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Post by Lonewolf2003 » March 31st, 2020, 9:40 am

OldAle1 wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 6:42 pm
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1. Talaash (Reema Kagti, 2012)
2.Prem Sanyas / The Light of Asia (Franz Osten/Himanshu Rai, 1925)
3. Shiraz (Franz Osten, 1928)
4. Acchut Kanya / Untouchable Girl (Franz Osten, 1936)
5. 3 Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani, 2009)
6. Devdas (P.C. Barua, 1936)
7. Enthiran / Robot (S. Shankar, 2010)
8. Baazi / High Stakes (Guru Dutt, 1951)
9. Talvar / Guilty (Meghna Gulzar, 2015)
10. Do Bigha Zamin / Two Acres of Land (Bimal Roy, 1953)
11. Nagarik / The Citizen (Ritwik Ghatak, 1952)
12. Ajantrik / Pathetic Fallacy (Ritwik Ghatak, 1958)
13. Meghe Dhaka Tara / The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak, 1960)
14. Taare Zameen Par / Like Stars on Earth (Aamir Khan/Amole Gupta, 2007)
15. Andhadhum / The Blind Melody (Sriram Raghavan, 2018)
16. Komal Gandhar / A Soft Note on a Sharp Scale (Ritwik Ghatak, 1961)
17. Titas Ekti Nodir Naam / A River Called Titas (Ritwik Ghatak, 1973)
18. Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo / Reason, Debate and a Story (Ritwik Ghatak, 1974)
19. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (Mira Nair, 1996, USA/INDIA /UK/Japan/Germany)
20. Raja Harishchandra (Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, 1913) + extras
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Post by 72aicm » March 31st, 2020, 9:44 am

No more movies from me this challenge. Thanks for hosting maxwelldeux.

Take care. :cheers:

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Post by cinephage » March 31st, 2020, 9:52 am

09. Kaagaz Ke Phool, by Guru Dutt (1959) 7,5/10

Nicely directed. I'm not too sure about the characters' motivation, though...
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01. Drishyam, by Nishikant Kamat (2015) 7/10 - India
02. Ankur, by Shyam Benegal (1974) 7,5/10 - India
03. Happy New Year, by Farah Kahn (2014) 7/10 - India
04. Mahapurush, by Satyajit Ray (1965) 7/10 - India
05. City of God, by Lijo Jose Pellissery (2011) 7,5/10 - India
06. Do Bigha Zamin, by Bimal Roy (1953) 8/10 - India
07. Roja, by Mani Ratnam (1992) 7/10 - India
08. Jagte Raho, by Amit Mitra & Sombhu Mitra (1952) 7,5/10 - India

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Post by OldAle1 » March 31st, 2020, 1:43 pm

All films from INDIA unless o/w noted.
Carefully Curry-ated CinemaShow
1. Talaash (Reema Kagti, 2012)
2.Prem Sanyas / The Light of Asia (Franz Osten/Himanshu Rai, 1925)
3. Shiraz (Franz Osten, 1928)
4. Acchut Kanya / Untouchable Girl (Franz Osten, 1936)
5. 3 Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani, 2009)
6. Devdas (P.C. Barua, 1936)
7. Enthiran / Robot (S. Shankar, 2010)
8. Baazi / High Stakes (Guru Dutt, 1951)
9. Talvar / Guilty (Meghna Gulzar, 2015)
10. Do Bigha Zamin / Two Acres of Land (Bimal Roy, 1953)
11. Nagarik / The Citizen (Ritwik Ghatak, 1952)
12. Ajantrik / Pathetic Fallacy (Ritwik Ghatak, 1958)
13. Meghe Dhaka Tara / The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak, 1960)
14. Taare Zameen Par / Like Stars on Earth (Aamir Khan/Amole Gupta, 2007)
15. Andhadhum / The Blind Melody (Sriram Raghavan, 2018)
16. Komal Gandhar / A Soft Note on a Sharp Scale (Ritwik Ghatak, 1961)
17. Titas Ekti Nodir Naam / A River Called Titas (Ritwik Ghatak, 1973)
18. Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo / Reason, Debate and a Story (Ritwik Ghatak, 1974)
19. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (Mira Nair, 1996, USA/INDIA /UK/Japan/Germany)
20. Raja Harishchandra (Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, 1913) + extras
21. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955) (re-watch)
22. Aparajito (Satyajit Ray, 1956) (re-watch)
23. Apur Sansar (Satyajit Ray, 1959) (re-watch)
24. Parash Pathar / The Philosopher's Stone (Satyajit Ray, 1958)
25. Jalsaghar / The Music Room (Satyajit Ray, 1958) (re-watch)
26. Devi (Satyajit Ray, 1960) (re-watch)
27. Teen Kanya / Three Daughters (Satyajit Ray, 1961) (part re-watch)
28. Rabindranath Tagore (Satyajit Ray, 1961)
29. Khuda Gawah / God is My Witness (Mukul Anand, 1992)
30. Kanchenjungha (Satyajit Ray, 1962)
31. Abhijian / The Expedition (Satyajit Ray, 1962)
32. Mahanagar / The Big City (Satyajit Ray, 1963) (re-watch)
33. Tees Maar Khan (Farah Khan, 2010)

