Movie Review: Sonata (2017)

Some movies roil things up inside of us for the wrong reasons. Sonata, an Indian movie in English, was one such for me. Yet, I watched it to the end and here I am writing about it too. Let me say at the outset that I recommend it to all women everywhere of all ages. When I saw the trailer, despite not having watched more than a handful of movies this year (focusing on writing projects), I knew I had to make time to watch the entire thing. The aspects that drew me in were as follows: Continue reading Movie Review: Sonata (2017)

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Movie Review: The Truce (1997)

Originally posted on indiatopia:
On October 19th, 1945, Primo Levi, an Italian Jew and chemist, finally returned to his home in Turin, Italy after having spent 11 months at Auschwitz and another harrowing ~9 months on a circuitous, long journey via Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. The Truce is a movie about that journey, during which time, he also began his writing career. Given… Continue reading Movie Review: The Truce (1997)

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2015: A Year of TV, Film, Radio

I’m still working on wrapping up my favorite stories of 2015. This post focuses on stories from TV, film, radio. With television, I didn’t watch as much as I have done in past years. Though, going by all the many end-of-year lists by various media outlets, there was just an absolute glut of wonderful new shows. Someday, maybe, I’ll get caught up. In the meantime, here’s … Continue reading 2015: A Year of TV, Film, Radio

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Bollywood Stories: Tanu Weds Manu

[See Bollywood Stories: Introduction first]

This is meant to be a modern romantic comedy with the rather popular plot line of an NRI coming to India for an arranged marriage. The woman selected for him loves someone else. She tells him so in no uncertain terms. Of course, he falls in love with her. Yet, noble person that he is, he helps her elope with her thug boyfriend so that they can get married. At the nth hour, the woman has a change of heart. More drama ensues between said thug, the hero and the heroine. And, in the end, the thug relents and lets them both get married. Continue reading “Bollywood Stories: Tanu Weds Manu”

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Bollywood Stories: Introduction

Other than re-watching old classics, I have not watched much Bollywood fare in the last 25+ years. Mostly, this is because I’m more a book person than a movie or TV person. I am equally not enamored of Hollywood hoopla though I do enjoy the old classics there too.

This past year, though, I’ve tried to watch a handful of much-lauded Bollywood movies because I was led to believe that women have now come a long way on the Indian movie screen and “strong, liberated Indian women” are being portrayed like never before. As I will be using this moniker a few times in this post, let’s abbreviate it to “SLIW”. Continue reading “Bollywood Stories: Introduction”