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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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Silverambrosia, thanks for this wonderful comment. I don't remember this film well enough to address any of its substance, I'm afraid. Maybe you are right, it deserves a rewatch. I am not in any way a Dilip Kumar fan. However, I enjoyed Naya Daur so much, that perhaps in light of that I could appreciate his work in Gunga Jumna a little more.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2014 on Gunga Jumna (1961) at Filmi Geek
Thanks. :) Someone else explained to me about Sri Sri Ravi Shankhar and also Radhe Maa, who was also caricatured in the film. He said the lampooning of Radhe Maa was spot-on. I admit that character didn't make much of an impression on me, perhaps because I was not familiar with the antecedent.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2014 on OMG - Oh My God! (2012) at Filmi Geek
I read that it was protested against, at least to some degree, enough that Akshay Kumar had a police detail for a while. And such protests occur prior to release as well as after movies gain popularity, though I take your point that they might not be as widespread beforehand.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2014 on OMG - Oh My God! (2012) at Filmi Geek
Dir. Umesh Shukla It takes a certain amount of guts to make a movie that critiques religion in India. After all, in some parts of the country it is not hard for political leaders to get a movie banned or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Filmi Geek
I appreciate the recommendations! I have Bandini and Do Bhiga Zameen and I am pretty sure I also have Madhumati - at any rate they are all already on my list and I will get to them sooner or later. So many more movies than time! It is notable that "Devdas" is not in your list of Bimal Roy recommendations. That's one of the rare classic Hindi movies that I am not eager to see - I'm not wild about Dilip Kumar and I detest the Devdas story. I'm curious, how did Lal Pathar come to be your introduction to Bengali movies? (You might have already explained in one of your other comments.)
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2014 on Lal pathar (1964) at Filmi Geek
লাল পাত্থার Dir. Sushil Majumdar Not long ago I reviewed the 1971 Hindi version of this movie, starring Raaj Kumar, Hema Malini, and Rakhee, which I enjoyed very much. The comments on that post included a very interesting comparison of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Filmi Geek
Thank you! Oh, the food, yes. I wish I had someone to bring me a dabba full of hot fresh desi food every day!
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2014 on The Lunchbox (2013) at Filmi Geek
I love this comment, Zeeniebaby, especially the part about your parents' neighbor. Adorable! Also terrific point about the smoking. It's a smaller but just as potent way that the reality of their relationship can't easily match the fantasy. I would totally watch a documentary about the dabbawalas. But I'm glad for this nice little bit of fiction as well.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2014 on The Lunchbox (2013) at Filmi Geek
I'm so glad! I saw it at Coolidge Corner, right up the street from where I live - also a packed house (though it was a tiny screening room, maybe about 40 people). I still haven't seen Ship of Theseus.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2014 on The Lunchbox (2013) at Filmi Geek
Isn't it super how much we can learn about old movies from one another's blogs? The reason I like such a high proportion of the movies I see is that my choices are guided so well by our amazing community.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2014 on Gaddaar (1973) at Filmi Geek
Anu, it took me some time to track down a DVD copy, as my usual sources didn't have it. But I did get one eventually. Come over and watch it!
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2014 on Gaddaar (1973) at Filmi Geek
डब्बा Dir. Ritesh Batra (A lot has been written about this film, which finally found its way into arthouse cinemas in the US after its successful run on the festival circuit and limited release in India last year. For that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Filmi Geek
Thank you, Miranda, for another super comment. After I posted this review, someone on Twitter said that Gaddaar never attained the cult status it deserves. Perhaps if we all keep waving the banner hard enough it will happen! I am a big, big fan of Deewaar. But I think it is a very different kind of film. While Amitabh's character (Vijay, of course) is sympathetic and a criminal, what makes him sympathetic is something more like Grand Masala Principles than the kind of everyman relatability of the gang in Gaddaar. It is a very interesting comparison.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2014 on Gaddaar (1973) at Filmi Geek
Glad you got to see both of them, Swati. :) Beth and I finished watching the Bengali version and we are planning to do a joint post about it over the weekend.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2014 on Lal patthar (1971) at Filmi Geek
गद्दार Dir. Harmesh Malhotra Some time ago, I started to write a discussion of this fascinating, intense, visually gorgeous, relatively underappreciated film, only to discover that Beth and Greta had already said just about everything I wanted to say about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Filmi Geek
Thanks for this great comment! I have started watching the Bengali original and it will be interesting to see how I think it compares. I had noticed through the first half hour or so (as far as I've got) that the Hindi version is a shot-for-shot, line-for-line clone; when I noticed they were both directed by Majumdar this surprised me less. You note that the Bengali film is in black & white and that the garish colors of the Hindi version don't sit well with the story for you. That's interesting because I very much enjoyed the look of the film. I agree with you about Hema's performance - as I mentioned, a bit of scene-chewing - but I found it went well with the overall melodramatic tone of the piece. Perhaps the Bengali film is more dramatic and less melodramatic in style?
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2014 on Lal patthar (1971) at Filmi Geek
I agree, Hema is terrific (in Lal patthar, and in general). I missed Ship of Theseus; I would have loved to have seen it, I've heard marvelous things about it. Hope you enjoy Queen!
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2014 on Lal patthar (1971) at Filmi Geek
Miranda! I am tempted to delete my entire review and replace it with your comment. What a terrific summary of everything that is terrific about this surprisingly enjoyable movie. Thank you!
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2014 on Lal patthar (1971) at Filmi Geek
लाल पत्थर Dir. Sushil Majumdar Sometimes a movie about horrible people can nevertheless be a satisfying watch. Two of Lal patthar's three principals are awful; Bahadur (Raaj Kumar) is vain, selfish, and sanctimonious, and Madhuri (Hema Malini) is mean, indolent,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Filmi Geek
So glad you liked it. Did Dhanno watch with you? What a special film.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on Queen (2014) at Filmi Geek
It's at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, not in Westborough. It's worth the trip. I would not describe Kangana's character as angsty. Sure there are moments when she is unhappy, but there isn't really any angst in the film.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on Queen (2014) at Filmi Geek
You're right. Another big difference with The Dirty Picture (which is a movie I liked a lot, so I am not knocking it) is that it is the story of a star, not an ordinary young woman. It's about a woman becoming powerful because of what she means to other people, whereas Queen as about a young woman coming to understand what she can mean to herself. May sound hackneyed when I put it that way, but what I am reading from young urban Indian women about Queen is how reflective it is of their lives, their own choices and values and evolution. I don't think it can be overstated how important that is. I hope you get to see the movie, Miranda. It's worth the shlep.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2014 on Queen (2014) at Filmi Geek
Dir. Vikas Behl About a third of the way through Queen, its titular character Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is assaulted in a Parisian alleyway by a would-be purse-snatcher. Rani hangs on to her purse with ferocious tenacity, twisting its handles around... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Filmi Geek
No apologies necessary. Not sure how I got that one wrong - I remember looking it up but must have had some kind of brain cramp.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2014 on Trishul (1978) at Filmi Geek
Thank you for the recommendations! I have seen more than a few Hrishikesh Mukherjee but there is still so much more to catch up on. It seems like every time I turn around another one of his movies is being recommended to me. :)
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2014 on Trishul (1978) at Filmi Geek