Throwback Thursday: Howrah Bridge

Hello all!

This week we are doing a serious Throwback to one of the many hotly contested Golden Ages of Bollywood, the 1950s.  True, the sets are a little cornier, and there are plenty of people out there who don’t like the black and white films, but you can’t deny this song is incredibly catchy.  For some reason it gives me a “Some Like It Hot” vibe which the crooner in the middle and the hazy background.

Enjoy!

Video courtesy of Rajshri, the channel for all those great hits from one of the biggest names in the business!

Throwback Thursday: More Vijaypaath

So, apparently my fascination wit Tabu as not yet waned, so I decided to include another of one her songs from Vijaypaath this week: Raah Mein Unse Mulakaat Ho Gaye. I don’t know why but I can’t get it out of my head.  And that opening where she starts playing the piano in that billowing sari?  Perfection.

So enjoy, and a very Happy Diwali to one and all!

Video courtesy of PremGatha

FFG Throwback Thursday: Vijaypaath

Namaste all!

Having just seen Haider and becoming enthralled with Tabu’s performance as Ghazala, I went on a mission to hunt down some more of her performances.  That’s when I came across this gem from Vijaypaath, for which Tabu won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.  Plus, the hero is Ajay Devgn, who is, let’s me real, one of my faves.

Enjoy!

Video courtesy of Tips Music, another great source for Bollywood music!

Throwback Thursday: Mujhe Neend Na Aaye

Hey there!

This song is a little bit more modern than last week’s, but still incredibly catchy, I don’t know how much Udit Narayan’s singing is to blame or the hypnotic drum beat.  Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit don’t hurt either.  This song is from the movie Dil, which I have not yet seen but sounds like one of those glorious grand Masala films like Quayamat Se Quayamat Tak.

Enjoy!

Video courtesy of PremGatha Geet, another great channel for discovering great Bollywood songs both old and new!

Throwback Thursday: Tujhe Dekha To Ye Jaanaa Sanaam

Namaste all!

For today’s final segment in the this-girl-really-needs-a-five-minute-vacation-in-the-Swiss-Alps-with-SRK series, I had to of course, save the best for last.

The definitive pairing of SRK, Swiss Alps, and Chiffon Saris. 

With the lovely and talented Kajol by his side.

So please enjoy this classic song from the equally classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

Video courtesy of Rajiv Kaushal’s YouTube channel.

Throwback Thursday: Veer Zaara

Namaste all! 

The next song in the series, which-girl-needs-five-minutes-alone-with-SRK-in-the-swiss-alps-this-girl series, I bring you this lovely song from Veer Zaara, “Yeh Hum Aa Gaye Hain Kahan”, a lovely song with plenty of almost sultry kisses.  I haven’t seen many of Preity Zinta’s movies surprisingly, as she is definitely my favorite Bollywood actress, but mostly for her off-screen charitable and entrepreneurial work.

So enjoy, I’ll be finishing this installment last week.

Video from xtremehighquality2, an excellent source for Bollywood film videos with English subtitles that I highly recommend!  I only wish they would upload more!

P.S.  I am going to be a little cheeky and include a link to my earlier Throwback Thursday post on Mohabbatein, because I realized after the fact that I should have included it in the series properly.  I must have been daydreaming about being in those Swiss Mountains with SRK longer than I thought.

Throwback Thursday: Darr Revisited

Namaste all!

For the two or three people who have been following my blog, you will note that I recently started a theme for my Throwback Thursdays.  The theme is: this-girl-has-not-had-a-vacation-in-way-too-long-and-needs-a-five-minute-holiday-with-SRK-in-the-Swiss-Alps.  Or something to that effect.

To that end, please enjoy this lovely song from Darr, with a fantasy scene showcasing Juhi Chawla and Shahrukh Khan.  It has all the classic elements: chiffon saris, crazy sweaters, and Udit Narayan and Lata Mangeshkar of course!

video courtesy of YRF Songs, one of the best Youtube resources for Bollywood songs old and new.

