‘Paheli’: A Picturesque Folk Tale With A Message On Women Empowerment

Amol Palekar directed Paheli. The actor who came to limelight in the ’70s and ’80s as the young middle-class man in bustling Indian metropolises, one would identify him as the poster boy of everydayness. He was seen in stories devoid of extra colours, those with dishevelled relationships and in lyrical […]

‘Rajnigandha’: About a Fragrance That Smells Like Love

“Adhikaar ye jabse saajan ka har dhadkan par maana maine Main jabse unke saath bandhi, ye bhed tabhi jaana maine Kitna sukh hai bandhan mein…’ Rajnigandha phool tumhare bikhre yunhi jeevan mein…” Writes lyricist Yogesh for Basu Chatterjee’s Rajnigandha. The words roughly translate to: “Since I’ve given him every right […]

‘Anupama’ Makes You Fall in Love With The ‘Black and White’ Camera

It is as if Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s characters in Anupama (1966) were aware of the film’s photographic finesse. Anita (Shashikala) asserts in one scene that a poetry session calls for dim lighting and she quickly does the needful. Truly, Jaywant Pathare’s camera makes love with the lights and the characters’ emotions in all […]

‘Jodhaa Akbar’: Chronicling the Original Power Couple

“Aankhon mein hain bahaarein, dil mein khiza…” [It as if spring blooms merely in the eyes, but in the hearts there’s autumn]. Javed Akhtar wrote for the male protagonist in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa Akbar. Reflecting the thoughts of an emperor who is slowly being enticed by his ethereal new bride, there couldn’t […]