If I ever made a movie…

If I ever made a movie, it would be like Tamanna.

A hijra (eunuch) finds a baby girl in a garbage bin and brings her up as his own. Paresh Rawal as a hijra is an endearingly helpless parent. The discarded infant (Pooja Bhatt) is a rich industrialist’s third unwanted daughter. The mother was told that the babies were still born.

*So there’s a poor hijra who makes a courageous, huggable parent.

*And there’s a hitman who won’t take supari assignments while his daughter has fever.

*And then there is a violent, wealthy, wife beating man who gets his three daughters killed.

I just finished watching the entire movie on 13Β  You Tube videos [here] πŸ™„

The lyrics in this trailer are beautiful… “Ghar se masjid hai bahut door, chalo yoon karlen, kisi rote hue bachche ko hansaya jaye…” (Masjid is very far from home, so let’s do this; Let’s bring a smile on the face of a crying baby…)

If you were to make a movieΒ  …just one in an entire lifetime, what would it be like?


100 thoughts on “If I ever made a movie…

  1. I would probably make a comedy movie. Something that can bring a smile to your lips no matter how many times you see it and no matter what your age or what company you are in (General viewing).

    Probably something like “Chameli ki Shaadi” or “Jaane bhi do Yaron”.

    As much I love comedy, I strongly dislike crap comments on sexuality or something random spoken just to add pun and not real fun.

    Great post IHM.



  2. There’s no way to justify the shame so I’ll say it outright – I’ll make a freaking good Batman movie where they do him right instead of messing up his voice and suit πŸ˜€ …Not too meaningful in a holistic sense I know, but hey, someone has to do it!

    Gotta love youtube. Where would we be without it?


  3. If I were to make a movie… !!!!!! Gee…. !!!!!

    It would have definitely have to have a Treasure hunt… something like Indy Jones or Romancing the Stone or Congo or National Treasure… something of that type …

    A treasure hunt in somewhere in Africa or Amazon… !!!!

    Movies made in Africa and involving treasure hunts with a trail through rain forests, deserts, ravines, tunnels, pyramids, mountains which are laden with lots of animals and various dangers… aaah !! these have always been my most most most favourite… it would have to be that !!!!!!

    Actually Africa is the only place I would like to visit more than India !!

    Sorry if I disappoint you… but no social cause in my movie !!!


    • Infact I think I must do a post on movies in Africa.. how they have always affected me.. !!

      I have seen some on HBO – in passing, and in bits… and I love them too. Give me some names of the ones you particularly love… one I found scaary was ‘In the shadows of Kilimanjaro’ it made babboons look so bad! Another was about a young couple lost in Africa after an air crash- loved the landscape…


      • Now I have to see In the Shadows of Kilimanjaro.. !! I havent seen that one..

        The best ones I loved are :

        The Ghost and the darkness ( The most gripping movie ever made in my view, its a true story)
        The gods must be crazy Part 1 and 2
        King Solomon’s Mines

        Romancing the stone is in Columbia but its another fantastic one.. !!

        Me – Okay I have seen and loved ‘Gods must be crazy’, many parts (how many are there?), and Congo and I think some others in bits …I have to ask my kids the names of all the Africa movies they have forced me to join them and watch… πŸ˜‰


        • Do watch the ghost and the darkness !!!! its a wonderful true story at a place called Tsavo… !!! the movie is really well made… !!!! πŸ˜€

          Me – Will watch! … send more names this way πŸ™‚


      • you must see Hotel Rwanda and Nowhere in Africa. The latter is an immensly beautiful true story of a Jewish family that goes to Africa in WII. hotel rwanda is abt the 1994 genocide, also a true story. I saw them by chance as a student in Pune

        Me – I find Africa fascinating too! Will keep these in mind!!!


  4. It would be like ‘Zakhm’ starring Ajay Devgan and Pooja Bhatt.

    Second pick would be ‘Mirch Masala’ starring Smita Patil
    Third – ‘Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi’, Fourth- ‘Ijaazat’, Fifth – ‘Saat chya aat gharat’ (Marathi movie)

    And the list goes on… Phew! I ahve so much to do. So many movies to make πŸ™‚


  5. The early bird gets to comment first?? Thanks for the link IHM, I have not watched this movie. As to your query – If I could make a movie it would be like “Revolutionary Road”. The female protagonist played by Kate Winslet is so real and someone that any woman can connect to.


  6. I remember this movie. Paresh Rawal was so good and also the time when he changed from his usual villain roles.

    If I ever make a movie, it would be on Pangi. The character I mentioned on this post.

    Me – That was a beautiful post Sol!!! Yes Pangi deserves a movie!


