Rimjhim Gire Sawan – Manzil

If you are sitting down with a cup of chai and watching the rain, turn on our gramophone and listen to Rhim Jhim from Manzil (1979). An older Bombay comes alive as Moushmi Chatterjee and Amitabh Bachchan walk the streets drenched in Bombay’s harsh but beautiful monsoon. Manzil is a Basu Chatterjee film, where Bachchan plays an ambitious young man who lies about his finances to marry the daughter of a rich lawyer. As the baarish wears thin and the lies surface, the woman has to decide if she loves him or loves the grandeur she thought he was attached to. No points for guessing, this one, but do enjoy the song.

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  1. Finally I went through the website of Hidden Pockets. I must say it is quite fresh and very interesting. As much as I like the name, I like the idea of the posts, especially the jukebox and photo documentation.

    Just the other day I was watching a show on Epic channel that talked about role of women in the film industry and I came across a section where they showed how portrayal of female characters changed with time. It became more orthodox and stereotyping increased. According to the show the first phase of Bollywood for women was right from the 70’s to the 20’s. I guess now in the recent years we see a slight shift. The show talked about strong female roles and interesting songs which didn’t have anything to do with the famous “uski na me haan’ thingy. Women expressed their love, their sexuality freely. With songs like deewani mastani we again have hopes. But mainstream cinema is still not openly showing different sexuality and related stories. We have mostly had movies like Dostana which is absolute crass. Usually only the movies at film festivals make such movies. And before ending I must request you to watch Matterhorn. You may have watched it. If not, then you must. Its German film which was showcased in the 2014 Mumbai Film Festival.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! Really hoping that we have more songs and visual representations in cinema around us where female sexuality is expressed in a much more positive way!

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