Monday, 12 November 2018


Remembering the classic satiric films..for wonderful cinematic comments on the world scenario!

(On left) master of (satiric) silent cinema..Charlie Chaplin in his film 'Modern Times' (1936).

And (on right) picture of documentary filmmaker Bert Haanstra's 'Funfare' (1958).

These satiric films are still contemporary!

 - Manoj Kulkarni


Elizabeth Taylor in her lifetime role of 'Cleopatra'!

Legendary movie 'Cleopatra' (1963)..completed 55 years!

Director Joseph Mankiewicz with artists Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton!
Walter Wanger Produced this epic drama directed by Joseph Mankiewicz It was one of the most expensive films in history of cinema!

Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in film 'Cleopatra' (1963).
Based on a novel 'The Life and times of Cleopatra' by Carlo Maria Franzero. For film screenplay adapted by Sidney Buchman Ranald Macdougall with director Mankiewicz!

This film was Cinematographed (in 70 mm) by 
Leon Shamroy & Edited by Dorothy Spencer. And it 
had Music by 
Alex North!

In the lead with Richard Burton...Cleopatra greatly portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor!

A Tribute!!

- Manoj Kulkarni

Sunday, 11 November 2018


India's first Education Minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad!

Today is 130th Birth Anniversary of our India's first Education Minister.. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad!
Leaders of India's independence movement..
Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru & Maulana Azad!

Maulana Azad was one of the most important leaders of India's independence movement. As a Secular & Socialist..He prominently worked for the cause of Hindu-Muslim unity!

Important thing..Maulana Azad was committed to a united India till his last attempt!
Maulana Azad's book 'India Wins Freedom'!

Maulana Azad was one of the greatest Urdu writers and he wrote books like 'India Wins Freedom' & 'Ghubar-E-Khatir'!

We celebrate this 11th November as 'National Education Day'!

Humble Tribute to Maulana Azad sahab!!

- Manoj Kulkarni

Saturday, 10 November 2018


Renowned Israeli filmmaker..Dan Wolman directing a shot!

Glad to know that this time our '49th International Film Festival of India' (IFFI) will focus on Israeli Cinema and honour veteran Israeli filmmaker.. Dan Wolman with 'Lifetime Achievement Award'!

Amos Gitai's Israeli film 'Kadosh' (1999).
Since 1948 Israel produces films mostly in Hebrew with the reflection of social scenario of that region! In Middle East most of the Israeli films nominated for 'Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film!

I have been watching good contemporary Israeli films since 'Circus Palestin' (1998) which was a political satire made by Israeli filmmaker Eyal Halfon! Then I remember renowned Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai's 'Kadosh' (1999) won Best Film Award in our 'IFFI' at Delhi! Then Gitai became festival filmmaker here..Few years back watched his experimental social film 'Ana Arabia' (2013) which was cinematographed in a single long take!

Renowned Israeli filmmaker..Dan Wolman!
Dan Wolman is a renowned Israeli filmmaker. After study in Cinema..
He started making films with Short 
'The Living' (1965) & Documentary 'Saffed' (1968). Then he started making feature films with 'The Dreamer' (1970) and also entered in Television dramas with 'The Story of Bash'! His film with sensitive theme..'Hide and Seek' (1980) won Israel's 'The Silver Rose' award!

Emotional picture of Dan Wolman's film 'Tied Hands' (2006).
Then his films screened in various international film festivals like Berlin, Venice & Cannes..and won awards! In 1992 for unique vision and innovative work..his film 'Silver Hugo' won award at 'Chicago International Film Festival'. In 1999 Dan Wolman won 'Lifetime Achievement Award' in Jerusalem International Film Festival'!
Dan Wolman's romantic 'An Israeli Love Story' (2016)

Remembered Wolman's sensible films saw here in film festival. One 'Tied Hands (2006) about complex relation between mother and her ailing son..And another 'Ben's Biography' (2007) unusual picture in which married woman tried to understand why friend book keeper can not be touched by anyone! His films covered a range from commercial youth comedy 'Lemon Popsical' to personal 'The Distance'!

In 2015 Dan Wolman received 'Arik Einstin Prize' for his achievements & contribution to Israeli cinema & culture! And in 2016 he got 'The Ophir Lifetime Achievement Award' from 'Israeli Film Academy'!

I remember nice meeting Mr. Dan Wolman..few years back in our film festival here!

Congratulation Mr. Wolman!..And all the best to entire Israeli film industry!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune, India]

Wednesday, 7 November 2018


Superstar Rajesh Khanna with elephants in hit film 'Hathi Mere Sathi' (1971).

Recent incidence of killing tigress by hunter..recollected few notable films related to such acts and wildlife from the history of cinema!..
From Hollywood classic 'Hatari' to Shashi Kapoor, Dharmendra starrer Bollywood movies!

Hollywood actor John Wayne & others in poster of classic film 'Hatari' (1962).
John Wayne, Michele Girardon & Howard Hawks in shooting of 'Hatari' (1962)
In 1955 James Algar made a documentary.. 
'The African Lion' which won award in '6th Berlin International Film Festival'. After that in 1962 'Westerns' famous American filmmaker Howard Hawks made an excellent feature film 'Hatari' to show adventure of catchers of animals (for Zoo) in Africa on the backdrop of wildlife there! 

