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carla
Geek. Dilettante. Over-analyzer of Hindi movies. World music addict & DJ. Anthropologist of enthusiasms. Other stuff.
Interests: At the moment: India and Hindi films, languages and linguistics, world music, world history, health and fitness
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Thanks! I found the film on YouTube with subtitles and will definitely give it a look.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2016 on Mere Apne (1971) at Filmi Geek
Arvind, do you think Gulzar is better as a lyricist than a filmmaker? I always enjoy his films. There is a delicacy to the way he tells stories. Mausam is a great example - it's a very filmi story, but he tells it with a deft touch. Aandhi of course is one of my all-time favorites. I picked up a copy of Achanak on the recommendation of several commenters here - I haven't watched it yet but I think I will in the not-too-distant future.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2016 on Mere Apne (1971) at Filmi Geek
Thanks Sumeet :) If my knowledge is encyclopedic it is missing quite a few volumes! I answered your question over on Facebook. Hope to see you soon!
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2016 on Mere Apne (1971) at Filmi Geek
Madhulika, it's definitely ham-fisted at times but on balance I found it a very engaging and interesting film. I look forward to seeing what you think.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2016 on Mere Apne (1971) at Filmi Geek
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मेरे अपने Dir. Gulzar An old widow moves from her village to the city, is baffled by the coarseness and amorality that she encounters there, and finds her place as a surrogate grandmother to a clutch of antagonistic ruffians, bringing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Filmi Geek
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Hello and thank you for reading and for your comment. I do like Dharmendra - he's one of my favorites! Your comment about the mistreatment of women - Sometimes I enjoy films despite there being awful misogynist elements. Sometimes a single awful misogynist element can ruin a whole film for me. I can't claim to be consistent about it. I chalk it up to the human ability to hold contradictory ideas in our minds simultaneously - it's a sign of our intelligence. ;) I'm glad you are enjoying dissecting details. Some people think Hindi films are not worth thinking about - I prefer people who appreciate that they are. :) Hope you and your mother are well.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2016 on Piku (2015) at Filmi Geek
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Dir. Shakun Batra I have a good friend whose family is in the habit of lying to one another and keeping secrets. Don't tell my sister that my other sister's son is gay - it will kill her. Don't let... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Filmi Geek
Thanks very much, Mike. I don't think I need to see a *more* gory version of Anjaam. Truth be told, I generally can't stand stuff like that in the movies.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2016 on Anjaam (1994) at Filmi Geek
Hello Smitha, Thank you for your comments on this and a couple of other posts. Judging from what you've said, you don't agree with a lot of my opinions, so I am that much more appreciative that you've taken the time to read so much of them despite that. You might like to hear that I've actually seen quite a few more films of Rajesh Khanna since I wrote this post more than 3 years ago. But, my feelings about him haven't changed all that much. And I still think Tanuja is adorable.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2016 on Haathi mere saathi (1971) at Filmi Geek
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Hello folks - I did podcast with Beth and Sujoy in which we rounded up the year 2015 in Hindi films. Come listen to us discuss the best, the worst, the most exciting, the most disappointing, and more! Listen here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Filmi Geek
And thank you, for reading and for the kind words! "But it was always 'dabble' because the climatic resolution of these love stories is always so incomplete, it makes one feel let down in the end. It's almost like he realises - oh dear, this is an Indian audience, must.serve.desi.ending. So the movies end with a happy, happy resolution where everybody involved subscribes to the sanctity of marriage." This is a great observation about Yash Chopra, and maybe why I like him better when he's working on grand archetypal canvases like Kaala Patthar or Deewaar. In those movies he seemed less afraid to show people's lives really broken or permanently transformed by the events in the story. I think you are right, though, that Lamhe could have been a more compelling story with some changes in approach.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2016 on Lamhe (1991) at Filmi Geek
Thanks, Nattu. I admit that I am no connoisseur of fight scenes - they are more often something I endure than something I enjoy. That said, there are fight scenes that transcend mere spectacle and actually lend something to the foundation of character and narrative. And occasionally, I even notice this - although it seems I did not when I first watched Deewaar (you can bet I'll be looking for it next time). One time that I DID notice is in another Yash Chopra film, Kaala Patthar, which uses fight scenes to convey so much about all the principal male characters. So now you have me wondering if thoughtful use of fight scenes is more of a Yash Chopra hallmark than I have noticed in the past. Something interesting to think about!
