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Bollybook-The Big Book of Hindi Film Trivia: Book Review

Growing up in places like Chennai and Coimbatore during the Doordarshan days, chances are that if you are onto films at a very early age, the interest would primarily revolve around Tamil Cinema. However for someone like me who by now watches films in every language possible and feels that Regional Cinema has more to…

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Bharadwaj's Shkespearean Trilogy

Breaking Bard: Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespearean Trilogy

In early 2000s, when a music director, known mostly for his work in niche Hindi films, began travelling to festivals for his exposure to international cinema, he chanced upon his nephew reading a “children’s version” of Shakespeare’s works. Little did he know that what began as a leisurely reading exercise, would, almost a decade and a half later, culminate into one of the…

Dedh Ishqiya

Dedh Ishqiya Movie Review: Love and a half

Sanwaar nok palak abruon mein kham kar de, Gire pade hue lafzon ko mohtaram kar de This is one of the few couplets from many a Dr. Bashir Badr’s poems this film borrows. And no, I am not someone who is strong at literature. And no, had Abhishek Chaubey and co. not mentioned during the…

Prasoon Joshi: A 'GULZAR' In The Making?

Woh noor ka jharna hai Main pyaas puraani Maine aankh se ghattak liya Uss husn ka paani Usse takte takte takte umar guzaaroon Koi aur khayal jo aaye jhat se utaaroon Ishq karoon ya karoon ibaadat Ikko hi gal ai.. These wonderful lines from the song Mera Yaar of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, pushed me into…

Satya and Ram Gopal Varma: The Journey Begins Part 1

My name is Apurva Asrani. I am a film editor. My job profile includes receiving shooting rushes and putting together a cohesive film. I attempt to choose the most honest moments in the material to string together a tableau of scenes. I try to work at proper punctuation. i.e moving around silences, action, music and…

Ek Thi Daayan Music Review: Serenity all over…

Gulzar & Vishal Bharadwaj forever, I wish. I wish it never ends. I wish they continue making songs forever, because Hindi film songs are the only pop-music-culture we have. And they are the epitome of our culture. Vishal Bharadwaj, has been doing it for a lot of time, even in his feebler films (7 Khoon…