PARINDA (1989)

Release Date : 3/11/1989 Cast : Nana Patekar, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher Written and Directed by : VIdhu Vinod Chopra Cinematography : Binod Pradhan Editing : Renu Saluja Music : R.D Burman Parinda for a very long time was considered the greatest gangster film made in India. That was until a…

DEEWAAR (1975)

Release Date: 24/01/1975 Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh, Iftikhar and Madan Puri Director: Yash Chopra Screenplay: Salim-Javed Deewaar released in the same year as the juggernaut Sholay but it was still able to carve a niche for itself in the map of Indian Cinema. Not only did it carry forward the angry-young-man persona…

ZANJEER (1973)

Zanjeer kick-started the angry-young-man phenomenon that till this date finds a voice in many of the Bollywood films. It made a superstar out of Amitabh Bachchan and firmly established the writer duo of Salim-Javed and announced their arrival in the big league. As I was watching this film for the purposes of this review, I…

DON (1978)

Finally, I watched Don, the original. I watched its Southern remakes starring Ajit Kumar with glee. I was amused by its Bollywood re-incarnation directed by Farhan Akhtar and I loved it’s follow up even more. However, somehow I never caught its original in its entirety even though it can often be seen airing on the…

TRISHUL (1978)

Very recently I picked up a book titled “Written by Salim-Javed: The Story of Hindi Cinema’s Greatest Screenwriters” by Diptakirti Chaudhuri. As the title would suggest, the book is a retelling of the journey of Hindi Cinema’s greatest and most influential (if I may add) screenwriters. And it’s no wonder, that a book about screenwriters…

SATYA (1998)

Satya has been one of those films that I must have seen the most number of times. I watched it, re-watched it and re-watched it yet again and still, it remains as fresh as it was the first time I saw it. I have stopped trying to decipher its mechanism and treatment and have decided…

SHOLAY (1975) 3D

Sholay the greatest Indian story ever told comes back to the theaters in 3D this year and incidentally turns out to be the best New Year’s gift for the viewers. I never had had the opportunity to catch this epic in a theater but had seen in it on home videos countless number of times….

ARDH SATYA

There have been numerous Cop-dramas in Bollywood but none of them can match up to the two gems that Govind Nihlani came up with. The sheer grit and power of these two dramas can account for 90 % of what is best about Indian Cop-Dramas. Ardh Satya and Droh Kaal stands tall among an ever…