Saturday, August 24, 2013

10 questions after Basu Bhattacharya's Anubhav

  1. Wouldn’t it have been fun if Amitabh Bachchan had played Shashi?
  2. Does Sanjeev Kumar begin to lose it at the end because he realises he’s being out-acted by Tanuja?
  3. Why don't we come up with more screenplays like this, in which adults get to act like adults?
  4. Don’t you just hate it when the only thing people can say about a film they like is “Oh, it has great songs”? 
  5. Did Nando Bhattacharya photograph anything else of note?
  6. Why is the sound sync so badly off?
  7. A homegrown reply to the new wave(s) of the 60s? (Read a related post by Jai Arjun Singh here)
  8. Could anything possibly be less appetising than Hangal giving Sanjeev Kumar a butt massage?
  9. “Mujhe Jaan Na Karo Meri Jaan” – best ever song shot on a balcony? Followed by “Door Kahin Jab Din Dhal Jaaye”?
  10. Did Vittorio De Sica’s Sunflower actually play in Bombay?


Jabberwock said...

Could anything possibly be less appetising than Hangal giving Sanjeev Kumar a butt massage?

I can think of a few things. Hangal (as acting teacher/mentor) telling the young SK "Tum actor bano - Hero mat bano", thereby ensuring that Hari-bhai never became either thing.

Also Hangal adopting the "psycho-technique" and projecting himself back billions of years into the primal soup to prepare for his role as the blind maulvi in Sholay.

a fan apart said...

SK's acting is a bit of a primordial soup as well. His absolute worst moment here is when he's saying "My wife? MY wife? My WIFE? MY WIFE?" to Dinesh Thakhur.

Jabberwock said...

I know! When that scene happened, my wife (who is normally quite sceptical about my thoughts on Sanjeev Kumar) spontaneously burst into a litany of "He's so bad! He's so, so bad!" And ironically, I was the one who was trying to find ways to defend his performance, because it seemed so over-the-top terrible I thought it had to be deliberate. Wondered if it was meant to be an explicitly detached, Brechtian moment (especially given that Brecht does come up in a conversation a little while before). But eventually I had to throw my hands up: he IS bad in that scene, period.