ANKUR (1974)

Year of Release: 1974 Cast: Ananth Nag, Shabana Azmi, Sadhu Meher, Priya Tendulkar Director: Shyam Bengal “Brimming with energy and symbolism, Ankur is one of the most entertaining and engrossing Hindi social commentaries” Surya (Ananth Nag) is the son of a wealthy landlord. We meet an elated Surya on the day of his result and…

MIRCH MASALA (1987)

Release Date: 13/02/1987 Cast: Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Suresh Oberoi, Raj Babbar, Deepti Naval, Ratna Pathak, Supriya Pathak, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Mohan Gokhale Director: Ketan Mehta Ketan Mehta serves us a harmonious mix of the best facets of art and popular Hindi cinema with a healthy dose of drama, entertainment and beautiful visuals Subedar…

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…

HATHYAR (1989)

Hathyar is a typical JP Dutta film but unlike its predecessors, it unfolds in a town and is a gangster film at heart. It has every element that is synonymous with a J P Dutta film like rivalry, angst, injustice, betrayal and above all two protagonists whose lives come full circle through the runtime of…

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…

AAKROSH (1980)

Govind Nihlani’s Aakrosh is till date one of the most influential and superlative pieces of work ever to have come out of Bollywood. The greatness of Aakrosh lies not on its dramatics but its simplicity and its power to draw a class divide and portray subjugation in such detailed and straightforward manner. From what I…

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….