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एक कहानी, बस यूं ही (भाग तीन)

(Continued from here) स्थान – जयपुर, उस लड़की का घर, रात का वक्त। चियर्स चियर्स… मस्त पार्टी है यार। कब से इंतज़ार था इस पार्टी का। 5 साल हो गए यार तुझे इस शहर में आए, इस ऑफिस में काम करते। कंजूस कहीं की, अब दी है पार्टी, पता नहीं कहां खोई रहती है तू। [Read more]

Is this the worst condom ad in Indian advertising history?

Zaroor Condoms ads from 1999

Condom advertisements, I have seen many. But this 1999 advertisement for Zaroor Condoms is in a class of its own. “If you don’t want to be Baap look for Zaroor ka Chaap,” says Vrajesh Hirjee appearing as a rather incompetent condom salesman. A copy that can make any self-respecting copywriter kaap and make him/her want [Read more]

Illustrated Weekly cover: Varadarajan ‘Nayagan’ Mudaliar, the ‘most feared man in Bombay’

Varadarajan Mudaliar, the man who inspired Nayagan and Dayavan, on the cover of Illustrated Weekly of India

The Bombay underworld, is full of stories fit to be made into movies and they have been – lots of them. One of these films unfailingly finds a place in the list of the best movies ever made in India – Maniratnam’s 1987 film Nayagan based on the life of Varda Bhai (Varadarajan Mudaliar) who [Read more]

Meet the original Revolver Rani from 1971 – Vijayalalitha

Meet the original Revolver Rani from 1971 - Vijayalalitha

Kangana Ranaut is playing the title role of Revolver Rani in Sai Kabir’s forthcoming film co-produced by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Rahul Mittra. The film also stars Vir Das. But the original Revolver Rani is from over four decades ago. Vijayalalitha with both guns blazing was quite a ‘female James Bond’ in a number of Telugu [Read more]

The Supermen of Malegaon are here. Go watch! (Show timings included)

Superman of Malegaon

When I got my first digital camera, I made sure that it was a model that could record video with audio (a rarity in my budget many years ago) and conjured a little dream – to make my own digital movies. That dream is still unfulfilled. But the motley filmmakers from Maharashtra’s Malegaon are no [Read more]

There was something Rajinikanth about Steve Jobs

An early morning phone call shattered a lovely dream, what was more shattering was the news behind the phone call. “Steve Jobs is dead,” said the calm sounding voice of @gillianhooper at the other end. When someone passes away, we hunt for emotions inside us and also some words that will best describe the departed [Read more]

Uncle Pai Should be Remembered More for Tinkle than for Amar Chitra Katha

Cutting the CHai - Default featured image

For me the Uncle Pai association is stronger with Tinkle than with Amar Chitra Katha. Amar Chitra Katha told mythological and historical stories, Tinkle was (and I believe still is) much, much more.

Watch Online: Sant Tukaram (1936)

Cutting the CHai - Default featured image

Sant Tukaram (1936) is one of the 20 greatest films ever made in India, according to T20 of Indian Cinema list at The 40th International Film Festival. Since this movie was released more than 60 years ago, it, according to the Copyright Act of 1957 [PDF], is in the public domain. Language: Marathi Director: Damle [Read more]