Thursday, December 29, 2011

Me & Nostalgia

I feel like I am getting weak emotionally yr by yr , may be it is something to do with the kind of blogging I am doing , mainly about reminiscences & ruminations , also I do remembering dears & luv(departed) ones more often .Also getting too involved with my movies ,during my college dayz /afterwards & specially with my 3 friends I never had such emotional weakness,we normally used to laugh, only afterwards i developed this habit or rather I  inherited it from my mother , who kept on reminiscing her fav movie scenes ,mostly tragic.
Bad it is!!
No, Yes , No ,May be I am enjoying this , as such involvement keep me busy & urge me to luv them more & more !!
Same time I am sure that I am less revengeful (scorpion) now , ha ha .

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Parinde @ Home.



Installed Bird Feeders & Nests , outside kitchen balcony grill , now I am having regular visitors as Sparrow , Pigeons & Parrots. Interestingly Parrots are now challenging Pigeons  , who earlier were afraid of them .
Also noticed they all like Bazra more than other cereals.
Such a wonderful feeling watching them having their food , their fights , various postures etc.
Thanks to

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dilip-Raj Kapoor-Dev Anand: The famous Trio & Dev Anand

Dev Anand  Dilip Kumar  Raj Kapoor Trio

Too much written & said about this famous trio of Indian cinema , which was formed in 1940’,50’s & 60’s.
Persona , depth & magnitude of these czars of Indian cinema was much bigger than any other stars , trio has left a permamnnet niche for themselves in hall of fame of Indian Cinema. In fact then PM Pandit Nehru even invited all three together to New Delhi, which is a rare photograph (pic), Also Pandit ji took this famous trio along with him as part of cultural delegation on his first official visit to the Soviet Union in 1955. Only other rare photograph of this trio ( pic) , where these big beloved stars looks inseparable young friends , without any star doldrums ,as far as I know as a movie buff  trio was never seen together again ,of course 2 might have met some time , somewhere , but trio , never .
All 3 never worked together , only Goldie thought of bringing all 3’s together ,however Dev-Dilip worked together in 1955 Insaniyat & Raj-Dilip in 1949 Andaz . Raj –Dev had totally contrast filmy images & never worked together , also it was never tried , other reason may be that both have their own production companies a.k.a. Navketan which was formed in 1949 & RK banner in 1948 .We may say Kapoor’s & Anand’s formed 1st & 2nd Families of Indian cinema , where Raj Kapoor marched ahead of Dev Anand & Dilip ,as other Kapoor family members spread the wings of Kapoor khandaan . Raj Kappor was tagged as Great & only Showman ( don’t insult this tag with Ghai) of Indian cinema. There was no such apparent rivalry between them , as they all have their own dedicated fan following , however media has created some competition for Raj & Dev , in case if their movie released at the same time , like Johny Mera Naam Vs Mera Naam Joker .

Dilip was undoubtedly a better actor among them , sensitive & intense performer & mastered the art of tragedy & heart breakups and was tagged as Tragedy King , later on he made good attempts in comic roles & achieved huge success like Ram aur Shyam & in song like mere paroein min ghungroo etc. Dilip was having good female fan following too .Raj was more of a Charlie Chaplin , sabka barabar haq ideology , caring for poor , purane kapde , rich-poor conflict , down to earth socio-comic theme roles ,which most of the time were underlined with hidden social massage , pain & agony of a common man, he was also hugely popular in Russia , also he had green eyes like them. Dev had a distinct style & mesmerism of his own He was rather a suave, urban ,stylish ,flamboyant ,fashionable ( red pant in Amir Gharib) man, had a flair for haute couture, who can forget his Scarves , bright colors , tons of hats, caps , sweaters ,layer of jackets , gabardines ,black shirt and his charming swagger. He was too energetic ,he was like Bombay or I say Bombay is like Dev , always on run , never say die , hope for millions , forced them to dream for big . Dev characters has some noirish inclinations , Gambler, black marketer , thief , smoker , flirt, but he never worn torn/dirty cloths , exception may be Guide (scene where he was sleeping ( song : wahan kon hey tera) .It was said that he was not allowed to wear black shirt , as women got fainted , & he was constantly asked in many interviews , which he denied as some rumors. Dev was a true democrat ,as seen during Emergency & his conflict with congress government , which continued till Sanjay Gandhi .Freedom & individuality is of prime importance for him .His family life was always looked with suspicious & as Mona never accompanied him in social & filmy gatherings & award functions , but as per his philosophy of life & who care’s attitude , he never tried to forced her to Act in real life also & never really bothered to clarify , as he was always short of time & his restless mind was always busy with new ideas .Simi’s 2004 Rendezvous show he said She is an individual & is busy with her own friends & religious commitments ( she was catholic & remained ) & at the end of the day they also seat together on dining table & spent time with their family , however she used to accompanying her abroad for shootings , Mona was with him when he got few ribs fractured in London few years back

