Sunday, June 05, 2011

Mere Paas CineMaa Hai

Please find a link to my article on the online magazine Spark. Their June issue was dedicated to the theme of cinema, so I wrote up this short essay on the influence of cinema on India. A thousand words is a small limit to work against, but I gave it an honest shot. Glad to have found this resource for online publication - they seem to be doing a very fine and sincere job with Spark.


Niranjan said...

Great post, and title! Strange how certain characters or dialogues outlive the movie - esp the villains (a word that one hardly hears outside of the context of bollywood). I was reminded the other day of this dialogue from an Ambrish Puri movie which goes - 'uparwala wrong ho saktha hain, lekin Dong kabhi wrong nahin hota'. kinda cheesy, I know, but its one of those things that sticks in your mind. He plays General Dong. I could have never guessed the name of the movie (had to google it up). But the dialogue persists.

Parth said...

@Niranjan: Thanks much! I think cheesy or not,some lines are representative of the brand of cinema at that time. I am suspecting you were thinking of the movie 'Tehelka'? Well, that's the 80s for you. On the other hand, Mughal-E-Azam has some of the finest dialogues written, which need to be appreciated by themselves and in context of the ambition and quality of those times.