On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
The movie is based on the real incident of Captain Sully landing the US Airways flight on the Hudson river and saving the lives of all 155 aboard. But the depiction of the subsequent investigation as some kind of witch hunt is totally made up. While it makes for an interesting movie it is not the truth unfortunately.
“Sully is, in theory, based on Sullenberger’s 2009 memoir Highest Duty (co-authored with Jeffrey Zaslow). “Until I read the script, I didn’t know the investigative board was trying to paint the picture that he had done the wrong thing. They were kind of railroading him,” says Eastwood in one promotional trailer. It’s not surprising Eastwood was ignorant of any railroading by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), since it’s a narrative absent from Highest Duty, or anything actually said or written by the NTSB.
Check out this excellent Rajendra Kumar Interview from 1997 where he talks about Raaj Kumar, Nargis, Meena Kumari, Raj Kapoor, Kumar Gaurav and movies like Mother India, Kanoon, Mere Mehboob, Arzoo and Sangam. The interview was shot in between the shooting for a TV Drama/Film Rasm-o-riwaz shot in UK.
Check out this Shashi Kapoor Interview from 1984 before the release of Utsav when Shashi Kapoor came to Vancouver with actress Nutan for a concert in Vancouver. This interview was recorded just before he was flying to England to finish his film “Utsav” in English and Hindi. He also talks about his kids and their future.
Cinema Paradiso is the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy’s lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in an Italian village, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearning for the secret of the cinema’s magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees to reveal the mysteries of movie making, a deep friendship is born. The day comes for Salvatore to leave the village and pursue his dream of making movies of his own. Thirty years later he receives a message that beckons him back home to a secret and beautiful discovery that awaits him.
The movie won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989. The movie is very leisurely paced and some of the scenes felt a bit repetitive but its a excellent movie on a young boy’s lifelong love affair with the movies. Its very beautifully made and seeped in nostalgia. Not sure how autobiographical it is but one can feel the love of the director for movies and for that era.
Check out this excellent Amjad Khan Interview from 1987. The interviewer is very annoying with her stupid line of questioning. Credit to Amjad Khan for keeping his cool even though one can feel he is angry the way he responded to her questions.
Liked this Dueling Banjos Scene from Deliverance a lot. The music is very good specially from 2:40. It won the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 1974.
Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith, who wrote the original piece, “Feudin’ Banjos” (1955) won a lawsuit for songwriting credit and a percentage of royalties in a landmark copyright infringement case. Here is the original by Don Reno & Arthur Smith.
When it comes to male playback singing most people are either Rafi fans or Kishore fans and they think that their favorite singer is the better singer or the greatest singer. Comparing two singers over different songs is difficult because a song might have better lyrics or better music and so on and people might confuse the better song for having been better sung. So the best way to decide who sang a song better is when both sing the same song. Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan is one such song which both Rafi and Kishore sang. And what’s special about this song is that there are both happy and sad versions of the song. That’s four versions of the same song. The Rafi versions are picturized on Shashi Kapoor and the Kishore versions are picturized on Bharat Bhushan
Had made a post over how Shirish Kunder’s short film Kriti is copied from short film BOB by Aneel Neupane here. Turns out that YouTube has pulled the video of Shirish Kunder’s short film Kriti. The link now displays a message ” This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Aneel Neupane.”
Check out Shor – Short Film by Neeraj Ghaywan starring Vineet Singh and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee. Lallan and Meena, a couple from Banaras, are consumed by their pursuit to survive in the city of Mumbai. Meena takes up a job in a sewing factory. One day over a phone call, they find each other while embracing death, divorce and redemption. It takes the darkest hour of our life, the fear of death, to regain our consciousness back in to life. To find the beauty that is lost in our relentless angst towards an unyielding life.
Aneel Neupane made a post on facebook alleging that Kriti is copied from short film BOB by Aneel Neupane. After having seen BOB can definitely say that Shirish Kunder’s short film Kriti is copied from short film BOB by Aneel Neupane. Check out the short film BOB by Aneel Neupane.
Finding Neverland director Marc Forster adapts author Khaled Hosseini’s critically acclaimed novel about two childhood best friends forever torn apart as their country is ravaged by endless war and bitter strife. As children, Amir (Khalid Abdalla) and Hassan were inseparable; their long days under azure Kabul skies often spent getting into innocent mischief or preparing for the highly anticipated kite-fighting tournament. When the day of the tournament arrives, however, a glorious victory is quickly offset by a timorous act of betrayal that ultimately serves as the catalyst for catastrophe. Not long after that fateful day, Amir moves away to America, leaving his old friend behind just as the ominous specter of war turns tragically tangible. Two decades later, Amir returns to Afghanistan to find his beloved homeland has now fallen under the iron-fisted rule of the Taliban. Still, all hope for redemption hasn’t been lost just yet, because now that Amir stands face to face with the irrepressible secrets that he struggled so vigilantly to bury, he will receive one last chance to make peace with the past, and lay the groundwork for a brighter future.