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Cineflections:53 – Kissa Kursi Kaa (Story of The Throne) – 1978, Hindi

Cineflections-53 Kissaa Kursee Kaa (Story of The Throne) – 1978, Hindi -Manjula Jonnalagadda “The punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take part in government, is to live under the government of worse men.” – Plato Kissaa Kursee Kaa is a political satire film made by Amrit Nahata in 1978. The film was first […]

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Cineflections:52 – Attam (The Play) – 2023, Malayalam

Cineflections-52 Attam (The Play) – 2023, Malayalam -Manjula Jonnalagadda “There is no timestamp on trauma. There isn’t a formula that you can insert yourself into to get from horror to healed. Be patient. Take up space. Let your journey be the balm.”— Dawn Serra Aattam is a film written and directed by Anand Ekarshi. The […]

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Cineflections:51 – Maya Darpan (The Mirror of Illusion) – 1972, Hindi

Cineflections-51 Maya Darpan – (The Mirror of Illusion) 1972, Hindi -Manjula Jonnalagadda “I have lived enough for the sake of others, now I will live my life the way I want to” – Taran (from the short story penned by Nilesh Varma) Maya Darpan is a film made by Kumar Sahani based on a short story […]

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Cineflections:50 – Mitr, My Friend – 2002, English

Cineflections-50 Mitr, My Friend – 2002, English -Manjula Jonnalagadda People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.— Dalai Lama XIV Mitr, My Friend is a film directed by Revathi, and written by V. Priya and Sudha Kongara. The film won the Best Feature […]

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Cineflections:49 – Thiladaanam (The Rite… A Passion) – 2001, Telugu

Cineflections-49 Thiladaanam (The Rite… A Passion) – 2001, Telugu -Manjula Jonnalagadda The function of ritual, as I understand it, is to give form to human life, not in the way of a mere surface arrangement, but in depth. – Joseph Campbell Thilaadaanam is a film made by K.N.T. Sastry, based on a short story by […]

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Cineflections:48 – Massey Sahib – 1985, Hindi

Cineflections-48 Massey Sahib – 1985, Hindi -Manjula Jonnalagadda “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” ― Chinua Achebe Massey Sahib is a film written and directed by Pradeep Kishan based on the novel Mister Johnson by Joyce Cary. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival […]

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Cineflections:47 – Manichithrathazhu – (The Ornate Lock) – 1993, Malayalam

Cineflections-47 Manichithrathazhu – (The Ornate Lock) – 1993, Malayalam -Manjula Jonnalagadda “Humanity is so weird. If we’re not laughing, we’re crying or running for our lives because monsters are trying to eat us. And they don’t even have to be real monsters. They could be the ones we make up in our heads. Don’t you […]

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Cineflections:46 – Ittefaq – (The Coincidence) – 1969, Hindi

Cineflections-46 Ittefaq – (The Coincidence) – 1969, Hindi -Manjula Jonnalagadda “He looked at the corner of the ceiling with an absent stare. I looked at him with a not so absent stare. He looked like a man who could be trusted with a secret—if it was his own secret.” ― Raymond Chandler, The High Window […]

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Cineflections:45 – Kaaka Muttai (The Crow’s Egg) – 2015, Tamil

Cineflections-45 Kaaka Muttai (The Crow’s Egg) – 2015, Tamil -Manjula Jonnalagadda “I can resist everything except temptation.” – Oscar Wilde Kaaka Muttai is a film written and directed by M. Manikandan. This film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It won the National Award for the Best Children’s Film and the Best Child Artists […]

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Cineflections:44 – Thulabharam (The Scales) – 1968, Malayalam

Cineflections-44 Thulabharam (The Scales) – 1968, Malayalam -Manjula Jonnalagadda “Poverty is the worst form of violence.” – Mahatma Gandhi Thulabharam is a Malayalam film directed by A. Vincent based on a play penned by Thoppil Bhasi for Kerala People’s Arts Club. The film won the National Award for the Second Best Feature Film and the […]

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Cineflections:43 – Teesri Kasam (Third Promise) – 1966, Hindi

Cineflections-43 Teesri Kasam (Third Promise) – 1966, Hindi -Manjula Jonnalagadda “if she had not been a gypsy, and if he had not been a priest” – Victor Hugo Teesri Kasam is the film directed by Basu Bhattacharya, based on a short story titled “Maare Gaye Gulfam” by Phanishwarnath Renu. Renu also penned the dialogue for […]

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Cineflections:42 – Sruthialayalu – 1987, Telugu

