20 October 2017

Everything I Watched in 2017

Feature Films/Documentaries:

January '17

1Hunt for the Wilderpeople***1/22016Taika Waititi
2Eraserhead****1977David Lynch
3Anomalisa****2015Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
4Blade Runner***1982Ridley Scott
5The Witch***2015Robert Eggers
6A Monster Calls***2016J. A. Bayona
7Agraharathil Kazhutai***1977John Abraham
8OK Jaanu***2017Shaad Ali
9Haraamkhor***2017Shlok Sharma
10Dr. No**1/21962Terence Young
11The Darjeeling Limited***2007Wes Anderson
12Mrs. Doubtfire**1993Chris Columbus
13Revolutionary Road***1/22008Sam Mendes
14Sing Street***2016John Carney
15Kalifornia***1/21993Dominic Sena
16Perfume: The Story of a Murderer***1/22006Tom Tykwer
17Thithi****2016Raam Reddy
18Raees*1/22017Rahul Dholakia
19Duel***1971Steven Spielberg
20Kaabil**2017Sanjay Gupta
21The BFG**2016Steven Spielberg
22The Light Between Oceans***2016Derek Cianfrance

18 October 2017

Everything I Read in 2017

(in alphabetical order)

English
  1. An Unsuitable Boy (Karan Johar/Poonam Saxena)
  2. Delhi: A Novel (Khushwant Singh)
  3. Don't Disturb the Dead: The Story of the Ramsay Brothers (Shamya Dasgupta)*
  4. Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up (Rana Ayyub)
  5. Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star (Aseem Chhabra)
  6. Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored (Rishi Kapoor/Meena Iyer)
  7. Malgudi Days (R. K. Narayan)
  8. My Years With Apu: A Memoir (Satyajit Ray)
  9. One Indian Girl (Chetan Bhagat)
  10. Scion of Ikshvaku (Amish)
  11. Sita - Warrior of Mithila (Amish)
  12. The Company of Women (Khushwant Singh)
  13. The Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories (Ruskin Bond)
  14. Train to Pakistan (Khushwant Singh)
  15. Untouchable (Mulkraj Anand)
Hindi
  1. Aadmi Ka Zeher (Sri Lal Shukla)
  2. Ai Ladki (Krishna Sobti)
  3. Haar Jeet (Surendra Mohan Pathak)
  4. Heera Pheri (Surendra Mohan Pathak)
  5. Karmyoddha (Surendra Mohan Pathak)
  6. Kitne Pakistan (Kamleshwar)
  7. Manto Ek Badnam Lekhak (Vinod Bhatt)
  8. Mitro Marjani (Krishna Sobti)
  9. Palatwar (Surendra Mohan Pathak)
  10. Zameer Ka Qaidi (Surendra Mohan Pathak)

14 September 2017

Directors who remade their own films in Hindi

(in alphabetical order)

A. Bhimsingh

-Pasamalar (1961; Tamil) / Rakhi (1962)
-Bhaaga Pirivinai (1959; Tamil) / Khandan (1965)    
-Padikkadha Medhai (1960; Tamil) / Meharbaan (1967)
-Santhi (1965; Tamil) / Gauri (1968)

A. R. Kardar 

-Dillagi (1949) / Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966) [Based on Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte]

A. R. Murugadoss

-Gajini (2005; Tamil) / Ghajini (2008)
-Thuppakki (2012; Tamil) / Holiday (2014)

A. Subba Rao

-Mooga Manasulu (1964; Telugu) / Milan (1967)
-Poola Rangadu (1967; Telugu) / Jeet (1972)

Agathian

-Kadhal Kottai (1996; Tamil) / Sirf Tum (1999)
-Gokulathil Seethai (1996; Tamil) / Hum Ho Gaye Aapke (2001)

Asit Sen

-Uttar Falguni (1963; Bengali) / Mamta (1966) [Based on Uttar Falguni by Nihar Ranjan Gupta]
-Deep Jwele Jaai (1959; Bengali) / Khamoshi (1969) [Based on Nurse Mitra by Ashutosh Mukherjee]
-Chalachal (1956; Bengali) / Safar (1970) [Based on Chalachal by Ashutosh Mukherjee]

B. R. Chopra 

-Afsana (1951) / Dastaan (1972)

Balu Mahendra

-Moondram Pirai (1982; Tamil) / Sadma (1983)
-Kokila (1977; Kannada) / Aur Ek Prem Kahani (1996)

