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THE "KING OF THE RING" DEPARTS... an Obituary by Nilanjan Nandy!

darasingh12071263004jpg  Dara Singh was born as "Deedar Singh Randhawa". He was an Indian wrestler and also a successful cinema actor. He passed away today, the 12th of July, 2012 after a cardiac arrest in his residence in Bombay. An era simply gone .........

I still remember those afternoons of early 1970's, when the serpentine que winded out of Khudiram Stadium (adjacent to Akashvani, Kolkata), all afficionados of wrestling waiting to buy tickets for the wrestling match that would take place in the evening there itself.

I used to look forward to it each Sunday, when insertions and advertisements adorned the pages of the Dailies announcing wrestling bouts that are about to take place inciting excitement and a sense of glee as I knew that I'll be witnessing hackle-raising fights by none other than the Rustom-E-Hind Dara Singh-ji.
His "Dead Lock" was a favorite of the final round each Sunday, and I used to look forward to it! I and my dad (the legendary guitarist Batuk Nandy) gloated over the insertions in the Sunday Dailies and planned for our evening out. Once my dad took me backstage and yes, I shook my hands with the Great Dara Singh, a man with crushing power in his arms, yet with a golden heart and a millon dollar smile.

Teri Meri Kahani (2012) - Love doesn't follow a PLAN, it is DESTINED!!!

Bollywood Hindi Film Poster Teri Meri Kahani (2012)

What is Love?Who the hell is Cupid? Does Love 'at first sight' ever existed? Is it only a figure of speech? Actually, is Love Destined? Yeah, it seems so...just go and watch Kunal Kohli's "Teri Meri Kahani"to experience an absolutely different kind of a movie that is definitely a delight to watch, especially for cine-goers who enjoys movies which are treated in an abstract manner, which are 'different' than the rest......Shahid Kapoor has proved that given an opportunity, he excels like no other once again...


GANGS OF WASSEYPUR - Bloodbath all the Way!


This film made by Anurag Kashyap, does not need any fuel to run amok, nor it needs any external force, this film, with it's gallons of blood and violence in the true bihari style,which simply rips your senses, numbs any feeling that is left inside and explodes somewhere in the deep recesses of the mind leaving a burning smell and a smears of blood dripped in agony.

Best-sellers by Stephen King or Dean R. Koontz, no matter how macabre or chilling it may be, still carries a thin line of logic working within, but Gangs of Wasseypur, is pure Violence, slash, dice, cut, pulverize and chop business. That too without mercy! A Film Review By Nilanjan Nandy.

HEMLOCK SOCIETY - Your Last Picnic...!!!


I was not quite satisfied with Srijit Mukherjee's first two films, though they clanged the cash registers in the last couple of year and placed Mukherjee in the front row of Bengali Film Director's league. To me "Autograph" and "Baishey Srabon" were nothing much to talk about, after all choices differ...But his third and recent project - "Hemlock Society" changed my opinion about him...... A film Review By NILANJAN NANDY

LAPTOP (2012) : Meaningful cinema at it's Best! - Bengali Movie Review by Nilanjan Nandy


"LAPTOP"; I should say that the feeling of watching such a movie, which is serious, deep, at times dark, slow yet interesting and moving, unearthing layer after layer of the most amazing thing called forms; grey, sketchy, rain-drenched and expressions of humiliation, rejection, pride, hate, affection, loneliness, suspicion, conviction, love, bondage, loss, wonder, possessiveness and extinction, is simply AMAZING!

LAPTOP though reminds us the true essence of European films, and also brings back memories of Tapan Sinha's "Harmonium" (1976), truly embellishes our heart with a feeling of utmost satisfaction.

I think Kaushik Ganguly is the ONLY DIRECTOR here in this Bengali Film Industry who CONSISTENTLY makes films of true International class and meaning., it's a pity that he is under-rated and his films doesn't seem to bag the attention and adoration it so deserves.