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  • Rab ne bana di jodi: for couples in crisis?

    07 février 2015 ( #Film reviews )

    I wasn’t sure I would have the patience to sit for 2 hours and a half and watch a “Bollywood” movie once again…But somehow the old passion revived, and the magic was still there: Rab ne bana di jadoo! Let’s say, to start with, that what caught me by the...

  • The sari shop

    18 juin 2014 ( #Book reviews )

    The little world of The sari shop (2003) feels very familiar; Rupa Bajwa clearly belongs to it, not only because she’s from Amritsar, where the scene takes place exclusively, but also because she’s on the side of the crowds of people who mill around its...

  • Memories of our trip to India

    20 mai 2014 ( #Trips to India )

    Here are a few flashes from the activity which marked thereturn of our trip to India and JNU in February/march: First a feedback of our (too short) stay at JNU: Here's the link: http://jnujaipur.ac.in/NewsUpdate_File/JNU%20LIVE%20Newsletter,%20Dec.2013-Mar.2014_NewsLetter-May-2014.pdf...

  • Pushkar et retour

    08 mars 2014 ( #Trips to India )

    Bonjour à tous, Voilà, nous sommes revenus! Ci-dessous quelques dernières impressions avant la reprise. Merci pour les commentaires, et merci à ceux qui nous ont aidés pour faire que ce voyage soit possible! La dernière étape du voyage a donc été la petite...

  • Jodhpur et Udaipur

    04 mars 2014 ( #Trips to India )

    Enfants à Clock Tower market, Jodhpur Suite à notre séjour universitaire, le programme des étudiants comprenait la visite des villes de Jodhpur et d'Udaipur, où nous sommes à présent. Les trajets que fait notre petit car de 22 places sont plutôt rapides,...

  • Midnight's children

    29 avril 2013 ( #Book reviews )

    Famous, witty, challenging… and brilliant in the way some works of genius are, but Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie pleases and displeases at the same time. It certainly strikes the reader as a fascinating work of art, technically and stylistically;...

  • Deception: how Tagore's wife had changed him

    28 mars 2012 ( #Poetry )

    Rabindranath Tagore Deception 1918 From: Selected poems, translated by William Radice, Penguin classics, 1918 Click on the pictures to read the poem How much of this poem is autobiographical I cannot know, but in 1902 Tagore’s wife died young, at 25 after...

  • Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Woman's divine double nature

    24 juin 2012 ( #Film reviews )

    My first impression upon viewing Raj Kapoor’s mythical Satyam shivam sundaram, an impression shared by many other bloggers, is that the Showman had purely and simply been manipulated by his lecherous pulsions, and had also manipulated us spectators! Gone...

  • Kapurush (The coward), or: women's own right to happiness

    01 juillet 2012 ( #Film reviews )

    Do you have an hour to spare? 74 minutes to be precise? WATCH THIS NOW . And then come back to read. « This » is Satyajit Ray’s little marvel called Kapurush (1965, The Coward), a marvel of economy and inspiration. The story begins at night (it ends also...

  • Mahapurush, or religious profiteering

    02 août 2012 ( #Film reviews )

    After having watched Kapurush (see previous instalment), I was strongly urged to see Mahapurush, Satyajit Ray’s twin production in the tandem that came out in 1965. The theme of the manipulative bigot is a famous one in French culture (see for example...

  • Umrao Jaan: does beauty lead to sorrow?

    20 février 2013 ( #Film reviews )

    Umrao Jaan (Muzzafar Ali, 1981) belongs to the genre of tragedies which describe the destiny of a doomed character in a beautifully told narrative such as will bring out the pity and sorrow necessary for spectators to be cleansed of their own sins. And...

  • Don (2006), high flying stuff

    11 septembre 2010 ( #Film reviews )

    Just watched Don (2006 one), by Farhan Akhtar, since it was shown on French TV last Thursday. I knew from filmiholic that « bilkul bindaas hai », and laughed at Maja ’s swooning and gushing over Arjun Rampal’s stubble. But I hadn’t given it much more...

  • Bobby: Raj Kapoor lapsing into... (what?)

