Tuesday, February 12, 2008

sholay and the art of dramatic writing

Dhanno and I dropped in as guests to a scriptwriting workshop at Kalaghoda. Manisha (good, good teacher) was discussing 'Sholay' with reference to Lajos Egri's "The art of dramatic writing." We had a lot of fun. I showed the songs from my film 'Lilkee', and we all agreed on how we love songs and believe in using them in films.

Zee Cinema was showing Sholay that evening, and Banno, Dhanno and Teja stayed up until midnight to watch it , yet again. Dhanno didn't go to school the next morning, but hey, we did notice some things in the film we hadn't before.

The words "Ramu ki saali" in the Holi song.

The sets of Thakur's haveli are really bad. I mean he's got "purkho ki zamindari" (ancestral land) and a large family, and his house looks like a shoddily put up shack.

What's with the end? Yes, it's nice to end with train leaving the station, as it was to begin with train arriving at the station. But why is Veeru so surprised at seeing Basanti in the train, was he planning to leave her behind and go away, even after she danced on shards of glass for him?


Manjushree Abhinav said...

And why is Basanti dressed in a saree in the last shot?


I remember Raamu ki saali very well because it rhymes with -Jaa doongi mein Gaali :)
Rhyming gaali with holi is an old hat. Rhyming it with saali- now thats creative :)

Indeterminacy said...

I love musicals! I love the old hollywood musicals of the 30's and especially love the comedy uses, e.g. Monty Python, or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The music in O Lucky Man, by Alan Price, is my favorite soundtrack of all - it belnded and balanced perfectly with the film.

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