Tag: Bollywood Movies

Raazi – All about the ‘Spy’

Not the kind of movie, I would generally go and watch… but the reviews were just too good to ignore. I needed to see for myself, and of course there was Alia Bhatt 😍 I knew for one, she wouldn’t be romancing anyone in this movie, but would be playing a more serious kind of role. I don’t think I could spot her dimple even once.. but that’s not what I went to watch the movie for, so it was okay even if I missed out on it.

The movie really surprised me, Alia didn’t – I’ve always been a fan of her acting. The movie overall was really well done. I enjoyed watching it considering the movie revolved around my country, India. Sometimes, the patriotic side of a citizen does need to come out, even if it is for a few hours in a theater 😜

I had no idea about this story at all.. well it happened in 1971, I wasn’t born then, I don’t think I was even thought of way back then 😉 (I was born 12 years later) so I thought , why not watch the movie, I’d get to know something about India and in the process get to watch one of my favorite actresses Alia Bhatt enact the main lead in the film (as Sehmat)

If you’ve already watched the movie, how good was the song ‘Ae Watan’? My word! It’s a patriotic song for starts and the fact that that the song is operating at 2 different levels, she’s (Sehmat) taught the song to the children and their singing it for their country while she is singing it for hers.. the emotion there! ..is to be felt

A film worth watching 👍 and Alia, be it in the role of Ananya (2 states) Kaira (Dear Zindagi) Veera (Highway) or Sehmat (Raazi) she is a born actress. She blends into character perfectly 👍

Wow! is all I can say about the movie. Besides how long was I going to watch the same old sappy romantic Bollywood films? I need variety in the kind of movies I watch too… but that said, if tomorrow there’s an Alia all out and out romance film, I’m still going to watch it.

A cool Indian?

If someone told me Indians are cool, I’d probably laugh my arse out. Like seriously! How are we Indians cool?

We may be smart – yes!

We may be beautiful/handsome – acceptable

We may be good in bed – debatablemain-qimg-2afdbb5a8e64640a693fc179862cd2ea-c

We may be romantic – I don’t know really! Heard this somewhere…

We could be a whole lot of different things.. but the one thing we are not… is cool. Indians aren’t cool, we’re so not, but like all Indian’s do well is.. we try! I’m not sure by wearing a chain that has letters C O O L makes you cool…as Sharukh Khan displayed in K2H2.

I was at the beach today morning and well… even though with a head set on my head, loud music blasting into my ears, no where near people, splashing my legs in the water, having my morning walk, I was stopped… an Indian adult student I had taught some time ago

“Hi” he said, in some really weird accent and of course hung around a minute or two more to talk. I thought I’d ask him what had happened to his accent, which I did;

“What happened to your accent?”

“Why what’s wrong?” he sounded concerned

“It doesn’t sound like you at all.. not Indian definitely” to which he laughed it off and replied “then it’s okay, I went to Europe for a month and just got back”

It was needless to ask where he picked up that accent from or whatever it was that came out of his mouth. Did he think he was being cool by trying to speak in a different accent? I think he just made a fool of himself. He barely knows to string a correct grammatical sentence together, maybe he thinks saying it in a different accent might cover up for his lack of grammar – I don’t know really! To top that he was wearing these floral blue shorts (the kind they wear on beaches in Miami) like seriously!? Some more points on the cool factor!?

I kept walking after the brief encounter and a little ahead I see an Indian girl playing in the water with a shower cap on, yes, a shower cap on. My understanding is if you don’t want your hair to get wet, just don’t enter the water at the deep level, stay in shallow water where the sea water comes up to your waist and not higher…but I guess a shower cap, at a goan beach, in the sea water.. looks way cooler.

The third observation of the morning walk… was a mother-daughter duo playing kabaddi with the waves. Goodness Gracious Me! If you don’t know what playing kabaddi with the waves mean, please watch the movie Dear Zindagi, SRK (Shahrukh Khan) explains it all.

All in all, it was a good walk of 80 minutes. More observations next time.

 

Hichki

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A Bollywood movie that involves students, a defective student/teacher/system or management is bound to be interesting (defective may be too harsh a word to use – Excuse me for that!) – and why not? Schools & Education are a big deal in India and anything associated with it.. be it stories told in movies like Rockford, Taare Zameen Par, Hindi Medium, Paathshaala, Stanley ka dabba or the recent Hichki. I haven’t watched the movie ‘Chalk n Duster’ as yet (another school centric movie), don’t think it would be any different though.

