Bollywood Framing Movies

FRAMING MOVIES: Take Thirty-three: BFI’s 100 Bollywood Films: Kabhi Kabhie (1976)

Written by on December 15th, 2013

We have an early Christmas treat for all our readers! Below is an excerpt from Bollywood expert Rachel Dwyer’s much loved book 100 Bollywood Films (2005), courtesy of ‘Palgrave Macmillan on behalf of the British Film Institute.’ Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London and is the official […]

FRAMING MOVIES: Take Thirty-two: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)

Written by on November 29th, 2013

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (KANK), directed by Karan Johar, is a film that explores complex human relationships. The film focuses on two married couples, Dev (Shah Rukh Khan) and Rhea (Preity Zinta) and Rishi (Abhishek Bachchan) and Maya (Rani Mukherji). However, the film is centred on the love story of Dev and Maya, which starts […]

FRAMING MOVIES: Take Thirty-One: Taal (1999)

Written by on November 24th, 2013

Manav (Akshaye Khanna) comes to India with his family and meets Mansi (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) the daughter of a singer, Tarababu (Alok Nath) Both the families meet and become friendly. Unbeknown to their families, Manav and Mansi fall in love. However, when Manav’s father, Jagmohan (Amrish Puri) comes to know of their romance, he decides […]

FRAMING MOVIES: Take Thirty: Lagaan (2001)

Written by on November 14th, 2013

The historical film may not be the most common genre in Bollywood nowadays, but with no doubt Lagaan is a fantastic film that deserves all our attention. It was directed in 2001 by Ashutosh Gowariker, who seems to enjoy historical movies, as he later made the epic Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and his next project will […]

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FRAMING MOVIES: Take Twenty-Nine: Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994)

Written by on November 11th, 2013

Five years after the success of his directorial debut Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Sooraj Barjatya made a phenomenal comeback with his next project Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994) under his family company Rajshri Productions. It is one of the most important films to have released in the history of Hindi Cinema and contributed towards a […]

FRAMING MOVIES: Take Twenty-seven: Veer Zaara (2004)

Written by on October 27th, 2013

Running time: 192 minutes Directed by: Late Yash Chopra Produced by: Late Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra Music by: Late Madan Mohan Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Kirron Kher, Boman Irani, Anupam Kher, Divya Dutta, Manoj Bajpai, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini Veer Zaara, which marked Yash Chopra’s return to direction after 7 […]

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FRAMING MOVIES Take Twenty-Six: Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997)

Written by on October 21st, 2013

Dil To Pagal Hai revolves around a simple belief, that someone, somewhere is made for you. A beautiful tale of soul-mates, the story revolves around three different characters and their beliefs about love. There’s Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), who does not believe in love and the idea of soul-mates and doesn’t really understand how two […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Twenty-Five: Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Written by on October 13th, 2013

Taare Zameen Par is a story about Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary), an eight year old boy who dislikes school because he fails in tests and finds certain subjects difficult. His parents, unable to understand why he is not excelling the same way his brother is, send him to boarding school hoping he will be able […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Twenty-Four: Mahaan (1983)

Written by on October 10th, 2013

Every major actor and actress in Bollywood will at one stage attempt the double role. It is up there on every distinguished star’s curriculum vitae. There a countless examples Hum Dono (Dev Anand), Ram aur Shyam (Dilip Kumar), Seeta aur Geeta (Hema Malini), Apu Raja (Kamal Hassan), Chaalbaaz (Sri Devi), Kishan Kanhaiya (Anil Kapoor) and […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Twenty-Three: Amar, Akbar, Anthony (1977)

Written by on September 30th, 2013

Masala brilliance thy name is personified by Manmohan Desai. Masala filmmaking is that secret ingredient to nearly every film in this wide and bountiful Hindi film industry. Of course, filmmakers disguise these elements in the social message films, the love stories, the thrillers, and countless other genre-pictures. If we want something to break up the […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Twenty-Two: Jab We Met

