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  • I love Rani Mukherjee's smile!

    02 avril 2008 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    For a long time now I have been wanting to actually speak about Rani Mukherjee: suspicious, no? I had been doing these comments about all these books and films, which have nothing to do with her, and at the back, there had always been that lingering need...

  • Akshaye Khanna: why is intelligence so sexy?

    16 avril 2008 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    As soon as one pronounces the name “Akshaye Khanna”, a picture springs up, and one sees that curvy mouth, that dimpled chin, those square jaws and above all, the dark cunning eyes that half-smile, half gauge, as if to make sure the track is clear. Hmm,...

  • Fire on the Mountain

    10 juillet 2008 ( #Book reviews )

    Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, 1977. Nanda Kaul, an old solitary lady lives in her house on the mountainside. Something depressing about her presence there, as if she was hiding away from some family secret. The house: a witness of generations of Colonial...

  • Meenaxi, tale of 3 cities: Bollywoodian befuddlement!

    24 novembre 2008 ( #Film reviews )

    « Meenaxi, tale of three cities » by M.F. Husain (2004), is exactly that, a Bollywoodian befuddlement. The film is a pathetic attempt at building “something else” than a traditional love-story, and, because of lack of inspiration or lack of artistic common...

  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Cannes bad taste

    20 mai 2009 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    For me the yearly Cannes festival is not much more than an industry's self-celebration which is probably best left unwatched, but these days, it’s difficult to miss Cannes photos and interviews even if you’re only slightly interested in Bollywood. Aish...

  • Is Bollywood universal?

    26 mai 2009 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    I recently heard a journalist ask the question « Is Bollywood nothing more than a cinema made for India, or is there something universal about it?” – and I thought this question deserved a little post. Every one knows for a fact that the Indian cinema...

  • Nishaant, the brutality of male (and female) desire

    01 juin 2009 ( #Film reviews )

    “Vishvam (Naseeruddin Shah) is one of four brothers who rule their feudal village in pre-independence India with an iron grip. They execute various criminal schemes to increase their own wealth at the expense of the villagers, with the village priest...

  • Sagina: a freedom beyond politics

    07 décembre 2009 ( #Film reviews )

    Sagina (1974), a hindi remake of the bengali Sagina Mahato , shot by the same director (Tapan Sinha) four years before, is a reflexion on work exploitation, oppression and revolution. The story is set in the “tea gardens” of North-East India, in the forties,...

  • Family Matters

    16 mars 2010 ( #Book reviews )

    T here are two « mysteries » in Rohinton Mistry’s 2002 novel Family Matters. One concerns the character of Nariman Vakeel, the 79 year old Professor suffering from Parkinson and osteoporosis, who lives with his two adult unmarried step-children, Jal and...

  • Love aaj kal, a vindication of the past?

    07 avril 2010 ( #Film reviews )

    For once I thought I’d jump back to the present and enjoy a little contemporary Bollywood. So I pored in my box of unwatched movies and saw Love aaj kal (Imtiaz Ali, 2009) with the alluring eyes of Deepika Padukone smiling at me with their healthy skin...

  • The Householder: does "spiritual India" mean anything?

    01 juin 2010 ( #Film reviews )

    What is the typical Western question? Perhaps this one: “Do you believe in God?” The West has a long history of belief, but also of doubt. And people from the West have long since gone East, most notably to India, to find the answer to that question....

  • Yaadon ki baaraat: classics can also be bland

    01 juillet 2010 ( #Film reviews )

    Oh my God, why are you saying all that! Yaadon ki baaraat (Nadir Hussain, 1973) is a classic tale of revenge, where the good but separated boys who have been witnesses of their parents’ murder will reunite and pursue revenge on the murderers. It’s a not...

  • My name is Khan, or: what can blunt truth achieve?

    09 juillet 2010 ( #Film reviews )

    We shall overcome... Karan Johar’s My name is Khan (2010), starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol – her great comeback since Fanaa (U me aur ham being not much more than a Devgan promotional), is a movie about truth and violence, like Fanaa in fact, with which...

  • A passage to India - mine!

    05 août 2010 ( #Trips to India )

    This isn't going to be a review of David Lean's famous movie , and my English-speaking readers will have to put up with a bit of French, because this blog is temporarily going to be used as a travelblog for my upcoming trip to India, starting this Friday!...

  • Allers et venues au Rajasthan

    13 août 2010 ( #Trips to India )

    Bonjour! Aujourd'hui vendredi 13 aout, nous sommes à Udaipur, sous la mousson, qui nous a fait rebrousser chemin puisque nous avions quitté la ville pour aller dormir à Ranakpur (à vos cartes!), mais l'hotel a telephone alors que nous sortions de Udaipur,...

  • 2eme partie du voyage

    19 août 2010 ( #Trips to India )

    Bonjour a tous, Apres quelques difficultes de connection pour vous tenir au courant de nos vacances, voici quelques nouvelles fraiches! Notre tour du Rajasthan est fini, mais nous l'avons ecourte legerement, non pas en duree, mais en longueur: nous ne...

  • Déjà les souvenirs!

    30 août 2010 ( #Trips to India )

    Bonjour à tous, Voilà, nous sommes rentrés... Normal, évidemment, mais bon, que cela a été vite! Le séjour dans le Rajasthan, avec notre chauffeur privé VIP, les passages endiablés à Delhi, et puis le séjour dans les neiges (enfin, les boues) de l'Himachal...

  • Love in Kuch kuch hota hai

    30 septembre 2010 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Hi, I've found this text written a long time ago probably after having seen KKHH one of the first times! Enjoy! Where does the poignancy of love come from? This love in need of love, this need which screams in the face of the loved one “I will make you...

  • Dosti: a Christian parable?

    24 octobre 2010 ( #Film reviews )

    This classic 1964 by Satyen Bose is one of superlatives, "one of the best pictures ever made", a "golden movie", a "perfection from the past" (see IMDb user comments )! It’s certainly worth the praise, in spite of the chock-a-block melodrama. But very...

  • Achanak: what is the value of human life?

    10 juin 2011 ( #Film reviews )

    Gulzar’s acclaimed Achanak (Suddenly, 1973) suffers from a bothersome defect, its well-meaning intentions. The film contains much worth, but it is too preoccupied by the demonstration process for its own good. What a film says is as important as how it...

  • Thanks Memsaab - a tribute from your fan

    09 septembre 2012 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    You probably all know - but I don't care: Memsaab's latest instalment is a hard day's scanning work of 75 pages of text and awesome portraits from a 1952 book by Baburao and Sushila Rani Patel’s called “Stars of the Indian Screen.”And it's FABULOUS. For...

  • Back to India!

    16 février 2014 ( #Trips to India )

    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...

  • Premier jour... difficile!

    22 février 2014 ( #Trips to India )

    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!...

  • Agra

    24 février 2014 ( #Trips to India )

    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...

  • Paying guest (1957) and a celebration of Nutan's perfection

    14 janvier 2010 ( #Film reviews )

    Paying guest by Subodh Mukherji (1957) is not completely worth its two and a half hours of watching: it’s just another 2 nd class romantic comedy with elements of drama and thriller. It incorporates all the elements of a standard family show: good-looking...

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