God of Small Things: Meeting Anurag Kashyap

August 03, 2010. Landmark, Andheri. There he was, in his full glory, beard and all, looking almost a saint. The Messiah of New Age film making.  The man who wrote Satya (1998), Shool (1999), Kaun (1999), and directed Paanch (2003), Black Friday (2004), No Smoking […]

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Jaane Bhi Do…

Above is a shot from Chashme Buddoor (1981). I draw your attention to the guy in the middle – yes, the one with all the bandages on him. Inevitably evokes laughter, doesn’t he? What if I were to tell you this person passed away yesterday? […]

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Khatta Meetha

No, this isn’t the Akshay Kumar starrer Priyadarshan behemoth. This is the Basu Chatterjee directed true-to-its-name sweet and sour 1978 cult classic. Supposedly inspired from the Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball starrer Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), Khatta Meetha is the story of Homi Mistry […]

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Naseeruddin Shah: The King of Spades

Today, July 20, happens to be Naseeruddin Shah’s birthday. Arguably the first ‘thinking man’s actor’ in the country, Naseer turns 60 today. Along with Amol Palekar, Farooq Sheikh and Om Puri, he was the face of the ‘New Wave’ in Indian cinema of the 70s-80s. […]

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Inception: Anatomy of a Dream

Christopher Nolan’s newest offering, Inception has been able to supersede the benchmark set by his earlier The Dark Knight, and then some more. More than any other film of his, Inception is a successor to Memento, Insomnia and The Prestige. Exploring the dark recesses of […]

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Song of the Little Road Part IV

Ray devised an innovative way to work around Apu’s stiffness and awkward gait. Like much of his journey into making the film, this also is a lesson for wannabe filmmakers: I had learnt a lesson. All my preparations over the years… all these had finally […]

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Song of the Little Road Part III

It’s a well known fact that Ray was a master film maker who was revered, practically  worshipped, in the west – especially Hollywood (list of his admirers include Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, James Ivory, Elia Kazan, Danny Boyle, Wes Anderson…). What’s little known is the […]

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Song of the Little Road Part II

[The following article by me has been published earlier at http://PassionForCinema.com] Satyajit Ray, as a rule, visited the movies every Saturday afternoon. In this he was accompanied by a handful of like-minded ‘film-buffs’ he met and befriended. One of them was Bansi Chandragupta, who was destined […]

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Song of the Little Road: the story of Pather Panchali

[The following article by me has been published earlier at http://PassionForCinema.com] This post is born out of Manjeet’s article wherein he dwells in brief on obstacles faced by the legendary Satyajit Ray in completing Pather Panchali. Well, how this excellent story by Bibhutibhushan Bannerjee made its way onto the celluloid is an engrossing, […]

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