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Re: Indian top 10

Postby madhuban » Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:18 pm

"Simply put: Basanti threatens to offer a patriotic lesson via a text message."

arsaib, this is perhaps the most artfully written damning sentence I've come across. Ironically, I'm glad you watched it, if only to write such a fine review

p.s. - the censor board did get its wind up, only to have a closed-door screening and decide that it actually is an inspiring film! strange are the ways of the censor board in this country!

Re: Indian top 10

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Mar 19, 2006 5:30 am

The end credits listed the # of casualties MIG? pilots have suffered in the last few years: is this a controversial issue in India? Not that the film investigated it with any depth, but obviously the claim was rather bold.

Re: Indian top 10

Postby madhuban » Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:46 pm

The case of the pilot in the film is based on a real-life incident that was reported in the newspapers about 6-7 years ago. These issues have come up from time to time, like many other malpractices and their resulting debacles, and made headlines for a couple of days. But that is about it. It makes me sad to say that in a country of teeming millions, the life of the average citizen is hardly a matter of concern for the powers that be, whether they belong to the left or the right.

Re: Indian top 10

Postby trevor826 » Sat Mar 25, 2006 8:16 pm

Madhuban, would it be possible for you to make a list like Miklosks of good Indian films, I live in an area where we have several Indian specific dvd/video rental shops plus there is a large collection in our central library. The only thing is they don't appear to have much in the way of older films.

I have the wonderful Apu Trilogy plus Days and Nights in the Forest, Salaam Bombay, The Terrorist and a couple of others but would really like to broaden my range.

Thanks Trev.

Re: Indian top 10

Postby Johndav » Sun Mar 26, 2006 9:42 am

As the world's leading authority on Indian cinema, having memorised every scene of every deserving film, here's my list of essentials- whether crowd-pleasing blockbusters or high art.

1935 Devdas (Barua)
Hunterwali (Wadia)
1936 Sant Tukaram (Damle, Fattelal)
1943 Kismet (G.Mukherjee)
1944 Udayer Pathey/ Towards the Light (Roy)
1948 Aag/Fire (Kapoor)
Chandralekha (Vasan)
1949 Andaaz (Mehbob Khan)
Barsaat (Kapoor)
1951 Awara (Kapoor)
1952 Aan (Mehbob Khan)
Baiju Bawra (Bhatt)
1953 Daera/ The Division (Amrohi)
Do Bigha Zamin/Two Acres of Land (Roy)
1954 Boot Polish (Arora)
Taxi Driver (Anand)
1955 Pather Panchali (Ray)
1956 Aparajito (Ray)
Cid (Khoshla)
Jagte Raho (Kapoor)
1957 Ajantrik (Ghatak)
Do Aankhen Barah Haath/Two Eyes Twelve Hands (Shantaram)
Mother India (Mehbob Khan)
Pyaasa (Dutt)
1958 Jalsaghar/The Music Room (Ray)
Madhumati (Roy)
1959 Apur Sansar/The World of Apu (Ray)
Dhool ka Phool/Blossom of Dust (Chopra)
Kaagaz ke Phool/Paper Flowers (Dutt)
1960 Devi/The Goddess (Ray)
Meghe Dhaka Tara/Cloud-Capped Star (Ghatak)
Mughal-e-Azam (Asif)
1961 Komal Gandhar (Ghatak)
Teen Kanya/Three Daughters (Ray)
1962 Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (Alvi)
Subarnarekha (Ghatak)
1964 Charulata (Ray)
Sangam (Kapoor)
1965 Guide (V.Anand)
1966 Teesri Kasan/The Third Oath (B.Bhatacharya)
Teesri Manzil (V.Anand)
1967 Jewel Thief (V.Anand)
1968 Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne/The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (Ray)
Padosan (Swaroop)
1969 Aranyer Din Ratri/Days and Nights in the Forest (Ray)
Bhuvan Shome (Sen)
Uski Roti/Our Daily Bread (Kaul)
1970 Anand (H.Mukherjee)
Mera Naam Joker (Kapoor)
Samskara (Reddy)
1971 Anubhav/Experience (B.Bhatacharya)
Pakeezah (Amrohi)
1972 Calcutta 71 (Sen)
Maya Darpin/Mirror of Illusion (Shahani)
Titash Ekti Nadir Naam/A River Called Titash (Ghatak)
1973 Ankur/The seedling (Benegal)
Ashani Sanket/Distant Thunder (Ray)
Avishkar/Discovery (B.Bhatacharya)
Bobby (Kapoor)
Garam Hava/Hot Winds (Sathyu)
Kaadu/The Forest (Karnad)
1974 Jukti Takko Aar Gappo/Reason Debate and a Tale (Ghatak)
1975 Deewar (Chopra)
Sholay (Sippy)
1976 Lambhardani (Veerendra)
Manthan/ The Churning (Benegal)
Mrigaya (Sen)
1977 Amar Akbar Anthony (Desai)
Kodiyettam (Gopalakrishnan)
Shatranj Ke Khiladi/The Chess Players (Ray)
Swami (B.Chatterjee)
1978 Junoon (Benegal)
Muqaddar ka Sikandar (Mehra)
1979 Shankarabharanam (Vishwanath)
1980 Aakrosh / Cry of the Wounded (Nihalani)
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai (Mirza)
Bhavni Bhavai (K.Mehta)
Oppol (Sethumdhavan)
Satah Se Uthata Admi/Arising from the Surface (Kaul)
Sparsh (Palanjape)
1981 36 Chowringhee Lane (A.Sen)
Umrao Jaan (Ali)
1982 Mangal Pandey (Malhotra)
Namkeen (Gulzar)
1983 Ardh Satya/ The Half-Truth (Nihalani)
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (Shah)
1984 Ghare Baire/Home and the World (Ray)
Tarang (Shahani)
1985 Anantyatra (Patwardhan)
Mirch Masala/ Spices (K.Mehta)
1987 Anantaram (Gopalakrishnan)
Ijaazat (Gulzar)
Nayakan (Rathnam)
1988 Khayal Gotha (Shahani)
Om Dar-B-Dar (Swaroop)
Pestonjee (V.Mehta)
Piravi (Karun)
Salaam Bombay (Nair)
1989 Kaal Abhirati/Time Addiction (Chakraborty)
Salim Lagde Pe Mat Ro (Mirza)
Siddheshwari (Kaul)
1990 Shiva (Varma)
Vastuhaara/The Dispossessed (Aravindan)
1991 Idiot (Kaul)
Talapathi (M.Ratnam)
1993 Charachar/Shelter of the Wings (Dasgupta)
Roja (Ratnam)
Suraj ka Satvan Ghoda/Seventh Horse of the Sun (Benegal)
1994 Andaz Apna Apna (Santoshi)
Bandit Queen (S.Kapur)
Hum Aapke Hian Koun (Barjatya)
1995 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (A.Chopra)
Rangeela (Varma)
1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Johar)
Pushpak (Singeetham)
Satya (Varma)
1999 Sarfarosh (Matthan)
The Terrorist (Sivan)
2000 Uttara (Dasgupta)
2001 Lagaan (Gowariker)
Monsoon Wedding (Nair)
2002 Devdas (Bhansali)
2003 Maqbool (Bahradwaj)
Raghu Romeo (Kapoor)
2004 Black Friday (Kashyap)
Swapner Din (Dasgupta)
2005 Black (Bhansali)
2006 Rang de Basanti (Mehra)

