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Pushpa I hate Tears Re… RIP Rajesh Khanna

Remembering his lines in ‘Amar Prem’ with Sharmila Tagore, and many more such dialogues he mouthed in so many movies the numero uno ‘loverboy’ of Indian Cinema, Rajesh Khanna was the guy next door everyone wanted to take home. Women cutting veins in frenzy, kissing his car leaving lipstick marks all over it,queuing up for hours to get a glimpse of the man who made ‘Babu Moshai’ a common acronym for Monsieur, he was the first to give the Indian Cine Star the ‘Superstar’ status.Fondly known as kaka, he was a phenomena nobody can deny or replace ever

Can’t forget the simplistic smile, the tilted head shake and the kite flying hand actions in songs like ‘Jai Jai Shiv Shankar’ from ‘Aap ki Kasam’ with Mumtaz or ‘Aaj na chodenge bas hamjoli’ from Kati Patang with Asha Parekh, or ‘Ye shaam mastani’ from Anand.

He will be dearly missed by many fans of yesteryears and of course the others in the middle and of coming ages.

Some of my favorite dialogues from his movies as a tribute:

Are o Pushpa, I hate tears re : Amar Prem

It is so simple to be happy but so difficult to be simple : Bawarchi

Zindagi badi honi chahiye lambi nahi: Anand

Main marne se pehle marna nahin chahta : Safar

Babumoshai, Zindagi aur maut uparwale ke haath hai Jahanpanah, jise na aap badal sakte hai na mein. Hum sab toh rangmanch ki kathputlian hain, jiski door uparwale ke haath bandhi hai. Kab, Kaun, Kaise uthega, yeh koi nahi janta.Ha Ha Ha : Anand

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Mother India, Movie

 

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Desi Daru, Bidesi Bottle… Cocktail Movie Review

I was keen on watching the movie more because my friend Shalmali Kholgade (go ahead an like her fan page) sang the song ‘Daru Desi’. I expected some real today movie but somehow not every director has the guts to do a Karan Johar or Yash Chopra on an adulterous relationship. Yash Chopra’s Lamhe took a subject so daring of its times where a girl romances a man of her father’s age and Karan Johar explored the subject of extramarital affair in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and still become a commercial success. While movies like ‘Chini Kum’ and ‘Nishabd’ too had similar stories but one had a comical angle and the other had a lot of lust.

Cocktail deals with the subject of no strings attached relationships where they show two professionally successful individuals, Saif Ali and Deepika Padukone working hard (they edited out those scenes) and partying harder (it was all about this). Enter Mother India (Dimple Kapadia) and Sati Savitri (Diana Penty) and the movie is one of the regular bollywood story.

My observations

  1. They could have shown a bit more on the professional ethics of the three of them. Saif is shown a software engineer but mostly as a flirting at workplace. Deepika Padukone is a photographer but except for one scene where she is capturing someone monkeying on a trampoline, she is all the time partying and sleeping with strangers. Diana Penty gets a great job but she’s always shown messed up in personal life.
  2. Boman Irani was a Wasted Resource: The character was supposedly ideated to help Saif in his misgivings but did almost nothing except for act as a filler when the story went flat.
  3. Saif was trying too hard to look like a 25 year old. He could have acted like a successful, suave 33 year old flirt. There are plenty of them in the society.
  4. There are some funny moments, flat moments, high moments, flat moments, one cocktail moment(discussed in detail below), flat moments, predictable moments, flat moment, flat moments, flat moments and some more flat moments. So over all a ‘thanda drink’. Dont watch if you have a sore throat…ha ha just kidding.
  5. Two DPs (Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty) with D Padukone at her hottest best and D Penty at her saddest best. In fact I was confused many a time is she was crying or smiling. And there is a stark resemblance between the two too.

