24 January, 2021

Usher In The Light

Well, who needs the truth? Give us any day the shadows on the white screen in a dark hall telling us tales written in light and time...

Manoj Bhramar
Usher In The Light
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Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.
—Jean-Luc Godard

Well, who needs the truth? Give us any day the shadows on the white screen in a dark hall telling us tales written in light and time. Tales of heroism and cowardice, love and hate, justice and inequity, of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. And if it is the Hindi film, give us the glycerine, and the trees to dance around, the white saree in the artificial rain, and the rising crescendo of a hundred violins. And endless debate on Sholay vs Deewaar, and Awara as opposed to Shri 420.

To bring an authentic perspective to this debate, and also to cheerfully stoke it, we decided to ask 25 film directors to give us their own lists of the 10 best Hindi films of independent India. Our jury included some of the most acclaimed, successful, interesting and awarded helmers in the country, from uber-showman Subhash Ghai to venerable Mrinal Sen, from visual wizard Santosh Sivan to enfant terrible Anurag Kashyap. Our only condition to them: you cannot name any of your own...

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