OK so this one has a 2.5 rating on IMDb - perfect for the low ratings challenge in a few months if you're reading this. And that's where it belongs; while I trust IMDb ratings for contemporary Bollywood films even less than I do for most films, sometimes they're on the money. This is an absolutely unbearable crime-comedy about India's most notorious criminal (the name is the title) planning a train robbery in some small town dump while pretending to make a movie starring his girlfriend and one of India's biggest stars who he's suckered into believing will be up for an Oscar for it. This is obviously trying to satirize Bollywood but it's so broad and frenetic (a positive in some ways - it's only just over 2 hours long) that the jokes all fall flat or just zip by too quickly, at least for someone who's not that in up on the industry. But given the across-the-board hatred for this film it seems even Indians who love their pop films aren't impressed. This fits almost every negative stereotype most of us probably have about Bollywood - I mean this picture pretty much says it all

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The whole film ultimately seems thrown together just to showcase the very repetitive music and the mugging and sexy dancing respectively of stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. Oh and there's some rather irritating gay stereotyping going on though at the end of the film it's not clear if it's meant to be positive or negative - it comes across poorly to me but I get the sense that the filmmakers might have thought they were being progressive. Anyway, complete garbage.

34. 36 Chowringhee Lane (Aparna Sen, 1981)

Sen's first film as writer/director is a bleak, depressing story of a 60ish Anglo-Indian teacher (Jennifer Kendall) at an English-language girls' school in Calcutta, reflecting back on her memories of a lost love in WWII, family that have moved on and left her, etc, all while transitioning from teaching her beloved Shakespeare to the "less stressful" grammar that her new principal thinks will suit her better. Her only real joy besides Shakespeare (which her students don't seem to care much about) is her cat, and she lives a life of isolation until a chance run-in with an ex-student brings her a brief friendship with the student and her writer fiancee. Her diabetic older brother is dying, and the one other family member she's close to, a niece, has moved far away and invites her to move also, but this friendship with these young people seems to give her a new lease on life...for a little while. A really gloomy story about getting old and being alone, this hit me pretty hard; it's a really solid film but probably not something I'd have watched right now had I bothered to read up on the plot.

35. Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (Reema Kagti, 2007)

I watched Kagti's later noirish crime film Talaash earlier this month and liked it a fair amount, so this rom-com (so it looks like from the ads and such anyway) had some appeal. It's a bit different than what I expected, ultimately being more dramatic and less funny, and I'd say drama with romantic-and-weird elements would be a better descriptor. The weird elements are what make it fairly enjoyable to me - we have a bunch of couples on a bus going to Goa for their honeymoons, and by the end of the film two of the men are starting to acknowledge their attraction to each other (pretty progressive for India at the time I'm guessing), one of the women has shown herself to be an expert martial artist, and another couple turn out to be superheroes. I guess for some this stuff might undercut the more dramatic elements about how couples get together or stay together (one pair are middle aged and have been together for years) but to me it made for an interesting melange of realism and fantasy. No great shakes at all but pretty watchable, with only a couple of song/dance numbers and a run time of just over 2 hours.

