Like Vidya Balan, this melody from ‘Tumhari Sulu’ stands out too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS-0jES79d8 A composition rendered by independent artist Ronkini Gupta in new Bollywood film 'Tumhari Sulu' (Yours Sulu) is being rated as one of "finest pieces" heard this year. That may not be an overestimation, considering Bollywood's contemporary repertoire is mostly cacophony masquerading as music. "Rafu" (which means darning) has been composed by indie musician Santanu Ghatak, … Continue reading Like Vidya Balan, this melody from ‘Tumhari Sulu’ stands out too

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The illicitness of ‘Masaan’

Do you remember ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’? Bollywood’s adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. There’s love and there’s blood in it. And rebellion too. Lots of it. So when you watch ‘Masaan’ (meaning crematorium), a song from ‘Qayamat Se’ plays in the background as Deepak and Shaalu indulge in romance. With “Ghazab ka hai din socho … Continue reading The illicitness of ‘Masaan’

Of fathers and sons in Bollywood – and life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61Vc46RbVOs I have watched Zoya Akhtar’s “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” a fair number of times, even though it’s just a travel postcard from Spain – on celluloid. One particular scene is my favourite – the awkward meeting of Salman Habib (Naseeruddin Shah) and his son Imran (Farhan Akhtar). They’re seeing each other for the first … Continue reading Of fathers and sons in Bollywood – and life

In defence of ‘Katti Batti’

I am surprised film critics have trashed the film, except my friend and ex-colleague. “Watch ‘Katti Batti’ if you are a sucker for everything romantic,” Anuja Jaiman wrote in Scoopwhoop website. Jammy, as she is famously called by friends and enemies alike, thanks for the review, woman. I realised how much I enjoy sappy romances. … Continue reading In defence of ‘Katti Batti’

Geeta Dutt cameo in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”

It’s just another night in Haryana’s Jhajjar district, except a jat household is having sleepless nights over the marriage of their daughter. Kusum (Kangana Ranaut), a Delhi university student and a successful athlete, is going to marry a 40-year-old doctor, who has just returned from an asylum in London. Dr. Manu Sharma (R. Madhavan) is … Continue reading Geeta Dutt cameo in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”

One reason why you should watch ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’

(Warning: Spoilers ahead) There are no “ten reasons why you should watch Dum Laga Ke Haisha." There’s only one. Okay, there are two. First, the film’s music revives memories of a bygone era and second, the film has opened to good reviews. The kitschy 90s music – mostly heard at dhabas, chai shops, bazaars, small … Continue reading One reason why you should watch ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’