Famous actor in this genre..John Wayne was in the lead of 'Hatari's (1962) catchers group which includes actors..safari veteran Bruce Cabot, Red Buttons, Hurdy Kruger, Mexican fighter Valentin de Vargas & French actress Michele Girardon! Their methods (with different actions) to chase the wild animals were acted and cinematographed (by Russell Harlan) superbly! This film became the landmark in such genre and for observing the living of wild animals! 
Rajesh Khanna & 'Hathi Mere Sathi's
film producer Chinnappa Thevar!

Different from above film..Hungarian-American filmmaker Andrew Marton made film 'Clarence, 
the Cross-Eyed Lion' (1965) in which struggle of Animal doctors to protect the wildlife of Africa showed!

Our Indian cinema used this subject with popular genre! Eminent South Indian Film Producer who was famous for making films with animals..Sandow M. M. A. Chinnappa Thevar's three movies (on his own stories) are notable in this! First was 'Hathi Mere Sathi' (1971) directed by his brother M. A. Thirumugam! Screenplay of this wrote by Salim-Javed..And that time superstar Rajesh Khanna acted in it with lot of animals, but mainly his emotional bond with (trained) elephants like Ramu Hathi..touched the hearts! This film was remade in Tamil as 'Nalla Neram' in which M. G. Ramchandran was in the lead role! 
Rakhi, Shashi Kapoor & Tiger/Lion in film 'Jaanwar aur Insaan' (1972)

After that Chinnappa Thevar produced second Hindi film (with wildlife) 'Jaanwar aur Insaan' (1972) which was directed by Tapi Chanakya! In this protagonist's attempts 
to entrap and kill the man-eater tiger showed. Shashi Kapoor played this role dynamically! 
In this Master Alankar also acted nicely with wild animals! This film also remade in Tamil as 'Thaai Sollai Thattadhe' with MGR only! 
Dharmendra fighting with Lion in film 'Maa' (1976).

Then Chinnappa Thevar's third Hindi film was 'Maa' (1976) which was directed by M.A.Thirumugam. Hero of this film (like 'Hatari') showed trapping animals for Zoos & Circuses..And his mother cautions him against separating new-born animals from their mothers! 
But he trap baby elephant and then mother elephant follows him to rescue her baby! Dharmendra played main role dashingly in it! This film also remade in Tamil as 'Annai Or Aalayam' with Rajinikanth!

Last two films can be relate to current incidence! Such films created awareness about wildlife and animals living in forests! Emotions of wild animals can be consider; but when they become violent and attack on the human life..then some strict action also need to be taken! And human life should be protect from such animals like..recently happened about man-eater tiger! And why "animal lovers" only think about such animals (who harm) and not showing sympathy towards poor animals (who not harm) use for non-veg!..Think about this!!

- Manoj Kulkarni

Monday, 5 November 2018


Rare photo of great actor & human being Dilip Kumar's humble meeting to legendary filmmaker B. R. Chopra!

Dilip Kumarsahab acted in 'BR's hit social films like 'Naya Daur' (1957).

Today is 10th death anniversary of Choprasahab!


- Manoj Kulkarni

Saturday, 3 November 2018


Shahrukh Khan in Karan Johar's film 'Kal Ho Na Ho' (2003) one of his best roles!

Bollywood's King Khan..Shaharukh Khan's 53rd Birthday just happened! He has completed almost 30 years of acting career in both..TV & Cinema!

Shahrukh Khan & pretty Divya Bharti in 'Deewana' (1992).

Trained actor Shahrukh Khan started his career in 1988 with Television serials 'Fauji' and 'Circus'! In 1992 he appeared on big screen with film 'Deewana' as a passionate lover of pretty gorgeous Divya Bharti!

Kajol & Shahrukh Khan in 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' (1995)

During 1993..Shahrukh Khan acted in few offbeat films, which were critically Mani Kaul's 'Idiot', based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's 'The Idiot'. 
Then Ketan Mehta's Maya Memsaab' which was adaptation of Gustove Flaubert's novel 'Madame Bovary'! After doing villainous roles in films 'Darr' and 'Baazigar' he got good role in Kundan Shah's film 'Kabhi Han Kabhi Naa' (1994).

Shahrukh Khan got big success and Aditya Chopra's directorial debut 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' (1995) with Kajol. This film became superhit and remains longest running film in history of Indian cinema! Then he became leading romantic hero of Bollywood with films..Yash Chopra's 'Dil To Pagal Hai' (1997) and Karan Johar's 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hain' (1998).

Shahrukh Khan & Preity Zinta in 'Veer Zaara's (2004) emotional song "Tere liye.."
He became producer in 2000 with film 'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani'! Then his portray of title role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Devdas' (2002) critically acclaimed! Same about 2004 releases..Ashutosh Gowarikar's 'Swades' and Yash Chopra's 'Veer Zaara' with Preity Zinta! And in Karan Johar's contemporary 'My Name Is Khan' (2010) he did excellent acting!
Shahrukh Khan in film 'My Name Is Khan' (2010).

Emotional bond..Shahrukh Khan & Dilipkumar sahab!
Since his home production's 'Ashoka'..he performed patriotic, progressive human characters. And considering development in technology he appeared in science fiction 'Ra-One' (2011) superhero which became superhit overseas! Recently he played double role in film 'Fan' (2016) which itself tells the genre! Now his upcoming film 'Zero' is offbeat!

Now he has completed 30 years of his acting which includes about 10 television serials and programmes and more than 80 films. During this he won various awards which includes 14 'Filmfare'! Government of India honoured him with 'Padmashri' and Government of France awarded him 'Ordre des Arts et des Letters'!

Best wishes to him..!

- Manoj Kulkarni