Wednesday, September 11, 2002

A Short Film About Love

Manisha's ruckus over Ek Chhotisi Love Story (K. Shashilal Nair's desi take on Kieslowski's A Short Film About Love {the film version of his Decalogue episode on the Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not commit adultery}. Ms. Koirala also allegedly gave the word for the ever-ready-for-needless-vandalism Shiv Sainiks to attack theatres that had dared to screen the film. To cut a long diatribe short, the censor board is dead, anarchy rules in Bollywood. The quality of sources that our directors convolute into formulaic entertainment is quite impressive, but clearly the wrong guys are taking the wrong hints from the right movies.


James Berardinelli's reviews of Decalogue and A Short Film About Love

Subhash K. Jha's positive review of the film

Deepa Gahlot takes the film (and especially Manisha) to task ... and gets rebuttals that resemble spam for the most part.

Needless to say the Shiv Sena and their aging toothless tiger Bal Thackeray have decided to take a sniff at this hot pie... .Thackeray is all set to watch the film, while Aditya Sheel, the child protagonist of the film, has given it a thumbs up

And just to add some credibility to information about the source of the film... {TOI}

Jessica Choksi is to Manisha Koirala what Shelley Michelle was to Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

Down memory lane

Taking a cue from this controversy, Subhash K. Jha looks back at 10 famous "controversial" films. Some of these are quite tame compared to the family fare dished out today.

On a brighter note, Bollywood music director Vishal Bhardwaj has been working on his directorial début Makdee (Spider's Web) starring Shabana Azmi. The film has been selected for a special 'Spotlight on India' at Cannes later this year. Great going. Hope it dilutes the opulent saccharine pudding that was called Devdas.

On an even brighter note, 3-time National Award winner and B-movie baadshah Mithun Chakraborty is set to appear as a desi Robin Hood in a film called Qatl-e-Aam. {source: TOI}

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