Throwback Thursday: Dholna

So I might have threatened last week to do a series of I-need-a-five-minute-vacation-with-SRK-in-the-Swis-Mountains videos.  It was a pretty easy series to put together, considering how many of these Swiss Alps romantic interludes King Khan has done over his career.  So for this week’s offering, please enjoy “Dholna”, from Dil to Pagal Hai, a classic from SRK’s “Rahul” phase.  Sadly this one does not do much credit to Madhuri Dixit’s amazing dancing abilities, but it’s a sweet video nonetheless.

video courtesy of Nanvin Tangalan.

Throwback Thursday: Hum to Deewane Hue Yaar…

Welcome to another weekly installment of Throwback Thursday! Today’s selection doesn’t really have much of a theme, apart from the I-am-so-sick-of-being-at-work-and-I-could-really-use-a-five-minute-alpine-vacation-with-SRK theme.

Come to think of it, I bet I could actually do a whole series of those…

Video courtesy of Bollywood Songs With Eng Subs VI (Shahrukh)

FFG Review: Life in a… Metro

Hello all!

This will be more of a Throwback review.  With the wonders of Netflix I can get access to all sorts of movies that have been out for a long time (I will see Sholay someday.  Someday.  When I can devote the requisite four hours to watching it).  The thing about Netflix though, is that the recommendations aren’t always accurate.  Sometimes it will recommend movies to me, but only anticipate a 3.2 rating on it.  Why not recommend things that I will actually love, or at least really like?  And the recommendations tend to go by more popular suggestions or movies that a non-Indian audience may have vaguely heard of.   Which is why I am so lucky to have friends to point me in the direction of movies I met never have heard of, like this one.

So, without further ado, my rating (big spoiler, I really liked this movie):

Ease of Pardesi Comprehension: Language 2.0/5

Like a lot of more modern movies coming out of India, there was quite a bit of English used in this movie, particularly at important moments, which helps a non native speaker during particularly climactic scenes.  Plus the subtitles seem to follow what the characters were saying pretty well.  However, the characters do talk pretty quickly, so any beginner Hindi speaker will struggle with following along.

Ease of Pardesi Comprehension: Subject 4.5/5

I am always partial to movies that interweave plot lines, but it is tricky to keep the different stories sufficiently separate so that they don’t confuse the viewer.  And this one did have a number of threads that you had to separate out, but they were distinct enough that it was fairly easy to keep track.  The format and style of the movie is very similar to the French movie Happenstance or the American movie Crash.  While there are some plot points that are a little foreign to a non-Indian viewer, at this point the concept of arranged marriages are sufficiently well known that they won’t confuse anyone.  And the overarching themes of the movie, are, to my mind, universal.  The relationships and conflicts in this movie are easily recognizable, and the decisions reached by the characters are completely relate-able.

Overall Quality of the Movie: 5/5

I am not going to lie, there are parts of this movie that are very difficult to watch,  Characters will make choices that you will not like (or at least, I certainly did not like).  Characters will not get what they want, and you will be devastated for them.  But it is a beautiful movie that is well done, and gives its actors some well deserved chance to shine.   Irrfan Khan , Kay Kay Menon and even Dharmendra all deliver excellent performances, but I really enjoyed seeing young and emerging actors and actresses like Konkona Sen Sharma (rapidly becoming one of my favorites) and Sharman Joshi getting a chance to shine a little more.  This was the first movie I saw of Shilpa Shetty, and I liked her performance a lot as well.

Number of Catchy Songs: hard to rate

This one is hard for me to choose.  Honestly, the soundtrack is very good, and complements the movie perfectly.  Plus, the inclusion of the musicians within the movie itself is an excellent touch.  However, I personally would not describe the songs as catchy.

So there you have it!  My first review, in a long, long, long time.  Let me know what you think and please leave some suggestions of Bollywood films you would like me to review!