Films

Lessons for the Teacher

BADGER. Director: Rajshree Ojha. Producer Arati Misro. Players: Dhritiman Chaterji, Amol Mhatre, Don Ganguly. English. (American Film Institute.) For a short film, Badger is anything but small. As Ojha’s thesis offering for a degree from AFI, Badger packs more in its...
Proletariat Chic

Proletariat Chic

LAL SALAAM. Director: Gaganvihari Borate. Players: Nandita Das, Sharad Kapoor, Sayaji Shinde, Makrand Deshpande, Rajpal Yadav, Hemangini. Music: Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar. DVD, Hindi w/ Eng. Sub-titles. Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby (Samrat). In a vast country like India, at...
Summer of My Professor

Summer of My Professor

LEELA. Director: Somnath Sen. Players: Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna, Deepti Naval, Gulshan Grover, Amol Mhatre. Music: Jagjit Singh. Lyrics: Gulzar. English/Hindi. DVD (Cinebella) Leela moves like a well-paced television serial, which is good since television seri-als...
Rebel With a Soccer Cause

Rebel With a Soccer Cause

BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM. Director: Gurinder Chadha. Players: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Anupam Kher, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Indo-UK (DVD). English. 113 mins. Desi-Brit filmmaker Chadha has made a career out of serving up slices out of the daily lives of...
Actor by Accident, Director by Choice

Actor by Accident, Director by Choice

Photo: Rana Bose You may remember him as the dutiful, short-kurta-ed Ramprasad Dasharathprasad Sharma or the bold shirted Laxmanprasad Dasharathprasad alias Lucky Sharma from Golmaal; or call him Sanjay, the smiling hero from Rajnigandha; the shy Arun Pradeep from...
The L.A. Story

The L.A. Story

KAANTE . Director: Sanjay Gupta. Players: Sunjay Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Sunil Shetty, Mahesh Manjrekar, Kumar Gaurav, Lucky Ali, Malaika Arora. Hindi with English subtitles. Theatrical release (Media Partners). Hindi cinema’s detractors have fre-quently nosed-up...