Tag Archives: Bollywood

Bengali film classic Pather Panchali on YouTube

Full length Indian films have been available on YouTube for nearly two years now, but it was only recently that I noticed a classic Bengali movie among them.

Satyajit Ray is India’s most famous director and his 1955 film Pather Panchali (above with English subtitles) is easily the best known Bengali film. Continue reading

Bengali links – Beyond Bollywood, Satyajit Ray institute, re-reading Tagore and re-naming West Bengal

This selection of Bangla links from my Twitter feed covers Bengali film, literature and politics.

All the links in the tweet images work, allowing you to click through to view the links, follow me on Twitter or even re-tweet any of the links.

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4 reasons Lagaan is Bollywood’s Kind of Blue

Lagaan bookMiles Davies’ landmark album Kind of Blue is generally considered to be the one jazz album liked by people who generally avoid the genre.

More than fifty years after release it has a reputation founded on the timeless nature of the music. It’s jazz as it should be played – recognisable, coherent, but takes enough risks to avoid being staid.

Lagaan is only ten years old, but it’s Indian cinema’s Kind of Blue – one of the most recognisable examples of its genre. And here are four reasons why. Continue reading

Bollywood playback singers

Earlier this year I was watching the 1961 Raj Kapoor film Gunga Jumna.

It was halfway through the village dance scene with Kapoor’s Gunga and Dhanno, the female lead played by Vyjayanthimala, when Son1 looked up from his colouring. Continue reading

Rishi Kapoor season ends with Aa Ab Laut Chalen

The fourth and final film in Channel 4’s short Rishi Kapoor season doesn’t feature the Bollywood star but is instead his 1999 directorial debut.

Despite Kapoor’s absence Aa Ab Laut Chalen doesn’t want for big names with stars Akshaye Khanna and Aishwarya Rai (before she added Bachchan to her name).

The film, which will be introduced by its director, sees Rohan (Khanna) leave Delhi and take his search for work to New York. But once there he finds himself homeless, jobless and desparate, until the kindness of strangers offers him a lifeline … and a difficult decision. Continue reading

Next Channel 4 Bollywood season pays tribute to a Kapoor

Bobby theatrical posterChannel 4 will follow its New Voices season of Bollywood films with a short run of films dedicated to Rishi Kapoor.

This begins with Kapoor’s 1973 film Bobby, which will be introduced by its star.

The film was notable for its superhit soundtrack, being directed by Rishi’s father Raj Kapoor and introducing Dimple Kapadia as the titular heroine. Continue reading

New Voices to end on a lucky note

Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! posterChannel 4 will conclude the first part of its 2010 autumn Bollywood season with Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! in the early hours of Sunday 3 October.

The UK television channel’s New Voices season has already included films from up and coming directors like Abbas Tyrewalla and Anurag Kashyap, and now it’s the turn of Dibakar Banerjee, whose 2006 debut film was Khosla ka Ghosla.

Its follow-up, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, features lower middle class Sikh teenager Lucky, who grows up to be a prolific and charming thief. Continue reading