C. V. Sridhar

-Kalyana Parisu (1959; Tamil) / Nazrana (1961)
-Nenjil Or Aalayam (1962; Tamil) / Dil Ek Mandir (1963)
-Kadhalikka Neramillai (1964; Tamil) / Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966)
-Sivandha Mann (1969; Tamil) / Dharti (1970)
-Ilamai Oonjal Adukirathu (1978; Tamil) / Dil-E-Nadaan (1982)

Chetan Anand

-Afsar (1950) / Saheb Bahadur (1977) [Based on The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol]

Dasari Narayana Rao

-Swargam Narakam (1975; Telugu) / Swarg Narak (1978)
-Katakataala Rudraiah (1978; Telugu) / Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980)
-Yedanthasthula Meda (1980; Telugu) / Pyaasa Sawan (1981)
-Gorintaku (1979; Telugu) / Mehndi Rang Layegi (1982)
-Premabhishekam (1981; Telugu) / Prem Tapasya (1983)
-Srivari Muchatlu (1981; Telugu) / Asha Jyoti (1984)
-MLA Yedukondalu (1983; Telugu) / Aaj Ka MLA Ram Avtar (1984)
-Bobbili Puli (1982; Telugu) / Zakhmi Sher (1984)
-Sardar Papa Rayudu (1980; Telugu) / Sarfarosh (1985)
-Surigadu (1992; Telugu) / Santaan (1993)

Debaki Bose

-Kavi (1949; Bengali) / Kavi (1954) [Based on Kavi by Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay]

Gautham Vasudev Menon

-Minnale (2001; Tamil) / Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001)
-Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010; Tamil) / Ekk Deewana Tha (2012)

I. V. Sasi

-Avalude Ravukal (1978; Malayalam) / Patita (1980)
-Kanamarayathu (1984; Malayalam) / Anokha Rishta (1986)

Joshiy

-Aarambham (1982; Malayalam) / Dharm Aur Qanoon (1984)
-Ithihasam (1981; Malayalam) / Itihaas (1987)
-New Delhi (1987; Malayalam) / New Delhi (1988)

K. Balachander

-Arangetram (1973; Tamil) / Aaina (1977)
-Maro Charitra (1978; Telugu) / Ek Duje Ke Liye (1983)
-Varumaiyin Niram Sivappu (1980; Tamil) / Zara Si Zindagi (1983)
-Apoorva Raagangal (1975; Tamil) / Ek Nai Paheli (1984)

K. Bapaiah

-Soggadu (1976; Telugu) / Dildaar (1977)
-Mundadugu (1983; Telugu) / Maqsad (1984)

K. Bhagyaraj

-Veetla Visheshanga (1994; Tamil) / Mr. Bechara (1996)

K. Raghavendra Rao

-Kondaveeti Simham (1981; Telugu) / Farz aur Kanoon (1982)
-Ooriki Monagadu (1981; Telugu) / Himmatwala (1983)
-Adavi Simhalu (1983; Telugu) / Jaani Dost (1983)
-Justice Chowdary (1982; Telugu) / Justice Chaudhry (1983)
-Shakti (1983; Telugu) / Kaamyab (1984)
-Trishulam (1982; Telugu) / Naya Kadam (1984)
-Devata (1982; Telugu) / Tohfa (1984)
-Bobbili Brahmanna (1984; Telugu) / Dharm Adhikari (1986)

K. S. Adhiyaman

-Thotta Chinungi (1995; Tamil) / Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002)
-Priyasakhi (2005; Tamil) / Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar (2006)

K. S. Sethumadhavan

-Chattakkari (1974; Malayalam) / Julie (1975)

K. Viswanath

-Siri Siri Muvva (1976; Telugu) / Sargam (1979)
-Subhodayam (1980; Telugu) / Kaamchor (1982)
-Subhalekha (1982; Telugu) / Shubh Kaamna (1983)
-Saptapadi (1981; Telugu) / Jaag Utha Insan (1984)
-Jeevana Jyothi (1975; Telugu) / Sanjog (1985)
-Sankarabharanam (1980; Telugu) / Sur Sangam (1985)

Kashinath

-Aparichita (1978; Kannada) / Be-shaque (1981)
-Anubhava (1984; Kannada) / Anubhav (1986)

Kidar Sharma

-Chitralekha (1941/1964) [Based on Chitralekha by Bhagwati Charan Verma]

Krishna

-Simhasanam (1986; Telugu) / Singhasan (1986)

Krishna Vamsi

-Antahpuram (1998; Telugu) / Shakthi: The Power (2002)

