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  • 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 speaks about Bimal Roy

    03 juin 2017 ( #Nutan )

    Bollywood actress Nutan talks about Bimal Roy... "We have very few directors like Bimal Roy to begin with but what made him special that he was not a jack of all trades, he was master of all trades. He was a very good cameraman, very good photographer,...

  • 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...

  • Journée bien remplie...

    15 octobre 2017

    Ouf! la journée n'est pas encore finie; il y a encore tout à l'heure le repas avec animation devant la guesthouse comme le premier soir, mais déjà la journée a été bien fatigante! Matinée occupée par la série de speeches par des industriels invités pour...

  • Silsila, the spiciness of exposure

    25 juin 2018 ( #Film reviews, #Bollywood Talk )

    So much has already been said about this Yash Chopra 1981 movie… And here I am adding to the pileup! Well, I hope it won’t be too long and too boring to read. In fact what I want to say can be quickly summed up: I’m perplexed at actors accepting to stage...

  • Nutan picture treasure-trove

    26 juin 2018 ( #Nutan, #Practical info )

    Below you'll find a number of the folders in which I have collected pictures of Nutan over the years. Most of them have been found on the net, but if some readers consider their posting an offense to their rights, please contact me so I can remove them....

  • Nutan the poet

    21 février 2020 ( #Nutan, #Poetry )

    Nutan, who loved bhajans and classical music, has written some poetry, of which I have collected a little over the years. Given her talent and the quality of what I present here, there must be much more, so I went to Lalitha Tamhane's book on Nutan Asen...

  • 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....

  • Bollywood Actresses

    23 janvier 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    I’m very enthusiastic about Bollywood actresses, but perhaps not for the reason you imagine. Of course today’s actresses are beautiful, charming, sexy, clever, the whole works. They’re real artists, and they’re real businesswomen! On their (not so frail)...

  • The phenomenon Abhishek

    26 janvier 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    I’d like to share a few words about Abishek Bachchan. I must say he’s not my favourite actor, he’s probably not a very talented actor (as yet), but what interests me is that he’s a Bollywood phenomenon. That combination of past and future. Heritage and...

  • Guru

    04 février 2007 ( #Film reviews )

    Everybody is talking about it… Or rather, was talking about it, and well, I’ve seen that movie too! It’s a good movie. In fact, very good in a non-Bollywood sense, because it’s good in terms of Western criteria: the subject, the rhythm, the acting, the...

  • Bollywood actors (of today)

    18 février 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    After actresses, actors. It seems to me more difficult to speak about Bollywood actors – the men - in general than actresses, perhaps because I see more individualism and differences there. Not that actresses are all from the same mould, but being women,...

  • Amitabh's power

    07 avril 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Hmm… Difficult ! The very fact of writing about « Big A » is daunting. Not only is the actor so impressive, but the person seems to demand respect, and of course the sheer length and scope of his career as a professional is amazing. I’ve seen films with...

  • "Hating" K3G

    18 avril 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    I had a good laugh yesterday reading in BollyWhat? about all those BW fans giving their reasons why they « hated » Kabhi khushi khabi gham, that 1999 Karan Johar family saga which, it says, “is all about loving your parents”. Here’s the link for those...

  • Bollywood delight

    07 mai 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    It’s been some time I’ve wanted to speak about the delight to be found in Bollywood cinema. I have already spoken about its optimism, its positive attitude towards life and humanity, but this time I want to focus more especially about this dimension of...

  • Is Aishwarya Rai a good actress?

    24 mai 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    And does she get the reviews she deserves? Looking through them, it seems to me she’s either derided for being too bland, too superficial, or she gets the surprised concessions of people who think she’s “in fact a good actress” – obviously her merits...

  • Answer to the quiz...

    06 juin 2007 ( #Miscellaneous )

    This hasn’t got much to do with Indian culture, but… I don’t know whether many of you were really interested about the “little quiz” which I had posted at the beginning of May. Well, anyway here’s the answer; the text in Gujarati was from the Pater Noster...

  • Should Hrithik Roshan rule?

    27 juin 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Have you visited this website ? It’s got this quote : « for most people money becomes the end in itself. People want money for the sake of having money. For me it’s a means to an end. I want to work hard and make a lot of money.” What do you think? Materialistic?...

  • Kareena Kapoor: her strength ...and her weakness

    16 juillet 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    When I think of Kareena Kapoor, what comes to mind first is her strength, her instinct, her femininity. She strikes me as unabashedly feminine, pleased with her sex, proud of her sex. Her physique is very feminine, and first those amazing lips of hers,...

  • Sangam, Raj Kapoor's murky waters

    02 janvier 2009 ( #Film reviews )

    I don’t know how many of Raj Kapoor’s movies are called “his best”. This one belongs to that collection, judging by most IMDb user comments (on the other hand, very few bloggers have written about it…). Sangam (“Confluence” in English), which came out...

  • Kanhaiya, an oddly religious romance

    01 mars 2011 ( #Film reviews )

    You’ll have to expect from me, more and more, reviews of boring / outlandish movies where Nutan or perhaps Waheeda Rehman have starred, and which I will have seen out of sheer silly infatuation (mind you, I cannot bring myself to review films that would...

  • If music be the food of love... Shabab

    28 août 2012 ( #Film reviews )

    This 1954 film by M. Sadiq has qualities I wasn’t expecting. With movies that no one is reviewing or speaking about, you are faced with the unnerving problem of wondering whether you aren’t giving value to a work of art out of an idiosyncratic feeling...

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