Category Archives: Film

Christy Daniel Lincoln

?????????????Once Christy Brown, then HawkeyeGerry ConlonBill the ButcherDaniel Plainview, and now Lincoln – it’s hard to believe that all these roles have been played by the same actor. The effortlessness, the elegance in his performances often make us believe that it is not Daniel Day Lewis mesmerizing us, but Christy Brown, or Lincoln, playing himself. Continue reading

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The good, the god, and the ugly

1297-Gangsters-729x1024The Godfather (Copolla, 1972) is not just the best film of the mafia genre, but also a gold mine of characters and situations. It is difficult to track the number of films in Bollywood, which have either copied the film, or drawn inspirations from it. Well, the second most influential mafia film is obviously – Scarface (De Palma, 1983). With a rags to riches story, involvement of very little brain and bloodshed written all over, Scarface became the template for the 80’s and 90’s crime cinema of India. Continue reading

History, 24 frames per second

mughal-e-azamHistory is an interesting subject for cinema. It has stories to tell, and more importantly lessons to teach. While Chinese resort to their martial art and wartime dramas, Japanese make jidaigekis, Russians are known for their working class films, and Americans with very little history to tell, still fall back to their cowboy westerns and political dramas, it is rather unfortunate, that India despite of its thousands of years of rich history, vastly fails to replicate it in cinema. Continue reading

Lights camera youtube

garam hawaFor a moment let’s forget world cinema. Let’s forget Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and John Abraham. Let’s also forget about the early Hindi cinema which belonged to the likes of Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Bimal Roy and V Shantaram. Any serious film viewer will ask – “what remains to be watched?” Well, my friend, the answer is there on YouTube. Continue reading

Nero’s guests

neros_guestsWorking in plush offices, earning high salaries and living up-market life styles, there are many among us who are not even aware of the agrarian crisis of India. For many, a weekend is all about catching up with the latest movie and partying on the latest dance beats. 2 lakh farmers have committed suicides and we have become the perfect bystanders. Let us all make a resolution this year- that we will not become Nero’s Guests. If there is time to change, it is now. Continue reading

Boom! bam! smash! thud!

superheroPull on your under-wears, strap your utility belt, roll on your cape and prepare to fly. It is interesting how the number of films made on comic books have increased significantly over the past decade. Beginning with the 1978 Superman’s success, filmmakers have increasingly adapted a multitude of superheroes for the screen. The alternative graphic novels like Sin City, 300, From Hell, V for Vendetta and Road to Perdition are not far behind. Then there are unique films like American Splendor.  Continue reading

Hence, the kolaveri

Yes. Indian films. The ones with those songs and dances in them. But have we ever asked ourselves, why are there so many songs in our films? It is because we Indians love songs? Well, there is no ethnic evidence that Indians are more fond of music than, say the Italians, or the Spanish. How is then singing and dancing an integral part of Indian cinema and not the cinema of other countries? Continue reading