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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.

..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?

A Pad, A Man & a whole country!

 

A Sanitary PAD

 

PADMAN – the movie release date of which is tomorrow 09.02.2018 and the whole nation is already going crazy.

AND I’m not sure if its because of the concept or for the actor or simply because it’s easy to see and not talk about it. We all know what the movie is about and everyone’s excited about it, men, women, children.. even Ravi Shastri (the Indian Men’s Cricket team coach) who is in South Africa at the moment seems to be interested/excited whatever!

And what’s this all about the PadMan challenge & clicking a pic with a sanitary pad to bring menstruation into the open – on social media?

India has gone bonkers! BIG TIME!

I read on Facebook yesterday that “Ravi Shastri tagged Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and tennis player Leander Paes to take the PadMan challenge” I had to research a little bit to find out, what the PadMan challenge was all about to know what it meant.

This is going way out of hand really! What’s the BIG deal?

Yes, we all know what menstruation is, we understand what women go through every month… what’s to bring out in the open? Akshay Kumar goes one step further saying; “Somewhere it is a man’s fault, and somewhere it is not entirely, because it is a subject like periods which was not discussed in our homes from the beginning….”

Now, what did we do? 

My question is:- Why is a country like India so obsessed with women-related issues? Be it Menstrual health/hygiene, mention-of-mothers at beauty pageants, women showing a bra strap, a women’s cleavage or simply what a woman’s choice is? Or even why Smriti Mandhana is so cute? 😝 (the last of which even intrigues me)

I will be going to watch the movie as it releases tomorrow and you can be sure to expect a post about what I thought of it. Pads, menstruation, periods or a simple pink underwear, whatever it may be, that they show in the film tomorrow.

I will have an opinion..and you’ll know what it is, RIGHT HERE on the extra..aaamile.

Queen of Bollywood Horror

When we talk of Horror (in Bollywood), the first thought is Raaz, but now with Bipasha Basu doing films in the so-called “thriller” & “horror” genre, she is the undisputed Queen of Bollywood Horror.
From movies like “Raaz”, “Raaz 3” to “Aatma”, “Alone”, “Rakht”, “Darna Zaroori Hai” etc, you’d think she is doing a fairly good job of either spooking people or getting spooked. She clearly enjoys doing films like these.

But do horror movies spook out the actress in the real life? She claims it does but she nevertheless enjoys watching them, however the need to hold hands, shut her eyes and ask someone else what’s happening on screen is what normally happens while watching one.

I personally enjoy reading/watching horrors or thrillers, be it a book or a movie. So as time goes on, I am increasingly becoming a big fan of Bipasha Basu. I do watch movies only for its entertainment value, I take nothing back from it after its done, other than maybe ideas from it’s storyline – something I could use when I start writing in that genre myself. I’ve always wanted to venture into writing horror/thriller or whatever you call it… I guess I’d need to read and watch more in that genre if I have to have sparks lit up in my mind of a story that creeps not only the reader but for me too (while writing it).

While I work upon a good story with different ideas floating around in my mind, I hope to spook the living daylights out of my readers, soon… how soon that could be, is anyone’s guess.

Just in case you haven’t realized, the picture above has 6 fingers, LOOK AGAIN! You might want to count how many you have.

 

 

Rhythms of Love

  •  3 love stories
  •  1 emotion: LOVE
  •  A man who stood against it – Mr. Narayan Shankar.
  • …and for anyone who stands against LOVE there is always a Mr. Raj Aryan, played by none other than Shahrukh Khan (the undisputed King of Romance) 

Yes! I am talking about the movie ‘Mohabbatein’, loosely translated to ‘Love’ in English. While I always believe that the story is important for any movie to be successful, in this movie personally I loved the background tunes… and when I listened to that tune after almost 17 years. the day before yesterday, it brought back that wide grin to my face to evoke some wonderful memories. 

 

Who was your favorite couple?
Who was your favorite couple?

 

C’mon, we all aspired to be the kind of lover, Shahrukh Khan posed to be in his movies… failing miserably of course. Not sure about the girls (and their favorites), but all the guys wanted to have SRK streaks in them. 

Listen to the below tune.. and tell me if it evokes a memory!

Why even google even mentions Shahrukh Khan as a synonym of love. Can’t believe me? Have a look for yourself below:

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In the words of the man himself, he says “I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people” Do watch his TED Talk, it’s interesting how he goes about speaking to an audience.

If for some reason, you are unable to watch the video, the link is HERE.

Are you famous enough to be a ‘Wax Figure’?