  7. Yeah, I have watched this movie long time back and I too liked it !

    Me – After this post I am making a list of Indian movies that are not advising women to suffer and sacrifice πŸ™‚


  8. That’s one helluva difficult question! I guess it would be a love story, perhaps something like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

    Me – I have a list of movies to watch now!!!


  9. What to say only Mahesh Bhatt is equal to Mahesh Bhatt.He is the only guy capable and dare to touch unconventional themes in bollywood.One of my favourite director.I didn’t like Tamanna much(yeahh it is a very good movie.I have seen it when i was very young.May be thatz y i didn’t like it at that time).

    @ make a movie —-hmmm i prefer old feel good mallu movies like 1.Kilukam 2. Mithunam 3. Nadodikatu (my fav movie) or may be HumTum πŸ˜€
    P.S I don’t think i’m that strong to handle heavy dose topics

    Me – Anish humour and a lighthearted way of conveying a message is even better πŸ™‚ That way I LOVE Mirch Masala!!


    • hee IHM if you ever decide to watch these mallu movies call me for translation and remember to keep plates of Vada Pav ready for me πŸ˜€

      Me – Sakshi, vada pav with garlic chutney? Fine! πŸ™‚


  10. It would be a movie about kids, childhood …. which actually is quite street smart and not as innocent as people may like to believe

    Me – Oh yes! Kids are much smarter than most parents realise πŸ˜‰ I’d love to watch this movie πŸ™‚


  11. If I were to make a movie???? ….. an instant answer would be animated movie on the post which is on my blog right now. I am not aware of any movies on talking clothes πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ !!!…and now, if you want me to think (which I hate), I would love to make a movie on our never ending Cross border terrorism series, imagine, one director, several script writers !!! WOW !!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Btw, Tamanna was a great movie, but came out at a bad time, also, the other stars in the movie were a big let down !

    Me – LOL πŸ™‚ The cross border terrorism as a movie… !!! πŸ˜†


  12. I have not seen Tamanna.. i remember the trailers to be extremely gloomy and depressing though.. will see it now if i get the chance..

    Me – Gauri take a look at the trailer, it’s a sweet movie with subtle sarcasm… it isn’t gloomy πŸ™‚


  13. Its a lovely movie πŸ™‚
    I think I would make something like Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Lajja, loved madhuris section in the movie…

    Me – I loved Lajja! And also Astitva and Mirch Masala was subtler but amazing, have you seen Mirch Masala, I had blogged about it too! πŸ™‚


      • Astiva was a good one… Tabu’s character standing tall… It was quite funny how her son and her husband stood together against her while the prospective DIL by her side… But I think that how it happens in society…

        Me – Pins N Ashes boys who grow up with MCP fathers generally grow up beliveing women can only be respected if they prove to be humble, obedient, saintly, sacrificing, godesses (as is faultless), eager to please and serve etc. They even apply this to their own mothers, shocking as it sounds. The dil must have been so horrified to see that set !


  14. If i were to make a movie it would either be a soppy romantic comedy or a world war 2 movie like The Pianist or wait on second thoughts I could even consider making a documentary about how rampant is women’s harassment in the workplace.. Gosh I need more than one lifetime to make all of these !!
    reading your post I think Tamanna sounds like a decent watch.so let me first go and watch it..The film maker in me will just have to wait for a while πŸ˜‰

    Me – Watch it liveonimpulse … you will love it and also love the very relevant message… LOL @ the film maker taking a back seat for a while πŸ˜‰


  15. If i got a chance to make movie…i want to movie for kids..some cartoon characters doing funny things..like mogli or something…

    I saw this movie Tamana long back…and really likd it..and also cried at one song…cant remember now which song it was πŸ™‚


  16. More than Bollywood, you ought to see Tamil and Malayalam movies for some quality messages conveyed in an effective way… But in Bollywood, my favourite movie is – Chak De India – One of the best movies made in bolly with a message which was effectively and nicely said. I like Taxi 9211 also, for the message it conveys. My most favourite hollywood movie is : Pursuit of Happiness. I am not an emotional person… but I cried after watching this movie – excellently made.

    Destination Infinity


  17. Hi IHM !!! For the past 2 hrs I’ve been reading all ur posts, which I missed, due to my shifting. WOW !!! What a JKG contest !!!! Wish I was there, tooo !!! πŸ™‚

    Coming to this post, my choice for my movie will be a romantic comedy – I just love them – Can watch them so many times. And so, I wish that my movie too, should be enjoyed by one and all !!!!

    Me – It’s so good to see you back! Hugs πŸ™‚ I love romantic comedies too!! But I am sure if I tried my best I won’t be able to make one funny! But I feel I can make a serious movie!


