Sunday, July 24, 2011

High on life…

…That’s exactly what Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara (ZNMD) is. A ‘bromantic’ film extolling the free spirit of living – the need to break out of the complacent cobwebs cocooning our existence, seize the ‘now’, and just breathe!

All comparisons to The Hangover and Dil Chaahta Hai do injustice to the film– Yes, there are the three amigos, out on a road trip to celebrate a bachelor party – but then that’s it. The Hangover was over the top, slapstick humor and Dil Chaahta Hai was not only a lot funnier but frothier too, with a reasonably fast paced script.

ZNMD runs deeper, and slower - to be honest, there are parts where you end up questioning the editor’s competency – but the unhurried execution also brings with it a sort of placidity and tranquility that is quite impactful. It has its really hilarious light moments – but is not an all-out laugh riot - the story tries to make space for some mature introspection on the journey of life and the confusion of growing up – with its effervescence and its vicissitudes. ZNMD does touch your heart – no escaping that.

The movie is replete with symbolism ingenuously weaved in with the story line - The letting go, the breaking free, the loss of fear, the baggage of yesterday, the beauty of today, the uncertainty of tomorrow…
In fact, the movie’s key emotion is a line from one of its songs…

“chaahat ke do pal bhi mil paayein
duniya mein yeh bhi kam hai kya
do pal ko to aao kho jaayein
bhoolein hum hota ghum hai kya”
(If we get but only a few moments of love
In this world, isn’t that enough?
For these few moments, let’s lose our selves
And forget the sadness of life)

The cast couldn’t be more perfect. Hrithik Roshan is at his sexiest best – I mean there is more to him in the movie than just the drop-dead gorgeous brawn physique, but his screen presence is simply awesome. Farhan Akhtar as the brattier brat with a poetic underline is so super convincing and believable. Abhay Deol is charming and classy, and does make a distinct mark among the trio. I simply loved the way each character stood on his own…they were so real, likeable – just like you’d be with your close buddies.
The camaraderie they share grows on you as the movie progresses – it seems so natural – the restrained reunion to the intense emotional bonding.

The leading ladies, Katrina and Kalki, do not have too much of a role and they just fit in without overdoing their parts – thank god for that :D!

The music is good but not very exceptional. The songs go well with the movie and are quite pleasant to the ear. Love the Senorita number…Check it out here…

The cinematography of the movie is simply superb – the wondrous beauty of Spain caught so well on camera, with Farhan Akhtar’s (Jaaved Akhtar rules!) poetry or rather shaayari as a perfect companion to the vast and limitless expanse of the water beneath and the deep blue sky above...

“Pighlay neelam sa behta hua yeh samaan
Neeli neeli si khamoshiyaan
Na kahin hai zameen
Na kahin aasmaan
Sarsaraati huyi tehniyaan, pattiyaan
Keh rahi hain ki bas ek tum ho yahaan
Sirf main hoon meri saansein hain aur meri dhadkanein
Aisi gehraiyaan
Aisi tanhaiyaan
Aur main sirf main
Apne honay pe mujhko yaqeen aa gaya”
(This moment flows by like molten sapphire
Deep Blue silences
No Earth below
No Sky above
The rustling branches and leaves
Saying that only you are here
Only me, My breath, My heartbeat
Such depth like this
Such loneliness like this
And me only me
I now believe I exist)

Leaving you on that note, with a 7/10 for this one. Go watch it for the love of life :)!

(P.S. I really want someone to make a tasteful movie on women having a fun reunion and reliving their old friendships. Don’t you think we women are also nostalgic about our girly gossips and all the fun we had growing up with each other – what say?)

[Image Source: Google Images]

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Corvus splendens' Combat!

Absolutely a first for me! Two crows beating the crap out of the third.

I am sure the cause of the brawl must have been really grave to have incited such ire - I swear it was damn scary - there was heavy duty beak poking and wings flying all over.

Interestingly the the rest of the crow fraternity was enjoying the action, at a safe distance, from different trees.

Though I did what I usually do best in cases of street fights of any species - that is, scuttle for safety - I couldn't help but feel amused at the so many parallels between us humans and the common crows. I am listing down some here, feel free to add on...

- For starters, both crows and human beings are essentially noisy species - The cacophony of the kaaa kaaa is as irritating as the ruckus created by most people in any public place!

- Then ofcourse, this fighting on the streets, without trying to sit across the table (urr, or tree) and resolving issues amicably...

- The most striking one - not trying to help when you see trouble - watch from a safe distance, and bet on who's going to win.

- Quite significantly (and I swear I am not inspired by Delhi Belly here) - shit anywhere and everywhere!

- To generally sum up both species don't seem to care a damn about the comfort of those who happen to unfortunately exist around them...
...Not to mention that crows and human beings have the uncanny ability to survive just about anywhere and under the trashiest of circumstances!

I am done with my share, over to you now...

[Image source: Google images (You didn't expect me to have the presence of mind to take out my phone and steal a pic, did yaa!]