It doesn’t take much for a film to work in India.

Make a film regarding Education or Women and India being the emotional country it is, Indians will throng to theaters to watch it, but in the real life – would never dream of doing anything to help the country or even a fellow citizen for that matter. It is easy to walk out of a theater and say “it was a wonderful movie”.. what after that? Don’t people take a lesson out from these movies?

Every (almost every) movie made in Bollywood teaches us something new, some of which come to mind are Pink, Jolly LLB, Rang de Basanti, English Vinglish to name a few, there are so many more.

Hichki too is one such movie like that. Imagine a situation like this in real life. Someone applying for a teacher’s position with a condition of Tourette’s syndrome. Will she ever get a chance to teach? Forget that, would she clear the interview stage? C’mon! Be realistic. No way its ever going to happen! Who wants a defective teacher? While the movie may show that life is good and good things do happen, the chances of it happening in the REAL life is ZERO 😏

So while you are watching the movie, the story has moved you and there were different emotions running inside of you at that time – agreed, but just for that time (the duration of the movie) you come out and it becomes ‘just another movie’. Walk a few kms away and you see someone like that on the road, making weird sounds or making strange movements, will you not laugh, will you not mock? Isn’t that people’s default action? 🤔

So whether is it a Naina Mathur (Hichki) or a Rahul Prakash Udyavar (Paathshaala) Shashi (from English Vinglish) or a Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Taare Zameen Par) – these kind of people do not exist in the real life, they simply don’t.

I loved the movie Hichki and the other above mentioned movies too. But if I didn’t take a lesson from every movie I watched, it would be a total waste spending time (and in some cases money too) watching these movies. Yes, I have mentioned somewhere in a blog sometime back, that movies to me are for entertainment purposes but then how can you not miss out on a lesson? How about entertainment and you get to learn something too. That makes it a paisa vasool movie right? 😉

Taking nothing away from the work that film producers put in nowadays to make a movie worth watching for its audiences, it was a well made film – was Hichki. I thought Rani Mukerjee’s performance was awesome, and it must have taken some work to get into the character she played. 👍

A month late to watch it, as usual. Glad I didn’t miss out on it.

This is NOT a review.

PADMAN – The movie

I needn’t write the synopsis of the movie here, the publicity of the movie has been spread far and wide, or wait! It makes more sense I do…

Lakshmi is a newly married welder who causes a stir in his East Indian village when he tries to revolutionize the manufacturing of sanitary napkins for women.

What I’ll say though is; It is a good movie. Let gender not come in the way, for you to find your way to the nearest theatre to watch PADMAN

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Akshay Kumar may be the hero on all the posters displayed in cinema halls and billboards, but the real hero in the movie was Sonam Kapoor.

It takes a man to come up with a brilliant idea but a woman to make it happen. (I’m not sure if that is what happened in real life too – was it?

Time for some reading up I guess.

..through the 👀 of Bollywood

We’ve always associated ourselves with the hero/heroine of a movie when we watch it… “I was him/her once upon a time…”

Let me then take you through some of the characters in some of the Bollywood movies, I closest resemble to – Bollywood ishstyle!

I am Karan (2nd part of the movie) from Hum Tum, the understanding and the good friend to Rhea, yet at the same time, not quite there with his illogical thinking…

I am Sameer Sharma of Mohabbatein, carry the picture of the girl I love, in my heart (not in my wallet) and bumping into her often yet unable to say anything 😛

I am definitely (at times) Aditya Kashyap in Jab We Met, waiting to hop on a train, leaving all my problems behind

The closest character I have practically lived would be Rahul Prakash Udyavar (Shahid Kapoor) & Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan) in Paatshala & Taare Zameen Par [both roles being teachers – minus the music and dance of course] 😛😛

I am Sameer in Dil Chahta hai, a genial, well-meaning, desperately romantic, but confused guy who is prone to romantic infatuations and believes to have found true love whenever he gets attracted to a girl (s)

I am Sunil from Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, a happy-go-lucky scamp and yet everything he wants he doesn’t get…from his results to the girl he loves (which he eventually doesn’t get)

While I have watched so many Bollywood movies over the years, there’s a little something in every movie I’d relate to in the characters.

How about you mention the top 5 characters in Bollywood movies that resembles the closest you in real life? C’mon, give it a try! It’s fun… Aditi? Sonali? Pradita? Rekha?

‘Simran’ – only for Kangana Ranaut .The Movie.