 Oh again I am off track , as post is for the 1st Indian cinema triumvirate, but emotionally ,writing about Dev Anand has it’s own free flow & always joyful ( sad now) , I think I also inherited some joie de verve from my Father , Scorpion ( we both) & from Dev Anand , my mother had more of a Nargis & Meena kumari ( Dil ek Mandir) type liking , emotional.

Now come back to the trio again .

Teams & Music:

Raj Kapoor : His camp has primarily Mukesh , then Shankar Jaikishan, Shailendra & Lata . Shailendra was a genius & due to touching & meaningful wording & simple Mukesh singing all his songs were great success & always had a dedicated following . Raj had good sense of music .Raj kappor had huge success as director like Barsaat , Shree 420 etc but was heart broken after his philosophical dream project Mera Naam Joker failure , which is mine & Dada ( my eldest bro) favorite movie. dada hated Jis desh mein .. ,as it lacks the artistic contents & depth & Raj Kapoor conflicts, as dada is fond of his famous classics like Shree420, Awara etc.

Dilip Kumar : No such camp but most of his songs were from Naushad, Shakeel Badayuni & Mohmd. Rafi , few songs by Kishore & Mukesh also . It is dilip kumar who’s songs gave footings to the legendary Mohammad Rafi . Mukesh , Mohd, Rafi , Talat ruled the Indian music in 40’/50& 60’s with occasional hit songs form Kishore , Hemant Kumar & Manna Dey .

Dev Anand : Sachin da gave music to Navketan 1st film Afsar & afterwards he became the permanent member of all Dev Anand's movies, Sahir Ludhiyanvi & kishore , later RD formed team Dev Anand. Majrooh Indeevar,& Kavi Neeraj also gave many hits for Dev. Surprisingly Kishore name was synonymous for Dev , but it was Mohammad Rafi who gave his & Dev Anand best songs like ( Tere mere sapne , Din dhal jaye, Khoya Khoya , Meim zindagi & Tere ghar ke same ),( Separate Blog post for Dev & Mohammad Rafi soon) . Infact Kishore Kumar used to sang only for himself & Dev until Aradhana gave him wide recognition & he ruled the music world afterwards & sang 98 % of all songs released for some years & nearly put all other male singers on sidelines ( Hashiye par) .Thanks to Prakash Mehra for not including any romantic song in Zanjeer , as for the same reason Dev had declined Zanjeer , which gave desired break to the Amitabh & the movie became a turning point for Amitabh & for Hindi Cinema too ,and a Superstar as an angry young man was born. Dev Anand’s performance excelled under Goldie directional ventures & together they made classics like Kala Bazar ,Guide ,Tere Ghar ke Samne ,Johney Mera Naam , Jewel thief which is seldom referred as the Bible for suspense movies .
His initial directional movies got some success , Hare Rama Hare Krishna was a cult , Des Pardes , Warrant , Amir Gharib were hits & others flopped , still movies made before Des Pardes were watchable with great music & for the sake of debonair Dev , like Gambler , Sharif Badmaash & Joshila by Yash Chopra. I also like Goldie’s Tere Mere Sapne & Basu’s Man Pasand with Tina & Girish Karnad.

Later on Raj Kapoor acted in few movies after Mera Naam Joker & produced a blockbuster & trendsetter movie “Bobby” as a launch pad for his son Rishi , while Dilip shifted to supporting but powerful pivotal roles & there also he was appreciated like Shakti , Saudagar , Mashal etc. but evergreen Dev continued his journey as a hero , refused to grow old ( someone said he was 22x 4 yrs old) ,only stopped by god himself at 88 , while he was scripting his next movie “ Songs of Life” .Oh!!