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#205

Post by Traveller » March 31st, 2020, 2:41 pm

42. Anuradha (1960, India) - 6/10

Not sure if i'll squeeze in one more tonight, so thanks for hosting, max. :cheers:
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Post by Lonewolf2003 » March 31st, 2020, 3:24 pm

Now this is almost over: Don't forget to vote in the South Asia poll ;)

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Post by jdidaco » March 31st, 2020, 4:57 pm

(Screenshot from 'Wisdom Tree'),

A collection of shorts,

18-20. Forms and Designs (Mani Kaul, 1968) 7/10 (10 min), On the Move (S.N.S. Sastry, 1970) 8/10 (32 min), The Inner Eye (Satyajit Ray, 1972) 8/10 (22 min), Flashback (S.N.S. Sastry, 1974) 7.5/10 (21 min), Puppeteers of Rajasthan (Mani Kaul, 1974) 8/10 (19 min), Man in Search of Man (Prem Vaidya, 1974) 7/10 (16 min), Wisdom Tree (Rajan Khosa, 1986) 9/10 (30 min), Video Game (Vipin Vijay, 2006) 8/10 (30 min) (Total: 180 min) (8xIndia)

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That's it for me, thanks again for hosting, max.

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1. Jago Hua Savera (The Day Shall Dawn, A.J. Kardar, 1959) 9/10 (Bangladesh)
2. Shakespeare-Wallah (James Ivory, 1965) 8/10 (India)
3. Golu hadawatha (Silence of the Heart, Lester James Peries, 1969) 8/10 (Sri Lanka)
4. Samskara (Funeral Rites, Pattabhi Rama Reddy, 1970) 10/10 (India)
5. Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo (Reason, Debate and a Story, Ritwik Ghatak, 1974) 8/10 (India)
6. Towers of Silence (Jamil Dehlavi, 1975) 8/10 (Pakistan)
7. Bambaru Avith (The Wasps Are Here, Darmasena Pathiraja 1977) 9/10 (Sri Lanka)
8. The Blood of Hussain (Jamil Dehlavi, 1980) 8.5/10 (Pakistan)
9. Bagh Bahadur (The Tiger Dancer, Buddhadev Dasgupta, 1989) 8.5/10 (India)
10. Uttara (The Wrestlers, Buddhadev Dasgupta, 2000) 8/10 (India)
11. Streer Patra (Letter from the Wife, Purnendu Pattrea, 1972) 9/10 (India)
12. Nirmalyam (The Offering, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, 1973) 9/10 (India)
13. Uttarayanam (Throne of Capricorn, Govindan Aravindan, 1974) 8.5/10 (India)
14. Cheriyachante Kroora Krithyangal (The Evil Deeds of Cheriyachan, John Abraham, 1979) 8/10 (India)
15. Khayal Gatha (The Saga of Khayal, Kumar Shahani, 1989) 10/10 (India)
16. Nazar (The Gaze, Mani Kaul, 1990) 8/10 (India)
17. Chaka (The Wheel, Morshedul Islam, 1993) 9/10 (Bangladesh)

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Post by Mario Gaborović » March 31st, 2020, 5:13 pm

41. Bambaru Avith (1977) - Sri Lanka
42. Jalsaghar (1958) - India
43. Lanka Dahan (1917) + Shri Krishna Janma (1918) + Bhakta Pralhad (1926) + And I Make Short Films (1968) + Blue Film (2015) + Crony (2017) - India
44. Dhrupad (1983) - India

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1. Salaam Bombay! (1988) - India
2. Subarnarekha (1965) - India
3. I am Twenty (1967) + On the Move (1970) + Little Terrorist (2004) - India
4. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) - India
5. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994) - India
6. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) - India
7. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) - India
8. Seto Surya (2016) - Nepal
9. Black Friday (2004) - India
10. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) - India
11. Dangal (2016) - India
12. Waar (2013) - Pakistan
13. Pura Handa Kaluwara (1997) - Sri Lanka
14. The Red Phallus (2018) - Bhutan
15. Aparajito (1956) - India
16. 3 Idiots (2009) - India
17. Apur Sansar (1959) - India
18. Lalsalu (2001) - Bangladesh
19. Stop Genocide (1971) + Agami (1984) + Murgi Keno Mutant (2011) + The Last SMS (2017) - Bangladesh
20. Emeehun (2017)* - Maldives + The Inner Eye (1972) + Bala (1976) - India
21. Rang De Basanti (2006) - India
22. Kittonkhola (2000) - Bangladesh
23. Hera Pheri (2000) - India
24. Mother India (1957) - India
25. Satya (1998) - India
26. Before My Eyes (1989) + Figures of Thought (1990) + Echo of Eco (2009) - India
27. PK (2014) - India
28. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) - India
29. Taare Zameen Par (2007) - India
30. The Blood of Hussain (1980) - Pakistan
31. Pyaasa (1957) - India
32. Kaliya Mardan (1919) - India
33. Prem Sanyas (1925) - India
34. Black (2005) - India
35. Third Person Singular Number (2009) - Bangladesh
36. Rabindranath Tagore (1961) - India
37. Achhut Kanya (1936) - India
38. Pukar (1939) - India
39. Devdas (1936) - India
40. Pashupati Prasad (2016) - Nepal

