I think this is going to be the last part. The problem is, the more recent parts of Sanjay’s life don’t have the distance yet for them to be covered clearly. There’s little details, like him running the prison radio show, or Trishala calling him “Papa Dukes” on instagram, but the whole broad sweep of it isn’t clear yet. So I want to talk a little about Sanjay the person, who he is to those who know him, and leave it at that. (Hindi Film 101 index, including the other parts of the Sanjay story, here)
I’m back! The Sanjay story continues. And it starts to look a little brighter here. Before going even darker than ever.
Happy Birthday Mahesh! 69 years old today! And been directing films for the past 43 of those years. And half your movies are searingly intimate and real and incredibly high quality. And half of them are very low quality. What an interesting balance! Anyway, here’s my traditional 12 reasons I love you! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
This is a bit of an odd duck for a “classics” post. It came out only 25 years ago, and isn’t as well remembered as some other films from the same era (Saajan, Khalnayak). I hadn’t even heard of it until it came up in an article on Sanjay. And then I watched it and went “wow! This is a brilliant movie!” So I am here to sing its praises, just in case you haven’t run across it before.
Well, that was a terrible terrible very fun book! I believe essentially not one word of it, but BOY was it fun to read! Oh, and it also taught me nothing about the film industry, just a lot about Anu (who wasn’t really in the industry for that long).
After taking a little journey through film as a family industry and the Ratnam-Rahman connection, back to the old reliable Hindi Film 101 topic, tragic film heroines! Parveen Babi is a strong contender for “most tragic”. And part of that tragedy is how very short her story is, I bet I can do it all in one post.
Well, I guess if you give people everything they want, they will give you the one small thing you ask for in return.
In my last few posts, I’ve mentioned how the ADHM issue isn’t quite the same as My Name is Khan yet, because the government and police haven’t weighed in and picked a side. That is no longer the case.
Happy Birthday Mahesh! 68 years old today! And been directing films for the past 42 of those years. And half your movies are searingly intimate and real and incredibly high quality. And half of them are very low quality. What an interesting balance! Anyway, here’s my traditional 12 reasons I love you!