Monday, 20 November 2017


Our India's Manushi Chhillar won this year's 'Miss World' Beauty Contest!
This victory came after 17 years to India!

Now this is the sixth time that 'Miss World Crown' came to India. Before this Priyanka Chopra (2000), Yukta Mukhi (1999), Diana Haydon (1997), Aishwarya Rai (1994) & long back first was Reita Faria (1966) won it!..Except first all became actresses!!
Miss World Crown' winner our 5 Indian beauties..
first was Reita Faria (1966) then after many years Aishwarya Rai (1994), 
Diana Haydon (1997), Yukta Mukhi (1999) & Priyanka Chopra (2000).

Manushi, age 20 is a fine & performing artist who got training in Indian classical dance!
Her 'Miss World' winning answer was..
"Mother deserves highest respect!"

Proud of you Manushi!!

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

Friday, 17 November 2017



Today 17th November..Birthday of American actor, screenwriter, director, producer and founder of 'World Cinema Foundation' Martin Charles Scorsese!

One of the most significant & influential filmmakers of all time...Martin Scorsese is recipient of many prestigious 'Oscar', 'Golden Globes', 'Bafta' & 'AFI's Life Achievement Award for great contribution to cinema!

Best Wishes to this renowned film personality!!

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


Deepika Padukone in new film 'Padmavati's song "Ghoomar.."

After Paro (Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan) & Chandramukhi (Madhuri DIxit-Nene) of his 'Devdas' (2002) and Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra) & Mastani (Deepika Padukone) of his 'Bajirao Mastani' (2015) danced on same floor together "Bollywood's Innovative" filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali again took "Cinematic Liberty" for his upcoming 'Padmavati' also!
Madhuri Dixit-Nene & Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan in 'Devdas' (2002).

Beautiful Deepika Padukone portrayed title role as Rani Padmavati in this film and her dance in palace became controversy! So this her song-dance "Ghomar.." recollected Bhansali's 'Devdas's Paro-Chandramukhi's "Dola re.." and 'Bajirao Mastani's "Pinga.." chaos!

Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra in 'Bajirao Mastani' (2015).

Any way Deepika superbly performed in this dance sequence on the song "Ghoomar.." nicely sung by Shreya Ghoshal!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

Thursday, 16 November 2017


  - Manoj Kulkarni

Today is Death Anniversary of famous American Actor Clark Gable!

William Clark Gable..started his acting career on stage and then in silent films.

In sound film he first played villain in 'The Painted Desert' (1931)..and his appearance with powerful voice got acclaimed!

Inspiring classic romantic film 'It Happened One Night' (1934).
MGM's movie 'Red Dust' (1932) made him lovemaking hero! And with Frank Capra's evergreen hit 'It Happened One Night' (1934) he became star! With Best Picture..he also got Best Actor 'Oscar' award for it! 
This film gave inspiration to our romantic Indian films 'Chori Chori' (1956) & 'Dil Hai Ke Manata Nahin' (1991) made on it!

Then he became famous as Rhett Butler in the legendary historical romantic film 'Gone With The Wind' (1939)..which won 'Oscar'!
Vivien Leigh & Clark Gable in 'Gone With The Wind' (1939).

Then his notable films were 'Boom Town' (1940), 'Homecoming' (1948) and last 'The Misfits' (1961).

Homage to great Gable!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
[Pune, India]


Veteran actor of Urdu theatre & international cinema..Saeed Jaffrey's 2nd death anniversary just happened! 

He acted in Indian and British films with different genre..among which includes John Huston's 'The Man who would be King' (1975), Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi' (1981), David Lean's 'A Passage to India' (1984) and our Satyajit Ray's 'Shatranj ke Khiladi' (1977).

He also acted in Hindi films like..Sai Paranjapye's 'Chashme Buddoor' (1981), Raj Kapoor's 'Henna' (1991), Shekhar Kapoor's 'Masoom' (1983) & Yash Chopra's 'Mashal' (1984).

Saeed Jaffrey & Sanjeev Kumar in 'Shatranj ke Khiladi'(1977).
Still remember his nazakat in 'Masoom's song.."Huzoor is kadar bhi na itaraa ke chaliye.." and the way his Lucknavi umrao in 'Shatranj ke Khiladi' says while playing chess.."Chal mere pyade bismillah!"

Aur is jahaan se chale gaye!!
A Homage!!!

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

Tuesday, 14 November 2017


- Manoj Kulkarni

'Korean Foundation' organised '2nd Korean Film Festival' recently over at 'National Film Archive of India' in Pune. This two days short festival screened 6 films dealing with history, changing society & human values!

Films in this festival mostly came with the backdrop of (South-North) Korean War..started with film 'Welcome to Dongmakgol' (2005) which was based on long-running stage play! But serious film in it was 'The Front Line' (2011) directed by Jang Hoon who focused on the 1953 ceasefire of the Korean War. The way soldiers live & their emotions during war portrayed in it..Last scene of this film in which two soldiers from two sides talks to each other..which ends with the comment "Why are we fighting!"..was with human touch. This film was South Korea's entry for 'Oscar's 'Best Foreign Language Film'!

Then film 'The Suspect' (2013) was spy thriller; but linked with the same (South-North) issue. Stuntman turned filmmaker Won Shin-Yun directed this film was like action-packed drama! After this 'Kundo: Age of the Rampant' (2014) recollected (Japanese) samurai kind film genre. Yoon Jong-bin directed this period action-drama set in mid-19th century & centered on a militia group who turn against an unjust nobility! Fighting action sequences with martial arts in it also recollected the special effects from 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' (2000) a film directed by Taiwanese renowned filmmaker Ang Lee!

And there was one mainstream kind commercial film in it..'The Thieves' (2012). Contemporary filmmaker Choi Dong-hoon made in this fiction thriller two (Hong Kong & Korean) groups of thieves rises tension with their activities to steal the diamond! In this multi-starrer movie popular artists Lee Jung-jae, Jun Ji-hyun & Kim Yoon-seok!

This Korean Film Festival was short but well which officials from Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Mumbai..Consul Mr. KO Young-kun & Research Analyst Mr. Donguk Kim and Director of Culture & Education in Pune..Ms. Sunkyung Choo welcomed & looked after attendees warmly!

Hope their next festival will be big (more days) with more films..and focus should be on contemporary social life of Korea!

I wish all the best to them!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune, India]
Ratan Kumar & Baby Naaz in film 'Boot Polish' (1954).



"Nanhe munne bachche..

teri muthi mein kya hai..? 

*Muthi mein hai takdeer hamari..

hamne kismat ko bas mein kiya hai!"

Vittorio De Sica's 'Shoe Shine' (1946).
Great performances of child artists Ratan Kumar & Baby Naaz in 'Boot Polish' (1954) directed by Prakash Arora!

'RK's this movie won 'Filmfare's 'Best Film'..and 'Best Cinematographer' award for Tara Dutt!..And Baby Naaz won special prize for Best Child Artist in 'Cannes Film Festival', 1955!

Baby Naaz, Ratan Kumar & David in 'Boot Polish' (1954).

This film inspired from Vittorio De Sica's 'Shoe Shine' (1946)..'Oscar' honoured pioneering film of Italian Neo-Realism!

The picture of song "Nanhe munne.." still contemporary!

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