  18. Yes I wish I could make movies like Mirch Masala I know I cant thats why I have decided not to trouble the audience by making another bad movie. Will watch Tamanna when I get a Cd


  19. I haven’t thought about it yet but i’ll surely try and make something inspiring like say RDB or TZP, something of the sort… πŸ™‚


  20. Tamanna was a beautiful movie! One of the best that I have seen. It was so moving! I feel like watching it again.

    As for what movie would I make… thats a really tough one – can’t think of anything 😦 Let me think a bit more and see if I can come up with something..


  21. I love animated movies…so something cartoony πŸ™‚ Or maybe something like Dor. Did you watch Dor IHM? Its a really good movie. I think you’ll like it.

    I haven’t but now I will, I making a list here homecooked πŸ™‚


  22. It was indeed a fabulous movie.Good story,direction and terrific performances. If I were to make a movie I would love to make something like ‘Genesis’-that wonderful movie by Mrinal Sen(I hope I have mentioned the director correctly).


  23. I haven’t watched Tamanna yet! If I were to watch it on You Tube I can expect them to finish loading by next year. My Internet connection rocks! πŸ˜€

    Anyway, if I were to make a movie, I think it would be something like ‘Masoom’… the old one starring Naseeruddin Shah and the young Jugal Hansraj.

    Me – I fel that movie was beautifully made, but I would like see another Masoom, where a man accepts his wife’s child from an extra marital affair… 😑


  24. I haven’t watched Tamanna yet, but will do soon… I like the movie Theen Diwarein… I have been looking out for a movie with Rekha ( don’t know the name, that’s the problem) …. Is that ‘Arth’ confused comment!!


    Me – What was the movie about? Rekha did do some good movies, Arth had Smita Patil and Shabana Aazmi, but there was a Rekha movie where a married woman was gang raped? Grah Pravesh. Khoobsurat was another one..


  25. IHM,
    It’s a nice movie – heartbreaking though! Tough one there which movie would I make?Too many to list down:

    Satirical : Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron – It’s an amazingly intelligent movie – my all time favourite

    Comedy: Andaz Apna Apna & Chupke Chupke

    Drama: Iqbal, Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hain

    Love story: Dilwale Dulhani Le Jayenge

    I’ve watched the above movies for n number of times and can watch them again and again – everything about them was perfect and they re-defined bollywood

    Kids: All the potter movies – favourite though is Pri,soner of Azkabaan

    Drama: A Few Good Men ( I almost know the dialogues by heart)

    Comedy : Analyse That

    Superhero – Spiderman, The Dark Knight, Batman forever

    Phew – I would need a lot of money on me wouldn’t I:-)))) And there are still many more I’ve not mentioned – I think this would make up for a good blogpost!

    Me – with these movies the money you spend will be an investment – you will get it back doubled πŸ™‚


  26. I am not sure about making a movie, but I wish they made more movies like the old Gol-Maal, Amol Palekar’s. I have seen it n no. of times and not bored yet. πŸ™‚

    Me – I also enjoy light hearted movies πŸ™‚


  27. If I was to make a movie it would be giving a message about Humanity and all humane work in such a way so as to present the picture of the real world today.

    Me – And it should also be entertaining so that it is watched by all!


  28. u know, ive wanted to watch this…and also I am Sam [sean penn]…but i know and i know for sure il end up weeping and wailing.
    So maybe sometime when i’m toooo happy.

    Me – Another one in my list!!!


  29. thanks so much for this post… just been wanting to watch this movie… thank god you reminded me of it…

    Me – πŸ™‚ Thanks… would love to hear what you thought of it once you have watched it!!


  30. As I am a lazy person I would rather wish to be reincarnated as the Japanese Director Akira Kurosawa, Iranian Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Gulzar all rolled into one πŸ˜› I can see any of the movies directed by these guys any time of the day.

    IHM have you seen Gulzar’s Ijaazat? I would love to remake that movie and keep the original lyrics of this song

    I am sure you must have watched Sagar Sarhadi’s Bazaar and Shyam Benegal’s Ankur?

    For those funny bones I would love to make something like Chup ke Chup ke or Angoor… πŸ™‚

    Me – Sakshi Ijaazat and the song ‘mera kuch saamaan tumhare …’ – beautiful, let me watch the video now!!


  31. I haven’t watched this movie, adding to my list.
    If I make a movie it will be on the same lines as Life Is Beautiful, no movie has topped on my list after I watched this 6 years ago!

    Me – I loved Life is Beautiful Sands !!!


