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.

The Filmmaking: The Conversation Part 2


In an earlier post, I have said that there is another interesting shot in the movie ‘The Conversation’. This shot is not so much like a difficult shot to shoot, but what interests me more about this shot is what it brings to the table. It is interesting in that it goes beyond its immediate…

The Messaihs from Hollywood


The imdb Top 250 list is, although highly flawed, the number one go-to spot for people opening up to movies. Reigning at the top of this list for nearly half a decade is ‘The Shawshank Redemption'(1994), which is also celebrating its twentieth anniversary this week. If we move fourteen spots below this movie, we get…

The Filmmaking: The Conversation Part 1


‘The Conversation’, a 1974 film by Francis Ford Coppola, sandwiched between the two Godfathers, is one of his most under-rated films. Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Blow-Up’, the film follows Harry Caul(Gene Hackman), a surveillance technician, who grows paranoid, when one of his recent projects involves murder. The first scene in the movie shows us how…

The Filmmaking


Filmmaking is a wonderful art. And asĀ  a director how you get a particular point across to the audience, is one of the most primary skills one must learn. So, whenever we see a movie, there are different shots and different scenes that might interest one for various reasons. It might be the position of…

Guevara, Gandhi and the Geeta


“This isn’t a tale of heroic feats. It’s about two lives running parallel for a while, with common aspirations and similar dreams. What we had in common – our restlessness, our impassioned spirits, and a love for the open road.” These are the words of a young man who took on a journey across South…