G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Farooq Sheikh Proved that Nerd Could Win the Girl

The Hindu, December 28 2013:

"Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh, who is best remembered for his performances in films like ‘Garm Hava’, ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, ‘Chashme Buddoor’ and ‘Kissi Se Na Kehna’, died after suffering a heart attack here (Dubai). He was 65."

Kundan Shah:

"...Gul Anand, the producer of funny, quaint, off-beat romantic films such as Chashme Baddoor, was interested in distributing Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (JBDY) when it was complete. At the last minute, the deal went sour for some reason. However, what he said to me personally was very revealing. “See, I am going to buy your film, Kundan,” he said, “but if you had come with the script of this film to me to produce it, I would’ve thrown it out of the window. It’s so difficult… impossible… to see this film on paper.” ..."

Mr. Sheikh died on Friday December 27.

I have seen three of the four films mentioned above. And although I like Garm Hava, I love CB and SKK. I don't know what KSNK is.

Sai Paranjpye's (सई परांजपे) CB, 1981 became a cult film for me like Kundan Shah's  JBDY, 1983. I could not shake them off for a long time.

Then I thought of myself as a nerd and Mr. Sheikh proved that the nerd could win the girl. I wanted to name my future wife Neha after Deepti Naval in CB.


Mr. Baswani died on July 27 2010 and I called him an eternal Sancho Panza.

Now he is joined by his Don.


courtesy: owners of the copyright to the film, probably PLA Entertainment.