2. Bluffmaster (Shammi's)
5. The Householder
So yesterday, the PPCC sat down, all pleased with itself, to watch Karz. No subtitles. Curses! How embarrassing! The PPCC, however, did not despair (yet). We put in Bluffmaster. No subtitles. Curses again! We put in the other 60s Shammi one. No subtitles. Aaaargh.
Which means we'll be watching...
...in the meantime. Since so many of you were keen on Karz and Shammi, though, we'll pay a visit to Grumpy Uncle Ji or possibly Other Uncle Ji and see about scrounging them out, with subs. Or else we'll just watch them without subs, and you'll have to suffer through a review that's like, "Uhh... Rishi asks what happened, and then says a bunch of other stuff."
We know. We know. We know what you're thinking. Get it together, PPCC!
We also completely forgot to list about a handful of other unwatched movies in the original poll:
1. Vijeta. 80s. (FINALLY!) Shashi, Rekha, Shashi's son. Govind Nihalani directed. Parallel Cinema, military, our most recent Holy Grail of Shashi films.
2. Kranti. 70s. Manoj, Shatrughan, Shashi, Hema, British oppression, craziness.
3. Pyaasa. 50s. Guru Dutt. We forgot Guru Dutt.
4. Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam. 60s. Yes. We forgot two Guru Dutt films.
5. Asoka. 2000s. SRK, Buddhism, costume epic. What's not to love?
A completely unrelated note about filmi qawwalis
The PPCC loves Sufism, big time. And the PPCC loves qawwalis, bigger time. So inspiring! So devotional! Who wouldn't feel filled with transcendental awe of the divine after listening to Faiz Ali Faiz's most excellent Dam Mast Qalandar?
Anyway, if you've watched Hindi films, you'll know that qawwalis show up fairly regularly - sometimes presented as fun parodies (such as the acrobatic Parda Hai Parda from Amar Akbar Anthony, or the hilariously over-the-top Tumse Milke Dil Ka Jo Haal from Main Hoon Na), sometimes presented a little more earnestly (such as Khwaja Mere Khwaja from Jodhaa-Akbar), and sometimes as inventive variations on the original (Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil Se really takes the cake for that). Man, it's all good.
But this article at allmusic doesn't seem to think so, and spends a lot of time disparaging filmi qawwalis: they are "bland", "garish", and they "strayed ever closer to disrespect for the music's origins". Oh my! The problem with the article is that it spends so much time disparaging filmi qawwalis, and not nearly enough time explaining what exactly is so wrong with them. Sure, "a low-budget parody of a Las Vegas chorus line" is an easy target for ridicule and certainly doesn't inspire sublime devotion... but we at the PPCC can't help thinking the article comes across as just snobbish. Man, and filmi stuff already gets trash-talked by the Western intelligentsia enough!
What we'd like to read instead is a more in-depth analysis of filmi qawwalis. What do real live qawwals think about them? Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, nephew of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, doesn't seem to have a problem with filmi qawwalis, as he sings a lot of them (e.g. the haunting Naina from Omkara)! What do lay Muslims think about them? We at the PPCC would think that filmi qawwalis are a positive force, in that they are a fairly standardized way of asserting minority Muslim culture in Hindi films. Everyone loves a good qawwali!
Anyway, thoughts? Feelings?