Some more cine fragmentsNot so new
B.R.Films is releasing a colour version of Naya Daur. I remain very pessimistic about its chances: the film is not in the league of Mughal-e-Azam and its theme, socially relevant as it may have been, is hardly one to catch the imagination of viewers at present. The addition of colour also doesn't seem to have any special significance to this particular film.
Having watched theatrical re-releases of both Mughal-e-Azam and Sholay (with great enjoyment), I can't think of any others that I'd like to see re-released that aren't available for rent or on TV. Perhaps films like Pyaasa or Nayagan. What do Hollywood productions re-feature? Movies with special effects or new "Director's Cuts". These don't seem to apply to us much.
Speaking of Guru Dutt, I came across an interesting piece for the trivia notebook. Apparently, the Spanish hit Quizas, Quizas, Quizas could have inspired the classic Babuji dhiire chalanaa from Aar Paar (music: O.P.Nayyar). Some of us who've watche the British sitcom Coupling would have heard its title track Perhaps... which is an English version of the original. I must say that the mukha.Daa does bear a slight resemblance, but it is not an outright lift. Quite a nice touch. Of course, the Hindi song was re-worked (quite respectfully) by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in Salaam-e-Ishq.
On the horizon
Vishal Bhardwaj's The Blue Umbrella is once again scheduled for release - a print ad to this effect appeared this week. The release has been long overdue and I have been waiting for it a long while. The low-key nature of promotion (no TV spots) suggests the film will not see a long run unless it enjoys "Bheja Fry"-like attention, so catch it soon if you're a Vishal/Pankak Kapur/Ruskin Bond fan. The good news is that the soundtrack was also advertised as being available, so must go out and get it.
Chak De India! is probably the worst film title (despite the competition) of the year, made worse by the irritating title track playing ever so often with Star Cricket's coverage (damn cross-promotions). Ab Tak Chappan's Shimit Amin wields the megaphone for this Yash Raj venture, which could suggest a Faustian supper.