* not on IMDb

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Post by nimimerkillinen » April 1st, 2020, 3:38 am

1. Aparajito (1956, India)
2. Apu Sansar (1959, India)

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Post by sebby » April 1st, 2020, 7:26 am

01 Distant Thunder (1973) INDIA
02 The Adversary (1970) INDIA
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Post by Mario Gaborović » April 1st, 2020, 9:09 am

45. Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (2016) - Bhutan

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1. Salaam Bombay! (1988) - India
2. Subarnarekha (1965) - India
3. I am Twenty (1967) + On the Move (1970) + Little Terrorist (2004) - India
4. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) - India
5. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994) - India
6. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) - India
7. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) - India
8. Seto Surya (2016) - Nepal
9. Black Friday (2004) - India
10. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) - India
11. Dangal (2016) - India
12. Waar (2013) - Pakistan
13. Pura Handa Kaluwara (1997) - Sri Lanka
14. The Red Phallus (2018) - Bhutan
15. Aparajito (1956) - India
16. 3 Idiots (2009) - India
17. Apur Sansar (1959) - India
18. Lalsalu (2001) - Bangladesh
19. Stop Genocide (1971) + Agami (1984) + Murgi Keno Mutant (2011) + The Last SMS (2017) - Bangladesh
20. Emeehun (2017)* - Maldives + The Inner Eye (1972) + Bala (1976) - India
21. Rang De Basanti (2006) - India
22. Kittonkhola (2000) - Bangladesh
23. Hera Pheri (2000) - India
24. Mother India (1957) - India
25. Satya (1998) - India
26. Before My Eyes (1989) + Figures of Thought (1990) + Echo of Eco (2009) - India
27. PK (2014) - India
28. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) - India
29. Taare Zameen Par (2007) - India
30. The Blood of Hussain (1980) - Pakistan
31. Pyaasa (1957) - India
32. Kaliya Mardan (1919) - India
33. Prem Sanyas (1925) - India
34. Black (2005) - India
35. Third Person Singular Number (2009) - Bangladesh
36. Rabindranath Tagore (1961) - India
37. Achhut Kanya (1936) - India
38. Pukar (1939) - India
39. Devdas (1936) - India
40. Pashupati Prasad (2016) - Nepal
41. Bambaru Avith (1977) - Sri Lanka
42. Jalsaghar (1958) - India
43. Lanka Dahan (1917) + Shri Krishna Janma (1918) + Bhakta Pralhad (1926) + And I Make Short Films (1968) + Blue Film (2015) + Crony (2017) - India
44. Dhrupad (1983) - India

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » April 1st, 2020, 12:14 pm

(Screenshots from 'Malliswari' and 'Amar Prem')

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51. 'Malliswari' / 1951, B.N. Reddi / 10/10 / India
52. 'Missamma' / 1955, L.V. Prasad / 8/10 / India
53. 'Bhranti Bilas' / 1963, Manu Sen / 9/10 / India
54. 'Nayak' / 1966, Satyajit Ray / 10/10 / India
55. 'Amar Prem' / 1972, Shakti Samanta / 9/10 / India
56. 'Achanak' / 1973, Gulzar / 8/10 / India
57. 'Jaag Utha Insan' / 1984, K. Viswanath / 6.5 or 7/10 / India
58. 'Shool' / 1999, Eeshwar Nivas / 6 or 6.5/10 / India

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Thank you for hosting, Max! This proved to be one of my very favourite challenges. I still have so many goodies left unwatched in my TV planner, so I hope this challenge might return again sometime soon.

