21 October 2018

Everything I Watched in 2018

Feature Films/Documentaries:

January '18 

1Good Time***1/22017Ben and Josh Safdie
2The Householder***1963James Ivory
3IT****2017Andy Muschietti
4Thelma***1/22017Joachim Trier
5Detroit****2017Kathryn Bigelow
6Par Ek Din-2017Jaideep Varma
7Crossing Bridges***1/22013Sange Dorjee Thongdok
8Marjorie Prime**2017Michael Almereyda
9Tanna****2015Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
10Land of Mine***1/22015Martin Zandvliet
11Amma Ariyan***1986John Abraham
12Ghashiram Kotwal-1976K. Hariharan, Mani Kaul, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Kamal Swaroop
13Fences***2016Denzel Washington
14Mukkabaaz****1/22018Anurag Kashyap
15Jackie***2016Pablo LarraĆ­n
16Hidden Figures***2016Theodore Melfi
17Kaalakaandi**1/22018Akshat Verma
18The Beguiled***2017Sofia Coppola
19Loving Vincent***2017Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
20Spielberg****2017Susan Lacy
21The Lost City of Z***2017James Gray
22Pyasa Shaitan1/21984Joginder
23I Am Not Your Negro***2016Raoul Peck
24Memoir of a Murderer****2017Won Shin-yun
25Aval***2017Milind Rau
26Toni Erdmann***2016Maren Ade
27Padmaavat (3D)**1/22018Sanjay Leela Bhansali
28Stronger***2017David Gordon Green
29Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery**1/21997Jay Roach
30Youth***2015Paolo Sorrentino
31Jana Aranya***1/21976Satyajit Ray
32Cujo**1983Lewis Teague
33Sikkim***1971Satyajit Ray

8 September 2018

Food and Beverages in (Hindi) Movie Titles

1939 Brandy Ki Botal
1942 Roti
1955 Miss Coca Cola
1957 Aadhi Roti
1957 Do Roti
1957 Johnny-Walker 
1964 Daal Me Kaala
1970 Uski Roti
1974 Roti
1974 Roti Kapada Aur Makaan
1982 Angoor
1982 Namkeen
1988 Do Waqt Ki Roti
1990 Roti Kee Keemat
2004 Shaadi Ka Laddoo
2004 Popcorn Khao! Mast Ho Jao
2005 Angoor
2005 Chocolate
2005 Chai Pani Etc.
2005 Chicken Tikka Masala
2006 Sandwich
2007 Cheeni Kum
2007 Rice Plate (Dus Kahaniyaan)
2009 Aloo Chaat
2009 Coffee House
2009 Love Khichdi
2009 Aamras: The Sweet Taste of Friendship
2009 Fruit and Nut
2010 Khichdi: The Movie
2011 Bubble Gum
2012 Barfi!
2012 Cocktail
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
2013 Murabba (Bombay Talkies)
2013 What the Fish
2014 Paranthe Wali Gali
2014 Pizza
2014 Coffee Bloom
2014 Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai
2014 Sharbat (Short)
2015 Margarita with a Straw
2015 Wedding Pullav
2016 The Blueberry Hunt
2016 Chutney (Short)
2017 Bareilly Ki Barfi
2017 Coffee with D
2017 Juice (Short)
2017 Kadhai Paneer (Short)
2018 Vodka Diaries
2018 Khajoor Pe Atke
2018 Baarish Aur Chowmein
2018 Bajra Vs Burger
2018 Jalebi
2018 Rajma Chawal

Additions by: Nitesh Singh, Phani Shankar

2 September 2018

Books I Read in 2018

English
  1. We Indians (Khushwant Singh)
  2. The Best Baker In The World (Raja Sen)
  3. Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)
  4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (Mark Manson)
  5. The Complete Adventures of Feluda: Vol. 1 (Satyajit Ray)
  6. Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
  7. Calling Sehmat (Harinder Sikka)
  8. The World of Hrishikesh Mukherjee: The Filmmaker Everyone Loves (Jai Arjun Singh)
  9. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy)
Hindi
  1. Do Log (Gulzar)
  2. Aag Ka Dariya (Qurratulain Hyder)
  3. Udaas Naslain (Abdullah Hussain)
  4. Na Bairi Na Koi Begana: Volume 1 (Surendra Mohan Pathak)
  5. Vishvaas Ki Hatya (Surendra Mohan Pathak)
  6. Fifty-Fifty (Surendra Mohan Pathak)
  7. Kaanpta Sheher (Surendra Mohan Pathak)
  8. Dial Hundred (Surendra Mohan Pathak)
  9. Kaagaz ki Naav (Surendra Mohan Pathak)
  10. Conman (Surendra Mohan Pathak)

