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Film Review: Chaudhvin Ka Chand

Chaudhvin ka Chand film posterThere’s something soulful about Guru Dutt. Chaudhvin Ka Chand, or Full Moon as it appears on Imdb.com, is the third of his films I’ve seen and in each one the actor brings an intensity, but also a sense of sadness, to his characters – even in a fun and frothy film like Mr & Mrs ’55.

In this he stands out from other legends of early Hindi cinema like Raj Kapoor, with his Chaplinesque energy, or, particularly in his early films, the matinee idol presence of Dilip Kumar.

This intensity of Dutt’s is evident in Chaudhvin Ka Chand – and not just because of the internal conversations he has with himself towards the end. Continue reading

1960-style Bollywood comes to Channel 4

Chaudhvin ka Chand film posterChannel 4 is shortly to celebrate Indian films made 50 years with a brief season of pictures all released in 1960.

It will take in Jis Desh Main Ganga Behti Hai, Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Barsaat Ki Raat and Parakh.

The UK television station says its aim with this season is to showcase the cinematic variety of actors Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt, and directors PL Santoshi and Bimal Roy.

The first two films in the run are:

  • Chaudhvin ka Chand – Monday 3 May, 00:10-03:00
  • Jis Desh Main Ganga Behti Hai – Tuesday 4 May, 00:45-03:45