Archive for January, 2011

Movie Fest!!

Posted in My-Movie-Review on January 23, 2011 by prajwalpai

After a bitter after-taste from the pretentious Gussarish, This weekend I had a fest of  some good Hindi cinema. I saw Udaan and Dhobi Ghat and enjoyed every bit of both movies. I also watched Band Baaja Barath which again was pleasant watch.

Udaan :

This is a movie about chasing of your dreams. I think this must be one of the best movies of last year. Towards the end of the movie there is a racing scene in the movie between father and son and you cannot help yourself but feel like go grab a pom-pom and wanting to cheer for your hero. This being the most important scene of the movie metaphorically is like seeing a little birds first successful flight and hence the movie gets its name. That frame is frozen in the pic I have posted here. This movie is so well made that you can feel every feeling that the characters are going through. The best part of the movie for me was the kid Arjun. The kid with hardly few lines in the initial part conveys everything through his eyes and cute body language. The conviction this kid has is unbelievable. Our hero is a mother-less boy in boarding school. His dad hasn’t paid him a visit and kid has almost forgotten his dad’s face. He is suspended from his school and is sent back home. Only when he comes back home does he come to know that his dad has married again and he has a step brother. This movie is as much a story of relation of two brothers as it’s about chasing your dreams. Our hero aspires to be a writer and we get to listen to some wonderful poetry. Carefully listen to the poem he recites in the park bench to his dad. Few lines of this poem conveys volumes about how desperately he wants his dad to let him live his dreams.  A must watch for everybody and keep a look out for ‘kanthi shah ke angoor’, Its hilarious.

Dhobi Ghat :

I didn’t have high expectations from this movie. I had read reviews and kinda set my exceptions low but this movie pulled me in from the start and blew me away. I went in a group of 9 people and it was only me who liked this movie and Sushruth had a mixed feeling about this. This movie might not appeal to everybody and the movie being very unconventional and un-filmy, The response is very much understandable. Every person has his reason to like the movie and similarly everyone will have their reasons to hate. Many of the ppl couldn’t wait for the movie to end and few ppl has a sheepy content smile on their face when the movie ended. This movie is a snapshot into lives of 4 people. I wish I knew some superlative word than ‘perfect’ to express how perfect the casting for the movie was. Anyway, Let me do this part by part.

Mr.Khan – The intrigued

As a whimsical loner, Khan has tried to give a restrained performance. He plays an artist with ease and is intrigued with the Video diary he finds in his new house. He draws inspirations from these videos initially but towards the end the same things haunt him. I would call him a perfect cast not for the performance but because  If not for Mr Khan, This movie wouldn’t have got the exposure it’s getting now. It would have been highly possible for this movie to get unnoticed. Having said that, Amir Khan has tried to give a sincere performance shedding every star attribute.

Krithi Malhotra – The Enchanted

She is a newly wed who is trying to fit into Mumbai. She is initially totally enchanted by Mumbai. Her character is preparing Video dairies to post them to her brother. We go through her journey from excitement to awe  to loneliness to depression. We see Mumbai in her amateurish camera and it was wonderful. It’s hard to believe that she is not an actor but a costume director and fashionista in real life. It seems she is a very camera-shy person and to be a part of this movie in tapes is ironic to say the least. A perfect cast , We could feel her feeling in her eyes. The amateurish camera work does wonders in making the feel of the movie totally unconventional but making it more the REAL.

Monica Dogra : The consumed

She is a NRI on sabbatical. Her character named Shai is an investment banker who is trying to catch a breather in the dirt of Mumbai. Again i cannot say this enough that she is a perfect cast. In real life Monica is a lead singer in a some rock band and also a composer. She makes total justice to the character and it a treat to watch her on-screen. I loved watching her in every frame. On her first meeting with Amir, she is totally consumed by his love, so much that she resorts to a healthy stalking. She cannot get over the one night stand. I loved the way she treats dhobi.  In a scene when she asks her maid to get 2 cups of tea, Her maid gets one in a mug for her and another is a small glass for the Dhobi, When Shai notices this, she picks up that small glass. I loved the way the scene is treated. She is full of life and has a lovely screen presence. She is indeed a NRi in real life it seems and I loved her expressions, There is a moment in the movie where she eyes Mr.Babbar while shooting him, I am waiting to download this movie and see that moment again and again. The black and white pics she clicks are a treat to watch.

Mr.Babbar – The Dhobi

I saved the best for the last. Mr.Babbar no doubt is the heart of this movie. He plays the central character of a Dhobi by day and believe it or not, a Rat Killer at night. I didn’t know such a profession even existed. He is a bit of an aspiring actor and a Salman worshiper too somewhere in between. He got completely under the skin of the character. His body language, language, the way he walks, the way he sits right down to his posture. There are so many scenes which proves his mettle. I particularly loved the climax scene where he chases Shai’s car and the scene after that. I think this dude has a long way to go, may not be in commercial movies but more of off beat movies like his mum. I still remember his line from ‘jaane tu ya jaane na’ , when he says to Genelia- Thumhara Ghar thumhara bum.

I will try not to sound like some psedo-intelectual here.As I saw it, There is not much of a story in this movie. It’s just inter tangled incidents that happened in a span of few days. It’s about life in Mumbai on how you are always in a state of transition. Everybody is trying to have something more in their life which they might not achieve. At the end of the day after everything they have been through, They just move on.

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Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten

Posted in Blogroll on January 11, 2011 by prajwalpai

A fable is a succinct story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities), and that illustrates a moral lesson, which may at the end be expressed explicitly in a pithy maxim – Wikipedia


Who doesn’t know the “Slow and steady wins the race” from ‘Hare and the tortoise’ or sour grapes from ‘The Fox and the grapes’! Everybody would know Aesop then. He was apparently a slave in Ancient Greece. Aesop’s existence remains uncertain, and no writings by Aesop survive but he luckily has copyright on innumerable  stories. Aesop’s fables are more of a ‘genre’ than actual fables written by him if he ever existed.  I recently got hooked to Aesop’s fable when I got a iBook by that name. On my journey back from Goa I was immersed in these fables. I realized that its more relevant for adults that for kids. These fables might be one of the easiest way of developing moral values in kids but adults could also relate to the experience they have been through and grasp the depth of these morals.  Each fable which hardly has some 10-20 lines has so much of profound depth. This particular fable hit me hard, I could relate to this due to a recent incident in my life. I could not imagine a simpler and a shorter story which could convey this message.

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The Man and the Serpent

A Countryman’s son by accident trod upon a Serpent’s tail, which turned and bit him so that he died. The father in a rage got his axe, and pursuing the Serpent, cut off part of its tail. So the Serpent in revenge began stinging several of the Farmer’s cattle and caused him severe loss. Well, the Farmer thought it best to make it up with the Serpent, and brought food and honey to the mouth of its lair, and said to it: “Let’s forget and forgive; perhaps you were right to punish my son, and take vengeance on my cattle, but surely I was right in trying to revenge him; now that we are both satisfied why should not we be friends again?”
“No, no,” said the Serpent; “take away your gifts; you can never forget the death of your son, nor I the loss of my tail.”
Moral : Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.

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A number of links to read the fables, one of the source which has explicit moral at the end  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28 . Enjoy the read and lets keep our morals high.