Tag Archive: indian cinema

Padmaavat and the other side of history

The issue isn’t with Bhansali taking creative liberty. The issue’s got to do with the larger socio-political context of “othering” Muslims and relegating the Muslim identity in India.

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On Sahir and On Manwani’s Book

Sahir was the only songwriter and lyricist for whom the songs succeeded on the merit of his words alone, on the power of his poetry. His words had a ‘persona of their own.’ The tune and the melody followed in what was quite unprecedented, and his name appeared ahead of the composers, in the posters.

Shailendra – the lyricist and songwriter extraordinaire

Hindi poetry was somehow missing, and the gap was so admirably filled by the great Shailendra, followed later by Kavi Pradeep and Neeraj.

भोजपुरी फिल्म फेस्टिवल : अपने ही जाल में उलझा भोजपुरी सिनेमा

पलायन, अकेलेपन और बिना किसी सांस्कृतिक चेतना के भटकती आबादी को फूहड़ फंतासी परोसकर पैसा कमाने की होड़ मची हुई है. फिल्मों और म्यूजिक एल्बमों में कोई फर्क नहीं रह गया है. बदलते दौर की भौतिक चमक-दमक को तो भोजपुरी सिनेमा खूब दिखाता है, पर सामाजिक-सांस्कृतिक मूल्यों की जड़ता से नहीं भिड़ता. वह एक बड़े विभ्रम का शिकार है. इसी विभ्रम में वह सतही फिल्मों को ‘लिट्टी-चोखा’ और ‘माई की बोली’ के आवरण में परोसता है.

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.

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.

Shyam Benegal: The Pioneer of Parallel Cinema

Shyam Benegal is rated as a trend setter in so far as parallel cinema in India is concerned. It can be said that no director since Satyajit Ray has done more for Indian cinema than Benegal, endearingly addressed as Shyam babu by his friends and admirers. Benegal provides an alternative history of cinema in India, away from willing suspension of disbelief and which the mainstream cinema specialises and he has consistently drawn attention to myriad inequalities and disparities which scar Indian society, polity and economy. These basic, grim and stern realities of life were conveniently airbrushed by the popular cinema to create an artificial make-belief world.

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.

Bajrangi: Not A Review

It’s a belief in innocence. It’s a cry for turning the clock back. It’s a want for getting back to your roots. There would be a million eyes across the North who yearn to go and see that wooden door through which their childhood flew into manhood overnight.