I stopped watching his movies after Hum Najuwan & was deeply unhappy about those dud movies he was making , but always luv to see him on television, his interviews , I remember his intelligent Thanks note ( Life time Achievement) at IIFA @ Johannesburg , remarkable , infact Sunil Gavaskar liked it so much , he said listening to such great personalities itself is a such an enjoyment more than any stage act. Dev never commented on others & always encouraged & recognized new comers & other rising stars , which others big fading stars fail to accept , for the same reason he was well respected by Amitabh/Dharmendra/Rajesh/Khans & Kapoors & others , I remember Once Shashi Kapoor told media in 1970’s that Dev Anand films 1st show still draws more crowd than present day superstars , also read Rishi Kapoor’s tribute in other blog post.
Also Dev Anand was fond of reading & was socially aware of what’s all happening around the world & was in touch with internationally renowned artists & was global in his approach from the very beginning of his career.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dev Anand’s memorial service 16th Dec.2011.

Memorial service was held at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai,for the legendary actor, producer and director Dev Anand.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dev Anand : joie de vivre.

Dev Anand : joie de vivre.

The Evergreen Debonair , Eternal Romantic hero ,known for his joie de vivre finally bids adieu to the Indian cinema at the Young age of 88.

I have listed some of the  quotes from Indian film fraternity as mark of their respect for Dev Saab , as he is fondly called.

1. Rishi Kapoor : I bent to touch his feet , he said no , instead he hugs me & told me “ We youngsters should some time work together “.A man of my father’s age called himself young , yes he was always young, like my son Ranbir. His energy was infectious. He was always full of joie de vivre, inspiring everyone around to be as full of life.

2. The Greatl super star Rajnikant & family : Superstar Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan were among those who remember's evergreen Bollywood actor Dev Anand, saluting the  actor, Rajinikanth, his wife Latha Rajinikanth, daughters Aishwarya and Soundarya and sons-in-law Dhanush and Ashwin in a statement here said 'Devanandji, we had the proud privilege of taking your blessings, shaking hands and giving you a hug as we humbly offered The Legend award two-years ago. All of us here, who were part of that evening, are so moved today'.'We salute your zest for life and your spirited energy for work. You will always stay in our hearts. We love you so much and we will miss you..', the statement said.

3. Rajesh Khanna :Actors like Dev Anand (people of endless spirit) are legends and ‘legends do not die’. He was my inspiration. In the 1970s, four of my films were hits, but the business of his single release, Johnny Mera Naam, around the same time, surpassed all of them.

4. Hema Malini: Dev Saab did so many things in his life: acting, writing books, producing and directing films. Even now, I am amazed to think of his marvelous energy. His energy levels could easily match up to that of a 20-year-old. No one word can describe this enigmatic personality who had his unique style of dressing, a livewire who charged all people around with his energy and life-state. Not a moment have I seen him sitting ( during Johny Mera Naam) in a relaxed manner on the sets, but constantly creating, planning and discussing films and the shoot ahead.

5. Amitabh Bachchan first tweeted about Dev saab, he was still praying that the news wasn't true. 'Just reading news about Dev Saheb .. praying it is not true ! He was such a positive person .. never associated death with him .An era has come to an end .. Dev Anand leaves a void never perhaps to be filled again .. his never give up belief, his joy of life!"

6. Waheeda Rehman : He promised me the role of a lifetime, and gave it to me in "Guide". I still fondly recollect the song sequence, "Tere Mere Sapne" in "Guide", which we shot in just two takes. Dev was divine in the scene. Dev Anand had the most beautiful toothless smile. Very sad to here this news. He was my first hero and I did maximum films with him. He was the finest and most decent man in the industry and we are all going to miss him. We learnt so much from him because he had so much energy in him. I used to tease him 'Dev you are like an Eveready battery'".

7. Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray :"The Love Bird has gone... “This was how Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray mourned the demise of evergreen actor Dev Anand “After he completed his day’s shooting, we would meet and often walk down to the nearby Charni Road station. He would get into the first class compartment while I would enter the third class coach since I was a pass-holder,” Thackeray reminisced, We met in parties, gatherings, ate together. He always talked and walked a lot...,Suddenly, my friend has gone away. I feel like meeting and talking to him. But he has left us from far away London, this is really painful. “

8. Manoj Kumar : Veteran actor Manoj Kumar remembered Dev Anand as a perfect gentleman and a thorough professional , Once Dev Saab called me & told me ,Manoj , “give me Hare Rama Hare Krishna title “ & he hung the phone , such apanapan & adhikar , His dressing style , muffler , he was true style icon.

9. Lata Mangeshkar :Bollywood's Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar remembers Dev Anand as a man who was very fond of classical music, had a zest for life and never looked back or regretted anything.