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2015 on Deewaar (1975) at Filmi Geek
Thanks very much, Abdullah. Please, tell me more about HAHK as a "progressive effort." Not challenging you - I'm intrigued and would love to hear more about what you have to say about it.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2015 on Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) at Filmi Geek
I think calling Maine Pyar Kiya childish is pretty fair. It's not necessarily an indictment of the film, though. It's not meant to reflect the grown-up world in its ugly complexity. To the contrary, it's meant to let you escape from that ugliness into a simpler, cleaner, happier world. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun has the song "Chocolate Lime Juice" which is about being on the threshold of adulthood and finding it very confusing. In some sense Barjatya movies are all about preserving that last moment of youthful innocence and untarnished love.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2015 on Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) at Filmi Geek
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प्रेम रतन धन पायो Dir. Sooraj Barjatya Some of the most awkward moments of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo come when it tries to be progressive and modern while still hewing to its regressive Rajshri roots. When our hero Prem (Salman... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Filmi Geek
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At this point I've seen about fifty of Shabana Azmi's films - some of them I've watched knowing they were good, and others I've watched for no other reason than that she was in them. Like any prolific actor's filmography,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Filmi Geek
Great story :) What's your opinion of the Devdas story generally - is it because it's Devdas that you knew you wouldn't like it, or the stars, or what? I know for a lot of foreigners like me, Devdas was the movie that brought them into Bollywood. I don't know what would have happened if it had been my first. Shah Rukh Khan is especially unappealing in it, but Madhuri is radiant, and the music and dancing are so nice.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2015 on Devdas (2002) at Filmi Geek
The only reason I can think of why you and ma might remember it, bandarmukhi, - is that it does have some nice songs. There is the lullaby "Aaja nindiya Aaja" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcVixa217GY and this overload of cuteness, "Gudiya chidiya" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygfobxbC63g .
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2015 on Lorie (1984) at Filmi Geek
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लोरी Dir. Vijay Talwar Lorie starts off looking like many a gentle middle-cinema film of its era. A married couple (Naseeruddin Shah and Swaroop Sampat) are shown in intimately domestic scenes, engaging in playful (if weirdly hostile) teasing; the film... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Filmi Geek
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डर Dir. Yash Chopra Watching this movie made me think about the not-so-fine line between courtship and stalking. Hindi films have, frustratingly, blurred that line for decades. Occasionally, a film comes along that attempts to explore it artfully. Raanjhanaa is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Filmi Geek
Thank you Mukesh :) I love this pairing too. Some time after I wrote this about Half Ticket I watched Jhumroo (and gushed about it as well) - I would be hard pressed to decide which I liked better, they are just delightful together. Jhumroo has the advantage of Kishore's original music, of course.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2015 on Half Ticket (1962) at Filmi Geek
Thanks for the great comment. It is hardly surprising when it does not occur to ordinary male storytellers who are embedded in their time and place, who do not interact with women in any capacity other than as sons and husbands, who are not encouraged to think of women as autonomous human beings in any way, to include women in their stories. But Ray is not such a storyteller; his socially incisive stories very often focus on women and on the very strictures that limit women's options and leave them unfulfilled. If anyone should have gotten it, it should have been him! I will watch Sonar Kella one of these days - ever since I went to Jaisalmer I have wanted to.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2015 on Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969) at Filmi Geek
Smitha, I am just dying to know - are you the same smitha who commented six years ago that my post a "piece of shit" fit only for the dustbin? If so I must thank you for sticking around for (or at least coming back after) all these years despite your low opinion of my opinions. ;) Sometimes I consider watching Anand again. I've seen a lot more Rajesh Khanna films by now, and while I haven't exactly developed an appreciation for him myself, I have come closer to understanding the appreciation that others have. I'm curious to know if I'd find it less grating now.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2015 on Anand (1971) at Filmi Geek
Agree, there is a huge and palpable debt to Peter Jackson here. Incidentally the interminable battle scenes of LOTR are only one of the reasons I find those films dreadfully indulgent and boring as well. ;)
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2015 on Baahubali (2015) at Filmi Geek
Shel, like Ashish above, you have given me pause to think about whether I was too hard on poor Prem. I like your observation that his meanness is a turning outward of his own poor self-esteem, acting out because of his discomfort with his own inadequacy. Agree with everything you say about Sandhya, as well!
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2015 on Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) at Filmi Geek