This is a question which I often encounter, let me tell you that I had been dodging this question when I was a lot younger.
When you are young, your choices are not exactly mainstream, so then you are bound to watch most movies alone. Let me put it mildly, when most kids those days were crooning tujhe dekha to yeh jaana sanam, I was humming the tunes of Mithun Chakraborty songs.
No, this is not a list. This is, ultimately, my own perception of what cinema is. I write this today, as I think constantly of a film called “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”, and it’s review by Ebert (especially now that he is gone and I, amidst our day to day lives and its activities, couldn’t write my own eulogy remembering him and his influence), in which he quoted “the story that is taking place under the surface and within these minds”. I didn’t like the film when I first watched it. But I could never understand why I couldn’t get it out of my mind.Continue reading “Great Films”