10. Anupam Kher: So as a Tribute to Dev Saab let's only humm his Songs today. Songs which became such an integral part of our lives. Ahbi na jao chodkar...

11. Khyyam :Legendary music composer Khayyam said that Dev Anand always made unique and modern movies.

Love you Dev Saab ... .

Finally Mid Day Quote :   And now, he'll charm the gods above!
Oh ...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dev Anand : The eternal Romantic hero

Dev Anand

Regret for not meeting him , though I tried , but I failed  to put much efforts, therefore I feel myself getting punished, for not able to see my Idol , I should be , I used to watch all of his B&W movies , made during my mother's generation ,  but still I liked him  , his mesmerism , style , Music, his Zest for life.
Dev Anand . Kishore , SD/RD, Sahir , Goldie ,Rafi combination have contributed some of the greatest movies & music to the Indian film Industry.

I Love you Dev Anand.
Forever Dev Anand.

Dev Anand : (1923 - ......) Forever

Dev Anand , Guide

Shocked , Broken , Speechless .

May his evergreen soul rest in piece.

" Dev-aan"....... ( His father used to call him).

Romancing with Life :

"My younger brother (Goldie) was so attached to me & I to him that I always carried him on my back , as I went out in the evenings to play with my friends.Sometimes I would play cricket ,at times hockey or gilli danda , but mostly Marbles -Marbles of different sizes & hues,combination of green & blue , and yellow ,orange & brown,and of the off-white of the soda water bottles ,I had bagfuls of marbles that I had collected , having won them in games from my neighbour's sons,and pals in the street.They were my prized collection, for I was an ace at playing marbles .Every time I aimed at one from a given distance , it would hit the bill's eye to the dismay of the other boys participating in the game.They were all jealous of my prowess .One day as I proudly jingled the marbles bulging out of my pocket , some of them spilled out , rolling down a slopy patch of ground .As I started chasing after them , I heard my father calling out " Dev-aaan "and there he was......................."

I will miss you , Love you always !!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Rockstar : Noir

Rockstar , Noir , Ranbir Kapoor

I am in Luv with this hoarding , I feel like seeing it  somewhere at a place like Juhu/Bandra . Well placed location ,stark  Black colour , Ranbir expressions , attitude , hair style ,everything... is so eye catching , awesome ..

Also the Scene when Shammi Kapoor glanced at the hoarding next to the road and smile , which says " my prediction about this young boy was right, who is already on his way to becoming a mega star."

It is unusual to post multiple posts for the same movie ,but whenever I close my eyes, specially while travelling , I found it is getting played over & over again .Infact I am enjoying this rumination & felt like having my joie de vivre , interestingly I found this in a movie which has a tragic ending , where Protagonist lost his luv & is angry with himself ,even after achieving what he dreamed of since his child hood.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Jordon (Ranbir) : Wardrobe & Guitar Strap Memorabilias

Rockstar , Ranbir Kapoor , Sadda Haq

Excerpts from official web site of Rockstar , so much research & ground work was done by team R* ,hats off to them. Read full details of each & every memorabilia there , those who love this movie will find it very interesting .

Key Elements in Jordan's Wardrobe "

Air Force Jacket

German Military Helmet

Police Shirt

Nehru topi with badges

Qawwal Jackets

Prague Jester Jacket

Patiala Salwars

Head gears

Neckpiece: His first broken guitar string , pick & a smallcompass .

Jordan’s guitar strap : Memorabilia

Mother's old saree border +

1. Key of my trunk

2. Indian flag

3. My roll number in college

4. Single Earring

5. Rust Coloured Cloth

6. Jai Mata Di Chunni

7. Metal Falcon: In Prague

8. The Tibetan Flag

9. Bronze Coins: By Buddhist monk

10.Freedom tag

11.Australian Mountaineering Badge

12.Star: A Russian soldier gave me

13.Butterfly Badge : A little girl in Laddakh gave me

Link Official site : Rockstarthefilm

Heer : Dead or Alive !!