Okay. Now to ‘The Cocktail Moment’ : When a Drunk Deepika padukone tells Diana Penty something like ‘Chalo hum dono usko share kar lete hai, tu biwi ban jaa aur mai rakhail…meri image ko suit bhi karega..kyun itna bhi nahi kar sakti? akele hi rakhna chahti hai.‘ Wish they could have actually done something on these lines where they all live happily ever after.That would have been revolutionary. But Homi Adjania somehow pulled back his original idea it seems and preferred to stick back to the regular success formula. (I doubt this thought never crossed his mind)

There are so many instances, India and Worldwide, said-unsaid, of successful people and commoners with multiple partners such as:

Musicians : Pandit Ravishankar(Annapurna Devi,Kamala Shastri, Sue Jones and Sukanya Rajan )

Dancers: Raja Reddy (Radha and Kaushalya Reddy)

Actors : Dharmendra, Amir Khan, Saif Ali, Dimple Kapadia and so many of them.

Players: Vivian Richards

Politicians: Karunanidhi

The movie actually wanted to show some of the issues of the current Indian Society such as:

  1. Career is primary and relationships are secondary for the current crop of youngsters.
  2. Being settled in life is about financial independence and not just about getting married and having kids.
  3. The current crop has moved over the cliched mentality- ‘marriage stuffs are only the Sati Savitri types others are good just a s one night stands‘. Women look good when they are hot and sexy and can be taken home to mom.
  4. DPs are carefully chosen to show the two sides of every girl today. Each one of us has an outrageously bold and subtly sacrosanct personalities.

Relationships become a burden when an old school, dearest to heart, elderly family member, emotionally pressurizes you to get married. That is their idea of settling down. While they are all okay with the fact that their child is in and out of relationships but the one they marry should be financially stable in case of grooms and homely and cultured in case of brides. Even today the parents protect a 30+ year son/daughter and feel societal pressures if they are not married. And this is what leads to conflicts of interests and such marriages are more prone to break as compared to the ones which are between like minded people. Anyone can still have a life if they have been through a broken relationship, and not just once but as many times till they find someone who matches up to their personalities. One break-up should never be a deterrent to live life to its fullest. Remember you have just one life. Cocktail is an eye-opener to the way kids today want to lead their lives. Do watch it.

Rating: ***1/2 on a scale of 5

They should have

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Mother India, Movie, Review

 

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Gangs of Wasseypur – Movie Review

A whole movie made as a prequel to the actual movie (Gangs of Wasseypur – 2).Whoa! That’s how I would put it. The concept is so pathbreaking. The narrative is long and can also act as a history lesson to understand the rise of the coal mafias in Wasseypur. Piyush Misra’s voice at the background gives it the exact Wasseypuriya touch. The story is simple – Manoj Bajpais journey of revenge of his father’s killing, handed over safely in the hands of his younger son played by Nawazuddin and all other games people play to stay on the top.

My Observations

  1. Cinemas like this also gives actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who otherwise would have got lost in the oblivion, an opportunity to make a mark and carve a niche for himself in the parallel-realistic-dark-cold-sudhir misra/vishal bharadwaj/anurag kashyap type of story telling, just like the other successful ones in this league – Irrfan Khan and KK Menon.
  2. Unique marketing tactics for part 2 via banners installed all over the city of the Wasseypur elections. Movie making itself is redifined now with such marketing gimmicks. Reminds me of Amir Khan’s  ‘buzz-cut’ technique for Ghajini.But we are yet to match up to the best viral campaign ever of ‘The Dark Knight’

Scenes that were ‘Oh So Cute and funny’ – Manoj Bajpai imitating Reema Sen while she washes clothes and Huma Qureshi telling Nawazuddin ‘its ok to hold my hand but permission lena chahiye’ and a scenes that was really gross – the buffalo slaughter area from where the policeman discovers a finger of the dead, yuk yuk puke puke….

In fact this is the type of movie ‘lesser you speak about and more you want to watch’. Cant wait to see Gangs of Wasseypur-2 releasing on 8th August.

My Rating – ****1/2 out of 5

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Mother India, Movie, Review

 

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The Birth and Death of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan – Agneepath Movie Review

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‘Dekh ye hath ekdum Saaf…Isko dho diya main’

When Chota Johar decided to re-make Agneepath, originally by the Bada Johar, I thought I should see the ‘Bachchanpath’ before the ‘Roshanpath’ so that I can enjoy giving the SWOT analysis of old vs new. Shame on a movie reviewer like me who had given the legendary Vijay Deenanath Chauhan a big miss. BTW, SWOT here stands for Scene Weene, Opinion Topinion. An acronym I just coined. Please do talk about it in your comments and tweets. I want it to be trending in today’s twitterverse. While I was tempted to see the original before the adaptation, some part of me wanted to take a look at the new one with fresh perspective for an unbiased opinion.

