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  • Om Puri’s Wife Nandita Reveals Embarassing Truths In Biography

    Fame and peace can never be bedfellows. You invite fame into your life and tranquility bids you a hasty farewell. Fame, the fugacious guest, surreptitiously hides behind it infamy, which monster like grows with each breath of adulation , waiting to expose its gargantuan self at the appropriate time. The latest victim is Om Puri the thespian who has achieved accolades beyond Indian shores. The shocking part is that in this case his wife turned out to be Brutus. In a biography penned by Nandita Puri, the sexual life of Om Puri has been dealt with in great detail much to the embarrassment and chagrin of the actor, who reveals that he had no knowledge of the manuscript prior to its publication. Om’s main reason

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  • Piracy Revealed..The Inconvenient Truth

    Insiders from the industry were fully cognisant of the fact that piracy was the handiwork of popinjays involved directly with the film. ‘Camera prints’ an outdated version where films reached theatres before pirated prints began making the rounds into viewers homes, was anachronistic. Today is the time of  Tuesday prints with a Friday release or if ‘connected’ Saturday prints is a truism as well. Often dismissed as a specious argument, the truth has finally emerged in quite a shocking manner, despite the fact that logistics had clearly pointed out who the culprit might have been. The post production team, and the laboratories where the film in digital mode  is loaded on to hard disks. Where a Rs 20 dvd is all one needs to pirate

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  • A Lok Sabha Election Form..psst!!

    link In response to the present circus underway named ‘Election’, sharing a few well deserved laughs!! No offense meant..purely in jest. Application Form for “Lok Sabha Election” 1. Name of Candidate: _____________________ 2. Present Address: (i.)Name of Jail: _____________________ (ii.)Cell Number: _____________________ 3. Political Party: _____________________

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  • A Few Unforgettable Song Picturisations

    Sometimes inadvertently one recalls moments from films that seem to have been deeply ingrained in ones subconscious. Not necessarily those that inspire , yet they have made a dent. On the other hand there may be songs that leave one numb with emotion or romantic to the core, as the situation may be, when one listens to them. Sadly, most of these on screen leave you numb..this time sans emotion. Their picturisation is bereft of a modicum of innovation. They just dont live up to the promise of the music and lyrics. My list of favourite songs hence will differ hugely from the list of favourite song picturisations. Songs in Bollywood are almost an adumbrate to story telling. There was a time in our cinema

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  • A Few Words On DEV D

    Link The easiest and tragically perhaps, the most conformed trait of humans is to denounce even without personal gain. A trait most often ventured in ‘reviews’ so to say, of films without a ponderous thought on what actually goes into the making, the effort of the team sired by the Director and most of all an honest answer to a relevant question, which pertinently enquires as to just how qualified are we to thus mitigate a creative evnture, either by a duplication of clever erudition by a biased reviewer or then an ill informed , immature, opinion . Hope those who irresponsibly thus strike off with a stroke what may be art and an off beat interpretation that demands a serious pondering, realise that they

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  • Attempting To Explain The Slumdog Phenomenon!

    Link Feel vindicated to quite an extent since some of us had been discussing in much the same vein at NG . Great analysis. “Middle India is cock-a-hoop over its surrogate triumph at the Academy Awards. The eight Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire — three of these going to a couple of true blue Indians — for a romanticised Dickensian tale of a vile Fagin, exploited children and an uncaring system comes as the perfect stardust for a country seeking to gloss over the cruel realities of its 21st-century poverty and joblessness, a predicament made worse by the deepening global recession. Thus, entire front pages have been given over to the delirium of watching the Indian slumdog arrive on the international stage, never mind that the

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  • A Nation In Denial

    Link An article by Khalid Hassan, USA based Pakistani writer who seems to have successfully shorn off traditional prejudices born from religion and propoganda. Well articulated, heartfelt lament..must read. ‘Thinkers’ on the other side are not lost yet. If bi-lateral relations were to gain any sort of momentum it could only occur with such analytical minds, on both sides, playing a frontal role.

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  • IFFI 2008 – A Report

    Link Mr. Mohan Siroya sent me this article on his experience at the IFFI 2008. He has been freelancing as a FILM JOURNALIST/CRITIC for last 40 years. He has been a prolific writer , having written critical articles ,features, reviews etc. on films, Music and TV in numerous English periodicals in India. Named a few are :- The Indian Express, Film Fare, Film World, Picture Post, Cine Advance, Screen , The Hitavada, Lokmat Times , The Twin City Times , Film Industry Journal, Day After, Femina , Eve’s Weekly, Free Press Journal , Blitz etc.

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  • SC : Political Will Needed To Tackle MNS Violence

    Discussions on Ng included comments on a similar score. As mentioned therein,  lack of political will  for obvious reasons blazed the fire, when extinguishing it was not just the crying need of the hour but also attainable. Link NEW DELHI: Hate attacks and incidents of regional chauvinism can be tackled if there is a political will, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday while agreeing to hear on Monday a PIL linked to the alleged violence perpetrated by Raj Thackeray’s MNS party in Maharashtra.