Rockstar , Ranbir Kapoor ,Nargis , Nadaan Parinde
Heer is dead or in Coma !!
Question remained un answered .
1st time when we saw ,  it was concluded that she is dead.
2nd time : She is in coma.
3rd time : Confused , my heart says she is alive but in coma , but logic says she is dead as her soul meets him @ parinde.
Being searched in Google by many !!
So much invlovment !!
Any idea ?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Auto Wala Vs Police Wala : Sadda Haq

I came across very interesting incident , Auto wala (Ashish) narrated me yesterday ,how he fought with one police man (PM)  for auto fare ,who was refusing  to pay 25 Rs fare  for being  a PM , who also threatened Ashish , demanding all originals papers etc .etc. , but Ashish followed him up to his PS cabin & keep insisting for his fare  & finally  PM was forced to pay Ashish ( also warned) his dues after getting firing from his Sr.officer .
Anna effect may be!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Rockstar ***** :Avant-garde

Rockstar , Ranbir Kapoor , Imtiyaz Ali , A.R. Rahman

Sadda Haq   , Why Not , that I should also be fed emotionally & intellectually ,apart from usual necessities just for living , but I do not have enough choices , we have YSR’s/KJO/Khans/Akshyas /Shetty’s/Falana /Dikhana’s.  Their movies reminds me an incident few yrs back,we around 8 colleagues watching block buster KKHH in Bharuch , I was laughing & teasing my fellow collegue , who was shedding tears , I left the movie half way as I had to catch a train , but the point is I never tried to watch remaining part , as nothing had actually happened , which drove me to watch remaining KKHH .

Seldom I feel Why YSR is not directing another Deewar/Trishul , Why no more Khamoshi/Guide /Bandini/DCH/ Izzazat /HKA,anyways as a movie buff , I have different slots for all genre ,Pot boilers , comedy ,romance , action . difference is in the ignorance as I did not come across Rockstar before ,also my recent stimulations with “ Bridges of a Madison county , La vita è bella ( Thanks wanton ascetic) , Meet Joe Black"  etc led me to differentiate bet’n good movies & real good movies.

I am forced to make a detailed posting, as movie got stored in my sub conscious mind ,being getting played anytime , anywhere unknowingly , Similar to (Khmoshi) Waheeda climbing the staircase holding Meghdoot in her hand & Dharmendra seating on reclining chair & song Tum Pukar Lo being played, is still as fresh as if I watched it yesterday only, while leaving the hall (Rockstar) we all 4 had some questions & our views why ,why not ,why he/she ……we discussed the same till late night , then I realized that it had pick the right brain chords , It reminds me of the page 204 of “ Romancing with life “ Guide premiere feedback .

“ The film left them stunned .there was no cheer on their faces,only a look of puzzled bewilderment ,as they stood up and walked out in silence after the last fade out . Goldie & I were at the main gate to thank them for their gracious presence at the show , but they walked out as if in mourning after a funeral…………” Later on people found more meaning in it & Guide was declared as Classic, Rockstar hit the chords in the very first show , Sid was telling that @Jaipur full crowd was in synch with Sadda Haq & they had full blast.

OK enough , leave those nostalgic revelations and come to this Saga called “ Rockstar ”

Bravo….. ,What a movie ,Avant-garde, stirred my soul , my senses , also a visual delight frame by frame, Razmataz & a complete entertainment package , seen after long time . Thanks to Imtiyaz Ali tour de force, I was very much sure that this Movie & Ranbir-Imtiyaz combination would hit my soul, dying to see this Extravaganza which has all the elements , needed to make a successful movie Alas , Nargis ( another lucky one for RK) as Dil todne wali machine , perfect ice candy & as basic as Vanilla , even Mishra as Halwai /manager is likable , bitter-sweet story, great screen play , beautiful cinematography by Ashok Mehta , I think he might have put so much efforts last time may be in his own venture (Moksha) only ,few yrs back ,locations like Kashmir/Prague/Delhi, hit Music , which earlier seemed to look like main theme , but as story unfolds it is the journey of a young raw musician who is chasing his passion ,who wanted to get himself hurt , but in the process really get punished ,became self destructive and all fame, glory, achievements >>> just worthless at the end. Imtiyaz Ali has mastered the art of romance with complex relations ( Rishtey in my words) , normally initially they do not understand what it is , only after separation (JWM/LAK) they came to know what it was , Confused , may be! Finally it is the power pack performances which elevated this soul curry , to another level , perfectionised by Ranbir , his wits Gulzar/Vishal type ( kameeni), youthfulness ( time for oldies to leave now),lover boy looks , head gears ,Rustic Wardrobe, beard, his comfort with guitar , stage performance as mega star , pain , anger , frustration , Sadda Haq, Ranbir , Parinde ,more pain, Parinde ghar aa jaa ,Tu hee rakkh , Ranbir… Noir ,

Tu Hee Rakh ....
Saale ..

