Best films seen by me this year (be it on the big screen or on home video/telly) are:
1. Boyhood (2014)
2. Ankhon Dekhi (2014)
3. Blue Jasmine (2013)
4. Miss Lovely (2012)
5. The Mudge Boy (2002)
6. Gravity (2013)
7. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
9. Finding Fanny (2014)
10. The Man in the Moon (1991)
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Best films seen by me this year (be it on the big screen or on home video/telly) are:
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Guys playing with dolls? No, no, no.... it is a big 'no' for goodness' sake!
But action figures.... well, they're fine of course. At least that's the evolved perception right now.
Reading comics from an early age, and being in close touch with the world scenario, although from a distance, I had known all along that guys of all ages can known to be passionate about action figures. The fact remains that still in some cultures it's very much a closet phenomenon.
Times are hopefully changing, mindsets are known to change slowly but gradually.
Even we Indians are wholeheartedly embracing the culture of men (adults of either gender actually) being charged up about collecting superhero action figures thanks to a chocolate major and its unique advertising campaign.
The manliness of the so called pin-ups is also not expected to be doubted by the impressionable majority when these models or actors are shown posing with their favorite action figures. I like it.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
'Khoobsurat', the 2014 film is a delight. Yes, it is what's often called a chick-flick... yes, it's too much of a candy floss concoction without the characters or the situations making much sense... and, no, the reference to the Rekha starrer of the same name from the Eighties was not at all necessary. But, for the entire family that's on the lookout for a clean, hilarious romance at the nearest multiplex, this film is just the recommended fare.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Friday, August 01, 2014
All we got to know was this: "A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, P.K.'s innocent questions and childlike curiosity will take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting-go."
That's P.K.... in a nutshell.... and here is A.K. in and as 'P.K.' (or should I say 'pk'?)
How much the audience would accept him, only time will tell.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Seldom do I revisit movies that I have already seen. First, the time is too short to catch up with films, old and new - that's the principle a movie junkie like me abides by; plus, there is the risk of my love for a movie fading, at least marginally if not considerably, when I watch it again. However, recently I made an exception for a movie I had seen some time back (and liked) - called 'Chatroom' - and I am glad I did, because my love and appreciation for the movie - largely the premise and its handling - has grown manifold. It should be made compulsory viewing for young, impressionable folks, for obvious reasons, the chatting - as well as subverting and bullying - ways may keep dating with passage of time, and that too at a very fast rate, but the tale would definitely connect, it does make sense, it'll keep doing so.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
I have come up for this special 'tribute' post a selection of my favorite songs from Hindi films,
all of these are famous R. D. Burman compositions, and some have even been sung by him, in his inimitable voice.
I have limited the number of songs on this list to just seventy five, which was really a tough thing to do. I have also listed the movie titles along with the years, for easy reference. I must mention that the songs have been selected at random, and not in any order.
Here they are:
Yeh shaam mastani - Kati Patang (1970)
Chura liya hai - Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973)
Dum maaro dum - Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
Dhanno ki aankhon - Kitaab (1977)
Aap ki aankhon mein kuchh - Ghar (1978)
Tum aa gaye ho noora aa gaya hai - Aandhi (1975)
Katra katra milti hai - Ijaazat (1987)
Mera kuchh saamaan - Ijaazat (1987)
Jaane do na - Saagar (1985)
Chehra hai ya chand - Saagar (1985)
Tum se milke aisa laga - Parinda (1989)
Pyaar ke mod pe - Parinda (1985)
Tere bina zindagi se - Aandhi (1975)
Sapna mera toot gaya - Khel Khel Mein (1975)
O hansini - Zehreela Insaan (1974)
Dil mein aag lagaye - Alag Alag (1985)
Mere naina saawan - Mehbooba (1976)
Piya baawri - Khubsoorat (1980)
Roz roz daali daali - Angoor (1982)
O maajhi re - Khushboo (1975)
