Mackenna's Gold was the first Western Movie I watched, as usual with Shivaji. We were planning to watch a Tamil Movie and knew getting ticket was not going to be easy. One of Shivaji's elder brothers suggested, if we didn't get tickets, we should try Mackenna's Gold and watch out for Omar Sharif and his... Continue Reading →
Chasme Buddoor & Kathalika Neramillai – Two Best Comedy Films.
Kathalikka Neramillai (1964) Tamil, and Chasme Buddoor (1981) Hindi, are two of the best comedy movies made in hundred odd years of movie making in India. Period. These movies are not just contemporary. After 4 decades for CB and 57 years of KN they would still make you laugh as much as you laughed when... Continue Reading →
Tora Tora Tora – 1970.
Few years ago, I sat down to find out the best of World War II movies and collect them. This was much before Netflix had come to India so the idea was to buy Blu-ray disc. Couple of movies I had seen, had figured in the list and many did not. I was thinking that... Continue Reading →
Operation Day Break – 1975.
Ramakrishnan, my uncle, took me to Safire Theater to watch this movie when I was in Class VIII. This was the first English movie I watched and also first time I stepped into a place which had air-conditioning. This may sound like an old Peter Pan lingerie ad, "The first time I wore Peter Pan,... Continue Reading →
Taxi Driver – 1976
I started watching Hollywood movies in the mid seventies when I was in high school. So, all the movies I watched are still etched in memory. Though it is tenth in the series, the first Bond film I watched was 'The Spy Who Loved Me.' I was into watching action blockbusters ala Enter The Dragon,... Continue Reading →
Unishe April – 19th April – Rituparno Ghosh.
I wanted to write this blog last week to coincide with the birthday of Rituparno Ghosh (August 31st), an accomplished director of Bengali Cinema; but it also happened to be Krishna Jayanthi, the day Lord Krishna was born. So Krishna took precedence and the story about Ghosh's movie is appearing this week. The Tamil film... Continue Reading →
Killa – Introducing Maratha Forts & Marathi Movies
The beauty of India is, every state has something unique to offer to the visitors and historians. Karnataka has temples with intrinsically carved sculptures. I have mentioned about this in my blog Romancing the RX-100 – A Southern Odyssey -1993. Part -1. Tamil Nadu has some of the biggest temples in India, (Big Temple in Tanjore, the... Continue Reading →
Ijaazat – Stories from Waiting Rooms.
Last week I watched the movie 'Ijaazat' (permission) from my movie collection; one of the things in my 'bucket list' is to watch the best movies at leisure and write about them. Produced during the end of Golden Era of parallel cinema (period defined by me - from mid seventies to late eighties) the movie... Continue Reading →
Life is an Illusion – Vaazhve Maayam
"There is no pious like the new convert" says an old adage. The dictionary defines 'pious' as religious, devoted, dedicated etc. The original saying must have meant the religious converts but later the saying was used to identify people who have found faith in new ways of life. For example you can use it to... Continue Reading →
Ninaithale Inikkum – 1979. An Affair to Remember…
சில திரைப்படங்கள் நம் நினைவிலிருந்து நீண்ட நாட்கள் நீங்குவதில்லை - நினைத்தாலே இனிக்கும் - அந்த வகையில் ஒன்று. முதலில் படத்தைப்பற்றி.. நான்கு பேர் கொண்ட ஒரு மெல்லிசைக்குழு, கதாநாயகன் கமல் ஹாசன், இணை கதாநாயகன் ரஜ்னிகாந்த். நாயகி ஜெயப்ரதா; ஒரு நிகழ்ச்சிக்காக சிங்கப்பூர் செல்கிறார்கள். அபத்தமான ஒரு கடத்தல் முயற்ச்சி; அப்புறம் இந்திய சினிமாவின் ஆபத்பாந்தவன் - நாயகன் அல்லது நாயகிக்கு கான்சர் - இந்த படத்தில் நாயகிக்கு - படம் முழுவதும் பாட்டுகள். நாயகி... Continue Reading →