Krishnan-Panju

-Kula Deivam (1956; Tamil) / Bhabhi (1957)
-Deivapiravi (1960; Tamil) / Bindya (1960)
-Annai (1962; Tamil) / Laadla (1966)
-Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum (1965; Tamil) / Do Kaliyaan (1967)
-Server Sundaram (1964; Tamil) / Main Sunder Hoon (1971)

L. V. Prasad

-Missamma (1955; Telugu) / Miss Mary (1957)

M. A. Thirumugam

-Komatha En Kulamatha (1973; Tamil) / Gaai Aur Gori (1973)

Mehboob Khan

-Aurat (1940) / Mother India (1957)

N. Maharajan

-Vallarasu (2000; Tamil) / Indian (2002)

Nanabhai Bhatt

-Mr. X (1957) / Adhi Raat Ke Baad (1965)

P. Bharathiraja

-16 Vayathinile (1977; Tamil) / Solva Sawan (1979)
-Sigappu Rojakkal (1978; Tamil) / Red Rose (1980)
-Alaigal Oyivathillai (1981; Tamil) / Lovers (1983)
-Kizhakke Pogum Rail (1978; Tamil) / Saveray Wali Gaadi (1986)

P. C. Barua

-Devdas (1935; Bengali) / Devdas (1936)

Priyadarshan

-Kilukkam (1991; Malayalam) / Muskurahat (1992)
-Thenmavin Kombath (1994; Malayalam) / Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998)
-Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984; Malayalam) / Hungama (2003)
-Boeing Boeing (1985; Malayalam) / Garam Masala (2005)
-Thalavattam  (1986; Malayalam) / Kyon Ki (2005)
-Vettam (2004; Malayalam) / De Dana Dan (2009)
-Vellanakalude Nadu (1988; Malayalam) / Khatta Meetha (2010)

Puri Jagannadh

-Badri (2000; Telugu) / Shart: The Challenge (2004)

Puttanna Kanagal

-Naagarahaavu (1973; Kannada) / Zehreela Insaan (1974) [Based on T. R. Subba Rao's novels Nagarahavu, Ondu Gandu Eradu Hennu and Sarpa Mathsara]

R S Prasanna

-Kalyana Samayal Saadham (2013; Tamil) / Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017)

Ram Gopal Varma

-Siva (1989; Telugu) / Shiva (1990)
-Kshana Kshanam (1991; Telugu) / Daud (1997)

S. J. Surya

-Kushi (2001; Tamil) / Khushi (2003)

S. S. Vasan

-Vanjikottai Valiban (1958; Tamil) / Raj Tilak (1958) [Based on The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas]

Satish Rajwade

-Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai (2011; Marathi) / Mumbai Delhi Mumbai (2014)

Satyen Bose

-Paribartan (1949; Bengali) / Jagriti (1954)

Shankar

-Mudhalvan (1999; Tamil) / Nayak: The Real Hero (2000)

Siddique

-Bodyguard (2010; Malayalam) / Bodyguard (2011)

Sohrab Modi

-Jailor (1938/1958)

Srijit Mukherji

-Rajkahini (2015; Bengali) / Begum Jaan (2017)

Susi Ganeshan

-Thiruttu Payale (2006; Tamil) / Shortcut Romeo (2013)

T. Rama Rao

-Yamagola (1977; Telugu) / Lok Parlok (1979)
-Aalu Magalu (1977; Telugu) / Judaai (1980)

Tapan Sinha

-Khoniker Atithi (1959; Bengali) / Zindagi Zindagi (1972)
-Sagina Mahto (1970; Bengali) / Sagina (1974)

Tapi Chanakya

-Ramudu Bheemudu (1964; Telugu) / Ram Aur Shyam (1967)

Tarun Majumdar
-Palatak (1963; Bengali) / Rahgir (1969)
-Balika Badhu (1967; Bengali) / Balika Badhu (1976) [Based on Balika Badhu by Bimal Kar]

Teja

-Nuvvu Nenu (2001; Telugu) / Yeh Dil (2003)

V. Shantaram

-Shakuntala (1943) / Stree (1961) [Based on Abhijñānaśākuntalam by Kalidasa]

Vikram Bhatt

-Inteha (2003) / Aetbaar (2004) [Both were inspired by the 1996 film Fear]


