Monthly Archives: January 2010

Baiju Bawra, 1952

Directed by Vijay Bhatt This is a lovely story based on legend which was based on fact. When Baiju (Bharat Bhushan) is a young boy, his father, a classical/folk musician, is killed (in a scene that appears to be more … Continue reading

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Mughal-e-Azam, 1960

Directed and screenplay by K. Asif The plot for this movie comes from the legend of Prince Salim. The staging (very set-specific) of this film is a relic of the time, but this has the advantage now of heightening the … Continue reading

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Parinda, 1989

Directed and story by Vidhu Vinod Chopra Much is made of this film, especially in terms of its directing—the cinematography, the music, the images the camera dwells on. I found these qualities irritating—it was like Bollywood trying to prove that … Continue reading

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Shree 420, 1955

Directed by Raj Kapoor In lists of recommended Bollywood films that include only one Raj Kapoor film, Awara is usually the film chosen. But Shree 420 shows his style just as deeply, and the plot and music are just as … Continue reading

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Satya, 1998

Directed by Ram Gopal Varma This is commonly called India’s first real gangster movie, and it is often praised for its depiction of complex characters on both sides of the law—there is no one righteous, not one (except perhaps the … Continue reading

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CID, 1956

Directed by Raj Khosla This movie attempts to capture a madcap detective spirit, a cross between the Nick and Nora films and a noir film. It’s a fun little movie, but it doesn’t hold a candle to any Western-produced film … Continue reading

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Deewana, 1992

Directed by Raj Kanwar I only chose to review this movie because it showed up on hulu.com. No library should buy it, but I imagine many people who are curious about Bollywood will watch it on hulu simply because it … Continue reading

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