:cheers:
That's all, folks!

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Post by flavo5000 » April 1st, 2020, 12:35 pm

My last update of the challenge! Thanks max for hosting! So at the end of the day, I did end up finding some solid Indian movies while also reaffirming the stereotypes I had pre-conceived.

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61. Kites (2010)
Stylishly executed but pretty shallow plot-wise, this one follows a romance on the run plot. The cinematography was quite good and the setting in Mexico was a refreshing change of pace, but the characters just felt a little too thin to pull this off well.

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62. Tumbbad (2018)
This was a pleasant surprise actually. This moody, beautifully shot horror film is an otherworldly tale of a temple built in honor of Hastar, a spurned child of a goddess whose greed cursed and twisted it and the people who try to take advantage of Hastar's avarice. This was probably the best of the Indian horror movies I've seen this month with its sumptuous cinematography, surprisingly good creature effects, and doom-laden tone.

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63. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994)
Ugh... I should've stopped at Tumbbad. Instead I end the challenge on this annoying, ridiculously long comedic melodrama musical that feels even longer than its 3h 15min runtime. I mean, I love watching people sing and throw pillows around hot potato-style as much as the next person, but watching it for what felt like over twenty minutes seems excessive.
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1. Mahanagar a.k.a. The Big City (India, 1963)
2. Kapurush a.k.a. The Coward (India, 1965)
3. Ghost Stories (India, 2020)
4. My Name Is Khan (India, 2010)
5. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
6. Fakira (1976)
7. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 (2012)
8. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2 (2012)
9. Ghare-Baire a.k.a. The Home and the World (1984)
10. James Bond 777 (1971)
11. Khuda Gawah (1992)
12. Agneepath (2012)
13. Baabarr (2009)
14. Bahubali: The Beginning (2015)
15. Dhoom:2 (2006)
16. Zhigrana (2015)
17. King Uncle (India, 1993)
18. Zinda Laash a.k.a. Dracula in Pakistan (Pakistan, 1967)
19. Don (India, 1978)
20. Village Rockstars (India, 2017)
21. Kahaani (India, 2012)
22. Guide (India, 1965)
23. Ganashatru a.k.a. An Enemy of the People (1989)
24. 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)
25. A Death in the Gunj (2016)
26. Raja Harishchandra (1913)
27. Talaash (2012)
28. Haunted - 3D (2011)
29. Pizza (2012)
30. Pistolwali (1972)
31. Satte Pe Satta (1982)
32. 1920: Evil Returns (2012)
33. Black (2005)
34. Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola (2013)
35. Ardh Satya (1983)
36. Charulata (1964)
37. Agantuk a.k.a. The Stranger (1991)
38. Bhoot (2003)
39. Chhal (2002)
40. Bhuvan Shome (1969)
41. Mera Naam Joker (1970)
42. Bhoot Bungla (1965)
43. Uski Roti a.k.a. Our Daily Bread (1970)
44. Arth (1982)
45. The Burning Train (1980)
46. Rann (2010)
47. Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
48. Before the Rains (2007)
49. Darna Mana Hai (2003)
50. Anand (1971)
51. Guru (2007)
52. Footpath (2003)
53. Calcutta Mail (2003)
54. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
55. Haider (2014)
56. Shree 420 (1955)
57. Water (2005)
58. Do Dooni Chaar (2010)
59. Shor in the City (2010)
60. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
61. Kites (2010)
62. Tumbbad (2018)
63. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994)

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » April 1st, 2020, 12:44 pm

Congrats on the win, flavo! Nice viewings; I've very much enjoyed following your progress and doing my best to stay on your coat-tails!

I had quite a lot of fun with 'Kites' when I watched it last year. Very high octane and visually a treat with all the stunts and so on and quite funny in spots as well. Pleasant leads, if a bit shallow and self-consciously fashionable. Nice to see that you caught it and at least got something out of it.
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Post by blocho » April 1st, 2020, 1:07 pm

62. Tumbbad (2018)
This was a pleasant surprise actually. This moody, beautifully shot horror film is an otherworldly tale of a temple built in honor of Hastar, a spurned child of a goddess whose greed cursed and twisted it and the people who try to take advantage of Hastar's avarice. This was probably the best of the Indian horror movies I've seen this month with its sumptuous cinematography, surprisingly good creature effects, and doom-laden tone.
I liked this one too. Done by the same guy who did Ship of Theseus.