We all wanted to know !!Why they didn’t tell each other when she has mehndi and asked him to hug her ,what she meant by telling the sach otherwise ! which he was unable to reciprocate or why she didn’t accepted his casual offer to run away thru back door ,so many questions , & many more answers as per yr own interpretations , this is where it involve you , invite you to become part of the movie , with many questions remain unanswered , Why ,Why not ? when we left the hall silently ,still feeling may be she will join him ,as she was recovering  ,why he is in so much pain! Give him what he deserves! Why separate them who are made for each other ….

Canteen : Abbe Etnee see Chutney …….

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lal Pathar : Geet Gata hun Mein.

Geet Gata hun Mein , Kishore , Raaj Kumar , Hema

I feel Lal Pathar was  a land mark movie for Hema , as she got extremely good role of a Rani with grey shade,This song " Geet Gata Hun" is memorable , just watch Raaj Kr, seems to be born with Raja tag , His silk kurta , dhoti , Cigar, Mozri (shoes) & seating style & of course his Arrogance , he may be the only person who was liked for his  .I am quite impressed with visual part , specially facial expressions , Rani , Raja.
Soft lover boy Vinod Mehra acted very well ,song is basically about sacrifice he made .A complex tragic movie .

Link : Geet Gata hun Mein

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Firoz Khan : Style Icon

Firoz Khan : Style Icon
Café Reminiscence

My Bog is incomplete without mentioning Firoz Khan , our own desi Cow boy.In style of his own , western ,tons of confidence , remember how Hema Malini remember him :
"He was the first and last man who called me ‘Baby’. No one has ever dared to call me that. I wish they would. What a suave man he was. When I agreed to do Dharmatma he made it very clear that I was there in the first-half of the film only. He said, ‘You can’t say no, Baby!’ That was a new experience for me. My mother was more shocked than I was. With everyone addressing me as ‘ji’ it feels nice if someone comes up with a term of endearment."
I watched almost all his movies , Khote Sikke , Dharmatma,Apradh , Kurbani , Nagin , Safar, Upasana, Mela.
In fact i felt sorry for him in movie Safar , as his character was of a looser , of a jealous husband , which is in contrast of his image , still his song "Jo tumko ho pasand" is one of my few fav songs by Mukesh.
His colourful king size life is well known, Formula Cars, horses,Leather ,guns,winking.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

La vita è bella :Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

A 1997 award winning  Italian movie which tells the story of a Jewish Italian , Guido Orefice (played by Robert Beningini,who also directed and co-wrote the film) , who must employ his fertile imagination to help his family during their internment in a Nazi concentration camp .
A Beautiful movie based on Rishtey between a man who is rather comic & down to earth Italian Jewish poor man & rich non Jewish girl , then later on relation between father & son inside Nazi concentration camp.
How Guido tried to make his son happy in horrendous situation by creating a virtual game to win a real Tank to divert his attention.
A  must watch.
Readers are welcome to suggest similar movies ,as a must watch.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

The Bridges of Madison County , Clint Estwood
Story of love that happens just once in a lifetime -- if you're lucky.

Marvelous , fantastic movie , whole night movie was being played in my sub conscious mind , in dreams ,  like a flash back.Based on  my fav subject , “ Rishtey” .
2 Most talented actors ever, Old cow boy still looks so handsome , any women can feel weakness in her knees , his dresses , jeans , thick cotton shirts , Ahh fantastic. He still carry his cow boy style ,watch him how he uses his lighter , although he changed his signature smoking style of a rowdy (GBU)  to a sober professional National Geographic Photgrapher.
Nostalgic  reminiscences  ,picturestic  country side , river, big wooden farm house  , an ideal vacation home one can dream of , which I am searching for, somewhere near Bombay ( Nashik/Panvel).
Meryl Steep in her 50’s , her  anxiety like a 16 yr old girl just  to have  a glimpse of him , her excitement while putting message (post it) on the Rosamunde bridge. Living her whole life in span of just 4 days & ruminate for whole life ,thinking how beautiful those 4 days were ,which infact  caused pain only, for rest of her life ,how sad! , which she also expressed in her letter something like' I  thought about him almost everyday throughout my life'.
Movie has everything like Cast,Performances, Family ,Romance , Nostalgia , Relations , Responsibilities ,Thoughtful conversations , Travel , Alcohol ,Life , Kids , National Geographic …
Last time ,I had this feeling , when I watched “Meet Joe Black” in Malaysia , Tamil director Cheran  “ Autograph” was also likeable and one can cherish for many years or may ruminate.
My Fav scene “ when Francesca holding car door handle & in dilemma of staying with the family Or to  go with him.”
Thanks !!
Readers are welcome to suggest similar movies ,as a must watch.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Return of Kanellos:The Greek protest dog

