“Kapoor & Sons” and a brief history of “family” in Bollywood

Shakun Batra’s “Kapoor & Sons” (2016) is the latest example of how Bollywood's portrayal of the family is changing dramatically. The film is about the Kapoors, living in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor hill station (nobody knows how these Punjabis landed there). The husband and wife (Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah) play a perennially quarrelling married couple, … Continue reading “Kapoor & Sons” and a brief history of “family” in Bollywood

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Reading “Carol” and “Fire” together

The most everlasting feature of American film-maker Todd Haynes' "Carol" is Cate Blanchett. In the film, she is Carol Aird, a charming, but unhappy woman suffering a bitter divorce from Harge (Kyle Chandler). While seeking out a younger woman, Blanchett acts out Carol's seducing skills with stunning brevity - an affair that has repercussions for her family. [Review by The Telegraph] "Carol", … Continue reading Reading “Carol” and “Fire” together

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’

Gulzar’s ‘Mera Kuch Samaan’ translated into English

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xChcSPpl7ug It's one of the most haunting songs ever composed in Hindi cinema. The song has the pulse of a past lingering in the present, a present that seeks closure. Written by Gulzar's magical pen, rendered in Asha Bhosle's intensely moving voice and composed by the highly versatile R D Burman, 'Mera Kuch Samaan' was … Continue reading Gulzar’s ‘Mera Kuch Samaan’ translated into English

On Rajendra ‘Jubilee’ Kumar’s Birthday, Listen to a Forgotten Rafi Nazm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWwhYahwAK4 By Ankush Arora Hindi cinema actor Rajendra Kumar would have been 85 today. After five years of working as an assistant director and a small role in ‘Jogan’ (1950), Kumar’s first tryst with success came in 1955 when he played his debut lead role in family drama ‘Vachan’. The film, which earned him 1500 … Continue reading On Rajendra ‘Jubilee’ Kumar’s Birthday, Listen to a Forgotten Rafi Nazm