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Post by OldAle1 » April 1st, 2020, 2:22 pm

All films from INDIA unless o/w noted.
Carefully Curry-ated CinemaShow
1. Talaash (Reema Kagti, 2012)
2.Prem Sanyas / The Light of Asia (Franz Osten/Himanshu Rai, 1925)
3. Shiraz (Franz Osten, 1928)
4. Acchut Kanya / Untouchable Girl (Franz Osten, 1936)
5. 3 Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani, 2009)
6. Devdas (P.C. Barua, 1936)
7. Enthiran / Robot (S. Shankar, 2010)
8. Baazi / High Stakes (Guru Dutt, 1951)
9. Talvar / Guilty (Meghna Gulzar, 2015)
10. Do Bigha Zamin / Two Acres of Land (Bimal Roy, 1953)
11. Nagarik / The Citizen (Ritwik Ghatak, 1952)
12. Ajantrik / Pathetic Fallacy (Ritwik Ghatak, 1958)
13. Meghe Dhaka Tara / The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak, 1960)
14. Taare Zameen Par / Like Stars on Earth (Aamir Khan/Amole Gupta, 2007)
15. Andhadhum / The Blind Melody (Sriram Raghavan, 2018)
16. Komal Gandhar / A Soft Note on a Sharp Scale (Ritwik Ghatak, 1961)
17. Titas Ekti Nodir Naam / A River Called Titas (Ritwik Ghatak, 1973)
18. Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo / Reason, Debate and a Story (Ritwik Ghatak, 1974)
19. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (Mira Nair, 1996, USA/INDIA /UK/Japan/Germany)
20. Raja Harishchandra (Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, 1913) + extras
21. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955) (re-watch)
22. Aparajito (Satyajit Ray, 1956) (re-watch)
23. Apur Sansar (Satyajit Ray, 1959) (re-watch)
24. Parash Pathar / The Philosopher's Stone (Satyajit Ray, 1958)
25. Jalsaghar / The Music Room (Satyajit Ray, 1958) (re-watch)
26. Devi (Satyajit Ray, 1960) (re-watch)
27. Teen Kanya / Three Daughters (Satyajit Ray, 1961) (part re-watch)
28. Rabindranath Tagore (Satyajit Ray, 1961)
29. Khuda Gawah / God is My Witness (Mukul Anand, 1992)
30. Kanchenjungha (Satyajit Ray, 1962)
31. Abhijian / The Expedition (Satyajit Ray, 1962)
32. Mahanagar / The Big City (Satyajit Ray, 1963) (re-watch)
33. Tees Maar Khan (Farah Khan, 2010)
34. 36 Chowringhee Lane (Aparna Sen, 1981)
35. Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (Reema Kagti, 2007)
36. Yugant / What the Sea Said (Aparna Sen, 1995)

A difficult film to parse in large part because of inadequate subtitles - and the rather weak, soft low-res video image didn't do it many favors either. A middle-aged married, childless couple who live apart are reuniting for a vacation on the sea, and their memories of younger, sometimes better days together and with the ultimately unfilled promise of children come to the fore. She is a dancer who becomes the owner of a dance studio; he's a writer who eventually works for an advertising agency, selling things like toothpaste, and one of the themes that is strong throughout is the idea of living with passion and being true to yourself... or giving in to the world and monetary reality, and we see shifts between the two characters over their lives and the film. But the really problematic element is an underlying environmental theme that doesn't seem to mesh that well with the rest of the story (though it's of paramount importance at the very end); without having good subs, and perhaps missing footage (the copy I have ran just over 2 hours but the listed run time is 135), I'm really not sure if this is something that isn't well handled by Sen or not. So a mixed bag in the end, an interesting film that I liked more and more as it went on but clearly something that needs to be seen properly, if I ever get the chance.

37. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (Aparna Sen, 2002)

And here with the third Sen film, I hit gold, certainly in some part because this is the first one with an excellent image quality and subs (though most of it is in English). A fairly simple concept - Mrs. Iyer is a young wife travelling with her infant son on a bus through Kashmir when conflict breaks out, and "Mr. Iyer" is the young man who steps in to help her out when she's having problems feeding the kid and keeping him quiet. This is one of the few films I've seen dealing quite explicitly with India's sectarian problems (apart from Ghatak's films about the partitioning of Pakistan/Bangladesh anyway), and it shows in some detail linguistic, religious, ethnic and class problems without feeling preachy or overtly schematic. Most of the characters on the bus are Hindu, and so when they pass through an area with clashes between Hindus and Muslims they are relieved when it is the Hindu militia that stops them... except for an old couple who cannot hide their identity. What's really nice about this is that there is no false heroism - or false cowardice - and while there is a bit of a sense of romance developing between the ultimately mismatched couple, this too does not end up the way it typically would in Holly/Bollywood. And yet it's a very compelling slice of life, of modern problems everywhere where there are multiple identity groups competing for the same resources, land, or political power --- and ultimately affecting everybody in those groups on a personal level, whether they are politically-minded or not.

That's it for me. I really hoped to see more for this challenge but a mid-month bout of listlessness definitely killed my chances of hitting 45-50, my original goal. Oh well, it turned out to be greatly enjoyable in any case, and I'm sure I will be continuing with at least a few Indian films that fit either the 50s or DTC challenge in April.

Top new watches for me:

1. Meghe Dhaka Tara
2. Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo
3. Khuda Gawah
4. Talvar
5. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
6. Ajantrik
7. Enthiran

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Post by AssonFire » April 1st, 2020, 2:37 pm

Thanks for running this, maxwell. Final list (top views in red):

1. Uttarayanam (Govindan Aravindan / 1974 / India)
2. Mani Muzhakkam (P.A. Backer / 1977 / India)
3. Dooratwa (Buddhadev Dasgupta / 1979 / India)
4. Before the Rains (Santosh Sivan / 2007 / India)
5. Garm Hava (M. S. Sathyu / 1973 / India)
6. Boatman (Gianfranco Rosi / 1993 / India)
7. Jinnah (Jamil Dehlavi / 1998 / Pakistan)
8. Partition (Ken McMullen / 1987 / UK)*
9. Death on a Full Moon Day (Prasanna Vithanage / 2001 / Sri Lanka)
10. Village in the Jungle (Lester James Peries / 1980 / Sri Lanka)
11. Om Dar-B-Dar (Kamal Swaroop / 1988 / India)
12. Altar of Fire (Robert Gardner / 1976 / USA)*
13. Midnight's Children (Deepa Mehta, 2012 / Canada / UK)*
14. A Wednesday (Neeraj Pandey / 2008 / India)
15. Uttara (Buddhadev Dasgupta / 2000 / India)
16. Sikkim (Satyajit Ray / 1971 / India)
17. Ram ke Naam (Anand Patwardhan / 1992 / India)
18. The Morning Breeze (Saeed Akhtar Mirza / 1995 / India)
19. Arrival (Mani Kaul / 1980 / India) + Before My Eyes (Mani Kaul / 1989 / India) + The Cloud Door (Mani Kaul / 1994 / India)
20. The Seer Who Walks Alone (Govindan Aravindan / 1985 / India)
21. Dor (Nagesh Kukunoor / 2006 / India)
22. Saving Face (Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy / 2012 / USA, Pakistan)
23. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy / 2015 / USA, Pakistan)
24. A Death in the Gunj (Konkona Sen Sharma / 2016 / India)
25. India's Daughter (Leslee Udwin / 2015 / UK, India)

*Non-South Asian productions but all based in South Asia, featuring majority South Asian characters and subjects.

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Post by ororama » April 1st, 2020, 6:46 pm

2. The Warrior (2001) * 87 min. (India)
3. Salaam Bombay! (1988) * 114 min. (India)
4. Bachpan: The Girl (2014) * 8 min. (India)
Chandrabindu (2015) * 15 min. (India)
Garden of Bones (2015) * 10 min. (Sri Lanka)
Chasni-The Sugar Syrup (2014) * 5 min. (India)
The Cage Bird (2012) * 14 min. (Bangladesh)
Biryani (2018) * 20 min. (India)

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1. Purana Mandir (1984) * 144 min.  (India)

*First time viewing.

