September 24, 2012
Rang de basanti (a generation awakens)
This is the story about the youth of India today. A young London based film-maker comes upon the diaries of her grandfather, who served in the British police force in India during the freedom struggle. She plans to shoot a film based on the diaries and casts a group of friends to play the roles of the revolutionaries described in the diaries. The friends cannot identify with the characters and would rather enjoy today's life than get involved in a project the seems like stuff of textbooks.
I have not seen this film for awhile but I know that I liked it a lot. I am adding it to the blog so I can remember it for recommendations. It is not your standard Indian film, it was made after the traditional films and somewhat before the mtv generation of Indian films. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 43053-D 171 minutes 2005
July 17, 2012
The film deals with the journey of two headstrong people, Michelle Mcnally, who cannot see, hear, nor speak and Debraj who teaches her to live and seek knowledge.
Special features: "The Colours of Black" Bhavna Somaiya in conversation with Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee and Sanjay Leela Bhansali ; the making of 'Black' ; theatrical trailor ; Television promos ; audio CD of the original sound track.
Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor, Dhritiman Chaterji.
Photographer, Ravi K. Chandran ; editor, Bela Segal ; music, Ameya Nare, Zohaib Khan ; lyrics, Prasoon Joshi ; costume designer, Sabyasachi Mukherji.
The set design and cinematography is only surpassed by the strength of the actors. From the opening you are pulled into the world beauty and privilege. The struggle is within the characters; One man's determination to communicate and not give up, one child's need to communicate while being deaf, dumb and blind. It is very Helen Keller -esque with an unbelievable twist. Both characters years of frustration and seemingly insurmountable odds develop into a love and friendship for each other that transcend the teacher pupil relationship. It is two hours long and worth every minute.
Askwith Media Library 44905-D 124 minutes 2005
October 24, 2011
Tees Maar Khan
Only once in a blue moon is such a great criminal born who is fearless as well as shameless. Now is the blue moon and the great criminal is Tees Maar Khan. He steals, cons, and cheats all with such alarming audacity that even shame shies away from him. He and his gang comprising of Dollar, Soda, and Burger have managed to keep the police, world over, on their toes. Then one fine day international antique smugglers, the Johri Brothers, assign Tees Maar Khan the biggest con job of his life.
This is a wonderful, fun spoof. Everything is over the top. It is very fast and sometimes silly entertainment. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 55614-D 187 minutes Released in 2010
July 14, 2010
Munna bhai M.B.B.S.
Comedy film about Munnabhai, a Bombay goonda, who lives happily with his gang, threatening people. During his upright father's annual visit, the gang pretends to be running a charity hospital. When his father tries to arrange a marriage, the ruse is discovered. So Munna enrolls in medical college.
Very funny, very sweet not necessarily standard Bollywood. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 45652-D
March 24, 2010
A young man meets an enigmatic girl who later seeks his help without revealing that she is part of a terrorist organization.
The beginning is just as dramatic as the ending. One of the best. ~Mike
Askwith Media Library 33804-D