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  • Preity Zinta is a clever girl

    30 avril 2007 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    A good way to get to know about Preity Zinta is to read what she says about certain problems facing Indian women and the life of actors here . The reactions of readers are also instructive, because they point to the good and bad sides of the exercise....

  • 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...

  • Ram teri Ganga maili, RK's last opus

    23 septembre 2011 ( #Film reviews )

    I have read so often about Raj Kapoor’s last movie, Ram teri Ganga maili (1985, Ram, your Ganga is sullied), that I wanted to have a personal opinion about it. The movie has itself been sullied as obsessively concerned with Mandakini’s nakedness and the...

  • Who's afraid of Mira Nair?

    07 janvier 2008 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Those who have read this blog for some time know that I had loved Monsoon wedding , that little gem of a film, and well, I’ve recently watched Salaam Bombay and The Namesake, along with Mira Nair’s 1985 documentary on women strippers, Indian Cabaret:...

  • Yeh raate, yeh mausam

    22 octobre 2011 ( #Songs )

    Here’s my belated commentary of Ravi’s song Yeh Raate yeh mausam in Dilli ka thug sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle, lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri (I had promised it to Suja! Cf. here ). Below you'll find the video, the lyrics and their translation....

  • Teesri kasam, melancholic delight!

    02 décembre 2008 ( #Film reviews )

    The critical fame of Teesri Kasam, the 1966 film by Basu Bhattacharya, starring Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman, is absolutely justified; it’s a tale of love and sadness, of beauty and melancholy; it enchants you, it pulls you along, it arrests you: in...

  • Deepa Mehta's "Fire": the ashes are still warm

    17 juin 2011 ( #Film reviews )

    There are some films I watch where I have to struggle to find information and reviews. As soon as they are gone from the screens (not to mention movies from the 50s or 60s!) it’s like you are unearthing archaeological artefacts. With Deepa Mahta’s Fire...

  • Mr Sampath, the printer of Malgudi

    24 mars 2014 ( #Book reviews )

    Here’s an addition to my collection of reviews of R.K. Narayan’s novels: Mr Sampath, the printer of Malgudi (first published in 1949). As usual with Narayan, what’s most pleasant is his style, the brisk eventfulness which he masterfully conveys, and how...

  • Solva saal, a tale of stolen pleasure!

    04 août 2010 ( #Film reviews )

    My quest into Bollywood classical beauties makes me stumble on great stuff sometimes. Sometimes not: for example, I recently watched Ram aur Shyam and found it a letdown: the famed “best film that cannot be made again” (according to one IMDb user) was...

  • Abhijan, a remarkable moral fable

    29 juillet 2011 ( #Film reviews )

    Abhijan (the Expedition, Satyajit Ray, 1962) is the story of Narsingh (dependable Soumitra Chatterjee), a Kshatriya taxi-driver, who after having had his professional license taken away from him for imprudent overtaking, becomes jobless, and heads towards...

  • Bazaar (1982), or how to buy women

    01 décembre 2009 ( #Film reviews )

    Sagar Sarhadi has only directed one movie, and otherwise is known for having worked as Yash Chopra’s screenplay writer. This movie, Bazaar, (1982) supposedly belongs to “New Indian Cinema”, and it feels like it wanted to belong. It isn’t a bad film, but...

  • Is Bollywood opium for the masses? ("Dharavi")

    30 juin 2007 ( #Film reviews )

    For those who are keen on a socially-oriented cinema, Dharavi, city of dreams, by Sudhir Mishra, gives a great insight in the life of those "Backward class" workers who fend it off in the Mumbai slum. It focuses on Rajkaran, a taxi-driver who decides...

  • Leave 'em kids alone: Main hoon na & Koi mil gaya

    23 juin 2007 ( #Film reviews )

    I regret to say - I do have a limit in what I like about Bollywood. It recently took the shape of two rather sickening shows, Main hoon na by Farah Khan, and Koi mil gaya, by Rakesh Roshan (of the Krrish fame). I’m half sorry and perplexed to have to...

  • Juhi Chawla: what's behind that smile?

    04 septembre 2008 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    What attracts one to Juhi Chawla is her absolutely irresistible smile. Okay, she was “only” a Miss India (1984), but frankly, Yash Chopra’s idea to cast her as Shahruhk Khan’s idol in Darr is not a bad one, far from it. I believe one can really fall passionately,...

  • Apur Sansar, tenderness

    09 avril 2018 ( #Film reviews )

    Last addition to a programme begun 10 years ago with Pather Panchali, here are a few words about the trilogy's n°3 about which I'm sure that nothing has been left unsaid (check story here). It's a vision of tenderness; centered around the character of...

  • Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray's little Song

    27 mars 2008 ( #Film reviews )

    Satyajit Ray’s 1955 “Song of the little road” is a quiet picture of little big events within a rural Bengali family, where the little happenings of childhood occur, and form that most profound event of any life: growing up. The film is part of a trilogy,...

  • Sone ki chidiya, pure gold does not fear the smelter

    03 juin 2018 ( #Nutan )

    Watching Sone ki chidiya (the golden bird, Shaheed Latif, 1958) has been a bit of an adventure, because even though I knew it was good, it doesn’t exist with subtitles, and some time has passed before I could get round to understanding everything. And...

  • Ankur: Shyam Benegal's + Shabana Azmi's manifesto

    22 août 2008 ( #Film reviews )

    Here’s another beginner – after Aag – Shyam Benegal ’s first long feature film shot in 1973, after he had finally got enough appraisal for his work shooting advertisements (apparently more than 900 !) and documentaries. Ankur means “seedling”: some people...

  • Facing the mirror: Chameli

    19 juillet 2007 ( #Film reviews )

    After having watched the film, I asked myself what it had been trying to do... It's a filmed play about these two people - modern-India businessman Rahul Bose and eternal India prostitute Kareena Kapoor - which explores their confrontation: and the immediate...

  • 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...

  • Kabhie Kabhie, clumsy classic

    14 octobre 2009 ( #Film reviews )

    Yash Chopra ’s “Kabhie kabhie” (1976) was for me like a distant reference, a movie many people had seen and loved back in the exotic seventies, and so, I knew I would have to see it one day. And now that I have, and have both enjoyed it and been disappointed...

  • Anupama, where the dream-fairies slumber

    12 avril 2010 ( #Film reviews )

    Anupama , by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, centres around the character of Uma (Sharmila Tagore), a shy and silent girl, sole daughter of a cruel father (Tarun Bose) who lost this beloved wife when she gave birth to this daughter. He blamed her for the death...

  • Yash Chopra, the power of Passion

    25 octobre 2012 ( #Bollywood Talk )

    Yash Chopra passed today; because of the importance of the guy, I decided to post this eulogy of him written some time ago, but which I still feel is appropriate. Yash Chopra… Say this name and immediately vast landscapes appear, green slopes where lovers...

  • 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...

  • Shree 420: Raj Kapoor's masterpiece

    19 décembre 2007 ( #Film reviews )

    Another classic ! Raj Kapoor (actor and director) and Nargis are once again at the top of their art, and create a masterful, a superb story of love and temptation, of self-deception and redemption. Not only is the story a moving and profound parable on...

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