Thursday, 10 October 2013

Brajesh's Review : The Popcorn Essayists - What Movies do to Writers

I highly recommend "The Popcorn Essayists" to every movie and literature lover. It is an awesome collection of essays on how movies impact writers and writings.

"Two languages in conversation" by Kamila Shamsie is the jewel in this collection. A deep, insightful and emotional commentary on how the two mediums differ and grow richer when they come together. Malin Suri's story on dressing like Helen and performing "Piya Tu Aab To Aaja"on Time Square is a lesson in breaking free and expressionism.

I discovered Kaurismaki through Anjum Hasan and learned about the secret meaning in Maula Jatt through Musharraf Ali Farooqi. Jaishree Mishra writes about life as a member of Censor Board and Sumana Roy deconstructs Ritwik's Ajantrik.

Overall the book is like a brilliantly presented salad with ingredients for all. Simple yet complex, sweet yet sour, rich yet basic, profound yet elementary. Strongly recommended.

Rating : 4 / 5

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