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."

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mumtaz@70....Versatile Or Not, Still My Darling

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Mumtaz turns 70 today, July 31 2017

Sony Max was running a contest to "Pick Your Favourite Versatile Actress" in March 2017.

The contestants were Jaya Bachchan, Mumtaz, Sharmila Tagore, Rakhee, Hema Malini.

I ignored the word versatile and voted for Mumtaz. For me, it was a no-brainer.

I have liked her in many films, even where she was supposedly playing second fiddle such as Brahmachari, 1968. There I wish she played the role of almost lifeless Rajshree!

She was really outstanding in films such as Pyar Kiye Ja, Ram Aur Shyam, Do Raaste, Sachaa Jhutha, Dushman, Tere Mere Sapne, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Lofar, Chor Machaye Shor. Indeed in many of those films, she did better than her leading male costar.

Some her endearing qualities as a great entertainer are demonstrated in many Hindi films songs that are picturised on her, one of them being 'Kanchi Re Kanchi'.

Following is a moment where she is shooing away kids by gesticulating rather absentmindedly as her mind is really focused what Prashant Jaiswal (Dev Anand) is singing outside. For me,  it captures the best, albeit occasionally,  that Indian cinema offers me- dreaminess, melody, tenderness, beauty...

Shanti in 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna', 1971

courtesy: current copyright-holders to the film

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