GREEK protesters have been getting used to the company of a demonstrator who never misses a face-off with police a street DOG. A dog that has been seen at nearly every demonstration in Athens over the last two years has turned up again during the recent protests against new austerity measures. The street dog is seen in a variety of dangerous places: bravely lying down before lines of demonstrators, running at police, barking at riot cops prepared to shoot, and even dodging tear gas ,Joining leftist demonstrators, civil servants, and teachers’ unions, this dog takes on a squad of riot police to protest austerity measures in April, 2010.
This big  dog has attended every major demonstration in Athens, Greece for the past two three years, reports The Guardian newspaper. In fact, he showed up most recently during the current anti-austerity protests.
Kanellos is seen here on December 8, 2008 during a night of riots protesting the death of a 15-year-old pupil at the hands of Greek police.
According to The Sun, photographers became aware of the dog as they kept noticing him in their photographs of masked activists and police.
Kanellos From Wikipedia :
Kanellos[1] (Greek: Κανέλλος) (meaning "cinnamon was a stray dog that resided on the streets of Athens. Greek photographers capturing riot footage started to notice the dog when he kept appearing in their negatives.
Also having Facebook page & fan club.
Disclosure : Contents taken from various web sites.

Link : The Guardian: Greece dog

Friday, October 7, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Jeevan Se Bhari : Safar

Jeevan Se Bhari : Safar , Rajesh Khanna , Kishore

Rajesh  Khanna was at his best with Bangla Directors like Asit Sen (Khamoshi , Safar) ,Shakti Samanta (Amar Prem ), my all time fav song after Wo Sham & Gata Rahe .Also Firoz Khan Character was different from his image.

Link: Jeevan Se Bhari : Safar

Hawaon pe likh do : Do Dooni Char

Oh ! never realised that baby girl is Neetu singh, I was searching for this song , like it very much .Kishore himself in this song  in his natural attire , dhoti , also bonus is bubbly Neetu singh.Simple sweet song ,Great combination of Kishore, Gulzar,Hemant Kumar !!

Hawaon pe likh do :Do Dooni Chaar

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Rahen Na Rahen Hum : Mamta

Rahen Na Rahen Hum : Mamta . Dharmendra , Lata

One of my  fav. Lata song from Mamta, although i have not seen this movie , but like both characters , Dharmendra , Suchitra sen. Beautiful song.

Other version :Rahen Na Rahen Hum : Mamta

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dev Anand : The Living Legend

Dev Anand
Dev Anand , Nehru , Dilip Kumar , Raj Kapoor

Happy Birthday Dev Anand. As age is having no effect , therefore no sir, no saheb , he is ageless.
Pic is with his signature Jewel Thief Cap & other one Panditji with real Tridev.I am gr8 fan of   him , even though he is fr my previous gen., in my college days i used to watch his B&W movies with my friend Naresh.
His combination with Goldie  produced most memorable movies , e.g. Guide , Jewel Thief, Tere mere Sapne etc.
Long Live Dev Anand.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Meet Joe Black

Meet Joe Black : Brad Pit

Seen this awesome 1998  movie again after a gap of 10-12 yrs on Bigflix. Always fascinated by this movie , Brad Pitt , Hopkins , story line ...
Subject falls in my fav category , i.e. Rishtey. Relation between Joe ( Brad Pitt) & Susan, Coffee shop boy ( Brad Pitt ) & Susan , Bill ( Media mogul /father)- Susan , Bill- Quince,Bill - elder daughter Allison , knowing that father always has spark in his eyes for younger sis Susan , where as for her is for some demand , that conversation was touchy , as still they both luv each other , his husband character Quince who describe himself as a looser, down to earth , simple , honest guy , his relation with all & with Joe is worth watching & one seems to feel like hugging him .
Main story revolves around Joe/coffee shop guy , Susan & Bill who is going to die. Movie keep you involves & confuse as certain things were  left for yr imaginations / interpretations .To be honest ,Like this time only i understood that finally she came to know that coffee shop guy come back.
Brad Pitt was gr8 with his mist eyes & expressions , Hopkins like always.
Must movie for all , I enjoyed more 2nd time.
Excepts from Encyclopedia ;
"Death returns to Bill's home in the body of the young man, explaining that Bill's impassioned speech has piqued his interest after an eternity of boredom. Death tells Bill that in return for a few extra days of life, Bill shall be his guide on Earth. Bill agrees, and Death places himself at Bill's right hand as "Joe Black" and establishes a constant presence in Bill's home and work. Susan finds Joe appealing, but cannot understand why he is treating her like a stranger."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gulzar :Happy B' day Gulzar Saheb.


