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London, Paris, New York (dir. Anu Menon, 2012)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on March 6, 2012. Despite my best intentions to see as many of this year’s Hindi language releases as possible, London, Paris, New York was the film I honestly thought about skipping.  I actually don’t mind romantic comedies, but after seeing a whole series of…

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Chaurahen (dir. Rajshree Ohja, 2007)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on March 23, 2012. Chaurahen (Crossroads) is, of course, Rajshree Ohja’s debut film, released only now, long after it was made and after the release of her second film, Aisha.  It’s an ambitious film – perhaps too ambitious, but it’s difficult to fault Ohja for…

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Patang (“Kite”/dir. Prashant Bhargava, 2011)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on June 13, 2012. Laneways bustling with a wedding party, little boys running to and fro, kites being made and delivered, kite strings coated with glittering glass and chosen with care.  Rooftops where families and neighbours share delectable dishes, sing songs, remember the…

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Patang: a conversation with Prashant Bhargava

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on July 20, 2012. Prashant Bhargava passed away in 2015, and I still treasure the time he gave me and his lovely film, Patang. I had the great fortune to be offered an opportunity to speak with director Prashant Bhargava about his wonderful…

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Supermen of Malegaon (dir. Faiza Ahmed Khan, 2008)

This review first appeared on Totally Filmi on June 27, 2012. “Malegaon has many identities.  Among them is an obsession for films.  Theatres are packed on Fridays because power-looms are closed.  A worker is exhausted after a week of hard work at the looms.  His mind is numb, so he…

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Trishna (dir. Michael Winterbottom, 2011)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on July 13, 2012. This is the truth.The truth love has taught me.My love, you showed me how the world really is. (from one of Amit Trivedi’s very fine original songs from Trishna) Michael Winterbottom’s latest film, Trishna, is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s…

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