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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… “Water, water, everywhere”

April 4, 2014


“Noah” proves how difficult it is to make us go “wow” at the movies today, even with all of Hollywood’s money at your disposal. Have you heard of Noam Murro? Look him up in IMDb. He’s made a Dennis Quaid bomb called Smart People. He’s made a TV short named HBO Imagine. And he made […]

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 […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “All the right moves”

March 21, 2014


Inside a documentary about blind chess. Yes, that’s chess played by those who cannot see. The British filmmaker Ian McDonald was in Chennai a few weeks ago to present his film, Algorithms – “the first ever feature documentary on blind chess.” It lasts 96 minutes and it’s a revelation. It doesn’t quite tell you the story you […]

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 […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “On the beaten path”

February 14, 2014


AR Rahman’s songs for “Highway” aren’t exactly groundbreaking – and no, that’s not an unjustified expectation when it comes to this composer. After a few listens to AR Rahman’s soundtrack for Highway, I must say I’m not terribly impressed. Let’s begin with Heera, which sounds vaguely like something Rahman used to do long ago – say, Putham […]

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 […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Poems, with beats and a great tune…”

January 31, 2014


Vairamuthu’s Padma Bhushan honour is a reminder (if any were needed) that the lyrics written for films are sometimes on par with the best poetry. We all read prose, some of us write prose, but when it comes to poetry, we excuse ourselves from the table, suddenly remembering something more important. I don’t think it’s […]