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Post by hurluberlu » April 1st, 2020, 7:56 pm

6. Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair, 1988) [India] 6
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Post by maxwelldeux » April 1st, 2020, 11:55 pm

OP is up to date as of this post... please review for accuracy and let me know if you see any errors. I'll post a final update this weekend.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » April 2nd, 2020, 10:26 am

Didn't blueboybob score 43 ? :unsure:

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Post by flavo5000 » April 2nd, 2020, 12:42 pm

blocho wrote:
April 1st, 2020, 1:07 pm
62. Tumbbad (2018)
This was a pleasant surprise actually. This moody, beautifully shot horror film is an otherworldly tale of a temple built in honor of Hastar, a spurned child of a goddess whose greed cursed and twisted it and the people who try to take advantage of Hastar's avarice. This was probably the best of the Indian horror movies I've seen this month with its sumptuous cinematography, surprisingly good creature effects, and doom-laden tone.
I liked this one too. Done by the same guy who did Ship of Theseus.
Yea, I've had Ship of Theseus on my list to watch too. Just wasn't able to get to it this month. But if Tumbbad is any indication, I'll need to check it out sooner rather than later.

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Post by flavo5000 » April 2nd, 2020, 12:44 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
April 1st, 2020, 12:44 pm
Congrats on the win, flavo! Nice viewings; I've very much enjoyed following your progress and doing my best to stay on your coat-tails!

I had quite a lot of fun with 'Kites' when I watched it last year. Very high octane and visually a treat with all the stunts and so on and quite funny in spots as well. Pleasant leads, if a bit shallow and self-consciously fashionable. Nice to see that you caught it and at least got something out of it.
Thanks! I feel like I accomplished my goal this month of digging into Indian cinema more to find things of merit.

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Post by maxwelldeux » April 2nd, 2020, 2:53 pm

Mario Gaborović wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 10:26 am
Didn't blueboybob score 43 ? :unsure:
I would appear so... fixed. THanks!

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Post by maxwelldeux » April 4th, 2020, 6:10 pm

Congrats flavo on the win! A couple stats:

Rank Participant Count
1 India 398
2 Sri Lanka 17
3 Pakistan 11
4 Bangladesh 9
5 Bhutan 7
6 Nepal 5
7 Maldives 1


Participant Count
1910 7
1920 6
1930 9
1940 4
1950 55
1960 67
1970 72
1980 58
1990 45
2000 57
2010 63
2020 1


Participant Count
Salaam Bombay! 5
Rabindranath Tagore 4
Devdas 4
Village Rockstars 4
3 Idiots 4
something 4
Samskara 4
Aparajito 4
The Red Phallus 3
Duvidha 3
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro 3
Pukar 3
Raja Harishchandra 3
Prem Sanyas 3
Jago hua savera 3
Apur Sansar 3
Dweepa 3
Mughal-E-Azam 3
Distant Thunder 3
Titas Ekti Nodir Naam 3
Awaara 3
Anuradha 3
Ankur 3
Nirmalyam 3
Kaliya Mardan 3
Death on a Full Moon Day 2
Figures of Thought 2
Apu Sansar 2
Komal Gandhar 2
Do Bigha Zamin 2
Khuda Gawah 2
Bagh Bahadur 2
Khayal Gatha 2
Garm Hava 2
36 Chowringhee Lane 2
On the Move 2
Talaash 2
The Inner Eye 2
Kanchana Sita 2
Bandini 2
Taare Zameen Par 2
Mahanagar 2
Uttarayanam 2
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India 2
Anand 2
Gamperaliya 2
Achhut Kanya 2
Earth 2
Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje 2
Travelers and Magicians 2
Jagte Raho 2
Do Ankhen Barah Haath 2
Satya 2
Marupakkam 2
Pather Panchali 2
Before the Rains 2
I am Twenty 2
Bambaru Avith 2
Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! 2
Baahubali: The Beginning 2
Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai 2
Madhumati 2
Guide 2
Lalsalu 2
Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne 2
Ghatashraddha 2
Andhadhun 2
Kaagaz Ke Phool 2
Amma Ariyan 2
Junglee 2
A Death in the Gunj 2
Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo 2
Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters 2

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