Sunday, October 31, 2010

For Facebookers and Others

Testing a DivX player here...

The Social Network (2010) DVD Screener from KabaalQSS on Veehd.

The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Favorite Things, Updated

From my email Inbox today, one that has been making the rounds for years, 
now edited for relevancy. Read the update after the pics !

Julie Andrews turned 75 on Oct 1, 2010

Six years ago she was honored by the AARP at NYC's Radio City Music Hall 
where she performed one of her signature classics - with updated lyrics for her
elderly audience and herself, a Stage Classic featured in 'The Sound of Music' :

My Favorite Things

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things....

Cadillacs and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things....

When the pipes leak, when the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don't feel so bad !

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short, shrunken frames,
When we remember our favourite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad !

Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the 
crowd that lasted over four minutes, plus
thunderous multiple Encores.

My Favorite Things
My Favorite Things on MP3

The Sound of Music (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Special Edition) 
The Sound of Music 
(Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Special Edition)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dustedoff Has Published my Pardesi Story

Saturating the Blogosphere and is a link for all my non-Facebook
friends. I recently provided the Dustedoff Blog owner with the true story of 
the scenes behind the making of 'Pardesi' an Indo-Soviet film from the '50s,
Sam Millar's Pardesi poster2
a film that I had a tiny part in....tiny in terms of the total time that I appear 
on-screen, but not that tiny when you consider that I spent those few on-
screen moments with Russian actor Oleg Strizhenov the lead person in the
film. Here Oleg portrays the legendary Afanasy Nikitin, Russia's greatest 
Merchant-Explorer, whose travelogue 'Journey Beyond Three Seas' 
served as material for the film's screenplay.

Unfortunately there is no decent copy of the film available for purchase.
That is indeed a pity, because not archiving or re-releasing this Filmfare 
Award Winner and  Nominee for the Golden Palm Award at Cannes reflects 
very poorly on India's present-day values. Old is not always gold, and thanks to
the Dustedoff blog, attempts to examine and evaluate cinematic hits and misses
are a consolation.

Fri, October 22, 2010 11:57:55 AM
[New post] The Pardesi Extra's Story
From : WordPress
re: Dustedoff

The Pardesi Extra's Story

Earlier this month, this blog hosted a guest post by Fred Miller, son of the talented (but alas, largely uncredited) Sam Millar. Fred had promised us another post, of his reminiscences from his days with his father in the big, bad world of Hindi cinema in the 50's, and here it is: a delightful, very [...]
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Travel beyond the three seas / Khozhdenie za tri morya 

Travel beyond the three seas / Khozhdenie za tri morya 

...and Mosfilm has the film listed as 'Travel Beyond the Three Seas' 
for Download

Read my untold story

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

My Guest Post Published on Dusted Off Blog !

Dusted Off is the creation of a lady who is fascinated by 'Cinema, the way it used to be'
and is a widely read blog that I stumbled upon, while doing a Search for my Dad's work in the
Indian Film Industry during the early days of Bollywood. 

I was thrilled to find mention of a few movies that he had worked on but somewhat saddened
that the Blogger was so unaware of the details of the man who went to great lengths to try
and raise the standards of Indian Film-making. And so I left a comment in which I cited my
Dad's listing at and mentioned that her observations about the Costume Design
Films Directed by Mehboob Khan: Mother India, Andaz, Aan, Amar, Auratfor the film 'Aurat' 
Films Directed by Mehboob Khan: Mother India, Andaz, Aan, Amar, Aurat
were a bit disconcerting to me. The outcome of my Comment was that
I was immediately contacted by the lady Blogger, who pleaded with me
to do a Guest Post that would right the wrong she felt she had inadvertently
directed at my Father. I agreed to do so, and in the process found myself
confronting many details of my past that had been forgotten or kept private
for personal reasons.....till now. And so, if you too want to know the untold
story of the early days of Bollywood, My Dad and myself, here is the Blogger's
intro to my story that she has titled 'The Talent of Sam Millar' :

' Dilip Kumar. Mughal-e-Azam. K Asif. A very familiar poster.

But how many people know the name of the man who created this poster? The man who, in fact, created also the almost iconic Mother India poster? I didn’t, till a couple of weeks back.
Then, one day, someone named Fred Miller left a comment on my review of the Premnath-Bina Rai starrer, Aurat. Fred told me that his father Sam Millar was the Art Director and Costume Designer for Aurat, and also the man (though uncredited) behind the Mother India poster—and more. Fred not only very graciously forgave me for lambasting the costume design of Aurat, but also agreed to do a couple of guest posts.
Here is the first one.'

Read the first of my Guest Posts at Dusted Off, Comment and Share.
In the meantime, I'm busy working on a post about 'Pardesi' the Indo-Soviet
collaboration that won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The one I had a tiny part in....
real tiny !