Archive for March, 2008

March 30, 2008

The Bartered Dulhania

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Smetana’s opera “The Bartered Bride” would make a spectacular Hindi movie! Just look at the plot. It’s perfect!

March 29, 2008

Opera and Hindi cinema

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I was struck again last week by how very many characteristics Hindi films share with opera. It’s no wonder Sanjay Leela Bansali is staging an opera in Paris. I watched one in particular which I am now dying to see in Hindi movie form, if anyone wants to finance and make it! (More on that here.)

March 27, 2008

Aah (1953)

should have been called Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!! It’s an irritating exercise in complete and utter narcissism from Raj Kapoor.

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March 23, 2008

Hrithik haiku

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What is wrong with you?
You say you don’t understand
My crush on Hrithik?

March 21, 2008

Shammi haiku

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Completely bonkers
It’s what we have in common
I love Shammi too

March 19, 2008

Gemma haiku (filmi)

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My favorite film
Is Haathi Mere Saathi
Why? Elephant race!!!!

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March 19, 2008

Abandonment

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She has abandoned
Both me and her blog; now I
Can take it over!

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March 17, 2008

Qurbani (1980)

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Ah, testosterone. It pours out like a river from the screen during Qurbani. One fistfight leads to another, and another, and another. Punctuating the fisticuffs are doses of male bonding and declarations of undying friendship. Also many many (not necessarily testosterone-related) Poor Decisions are made.

March 15, 2008

Trivia time #17

In which film did two different actresses play one character (and not as two different ages, i.e. the child and the adult), as opposed to the more usual convention of one actress playing two different characters?

This is one of the actresses.

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March 12, 2008

Saazish (1975)

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Today I am going to stray from my usual format for discussing movies. I can’t offer a synopsis of the story, since it was nonsensical and bewildering and I lost the thread about halfway through. The closest I could come would be to say that it’s “The Love Boat” meets every cheesy spy movie/tv show ever made.

But I present this argument: a coherent plot is not always necessary. Despite the lack of one, this film had entertaining goodies a-plenty.

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