This strange dialectic, where both lend life and fiction lend material to each other and get locked in mutual definition and modification, is the central theme of the film, in my opinion.In Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s directed film Anupama (1966), Uma (played by Sharmila Tagore), a quiet, shrinking violet kind of person, finds herself the subject of a novel called Anupama.
A couple in love, the trappings of a middle-class family, and a conflict in the path of their romantic union – this genre (slice-of-life films if one must label it) was artfully presented by directors like Sai Paranjpye, Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee.You get that from Queen, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Tanu Weds Manu, and you almost get it from RS Prasanna’s Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, a remake of the Tamil film, Kalyana Samayal Saadham.
Chatterjee went on to perform in commercial films, on the advice of Ray. He worked in Akash Kusum (1965) with Mrinal Sen, Jhinder Bondi (1961) with Tapan Sinha, Teen Bhubaner Pare (1969) with Ashutosh Bandyopadhyay, Parineeta (1969) with Ajoy Kar, Basanta Bilap (1973) with Dinen Gupta, Kony (1984) with Saroj Dey, and did many other films with notable directors during the time.
The words of this song do not particularly stand out for their lyrics; except that some of us would know when a literal and metaphoric reference has come together in a line such as jab mein raaton mein tare ginta hun, aur tere kadmon ki aahat sunta hun (when I count stars at night, and hear your approaching footsteps)- it is both the lover’s longing at night who gazes at the star-studded sky and fantasises the motion, but it is also the narrative link that makes this song integral to the story.
However, an ongoing course on Hindi cinema made me go to Rajesh Khanna of Katipatang and Daag and it was now easy to see how his ebullience as a romantic hero could have brought him the phenomenal success that it did over six particular years when every film sustained him as a superstar.Bhaskar Banerjee (played by Amitabh Bachchan) in the film Anand is awarded with the Saraswati Puruskar for his novel ‘Anand’, he says it must have been his failing if his readers thought this was a figment of imagination.
Somewhere in the middle of the film Immanuel Rajkumar Junior aka Manny (Sushant Singh Rajput) talks about his ambition of becoming an astronomer and going to NASA, leaving the viewers with goosebumps in their awareness of Rajput’s fascination with stars, planets and the final frontier called space.
In a scene Sanjay (Amol Palekar) tells Deepa (Vidya Sinha) that he doesn’t believe how she can be so self-effacing and lose confidence in herself, when she was such an accomplished woman – writing her thesis, living independently, doing her chores, travelling to another city for work, navigating the public space fearlessly, managing her emotional needs so beautifully?
As Professor and art-historian Woodman Taylor observes in his essay, “Penetrating gazes”, her imagination of a union with Dharamendra on the lines of Mirabai’s poems is an appropriation of historic poetry to frame a love scene on the screen. “Mira’s poetry in praise of Krishna is normally sung in religious contexts during a religious, visual transaction of gazes called darshan, but Mirabai’s bhajan is used in the film to frame an imagined relationship on the screen, of Kusum longingly viewing the film image of Dharmendra.
They then hand over the equipment and the functioning of the film club to the local population, which attempts to make the club sustainable in the subsequent six-month period, before initiating the building of a multipurpose resource centre in the village, with its residents as participants and stakeholders.
Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore will be honoured with the Excellence in Cinema India Award at the 19th edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival here.
Before the release of Shaitan, in 2011, Bejoy hosted a private screening of the film in Chennai for his mentor, Mani Ratnam, whom he’d assisted in two films, Guru and Raavan.In 2005, he shot to fame with his first directorial, a short film titled Reflections, with Mohanlal playing the lead role.I don’t waste time waiting and wondering why my film didn’t work.
As children Bhumi Pednekar and her sister’s favourite pastime was flopping down on their mother’s bed and engaging in endless conversations. During one such chat, Bhumi told her mother she would become an actress.