If any of my followers are interested in watching a bollywood movie and have Netflix, here are some of the best ones available:
• Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
• Band Baaja Baaraat
• Chak de India
• Hasee toh Phasee
• Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
• Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
• Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania
• Kal Ho Naa Ho
• Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
• Hum Aapke Hain Koun
• Bang Bang!
• Rab Ne Bana di Jodi
• Hum Saath Saath Hain
• Dum Laga ke Haisha
• Maine Pyar Kiya
• Mere Brother ki Dulhan
• Dil to Pagal Hai
• Jab Tak Hai Jaan
• Dhoom 2
• Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl
• Gulaab Gang
• Dedh Ishqiya
Malta June 11/12, 2017 Sun/Mon 12:17 am local time
Many wishes and reminders come from the Ef, in particular the archival chief Moses, for films having completed some years of release .. DEV, Mr Natwarlal, Te3N .. and I pay my respects to these films and the makers .. each film is a massive labour of love determination and belief .. a belief of the maker in what he wishes his creativity to express .. his thoughts, his thoughts thought by the mass and his thoughts thinking for the ultimate acceptance in its mirrored imagery ; the results of the box office ..
Thank you for the remembrance, for the joy of having seen them and for the extended love that is shown even to this day ..
But today is sent on platforms of social media a picture of ‘Saudagar’
A film made with great compassion by director Sudhendu Roy, who was really an art director for films .. designed sets and settings for the look of the film .. but he wished to direct the film and he did ..
The producers were the famous RajShri Production house, the Barjatia’s .. famous for making family oriented films, and successfully too … today’s generation would identify them with films like ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ and ‘Hum Apke Hain Kaun’ because of the presence of Salman and Madhuri and the massive successes these films had .. ‘Saudagar’ did not .. but it was acclaimed for its story value, written and taken from the story called ‘Ras’ as in juice, written by a famous Bengali writer ..
I did the film for two reasons .. one, I had no work and any that came was readily accepted .. and the second I shall not disclose ..
I admired the interest and detailing that the Producers took and the care they gave me despite the fact that I had no standing at all ..
Shot on location in Calcutta, on the out reaches where the business of the actual juice from the date palm is conducted .. and on a set put up at China Creek in Mumbai .. I have always wondered why it was ever called that .. it never seemed to bring any relation to either the country or the language .. but there ..
Calcutta, it was then Calcutta was a tough schedule .. up by 3 in the morning and on location by 4-5 am to be able to take those early sun shots in the best lights .. the location being some distance .. the climbing the palm trees was real and the atmosphere at shoot was filled with grave apprehension for me .. I never knew what I was doing and whether it was being done correctly, a concern that haunts me to date ; even here on the sets of ‘Thugs of Hindostan’.
Nutan ji a huge star and my colleague in the film was a dream .. admired by millions and now an opportunity to be in the same frame as her, simply unbelievable moments ..
She was a picture of grace and professionalism .. China Creek is a good 2 hours from the centre of the city, but she would be ready with make up and on set sharp at 7 am !! … beating everybody to it ..
It was a poignant story .. and had many hidden subtexts in its writing ..
Sudhendu Da was a very quiet, composed patient and calm individual .. never raising his voice and never showing any frustration or disappointment if he felt so .. his daughter now follows in her Father’s profession as set and art designer !
Nutan ji was dedicated and focussed all the time on the set .. Padma Khanna ji, my other colleague on the film, an I were more vocal .. we exchanged a lot of Uttar Pradesh together .. especially with her Mother, a delightful and most affable soul .. such are the memories of the times .. and those memories never fail .. nor did the make shift tent that I had carted along with me to the location to spend the warm hot afternoons in .. I had contemplated, seeing the punctuality of Nutan ji, to spend the night on location in that tent, but better sense prevailed and I did not ..
China Creek has been the location for a huge number of films .. for me several too .. Abhimaan, Great Gambler, Toofan and many others .. the Creek is vividly remembered for the GG shoot .. doing a chase sequence, .. patching work done in Amsterdam .. in a speed boat .. Shakti Samant the director sitting at the rear end of the boat and operating a hand held Arriflex camera, he operated the camera often, and me driving the boat at speed, hitting a wave, getting thrown about disbalanced, looking back to find Shakti Da, thrown in the water with the camera .. turning quickly back and around to rescue him .. the camera lies at the bottom of the creek .. he had to leave it or would have been pulled down in the water with its weight .. swimming with clothes and shoes on with a camera in hand is an impossibility ..