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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Those movies that shaped my beginnings and which I never reviewed

    08 mai 2010 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    This is going to be ABSOLUTE INDULGENCE. Veer-Zaara . Ah, lieutenant Veer, Zaara… and miss Saamiya! I think this is the movie I watched most, perhaps 4 times… Not a lot compared to some, but for me, yes! This is for me the “foundation movie”. Why did...

  • Nutan film posters

    03 juin 2013 ( #Nutan )

    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...

  • 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...

  • Shahrukh Khan's charm

    24 mars 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Okay, here we go : an article on « King » Khan. He’s of course inescapable in today’s Bollywood… perhaps a little too predictable, a little too much himself? But we’ll see him put to good use, in fact very good use, and also often not so good. On the...

  • Is Deepa Mehta's "Water" still Bollywood?

    15 mars 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    In the Bollywood cinema that I know, the Masala type, it seems there are two (main) types of films: the social/historical and the comedy/escapist. Of course, there are films that belong to the two types (and they are some of the best) such as Dil se or...

  • Manisha Koirala: the fallen angel?

    03 juin 2008 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Like perhaps a number of you, I discovered Manisha Koirala in Dil se , by Mani Ratnam, and was attracted by that irritating mousy character of the terrorised terrorist, who with her distant but intense eyes tries to escape Shahrukh’s advances, but not...

  • Parshuramer Kuthar, motherhood and prostitution

    17 juin 2009 ( #Film reviews )

    This stunning little movie (65 minutes) made in 1989 by Nabyendu Chatterjee, who died recently (2005) tells the story of Laxmi (pronounced Loki), a Bengali village woman whose husband fell from a roof while she was expecting her first baby, and has remained...

  • Sujata, an untouchable Nutan

    21 novembre 2009 ( #Nutan )

    In Sujata (The well-born, 1959), Bimal Roy has made the untouchable touching, adorable an object of disgust, and visible a pit of darkness. I’m not saying that he has made THE unique Dalit movie (I don’t know which one this would be… Ankur ?), but for...

  • Paromitar ek din: can women stay the forces of lunacy?

    03 juin 2012 ( #Film reviews )

    I have only recently been made aware of the interest of movies by and with Aparna Sen, having seen Baksha Badal recently (check Sharmi’s take on it), and so here’s a look at a pleasantly intimate story, shot by the Bengali director in 2000. The film’s...

  • The Stranger (Agantuk), Satyajit Ray's experiment on humanity

    28 août 2008 ( #Film reviews )

    The Stranger (1991) is an atomic experiment. Satyajit Ray imagines what might happen when a normal urban family of three (the target) is bombarded with a high-energy free electron in the shape of a long lost uncle who enters their lives from outer space,...

  • 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:...

  • Clear light of day

    02 septembre 2007 ( #Book reviews )

    This is a foray into a field as yet unploughed by me, literary criticism of Indian novels! This summer I’ve read Anita Desai’s Clear light of day: perhaps some of you know the book? It was written in 1980, but tells the story of an Old Delhi family back...

  • 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 white tiger, movie

    28 mars 2021

    Arvind Adiga's story has been turned into a movie, shot by Ramin Bahrani and which has just come out on Netflix. It's an excellent movie, which does full credit to the novel; I really have no negatives about it. The cast is great, led by a glorious Adarsh...

  • Diificult daughters

    13 juin 2021

    Difficult Daughters, by Manju Kapur, written in 1998, tells the story of Virmati, an Amritsar-based young girl, the eldest daughter of an middle-class Arya Samaj family in which nevertheless certain traditions weigh as much as in any other more backward...

  • 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,...

  • 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!...

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