Okay so a bunch of stuff I watched recently:
Shadow of a Doubt
An old Hitchcock film from the 40′s. Not seen many of his films but enjoyed it a lot – it’s a mystery. Great ambiance and fun to watch, though both my mates fell asleep and only I made it to the end.
Wanted to watch this for so many years. Finally found a DVD online which i ordered from india. But now I think it’s available on youtube! Anyways, found it quite hard to watch. Very ‘theatrical’ acting – I guess this was made a very long time ago! Only second Saigal movie I’ve seen…hard to believe he was a heartthrob in his time
Saw this cos i like the Lata song ‘Mere Dil Pe Chal Rahein Hain’. Typical sixties movie with Mala Sinha and Sanjay Khan – they fight, they sing songs, they fall in love. Watchable for the cast and music.
I watched the whole show, but I shouldn’t have. Atif Aslam and Himesh are both immature, rude pricks. Asha’s behaviour was embarrassing. Only Runa and Abida were decent. The singers were generally not as impressive as on other shows but the finalists were very good, esp Diljaan. I found the format pretty poor (the judges award either zero or ten after each performance – how dumb is that) and I didn’t think having a music ‘war’ between India and Pakistan was in particularly good taste.
The Ghost Writer
Really enjoyed this thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Brosnan. About a writer who gets caught up in a political mess. Would like to see more Polanski movies. Any recommendations?
Watched all 6 seasons of this Grey’s Anatomy spin-off in a month (whilst I wasn’t working). Really, really enjoyed it. Shame its finished as I could have kept watching. In particular the ethical issues raised were really interesting.
Bahaaron Ki Manzil
I’ve seen this Meena Kumari – Dharmendra – Rahman mystery a few years back but came across it on youtube recently and just clicked on it and ended up watching the whole thing. Meena Kumari plays a woman who wakes up, and denies that her husband of 20 years and her teenage daughter are anything to do with her. Dharmendra plays her psychiatrist who is the only one to believe her. I actually like this film a lot even though the story’s not particularly logical! Pleasure watching the lead cast. And awesome songs, esp Lata’s Nigaahen Kyun Bhatakti Hai and Yeh Daaman Ab Na Chhutega.
I really like Rituparno Ghosh’s movies. I’ve enjoyed almost everything i’ve seen of his work. This stars Aparna Sen and Konkona, who plays a star-struck fan of Mithun, wh they end up meeting. I don’t wanna give more away but its a simple, interesting movie.
I wanted to watch this for a long time but had moderate expectations as I knew reviews weren’t good. Nana Patekar plays a writer, Deepti Naval is his wife and Rekha plays a tawaif (surprise surprise). It’s very ‘artsy’ but mainly rather pointless, and at times non-sensical. Deepti is awesome as always, but rekha’s acting was pretty disappointing.
Suits (Season 2)
Brilliant stuff! Bring on season 3!
Finally filnished the 8th and last season. Can’t believe it’s over. Possibly my favourite TV show of all time. Don’t think anything will fill the void left by Gregory
This is exactly the type of movie I would expect to like – the exploration of a few characters and their lives, at a slow pace. But I wasn’t entirely impressed. This was Basu Bhattacharya’s final film in his trilogy about married couples (the foirst two being Anubhav – Sanjeev and Tanuja, with those awesome Geeta Dutt songs, and Aavishkar – Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila). Antway, here Sanjeev Kumar and Sharmila play a married couple, leadinga dull life. He is a boring accountant, who ends up in an affair with a very slutty Sarika. I found her character quite irritating and althugh she’s attractive, its hard to imagine why the husband strayed, though she does improve over the course of the film. What lifts the movie is Gulzar’s dialogues – he’s a genius when it comes to relationships. And the final half-hour is gripping!
English Vinglish (again)
Somehow ended up watching this for the third time…not particularly out of my own volition but still didn’t mind seeing it again. Favourite film of 2012.
There are very few Meena Mumari films I’ve not seen so am really excited when I manage to find one that has thus far proved unavailable. Recently I got hold of Naya Andaz, Savera, Chaar Dil Chaar Raahein, Sanam, Shri Krishna Vivaah and Farishta so will watch them in due course.
Anyways, Naya Andaz stars her, Kishore Kumar and Pran. It’s watchable but nothing great – Kishore plays a singer/poet who leaves home as he is not valued by his father. He joins a drama company run by Pran who loves him main star, Meena. Like i said, nothing special but a pleasure to see Meena looking young and vivacious.
Dev Anand and Suraiya star in this relatively interesting movie about redemption. Dev is poor, accidentally kills someone and then falls in love with the judge’s daughter, who thinks all poor ppl are bad. I guess it has tones of Awara. The lead pair are good, but I was more interested in the girl playing Suraiya’s sister – MEENA KUMARI She’s hilarious and steals the show whenever she’s onscreen
Ek Deewana Tha
Finally finished this. I’d seen most of it on a plane some months back. I like Prateik but this was a kinda odd movie. Didn’t like the actress. Mediocre music by Rahman’s standards.
Biwi Aur Makaan
Produced by Hemant Kumar and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Starring Biswajeet and Mehmood. A comedy about 5 guys trying to geta flat in Bombay. nly couples area wanted by landlords – so they pretend to be two married couples! Not as good as his later comedies but still fun. And a great Lata-Asha due – Dabe Labon se Kabhi Jo Koi Salaam Lele.
Student of The Year
I prefer Karan Johar sticking to this kind of superficial stuff rather than overstepping his ability and trying to make something like KANK. This is more what he is ‘good’ and I actually found it less painful to watch than KANK. Its crap nevertheless of course. Varun and Siddarth are not so awful but Alia is really bad.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
How did Yash Chopra make this Dull music, horrible leading lady, boring story.
Kya Super Cool Hain Hum