The remaining part of my A to Z list 🙂
N-Naya Daur–A ground-breaking movie in more ways than one , and one that is still relevant after more than half a century.
O– Omkara by Vishal Bharadwaj is based on Shakespeare’s Othello and set in rural Western UP. If you don’t mind too much the cuss words that fly thick and fast, you will like this. I did. Cast includes Saif Ali Khan, Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma.
P–12, Park Street–This not very well-known movie by Aparna Sen is about a schizophrenic woman and the alternate world she is trapped in, while poignantly portraying the despair of her elder sister who has devoted her life to caring for her. Starring Shabana Azmi and Konkona Sen Sharma.
Another P–Provoked–This is an excellent film by Jugmohan Mundhra on the real-life story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia who kills her violent husband. Features Aishwarya Rai who puts her heart and soul into the role.
Q–I could only think of two Q movies–Qurbani and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. The former was insufferable. The latter, thankfully, was good eno0ugh to make it here 😉 QSQT was a realistic and (for want of a better word) dignified romance movie that came like a breath of fresh air in the trashy eighties.
R–Raincoat–Starring Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgan, this movie by Rituparno Ghosh is an adaptation of a short story by O Henry. Two former lovers happen to meet again and both are forced to have a moment of truth.
S- Sholay– The ultimate masala movie. Brilliant cast, excellent performances by one and all, super-tight editing so that not one second of it appears superfluous. And violence was mostly suggested, not shown–for a bandit movie, it was remarkable how little of gore there was on display.
T-Taare Zameen Par–But of course! Beautiful, beautiful movie about the struggles of a dyslexic child and how he blooms in the care of a sensitive, sympathetic teacher. Aamir Khan plays the teacher, Darsheel Safari the child and Tisca Chopra the mother of the child. Great acting by everyone.
U–Umrao Jaan–The old Rekha starrer, I mean. It’s the story of the life of a Lucknow courtesan in the seventeenth century by the same name. Rekha in one of the best performances of her career.
V- Cannot think of a V movie! Edited to add–Actually there is a V movie that I liked very much–Vicky Donor! A very nice romantic movie with some comedy thrown in, it deals with the concept of sperm donation and how the society perceives it. Features newcomers Ayushmann Khurana and Yami Gautam.
W-Woh Saat Din–The story of the good Indian girl ultimately coming around to respect Indian culture and traditions. Didn’t care much for the plot but boy, what performances by Padmini Kolhapure and naseeuddin Shah!
X- Tell me if you can think of an X movie, good or bad!
Y- Yuva! Mani Ratnam’s direction and A R Rehman’s music are absolutely top-class, though the movie did not really do well commercially.
Z-Zubeida–This movie proved that even the most ordinary of actresses can deliver a powerful performance under a skilled director– as Karishma Kapoor did in this movie under Shyam Benegal’s direction. Wonderful period- movie with a haunting musical score that heightens the sense of impending doom. Lovely!