Poster for Yash Chopra's DEEWAR (1975, India)
Artist: Diwakar Karkare
Last month, I shared some of my favorite posters for Yash Chopra's films on medium - check out the link in my bio. Here, I want to share an introduction to the artist who created some of these indelible images (sources mentioned below):
Diwakar Karkare was one of the leading artists for Bollywood movies, back in the day when hand-painted posters were crucial to marketing films to rural India. Among his most iconic work are the posters for 𝘋𝘦𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘢𝘳, which helped establish actor AmitabhBachchan as an 'angry young man' film star.
Karkare often painted with palette knives and he produced many of his posters in gouache. His posters are popular not only in India, but also in China, Russia, and other countries where American movies were blocked from import, but Hindi-language movies were allowed in. (1)
Karkare used certain techniques to highlight the emotive quality of the face. His style was to over-paint the image to make it more expressive of emotions.
This poster highlights a moment from 𝘋𝘦𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳 in the foreground while Bachchan’s piercing gaze looks directly at the spectator. The railway tracks in the foreground reference the moment when Shashi Kapoor chases a poor hungry boy who has stolen bread. Not knowing what the boy has stolen, Kapoor shoots the boy in the leg and his conscience is subsequently pricked by this act. It is this moment that makes Shashi Kapoor take up the case against his brother, now a powerful smuggler in Bombay. The reference to Shashi Kapoor’s act is minutely placed while Bachchan’s face with its brooding expression continues to dominate the poster. (2)
Text excerpted from:
(1) James Gurney's Blog: GurneyJourney.blogspot.com
(2) Ranjani Mazumdar's essay 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘯 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘞𝘢𝘴 𝘚𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘛𝘰𝘰 𝘔𝘶𝘤𝘩: 𝘈𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘩 𝘉𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘍𝘪𝘭𝘮 𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 on Tasveerghar.net
REVIEW: Horns, by Joe Hill
This reminded me a tiny bit of The Trees by Ali Shaw in that it placed a fantastical *something* into our modern world, then created an absorbingly human story around it, exploring its physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual ramifications. It seems that Hill has inherited his dad's skill at creating flawed characters and using them to build a gripping novel that simmers away underneath the surface layer of horror.
In this case, our antihero is Ig Perrish, a deeply depressed and angry young man who everyone thinks killed his girlfriend Merrin the previous year. Waking up one day with budding horns growing out of his temples, he soon realises that something about his bizarre physical transformation encourages other people to confess their darkest and most depraved secrets to him - and that he could use this new skill to find out who REALLY murdered the love of his life. From this intriguing premise the story spirals out into a sort of twisted, clever whodunit, complete with a dash of romance, family secrets, and musings on good and evil, religion and the nature of the Devil.
Alas, something was still missing, which dropped it a star. Ig was a compelling character, but Merrin wasn't particularly, which didn't help since she was such a huge driving force behind Ig's metamorphosis. At times the momentum started to drop away, especially in the longer flashback chapters, and it fizzled off into weirdness at the end which sadly diminished its final impact for me.
Still, this was a really inventive and complex read, and it stood head and shoulders above its movie adaptation, despite DanRad's valiant attempts to carry the entire thing for the full two hours' run time. 😂
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Famed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest film is centered on Sinan a recent graduate who returns to his hometown with his unpublished novel in tow and big dreams of being a writer. Sinan is young and combative to just about everyone in the film, he feels that he is different somehow and wonders at his future. Will he become a teacher? Will he join the military? These questions weigh heavily upon him as he delves into his family’s lives, father, mother and sister on returning to them. His father Idris is a teacher but has squandered his money (gambling) and reputation in the small city, and is the focal point in the drama as Sinan criticizes him continually. This relationship anchors the entire film although Sinan meets many interesting characters while he is home again. Sinan’ s goal is to publish his book and in this attempt he meets with writers and officials of the city to do so. All to mixed results as things aren’t as he envisioned them. Often in the film Sinan asks aggressive questions of who he encounters one fine meeting is at a book store where he meets the cities famous local writer all to an explosive result as the famed writer finally blows up at Sinan to leave him be. The small city is roundly despised by Sinan, actor Dogu Demirkol who portrays the young man is realistically angry as he combs his boyhood home. You can almost feel the truth of the film as a young man lost within himself in anger and many other things with the shedding of youth and the onset of mature reasoning. Director Ceylan is clearly showing us rather markedly the truth of the quest of youth at a most difficult and sensitive transition.
8.5 Out Of 10
A superior film that takes the time to get to the depths of budding adult disappointments that come with the mature reality and the dreams that just don’t seem to add up with the coming of age. A film to see.
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ACRIMONY.... MY 50 CENTS
The regular question asked after watching this movie is "Who is to blame for Melinda's death"? Oh well, I think it is way deeper than that.
I had series of heart break while I watched the movie, not for Melinda exactly but for all the 'Melindas' in real life.
The only reason Melinda died was because she had a psychological issue which led her to the extreme.
But let us consider Melinda without the Borderline personality disorder... From the beginning, She didn't think she deserved to be in school, she had no ambition and aspirations, she had no focus for her life.
So she just fit into Robert's dreams and aspirations.
That is why is was easy for her to buy him a car and watch her inheritance go away on his long dream.
Just maybe if she has also invested the money in her own dreams, they would have had more money to keep them going 18 years without deep regrets, doubts and bitterness.
Truth is, when I interact with young girls today, I see Melinda. Whereas they may not have the mental disorder, they would eventually become emotionally recked.
Melinda had many reasons to move on before she married Robert, the signs were there that he was all about his dreams and hence would exhibit a level of selfishness.
WHEN A WOMAN LACKS CONFIDENCE SHE CLINGS TO ANY MAN WHO USES THE L WORD.
You see, people with strong self will are usually selfish and self centered.
Not like they plan to undo you but they understand their dreams are bigger than them and so go for the win at whatever cost.
So instead of moving on, she held on to him.
I think the loss of her ovaries made her cling to him.
It WASN'T all love, it was more of fear, low self esteem and obsession. 'But Melinda had a mental disorder, she didn't do all that on her own', one would argue.... I think, HER MOTHER DID NOT TAKE PROPER CARE OF HER CHILD.
After she lost her ovaries, her immediate elder sister pointed out that she always lost it and inflicted pain on herself each time she got angry. "You need to stop now Melinda"