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‘Ehsan’ review: Fie File Fo Fum

By on August 26, 2018

Reading Time: 6 minutes In this 1970 outing, director Shiv Kumar makes an unbelievably lame and unintentionally comic contribution to Hindi cinema, combining family drama, a spy caper, and coming up a cropper. Composer Rahul Dev Burman, painting out a silver lining with his score, comes to the heroic (and hero’s) rescue.

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Pancham: Flashback to the Future

By on March 9, 2017

Reading Time: 4 minutes [I wrote a mildly modified version of this piece in the Pancham group on Facebook as part of the Aaina Wahi Rehta Hai: Flashback with Pancham theme. This group is truly the most vibrant and informative one on Pancham on Facebook. Thanks to ever-vigilant and enthusiastic admins, blame and flame throwers are reined in quickly, […]

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‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise

By on February 5, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes {This review was first published in the inaugural issue of Pancham Times, a publication conceptualized and crystallized into nostalgic reality by the panchammagic group based out of Pune, India. To know more about this group, visit http://panchammagic.org/. You can also follow them on Facebook @panchammagic and on Twitter at @panchammagic.} The fall is as horrifying as an […]

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Pancham: And Yet Again…

By on January 4, 2017

Reading Time: 1 minute And yet again, you trend on social media. And yet again, doohickeys come out of the woodwork, professing how you made their careers, or how they made yours. And yet again, you are worshiped and put on the pedestal. And yet again, there’s no dearth of stories of others composing the mukhda or a now […]

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Pancham: Just a Song Before I Kill

By on June 26, 2016

Reading Time: 6 minutes Party scenes in Hindi movies have always had an arterious connection with the movie plot, and even more so with the soundtrack. And I don’t mean today’s party songs that are only reason for you to reach out for your goggles, as the strobe lights and thumping beats assault your sensory sensations, more often numbing […]

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Pancham: A Special Guest Appearance

By on January 4, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes   In Hindi movie parlance, a “guest appearance” connotes an actor of repute who’s not in the parade of the main protagonists. However, she/he makes an appearance right at the time when you’ve had enough of the lead actors; or, just when you think the fun couldn’t get any wackier, the special appearance actor adds […]

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Happy Birthday, Pancham!!

By on June 27, 2015

Reading Time: 3 minutes Happy birthday, dear Pancham from your instruments standing around, waiting for you to cut your cake: Santoor: “You made me rain happiness, soak your fans with bliss, sometimes I was sensual, sometimes poignant, sometime love, sometimes an unexpected filler in a pop song. Happy birthday!” Trumpet: “How I swing and dance in your songs! But […]

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