And so Channel 4′s autumn season of Indian films will shortly come to end, but it does so in style with a double-bill combining a documentary on legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar and a rare showing of the 1972 film Pakeezah.
Lata In Her Own Voice sees the singer, whose voice has appeared in films for more than six decades, talk about her life and work. (Trivia fans: this version of the documentary is distilled from a six-part series of the same name, originally shown on Channel 4 in 1990.)
Following straight on from the documentary will be a showing of the Meena Kumari starring Pakeezah. The film features Kumari as both a courtesan/ dancer rejected by her lover’s traditional family and then also her duaghter. Continue reading
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Tagged 100 years of Indian cinema, Andaaz, Bollywood on TV, Channel 4, Channel 4 Bollywood, Channel 4's Bollywood films, Indian films on Channel 4, Lata Mangeshkar, Pakeezah, PK Nair
Dakshineswar Kali Temple in Kolkata
দূর্গা পুজো এসে আমি ধর্ম-এর কথা শিখছি – বিষয় উপযুক্ত |
1. ধর্ম – religion
2. মন্দির – temple/house of worship
3. যাজক / পুরোহিত - priest (Hindu)
4.মোল্লা / ইমাম - priest (Muslim)
5.পাদরি - priest (Christian)
This afternoon I put on one of the Chhota Bheem DVDs we bought in India last year.
The cartoons about a super-strong boy were a firm favourite with both my boys when we were in holiday. (Though I might as well say that *cartoons* of any type tend to be a firm favourite with them.)
However, putting the DVD on this time I forgot to switch the language to English. Continue reading
Abhaas is the second film by Orissa actress, Bijaya Jena, who also stars in the lead role.
In the tradition of art (or parallel) cinema, it’s an unhurried tale and one that focuses on a feudal family in Orissa in 1955. Continue reading
Following on from posting the full lineup for Channel 4′s Autumn Bollywood season I can also confirm the first three films that will be shown.
First up is Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, writer/director Zoya Akhtar’s light-hearted comedy-drama about three friends and an extended, eventful trip to Spain.
As with her 2009 film Luck By Chance, Zindagi … also stars her twin brother Farhan Akhtar in a crew that this time includes Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. Continue reading
Following last month’s sneak peak at Channel 4’s Autumn Bollywood season I now have the full list of films that will be shown thanks to Hypen Films.
Fittingly heavy on the classics, given this year’s centenary of Indian film, it makes for mouth-watering reading and my next post will have the first films and screen times Channel 4 have confirmed.
Of particular interest are the hard-to-find films Duniya Na Mane
(1937), Sant Tukaram (1936), Andaaz (1949) and – in a restored print – Pakeezah (1972). I’m really looking forward to the last of those, having heard either Raj or Pablo mention it many a time on the radio. Continue reading
One of the stranger items that Son1 decided he wanted to pack for our recent holiday to Cornwall and Dorset was my copy of Teach Yourself Bengali.
Given his sometimes vocal opposition to learning the language – particularly pronounced when he was only three years old but still recognised he wasn’t being talked to in English – it certainly felt like a step forward.
The book was to help him learn how to write his name in Bengali, though he’s also recently been willing to sit and learn some vocabulary with me. Continue reading