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Satyam Shivam Sundaram - 1978
SATYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM- ABOUT LOVE AND THE SPIRITUAL AWAKENING Based on the Hindu spiritual philosophy of Satyam Shivam Sundaram which means Satya or truth itself is the absolute divine Shiv which is the most beautiful in itself. This film is a story of rediscovering of truth, love and passion and difference between physical and spiritual love. It was Raj Kapoor’s opus which is remembered not so much for its content and message but more for Zeenat Aman’s sensuous portrayal in a blouse-less wet sari and under the waterfall. This movie did make a furor, even housewives discussing Zeenat’s bold look. This social themed film was released on 24th March 1978. What is hard to believe is that this role was developed keeping Lata Mangeshkar in mind. A heavenly voice which does not match with physical beauty, as written in the book 'Raj Kapoor Speaks' by Ritu Nanda. It is also believ ....
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Sangam 1964
The first thing that strikes you about the movie SANGAM is its run length. It is the fourth longest Hindi movie ever produced in India, just shy of 4 hours. Sangam was Raj Kapoor's labour of love and friendship adorned with excellent music. It ran to packed houses and won many awards including the best director award for Raj Kapoor and also the best actress award for Vyjayanthimala besides other technical awards for that year's Filmfare awards. Initially, Sangam the movie was planned much before it was actually made. It was planned in the 1940s and it was planned with Raj Kapoor, Nargis and Dilip Kumar triangle in mind but as the things did not work out Raj Kapoor approached Dev Anand there too it was a no go. Thus the film fell in the lap of Rajendra Kumar and was made much later and released on 18th June 1964. It was not just a story it was a saga of love and friendship thus the ....
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Sholay (1975)
Sholay (1975) was not just a movie, but a full scale audio and visual experience which was absolutely new to the Indian audience in the seventies and it was not just about achieving perfection in all departments. Be it casting, acting, direction, a balanced story, fantastic screen-play and out of the world dialogues, but it had something absolutely novel to offer the Indian audience for the first time, a wide screen experience. Indian cinema was hitherto been confined to a 35MM screen almost squarish and no one had experimented with the 70mm visual delight it just created magic. The year was 1975 and Sholay was released on 15th August, the Independence Day. It’s first week was dull as in those times the dacoit films was an oft repeated formula. It is also rumored that it was a sort of remake of a 1971 dacoit drama Raaj Khosla’s ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ with even the name of th ....
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Staying Alive - movie review
Sujit Sen, the talented script writer has come up with a fine black comedy Staying Alive, which borrows from real life. Staying Alive is based on a true story of a journalist Aditya (Anant Mahadevan) whose third heart attack sends him to the intensive cardiac care at a hospital. On the neighboring bed is an underworld kingpin, Shaukat Ali (Saurabh Shukla) whose love of kebabs has led him to his first heart attack. Aditya is a newspaper sub-editor while Shaukat Ali is a hardened gangster and ironically it is Shaukat who is petrified of dying, while Aditya scoffs at death. The “seasoned” Aditya scoffs at death whereas newcomer to-heart-ailments Shaukat is petrified. The two unlikely hospital inmates strike a love-hate relationship with Aditya relaying a few truths about life to Shaukat. Shaukat appreciates the joy of staying alive even in a life deprived of kebabs. Slowly a ....
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Sadda Adda - movie review
'The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you' is the point that Writer and Director Muazzam Beg, in his directorial debut with Sadda Adda, the bollywood film tries that to put across the point - That the only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams – is you! Sadda Adda - movie review... People have dreams, but not all of us have the guts to put faith in ourselves. Most of us lose focus and give up. We are most afraid to believe in our own dreams. Those who do are the true winners. This slice of life film is set in the backdrop of our capital city- Delhi. A city that brings in thousands of North Indians in search of opportunities that was never available in their own home towns. Like-wise, six boys from different states come together to share a two BHK apartment in a middle-class colony, which they lovingly call "Sadda Adda". Kabir (Kuna ....
