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Lights, Camera, Conversation… “The unknown soldiers of cinema”

April 18, 2014


A small attempt at a redress for those who did interesting, innovative, things but remain forgotten by the establishment. VK Murthy’s demise brought forth a number of justly deserved tributes, and many of them focused (rightly) on his work with Guru Dutt. They spoke about the visuals in Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool and the title […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Memories of another day”

April 11, 2014


With film-based books, our enjoyment is twofold. We enjoy the memories in the book. And we enjoy our own memories that rise from these memories. In Nasreen Munni Kabir’s Conversations with Waheeda Rehman, the actress talks about a problem with a costume she had to wear for the Kahin pe nigahen song sequence in C.I.D. […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Notes from a film-music fan”

March 28, 2014


A collection of thoughts on discovering Binaca Geetmala listings on the web. Imagine spending an afternoon falling through the Internet rabbit hole and finding, of all things, lists of songs that featured on Binaca Geetmala – from 1970 to 1980. Why just these years? Did the people who made these Wiki-pages not have the time to put […]


March 27, 2014


A slightly surreal experience to read a profile of oneself rather than a profile that one has written. It’s in “Mandate” magazine…. Page 1 – Page 2 –

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Notes from a critic”

March 14, 2014


A collection of thoughts on writing about movies for a living. I keep getting these emails where people ask me how they can become critics. I wish I had the answer. At least, I wish I had the answer they want me to have, which is: “Step 1, do this, Step 2, do that, and […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Selfie-consciousness”

March 7, 2014


A collection of thoughts from five hours spent in front of the Oscar telecast. Sidney Poitier’s hearing isn’t very good. The woman at the red carpet asks him a question, and he leans in and asks her to repeat the question. He shouldn’t have bothered. It’s just one of those questions that women at red […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Highway robbery… or happenstance?”

February 28, 2014


A few days after the release of Imtiaz Ali’s wonderful new film, the Internet is abuzz with accusations of plagiarisation. But is that really the case? I liked Imtiaz Ali’s Highway a lot, and when rumours began cropping up on the Internet that the film was a copy of The Chase – a 1994 action-comedy […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Marketplace art”

February 21, 2014


Balu Mahendra’s demise is another reminder that a certain kind of “artistic” commercial film has vanished from our screens. In the tribute I wrote in this paper for Balu Mahendra, I’d contended that Moondram Pirai was the “apotheosis of his art,” and that didn’t go down well with some readers. They felt that this was […]

Sandcastles near waves

February 15, 2014


Baradwaj Rangan drops in on a workshop and follows Santosh Sivan’s crew as they film a riff on the Ramayana. One Sunday last month, I sat behind a film crew at the sprawling Adishakti campus in Puducherry and watched an actor playing Hanuman search for Sita. This wasn’t the Hanuman from the comics or from […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “A few good women”

February 7, 2014


On films for “women audiences,” films like Suchitra Sen’s ‘Mamta’, where the hero played second fiddle to the heroine. When Suchitra Sen passed away, I wanted to write something about Bombai Ka Babu, which I think is the most interesting Hindi film she made – a “commercial” film with a huge star (Dev Anand), and yet […]