Re: Indian top 10

Postby trevor826 » Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:25 pm

Thanks for your list John, I'll take your initial statement as tongue in cheek.

I'll check against the library website first, hopefully they'll have at least a few of the ones listed.

Bandit Queen is on your list, I'm not sure how well my memory serves me but wasn't there an earlier version of this made in the 60's or 70's?

I also forgot to mention in my post that I have the first 2 of Deepa Mehta's elements trilogy (still waiting to see the third).

Cheers Trev.

Re: Indian top 10

Postby arsaib4 » Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:11 am

Yeah, I think John was referring to Imdb's search function.

Re: Indian top 10

Postby Johndav » Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:57 am

Imdb?! Me, have to rely on imdb? Outrageous suggestion. Er, apart from my own mastery of the whole enormous subject i've simply prudently checked with my Encyclopedia of Indian cinema, Pocket Essentials Bollywood, the discussion here so far, including Madhuban's recommendations, critics' top 10's, and just out of passing interest of course, suggestions and ratings at imdb- in case, just the faintest off-chance i might have inadvertently forgotten something.

Anyway, purely out of modesty, i've even left some space for Madhuban to add the necessary finishing touches!

p.s- having been born on Groundhog Day, i have certain unexpected advantages for mastery of a subject in record time!

Re: Indian top 10

Postby madhuban » Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:08 am

There is some exciting Indian cinema that, ironically enough, doesn't get seen widely in India. Among these, I'd like to mention Murali Nair's three films - "Throne of Death", "A Dog's Day" and "A Story That Begins At the End" (better known as "Arimpara"). Nair lives in the UK and has a company called flyingelephant films. Trevor, it might be easier for you to access his films. I am actually thinking of writing to his company to buy the three films. I found them fascinating!


Re: Indian top 10

Postby trevor826 » Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:29 pm

Good to see you back madhuban (or may I call you M ). Thanks for the info, I need something to ignite my interest due to a run of mediocre films lately, hopefully I'll find that spark soon.

Cheers Trev.


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