I opened the magazine page (Herald Cafe) of the daily newspaper to read this article:

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Really! Varun Dhawan – Celebrity? Okay, if you think so. We’re better than him right? Clearly he isn’t famous enough to find a place in Madame Tussaud’s London, so I guess for now Hong Kong would do. Ideally, he would be best placed in Delhi, where at least people would know & recognize him.. he (his wax statue) would feel pretty lonely in HK amidst greats like Narendra Modi, Mahatma Gandhi, Jackie Chan, Brad Pitt, Eddie Murphy etc. I mean, he’s only a bollywood actor and a very average one at that too. That way Alia Bhatt is a way better choice.

Imagine a young Hong Konger asking his father (standing in front of V.D’s wax statue)

“Who is Varooon Dawaaan?” and his father doesn’t know what to reply, so he says “Indian” and keeps walking..

So, what does it take to become a Wax figure at M.T’s? Madame Tussaud’s has been creating wax figures of famous personalities for ages now – Wikipedia says Tussaud created her first wax sculpture in 1777. They have cited 4 criteria to get a chance to have a wax version of yourself, which are:

* Star Power
* Timing
* Be a Reflection of Culture and History
* Popular Demand

Sure a few Indians would say they are eligible..lets see how:

C--fakepath-tick* when they use their power (physical power) people see stars (that’s star power for you)

C--fakepath-tick* Indians have great timing, they rarely miss (only when it comes to Indian footballers, their timing is horrible! Don’t see any Indian footballers making it as wax figures)

C--fakepath-tick* goondagiri is well..definitely part of Indian culture..history, am not sure

 C--fakepath-tick* and are always in POPULAR demand

I’m yet to visit a Madame Tussaud’s, be it London, New York, Hong Kong or even Delhi. Maybe when Priyanka Chopra gets her own wax figure made.. though meeting her in person would be ideal. She is beautiful..even at 35 she is glowing!

“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 😉

Half Girlfriend – Movie v/s Book

https://i0.wp.com/ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qHUwGoqiL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg?resize=124%2C189What can you really expect from a name like that, it is a guaranteed FLOP – Book or Movie. Chetan Bhagat needs to stop writing novels with immediate effect.

Save the people of India from reading your crap Mr Bhagat (the latest I’ve seen is that malayalis have been reading his books – looks like a win-win situation there [one side gets to learn English and the other side the author gets to improve his sales])

I’m not sure, which one is worse! I always felt Chetan Bhagat was on the wane..in terms of his stories, by far ‘Half Girlfriend’ being his worst. Worse still, making a film out of it, Bollywood has already its share of some really silly films, adding one more to it isn’t required.

Moreover, why chose Shradha Kapoor for the role of ‘Riya’? she’s talented enough to get better scripts and act in better movies. You got to feel sad for her, for being chosen for such a role and worse still, she saying yes to it. As for Arjun Kapoor, he suits the role of Madhav Jha perfectly (no one can act as a better loser than him!) I can see no better actor in Bollywood suited for Chetan Bhagat’s male characters.https://i1.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6e/Half_Girlfriend_Poster.jpg?resize=120%2C173&ssl=1

Its almost a month later, that I’ve watched the film and I’m glad I didn’t watch it in a theater-it certainly would have been a waste!

Chetan Bhagat might have been a talented story writer in his initial years, but seriously – maybe now it’s time he try something different.. maybe a hand at cooking or something

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.

noor – 21st April 2017 [movie]

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Not having watched many of Sonakshi Sinha’s movies, I liked her character as noor in the film with the same name. Always knew SS was a talented actress, having watched her last film Akira, which was an ‘okay’ film.

In many ways this film is relatable, a simple down to earth kind of film with no frills. Scenes portrayed in the film are stuff that happens daily in people’s lives. Noor is the kind of girl, you will find in your neighborhood, and with the life she leads, be it her friends, or the day-to-day issues she goes through. You can say, Sonakshi has done justice to the role, she perfectly fits the character.

She might not get the big films like Alia Bhatt or Priyanka Chopra do, but she will definitely give her all, and that is what makes her films a worth watch.

Go and watch it, less than 2 hours (1h 47m to be exact) 

Rather than spend time sweating it out in the sun somewhere, head to a theater and give Noor a watch, besides movie tickets aren’t expensive either these days.

Rating 3.5/5

Pssst: I liked her pink-n-white shorts..I think she looked good in them :p What!? I don’t miss out much 😛😛 and pink is a good color for shorts, I’d think 😛😛