Reading Time: 3 minutes On Kishore Kumar’s birthday, on this Friendship day, and on Pancham day (which happens to be every day), it’s time to toast and cut the cake.
Reading Time: 1 minute A snazzily romantic, tense number from ‘Raksha’ revisited (and rewritten). Happy birthday, Pancham.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Pancham’s use of Lata’s vocals. The unusual and the unexpected.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Using the lush, hush verdant hills of Shimla, director Sarthak Dasgupta creates a poetic ode to the exquisite and ethereal pain of waiting.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Director Shelly Chopra Dhar makes a breezy first half that takes the best of a Wodehouse story and comes up with a sunny, happy entertainer. It’s when she takes on societal prejudices and throwing light on a couple but continues to take the pre-interval approach that the cracks in her missus begin to show. And even though her lead actress does a sincere—but skimming the character’s surface—job, it’s the rest of the cast that shines and props up the movie all through. Meanwhile offscreen, the movie’s producer continues to don the mantle of a life and music coach.
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.
Reading Time: 5 minutes This Friday, as I stepped out of the cinema hall, chewing the mental cud, so to speak, wondering what to
Reading Time: 6 minutes You’re facing what is possibly the biggest crisis of your life. You’re at your wit’s end, wondering how on earth
Reading Time: 4 minutes [I wrote a mildly modified version of this piece in the Pancham group on Facebook as part of the Aaina
Reading Time: 1 minute And yet again, you trend on social media. And yet again, doohickeys come out of the woodwork, professing how you