Saturday, March 31, 2012

Extension Khirkhee

At Khirkhee village, as part of a street art festival:




DL 2686


For some reason I find this very cool: jugaadu reuse of the back of a truck.

What does this say about the residents of Shahpur Jat?

Also, what are the ladders doing there? I'm sure no one would waste away such good ladders...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Roadside

जल मत किश्तों में आई हूँ
!!!!!
at Kotla Mubarakpur
This last week there was a huge drum abandoned in the parking lot near the office. So weird; whose is it? Where did it come from? Where will it go? Why wouldn't the owner give it to the kabaadiwala and get some cash for it????????

You can't see it in these pictures, but the skin stretched across it still has a very hairy texture. 




On the net

Ankhen, 1968
I absolutely love this poster. The typography, and the eyes, all four of them.

The movie's on youtube, and I'm just starting to watch it. Hope the title sequence is as awesome as it seems!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

From the weight of great men

Steps up to the Diwan-i-Khass/ Khass Mahal at the Red Fort.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Garam Dharam, and his many other roles.

When I think of Dharmendra, I think of a faded B-grade star who insists on wearing crappy clothes, an action man performer with sons -and daughters- much more annoying than him (and an exceedingly talented nephew). I mostly wonder at his family situation: how did he manage two wives so successfully?

I don't think of Dharmendra as an actor. It's somehow easy to overlook Sholay and Chupke Chupke as one-offs and conclude that his many more He-Man movies better define him. Maybe this is because I grew up in the 90s, long past his time and even more significantly, right after he made all these terrible films in the late 70s and 80s.

I certainly didn't consider him handsome. Then I saw Bandini sometime in 2008 and was blown away. He was just so good looking (sigh) and he could act! Of course, I'd seen other movies in which he was brilliant, but I never really considered his brilliance. He was just Dharmendra- so firmly cast in his Action King mould in my mind for such performances to make a dent. In Bandini his looks (how shallow does that make me sound?) surprised me so much that it also sort of woke me up to his real talents.

I am sorry to say that I soon got over my epiphany, helped in part by his ridiculous guest roles and performances in recent films, and, somehow by association, the even more ludicrous films starring his offspring.

This excellent article by Mukul Kesavan (via Jaberwock) shook me back to my senses. Dharmendra might have been laughable in his roles later on, but there is no denying his acting ability. Or his looks.