Rajesh Khanna – the end of a legend!

The man who mesmerized women of all ages for almost a decade, got letters from them written their own blood, and caused mass hysteria wherever he went, Rajesh Khanna, is the subject of this documentary:

BBC reporter Jack Pizzey managed to get exceptional access to Rajesh Khanna and the result is this fascinating documentary – Rajesh Khanna – Bombay Superstar. Continue reading

Kishore Kumar – musical genius

It is the birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar, a day worth remembering for all lovers of music. Born 4th August 1929, Kishore was never a trained singer. His biopic mentions that he once got badly injured as a child, cried very loudly for several days, and that “opened” up his vocal chords! It is one of those injuries that changed Indian music forever! Continue reading

The Movie That Moved Me

A star at the top of his game, Rajesh Khanna, paired with a man who would become the greatest stars in Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan, combined to make this one a wonderful experience.

What is life all about? Is it a life lived long or a life lived well? A man with a terminal disease spreads joy around him, changing lives wherever he goes. His joy in life itself draws everyone to him. Strangers become his best friends, and those close to him learn much about themselves. The music in the film is haunting, and ever-fresh.

Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, one of India's iconic directors, this one is for the ages.

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Main hoon, raasta hai, woh ho ya na ho….

The best road songs!

You get in the car or get ready to board a plane and there is this flashback moment. You hurriedly search for just the right song to play on your iPOD as you travel! Here are some of my favorites:

Pukarta chala hoon main (Mere Sanam)! Forget that Biswajit is just a footnote in Hindi film history now, this is THE quintessential road song, an avenue of tall trees (poplars?), the girls on bikes, the guy in an open jeep:

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