Mehboob’s AAN (1952) – Indian Cinema’s entry into Europe

This latest piece on Aan is part of an on going series of tentative writings and research on the films of Mehboob Khan - earlier posts have focused on Roti and Aurat. Directed and produced by Mehboob Khan, Aan is recognised as a classic of Hindi cinema. I have fond memories of Aan from my… Continue reading Mehboob’s AAN (1952) – Indian Cinema’s entry into Europe

GUNGA JUMNA – (Dir. Nitin Bose, 1961, India)

The following quote from the entry on Nitin Bose taken from Rajadhyaksha & Willemen's Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema underlines his hugely important role in the history of Indian cinema: 'A key figure in the New Theatres organisation and maker of some of its most successful films. He later introduced a 'realist' element (Didi/President; Desher Mati/Dharti… Continue reading GUNGA JUMNA – (Dir. Nitin Bose, 1961, India)

MADHUMATI (Dir. Bimal Roy, 1958, India)

Madhumati was one of two Hindi films on which director Ritwik Ghatak worked as a writer. The other film was Musafir, released in 1957 and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. When released in 1958 Madhumati was a huge box office hit and saw the re-teaming of director Bimal Roy and actor Dilip Kumar. Madhumati stands alongside… Continue reading MADHUMATI (Dir. Bimal Roy, 1958, India)

AMAR (Dir. Mehboob Khan, India, 1954) – Expressionist Idiosyncrasies

                  Film maker Mehboob Khan reached his artistic zenith with Mother India in 1957 whilst his body of work in the 1940s produced such classics as Aurat (Woman, 1940), Roti (The Bread, 1942), Humayun (1945), Anmol Ghadi (1946) and Andaz (1949). The considerable achievements of Mother India… Continue reading AMAR (Dir. Mehboob Khan, India, 1954) – Expressionist Idiosyncrasies