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Multilingual Films

13 August 2017

My favourite Hindi films from every year since independence

1948Aag (Raj Kapoor)
1949Andaz (Mehboob)
1950Mashal (Nitin Bose)
1951Awara (Raj Kapoor)
1952Aan (Mehboob)
1953Do Bigha Zamin (Bimal Roy)
1954Boot Polish (Prakash Arora)
1955Shree 420 (Raj Kapoor)
1956Jagte Raho (Amit Maitra, Sombhu Mitra)
1957Pyaasa (Guru Dutt)
1958Madhumati (Bimal Roy)
1959Kaagaz Ke Phool (Guru Dutt)


1960 Mughal-E-Azam (K. Asif)
1961 Hum Dono (Amarjeet)
1962 Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (Abrar Alvi)
1963 Bandini (Bimal Roy)
1964 Sangam (Raj Kapoor)
1965 Guide (Vijay Anand)
1966 Teesri Kasam (Basu Bhattacharya)
1967 Jewel Thief (Vijay Anand)
1968 Padosan (Jyoti Swaroop)
1969 Bhuvan Shome (Mrinal Sen)


1970 Anand (Hrishikesh Mukherjee)
1971 Anubhav (Basu Bhattacharya)
1972 Amar Prem (Shakti Samanta)
1973 Abhiman (Hrishikesh Mukherjee)
1974 Garm Hava (M. S. Sathyu)
1975 Sholay (Ramesh Sippy)
1976 Chhoti Si Baat (Basu Chatterjee)
1977 Shatranj Ke Khilari (Satyajit Ray)
1978 Satyam Shivam Sundaram (Raj Kapoor)
1979 Junoon (Shyam Benegal)
1980 Aakrosh (Govind Nihalani)


1981 Chasme Buddoor (Sai Paranjpye)
1982 Shakti (Ramesh Sippy)
1983 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (Kundan Shah)
1984 Saaransh (Mahesh Bhatt)
1985 Ram Teri Ganga Maili (Raj Kapoor)
1986 Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (Basu Chatterjee)
1987 Mr. India (Shekhar Kapur)
1988 Salaam Bombay (Mira Nair)
1989 Parinda (Vidhu Vinod Chopra)
1990 Agneepath (Mukul S. Anand)
1991 Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin (Mahesh Bhatt)
1992 Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (Mansoor Khan)
1993 Baazigar (Abbas-Mustan)
1994 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (Kundan Shah)


1995 Rangeela (Ram Gopal Varma)
1996 Bandit Queen (Shekhar Kapur)
1997 Virasat (Priyadarshan)
1998 Satya (Ram Gopal Varma)
1999 Sarfarosh (John Matthew Matthan)
2000 Hera Pheri (Priyadarshan)
2001 Lagaan (Ashutosh Gowariker)
2002 Company (Ram Gopal Varma)
2003 Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (Rajkumar Hirani)
2004 Swades (Ashutosh Gowariker)
2005 Black (Sanjay Leela Bhansali)
2006 Rang De Basanti (Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra)
2007 Taare Zameen Par (Aamir Khan)
2008 Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (Dibakar Banerjee)
2009 3 Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani)
2010 Udaan (Vikramaditya Motwane)


2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Zoya Akhtar)
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur (Anurag Kashyap)
2013 The Lunchbox (Ritesh Batra)
2014 Ugly (Anurag Kashyap)
2015 Masaan (Neeraj Ghaywan)


2016 Dangal (Nitesh Tiwari)
2017 Trapped (Vikramaditya Motwane)

29 May 2017

HFF DIARY: 2017


Sixteen movies in eight days! Now that feels really awesome! I attended the 12th Habitat Film Festival (HFF), 2017 for eight out of ten days, which was my third film festival in the last two months. I had earlier attended the first Habitat International Film Festival (HIFF) and the 64th National Film Festival, where I'd managed to see a total of fourteen films in four days. I wonder why I never attended film festivals before. It was such an extraordinary experience. I spent my evenings after office and Sundays, staring at the big screen, relishing movies from the various corners of our country, and witnessing its diversity in the truest sense of the term.

The opening film of the festival was A Death in the Gunj, the directorial debut of Konkona Sen Sharma. Unfortunately, I missed it, but I hope to watch its theatrical release, which is due on the 2nd June. 

The first film I watched was Karthick Naren’s Tamil thriller Dhruvangal Pathinaru (2016), also known as D-16. It was a fantastic whodunit with a superb casting. The pace was exceptional and it kept me glued to the screen for its entire duration. It remained my favourite film throughout the festival. It also amazed me that the director Karthick Naren is just 22 years old. Undoubtedly, he is a filmmaker to watch out for.


