Cinema as it used to be

This is a list of the last few reviews on my blog on classic cinema, called ‘Dusted Off’. Read more on the blog itself.

  • Mamta (1966) - While watching Pakeezah some months back (and reading Meghnad Desai’s book about the film), I was struck by how fond old Hindi cinema used to be of the motif of the ‘chaste tawaif’. A paradox, seemingly, because how could a … Continue reading
  • Lilies of the Field (1963) - And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like … Continue reading
  • Chor Bazaar (1954) - There were various reasons for my wanting to see this film. One was that it’s a historical (okay, faux historical, considering it’s set in some undefined supposedly Middle Eastern land named Sherqand). The other was that its music was scored … Continue reading
  • Ten of my favourite Madan Mohan songs - I have never—in all the years this blog has been in existence—compiled a list of my favourite Madan Mohan songs. An oversight, and one for which I have no explanation to offer: just reparation. Born Madan Mohan Kohli in Erbil … Continue reading

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