood. Careful: there are many films in Bolly, but well, I’ve just seen that one again. It starts rather well, with Alok Nath, Amrish...

  • Kaagaz ke phool, Guru Dutt's creative laser-beam

    26 janvier 2011 ( #Film reviews )

    There are many reasons why the spectators might not have liked Guru Dutt’s opus, Kaagaz ke phool back in 1959. First its badly-humoured despondency (why go to the cinema and see sad things, life is sad enough as it is), then its flaunting of proper morals...

  • Manzil (1960), a photographer's camera obscura

    31 décembre 2010 ( #Nutan )

    Manzil (Mandi Burman, 1960) was a partial disappointment. Not that I had so much to expect from a film that I didn’t know before, and that I just got hold of because of Nutan. But it starts pleasantly, with two childhood friends meeting again now that...

  • Manzil (1979): do you mind lying and deceit?

    23 septembre 2018 ( #Film reviews )

    Have you ever wondered why you were born poor and not rich ? (if it’s the other way round, you often don’t wonder) Have you asked yourself why this injustice continues in today’s developed world? And if you are a victim of this injustice, have you never...

  • BR Chopra's Naya Daur: the prophecy of a new India

    22 septembre 2012 ( #Film reviews )

    The Brave New World of Naya Daur (New Era, BR Chopra 1957) opens with a striking quote by Mahatma Gandhi: So from the start we know that the film is going to be about the biological (bios = life) relationship between men and the Earth, and that this bond...

  • The said and the unsaid: Rajnigandha

    12 juillet 2018 ( #Film reviews )

    First the story for those who don’t remember Basu Chatterji’s Rajnigandha (1974): it’s based on Mannu Bhandari ’s book Yahi Sach Hai. Deepa (Vidya Sinha) and Sanjay (Amol Patekar) are a young, aspiring couple living in Delhi. He’s a jolly, outspoken civil...

  • The nature of love (Andaz)

    06 juillet 2007 ( #Film reviews )

    Well, my foray into Bollywood oldies opens up with a bang ! This 1949 classic “love triangle” film which supposedly deals with the clash between traditional India and its Westernisation, errs, says IMdB sd268 in a perceptive commentary, because it equates...

  • Seema: 3,2,1, Ignition! Nutan's launching pad

    15 décembre 2010 ( #Nutan )

    Seema (1955, Amiya Chakrabarty ) has been hailed as Nutan Samarth’s cinematographical revelation. In this story of a wronged young girl, she shows a sensitivity and a maturity which are striking for one so young. At only 19, she effortlessly steals the...

  • Aishwarya Rai's dilemma: how does she cope with her beauty?

    08 février 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Ever since I discovered her, I have seen Ash as a wonder, a miracle of womanhood. Or of creation. One hears sometimes that Creation isn’t perfect, that it isn’t finished, that it’s flawed with sin and marred with injustice. Well, for once, on that face,...

  • Ek din achanak: emptiness...

    17 décembre 2013 ( #Film reviews )

    "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....

  • Woman to woman

    10 janvier 2018 ( #Book reviews )

    Woman to woman is the first book I read by Madhulika Liddle. She’s written more, of which I had been aware, since I read her blog where she had mentioned them, but for some reason I had relented until now. It’s a quickly read collection of 12 short stories,...

  • Tere ghar ke samne - more delight!

    22 juin 2011 ( #Film reviews )

    Tere ghar ke samne (1963) has a Molièresque quality to it. I don’t know if English-speaking readers know about Molière, but this story of two young lovers who want to marry in spite of their cantankerous fathers immediately made me think of L’Avare, or...

  • Baarish (1957) no rain, but drenched in beauty and fun

    02 juillet 2013 ( #Nutan )

    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...

  • A nutty Nutan!

    21 février 2013 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Hello all, It's been some time I wanted to share with you some of the clownish photos of Nutan that I've been 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...

  • Nutan's birthday (she'd be an old lady now!)

    04 juin 2012 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Hallo all Nutan lovers (Harvey and Bollywooddeewana, especially!) I have been reminded by the above Nutan afficionadoes (like tornadoes?!) that aaj yeh Nutan ki janmadin hai (check Harvey's correction of my hindi in the messages section!!), so I thought:...

  • Nuts about Nutan!

    08 juin 2009 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Basant (1960) is a loony movie where what you see is more important than what you understand. There is a story, sort of, (tolerably interesting in the first half but totally zany in the second!) but you must forget about it, because the chief interest...

  • Punashcha, the poetry of Love and Life

    03 juin 2019

    Here's a beautiful and poignant little movie (2014) by Souvik Mitra featuring Soumitra Chatterjeee and Roopa Ganguly (above; I had seen her - much younger, it was 1989 - in Ek din achanak ); but what makes its beauty? Probably its story, its poetic charm,...

  • Arranged Marriage

    11 août 2019

    This blog has already reviewed collections of short stories ( here and here ) and rather similarly, this volume contains stories which revolve loosely around the theme of femininity and motherhood of desi women abroad. To be more precise, the 11 stories...

  • An interview with Mohnish Bahl

    11 octobre 2019

    Alas, I was not the person who interviewed Nutan's son! But thanks to Seema, my desi Nutan-collaborator, I would like to indicate the recent interview which appeared in Filmfare. You'll find it here . It's by Farhana Farook, whom I'll thank in advance...

  • The lament of a lone Bollywood lover

    10 juin 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    I’m sure you BW fans in the four corners of the world have had a similar experience: uneasy admittance of that shameful addiction: Bollywood obsession! You know, it starts like a dream, a nice dinner party with friends at your place, or at the restaurant,...

  • Indian music authors

    27 septembre 2007 ( #Practical info )

    Hi everybody, I'm interrupting my comments of personal stuff to let you know of A2line's initiative, a very nice selection of songs from various authors, her favourite pieces, all directly available a click away. If I were you, I'd go and have a look!...

  • Arrivee a Delhi!!!

    07 août 2010 ( #Trips to India )

    Bonjour a tous, Je n'arrive pas a envoyer de message depuis ma messagerie Orange sur la becane de ce cybercafe... Alors en desespoir de cause, je mets un post ici: que ceux qui le lisent veuillent bien avertir les parents de Frederique, notamment! Donc:...

  • Retour a Manali

    24 août 2010 ( #Trips to India )

    Bonjour a tous, Pas de photos pour ce post, désolé, j'ai laissé l'appareil au "cottage" où nous loge " Himalayan Adventurers ", l'agence de trek avec qui nous sommes partis faire la rando. Donc nous revoila a Manali, d'ou nous sommes partis il y a cinq...

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