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Notes on Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

July 31, 2013


Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani seems to have started life as a perfectly respectable coming-of-age film. But along the way, somebody decided give the film some “treatment” and “styling” and forgot to stop. The end result is a film in which empty, plastic style overwhelms almost every frame to the point where you begin to feel […]

Bombay: The Implausibility of the Romance

September 15, 2012


Mani Ratnam’s Bombay opens with a remarkable scene. After a few establishing shots of the village and the fishermen, we see Shekhar walking on the rail bridge. He is a journalist working in Bombay and is visiting his home town. Ratnam doesn’t show him get down at the railway station, he simply shows Shekhar walking […]

An Ode to Beauty

June 16, 2011


Words are not needed…

Anand and Sahib, Bibi, aur Ghulam

May 13, 2011


One of the interesting things I noticed in Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam is its take on the social location of the comic character. The comic character is, of course, Bhootnath. In the film, Bhootnath’s career and the changes he undergoes mirror the traditional uneasy equation between comedy and its social location. Bhootnath is both the frame narrator […]

Re-creating Iconic Hitchcock Moments

February 10, 2011


Sometime back, Vanity Fair re-created iconic Hitchcock moments with some of today’s leading stars. See the photographs here. I love the Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, Rebecca, and To Catch a Thief photos. The North by Northwest photo made me fume [Seth Rogen, for mercy sake], come to think of it any attempt at re-creating/duplicating Cary makes me fume — […]

Acceptance Speeches: Part 2

February 10, 2011


This one is by Mickey Rourke on winning the Best Male Lead for The Wrestler at the Film Independent Spirit Award. It is wild, irreverent, touching, uncensored and funny as hell! Watch it here.

Acceptance Speeches: Part 1

February 10, 2011


Last week, I saw the Screen Actors Guild award ceremony and I have to say this: Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech was simply the best part of the show — her shock at winning the award, her joyous sprint to the stage, the big kiss she planted on Ralph Fienness, and finally, the speech. The speech […]