I started my second day at the festival with a panel discussion on the acclaimed film director and screenwriter Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, featuring historian Dr. Ravikant and writer-journalist Jai Arjun Singh. The session began with Iffat Fatima's short film on Abbas and ended with the screening of Chetan Anand's directorial debut Neecha Nagar (1946), based on Maxim Gorky's Lower Depths, which was adapted for the screen by Abbas. However, watching Neecha Nagar was a very bad experience, since the print of this movie was not so good. Nevertheless, watching old movies in 35mm is such a rare thing. Four other films were also screened for Abbas’s retrospective titled ‘The City as a Metaphor’: Shree 420 (1955), Jagte Raho (1956), Char Dil Char Rahein (1959) and Bambai Raat Ki Bahon Mein (1968). I only managed to see Jagte Raho, which was a great experience. I later found out that it was also produced in Bengali titled Ek Din Raatre. Raj Kapoor acted in both the versions. The role of Motilal in Bengali version was played by Chhabi Biswas. You can find this film [here] on YouTube. 

Damien O'Donnell's British dramedy East is East (1999) and Satyajit Ray's TV film Sadgati (1981) – based on the story of the same name by Munshi Premchand – were shown as a part of Om Puri's retrospective. I liked the former and loved the latter. I also wanted to see the other films shown in this retrospective: Aakrosh (1980), Ardh Satya (1983), Tamas (1988) and Dev (2004), but couldn't.

Kannada film U Turn (2016) was another smart, engaging thriller by Pawan Kumar. Like his previous film Lucia (2013), this one was also crowd-funded. However, the ending didn’t really surprise me. It somehow became predictable in the second half, but I was thoroughly entertained.

I saw four Malayalam films at the festival: Manhole, Ottayar Paathe (The Narrow Path), Pinneyum (Once Again) and Ayal Jeevichirippundu, and liked all of them.

Debutant director Vidhu Vincent's Manhole depicted the life and struggles of manual scavengers in Kerala. Ottayar Paathe was a wonderful drama about a father-son relationship. Veteran filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan's latest film Pinneyum was about an unemployed man in his thirties, who turns out to be a criminal. According to Wikipedia, the story was loosely adapted from the original criminal incident that happened in Kerala during the '80s by Sukumara Kurup, a wanted criminal. Such a shame that this was my first ever Adoor film and so now, I feel the need to see all the films directed by him. Vyasan K. P.’s Ayal Jeevichirippundu was the film I enjoyed the most out of these four Malayalam movies that I watched. Its story was about the friendship between a Booker Prize-winning author John Matthew Mathan (Vijay Babu) and an illiterate fisherman Murugan (Manikandan). The screening of Pinneyum and Ayal Jeevichirippundu were followed by a Q&A session with their respective directors.

Watching Kaasav (2016) was like a sort of meditation. Directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, it was an impactful social drama. We need more films like this, which deal with the subject of depression. Incidentally, this movie had also won the National Award for the Best Feature Film, earlier this year.

Bengali film Cholai (2016) was a dark comedy with a very poignant ending. For some parts, it reminded me of Raam Reddy's excellent Thithi (2016), which was one of my top 5 favourite Indian films of last year.

Bobby Sarma Baruah's Rajbongshi-language film Sonar Baran Pakhi (The Golden Wing) was based on the life and times of Late Pratima Barua Pandey, the legendary folk singer of Assam. She was such a fascinating figure. It was a well-researched movie. For authenticity, Baruah used the singer's original tracks in the movie, which she sourced from the All India Radio archives. I particularly loved its opening scene, which I thought was brilliant.


Amar Kaushik's Apatani-language short Aaba (The Grandfather) was one of the best films I have seen. Set in a remote landscape of Ziro (Arunachal Pradesh), shot with locals from the Apatani tribe, this film, for the most part, was narrated in silence. The location was so beautiful and peaceful that someday I want to visit it.

I also watched a Sanskrit film Ishti (2016), written and directed by Dr. G. Prabha – the fourth ever Sanskrit film, but the first one with a social theme. Set in the background of the mid-'20s of Kerala, it was a subtle take on patriarchy and gender-biases in the name of traditions.

The closing film of the festival was Shlok Sharma's Haraamkhor (2017). Despite the absurd ending, it worked for me. Nawazuddin was once again at the top of his game. Is there any role which he can't portray? Shweta Tripathi (Shaalu of Masaan) was equally good and played the role of a 15-year-old girl so convincingly.

Wish I had more time and could cover some more films. Sigh! Now I'm eagerly waiting for the 8th Jagran Film Festival, which will be held in the first week of July. Hope to get lost in the world of cinema and continue the journey for as long as movies are made :)

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