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  • Asha Bhosle’s Daughter Varsha Bhosle Attempts Suicide

    Kaveetaa Kaul It was shocking to hear the news of an attempt to suicide by Varsha Bhosle journalist daughter of Asha Bhosle (link). Initial reports flashed over the electronic media clearly spoke of her admittance to Jaslok hospital following an overdose of sleeping pills. Subsequently Doctors and the print media have tried to avoid terming it as a suicide attempt. September 8th marked the 75th birthday of Asha Bhosle and  the media was agog with interviews, tributes and so on. A few hours later i.e. 2 a.m. on 9th morning Varsha was found unconscious by her maid. If reports are to be believed she was not present in the festivities that took place the previous day. Varsha known for her fiery, erudite and incisive writings

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  • Mussoorie – The Queen Of Hill Stations

    Kaveetaa Kaul Link Just returned from a trip to Mussoorie and reckoned our NG friends might need a respite from the mind boggling BO figures. A reminder to life beyond movies..quite as exciting and fulfilling and so peaceful, nurturing the inner spirit and reinvigorating our core. Man is part of nature, a component in its completion.. after all. I guess we need to loop it in periodically.

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  • Kaveetaa Kaul Reviews ‘Saawariya’

    Link Spoilers ahead In the present age when media of all categories and cadres, is purposefully bombarding ones senses and time, willy nilly, with information essentially suggestive as if hypnotic capturing of ones personal opinions, myriad reviews of a film overwhelm thought processes. Easily influenced gullible minds fall prey to the insidiously, oftentimes stridently suggested message tags of ‘hit’ or ‘flop’. A more discerning populace admittedly small in percentage, decide to cast aside ‘fed’ ideas and view open minded a movie which promises ‘greatness’ in the cinema-ic denotation.

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  • A Tribute To Guru Dutt On His Birth Anniversary

    Link: Sachiniti Guru Dutt..the mere mention of the name conjures up a memory of those eyes, which seemed piercing but simultaneously hypnotic, romantic, questioning therefore, melancholic.They were as if making an assertion of having seen it, lost it as well, realising en route. the futility of it all ! In the short span of 39 years that he graced this planet, Guru Dutt has left an indelible mark on Indian cinema..never to be replicated or bettered but perhaps only imitated.

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  • Guru- A Review By Kaveetaa Kaul

      Link A friend, who is also a film maker, enquired of me conspiratorially, prior to the release of the film ‘Guru’ as to what were my reactions to the promos or rather what were the expectations from the film. The pre- release buzz which surrounds a film based on rather nebulous criteria, word of mouth gossip, disgruntled colleagues, envious peers, or the plain diabolic variety of ‘industrywallahs, who revel in pulling down any effort they feel threatened by either by sheer enormity of the project or sincerity in its making, is often hugely erroneous. Since I correspond to none of the above mentioned categories, my assessment was based on plain heuristics, if I may add, home grown. I had expected a ‘CitizenKane-ish’ film, dark,

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  • A Review Of Nishabd By Kaveetaa Kaul

      Link Sure does leave you speechless..if not ‘wordless’…as the title suggests. At the outset, expectations from the film pre-viewing, were not something to write home about. RGV’s reprising failures, a major contributory factor. However, one’s hopes were pinned on the decision making process of Amitabh Bachchan, which leads him to accept/reject a script and consequently his compliance in assaying the character. Perhaps this film has proven once and for that the infallibility of both the artists, as in humans, was not a myth after all. Lets not even attempt comparisons with ‘American Beauty’ subject wise, which one suspects however, has been the trigger for the rather dismal story line of Nishabd. RGV ain’t no Sam Mendes, who incidentally debuted with the aforesaid film. Its

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  • A Review Of ‘Water’ By Kaveetaa Kaul

      Link There are films that entertain you and then there is a film like ‘Water’ by Deepa Mehta which moves you and shames you at once, for belonging to an ethos which conforms to the barabarities portrayed via the story of widows, perhaps sequestering,therefore further criminalised , ages ranging from eight to eighty. There maybe no answers, but should that hinder us from questioning? Especially in the darkened hall where you are spared looking at another Indian, in the eye. Should we hide these truths about India as we would our personal crimes?

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  • The Namesake – A Review By Kaveetaa Kaul

        Link Mira Nair is a woman much respected in her chosen profession, having received accolades fairly early in her career. Therefore she has managed to inculcate faithfuls to her style of cinema the world over. Being of Indian origin, one would like to believe has embellished her visual and aesthetics to the extent that she has managed to carve an enviable niche in the legion of film makers, where gender offers no privileges, contrarily may oftentimes spring in a spanner. Simply put, ‘The Namesake’ may well be her most refined, mature, superior offering to date. That the film was based on a book by the same name, written by Jhumpa Lahiri and Soni Taraporewala on her team as her screenplay writer must have

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  • Interview with Film Maker Onir-Agonist Of Meaningful Cinema

    Link: Sachiniti Film-makers attempting to flow against the tide, who break away from the razzmatazz of films in the manner popularly understood, catering to the masses, subscribing to the rationale of ‘anything for a HIT’ ..risking loss of aesthetics and abandonment of creative expression, deserve that their efforts be lauded. The danger in not taking cognisance of films and film makers who are talented and passionate, will result in a never-ending scenario, a continuum of ‘below the mark’ films flooding the theatres, as occurring presently, conforming to just the commercial aspect of Cinema. Any wonder then that come ‘Oscar’ and we are at a total loss for entries which we can proudly ennumerate!! Riddled under the syndrome that bespeaks of a herd mentality in film

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