Category Archive: Cinema etc.

An Open Letter to Meryl Streep

When I read your speech, I thought that you should have given some more examples of bullying, particularly by those who are/were in power, and they have abused or continuously abusing that status. Let me add some to that. You may not like those examples because they are related to some of the powerful who you love, like and have campaigned for.

Om Puri, A True Acting Legend

The serious police officer of Ardh Satya can play the menacing villain of Narsimha and the comic Ahuja of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron with ease. Some of the best works of Indian Television, Bharat Ek Khoj, Tamas, Kakkaji Kahin etc. have his footprints. His talent was duly rewarded in the forms of many national and international awards as well as with enduring respects of audience. Om Puri’s deep voice accompanied by the intensity of his acting left a lasting impact. His distinct tone has been employed in numerous commentaries and voice-overs.

Ae dil hai mushkil

There has been an attempt in the movie to display the emotions of love and friendship from a gender perspective. Although this is not effectively portrayed in the movie, the actor has done a decent job in conveying the message of a patriarchal mindset.

Begum Akhtar: The Tormented Soul Who Rose to be the Ghazal Queen

Begum Akhtar was no ordinary singer. Sarojini Naidu praised her that she was brilliant; the legendary Gauhar Jaan predicted she would be a great ghazal singer. And much later, as she became a household name with her sublime voice and mellifluous singing, she remained humble, though moody and unpredictable.

Mughal-e-Azam Redux

All you need is love, he cried and the troops ardently responded ‘She loves you; yeah yeah and with a love like that you know it can’t be bad’. However the tremendous motivation of love was no match for the might of the Mughal army and ultimately it came down to a one on one match up between the father and the son.

Compiling Rekha’s story

You get to read all that you want to read. But only a little more than what you already knew about the actor. If you were born in 70’s you already know most of the documented stories.

Dreaming, scheming, never growing old: remembering Abbas Kiarostami (1940 – 2016)

I didn’t grow up with Kiarostami’s films. I discovered Abbas Kiarostami long after he’d become Kiarostami, during the same time that I began devouring everything having to do with Iranian culture. I vaguely remember visiting the Film Museum off of Vali-ye Asr Avenue in Tehran with my friend one hot summer’s day, when I was around 16 years old. I had no idea who the man in the sunglasses was, only that he was of significance where Iranian cinema was concerned.

एक मुखरता का मौन होना

बंगाल के सांस्कृतिक इतिहास में ऐसे अनेक व्यक्ति हुए हैं, जिन्होंने न सिर्फ उस इलाके के, बल्कि पूरे देश की चेतना पर गहरा असर डाला है. महाश्वेता देवी इस सिलसिले का संभवतः अंतिम नाम है.

जिंदगी की जुस्तजू में प्रेम का दीप ‘कोशिश’

सक्रिय समाज के बीच हरि-आरती जैसे लोग अजनबी महसूस करते होंगे. हरि समान लोगों के लिए सामान्य जिंदगी गुजर करना बड़ा मुश्किल है. कोशिश अपनी राह में उन सभी चुनौतियों का डटकर सामना करती नजर आती है. संजय लीला भंसाली की ‘खामोशी’ के लिए रेफेरेन्स प्वाइंट यही फिल्म रही होगी. कोशिश का उद्देश्य अक्षम लोगों की दिक्कतों को दिखाना-भर नहीं था, बल्कि हरि -आरती के उदाहरण के जरिए हिम्मत-हौसले व प्रेम की विजय को दिखाना था.

मराठी सिनेमा से जगतीं उम्मीदें

मुंबई फिल्म उद्योग में भी बीते सालों में प्रयोगधर्मिता का सिलसिला शुरू हुआ है तथा दक्षिण से भी कुछ उम्दा फिल्में आई हैं, पर उनका मुख्य स्वर अब भी मुनाफे और सतही मनोरंजन को ही संबोधित है. इन इलाकों में फिल्मों से जुड़े लोग मराठी से सीख रहे हैं और उन्हें सीखना भी चाहिए. इतिहास में ऐसे अवसर बार-बार नहीं आते हैं, जब कलात्मक निराशा के दौर में उम्मीद की बिजलियां लगातार चमकती हों.

The Silent Indian National Anthem

On the occasion of India’s 61st Republic Day in 2011, this silent rendition of India’s National Anthem, interpreted through the sign language and gestures, was created by the Mudra Group.