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Monday, November 16, 2015

Complaint Letter

C: The world we live in is unfair.

J: Tell me about it.

C: I often feel unwanted. That I do not really belong here.

J: I would say you are making a mountain out of a mole.

C: It ain’t like that. Sometimes I sound ‘s’-ish, like in cinema, or cereal. At times I also sound ‘k’-ish, in cattle, or canopy or callousness. I do not even have an identity. I find secure only in the company of H. When we are together, there is this amazing sound which is irreplaceable, like in charm or change. In H’s company, I am contended.

J: Come on, it is alright to have more than a single sound. You become versatile, don’t you?

C: Easy for you to say. Do people ever mistake your sound? You are unique.

J: If it would make you any happy, I would confide that my life is not all pleasant either. It would have been if someone else had not gone out of their way to mimic me. I hate it when people use me in a negative word like jeopardy, but they go for G in gorgeousness.

C: Haha! You are Jealous.

J: I got your jibe, Cry-baby.

X: Sorry people, I could not help overhearing you two. It is a pity that both of you do not see what you already have, and are instead wailing over the negatives.

C: Wait! Aren’t you ‘into’ from maths? What the heck are you doing here?

X: This is exactly what I was talking about. I am one of you and half of you does not even know me. My use is very limited in words, and at certain points K and S come together to replace me.

J: Don’t get C started on K and S!

X: On top of that, those math guys designed multiplication operator to look just like me.  Now people from all over the globe confuse me with it. But unlike you guys I wouldn’t cry over all that.

C: How do you manage to be positive, X?

X: It is simple. All you got to do is look around and observe. Then you shall learn that everyone has problems. Look at my neighbors. W is threatened by V, Y is at times snubbed by I and Z has always been under the constant shadow of S. Do you see them crying their hearts out?

J: You are sensible, X. Thank You.


X: Don’t even mention it.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Movie Review : Masaan

Title : Masaan
Language : Hindi
Year : 2015
Director : Neeraj Ghaywan
Genre : Drama, Romance
IMDB Link
Watch trailer on Youtube
Lead Role : Richa Chadda, Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra , Shweta Tripathi


Another realistically made, thought provoking film which keeps the viewers intrigued and in sync with the plot. Though the primary plot is based on lost love, the movie delves into varied issues including the nation’s debatable morality laws, social stigma, cop behavior and the like. Though the viewers are offered a plethora of love stories by our filmmakers, seldom does our movies paint romance in such innocent manner. The nervousness and sincerity are beautifully conceptualized. There is a subtle jibe at the existing social class differences too.

Richa Chadda has done a commendable job playing one of the protagonists, Devi. Equally mentionable are Shweta Tripathi, Vicky Kaushal and Sanjay Mishra who all lived their roles.  Director Neeraj Ghaywan used to assist Anurag Kashyap, and unsurprisingly he has chosen to follow the master in choosing rave themes.


Personally, I have never understood why the police should interfere with the private laws of citizens. While intercourse with mutually consenting adults is a right, the laws related to immoral trafficking confuses me. Incidents like the recent raids by Mumbai police at hotels to crack down on young couples were irksome to say the least. The filmmakers have delightfully chosen to highlight this paradox. 


Friday, November 13, 2015

Movie Review : Anarkali

Title : Anarkali
Language : Malayalam
Year : 2015
Director : Sachy
Genre : Drama, Romance
IMDB Link
Watch trailer on Youtube
Lead Role : Prithviraj Sukumaran, Biju Menon, Miya George, Suresh Krishna


Many of us might be familiar with the tale of Anarkali, the court dancer who was supposedly Jahangir’s secret lover. But when a debutant director announces the title for his directorial venture, one is not very sure what to expect. Is he gonna portray the Mughal times? Or is he planning to base the plot on the ageless tale of love? One fine day, the trailer releases and doubts are put to rest.

Anarkali, as the team behind it described, is a romantic drama with feeble elements of thrill sprinkled here and there. The storyline is not very gripping or deep, and it is compensated by the beauty of the breathtaking visuals. Cinematography is the soul of the movie, and Sujith Vasudev deserves an applause.

Prithviraj Sukumaran is apt for the role of Shantanu, our mysterious wanderer. With the right looks, physique and voice, he keeps the viewer hooked. Both Prithvi and Sujith Vasudev learned diving to provide the underwater sequences authenticity. By the end of the shoot, they had obtained their Grade 1 certificates too.

Biju Menon and Suresh Krishna stands out with their performances. The climax, which would have turned ordinary, was notched up a level by the former’s impeccable comic timing. Though the heroine looked real pretty on screen, I had wished for a Prithvi-Miya combo.

Sachi may be new to direction, but we are familiar with his writing in films like Robin Hood, Seniors, Run Baby Run and the like. To be honest, this is not his best work. If some care were taken to edit out certain sequences, the drag factor would not have arisen.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Irony

"Do you know what irony is?" she asked me as she barged into my room. I was inside, reading.

I considered her abrupt question. Apparently without expecting any reply, she continued, "Irony is when nobody bats an eye when guys drink their heads out, but when they see a girl drinking, hell breaks out."

"Hold on, are you telling me that you drink?"

"Occasionally, yeah!"

"I don't think it is something to be proud of."

"Hey don't judge me."

"I didn't."

"Yes You did. I can see it in your eyes."

"Well I did not mean to. That would have been instinctive. But that had nothing to do with your gender. Drinking is bad for health. It's as simple as that."

She did not seem to listen to reason then. Perhaps she thought I was just being another male chauvinist. An awkward silence followed.

"Do you know what irony is?" This time I posed the question. And as before, I continued without expecting a reply, "Irony is when we frown upon judging, but we celebrate that character whose deductions were mostly the result of judging people."

By now, she had stormed out of the room, almost as abruptly as she had entered. It was my turn to pacify her. I kept aside 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' that I had been reading on the table, and went after her.