Monthly Archives: July 2009

Khalnayak, 1993

Directed and story by Subhash Ghai. The title and the title song tell you the main thrust: The word “khalnayak” is villain, but within the villain there is always a hero—“nayak.” Two members of the police force are close to … Continue reading

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Maine Pyar Kiya, 1989

Directed and screenplay by Sooraj R. Barjatya This feels like a newer, poorer version of a combination of Bobby and Kabhi Kabhie, like when they remade the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse at Disneyland into Tarzan’s treehouse—maybe the new thing has … Continue reading

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WorldCat, reform!

WorldCat has been so helpful to all of us these past years. There is nothing else offering such a comprehensive search of all (participating) libraries around the world. Not only does it show you all the libraries that own the … Continue reading

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Arth, 1982

Directed and story by Mahesh Bhatt I’m not going to lie to you: this movie was hard to watch. The reasons are threefold: The pace was much too slow (and I can take a slow movie), the cinematography was unimaginative, … Continue reading

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Amar, Akbar, Anthony, 1977

Directed by Manmohan Desai First, what you must know is that this is a very enjoyable movie. Hollywood movies rarely get to have as much fun anymore (without just being plain dumb or using the same old stories over and … Continue reading

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Deewar, 1975

Directed by Yash Chopra This film is remark-able for several reasons. First, it is a classic example of three genres: the Angry Young Man (portrayed, of course and as usual, by Amitabh Bachchan), family separation (a way for filmmakers to … Continue reading

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Pakeezah, 1971

Directed, story, and screenplay by Kamal Amrohi I can’t give this one a full review, since the only copy I was able to obtain was of very poor quality. It was difficult to watch. I know this is a powerful … Continue reading

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