Filmmaking · Writers

Kamna Chandra: The writer who made Raj Kapoor give life to her story in Prem Rog

“No, I won’t narrate to his assistant. Main kahani Raj Kapoor ji ko hi sunaoongi.” Even as a newcomer trying to break through in the late 70s, veteran writer Kamna Chandra was at her assertive best with his secretary Harish Bhibhra while she was trying to persuade him to get her an audience with the…… Continue reading Kamna Chandra: The writer who made Raj Kapoor give life to her story in Prem Rog

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Actors · Swansong

Goodbye Shashi Kapoor This is how I shall always remember Shashi Kapoor. Him riding a bike in Kala Patthar, carefree and full of life, singing: Ik raasta hai zindagi, Jo tham gaye to kuchh nahi, Yeh kadam kisi muqaam pe, Jo jam gaye to kuch nahin… Every time I watch this song, my heart does triple somersaults.…… Continue reading Goodbye Shashi Kapoor

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Connoisseur · First Watch · Movies

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

A mother and a daughter have the most hilarious conversation about Alibaba and him finding the cave. This was my favourite scene of Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. Sugandha and her mother start to discuss the topic of sex in a rather awkward fashion and then end up questioning assumptions regarding male sexuality. Erectile dysfunction does not cross…… Continue reading Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

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Actors · Short Takes

Happy 60th, Dimple Kapadia

The nation is still panting.  Less than 5 months before I was born, in September 1973, one woman redefined and mainstreamed female sexuality for Hindi cinema. We still haven’t recovered… This song, Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho Aur Chaabi Kho Jaaye, of course, played a huge part in that. Although the lyrics were…… Continue reading Happy 60th, Dimple Kapadia

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