Cineflections-42 Sruthialayalu – 1987, Telugu -Manjula Jonnalagadda “శిశుర్వేత్తి పశుర్వేత్తి వేత్తిగాన రసంఫణిః” The children know, the animals know the snakes know the essence of music Sruthilayalu is a film written and directed by K. Viswanath. The film premiered at the International Film Festival of India. It won several Andhra Pradesh state government’s Nandi Awards. It won […]

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Cineflections:41 – Nimantran – 1971, Bengali

Cineflections-41 Nimantran – An Invitation – 1971, Bengali -Manjula Jonnalagadda “To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.” ― Federico García Lorca Nimantran is a film directed and written by Tarun Majumdar based on a story by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyaya. This film won the Best Bengali […]

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Cineflections:40 – The Blue Umbrella – 2005, Hindi

Cineflections-40 The Blue Umbrella – 2005, Hindi -Manjula Jonnalagadda “Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning” – Desmond Tutu The Blue Umbrella is a film directed by Vishal Bharadwaj based on a novella penned by Ruskin Bond. The film premiered at the Busan Film Festival in 2005. It won the […]

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Cineflections:39 – Hamsageethe – 1975, Kannada

Cineflections-39 Hamsageethe  (The Swan Song) – Kannada, 1975 -Manjula Jonnalagadda “It is only rigorous training and in depth study that make music mature into the realm of the classical.” – Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna Hamsageethe is a film directed and written by G.V. Iyer based on the novel with the same written by T.R. Subba Rao. The […]

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Cineflections:38 – Sinhasan – 1979, Marathi

Cineflections-38 Sinhasan – Marathi, 1979 -Manjula Jonnalagadda “If an enemy has alliances, the problem is grave and the enemy's position strong; if he has no alliances, the problem is minor and the enemy’s position weak.”  – Sun Tzu Sinhasan is a film directed by Jabbar Patel, written by Vijay Tendulkar based on two novels by […]

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Cineflections:36 – RRR – 2022 Telugu

Cineflections-36 RRR (రౌద్రం, రణం, రుధిరం /Raise, Roar, Revolt) – Telugu 2022 -Manjula Jonnalagadda           Distorted history boasts of bellicose glory… and seduces the souls of boys to seek mystical bliss in bloodshed and in battles. – Alfred Alder.           RRR is a film directed by S.S. Rajamouli and […]

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Cineflections:35 – Prayanam (The Voyage) – 1975 Malayalam

Cineflections-35 Prayanam (The Voyage) – 1975 Malayalam -Manjula Jonnalagadda “I remember one desolate Sunday night, wondering: Is this how I’m going to spend the rest of my life? Married to someone who is perpetually distracted and somewhat wistful, as though a marvelous party is going on in the next room, which but for me he […]

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Cineflections:34 – Katha – 1983 Hindi

Cineflections-34 Katha – 1983 Hindi -Manjula Jonnalagadda “Being a nice person is about courtesy: you’re friendly, polite, agreeable, and accommodating. When people believe they have to be nice in order to give, they fail to set boundaries, rarely say no, and become pushovers, letting others walk all over them.” – Adam Grant Katha is a […]

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Cineflections:33 – 36 Chowranghee Lane – 1981, English

Cineflections-33 36 Chowranghee Lane – 1981, English -Manjula Jonnalagadda “Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper 36 […]

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Cineflections:32 Nishabd – Hindi, 2007

Cineflections-32 Nishabd – Hindi, 2007 -Manjula Jonnalagadda “There is no anti-aging more potent than a young lover bursting with lust for your middle age vulnerability who pulls you out of rut with her arduous banter and make you whole again with her benevolent smirk”  ― Nalini Priyadarshni Nishabd is a 2007 film directed by Ram […]

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Cineflections:29 Kushboo – (Fragrance) 1975, Hindi

Cineflections-29 Kushboo – (Fragrance) 1975, Hindi -Manjula Jonnalagadda “एक छोड़ी हुई लड़कीको वापस लेले इससे बड़ा मान क्या मिलेगा उसे?” – बृन्दावन की माँ “मैं रस्ते में बैठी हुई हु? जब कहे छोड़ दिया जब चाहे लगाए, मेरी मर्ज़ी कुछ नहीं?” – कुसुम “A disowned woman is asked to come back, what is more respectful […]

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Cineflections:27 Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe – (Silence! The Court Is In Session)-1971, Marathi

Cineflections-27 Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe – (Silence! The Court Is In Session) – 1971, Marathi -Manjula Jonnalagadda “Women’s liberty”, “women’s independence” are words on everybody’s lips these days, but they stay on the lips and don’t go any further. Do you know why? I’ve found out that liberty can be obtained neither by theoretical arguments, […]

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కళాత్మక చలనచిత్రాలు- కొన్ని కథలు

