Yes, it has been a terribly long time since I’ve posted here, but one of my favorite actors has just passed away, and he deserved at least a little bit of my attention today. He had wonderfully expressive eyes, a smile that spoke volumes, and a presence onscreen rarely matched. Pran, no matter how small or large any of your roles may have been, you always stood out. Good-bye. I think I’d like to post a few of my favorite numbers featuring Pran.
No country makes better movies about women’s suffrage and discrimination than India. Water/Fire/Earth, Lajja, Amar Prem (sorta), etc. And why not? It’s dramatic, and if Bollywood movies are anything…they’re dramatic (some might say melodramatic, and in many cases that’s true too.) Prompted by the fact that Madhuri is such an amazing dancer (really…if you haven’t seen any Madhuri movies, you’re missing out.) Now, while in some rights this film is nowhere near as intense as Water (for certain…reasons…) it has some wonderful elements to it, which makes the movie an all-round good film.
First off, this was Sunny Deol’s first stint in directing. It was also a box-office flop. That’s two facts you’ll find out about this movie in just about every source that refers to it. Other than that, there’s nothing else really interesting to say about it production-wise. Now as for the story, not the most original plot I’ve ever come across. Two brothers on opposite sides of the spectrum end up falling for the same girl, and loyalties are tested. I’ve seen this plot done well, and I’ve seen it done poorly. But how does Dillagi carry it out?
I mainly rented this movie to catch a glimpse of Paintal, but I also ended up thoroughly enjoying this. I had to double-check the year it was released, because honestly…the film quality, and especially for an Indian film made in the early 80’s, it is incredibly crisp. Possibly one of the best-preserved Hindi films over the age of 20 that I’ve ever seen. It’s even managed to bump the 80’s up a notch in my list. Sadma is a remake of an earlier Tamil film (by about a year) ‘Moondram Pirai.’
After a very long vacation (due partially to packing up and getting ready to move) I have returned with another review. With a pretty abrupt beginning, one particular aspect of this movie stands out to me. The clear, sharp quality of the film.
Rekha isn’t/wasn’t a classic beauty. She is certainly not ugly either, but her face is definitely what one would call unique. I’ve heard her described by some as ‘cat-like’ and others as ‘just plain creepy’. I think ‘lovely’ might be a decent descriptive term in a fashion, but ‘elegant’ definitely sums her up in my mind. She became quite famous for this particular movie in Bollywood. She’d already had an acting career, but Sawan Bhadon really gave her a jump-start into fame. (I have a theory that she is also a vampire…because the woman DOES NOT AGE.)
Having recently reviewed a movie directed by and starring V. Shantaram, I didn’t realize this film was also directed by him as well until I watched the credits. Let me just say, V. Shantaram could very well be one of the best directors of all time.