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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 Satish, and thanks for reading. :) I saw this movie twice also!
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The Lunchbox (2013) at Filmi Geek
Thanks for this Shivinder, and thanks for reading. I'd love to watch the movie - I'd love to watch any Gulzar movie! I can't find it with subtitles, though.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Navigating Filmi Geek at Filmi Geek
Dir. Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK Goodness knows I have little love for the man-child archetype. Hindi films of this decade are strewn with impulsive, indolent young men who won't even consider pointing themselves on a trajectory toward adulthood until some... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Filmi Geek
I've been writing a regular column for Outlook India and it's naturally slowed down the blogging a bit. And I'm in my busiest time of year at work. I'm still here, though, still watching movies and writing about them, even... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Filmi Geek
Hello Anu. Thanks, yes, I was aware Hatya is a remake. (I didn't mention it here because, as I haven't watched the original, I didn't have anything to say about it.) I have no doubt the original is quite an excellent movie. But hey, I liked the dances. ;-) I also liked the romance - especially that Sapna initiates it. Malayalam original or not, Govinda and his brother and the rest of the cast deserve credit for superb execution on the adapted source material.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2014 on Hatya (1988) at Filmi Geek
हत्या Dir. Kirti Kumar I am planning to give a collective report on my recent five-film Govinda marathon (I was calling it a binge, but marathon is a much more pleasant metaphor). But the last film of the five, Hatya,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Filmi Geek
Anu I am quite fond of Abhishek myself, though I think he does better in comedic-tending roles than in dramatic-tending ones. I like him a lot! You think he has trouble getting out of his father's shadow? It's an interesting idea to explore - if that's why producers are wary of casting him. He did get so, so many chances to start his career despite many flops in the early 2000s. But he seems to have been taking it relatively easy since his child was born - I have no sense of whether that is by design, or because he hasn't been offered a whole lot to do.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2014 on Happy New Year (2014) at Filmi Geek
Yeah? I find him very appealing, especially in the right kind of role, where he can be goofy and not need to do too much dramatic acting.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2014 on Delhi-6 (2009) at Filmi Geek
Thanks for the memory, Rano :) That's very funny. I can see where missing the middle third of a movie could be a bit confusing ...
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2014 on Brahmachari (1968) at Filmi Geek
Thank you bandarmukhi <3 I should have known you would know this, and just asked you!
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2014 on Love in Tokyo (1966) at Filmi Geek
Dir. Farah Khan I didn't hate Happy New Year as much as I expected to. That extremely faint praise is a sign of how far the mighty can fall. Seven years ago I began my review of Om Shanti Om... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Filmi Geek
Oh, thank you! I do recall the snippet of the melody in "Paanch rupaiyya" now that you mention it - it slipped my mind when I was writing today but I had known that the melody predated Chhupa Rustam. And that Albela song is lovely!
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2014 on Love in Tokyo (1966) at Filmi Geek
Dir. Pramod Chakravorty It's tough for a movie set in an “exotic” locale to convey a sense of place without resorting to stereotypes, and Love in Tokyo doesn't even really try. Its stars do a little bit of frolicking in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Filmi Geek
यह नज़दीकियाँ Dir. Vinod Pande I have watched quite a few rotten movies out of love for Shabana Azmi. I did not enjoy the dour, crotchety Avtaar, which tries to send a message about respecting one's elders, and winds up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Filmi Geek
Hello folks - I've got a review or two in the pipeline but in the meantime please read and share my latest column in Outlook, about that wonderful feedback loop between visiting India and watching its movies. Also, Filmi Geek... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Filmi Geek
Hi PC, thanks for the comment! I'd love for you to unpack your comment about being biased after "The Dirty Picture" - biased how? Has it made you dislike Naseeruddin Shah, or prefer him in certain kinds of roles? Very curious about this interesting statement. :)
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Finding Fanny (2014) at Filmi Geek
I like your reading of Bobby and her thoughtless acceptance of Khan's offer. I wish the script had been just a little more explicit about that, to make it clear that this is character-illustrating point, something about Bobby, rather than just lazy writing. I'm looking forward to watching the movie again and seeing whether the cuteness hold up on second viewing.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Bobby Jasoos (2014) at Filmi Geek
Thank you so much love <3 I will try to fit in time to post a response! Lots to do these days.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Positive Outlook at Filmi Geek
Smair, thank you so much for this wonderful comment. Your contemporary memories of Jewel Thief from India and Iran are priceless! I do love this movie. It is one of those rare movies that I can watch any time, even if I just watched it yesterday! I love every second and every frame of it.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2014 on Jewel Thief (1967) at Filmi Geek
You might be right. I'm giving him credit because of the physicality in his performancethe role - he seemed to know what to do with his body, so perhaps what he was doing with his expression was also willful? Or, maybe Homi Adajania just cast him thoughtfully, as Savio is more than a bit of a dope. ;-)
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2014 on Finding Fanny (2014) at Filmi Geek
There is some real talent among the young women in the movies these days - Deepika, Parineeti Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut ... I hope that filmmakers can and do keep giving them good stories to tell when they all reach the other side of 30.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2014 on Finding Fanny (2014) at Filmi Geek
Dir. Homi Adajania Finding Fanny is a self-consciously quirky story about weird, broken people. At times it tries a little too hard, but for the most part, its peculiar humor works. It is not as sinister as Homi Adajania's earlier... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Filmi Geek
Hello johalr, thanks for this. I had to watch the song again to refresh my memory. I agree with you that it is a gorgeous song with lovely visuals but I cannot get over the fact that it is embedded in a disgusting story. It could be so lovely to see a stressed and damaged young woman rousing herself to life in the open air and countryside, the way that song attempts to show. But in the context of the worn-out "manic pixie girl softens the heart of the meanest criminal" yada-yada, it is, like everything else good about Highway, an utter waste of a whole lot of very fine craft.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on Highway (2014) at Filmi Geek
"I hold Gulzars movies to an unfairly high standard." I understand that. Sometimes I can be harder on a movie that is almost-great than on one that has more modest ambitions and turns out to be a fun watch without much substance. And I can't really disagree with any of your critiques of Aandhi. Even I detected Suchitra Sen's Bengali accent which must mean it was horridly jarring to someone who actually knows what she's listening to. And you are absolutely right about the timeline - it wasn't as carefully charted as it could have been. Yet I was so blown away by the movie's substance that I just couldn't stop thinking about it afterward. It's likely I'll watch it again in the not too distant future and then maybe these weaknesses of craft will be more present.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on Aandhi (1975) at Filmi Geek
Anu I agree completely on Iqbal - I liked it but I also felt there was something missing in it, and I am suspicious of some of the narrative choices Kukunoor made in it. In my review of it I didn't go all the way to calling it manipulative but I think that is a reasonable interpretation of some of those choices. I haven't seen Gulab Gang yet. I couldn't fit it in for some reason when it was in the theater, and the reviews were so lukewarm that I haven't brought myself to look at it yet, despite wanting more of Juhi and despite the usually irresistible pull of Madhuri.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2014 on 3 Deewarein (2003) at Filmi Geek