Posters from “Allwyn Kalicharan”- Anurag Kashyap’s shelved Anil Kapoor starrer film






Vintage Poster- Rocket Tarzan


This has to be probably the wackiest and zaniest poster I have come across as far as Hindi cinema is concerned. This piece of sublimity was apparently by a certain B. J. Patel and it was released in 1963. Sadly I can’t locate any transfer/print/copy of the film anywhere




Remembering Anthony Gonsalves- Naresh Fernandes on the ‘original’ Anthony




MIDWAY through Manmohan Desai’s classic 1977 film about three brothers separated at birth, a man in a top hat and a Saturday Night Fever suit leaps out of a giant Easter egg to inform the assemblage, ‘My name is Anthony Gonsalves.’

The significance of the announcement was lost under the impact of Amitabh Bachchan’s sartorial exuberance. But decades later, the memory of that moment still sends shivers down the spines of scores of ageing men scattered across Bombay and Goa. By invoking the name of his violin teacher in that tune in Amar Akbar Anthony, the composer Pyarelal had finally validated the lives of scores of Goan Catholic musicians whose working years had been illuminated by the flicker of images dancing across white screens in airless sound studios, even as acknowledgement of their talent whizzed by in the flash of small-type credit titles.

The arc of their stories – determined by the intersection of passion and pragmatism, of empire and exigency – originated in church-run schools in Portuguese Goa and darted through royal courts in Rajasthan, jazz clubs in Calcutta and army cantonments in Muree. Those lines eventually converged on Bombay’s film studios, where the Goan Catholic arrangers worked with Hindu music composers and Muslim lyricists in an era of intense creativity that would soon come to be recognised as the golden age of Hindi film song.

The Nehruvian dream could not have found a more appropriate harmonic expression.

A few months back, a friend called to tell me about a new character he’d discovered in a story published by Delhi-based Raj Comics: Anthony Gonsalves. On the page (and accessible only if you read Hindi), Anthony Gonsalves is part of the great Undead, the tribe doomed to live between the worlds. It wasn’t always like this. In his prime, Anthony Gonsalves was a mild-mannered guitar player who had devised a magical new sound known as ‘crownmusic’. But his jealous rivals tortured him to death so that they could steal his work. Now, the magnificently muscled superhero emerges from the grave each night to prevent the desperate from committing suicide and to rid the world of evil, informed of imminent misfortune by his pet crow….


Jimmy Zhingchak, Agent of D.I.S.C.O – a graphic-novel on Mithun Chakraborty



This is a extremely well made one-shot comic book published by Virgin Comics written by Saurav Mohapatra (who also has to his credit some other fantastic comics and novels). The art work is by Anupam Sinha who also designed the Super Commando Dhruv character for Raj Comics. The novel parodies and simultaneously pays homage to those Mithun’s famous 80’s ”disco and rock n’ roll” potboilers like Disco dancer, Dance Dance and Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki. Would surely recommend folks to check this out. Of course Amitabh Bachchan was the first to have an entire comic-book series on his name – “Supremo”




The Hare and the Tortoise in a Chawl (a piece on Sai Paranjype’s Katha)

This one is for my sweet and sexy (or so is my educated guess from the interactions both of us have had though I have not had the good fortune of meeting her. Hope she would not mind this) ‘co-blog owner’. And since David Dhawan recently released the bastardized remake of another Paranjype classic Chashme Buddoor, this piece by Harneet Singh seems even more topical


Harneet Singh : New Delhi, Sat Jun 11 2011, 22:54 hrs

The classic fable was retold wonderfully in Katha

Meet Rajaram P. Joshi, a simple man with basic dreams. A clerk in a shoe company, he feels like the king of the world when he is made “permanent”. He loves Sandhya, the girl next door, but is unable to express his feelings. Always helping his neighbours in a Mumbai chawl, Rajaram believes life is all about being (a good) human.

Now, meet Basudev Bhattacharya aka Basu Bhatt aka Washu who can talk his way out of any situation. A college dropout, he believes “naukri dhoondi nahin jaati, aasman se tapakti hai”. He comes to stay at Rajaram’s house but ends up wearing his shirts and ripping him of his savings. He walks around with a key chain, which he calls his “sudarshan chakra”. Women, including Sandhya, fall for his charm. Washu calls his way of life “kalakar ki bechain aatma”


Jungle Book (Mowgli)

The opening shot of this TV series has to be one of the most iconic images of Doordarshan’s golden era. The catchy jingle (composed by Vishal Bhaedwaj and written by Gulzar)- Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai Pata Chala- is one for the ages. They just don’t make ’em like this anymore. Pretty much symbolizes the end of ‘the age of innocence’ for me.