Humein tumse pyar kitna - Kudrat (1981)
Khali haath shaam aayi hai - Ijaazat (1987)
Yamma yamma - Shaan (1980)
Mehbooba mehbooba - Sholay (1975)
Jaane jaan o meri jaane jaan - Sanam Teri Kasam (1982)
Duniya mein logon ko - Apna Desh (1972)
Piya tu ab toh aa ja - Caravan (1971)
Aaj kal paon zameen par - Ghar (1978)
Humne tumko dekha - Khel Khel Mein (1975)
Jaane ja dhoondta phir raha - Jawani Diwani (1972)
Kitne bhi tu karle situm - Sanam Teri Kasam (1982)
Sab ko salaam karte hain - Jagir (1984)
Deewana mujhsa nahi - Teesri Manzil (1966)
Kya hua tera vada - Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)
Do naina aur ek kahani - Masoom (1983)
Tujhse naraaz nahin - Masoom (1983)
Roz roz aankhon taley - Jeeva (1986)
Ghar aaja ghir aaye - Chhote Nawab (1961)
Phir se aaiyo - Namkeen (1982)
Tu rutha toh - Jawani (1984)
Yeh ladka hai allah - Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)
Yeh din to aata hai - Mahaan (1983)
Aur kya ahede wafa - Sunny (1984)
Yun hi gaate raho - Saagar (1985)
O meri jaan maine kaha - The Train (1970)
Bachke rehna re baba - Pukar (1983)
Yeh zindagi kuchh bhi sahi - Romance (1983)
Tum kya jaano mohabbat kya hai - Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)
Kal kya hoga - Kasme Vaade (1978)
Chhoti si kahani se - Ijaazat (1987)
Kya yahi pyar hai- Rocky (1981)
Jaana o meri jaana - Sanam Teri Kasam (1982)
Khamosh sa afsana - Libaas (1988)
Pyaar humein kis mod pe - Satte Pe Satta (1982)
Tu maike mat jaiyo - Pukar (1983)
Jaipur se nikli gaadi - GuruDev (1993)
Seeli hawa chhoo gayi - Libaas (1988)
O Maria - Saagar (1985)
Zindagi milke bitayenge - Satte Pe Satta (1982)
O mere dil ke chayn - Mere Jeevan Saathi (1972)
Ek ajnabee haseena se - Ajnabee (1974)
Chand mera dil chandni ho tum - Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)
Kanchi re kanchi re - Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
Hoga tum se pyaara kaun - Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981)
Rimjhim rimjhim - 1942: A Love Story (1994)
Saamne yeh kaun aaya - Jawani Diwani (1972)
Jahan teri yeh nazar hai - Kaalia (1981)
Dilbar mere - Satte Pe Satta (1982)
Tum bin jaoon kahan - PyarKa Mausam (1969)
O mere sona re sona re - Teesri Manzil (1966)
Tum ne mujhe dekha - Teesri Manzil (1966)
Kuchh na kaho - 1942: A Love Story (1994)
|'Jhankaar Beats': the film was a tribute to RDB|
Monday, June 23, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
Thursday, May 01, 2014
|Henry Cavill plays Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, in 'The Tudors'|
Seen as a playboy in the First Season, his character becomes meatier.
|Must admit, that I warmed up to the series because of him. |
Yes, watched 'The Tudors' because of Henry Cavill!
|The series boasts of a terrific ensemble cast, led by Jonathan Rhys Meyers.|
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
He has wielded the director's baton for many a project on television before venturing to make his first feature film, quite ambitious at that, titled '10:10'. However after that he is yet to make his second feature, although he has been too busy with his shorts and documentaries, and that is what makes us curious. Here's a short chat with the director I consider to be one of the most sensible and grounded people from the film and television industry I have personally come across.
After your first feature film, why haven't you made a feature in all these years?
That's bad..... but would you say that you are a bit finicky?
Ans: Yes, I am a bit choosy about my projects. You know, I have weirdly funny stories about my stint with some producers. Maybe, I’ll share them sometime. But all these years have actually helped me grow in every aspect. I have seen people, all kinds of people...... reality hasn't been out of my grip, I have kept a close tab on the so-called world of showbiz as well, and enjoyed every bit.
I would say that you have retained if not sharpened your sense of humor and your sensibilities....
Hahaha.... well, maybe soon I’ll be announcing my next project.
Monday, April 14, 2014
It is really important for people like us, am sure there are more like me, to come face to face with the hard-core challenges that one cannot evade, there's no fleeing from the creeps, the wretches, the deranged psychos, and we must believe for sure that life itself provides us the real time data analytics for real time decision-making. As far as the combat strategies are concerned, one can have faith in the machinations of the supreme strategist who controls all, who helps us assemble, assess and integrate information and aid us in taking the all-important decisive steps.
Wish me luck!