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Mark the date, 22.5.2008

Posted in Movies on April 23, 2008 by prashanteju


And the Oscar goes to….

Posted in Movies on February 25, 2008 by prashanteju

Ethan and Joel Coen. The duo has been my favorite movie-makers for a long time. And they deserve all the praise,  oscars included.

An e-mail to Amir

Posted in Movies with tags , on January 2, 2008 by prashanteju

Dear Amir,

I recently saw Taare Zameen par. I’ve always considered you a fine actor, however the one who should be actually behind the lens. And with this film you probably have taken a step towards the goal. You do not need me telling that it is actually a director who is responsible for a fine film experience. A story can be simple but told in a complex way (Memento, for example) and vice-a-versa. It is a good director who can manage to convert that into a cinematic experience. Script, however important, is just something on the paper. Screen-play and making a movie is like taming a different beast altogether.

I remember a discussion with my German colleague when Lagaan was nominated for the Oscar. She was quite amused at the fascination of Indians about this English sport and knew me as an ardent admirer of the sport. I tried to tell her that the movie actually is not about cricket; if a certain Braveheart can get an Oscar so should Lagaan. She did not understand my point. I did not try to press; in my opinion our films do not need an Oscar to prove they are better. Similarly Taare Zameen par is not about dyslexia(In my opinion) neither it is an art film per se; I’m sure many people watching the movie will understand this.

I must congratulate you for a brave effort. I’m happy to see at least one fellow from a crop of so-called superstars daring to be different.

May the force be with you,

Prashant Khapane

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.