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<I>Kismat</i> 1968


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mini reviews for June 2015
Chhalia 1960 [Spoilers.] Oof. If more of Manmohan Desai's early films are like this one, I'm never going to make it through his whole filmography.  Chhalia  focuses on one little Ram-Sita-y family, I think using them as a metaphor for Partition and its afte...

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simply fable-ous: <I>Bombay Velvet</i>
Somewhere in the final third or so, desperate to figure out how to negotiate successfully with the slippery man who simultaneously makes him and restrains him, anti-hero Johnny Balraj seethes "I get to decide how much I'm worth." That is the unyielding myth...

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<I>Teen Bhubaner Pare</i>
Along with Saat Pake Bandha  and Pratham Kadam Phool , Teen Bhubaner Pare  makes a trilogy of 1960s films with Soumitra Chatterjee about a young couple who should have paid more attention to the red flags that popped up before they married. Saat Pake Bandha...

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<I>Agni Pariksha</i> and <I>Chhoti Si Mulaqat</i>
[Spoilers.] I wanted this to be a thoughtful comparison of two films made over a dozen years apart, the basic story traveling from one industry to another but taking its leading man and several visual details along for the ride. Unfortunately, subtitles did...

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<I>Agni Pariksha</i> and <I>Chhoti Si Mulaqat</i>
[Spoilers.] I wanted this to be a thoughtful comparison of two films made over a dozen years apart, the basic story traveling from one industry to another but taking its leading man and several visual details along for the ride. Unfortunately, subtitles did...

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one-a-decade mini reviews
Think of this as a very poorly organized survey course in Indian cinema studies. Bou Thakuranir Haat  1953 A young Uttam Kumar, only a few years into his career, wears a lot of sixteenth-century frippery and tries to protect the aging Pahari Sanyal from mac...

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<i>Chaowa Pawa</i> and <i>Jay Jayanti</i>
Doing some research on Indian remakes of American films while also spelunking through the filmography of Uttam Kumar has recently led me to two delightful Bengali films based on American classics: Chaowa Pawa , which is one of at least six Indian remakes of...

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<i>Chaowa Pawa</i> and <i>Jay Jayanti</i>
Doing some research on Indian remakes of American films while also spelunking through the filmography of Uttam Kumar has recently led me to two delightful Bengali films based on American classics: Chaowa Pawa , which is one of at least six Indian remakes of...

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mini-reviews: catching up with 2014 (plus bonus 2013)
Hasee Toh Phasee SO GOOD. A heroine who is a complete, complex, smart, funny, imperfect person—and by imperfect I mean full of conflicting needs and passions, not just "falls down endearingly in front of the hero." And a hero who's an actual nice guy whose ...
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