On Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th Birth Anniversary, We Re-Wind To The Film: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero

January 23, 2022 3:52 pm

Depending on who is in power, Subhas Chandra Bose, either lies neglected in dusty history books, or is pulled out to lend credence to vested political policies. Somewhere, the real Bose gets lost. On the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary, watching the 2005, Shyam Benegal-directed film, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero, is […]

Ardh Satya: A film that stands strong and resilient against the test of time

November 8, 2021 12:56 pm

Om Puri as Sub-Inspector Ananth Velankar fought internal and external demons that were as relevant then as they are now.In current times, when masters of half-truths rule the day, a gritty film from 1983, Ardh Satya, jolts you to the core with its stark revelations with almost every scene. Dark and sharply incisive, this Govind […]

What Do Women Want? Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anuradha Answers It All

October 19, 2021 10:03 am

Karnataka minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr K. Sudhakar, recently, did some ridiculous finger-pointing at women who choose not to have babies, thereby reinforcing the myth that the onus of a happy family life is on the woman, and that in a toss-up between a career and children, a woman must give up the […]

Kisan And Jawan Of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Slogan

October 9, 2021 8:00 pm

It is a reflection of the ironic times we live in, that farmers in Uttar Pradesh were mowed down by a VIP car, a day after the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri who coined the slogan, Jai jawan! Jai kisan! Even as politicians seem to have forgotten him, a good way for lesser folks to remember […]

Awara, A Film That Resonates Even Today

October 3, 2021 1:13 pm

Recently, the Chief Justice of India rued the absence of sufficient women in the judiciary and argued that there should be a significant reservation of seats for girls in law schools. While many applauded his suggestion, those against reservations felt women should make it on their own steam. Against this background, re-visiting Raj Kapoor’s film, […]

Seemabaddha: Inciting violence over fish fry

September 19, 2021 10:14 am

If it is easy to incite violence in Bengal, today, it would seem it was even easier in the 1970s, as films like Seemabaddha reflected. Satyajit Ray’s national award-winning film, set in 1970, shows how stooges of a vested management, could cause the lockout of a factory, by creating unrest and a bomb blast, over […]

Bimal Roy’s ‘Sujata’ brews even today

July 12, 2021 6:46 pm

Bimal Roy’s 1959 film Sujata tugs at the heartstrings even today. More than 60 years later, this story of forbidden love between a high-class Brahmin man and a low-caste girl, Sujata, brought up in a Brahmin family, moves one to tears. Sujata gets her name from the broad-minded engineer to whose house she is brought when just […]

Tales behind the sacrificial white cloak

October 11, 2021 12:32 pm

The tribute with which the 1971-film Tere Mere Sapne opens, acquires a renewed relevance in these Covid-19-ridden times, when dedicated warriors of the medical fraternity are at the forefront, battling the worst pandemic in recent years. Produced under the Navketan banner and directed by the immensely talented Vijay Anand, the film declares, “This film is dedicated to […]