Sunday ReRun: Sangam! The Classic Raj Kapoor Film I Want Shahrukh to Remake

I put up a post this morning of classic films that could be rewritten and remade for Shahrukh, and after thinking about it, I think Sangam is my top choice. Shahrukh can play the guy who wears his heart on his sleeve and loves loves loves and ultimately turns out to be a better happier husband than the dignified guy who hides his feelings.

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TGIF: The Eyes Have It! Best Eyes in Indian Film in 5 Categories

Suggestion courtesy of Meenakshy, I’m gonna do best eyes in Indian film.  In multiple categories, because you can’t really compare, like, Madhuri versus young Salman.

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Happy Birthday Vyjantimala! You and Sridevi, The Two Great Actresses Born on the Same Great Day

So cool!  It’s like, August 13th is “Day of great dancers with big eyes and sweet smiles”.  I did 14 reasons I love Sridevi, I am sure I can come up with 14 for Vyjantimala! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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Hindi Film 101: The Kapoors Part II, Raj and Nargis

I am trying a new thing, sort of cliff notes version of Hindi film history.  Not the actual history (“Bombay Talkies studio was founded by Harivanshri Rai and Devika Rani…”), but the gossip history that everyone kind of knows if they’ve grown up with the films or if they’ve been following them for years.  But I know that isn’t true for some of my readers and so, just for you, I am giving you the kind of informal oral history.  Starting with the Kapoor Family (part 1 here).

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Devdas Part 3: PC Barua vs Bimal Roy Part 2; Did They Blow it At the Ending?

Feels a bit silly to have two epic length posts, but these are epic movies.  Plus, there’s two of them, so two posts kind of seems right!  Although really, they are so similar in so many ways, much of the time I am just talking about them together.  Well, and the novel.  If you want to see my starting point with Devdas, check out my post on the novel and Dev D, and yesterday’s post on the first half of these two Devdases,

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Devdas Part 2: Bimal Roy Just Took PC Barua and Made it 10% Better

Devdas!  Or rather, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas.  Because I have now read the original novel, and seen 5 separate film versions.  I wrote about Dev D already, the most inventive and yet faithful remake.  Now, I want to talk about the PC Barua Hindi version from 1936, and the Bimal Roy Hindi version from 1955.  I have to talk about them together, because they are so similar, they really can’t be separated.  And because I am talking about two movies, this post is going to be split into two parts.

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Sangam: Why Do I Always Forget that Raj Kapoor Was a Genius?

Do you think Raj Kapoor ever met Orson Welles?  I hope so, for Orson’s sake.  Raj could hang out in India and talk to Guru Dutt and Vijay Anand and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and have people who could actually understand his level of genius.  But Orson was all alone off there in Hollywood.
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