Written by on September 24th, 2013

Jab We Met. Just reading that title makes many a Bollywood fan smile. The 2007 romantic comedy starred Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in outstanding performances and was directed by the great Imtiaz Ali. The film was a super duper hit and has gone on to be considered one of the best romance films to […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Twenty-One: Mr. India (1987)

Written by on September 14th, 2013

What do you get when you put the master screenwriters of populist and allegoric masala films and the urbane and intellectual director of Masoom to combine their talents to create India’s most beloved superhero? Mr. India is the end product that transcends all masala boundaries to become the zaniest and looniest comedies of the 80s. […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Nighteen: Dostana (2008)

Written by on July 19th, 2013

Kunal (John Abraham) and Sameer (Abhishek Bachchan) decide to play it gay to secure an apartment. However, the problem is that it’s not just the apartment that’s beautiful- their new flatmate Neha (Priyanka Chopra) is too. They both become smitten with Neha and fall head over heels in love with her. Neha begins to bond […]

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FRAMING MOVIES Take Eighteen: Henna (1991)

Written by on July 14th, 2013

Before Yash Chopra’s Veer-Zaara (2004), there was Raj Kapoor’s Henna (1991). Perhaps today still the most beautiful and genre defining film on Indo-Pak cross border relations, with its aspirations for peaceful co-existence. Henna released in the summer of 1991. It was the last film India’s showman Raj Kapoor was working on before he passed away […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Seventeen: Talaash (2012)

Written by on July 8th, 2013

Running time: 139 minutes. Directed by: Reema Kagti Produced by: Ritesh Sidhwani, Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar(Studio Excel Entertainment and Aamir Khan Productions) Written by: Farhan Akhtar (dialogues), Anurag Kashyap (additional dialogues). Screenplay: Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar Story by: Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar. Starring: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shernaz Patel, Raj Kumar […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Sixteen: Kagaz Ke Phool (1959)

Written by on July 5th, 2013

Some films offer one an instant cheer-up and others speak to that gloom that we feel at certain ages and times. If I watch Pyaasa every afternoon, then Kagaz Ke Phool would be for each weekend since it envelopes this viewer into a sighing and sniveling wreck. The film is one of the rare cases […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Fifteen: My Name Is Khan (2010)

Written by on June 23rd, 2013

Earthquakes, terror-attacks, tsunami’s…these last few years we have seen so much happening in the world. A lot people became afraid to live in their own country and want to leave because that’s how the saying goes: the grass is always greener on the other side. But when people leave a country to start their lives […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Fourteen: Chandni (1989)

Written by on June 19th, 2013

Chandni was a 1989 romantic blockbuster starring Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna. The film was directed and produced by the late and legendary Yash Chopra and is often revered as one of the most successful Bollywood films of all time, as well as the film which ended the violent era in Hindi Cinema. The […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Thirteen: Devdas (2002)

Written by on June 15th, 2013

Devdas, released in 2002, was based on a 1917 Bengali romance novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. As this was the third Hindi film adaptation of the famous story, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had large shoes to fill – the 1955 film directed by Bimal Roy and starring Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen and Vyjayanthimala is often […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Twelve: Pakeezah (1972)

Written by on June 12th, 2013

Directed by notable filmmaker Kamal Amrohi, Pakeezah (1972) contains everything one would envisage in a typical Bollywood film. This includes drama, romance, suspense, astounding cinematography, as well as exquisite song and dance sequences. It is a film which surely anyone infatuated with Indian cinema will love. It is also remembered for being one of the […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Eleven: Swades (2004)

Written by on June 5th, 2013

Set in modern India, Swades (Our country) is a film that tackles the issues facing the citizens of this nation on a grass roots level. A country that is grappling with problems that development throws up, the India depicted in Swades is colorful, heterogeneous and complex, with people of diverse cultures and attitudes. Mohan Bhargava […]

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