Mere Sanam (1965)

Let me start with a confession: I share a love-hate relationship with this movie. I love the music and the songs; the two actresses in the movie (especially Mumtaz) are adorable and Kashmir looks breathtakingly gorgeous. So watching this movie should be an enjoyable viewing experience. But it is not. And the reason is subjective. Every time I see a song […]

Give Me the Moon (Mujhe Chand Chahiye) by Surendra Verma (Transl. By Pramila Garg)

Had I seen the cover of this book in Hindi, I would never have picked it up. Typically reminiscent of the lurid, racy pocket books sold in book stalls at railway stations, this cover features an image of the sultry, sensuous Urmila Matondkar with her hand raised, transposed on to the jazzy blue background so that it conveys […]

The Sun’s Seventh Horse (Suraj Ka Satvaan Ghoda, by Dr Dharamvir Bharati transl. by Ajneya)

In the good old days when Doordarshan was the only channel we had, there was an art film called Suraj Ka Satvaan Ghoda that was aired. It remained etched in my memory mainly because it was made by the master film-maker, Shyam Benegal and it starred Rajit Kapoor, the underrated actor who immortalised Byomkesh Bakshi on TV. The movie […]

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