కళాత్మక చలనచిత్రాలు- కొన్ని కథలు -మంజుల జొన్నలగడ్డ ముందుగా మనం కళాత్మక చలనచిత్రం అంటే ఏమిటో చూద్దాం. డబ్బులు సంపాదించే ఉద్దేశంలేకుండా తను చెప్పాలనుకునే విషయం తన శైలిలో చెపుతూ తీసే చిత్రం అని చెప్పవచ్చు. కళాత్మక చిత్రాలకు వ్యాపారత్మక చిత్రాలకు ఉండే ప్రేక్షకులు ఉండరు. తెలుగులో కళాత్మక చిత్రాల సంఖ్య తక్కువనే చెప్పాలి. నాకు తెలిసినంత వరకు తెలుగులో కళాత్మక చిత్రాలు మాత్రమే తీసినవాళ్ళు ఇద్దరే. ఒకరు బి. నరసింగరావు, రెండు కె.ఎన్.టీ. శాస్త్రి. మిగిలిన […]

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Cineflections:25 Amma Ariyan (Report to Mother) -1986, Malayalam

Cineflections-25 Amma Ariyan (Report to Mother) -1986, Malayalam -Manjula Jonnalagadda “Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.” – Aldous Huxley Amma Ariyan is a film made John Abraham. This film is ranked 9th in the BFI’s Top 10 film list. It also won the National Award in the Special Jury […]

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Cineflections:24 Madhumati – 2003, Hindi

Cineflections-24 Madhumati – 1958, Hindi  -Manjula Jonnalagadda Dilip Kumar was one of the most influential actors of the Hindi film industry. His acting style influenced later super stars like Amitabh Bachan and Shahrukh Khan. He passed away on July 7th, 2021. Madhumati is a film made by Bimal Roy and written by Ritwik Ghatak. The […]

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Cineflections:23 Anaahat (Eternity) – 2003, Marathi

Cineflections-23 Anaahat (Eternity) – 2003, Marathi -Manjula Jonnalagadda Niyoga is an ancient process though which women could have children when they could not have children through their husbands. In this process the women could have sex with a chosen one and have a child. That child would be considered the child of the woman and […]

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Cineflections:22 Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Corner) – 2015, Punjabi

Cineflections-22  Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Corner) – 2015, Punjabi -Manjula Jonnalagadda “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” ― Mahatma Gandhi Chauthi Koot is a film made by Gurvinder Singh, based on two short stories by Waryam Singh Sandhu. The film premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2015 where […]

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Cineflections:21 Junoon – (The Obsession) 1978, Hindi

Cineflections-21 Junoon – (The Obsession) 1978, Hindi -Manjula Jonnalagadda The 1857 rebellion against India also known as the first war of independence had ended the reign of East India Company and started the reign of Queen Victoria as the empress of India. Junoon is a film directed by Shyam Benegal based on a novella called […]

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Cineflections:20 Daasi – Telugu, 1988

Cineflections-20 Daasi – Telugu, 1988 -Manjula Jonnalagadda “Women are frequently treated as property, they are sold into marriage, into trafficking, into sexual slavery. Violence against women frequently takes the form of sexual violence.” – Navi Pillay Daasi is a film made by B. Narsing Rao and written by B. Narsing Rao and K.N.T. Sastry. The […]

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Cineflections:19 Visaaranai (Interrogation) – Tamil 2015

Cineflections-19 Visaaranai (Interrogation) – Tamil 2015 -Manjula Jonnalagadda Between 2011 and 2019 there were about 860 recorded deaths at the police stations in India. In all likelihood they are underreported. Zero police officials got convicted for these deaths. Visaaranai is a film made by the director Vetrimaran based on the novel Lock Up by M. […]

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Cineflections:18 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro – Hindi (1983)

Cineflections-18 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro – Hindi (1983) -Manjula Jonnalagadda “Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today.” – Mahatma Gandhi Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is a film directed by Kundun Shah. He also co-wrote the script with Sudhir Mishra. The film released in 1983. Kundun Shah […]

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Cineflections:16 Charulata (Bengali,1964)

Cineflections-16 Charulata – Bengali,1964 -Manjula Jonnalagadda Soumitra Chatterjee collaborated with Satyajit Ray on 14 films. They were like Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini, Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa, and Tony Leung and Wong Kar-Wai. Charulatha is a film directed by Satyajit Ray based on a novella called Nastanirh (Broken Nest) by Rabindranath Tagore. It premiered […]

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Cineflections: Kharij – (Bengali, 1982)

Cineflections-15 Kharij – Bengali, 1982 -Manjula Jonnalagadda According to the 2011 census there are 10.1 million child laborers working in India. There are laws against child labor, but they are rarely enforced. Kharij is a film directed by Mrinal Sen based on a novel by Ramapada Chowdhury. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival […]

