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The Young and Restless- Aaditi Pohankar, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Shalmali Kholgade

Have been meeting so many of them in the 18-24 age group who are inventing, reinventing, changing, melting, recasting, transforming, multitasking at breakneck speeds. They are ready to experiment with everything that comes their way and have the Midas touch to make it successful. There is no doubt that nothing can stop them from what they are eyeing at and I can see that it’s not too far away. The trio I couldn’t stop noticing, I just thought I would share my bond with them.

Aaditi Pohankar

aaditi pohankarShe is so real, so genuine, a darling. On stage off stage no pretences, bold, brave, innocent, child like, ready to kill at one moment and at the same time might just crumble if she trusts you. She is judgmental, trying to know if the other person is genuine or fake because probably she is protecting herself. But still she wears no shell around her. She was the first one in my dance class who got talking to me and was annoyed when I just shushed her because I was recording something. But just as she boils, she cools down. We started talking back again. She is like one of those people who can either be loved or loved.

I first felt the connect when she was talking about her mom and how she was so full of life  and suddenly looked at me and said “You know you remind me so much of her and she is the one who has arranged for us to meet. We are sitting and talking here because we have our energies connected and were in some or the other way linked in our past life”. I was reading a lot about regression around that time and someone talking about it with so much belief intrigued me and I would be lying if I say I did not believe her. She invited me and my kids to one of her plays by Makrand Deshpande ‘Timeboy’. I just couldn’t believe how spontaneous, bubbly, funny could this girl be who was totally opposite in her Marathi Movie “kunasathi kunitarii”. And that pink frock of hers she wore in the play, was something I would never fit in, I thought.

She is dedicated and methodical and has a great perseverance. Everything she does she puts in a lot of research and passion. She is hardworking and very romantic at heart. Because she believes so much in love she is extremely affable and lovable. She is very, very, very attached to her mom and keeps telling me I am so much like her and I just feel very good today that we are connected.

Shriya Pilgaonkar

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With great power comes great responsibility. Heard Spiderman say this so many times but realized that only when I met this girl. My first thoughts when I saw her were “What does she eat? Does she eat at all? How can someone be so thin? It is so unfair that I am struggling to shed kilos and she just about as thin as one of my fingers.” In fact the first thing I said to her was how can someone stay so thin and prompt came her reply “let me too have 3 kids like you and still stay the way you are. You are so fit I must say. “Really?” I thought. She is always so alert and looking around again and again. She speaks fast, thinks fast, moves fast. You are bound to miss out a thing here or there about her but what you can’t miss about her is her smile. If you want to know how to talk, how to teach, how to blush, how to get angry and annoyed, how to and smile – all with a smile- you must watch her.

And now about the Spiderman thing. She wears this high brows look. Anyone would think it’s an attitude. She talks so fast and just to-the-point that one might again feel she is unreachable. She doesn’t stand around to gossip. Just comes and goes like a fresh breeze. But I saw her giggle and joke around with her friends and thought omg she is so naughty. Later when I learnt that she is the daughter of Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar, I realized why she was so much in control of what she talks. She is not at all frivolous like many of the girls of her age and already has so much in her hand. She is making movies, acting in a plays, dancing, working and independent. She wears so many hats at a time at this age, no wonder she is so measured about everything. She is a sweet, smart go-getter with just the right attitude to be a winner. I am waiting for the big news. It’s just around the corner I am sure Shriya.

Shalmali Kholgade

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I just love the spunk in her. I met her in my dance classes and when my teacher whom we fondly call tai introduced us to each others as singers in her class. We bonded almost instantly and talked about our interests in genres, singers and the works just to realize that I was so outdated about the current crop of songs and singers in the western world. An avid Amy Winehouse fan, she sings with many groups and performs at various places. While her mom is a classical singer she sings western and pop and is self trained in English and pop numbers. Singing is in her genes but it’s her hard work that gives her the control in high pitch notes. Remember her singing at our class once. Though I couldn’t make out which song but she has a micro phonic voice in control and with a lot of scope for emotions. Just this once she called me for her show at Blue Frog for a Grammys Tribute Night with a band. She even blocked entries for me but I was not sure if I would make it. Just then my brother called that he was back in town and bingo! We both were there just a little before her number. Her eyes were all of that of Amy Winehouse’s, and when I pointed that out she passionately started telling about the Amy Winehouse tribute show she did few months back at blue frog and how successful it was and how excited she was to see me there and that her dad was very happy with her work and was planning to buy her a car and for her next show she would pick me up so that we both could have some fun on the way. She talked and talked and talked till someone pointed that she would be next. Starting from adjusting the mike, to the end of the show, she was not the girl who was just talking to me. She was drama personified. There was so much happening beyond singing. She connected to everyone. Just as slowly she started singing and pulling every single soul there with those invisible strings, all were left asking for more.

