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Week 11 - Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron

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My search for academic writings on Hindi films have started to bear some fruit over the recent past. If week 10 was spent with Helen, then weeks 11/12/13 had leading men of different types for company. The first of them were Vinod Chopra and Sudhir Mishra as portrayed by Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani respectively, in the cult classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaronreleased in 1983.
A well-researched behind the scenes look is offered by Jai Arjun Singh's book "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (जाने भी दो यारों) - seriously funny since 1983", which was my companion for Week 11.
In the author's own words, "It's very difficult to describe this film to someone who hasn't experienced it first hand", so I am just going to assume that you've watched the film. If you haven't then drop everything (yes leave this blog too for the time being) and go watch it, it's that awesome. Once you have watched it and become a fan (yes that's inevitable, at the risk of repeating …

दिए जलते हैं...

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One of the least noticed downsides of letting a radio station decide what you hear is that sometimes it comes up with a song which just pulls you in and doesn't let you focus on anything else. Here's one such song that came up for me a short while ago

Kishore Kumar's timeless voice, and some great lyrics about friendship, even if not completely true.