Awam Ka Cinema Fest is a festival dedicate to revive Ayodhya’s lost secular tradition. Jointly operated by a Hindu and a Muslim, the film festival showcases cinema depicting patriotism and documentaries on untold stories of the region’s common man. The Fest celebrated its eighth edition recently.
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Remembering the legend on his death anniversary. Although he died twenty years before I was born, his aura always pervaded our household with my father playing old ’78 records of his songs and then singing them on his harmonium. This could be largely attributed to belonging in the same family tree for my grandfather and K L Saigal were first cousins.
Remembering Chetan Anand on his birthday (03 Jan). The Anands became a symbol of refinement; through their films and their conduct. Genetic intelligence, deeply rooted in spirituality, evidences a fundamental commonality in all the Anand brothers; a strong sense of self. And each Anand’s, (Dev and Vijay) sapling career began under the giant shadow of the more established brother Chetan Anand,
Screenwriter and film director Sam Peckinpah (died 28 Dec, 1984) has indeed been called many names: ‘The Nihilistic Poet’, ‘The Genius’, ‘The Unkindly Whore’, ‘The Bedevilled bastard’ and many more, some of which originating from studio front offices are unprintable even in this permissive age. Peckinpah proved himself to be a hot director to handle.
In many ways Raj Kapoor’s ‘Barsaat’ (1949) heralded the onset of spring for the Indian cinema. To millions of cinema-goers, Barsaat spelled romance. It glamorized a special brand of necking and hugging on the screen that came to be known as the caveman style of love-making. It popularized Nargis and Raj Kapoor as a star couple in a sweeping fashion.
Celebrating Naushad’s birthday. Merry Christmas to all. It is not overstretching the facts but stating the obvious that every year from 1943 to 1957, every Naushad film celebrated jubilee. Between 1940 – 1968, Naushad composed music for 48 films. According to one computation, 26 of them ran for over 25 weeks each, which the film industry call ‘silver jubilee run’. Eight others for 50 weeks (Golden jubilees) and two others ran for 60 weeks.
Music, for Vasant Desai, was the elixir of life that spark of divinity which so set him apart. His “Ae maalik tere bandhe hum” became a prayer in many schoolrooms of India. His music belonged to the court, not the courtyard, in a career spanning 33 years, he barely did 50 Hindi films into which he packed some 350 tunes.
Badlapur Boys (2014), directed by Shailesh Verma is about a Kabaddi team from a parched village and a remake of Tamil hit film Vennila Kabadi Kuzhuand. Hindi review by Tauheed Shahbaz.
Om Prakash (19 December 1919 – 21 February 1998) was the prima donna of the Hindi Screen character actors. Producers wrote movies based on him. Stars leaned heavily upon his generous measure of talent by insisting that producers sign him up whenever there happened to be a meaty key role in their projects.
Fritz Lang was different, not because he was half-German and was born of a Jewish mother, but because his sense of aesthetics evolved an expressionistic style that retained the contemporary appeal, yet was individual in construction.