26 August 2018

Actors Who've Worked in More Than One Movie With The Same Title

Amitabh Bachchan

Deewaar (1975, 2004)

Amrish Puri

Hulchul (1971, 1995, 2004)

Ashok Kumar

Kangan (1939, 1959, 1971)
Afsana (1951, 1966)

Bobby Deol

Barsaat (1995, 2005)

Dara Singh

Veer Bhimsen (1964, 1986)

Dharmendra

Baazi (1968, 1984)
Loha (1987, 1997)

Jeetendra

Aulad (1968, 1987)
Santan/Santaan (1976, 1993)

Johnny Walker

Baazi (1951, 1968)

Kareena Kapoor

Talaash (2003, 2012)

Mithun Chakraborty

Maa Kasam (1985, 1999)
Guru (1989, 2003, 2007)

Sanjay Dutt

Hathyar (1989, 2002)
Dus (1997/Unfinished, 2005)

Shakti Kapoor

Naseeb (1981, 1997)
Himmatwala (1983, 1998)
Shiva Ka Insaaf (1985, 2001)
Inteqam (1988, 2001)
Baaghi (1990, 2000)
Shikaar (2000, 2004)

Sohrab Modi

Jailor (1938, 1958)

[Additions by: Pankaj Parashar, Nitika]

12 June 2018

Hindi Films with Exclamation Marks in their Titles

1984 Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!
1988 Salaam Bombay!
1994 Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
1995 Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!
1997 Uff! Yeh Mohabbat
1998 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge! 
2000 Kya Kehna!
2000 Snip!
2002 Mujhse Dosti Karoge!
2002 Waah...! Tera Kya Kehna
2003 Oops!
2004 Ab... Bas!
2004 Dil Maange More!!!
2004 Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...
2004 Popcorn Khao! Mast Ho Jao
2004 Stop!
2004 Uuf Kya Jadoo Mohabbat Hai..!
2005 Bluffmaster!
2005 Tum... Ho Na!
2005 Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!
2006 Khosla Ka Ghosla!
2007 Chak De! India
2007 Hattr!ck
2008 A Wednesday!
2008 Good Luck!
2008 Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!
2008 Rock On!!
2008 Sorry Bhai!
2009 Dil Bole Hadippa!
2009 Shaabash! You Can Do It 
2009 Zor Lagaa Ke...Haiya!
2009 Wake Up S!d
2010 Hello! Hum Lallan Bol Rahe Hain
2010 Pyaar Impossible!
2010 Toh Baat Pakki!
2011 Damadamm!
2011 Love U...Mr. Kalakaar!
2011 Turning 30!!!
2012 Barfi!
2012 Fatso!
2012 OMG: Oh My God!
2013 Kai Po Che!
2013 Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!
2014 Bang Bang!
2014 Life Is Beautiful!
2015 Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
2017 Sniff!!!
2017 Golmaal Again!!!
2018 Kuldip Patwal: I Didn't Do It!
2018 Brij Mohan Amar Rahe!

Note — This post is inspired by this Tweet:
Additions via Sanjay Desai

10 June 2018

Hindi Films with Question Marks in their Titles

1957 Apradhi Kaun?
1964 Woh Kaun Thi?
1970 Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan?
1979 Aur Kaun?
1980 Yeh Kaisa Insaf? 
1982 Apradhi Kaun?
1983 Kaun? Kaisey?
1985 Aakhir Kyon?
1994 Teesra Kaun?
1999 Kaun?
2002 Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai?
2003 Kyon?
2004 Hum Kaun Hai?
2006 Aisa Kyon Hota Hai?
2006 Anthony Kaun Hai?
2009 What's Your Raashee? 
2009 Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi?
2011 Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?
2012 ?: A Question Mark 
2012 Will You Marry Me?

PS: Films like Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai (1980), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005) and Kya Yahi Sach Hai (2011) do not have question marks in their title.

3 June 2018

Chess in Hindi Films






















































21 May 2018

The Day I Met Gulzar

May 20th, 2018. 

I will never forget this day. I was fortunate enough to be present in the company of the legendary Gulzar Saab. Listening to him (along with Vishal Bhardwaj and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra), at the 13th Habitat Film Festival, was an incredible experience. I took his autograph on his novel Do Log, which has now become one of my most prized possessions. The twinkle in his eyes and the smile that played on his lips as he signed this copy for me will be etched in my heart forever. 

Thank you, HarperCollins India and Habitat Film Club.