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Shakal Pe Mat Ja - movie review
Shakal Pe Mat Ja is an unconventional film and its title itself sounds funny. The concept is interesting, and the four protagonists are very natural, but the film lags in its departments of screenplay and editing. It is a story of 4 young boys who get caught up as suspects at the Delhi international airport, on the anniversary of the American terrorist attacks, while capturing a American Airways aircraft landing on their camera. Shakal Pe Mat Ja is a comedy based on mistaken identities with the background of terrorism and its threat. Four young people are detained at the Delhi international airport, while capturing an aircraft landing, on their handycam. Four amateur filmmakers are out to film a documentary on security issues around the airport. Incidentally, it is a high alert around the capital’s airport area and thus they become victims of suspicion. Cops grab hold of th ....
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Soundtrack - movie review
If Beethoven were alive today- he’d be a DJ and this is would be his story! Soundtrack is the feature film directorial debut of Neerav Ghosh. Soundtrack movie review... Raunak (Rajeev Khandelwal), a 26 year old from a small town in India comes to the maximum city, Mumbai, carrying just three things - a guitar, a pair of headphones and a dream. Son of a musician, his dad’s dream was cut short by an untimely death. With the help of his late father’s friend, Surinder, he lands a job at “Tango Charlie” and proceeds to make it the city’s most rocking night club. He started to compose music by day and worked at Tango Charlie as a DJ by night. There are DJs who play music, and there are DJs who play the crowds. Raunak is both. Charlie (Mohan Kapoor), the owner of the club becomes his patron and fan. He creates opportunities for concerts and introduces Raunak to Film makers ....
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Saheb Biwi aur Gangster - movie review
Saheb Biwi aur Gangster is an altered version of the Guru Dutt’s classic Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam (1962) which was produced by him and directed by Abrar Alvi. The adapted version too has streaks of brilliance. Based in a small town in the Northern part of India, Sahib Biwi aur Gangster is a story packed with intrigue betrayal and ambition between a beautiful Begum, her Nawab husband and an ambitious young boy. The Nawab (Jimmy Shergill) and his Begum (Mahie Gill), live in their ancestral royal house trying to maintain the status and structure their ancestors had left behind. But due to the changing time, some extreme financial conditions and the long gone habit of a royal having a mistress, the Nawab tries real hard to maintain his status and financial conditions. His rival political party, belonging to Gainda Singh is on a constant mission to eliminate the Nawab and his allies, ....
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Speedy Singhs - movie review
A Hollywood production titled Breakaway has it release in India as Speedy Sings. The film is a cross-cultural hockey drama set in the Indo-Canadian community in suburban Toronto, Canada. The movie is a full action, colourful, humourous and a heart-felt musical. The setting is an obstacle-strewn love story with a dramatic quest for the hero. Speedy Singhs movie review... It is also a keenly observed cross-cultural drama in the same classification as Bend It Like Beckham and Slumdog Millionaire with the hero caught between a family's traditional expectations and a dream to make it big in the national sport of an adopted country. Rajveer Singh is a 21 year old man dreaming of a professional hockey career. We open with him dreaming of scoring a game-winning goal, followed by a moment of bliss as beautiful girls surround him. He has the talent to succeed but faces many hurdles. Being ....
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Shabri - movie review
Shabri is the story of how a simple woman from a Mumbai slum ends up threatening the biggest corridors of power in the matka gambling underworld of the city. It is a story of survival, dignity, determination and human triumph in the face of impossible odds. Shabri (Eesha Koppikar) works in a flour mill to support her alcoholic father, a mother and a younger brother Bandya who is mixing with the local good-for-nothings. The neighborhood is teeming with young jobless desperate boys whose heroes are the local matka gambling den operators. Bandya looks up to Murad who runs a matka den. Murad (Raj Arjun) has a soft corner for both Shabri and Bandya. Murad who has himself being sucked into the black hole of survival that the neighborhood breeds, does not want Bandya to meet the same fate. He wishes him to study, get a degree and wriggle out of the cursed place. He helps Bandya with money ....
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