RIP Yash Chopra


Yash Chopra. Image found at The Hindu.

Yash Chopra passes away at 80 years of age, a few weeks before Jab Tak Hain Jaan,  the highly anticipated movie with SRK and Katrina Kaif, opens. Eerily, he had announced it would be his last. According to what I read it looks like he passed away from Dengue fever.

This is very sad news indeed, for the family and the film industry. He lived a creative and blessed life. His prolific career spans back to 1959 when he directed his first feature film Dhool Ka Phool.

Unforgettable Veer Zaara..

Thank you, Yash Chopra! You will live forever in the hearts of all Bollywood fans!

Filmography

Director (22 titles)

2012 Jab Tak Hai Jaan

1993 Darr

1992 Parampara

1991 Lamhe

1989 Chandni

1988 Vijay

1985 Faasle

1984 Mashaal

1981 Silsila

1978 Trishul

1975 Deewaar

1973 Joshila

1969 Ittefaq

1965 Waqt

1959 Dhool Ka Phool

Producer (41 titles)

2013 Dhoom 3 (producer) (filming)

2011 Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl(presentation producer)

2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan(producer)

2010 Wedding Planners(presentation producer)

2010 Lafangey Parindey(producer)

2010 Pyaar Impossible!(producer)

2008 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi(producer)

2008 Roadside Romeo(executive producer, producer)

2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno(producer)

2007 Chak De India!(producer)

2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom(producer)

2006 Dhoom:2(producer)

2006 Kabul Express(producer)

2006 Fanaa(producer)

2005 Neal ‘N’ Nikki(producer)

2005 Salaam Namaste(producer)

2005 Bunty Aur Babli(producer)

2004 Veer-Zaara(producer)

2004 Dhoom(producer)

2004 Hum Tum(producer)

2002 Mujhse Dosti Karoge!(producer)

2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai(producer)

2000 Mohabbatein(producer)

1997 Humko Ishq Ne Mara(TV movie) (producer)

1997 Dil To Pagal Hai(producer)

1994 Yeh Dillagi(producer)

1993 Darr(producer)

1991 Lamhe(producer)

1989 Chandni(producer)

1988 Vijay(producer)

1985 Faasle(producer)

1984 Mashaal(producer)

1982/I Sawaal(producer)

1981 Silsila(producer)

1981 Nakhuda(producer)

1979 Kaala Patthar(producer)

1979 Noorie(producer)

1977 Doosara Aadmi(producer)

1973 Daag: A Poem of Love(producer)

Hide HideDirector (22 titles)
1993 Darr

1992 Parampara

1991 Lamhe

1989 Chandni

1988 Vijay

1985 Faasle

1984 Mashaal

1981 Silsila

1978 Trishul

1975 Deewaar

1973 Joshila

1969 Ittefaq

1965 Waqt

1959 Dhool Ka Phool

taken from IMDb.com:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007181/0

crouching tiger fighting Khiladi 786


 

What happened to good old fashioned somewhat realistic fight scenes? (ahhh if it wasn’t for the silly sound effects..)

 

crouching tiger hidden something whatever has ruined it for us. I knew it then. That was the end of an era. Since then we have learned to filmistically fly up walls and through the air like birthday balloons. Sorry but it’s getting old on me. Give me stuff people can actually do.

Aside from that I am happy to see Akki back in action mode.

Prakash Jha’s new movie Chakravyuh showing at Gold Coast Int. Film Festival on Long Island


Prakash Jha is one of my favorite Indian filmmakers, and I am happy to see that his new movie Chakravyuh starring Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol and Om Puri will be presented at the Gold Coast International Film Festival in Manhasset,  Long Island, Oct 27th at 1pm . It will be the only Indian film showing this year. So,  if you live in the area and love Indian films don’t miss this chance!
Prakash Jha is technically considered a Bollywood filmmaker, but since Bollywood movies are often viewed, in the West particularly,  as entertainment that’s  laced with song and dance,  his movies are content-driven and don’t fit the masala Bollywood mold. He is political. socio-critical.  I haven’t seen all of his films, but the ones I watched were phenomenal.
Chakravyuh
Showings
Manhasset Clearview Cinema Sat, 10/27 1:00 PM Buy Tickets

Film Info
Type of Film: Drama
International Films
Release Year: 2012
Running Time: 152 min
Production Country: India
Original Langauge: Hindi
Subtitles: English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast: Abhay Deol
Arjun Rampal
Manoj Bajpayee
Director: Prakash Jha
Description

Straight from the headlines about India’s outlawed Naxalites, comes this Bollywood action epic about Kabir who goes undercover for his friend, the head of the local police, and infiltrates the ranks of the left-wing revolutionaries. But Kabir falls in love with one of the ultra-violent leaders, a beautiful woman called Juhi. His allegiance begins to change as he gets new insight into the relations between the poor local villagers and the local land-grabbers. Prakash Jha’s characteristically balanced handling of controversial topics, the strong characters, and the robust script and sharply executed action sequences make for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Dirctor Bio
Prakash Jha is a multiple award-winning independent filmmaker from India, has produced and directed sixteen feature films, over. Known for his films with a political themes about contemporary India, including Apaharan, Damul, Rajneeti. His latest film Chakravyuh premiered at the 2012 London International film Festival. He is based in Mumbai but is involved in development and health projects among the more disadvantaged in his native state of Bihar.

