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Monday, November 28, 2016

Movie review : Dear Zindagi

Title :  Dear Zindagi
Language : Hindi
Year : 2016
Director : Gauri Shinde
Genre : Drama, Romance
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Lead Role : Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar, Yashaswini Dayama, Ira Dubey

It is all about loving one's life. It is about two roads diverging in a yellow wood and taking the one commonly traveled by, because it is probably the more easier path. Kaira is the soul of the movie. She is young. She is independent. She is a talented cinematographer. And she is hot. We assume her life is picture perfect but obviously it is not. She is going through depression. She doesn't seem to know how to handle her love life. We see the reasons as the plot progresses through the sessions between Kaira and her "dimag ka doctor" Jahangir Khan. These sessions take the story forward.

The entire premise is simple, not trying to be preachy or bigly philosophical. Sometimes it shifts into a rom-com with no melodrama. Overall, the director of English Vinglish is back with another happy watch. Alia owns the role. The young actor is impeccable in character roles. Anyone who has watched Highway or Udta Punjab can vouch for that fact. The role of the mentor was a piece of cake for SRK. Music by Amit Trivedi is pleasurable, so in the visuals of the picturesque Goa.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Movie Review : Rock On 2

Title :  Rock On 2
Language : Hindi
Year : 2016
Director : Shujaat Saudagar
Genre : Drama, Musical
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Lead Role : Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Sraddha Kapoor, Prachi Desai

Rock On had succeeded because it had caught the attention of the youth with its pulsating music and cool ideals. Rock On had succeeded because it had portrayed in an intense and realistic manner. Rock On had ended where Magic had begun, or rejoined after a hiatus. Some years passed by. What happened to Aditya Shroff, Jo, Sakshi, Debby and Killer Drummer? Welcome to Rock On 2.

Rock On 2 begins the show in the serene and mystical villages of Shillong where Aditya leads a rather reclusive life after something went wrong a few years back. (Yeah that’s the same way he reacted after fighting with his friends In Rock On! That’s the way he is. He tries to run away from problems.) The friends do meet occasionally. Sing songs and all that stuff. We are also shown the interaction between be a wannabe musician Uday and the introverted, talented Jia. As the story progresses, music happens.

A discussion of Rock On! series is nothing without mentioning its music. Unlike the prequel, the composers have not gone for an all-out rock show.  Rather, we are introduced to soulful tunes emerging from different cultural demographics. (Ishq Mastana, Hoi Kiw). Still, my personal favorite ‘Woh Jahan’ holds a special place in the movie.

Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Sraddha Kapoor, Prachi Desai and many others have delivered a neat performance. Frames are full of north east beauty.

Rock On 2 may not enjoy a similar success because viewers may compare it with its prequel, which could be called a coming of age classic. Rock On 2 may not enjoy a similar success because the viewers, still under the influence of ‘Bulleya’ or ‘Break Up Song’ have not emoted very well with ‘Jaago’ or ‘Tere Mere Dil’ as much as they had with ‘Tum Ho Toh’ or ‘Sinbad the Sailor’. Rock On 2 may not enjoy a similar success because the current demonetization issues may keep a portion of viewers away from theaters at least for a while. Rock On 2 may not enjoy a similar success a set of narrow minded, blind set of ignorant people is trying to tarnish the movie because of dirty politics allegedly because the producers Farhan and Ritesh said they would not oblige to that goon vigilante Raj Thackeray and his whims.

Personally, I loved the film. At the end of the day, that’s all what matters to me. (Of course Rock On! Was a better experience.)

There’s a scene where a character says “Market me jo bhikhtha he who banta he dil ka tune”. (What sells becomes our favorites). Just felt like mentioning it here. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Movie Review : Zeitgeist The Movie

Title :  Zeitgeist The Movie
Language : English
Year : 2007
Director : Peter Joseph
Genre : Documentary
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Zeitgeist film series is a set of three documentary films which discusses various conspiracy theories. Zeitgeist : The Movie is the first installment of the trilogy, which was directed by Peter Joseph and released in 2007.

The movie is divided into 3 sections - the first one proposes theories of how Christianity and other major modern religions designed fraudulent concepts of God by copying concepts from other pagan religions. They propose that religions are nothing but a collection of hollow lies and superstitions, and how people confuse them with scientific phenomenon (like astronomy, for instance).

The second section focuses on the dirty politics of government of the United States of America, and go on to claim that the infamous 9/11 was actually an inside job.

The final section deals with the origin and growth of corporate bankers, how they manipulate emotions to their advantage. The makers accuse them of creating catastrophic situations including economic depression and even the world wars.

Debates are still on regarding the authenticity of the series, and there is no conclusion as of now. If found to be true, this could have huge repercussions on the entire world and humanity.