June 11, 2009

News about *It's a Wonderful Afterlife*

Hello folks! Some of you might have noticed I've posted a few reviews at Filmi Geek in the last couple of weeks. I am still getting into the flow of my new job and still trying to balance the various interests tugging on my time, so I don't want to promise too much and then fail to deliver. That's why I haven't tried to return to a regular posting schedule here.

However: this was too interesting not to share, and maybe it's the kick-start I need to get back to glancing at the news about Shabana Azmi every day and sharing the best of it with you.

Some of you probably know that Shabana ji is working on a film with director Gurinder Chadha (who made Bend It Like Beckham, among others). The new film is called It's a Wonderful Afterlife. I've been alerted to a Live Journal page carrying an IBN piece on the film, which includes short clips of interviews with Ms. Chadha and Shabana ji, among others. The movie looks very funny; I'm looking forward to finding out more, and looking forward also to Shabana ji being in a film that is sure to find wide art-house distribution and buzz in the U.S.

Click here to load the page and watch the video. And thanks to Gauri at BollyWHAT for the heads-up.

Incidentally that Live Journal page seems to for fans of Sendhil Ramamurthy, the good-looking fellow who plays the irredeemably stupid Mohinder Suresh in the television series Heroes. It will be interesting to see how he'll do sharing the screen with Shabana ji.

February 6, 2009

"Halke halke," Apne paraye (1980)

Our first post-hiatus Shabana-gaana is a pretty song from Basu Chatterjee's 1980 film Apne paraye. I have had this film in my collection for ages but still have not got round to watching it.

The song is sung competently by Lata Mangeshkar but I don't find her a great match for Shabana Azmi, who by the way looks completely lovely in the song.

The video is not embeddable so click here to watch it on YouTube.

January 31, 2009

Metapost - Geek of a new trade

I am so sorry for the extended posting hiatus here and at my other two blogs, Filmi Geek and Geek of all Trades. The past half-year or so has been trying for me, with lots of soul-searching and thinking and introspection. I had to let something go, to have the energy for all that, and it was the blogs that suffered. For you, SLP readers, that meant I wasn't able to keep up with the latest news about Shabana Azmi, collect screencaps, or post random musings about our favorite excellent woman.

The good news is that I have decided to say goodbye to my career as a patent attorney, and in a little over a month I will be starting a new career and a new job as a technical writer.

I don't know exactly what the future holds, but I miss Shabana Azmi and I miss blogging and I will definitely be back. So please stay tuned for postings soon, as I turn the page on my professional life and, with any luck, get back some of the energy I used to spend here thinking and writing and communicating with all you folks out there.

Thanks for reading, and I'm looking forward to getting back in touch with all of you.