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

7 Minutes

The piquant sacchariferous reek of jasmine flowers
The clamor of the vegetable hawkers and the fruit sellers
The dogs and human beings competing for the same stretch of space
The rush of the sea of commuters rising and ebbing in waves
The undecipherable announcements on the screechy microphone
The shriek of the siren and the halting breaks
The cacophony of women exchanging notes on food and family
The drooping backs under the heavily loaded school bags
The grey ash smeared foreheads
The long never ending queues at dirty windows
The red, yellow, black and blue lunch satchels
The hand-bags clutched close to the bodies
The constant elbowing to find one’s way
The stepping on the other’s toe without an apology
The stinking perspiration of the Indian summer heat
The family of four tip-toeing on the lesser used distant tracks
The wannabe heroes hanging on the foot boards
The wandering flirtatious glance of the guy with the ID tag
The indulgent smile by the salt and pepper haired gentleman
The neighbor’s humming to the latest hit on his ipod
The low-toned mushy romantic tête-à-tête on cell phones
The dexterously fast-paced texting fingers
The assembly of the men with white walking sticks
The folded creases of the morning newspaper
The rattling of the bowls for alms

The wind in your hair, the dust in your face, the urgency in your step…
…The seven most crowded and happening minutes!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Delhi Belly: Shit (and a whole load of it) Happens

From the initial rushes of it, Delhi Belly didn't look like my kinda movie (It still doesn't qualify as one :D). Too boorish, hard hitting, loud and need I say very uncouth.
However, the 'I am screaming to be heard and seen' attitude in the promos and the songs did the trick. The marketing of the movie as a path breaking genre in Indian cinema that today's youth could identify with and then the endless controversies on the use of expletives - made me sit up and take notice. You cannot ignore DK Bose doing the rounds on all music channels - news channels included too!

And off I went with a friend to a Sunday morning (9:50 AM) show of Delhi Belly - the most abusive start a morning can ever get. So what's the verdict? Well my initial opinion remains unchanged - too boorish, hard hitting, loud and need I say very uncouth.

So I regretted going? NO.

Inspite of all the muck and the fuck that I genuinely don't appreciate on screen - I mean there is an extent to which you can throw shit (quite literally) at the audience, and I sincerely believe that punctuating every word with all the known and unknown abuses in Hindi and English (Tamil was also used :)) may not necessarily be required in order to connect with the so called "today's youth" - YET, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

Both of us were in splits - laughing are guts out even as every few minutes we would look at each other and shake our heads disapprovingly of the irreverently burlesque happenings on screen! And to be really honest that's all there is to the movie - 1.5 hours of constant LOL and ROFL and LMAO moments that make this almost slapstick comedy genuinely hilarious!

The plot is racy and the 90 minutes are well packaged - a complete paisa vasool for all the RBCs one would generate with such hearty laughs. The screenplay is flawless in execution and the actors have scored a perfect 10 with their comic timing and dialog delivery. The song tracks bring in great pace and feel to the movie even as you wished you hadn't seen the stinking loo with the rickety flush and the dirty pot holes of old Delhi that are such an eye sore.

Delhi Belly takes realism to a new abstracted level. (I am sorry if the sentence reads oxymoronic, but I know you understand what I mean ;)). The seemingly obvious, very probable, expected and logical situations are hurled around with a perspective that brings out so much filth, and surprisingly, so much humor - that much as I would have wanted to dismiss the movie as a crash course on swearing and shitting, I sit here highly amused recalling the scenes...

(...And in brackets, yes it's going to take a while till I rebuild an appetite for orange juice, and of course, street food.)

[Image source: Google images]

Thursday, July 7, 2011


A broken butterfly wing
A creaking old swing

A moth half alive
A smoked bee-hive

A dirty lazy snail
A sluggish wet trail

A slippery chameleon
A stray dog so forlorn

A new-born birdie’s chirping
A temple bell’s tinkling

A pair of laces tied wrong
A melodious old song

A whiff of fresh air
A pervert’s creepy stare

A love struck couple
A graying man’s mumble

A lady offering prayers to god
A bright pink ipod

A beautiful virgin morning
And these my companions when I’m walking.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

WTF Series: Episode 03: Stud Farm

Just when I thought that the reality TV scene in India had plummeted to the abysmal nadirs of the entertainment experience, the idiot box barfs another unmatched gem!
UTV Bindass launches a brand new reality show - Super Stud - to find the first super stud of India - believe me it is an impossible task because all the 13 contestants are more like burros - but then that's not the point I am making here.

So my peaceful Sunday TV surfing brought me to this show (yes I had nothing better to do on a Sunday evening) - the host of the show and a bunch of skimpily clad, mostly dumb women (apologize the judgmental tone to this, but I swear your opinion wouldn't have differed either) were oohing and aahing as the 13 hand picked studs were introduced one by one.

Every single guy who introduced himself prided in the number of girl friends he has had and the number of girl friends he has dated simultaneously - These are 20-somethings with wannabe six packs, hardly a qualification up their sleeves, no clear ambition, absolutely no innate talent (except that of making a fool of themselves), and a bloated sense of their masculinity, even if they figure pretty low on the good looking index. If you are interested in numbers - one guy boasted how he has had 900 girl friends and another how he dated 15 at a time!

Aah, the stone age is back - a guy's virility is proven with the number of women he can keep up with! Wow! On national TV, this is what we get and this is what we apparently endorse, and the most pissing off was the fact that all the women just awwwed (in appreciation)! I wonder if not a single one of them felt that it was derogatory and humiliating to be in a "stud farm" where the horse's, oops sorry, the donkey's mating prowess decides his hunk factor.
Not one of the guys thought he could be manly enough to say he has never had a girl friend cos for his face he couldn't get one! Or that he was shit scared of being caught and therefore never dated more than one at a time - or (and I am really trying my luck here) that I respect women and therefore have a girl friend whom I have never two-timed!

Seriously, WTF!


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