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Cineflections: Ghatashraddha- (Kannada, 1977)

Cineflections-14 Ghatashraddha – Kannada 1977 -Manjula Jonnalagadda Widows in India didn’t remarry until a few decades ago. Young widows mostly spent time at their parents’ home mostly doing household chores. Ghatashraddha is a film made by Girish Kasaravalli based on a novella by U.R. Ananthamurthy. The script and dialogue were penned by K.V. Subbanna who […]

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Cineflections: Vanaja – (Telugu, 2007)

Cineflections-12 Vanaja – Telugu, 2007 -Manjula Jonnalagadda Vanaja means the one born in a forest, untamed and pure! It is also another name of Parvathi, the goddess of strength. Vanaja was a film directed by Rajnesh Domalpalli. It played at a lot of film festivals including the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals. It won 26 […]

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Cineflections: Ashani Sanket-Distant Thunder (Bengali, 1973)

Cineflections-11 Ashani Sanket (Distant Thunder) – Bengali 1973 -Manjula Jonnalagadda 2.5 to 3 million (5% of the population) died in the great famine of Bengal due to starvation in one of the worst man-made disaster of 20th century. Ashani Sanket was a film directed by Satyajit Ray based on the novel written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. […]

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Cineflections: Gaman -The Journey (Hindi, 1979)

Cineflections-10 Cineflections: Gaman -The Journey (Hindi, 1979) -Manjula Jonnalagadda It is estimated that there are 139 million migrant workers are in India. They mostly migrate to cities like Delhi & Mumbai from northern Indian states. This film is slightly different from my other films. This film has not played at any film festivals. I thought […]

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Cineflections: Vanaprastham – Last Dance (Malayalam, 1999)

Cineflections-9 Vanaprastham – Last Dance (Malayalam, 1999) -Manjula Jonnalagadda Kathakali is a traditional form of dance. Katha means story through kali comes from kala or keli which loosely translates to performance. It uses heavy makeup, masks and facial expressions to tell stories usually from Indian mythology. It is physically very intense art form. Vaanaprastham literally […]

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Cineflections: Arth Satya – Half Truth (Hindi, 1983)

Cineflections-8 Arth Satya – Half Truth (Hindi, 1983) -Manjula Jonnalagadda “चक्रव्यूह में घुसने से पहले कौन था मै और कैसा था ये मुझे याद ही ना रहेगा चक्रव्यूह में घुसने के बाद मेरे और चक्रव्यूह के बीच सिर्फ़ एक जानलेवा निकटता थी इसका मुझे पता ही ना चलेगा चक्रव्यूह से निकलने के बाद मै मुक्त […]

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Cineflections: Ajantrik (The Pathetic Fallacy) Bengali

Cineflections: Ajantrik (The Pathetic Fallacy) Bengali, 1958 -Manjula Jonnalagadda We all have things that are beyond their prime. They may be torn, spoilt, or broken. But we cannot get rid of them. This month’s film is Ajantrik, which means The Unmechanical.  This film was directed by Ritwik Ghatak based on a short story by Subodh […]

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Cineflections: Nizhalkuthu (Shadow Kill),Malayalam

Cineflections: Nizhalkuthu (Shadow Kill), Malayalam. 2002 -Manjula Jonnalagadda Capital punishment in India is rare. It is mostly awarded in high profile cases. In India capital punishment is death by hanging. As a custom the person who is pulling the lever, recites an oath saying, “I have nothing against you, it is not personal, I am […]

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Cineflections: Sthree (Woman), Telugu

Cineflections: Sthree (Woman), Telugu -Manjula Jonnalagadda “That night was filled by immeasurable softness and enormous femininity. In that hug I fondly remembered the tragic stories; the stories of feminine nature that soothed and nurtured men.” – Narrator in Padava Prayanam (Boat Journey) by Palagummi Padmaraju. “చెప్పలేనంత మృదుత్వం, విశాలమయిన స్త్రీతత్వం ఆ రాత్రిలో నిండుగా ఆవరించుకుని వుంది. ఆ […]

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Cineflections: Nimajjanam (Immersion)

Cineflections: Nimajjanam (Immersion)  -Manjula Jonnalagadda Language: Telugu Year: 1979 Hindus believe Ganga washes away their sins.  If a person’s ashes are immersed in the river Ganga, that person will be relieved form the cycle of birth and death. If a person dies in Varanasi, they attain salvation. There are several people who go there just […]

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Cineflections

Cineflections –Manjula Jonnalagadda   “Art is a manifestation of emotion, and emotion speaks a language that all may understand” – Somerset Maugham in Moon & Six Pence Good cinema is a work of art that takes you on an emotional journey no matter what language it is in. It can amuse you, and/or make you […]

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