Thanks to ma-in-law’s visit that I could get out of the house in the near middle of the night with hubby and not think of kids while watching the movie. That’s another story altogether that I ended up sleeping while my husband was cracking his brain with the SWOT stuff. (He had seen the original one literally a hundred times and I knew I would have some first hand comparison insights from my abode itself).

After over 3 long hours of sleep watching the movie (alternating between sleeping and watching) I decided to just pull the blanket and sleep properly. Thank god I had company else the ushers would have had to do me out of the hall. I so wanted to pour it all on my blog the next day but thought it would be wiser to watch the Big Johar’s masterpiece and reserve my comments till then.

Finally I saw the ‘Bachchanpath’ yesterday for the first time and wanted to know just three things:

  1. Why would the Karans (Johar and Malhotra) want to kill Vijay Deenanath Chauhan? Bada Johar’s Agneepath gave birth to the cult Vijay Deenanath Chauhan which was actually the big O in terms of the dialogues, acting, storyline, characters, actors and everything that went into the making of the movie. Again, by the big O, I mean Original here. Please Mentos mat khao( Dimaag ki batti band rakho). Looks like the Karans knew it from the beginning and that’s why it was also a part of Sanjay Dutt’s dialogue saying ‘s baar to Vijay Deenanath Chauhan Ko Marna hi Padega’. Chota Johar’s Agneepath literally hanged him to death on that ‘Mandwa ka Banyan Tree’.
  2. “Krishnan Iyer Em Yea ko kyon nahi liya? Hain” I want to ask this really loud with that ‘hain’ in Amitabh’s voice. He was such a comic relief in the serious dialogues and violent fight sequences. Was it so difficult to draft a parallel hero script or was it budget constraints? As an afterthought it could have been used as the bollywood launch role for ‘Dhanush’ of the Kolaveri fame.
  3. Bhopal se Behen kyo lekar aaye? (Usme aisa kya tha jo mujhme nahi?) This behen in Roshanpath had hardly any role and was visibly awkward with Hrithik touching and holding and lifting her. (I would have died to even play Hritihik’s mom.)

A Special request to Ekta Kapoor who is in a Soap adaptation spree of the Box Office Hits – pls don’t try recreating this epic anymore.

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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in Mother India, Movie, Review

 

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Puss in Boots Movie Review

Kids had this invite for friend Anjan’s daughter’s birthday party for the movie show “Puss in Boot”. I had seen all Shrek series at least over a dozen times and was super impressed by the animation, story, characters, voice overs, and the works so I got tempted. Also my Mady, bro was along and wanted to watch it so I had my free entry to the movie.

I will just come straight to the point here about my likes and dislikes. Will keep on tweaking this post as many times as I watch it over and over.

What I liked about the movie was Animation. The 3D version was simply superb. Things I couldn’t miss noticing and enjoying were:

  • The beanstalk growing into the sky.
  • Puss, Kitty and HumptyD ‘floating on the cloud’.
  • The salsa sequence of Puss and Kitty- oooh what moves.
  • The beanstalk slide.
  • The starving old man in the jail whose handcuffs are too big for his wrist.
  • The gold pooper chick.
  • The golden heart of Humpty-Dumpty (that we saw when he died).

What I am wondering about is “What was the story all about – Jack and Jill, Jack and the beans stalk, Kitty softpaws, Humpty Dumpty, Puss in Boots. I guess the movie lacks a proper storyline. They tried to recreate the ‘Shrek effect’ of having different fairy tales interwoven but lost on uniformity.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Mother India, Movie, Review

 

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ROCKAPOOR – Movie Review of Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar

I guess after Shahrukh Khan, it is indeed any and every movie of Ranbir Kapoor I can watch. All this while there was super criticism of Ra.1 but I just couldnt take my eyes off Shahrukh, so don’t know what people were badmouthing about. And now it is Ranbir Kapoor all the way I will be supporting, loving, ogling, jaw-dropping at.

