Month: December 2017

“Hum bhi agar bachche hote” (Door Ki Awaaz, 1964)

Note: This is not an item number by any stretch. It is a children’s song. But it is my birthday and I couldn’t find any good item numbers to write about. “Hum bhi agar bachche hote” provides a look into 1960’s upper class Indian life. The birthday boy is surrounded by friends and family, a… Read More ›

Review: Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, Episode 1

They are often in just half-light, faces highlighted by dark shadow and lanterns. They are mannered, stiff, the blocking stagey like a play, not a television show or movie. Tagore’s original stories span the 1890s through the 1930s, and the show is set solidly in the 1920s, but the characters exist in a dreamy, timeless… Read More ›

Xmas Tree by Bollywood Santa (2014/2015)

Though Bollywood doesn’t shy away from using Christian iconography or featuring Christian characters, few films focus on Christian holidays or themes. Indeed, while plenty of films have explored Hinduism and Islam, and their conflicts and complements, I think you might have to go back to 1977’s Amar Akbar Anthony for a look at how Christianity… Read More ›

Kahaani (2012)

Vidya (Vidya Balan) moves slowly in the world of men. Her large pregnant belly requires she take up space they don’t want to cede. Taxi drivers and police tell her she should be at home, resting. One wonders, the few women seen on the margins: were they told, or allowed, to rest like this middle… Read More ›

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