Indian film noir?

#1 Dec 5th, 2014, 14:11
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I am a big fan of film noir. The atmosphere and the flawed characters.

"Dark rooms with sunlight slicing through Venetian blinds, alleyways littered with garbage, abandoned warehouses where dust fogs the air, rain-slickened streets, seedy detective offices overlooking bustling streets, and cigarettes, always cigarettes: this is the stuff film noir is made of a perfect blend of form and content, where the desperation and hopelessness of the situations is reflected in a visual style that drenches the world in shadows and only occasional bursts of sunlight. Occasionally acerbic, usually cynical, film noir gives us characters forever trying to elude some mysterious past that continues to haunt them, hunting them down with a fatalism that teases and taunts before delivering the final blow."


As I sit in Himachal watching The Third Man after an especially audacious trek, I wonder if there were any Indian film noir movies ever made ?
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Apradhi Kaun (1957), directed by Bimal Roy, has an Agatha Christie kind of plot and uses black and white camerawork to good effect.

The classic Hindi films noir are of course Bees Saal Baad (1962) and Kohraa (1964), both directed by Biren Naug, who in an earlier incarnation was an art-director. The plot of the former is based on The Hound of the Baskervilles and the latter on Rebecca

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Cant recall any B/W movies offhand. Within the last decade or so, Director Ram Gopal Varma specialized in a sub-set of noir called Mumbai Noir wherein the characters are from or deal with the Bombay mafia. Satya, Company, and Sarkaar (a remake of Godfather) are my top pics from his creations that should qualify. Once upon a time in Mumbai should also qualify.

Distinct from this, a neo-noir movement has emerged in the last decade. A few notable films are Johnny Gaddar (Johnny the traitor) - a 2007 film based on the writer James Hadley Chase's novel and Sriram Raghavan's Ek Hasina Thi. (Once, there was a beautiful girl)
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I would put and classify the following as outstanding here

Ardh satya
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardh_Satya


Aakrosh (satire or noir, who cares?)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aakrosh_%281980_film%29

Parinda
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parinda

Bazaar ...... outstanding music too
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazaar_%281982_film%29
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Ah splendid! I found Ardh Satya in my friend's collection. Entertainment tonight at 2100 hours with pakoras no less

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Is it possible to make noir films in technicolor? The terminology is somehow so connected with the black, white and grey of 50s. We could probably take the other elements - the soul searching, flawed but impressive characters, blurring of professional and personal and ofcourse the element of thrill.

Baishe Shrabon - Bengali movie released in 2011. Got some typical noir film elements made richer by introducing classic bengali poetry. The serial killer leaves behind verses from iconic bengali poetry and alcoholic police officer with his recently heartbroken, innocent beta investigates. Twist in the end is pretty much expected but I liked the movie. Not sure how the subtitles will work though.

Another recent one I saw was "Drishyam" (Telegu movie) released 2014 which was a remake of either Malayalam or Kannada movie with the same name - It is definitely more of in the psychological thriller catagory than noir. But there are definite dark elements and that typical soul searching and acceptance of personal shortcomings in the end. I especially loved the plot of this movie. The killer is known right from the beginning. The story line was refreshing for me and along with the cat and mouse game it raised some very serious issues. After a long time I saw something in which I could not guess what was coming next.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Cant recall any B/W movies offhand. Within the last decade or so, Director Ram Gopal Varma specialized in a sub-set of noir called Mumbai Noir wherein the characters are from or deal with the Bombay mafia. Satya, Company, and Sarkaar (a remake of Godfather) are my top pics from his creations that should qualify.
I would like to add Kaun by Ram Gopal Varma to the list.

@inditramp : you may also watch Woh Kaun Thi (1964)
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Tower House (1962) may be dismissed by some as a "B"-film but it has the right noir atmosphere.

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Another from Nihalani's stable

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