WHERE IS THE SAMURAI?
The popularity of Akira Kurosawa’s films is palpable among Delhi’s young.
One humid night in Delhi, inside the darkness of the Rabindranath Tagore Hall of the Japan Foundation, a cluster of heads were seen silhouetted against a white screen displaying rickety Hiragana alphabets while a portentous melody hovered over the space. The following scene played itself out during the screening of Throne of Blood, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as a part of the Akira Kurosawa film-screenings: Ikiru (Doomed), Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood and Yojimbo held between 24 to 27 August. The audience in attendance was largely young, fresh and enthusiastic about trying to find a place for the dramas and the ‘jigaigekis’ in their own milieu.
Conceived in the era of post World War II debilitation, Kurosawa`s works are embodiments of the binaries between pathos and humour, action and introspection, steeped in ruminations about human struggle and nature. So what is it about these stories that haveseen swift transposition from 17th century England or 19th century Russia across Japan and back to our capital city? It is the genius of Kurosawa`s blatant moral premises which are mixed with punches of action and humour. His movies show how human individuality can be truly liberating when seen in the context of the social order the person is placed in.
On 11 and 21 September, acclaimed director Yashujiro Ozu`s Equinox Flower and Late Autumn will also be screened at The Japan Foundation. Till then, the woman in Throne of Blood spinning the wheel of fate will be on our minds.
NOT JUST DOSAS AND UTTAPAMS
If you are not in the South, be here.
One of the oldest joints in Mayur Vihar, Neel Giris dishes out authentic South Indian cuisine. An old-school canteen feel greets you there with its minimalistic decor — dark wood sun-mica table tops neatly arranged in files with chairs. The menu which originally consisted only of a robust variety of dosas, uttapams and South Indian thalis adapted itself to the demands of the customers and came to include North Indian and Chinese options. .
The pricing is reasonable and if you are looking for a filling meal, the specialities — Neel Giris special masala dosa (Rs 110) and Maharani Masala dosa ( Rs 110) are also easy on the pocket, considering the crunchy stuffed delicacies they are. Coming to the desserts, Kesari bhat ( Rs 80) is a traditional halwa made of semolina but if you are looking for something more creamy there’s Gadbad ( Rs 130), a tall glass filled with layers of ice-cream, fruits and jelly.
Address: P19/20, Pandav Nagar, Mayur Vihar-1, New Delhi