  32. this has been one of my fave movies since the time I was a teenager..

    paresh rawal was awesome and so convincing.

    and the song definitely is the best.

    i’ll go watch it again.

    on a different note: i’ve loved shyam benegal’s “mammo” too for the same genuineness in storytelling and for striking a chord so well that we start really liking the people in it.. like real people.

    if I were to make a movie.. I’d make a movie on a woman’s life story.. someone who faced the world and made it big on her own terms, in her own ways, rather than through the superhuman Don-woman ways one assume stronger women to be. I believe women inherently have superior skills in dealing with life, though we are conditioned to be less womanly and more manly if we are to accomplish things on our own in a (so-called) man’s world. I’d like to make a movie on some woman who cracked that code.

    Me – Usha this sounds amazing!! I even feel if we just looked at our strengths without giving our strengths or weaknesses a gender, we’d just be strong people, women and men.


  33. Hi Indian Homemaker! This is my first comment on your blog, I am “de-lurking”:-) I had arrived here via Nita’s blog, and have been lurking and reading many of your posts from time to time. I must say that I really like your posts; they are very open, entertaining, emotional with a strong sense of personal conviction. Keep it up!

    Me – Thank You!!! And delighted to meet you locutus83 !! πŸ™‚

    I had watched Tamanna many years back, and this film brought tea

    As for my favourite movies – I have many favourites – but if I would have to make a movie, the top one on my list would be “Amelie”. A scene from the movie which brought tears to my eyes, and still does whenever I come across it:

    It is my all time favourite which shows human goodness and art at its very best. It’s a must watch movie, with the feel good power of 10000 dark chocolates which will make you fall in love with the idea of love itself, and will make you enjoy the little things in life and will elevate your compassion levels 10 times above Mother Teresa’s.

    Me –

    Besides that, there are types of scene’s (from top grade movies) which I would have loved to have made, and maybe the movies themselves:
    The most ultimate real “love” scene ever from an excellent movie (Go ahead, check it out!!)

    Me – That’s a lovely link – there’s a whole collection of scenes there! Thank You!

    And a scene which defines friendship and brings goosebumps, from my all time favourite Trilogy:


  34. I think parts of my previous comment went missing! Tamanna was a very nice movie, and it brought tears to my eyes.

    Now, after having a second look at your post, I think I was a bit hasty in trying to show off my favourite scenes πŸ™‚ If I personally were to make a movie, it would be not one but a trilogy at least!! It would have excellent background music and spectacular cinematography and special effects, and would have to be a core science fiction and fantasy mixed movie with scenes of artistic imagination, soft love, heroism, horror, terror, friendship, war, honour, fun and frolic and compassion rolled together. Basically a mix of my favourites –
    Star Trek + Star Wars + Lord of The Rings + Amelie + Gladiator + Last Samurai


  35. I loved Tamanna and Zakhm!
    Pooja Bhatt and Paresh Rawal and Manoj Bajpai at their best!

    If I were to make a movie – it would have songs and lots of dancing involved in it with a msg or 2 thrown in about equality and discrimination… πŸ™‚


  36. If I were to make one — Mani Rathnam’s Kannada flick “Pallavi Anupallavi” .

    While I wouldn’t kid myself to be good at directing I can’t but help lament at good ones that go looney. After a Saaransh, Mahesh Bhatt & co decide to dole out crap after crap. Anupam Kher decides to become the biggest moron in the name of comedy. A Farhan Akhtar after a Lakshya and DCH decides to act and sing (??).

    Meandered in from BAT. Nice post…


  37. This movie ws superb!

    And those lines β€œGhar se masjid hai bahut door, chalo yoon karlen, kisi rote hue bachche ko hansaya jaye…” – If only ppl realized what true worship is all about! Sigh!


  38. I loved Chupke Chupke, gods must be crazy part II, Pushpak etc. If I think about it, I might get a very long list. Nowadays, I like comedies most, even Govinda movie chalega! But I end up watching serious movies with full concentration! I have seen Tamanna. A very well made movie and Saajan too.


  39. I saw Tamanna with a few of my friends after we passed our Class 12 ( or was it 10 I don’t remember) exams. We went for the film because it was tax free. Great choice IHM. I think I would like to make a film like this.


  40. Beautiful song and lyrics.
    I have not seen this film but will do so asap.
    If I ever made a movie it would be about an intelligent woman who faces life on her terms and rises above her situation – there was a film called ‘avargal’ in tamil. My protagonist would be a bit like that.


  41. Read somewhere between comments that you are making a list. Here are some more.
    ek ruka hua faisla

    not only Mrs. Raut

    Wonder why I am not able to recollect a single English movie. Grrr! Mental block. Will come back with more. πŸ™‚


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