Archive for December, 2007

Munich, Graffiti in black and white

Posted in Photography on December 25, 2007 by prashanteju

Lately I’ve been fascinated by this ‘art’ on the walls. Some people complain about the effect it has; I find it attractive and great way to express. This is not as easy as it seems to some people and these guys-n-gals do it so fast. I got to know few in Munich and asked if I could make few images. It was great fun, and with a fantastic film camera (Canon A1 + 50 and 85mm, Kodak/Illford film developed in D-76) in hand it was doubly so.

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Chashme Buddoor (1981)

Posted in Movies on December 25, 2007 by prashanteju

This is a kind of ‘coming full circle’ for me. I rarely spend time watching TV at a length. The kind of ‘Sas-Bahu’ junk being churned out by the channels these days is not my cup of tea, and the ‘talent search’ kind of program is a farce imo.

So yesterday I saw this movie and fortunately there were no ‘irritating commercial’ breaks. I remember my first rendezvous with TV vividly. There was only one in the area where we were living. And this was the Sunday-evening movie sponsored by washing powder Nirma . It must have been 1983-84. When movie ended everybody was actually talking about a certain washing powder Chamko. I actually managed to sleep when it was shown at that time and never really got to watch it again; till yesterday that is.

What a wonderful simple movie. More like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Sampooran Singh Gulzar, or Chatterjee movie; however this one is directed by Sai Paranjape. This one came after highly acclaimed and intense film Sparsh which goes on to show that the artist is multi-dimensional. Highlight of this movie is ‘punchlines’ – When Neha says, ‘look how clean the towel is now’, Siddharth naively tells her that the napkin had been freshly laundered in the first instance. Or for example, when he admits ‘he was actually lingering near her music-class so that they can meet, Neha also tells him that she intentionally told him about the schedule. And another one is classic – when he asks for marriage/quit the job, she says she needs time to think with all the seriousness that you think – Oh there is a twist after all. And seconds later she tells him – till she finishes her tutti-fruti ice-cream.

If you have never seen this movie, go ahead and have fun. This ain’t typical slapstick comedy; it is a great humor, study of characters and how they should be given their space. Songs are also wonderful, parody is great to watch and ‘kaha se aaye badara’ tops everything.

PS: One thing I like about movies from this decade is seeing empty streets of cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Pune. It just feels so nice to see so few people and concrete jungle.

And oh yes, Wish you a very happy Christmas.