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Passionné (comme beaucoup!) par le cinéma et la littérature de l'Inde moderne et passée, et plus particulièrement les domaines hindiphone et bengali.

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Let's talk about Bollywood!

Let's talk about Bollywood!

Cinéma indien, littérature indienne, Indian cinema and literature, Bollywood, Nutan, Satyajit Ray, Raj Kapoor and more
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Articles : 252
Depuis : 15/01/2007
Categorie : Films, TV & Vidéos

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Arranged Marriage

Arranged Marriage

This blog has already reviewed collections of short stories ( here and here ) and rather similarly, this volume contains stories which revolve loosely around the theme of femininity and motherhood of desi women abroad. To be more precise, the 11 stories focus on the consequences of the cultural reality of matrimony on the lives and values of young
Sone ki chidiya, pure gold does not fear the smelter

Sone ki chidiya, pure gold does not fear the smelter

Watching Sone ki chidiya (the golden bird, Shaheed Latif, 1958) has been a bit of an adventure, because even though I knew it was good, it doesn’t exist with subtitles, and some time has passed before I could get round to understanding everything. And here I need to thank Madhulika Liddle of Dusted off fame, whom I appealed to in search for expla
Punashcha, the poetry of Love and Life

Punashcha, the poetry of Love and Life

Here's a beautiful and poignant little movie (2014) by Souvik Mitra featuring Soumitra Chatterjeee and Roopa Ganguly (above; I had seen her - much younger, it was 1989 - in Ek din achanak ); but what makes its beauty? Probably its story, its poetic charm, and the way the two actors revolve around one another, closing a circle of poignancy at the en
The said and the unsaid: Rajnigandha

The said and the unsaid: Rajnigandha

First the story for those who don’t remember Basu Chatterji’s Rajnigandha (1974): it’s based on Mannu Bhandari ’s book Yahi Sach Hai. Deepa (Vidya Sinha) and Sanjay (Amol Patekar) are a young, aspiring couple living in Delhi. He’s a jolly, outspoken civil servant driven by Unionist ideas and hoping to get the job promotion which, accordin
Manzil (1979): do you mind lying and deceit?

Manzil (1979): do you mind lying and deceit?

Have you ever wondered why you were born poor and not rich ? (if it’s the other way round, you often don’t wonder) Have you asked yourself why this injustice continues in today’s developed world? And if you are a victim of this injustice, have you never felt that, up to a certain extent, you should be entitled to take (or be given) what you n
Nutan the poet

Nutan the poet

Nutan, who loved bhajans and classical music, has written some poetry, of which I have collected a little over the years. Given her talent and the quality of what I present here, there must be much more, so I went to Lalitha Tamhane's book on Nutan Asen me, Nasen me, and there are indeed a few passages which explain her interest in poetry: "She kne
Silsila, the spiciness of exposure

Silsila, the spiciness of exposure

So much has already been said about this Yash Chopra 1981 movie… And here I am adding to the pileup! Well, I hope it won’t be too long and too boring to read. In fact what I want to say can be quickly summed up: I’m perplexed at actors accepting to stage publicly an embarrassing intimate relationship, and wondering what’s “behind” it. T
Apur Sansar, tenderness

Apur Sansar, tenderness

Last addition to a programme begun 10 years ago with Pather Panchali, here are a few words about the trilogy's n°3 about which I'm sure that nothing has been left unsaid (check story here). It's a vision of tenderness; centered around the character of Apu, whom we must suppose is the now grownup little hero of Pather Panchali; it follows his matur
Nutan picture treasure-trove

Nutan picture treasure-trove

Below you'll find a number of the folders in which I have collected pictures of Nutan over the years. Most of them have been found on the net, but if some readers consider their posting an offense to their rights, please contact me so I can remove them. In my effort to collect these photos and documents, I have especially had the support of Seema P
An interview with Mohnish Bahl

An interview with Mohnish Bahl

Alas, I was not the person who interviewed Nutan's son! But thanks to Seema, my desi Nutan-collaborator, I would like to indicate the recent interview which appeared in Filmfare. You'll find it here . It's by Farhana Farook, whom I'll thank in advance for a few significant extracts. What strikes first is Mom's presence and authority. It isn't that