Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BAHUBALI 2: My Conclusion

So finally caught up to the hottest trend this May: #Bahubali2 : The Conclusion
I must applaud the efforts that have gone towards the sheer magnificence of the project; the last that came distantly close would be Devdas or Jodha Akbar.
Interestingly, it had a story too. Much crisper, balanced and well shot than the Part I.

Devasena's character was a thrill to watch. And of course, Amarendra Bahubali did make me want to swoon a little. The villain, Bhallaldeva definitely made me gulp at his fine body and broad shoulders 😍
Kattappa is another pivotal character who served the kingdom throughout his life and maintained a decent sense of humour alongside!
Larger than life canvas, captivating storytelling and well directed action scenes make this movie a sure shot must watch.

Guess what, the hindi dubbing is actually a fun experience unlike the ones that Sony Max offers us!

Liked M.Kreem's music, the hindi renditions, Hindi lyrics, the situationallyrics and then lastly, the best part was the special effects used!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

I Miss You, Ma

जो भी हूँ 
तेरा बच्चा हूँ माँ।
तेरा हाथ सुकून की डाली है
पतझड़ में छत
नींद वाली थपकी।
वो तेरा
गाल खींचकर प्यार जताना।

तुम नहीं हो यॅहा 
पर आदत से मजबूर हूँ?
काश तुम से लिपटकर 
तुम्हारे चले जाने पर रो पाती
थोड़ी इमोशनल हूँ ।
जो भी हूँ 
तेरा ही तो बच्चा हूँ, माँ।

Friday, April 28, 2017

Rest in Peace, Vinod Khanna!

Sometimes when a celebrity dies, you feel a certain ache in your heart caused by the void. Not just the void caused by his/her death but by the memory of watching a movie that cast this actor or the song he made his own with his charisma...

I can still picture Munnu singing "O rahi o rahi...", in a high pitch as she looked out of the window and perhaps remembered your style… the scenes of the film.. our last trip together… one of her last songs... 

I can still picture how my most favourite singer Kishore Kumar Sir would have sung it… in his style and the expressions.

Vinod Khanna was not just a Bollywood actor. He was nothing less than a Greek god. I remember growing up watching his Baba zarda and Cinthol ads… I knew I had a crush on him. 

By the time I realised what a crush is... Shahrukh Khan and Sonu Nigam entered my life. Ah, well!

It is not just about him passing away. 

It is the legacy of what you leave behind. What you continue to remind people of. That's our magic. 

I wish this magic to each one of us.

Rest in peace, Vinod Khanna.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Liked Sultan? Watch Saala Khadoos Instead!

A film that propagates patriarchy like none other; that stars a 'human' who has been speaking rubbish since the very start of the decade; a movie that we all went to watch, irrespective of what our leanings are: SULTAN.

Nobody really went to watch the brilliant storyline of Sultan, we knew what we were going for. But what really hurt me and made me regret my decision was Anushka Sharma. I still remember the gusto with which she had brought her production, NH8 to the box office. Her interviews included issues ranging from women empowerment to equality of pay and opportunity between actors to how she does films which promote women’s cause.

To be honest, I went to watch Sultan with my family but was looking forward to Anushka’s character, Aarfa. And she really enthralled me with her attitude and determination for her passion for wrestling when she declined Salman Khan’s character Sultan’s love. Her sportsman spirit to question and attack the notions regarding women being incapable of being successful sportspersons, moved me. However, I was aghast when I sat witness to a scene where the same Aarfa at a later juncture, gives away her dream of winning at the Olympics because she gets pregnant. And guess what, even her father, who had trained her, questions her and blames her for the “accidental pregnancy” to which Aarfa looks at a jubilant Sultan and says, “What bigger dream can there be than this?”

Are you serious?

Now, when I brought this topic before my colleagues and Salman Khan Fans who also happen to be my friends, their reactions swivelled from “Why are you delving so deep into this, focus on the story of Sultan” to “Women do this all the time” and also “What did you expect her to do? Abort the child?”

Tough questions, tougher challenges of introspection and about the role of women in our lives. My judgement hardly matters, Sultan is probably going to be one of the biggest hits of 2016. But I will still say that Saala Khadoos was a much better, cleaner and deeper take on the field of sports, sportsmanship and role of women.

Par kya kare, Baby ko Bass pasand hai!