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Zindagi Badi Honi Chahiye, Lambi Nahin…

The first Hindi film I saw which I also happened to follow and recall was Aradhana. It was in a large group of uncles and aunts and cousins that we went to watch the film in a modest theatre in … Continue reading

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Kolkata As Star

In Shrijeet Mukherjee’s 22shey Shrabon and Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani, the star is the city of Kolkata, and that too such a powerful star that it could render the Bengali superstar, Prosenjit in the former and the Hindi film star Vidya … Continue reading

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Dastaan-e-Ghare Baire

Dastangoi, is a medieval form of storytelling devised by the Prophet’s father-in-law, Amir Hamza Esquire and contains stories of magic, fairies, truant students and naïve maulavis. The form has been revived in modern India through Danish Hussain and Amar Farooqui. … Continue reading

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Shammi..at the end of the day

Shammi Kapoor died on the early morning of the 14th of August 2011, succumbing to a chronic renal malfunction. Fortuitously, I was reading about one of the possible causes of the malady as being chronic adrenaline fatigue, a possibility that … Continue reading

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Revisiting Charulata – Sangeetha Padmanabhan’s Film Just Calle Charulata

Sangeeta Padmanabhan, also in my friend’s list of film makers, has just canned her debut film, Charulata encore. I forget the exact name of the film but I think that it is just called Charulata, implying that Satyajit Ray’s masterpiece Charulata … Continue reading

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Sabaash Suzanna

Suzanna Anna Marie had six married husbands and one constant by-stander. She was an Anglo Indian, lived in Mussorie, her father was a contemporary of the legendary Jim Corbett and lived in a huge estate that she inherited as her … Continue reading

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Death Wish In A Dying Culture – Guzaarish

For quite some time now I have been sensing that India is in the grips of a death wish. The growth rate of population is slowly coming down, the size of family is decreasing and while life expectancy is on … Continue reading

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