Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Not Just Bollywood - Tula Goenka

 This is a treasure of information for anyone interested in the craft of cinema. Tula Goenka interviews some of the top directors of Indian cinema and tries to understand their process and their thinking. It's very interesting to see their journeys, what inspired them and what they think of cinema.

The book is split into five sections - North (sub divided into Popular Hindi cinema, Parallel cinema, Multiplex cinema), South, East, West and the World. I am going to see how many of their films I watched. 

Popular Hindi cinema or Bollywood has interviews of Yash Chopra (younger brother of BR Chopra who gave him an year at trying his hand at cinema before foreign education - Dil to Paagal Hai, Darr, Lamhe, Chandni, Silsila, Trishul, Dewaar, Ittefaq), Subhash Ghai (first at home into movies - Vidhaata, Hero, Meri Jung, Ram Lakhan, Karma, Saudagar, Khal Nayak, Pardes), Vidhu Vinod Chopra (Khamosh, Parinda, Mission Kashmir), Rakesh Roshan (comes from a film family - Karan Arjun, Kaho Naa Pyaar hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Krish), Sooraj Barjatya (Rajshri Productions - Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun), Ashutosh Gowariker (started as an actor - Pehla Nasha, Lagaan, Swades, What's your Raashee), Farhan Akhtar (film lineage - Dil Chahta Hai, Don), Imtiaz Ali (Socha Na Tha, Jab We met, Rockstar, Highway). 

Parallel cinema includes interview of Shyam Benegal (advertising and then film), Mahesh Bhatt, Govind Nihalani (worked with Shyam Benegal), Prakash Jha, Tanuja Chandra (huge film and creative lineage - mom wrote for films, brother Vikram is a famous novelist, sister Anupama is a film critic). 

Indie cinema includes interviews of Ram Gopal Varma (bad boy), Nagesh Kukunoor (Hyderabad Blues), Kaizad Gustad, Anurag Kashyap, Parvati Balagopalan, Onir.

South has interviews of Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Girish Kasaravalli. 

East has Mrinal Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Aparna Sen, Goutam Ghose and Rituparno Ghosh. 

West has Jabbar Patel and World has Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay).

Wonderful stuff. Thanks Abhinay for sharing. I loved reading it.

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