Jiyo Hazarron Saal .
Mera fav from yr gr8 creations.

मेरा कुछ सामान तुम्हारे पास पड़ा है
सावन के कुछ भीगे भीगे दिन रखे हैं
मेरे इक खत मैं लिपटी रात पड़ी है
वो रात बुझा दो,
मेरा वो सामान लौटा दो
पतझड़ है कुछ … है ना ?
वो पतझड़ में कुछ पत्तों के गिरने की आहट
कानों मैं एक बार पहन के लौट आई थी
पतझड़ की वो शाख अभी तक काँप रही है
वो शाख गिरा दो,
मेरा वो सामान लौटा दो
एक अकेली छतरी मैं जब आधे आधे भीग रहे थे
आधे सूखे आधे गीले,
सूखा तो मैं ले आए थी
गीला मन शायद बिस्तर के पास पड़ा हो
वो भिजवा दो,
मेरा वो सामान लौटा दो
एक सौ सोला चाँद की रातें
एक तुम्हारे काँधे का तिल
गीली महेंडी की खुश्बू,
झूट मूठ के शिकवे कुछ
झूठ मूठ के वादे
सब याद करा दो
सब भिजवा दो,
मेरा वो सामान लौटा दो
एक इजाज़त दे दो बस,
जब इसको दफ़ना.उंगी
मैं भी वहीं सो जाउंगी
मैं भी वहीं सो जाउंगी

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara : Farhan : Hrithik

In-fact i wanted to post  ZNMD just after watching it on the very first day as unbias self review , but was unable to do so, anyways i must write something as I was eager for Zoya movie , as DCH Farhan's sis product.
After seeing the promos , i was not much excited , felt that movie may be only exotic locs , star cast blah blah & I was right , ZNMD lacks content, specially emotional part .
All seems to be borrowed from Hollywood , dining , home , party,function ,families , celebrity painter,everything so artificial , unable to connect to those sports may be !
No excitement if everything is so easy .
Hrithik was as handsome as ever, that too in Linean clothing .
ZNMD:Total Mental .

Dum Maro Dum : Original cult

Today while watching NDTV , Vinod Dua programe Total Flashback & nostalgic interview with evergreen Dev Anand , issue of DMD was   raised , Dev Anand was always very polite & only requested Rohan Sippy to leave this song.
I wanted to post DMD after seeing worst remix ,I remember Binaca geet mala for that  year ,DMD was a sure  top ranked song for that whole year , & also won best song of the year award.
Who can forget Janie baby with proprietary  Rudraksh & red big sun glasses her trade mark style for this movie. RD music was  @ its best, even after so many years song & guitar music is still intoxicating .I remember Dev interview during this remix episode that this cult song belongs to Zeenat , Asha & RD.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Barrish : From my window

I Luv Bombay more during monsoon , specially area , where i lived, Yeoor hills looks so beautiful, green cliffs covered with clouds.Also yellow & red Gulmohar in full broom.
Back side VV Row houses also looks so green & pleasant.
Pics taken from balcony.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Taking on Tyson : Tyson corner.

Taking on Tyson : Tyson corner :Piegon
Taking on Tyson : Tyson corner

Taking on Tyson : Tyson corner

I like this series , beautifully picturised , scenes , Tyson's Luv for Pigeons, his dashing Portuguese friend Mario Costa like Hollywood hero , chewing cigar all the time .
Also more than 200 Pigeons took part in race of 350+ Miles back home , their navigation is remarkable , which I also experienced during my childhood dayz , when we used to take them far off approx. 10-20 Km & they used to come back before we reach home.

He says : "The first thing I ever loved in my life was a pigeon. I don't know why...I feel ridiculous trying to explain it," says Mike. "Pigeons are a part of my life. It's a constant with my sanity in a weird way; this is just what I do. If I'm lucky enough to die an old man, I'm going to have birds."

Hope to see more of this programme.

Link :Taking on Tyson

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