Check out Jha’s impressive filmography at Imdb.com:  nm0422552

Gold Coast Int. Film Festival:

GCIFF_2012_LOGO2

Here is  the link to the website:

list.aspx?epguid=4e618974-6135-48b2-8665-bf5441ed7863&

Student of the Year


I cannot pinpoint why the excitement hasn’t hit me yet. I hope the movie will exceed my lukewarm baseline feelings. But maybe it’s just me. Overambitious college kids, I find them boring. I hope that’s not the trajectory the movie rides on.

But why am I so negative? I guess the locations look uninviting and a bit sterile, can’t smell India. I like warm and fuzzy.

Will Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana be shown in the USA? place your bets…


Hallelujah, the trailer is out. And the release date: November 2nd.

I have been feverishly awaiting the return of Kunal Kapoor to the silver screen. But now I am getting worried that BigCinemasUSA may not bring Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana to my shores in NY, since it coincides with Ishq in Paris which stars long lost Preity Zinta, who they will probably favor. Just guessing.  I am happy to see her, too, don’t get me wrong, but I much rather indulge in a foodie movie produced by Kashy with heartthrob Kunalji. Much more interesting. Well, I am not giving up hope yet.

This past week has seen the release of several wonderfully entertaining Indian movies, OMG, Aiyyaa, English Vinglish.. and I pray they made good box office numbers. It will increase the likelihood that more cinemas will be willing to take the risk of showing some smaller budget Indian movies.

Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Rajesh Sharma
Directed By: Sameer Sharma
Produced By: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur & Anurag Kashyap
Music By: Amit Trivedi

Aiyyaa, and I am back in love with Rani Mukherji


This movie is truly pagal. But I loved EVERY MOMENT of it.

The cinematography by Amal Chaudhary is outstanding and makes me want to see his other movies.

The premise is simple enough:  Meenakshi (Rani), a Marathi girl, needs to get married as her family insists, preferibly to a nice Brahmin bouy, an ad is put in the paper. While Meenakshi daydreams through her life, seeing herself as a famous Bollywood actress, her nutty parents are pushing harder to line up candidates. she wants to find a way to become independent financially and goes  looking for work. She lands a job as a librarian at a college, where she and her nose fall head over heel for the withdrawn and taciturn Surya (Prithviraj), an aspiring artist, who seems oblivious to her infatuation.

The music in her head stops every time he stands in front of her without really seeing her (what a wonderful little cinematic touch!). Another great detail: the paintings Surya works on are actually WONDERFUL. Usually I am disappointed when film tries to portray a painter, the art is usually yucky, here its GREAT! you can smell the colors, you are almost drawn into the moment of creation. I LOVED that about this movie. The mania of the true artist, the artist who can’t be contained, shines through.

The colors used for the set, the costumes, the wardrobes, it’s all so beautifully choreographed. This whole movie is a visual feast. Rani Mukherji has never beguiled me more than as the daydreaming somnambulant Meenakshi, who follows the seemingly divine smell of her desired man, regardless of how many foul things are being said about him. She follows him whenever he turns up not finding the courage to talk to him, (one of the mysteries when we fall in love..) even on the verge of being married off.

Unfortunately way too many crazy characters are flooding the film, from her ga(r)ga-ntuan-ly annoying colleague (Anita Date), her mom to gold-toothed and bewheelchaired, hysterically laughing grandma, there is not one character in the movie that makes you take a deep breath of calm. and that’s the biggest downfall of the movie. The nutty characters are floating around without much connection and integration.

But other than that, the cinematography, the music, Rani’s acting and Prithviraj, the Tamilian eye-candy, the surrealism pervading the movie, the sets, choreographies,  the locations are just magnificent.

It’s a film on the verge of a nervous breakdown, but it’s highly “intertaining”. Rollercoaster me anytime again soon, Satish Kundalkar-ji!

 

 

I think I am going to buy the DVD.

 

 

Cast:Rani Mukherjee, Prithviraj, Anita Date, Nirmiti Sawant, Satish Alekar, Subodh Bhave, Ameya Wagh

Director: Satish Kundalkar : nm2590202

Cinematograhpy: Amal Chaudhar:   nm2226885