    12 janvier 2013 ( #Film reviews )

    (Could this be this what happened to the great RK???) For Raj Kapoor the director, Bobby appeared in 1973 between Mera naam joker (1972) and Satyam shivam sundaram (1978) and so I was rather interested to have a look at it in order to bridge that gap....

  • The last Lear: one day, the King will die

    18 février 2012 ( #Film reviews )

    Even today, I suppose all India is bracing itself, preparing itself and half-hoping that it will not come that soon, not just yet: he might still live twenty more years, mightn’t he? Our king is such an indomitable man, why fear? But then we’re all, all...

  • Rishte Naate (1965), a quiet family drama

    17 décembre 2012 ( #Film reviews )

    Rishte Naate (family relationships) is a 1965 Gopalakrishnan movie, with Raj Kumar, Nutan, Nazir Hussain, Jamuna and Ameeta as main actors. It does seem like I’m exhausting my reserves of Nutan movies, because while this film has more than a few qualities,...

  • A Fine Balance

    26 novembre 2007 ( #Book reviews )

    At the bottom of page 511 [1] of Rohinton Mistry’s novel “A Fine Balance”, one can read the sentence: “the lives of the poor are rich with symbols”. One might just as well say: the book of the poor, not forgetting the fact that the book is indeed about...

  • The secret mechanism of C.I.D.

    28 mars 2011 ( #Film reviews )

    C.I.D (Raj Khosla, 1956), starring Dev Anand, Shakila and Waheeda Rehman, unlike some other classic golden-age B’wood stuff, has been amply reviewed, and very aptly so too. Leading the gang is Corey Creekmur, at UIOWA.edu , who writes an extremely well-informed...

  • Jagte raho, Raj Kapoor's nightmare

    02 février 2008 ( #Film reviews )

    To inattentive spectators this 1956 film starring Raj Kapoor will probably seem a little naïve and perhaps shoddy, for it has enough imperfections to justify a less than perfect opinion about it. Some inconsistencies here, some lengthy bits there, a humour...

  • Anari (1959), naive hero in a naive movie

    11 novembre 2009 ( #Film reviews )

    Anari (1959), by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, in spite of its numerous defects, represents a compromise between the quality cinema strain started by Raj Kapoor, and its commercial exploitation. The movie is clearly inspired by SD Narang’s Dilli ka thug , which...

  • Saudagar (1973): marriage is a business, alas!

    23 décembre 2009 ( #Film reviews )

    I was first informed of Saudagar (« the trader » 1973), by Sudhendu Roy, through Carla and given my unruly interest for Nutan, and my unabated appreciation of Big B, I decided that I couldn’t wait any more, and I got that disc. It’s a very simple story,...

  • Parakh, or: what is a good man?

    30 juin 2011 ( #Film reviews )

    Bimal Roy’s Parakh (Test, 1960) is an experiment. Not so much in democracy, as some people say, even though they’re right, it does contain an implicit criticism of democratic processes, but this is only a side-issue. It’s an experiment in morality or...

  • Indian cinema on stamps

    21 octobre 2012 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Hi, sorry to have been away so long, too many things in the going. This one took me some time assembling and researching, but was great fun! When I was a boy, my brother François and I used to collect stamps, mostly French ones of course, and I still...

  • The reluctant fundamentalist

    26 mai 2010 ( #Book reviews )

    The reluctant fundamentalist is a strange and powerful little book. It’s clearly got some autobiographical elements in it, and because of that has manage to net some darting fishes of life that jump and flash and look up from their prison wondering what...

  • Swami and friends

    09 mars 2011 ( #Book reviews )

    This is a lovely, very readable, and at the same time, a rather unusual little book. Unusual because it doesn’t follow the common pattern of what might be expected from such entertainers. It gears itself towards an all-important cricket match, which the...

  • Train to Pakistan

    08 février 2011 ( #Book reviews )

    I am not sure I shall be able to do justice to Khushwant Singh’s little novel (published in 1956). It seems both too simple, too factual, and so because of that, too deeply rooted in Indian history and drama (for those who need the plot, go here ). Not...

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