She is a kid who has all the fun and also has her quiet pensive moments when she is focusing deeply on something but, stage is where she belongs to. The amazing quality about her is that she just transforms on the stage. She is a singer, a drama queen, a heartbreaker a total package someone would want to see up there. No stopping you Shalu. Way to go……

I am very glad to have known these girls so close and wish them all the big things in life that they want and are meant to have.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Amchi Mumbai, 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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Why this Kolaveri Di from the Tamil Movie 3

There have been many instances in the history of Indian cinema that unified us irrespective of the caste, creed, religion, region, color etc. like the unforgettable song ‘Man Tadapat hari Darshan Ko Aaj’ written by Shakeel Badayuni, composed by Naushad and sung by Mohd Rafi – all Muslims, but emoted so beautifully that till date the temples play this song or ‘Pal Pal Hai Bhari’, written by Javed Akhtar and performed by Shahrukh Khan that tells us about the good vs. evil through Ram Raavan. And now we have this Anthem ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ … Tamil-English(tanglish), Hindu-Hindi, Dosa-Samosa, any combination possible in this-country/that-country…this song is a rage. Its kind of crazy to see the viral effect the song had. It was so simple, ‘catchy and original’ as said by Amitabh Bachchan in his tweet.

I think it clicked because “the ‘Murderous Rage’ was so drunk that it could only humor itself.”

Only if everyone is blessed with such a rage in reality too, my hubby would have been a happily married man.

Take a look at my kids taking on the soupy slurrpy Kolaveri Di

 

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Movie

 

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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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To Shammi Kapoor with love

My early memories of Shammi Kapoor dates back to ‘Badan Pe Sitare lapete hue’ or ‘Taaa…reef kaoon kya uski’ or ‘Tally ho’ or ‘Tum…sa nahi dekha’ or ‘O haseena zulfon wali’ and of course was the most famous ‘Yahoo’, in ‘Chitrahaar’ (a weekly TV show on bollywood songs). The song I saw was in black and white but the thing to remember was the way Shammi would crane his neck and arch his body and pout his lips and blow his locks falling on his forehead.  During my selection process in Zee TV’s Antakshari, I sang the song ‘Isharon Isharon me’. I didn’t win though but while preparing for the song I first time watched Shammi Kapoor’s antics so carefully and probably emoted my reactions to it, that made the show director select me for the opening round of that season way back in ’93. He truly was the lover boy of that era who made ‘club nights’ so raving with his jumping around.

It was just yesterday that I read in the papers of him being admitted to the hospital and also about his medical conditions. It is sad that this free spirited, effervescent actor, also known as the Bollwood’s ‘Elvis Presley’ lays still today. My heartfelt condolences to this star of yesteryear. Till date this line holds true – ‘Tumsa nahi Dekha‘.

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Posted by on August 14, 2011 in Amchi Mumbai, Mother India, Movie, Review

 

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Chillar Party movie review

Aarela hai apun, bole to kan khol ke sun……….Chandan Nagar ke Chaudah(14) Chillaron ki Chaddi party ne bole to Chaap dala…..ha ha ha. The web site gave credits only to 11 of them – Fatka, Bhidu, Encylopedia, Akram, Jangya, Aflatoon, Secondhand, Panauti, Silencer, Toothpaste, Shaolin. I would also add my favorites -Googly, Pakau Uncle, RANBIR KAPOOOOOOR (thanks to the TOI article in the morning that I waited till all credits rolled up to see his item number Tai Tai Phish)

Initially when my kids were planning to spend the Sunday with the Chillar Party, I wasn’t too keen and tried talking them out by saying…rating is only 2 stars (made up on my own), Lets go for ‘Buddha hoga tera Baap‘, we also saw Amitabh shooting for that movie (as if the camera covered us in the frame), I will not come if it is Chillar Party…..But the kids stuck to their guns. Even the tiny tot, who had a temperature jumped up at the idea of a kids movie and said “you go for your movie, dad will take us for Chillar Party”. Grunt grunt, snort snort was the sound I made and picked up a paper to actually check the ratings and much to my surprise it was 6 stars (With ‘Buddha Hoga…’ at 4*). 6 stars? How long has that been since a Bollywood star gave that kind of a hit. I have to watch this movie I thought and resumed my kitchen work. Finally after having our lunch when started getting ready I said, the little one is sick and might need me in the hall (my way of getting in to the gang). Left for the 3pm show at Fame adlabs. The ‘House Full’ board did not dampen my spirits and we shifted to the nearby Cinemax for a 5pm show.

Believe you me, from the start to finish, I was laughing and laughing and laughing and Prashant kept teasing “A 2* rating movie (remember the rating I cooked up) can give you so much pleasure?” None of the kids were shown as out of the world entities doing a flying scene or something. They all were the boys next door, from decent families, whose parents fretted over the bad company they kept and the foul language they picked up, kids who had their gang time in the evening to play and plot (the ‘Tatti’ on the car….’yuk yuk yuk but made me roll over with laughter and fall from my seat’) and also used their flaws judiciously (panauti wishing Bhide victory). Especially the last portion in the TV channel debate where the kids simply read out lines from their ‘Value Education’ text book (Even my 5 yr old understood those arguments). I kept remembering the lines from Hrishida’s movie Bawarchi “It is so simple to be happy but so difficult to be simple”. Hats off to writer-directors, Vikas Bahl and Nitesh Tiwari for keeping the ‘simplicity hat’ on while scripting the story.

The paedo version of ‘Slut Walk of Chicago’ will definitely see the following trends catch up:

  1. Chillar party Birthday Themes
  2. Chillar party nick names given to all junior groups – in societies, in schools and colleges, in joint families, in corporate gossip room (I have nick named my kids CP 🙂 )
  3. Public Protests ‘without any shame’ called Chaddhi March (remember the proposed skimpily clad slut walk in Delhi this June was renamed ‘besharmi morcha’ fearing opposition and the dress code too was toned down).

Anna and Baba — need some pointers ?

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