Some personal facts that I would share:

  1. This was the first movie I ever watched alone in a movie hall and thought…”thank goodness I didn’t get others along.” They couldn’t have seen my love for Ranbir and I would have been disheartened by any negative remarks here.
  2. By the reviews and the Youtube videos of the songs I thought I would need need rolls of tissue as I am too touchy, but I kept wondering till the end what made Deepika Padukone or anyone else cry. Maybe a poorly narrated script.
  3. The initials ‘JJ’ are same as mine so I am calling myself JORDAN for now guys…have updated my FB profile name too…(may be till I see a Shahrukh Khan movie of another of Ranbirs) Has anyone seen such a crazy fan like me…

But just couple of doubts I had about this movie

  1. Why was this called ROCKSTAR? If it was because he had a desire to be a Rockstar, then from ‘desire’ angle he desired to be with his lady love more so it should have been named ‘Tumko Pa Hi Liya‘, ‘Besaleekha Ashiq‘ or ‘Naadan Parindey Ghar Aa Ja‘. This way they wouldn’t have had to write a title track for the movie …OR …If it was because the word ROCKSTAR being used multiple times then from multiple occurrence point of view it should be named ‘JANGLI JAWANI’.
  2. Do male guests really fantasize about the bride on the day of her marriage?
  3. Why do the directors make Ranbir cry at some or the other point in time, in all of his movies? Why don’t hey try to dig some more potential. (RANVIR on the other hand is a lucky-Vicky here amongst the current breeds who is experimenting.) Rockstar could have been made as a Happy Movie instead of desperately trying to be a sad one.
  4. Whatever happened to the pretty bollywood ladies? Why didnt Imtiaz Ali consider the current crop of talented girl-pool here. Well I guess I can answer this one. Nargis looks anorexic, bolemic, sick, tired, etc etc etc and the script demanded a sick woman towards the end of it where she did perfect justice to the role.Thank god we had Ranbir with her in all the frames(we didn’t have to close our eyes on her).

The ‘take home’ from the movie : I too made my list of all the ‘keedas’ in me….Oh common, you think I am going to make it public….U never know!

My Rating: *** on a scale of 5

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Mother India, Movie, Review

 

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Vande Mataram!!!

In childhood I used to look forward to this day for the apples and biscuits distributed in my school besides performing various patriotic song and dance items. As I grew up, we had flag hoisting in the nearby areas with some elderly person/s reminiscing their experiences during the freedom struggle. Now I am a mother and I take my kids around for various celebrations in the building and the surroundings. Today someone asked why do you gather this day, and I looked at my daughter for an answer and she promptly said ‘because we want to pay respect to our country’s martyrs as they freed us from the British Rule.’

Then suddenly I thought, 64yrs now (36yrs from my birth) and I am still enjoying the freedom from the British Raaj. but am I really free? Am I free from the roving eyes of the lecherous men, am I free of the thought of the safety of my little ones because their gender (look froward to voicing my opinion in the Mumbai slut walk), am I free from the thought that some corrupt neta is pocketing my hard earned money in one of his foreign accounts (plan to fast for at least a day with Anna Hazare to show my solidarity), am I free of the fear of another bomb planted somewhere in the vicinity of my near and dear ones (am soon enrolling myself for combat training), am I free of the thought that this S&P’s downgrading U.S. debt from AAA to AA+ would not affect India so much (will try to hold on the larger expenses planned and probably shift my plans of buying a home to next 10 yrs), am I free of the thought of some natural calamity hitting India besides the political and communal ones (god forbids!!!). It’s my needs in my life that defines my freedom. The more I need of the day to day life, the more I expect from my husband, my kids, my near and dear ones, my company, my community, the leaders, the countries and end up blaming all people around for my failure.

For my kids, do they even look at these things? Freedom for my little ones is to be able to play some hours more like the older kids in the building, my not telling them to follow their timetable after coming home from the school, to be able to remove anything from anywhere from the house and leave them where ever, to shout and jump on the bed and sofas in the house, to watch TV and play games for as long as they want, to order Domino’s Pizzas and Pastas everyday. For them freedom is freedom from their MOM. I am equivalent to the British Raaj who rations and regulates the whats, the wheres, the whens, the whos the whys, the whichs, the hows of their life. Till they are not exposed to the harsh realities of life I am happy being their mother (of all problems).

Vande Mataram!!! Vande Mataram !!!

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