Before I start, I have two questions:

.1. Why ‘Simran’? It could easily be Priya, Aisha, Garima, Bhavya, Megha or Ishana. What is the significance of the name ‘Simran’ towards the story?

.2. Is the money made on this film going towards repaying the money that the real Simran (or Sandeep Kaur as she is known in real life) stole who is still lying in jail? If not, what is the use of making her famous? Stupid idea I think, to make a film on that part of her life. What was so dramatic about its story that deserved a movie to be made on it? Or is it just a case of film producers running out of stories to be told and are NOW taking real life incidents and making them into movies.  

The posters and the trailers did look impressive. Expected more. ‘Simran-the-movie’ failed to deliver and I’m sure I am not the only one who thinks this way.

Stupid Stupid film!

That said, take nothing away from Kangana Ranaut’s acting prowess, she is one very versatile and very talented actress. She pulled off the character of Simran very well. She did justice to the role given to her. She’s a Natural.  I thought the film, or at least the way it was picturized was absolute crap! Go watch the film for Simran-the-character more than Simran-the-film, which feels more like a body with no soul. 

Thanks to piracy, I downloaded the movie on torrents and watched it, 3rd day since its release on the 15th September in theaters all over the country.

A 2.5 star rating from me rating

A ONE TIME watch

“kuch kuch hota hai, tum nahi samjhoge”

If you’re an Indian, you will have watched at least a minimum of 5 movies a year, even if you’re not a fan of Bollywood. That’s what being an Indian does to you..drives you to theaters with friends, colleagues or simply a movie with great reviews, if nothing else, boredom surely will 🙂

Every movie has its moments. Some of which we appreciate and some that we don’t. Then there are ‘those very few ones’ that give us not one but multiple moments that stay with us, sometimes throughout our lives. These are the moments in films that became a part of our life and decades later, we still find ourselves connecting to them. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (or K2H2 as we lovingly refer it to as) is one of them..19 years since the movie released, yet the memories of watching it and all the people attached to those moments in the movie are still alive.

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As a guy, K2H2 taught me,

* there will always be two very special women in every man’s life, his best friend and the one he loves, if both are found in one – that would be the ideal scenario. The one special friend was found that very same year the movie released, as far as the second one..its been a looooooooooong wait…and counting

* it is okay to fall in love with your friend, SRK did it and we could do it too.. after all “pyar dosti hai”

* I have emotions and though I never display them ..this movie gets me into an emotional overdrive every time I

watch it, every freaking single time.

and of course the famous dance to the tune of love!

This is undoubtedly one of the most romantic scenes ever.. remember Aman? The nice guy- doesn’t end up with anyone. Don’t be the nice guy in life, unfortunately I have turned out to be just that guy..the rest is history!

The beauty of this movie simply lies in the fact that we find ourselves watching it over and over again. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai might not have given us the best of story lines but it gave us priceless moments, ones we can never get enough of.

..and then there are times when we find ourselves out of words and Shahrukh khan’s dialogues always come to the rescue.. the famous one from this movie being “kuch kuch hota hai, tum nahi samjhoge”

I must have watched this movie at least more than a few dozen times.. and then at other times, I have the mp3 version of the movie on my phone, I can listen to it even when I go for a walk 😉

being Indian

I was watching the bollywood movie ‘Players’, for the umpteenth time on the Sony channel..by no means the greatest of movies to have been made & released, but effective when it comes to the beautifully planned and executed robbery scene in the movie.

Movies like these have always sparked my interest..so be it Aankhen, Dhoom, Dhoom 2, Happy New Year, Players, Don 2, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Race, Race 2 (all Bollywood) etc..etc.. I’ve loved and enjoyed each and every one of them, irrespective of them, going on to be blockbusters or bombed at the box-office.

But do stuff like this happen in the real life? https://i1.wp.com/studentorgs.umhb.edu/sites/studentorgs.umhb.edu/files/imagecache/organization_profile/148034_original.jpg?resize=142%2C139

I’m not sure I’ve heard of anything like that happen..but then there is no dearth of talent in a country like India that can carry out something like this, if ever.. that too with clinical precision. Count on an Indian to do the job!

The world should take note..India is the land of jugaad, anything is possible. We Indians are multi-talented, along with being experts in fields of I.T, Engineering and others, we have hidden talents that are shown only in times of adversity, you’d do well not to drive us into a situation like that.. it is at that time, where an Indian is most dangerous – He turns into The Smiling Assassin.