The Counterfeiters and The Decalogue


“The Counterfeiters” is a movie about ‘Operation Bernhard’, the largest counterfeiting scam the world has ever witnessed. During the last years of World War II, the Nazis saw that the war was coming to a close, and wanted to flood enemy economies, that of the British and America, with counterfeit money, so that these economies…

Arjuna’s Doubt


This is my attempt at translating a short story I’ve read in Telugu(my mother tongue). This short story was originally written in Tamil by the great poet Subramania Bharathi, and then later translated into Telugu by Challa Radha Krishna Sharma. In those days when the sons of Pandu and Dhritharashtra were studying at Dronacharya’s school…

First Impressions: Aamir Khan’s ‘pk’


Aamir Khan’s ‘pk’, set to release on December 19, is Bollywood’s most awaited movie of the year. The movie has created a lot of buzz since the release of  its first poster, featuring a nude Aamir Khan, with only a transistor covering his private parts, standing on a railway track, in what looks like a…

Unusual Inspirations: West Side Story and Okkadu


The musical ‘West Side Story’, I just learn, premiered on this day 53 years ago. It won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.To this movie, the idea of the neighbourhood, the West Side in Manhattan, and the idea of the rival gangs are most central. And these ideas, along with the fact that the movie…

The Filmmaking: The Color of Paradise


The very first shot in ‘The Color of Paradise’ (1999) is a blank screen, on which we see titles in Persian. As times passes, we hear some words praising God, some songs, and someone turning on and off a tape recorder, and asking a group of children, whose tape each one is. The screen is…

The Filmmaking: Casablanca – Rick’s Intro


‘Casablanca’ is one of the greatest movies of all time and also one of the most heart breaking love stories ever seen on a movie screen. There is one simple scene in this movie, that I like the most. No, It is not the famous final scene, nor is it the scene when Ilsa asks…

Gandhi is here! In London!


On the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, October 2nd, a look at his visit to London in 1931 to attend the Second Round Table Conference, aided by archival footage recently thrown open to the public by the British Pathe Archive, and newspaper clippings from the National Library of Australia, and a look at the art it spawned.