Combined Birthday Post: All the Brilliant Artists of Indian Film Were Born Today, Sanjeev Kumar, Guru Dutt, and K. Balachander

This is one of those cool coincidences.  The two brilliant directors of Indian film, one from Bombay and one from the south, were born exactly 5 years apart to the day.  There is something special about July 9th.  And, just to put the cherry on top, one of the most brilliant actors in Hindi film history was also born on July 9th.

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Anamika Mini-Review: My Favorite Young Jaya Movie! Jaya Plays a Girl Who Chooses Her Own Name and Her Own Destiny

Happy 3 days after Jaya’s birthday!  This is another review of a movie I have seen often enough that I can write the review without prep.  But also a movie I think is legitimately worth talking about.  It is just so delightful!  And at the same time, breaks so many taboos!  Oh, and Jaya is so amazing, it’s a great film to watch if you are wondering if/why she was a really big star.  Or at least, skip to the end of this post and watch the video.

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Saturday Classics: Silsila! For Holi!

Happy Saturday!  I’m on vacation, so I missed yesterday’s Friday classic post.  And posts will be a bit sparse for the next few days.  But I’m gonna make up for it by doing a stone-cold classic, which is also holiday appropriate, for the random one-off Saturday Classics post.

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Hindi Film 101: Mukherjee-Samarth Family Part 3, Nutan and Tanuja Arrive!

Happy Thursday!  And Happy “Day I Finally Reach Famous People” in my Samarth-Mukherjee family tree.  We are through all those b-level stars and pre-Independence film figures, now we are finally into the golden age stars, the ones who matter! (part 1 here, and part 2 here)

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