by Allan Fish
(India 1973 135m) not on DVD
Aka. Garam Hava
Should I stay or should I go?
p Abu Siwani, Ishan Arya, M.S.Sathyu d M.S.Sathyu w Kaifi Azmi, Shama Zaidi ph Ishan Arya ed S.Chakravarty m Aziz Ahmed, Aziz Ahmed Khan Warsi, Ustad Bahadur Khan
Balraj Singh (Salim Mirza), Gita Siddarth (Amina Mirza), Jamal Hashmi (Kazim), Yunus Parvez (Fakraddin), Farook Shaikh (Sikander Mirza), Jalal Agha (Shamsad), Abu Siwani (Baqar Mirza), Badar Begum (Salim’s mother), Dinanath Zutshi (Halim), Shaukat Azmi (Kaifi), A.K.Hangal (Ajmani Sahab), Vikas Anand,
Considering the availability of so many Bollywood classics of this and previous eras, the other side of Indian cinema can still be difficult to track down. Satyajit Ray, of course, is now becoming available in Hi Def, while Ritwik Ghatak will doubtless soon follow. But it’s the next generation of directors who joined those two erstwhile masters in the late sixties and seventies that can be hard to appreciate. Where can one find decent prints of films by Mrinal Sen, Mani Kaul or the director of the film in question, M.S.Sathyu. Any that are on DVD are in deplorable condition and interrupted by those God-awful logos so prevalent in Indian DVDs that float in and out of vision like the mother ship in Space Invaders.
One should be grateful then, I suppose, that in an age when British television channels ignore film and its history completely, that occasionally Indian classics pop up in the small hours on Channel 4 in one of the sporadic celebrations of Indian culture. It’s how I first saw Hot Winds. Not ideal, perhaps, but you take what you’re given. (more…)