Haathi Mere Saathi

How often have we found a movie with an elephant as the hero? Never? You may just be wrong. Ramu, the elephant is undoubtedly the hero of the 1971 Hindi film Haathi Mere Saathi starring Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja in the lead roles apart from Ramu. Rajkumar ‘Raju’ (Rajesh Khanna) is orphaned at a young

Parichay

Sa re ke sa re ga ma ko le kar gaate chale, an unusual lyric of a song of an unusually entertaining film. Gulzar’s Parichay promises to entertain, move and engage you and it more than fulfills the promise. A sweet and touching story filmed just as well as it is written. Parichay is a

Pran – an actor who proved Plato wrong

Looking at the title one might wonder what these two personalities, who occupied two different milieus, set apart by some thousands of miles and thousands of years, had in common. The latter was a wise man from Athens who vociferously argued to ban most forms of aesthetic expressions in a ‘republic.’ One of the reasons

Amar Prem

A lotus blooms in murky waters. Pushpa’s life symbolises this nugget of wisdom. The legendary Shakti Samanta’s Amar Prem, the 1972 Hindi film set in 1950s Bengal, begins with a shattered Pushpa returning to her village. Doli mein bithaye ke kahar depicts her plight. Beete din khushiyon ke chaar, dekhe dukh man ko hazaar; that

Uttarakhand – Before flood tragedy

Uttarakhand is a region of outstanding natural beauty. The unique Himalayan ecosystem plays host to a large number of animals, plants and rare herbs. Two of India’s mightiest rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna take birth in the glaciers of Uttarakhand, and are fed by myriad lakes, glacial melts and streams in the region. Uttarakhand – Facts

Sholay – the tallest edifice in Indian movie history

A train rolls into a station, the steam engine chugging to a halt. An unremarkable spot in the Indian hinterland, this could be anywhere. A police officer disembarks, gets on a horse and barrels away into the expanse. Here begins the tale of perhaps the greatest Indian movie made. Sholay – the tallest edifice in

Memories of Munnar

I hardly had any excitement when I got the very first chance to be in the mesmerizing land of Munnar, a perfect gateway for nature enthusiasts. It is not because I hate Munnar, but I was too juvenile to realize and grab the eternal beauty of this blissful land. It was just a name for

Romancing the Past in Kolkata

“Sir Turn left … no right…..no  …no… no… go straight…..” screamed Aravind shuttling his eyeballs between the streets and the map in the 4 inch screen of the iPhone. “Is it right right or left?” asked Dr. Ajith without loosing his temper amid the hullabaloo of the city. “Left sir… left” replied Aravind having full