MahaNayak – Shubho Janmodin !

Nayak – MahaNayak – Shubho Janmodin !

Remembering the ultimate matinee idol through Ray’s masterpiece on the legend!

Rock On – A decade and counting!

Kabhi kabhi aisa lagta hai jaise yeh sab pichle janam mein hua ho … aur kabhi jaise kal hi…

Hum honge, lights hogi, ek huge audience hogi … aur hogi music jiske har beat mein, har note mein zindagi hogi … zindagi…

#10YearsOfRockOn #FavoriteFilm

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Pather Panchali – Sheer Masterpiece!

“I never imagined that any of my films, especially Pather Panchali, would be seen throughout this country or in other countries. The fact that they have is an indication that, if you’re able to portray universal feelings, universal relations, emotions, and characters, you can cross certain barriers and reach out to others, even non-bengalis” 

– Satyajit Ray

#63YearsOfPatherPanchali #MagicOnScreen

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Dil Se – Love in the times of terror

The third part of terror trilogy by Mani Ratnam after Roja and Bombay, Dil Se had technical craftsmanship written all over it… Vibrantly shot across exotic locations, it was a visual treat… And why not, when the leading lady Manisha Koirala was captured at her best backed up with the strongest performance in the film… New entrant Preity Zinta was extremely fresh… Shahrukh Khan could not completely do away with his hamming mannerisms though, but it is still a relatively better performance of his… It is also the first hindi film Ratnam ever made, and though I love the first two movies of the Trilogy a shade more, Dil Se certainly makes for interesting cinema.. It could have been a much better film if the screenplay wasn’t this scattered..

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LEKIN : A forgotten classic!

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Gulzar’s LEKIN (1990) is an often forgotten classic.. I find it to be a classic even if it is not completely perfect as some of his films like Ijaazat or Namkeen.. Loosely based on Rabindranath Tagore’s play ‘Khudito Pashaan’, Lekin takes us to a world of surreal realism, where a man constantly meets a woman who is supposed to have perished long ago, but is possibly trapped in time and her soul has not found a resting place because she is still seeking closures in her life.. A haunting tale told poetically through the engaging storytelling ways and matured lens of GulzarSaab, the film stays with you long after it has gotten over, and has very distinctly Gulzar written over it..

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Chak De India – sattar minute, gyarah saal!

Wonder where has the mighty Shimit Amin gone!

With this one, Kabir Khan and his powerhouse gang of girls proved to the world that no dream is impossible enough! Brilliant film, brilliant performances!

#11YearsOfChakDeIndia

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Abhimaan – defines the music of life!

“Jab geet swayam ke liye gaaya jaata hain to sangeet ban jaata hain…”

A film that defines the music of life… Happiness, Love, Companionship, Fame, Longing, Helplessness, Pain or Ego… The masterclass of performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan… Simple, straight and very very powerful, Hrishikesh Mukherjee told the story of life evoking the most real and deepest of emotions… I don’t remember how many times I would have watched it, but I don’t remember a single time when I would not have cried along with Uma…

And then there is the absolutely gorgeous music by S D Burman.. The golden era of hindi film music would have missed a glorious chapter had there been no Abhimaan

…tere pyaar me badnaam door door ho gaye…
tere saath hum bhi sanam mashhoor ho gaye…
dekho kahaan le jaaye bekhudi apni…

#45YearsOfAbhimaan

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ZNMD – Rich in nostalgia

“Jab itna kuchh achieve kiya hain, to kya khush ho? Aaj bhi kisi cheez ki kami mehsoos hoti hain to woh kya hain?”

“Cease the day my friend.. pehle is din ko poori tarah jiyo, phir chalis ke baare me sochna…”

“Sirf woh insaan jo kabhi taaro ke neeche na soya ho, wohi itni stupid baatein karega…”

“Insaan ko dibbe me bas tabhi rehna chahiye, jab woh mar chuka ho…”

– So much of treasure in a 5 minute conversation.. The film is full of such lovely profound moments…

Zoya Akhtar is love… Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is love….

#7YearsOfZNMD

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DHKMN – Ageless Saga!

Some films do not age with time… They so not let you age as well… Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi is one such film! Raghu Jatley and Pooja Dharamchand embark on one heck of a journey, and create a sweet little timeless saga of innocence, love, trust, ego and so much more! Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt were absolutely crackling together – sweet, tangy, delicious! Mahesh Bhatt used to make some of the best films at a time, miss those days!

And the soundtrack of the film is such a gem – Anuradha Paudwal at her best! Its very tough to pick a favorite but Galyat Sankali, Adaaye bhi hain and Hum to mashhoor huye hain are special favorites. The entire album is still on my playlist.. it still plays just like yesterday… and I love it the same…

#27YearsOfDHKMN

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Lootera – Stunning Poetry on Celluloid!

“Kya likh rahi ho… Koi kahaani likh rahi ho… ?”
“Hmm…”
“Kya kahaani… ?”
“Bus kahaani hain…”
“Ladka hain kahaani me… ? …. Aur ek ladki… ?”
“Hmm…”
“Dono pyaar karte hain ek doosre se… ?”
“Nahi…”
“Pyaar me padne waale hain… ?”
“Pata nahi…”

A true masterpiece that Varun Srivastav created for Pakhi Roychowdhury and made their romance immortal forever!!

This film had brilliance written all over it, truly exceptional!!
An all-time favorite… An any-time love… A Masterpiece… Lootera !!

Ek jeet tu hai, Ek haar main hoon…
Haar jeet jode jo taar main hoon….
Bataayein bin galtiyaan ginaayein…
Sitaare jab bhi sadaa.. sunaayein…
Looteron ko baghban banaayein…
Naseebon ki baat hai….
Zameer ki kahaani hai yeh…
Yehi bairaag hai, yehi bairaag hai..

#5YearsOfLootera

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