RONY : A Movie Review


Arjit Mukherjee’s short film RONY is about urban alienation of a single child . Parents are busy with earning money and securing the financial future of their child while the little one fights the gruesome loneliness . You cannot blame the parents because they are doing it for their kid and you cannot blame the child , because he/ she need the emotional support of the parents.

The film scores high on the emotional aspects and the strong message it provides to it’s audience that the most important thing you can give to your child is  TIME . They need to grow up with parents not alone or by themselves. The kid emotes throughout the film with his eyes and facial features . There are hardly any face to face conversations between the parents and the child , thanks to the mobile phone – it has successfully evaded the need of human touch and physical presence.

The Mom and Dad tries to bribe the kid with toys and choclates instead of their time and beleive me it is a grim reality, Arijit Mukherjee deserves a thumbs up for such  acute observation of these minute details. Cinematography is commendable and the screenplay is accurate. The length could have been chopped to fifteen minutes to avoid boredom in the end . The song could have been avoided , no doubt its a good one though.

It raises the issues like the need of siblings and grandparents in the house . Nuclear Family is the trend but yes it comes with a dose of problems. Full marks to honest movie making and a noble intention. Catch the movie..

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Shammi Kapoor- The First Postmodern Hero of Hindi Cinema


Like Literature,Cinema also tries to freeze the time..Hindi cinema is sometime ridiculed for being too cheesy and loud..but keeping aside all those hateful terms..yes it indeed showcased the actual pen picture of India (excluding some parts).
Focussing mainly upon the retro cinemas where Heroine only used to wear traditional clothes,Heroes were confined to poetry or Love Ode…for example Raj Kapoor,Dev Anand,Dilip Kumar or Rajendra Kumar. They were all great actors..but they were always within a watertight compartment of TRADITIONS.It was all about the beauty of loving and being loved..where was the youthful flamyboyance of love ?
Where was the kickass energy in their love proposal..more importantly where was the excitement in love ?
The raw exuberance in Love.
Well it came with the rockstar known as Shammi Kapoor.A scion of the filmy Kapoor family..whose young attitude towards love..and rocking eccentricity towards the aspect of being in love engrossed the whole nation alike….Mohd Rafi’s energetic voice and Kapoor’s Rock & Roll avatar(inspired by Elvis Presley) broke all the entaglement of goodboy image of Love..it gave birth to the Yahoooooooooooo feel in love.

He broke all the orthodox aspect of love..He expressed freely..he loved bravely and most importantly he made the audience believe.. “To Love is to Enjoy”… oh yes He was one of the earliest Hero to dance on the silver screen.I consider him as John Donne of Indian Cinema.

I have been always a fan of those great songs..Let us take a look at some of them..I hope you will be able to relate with these Legendary songs.Enjoy Folks.

1.Aasmaan Se Aya Farishta (An Evening in Paris)

The Leading lady (Sharmila Tagore) in bikini..a blue sea with skimpy clads extra…some great deal of aquatic adventure..and the daring angel Shammi arrives in Helicopter to woo his Lady Love..Yeah !.

2.Badan pe Sitare (Prince)

Shammi Kapoor looks angry..and he gives Vyajantimala the ultimatum..Where you are going in those glittery attire ?Do come over here. The authoritative tone is actualy very cool.

3.Yahoo…(Junglee).

Tennyson once wrote “Break,Break,Break “.. Shammi did it..He cried out in excitement..he confirmed that he is the beast…He is the wild fellow..overflowing with love hormone.The silent Saira banu..Prakash Raj’s loud cry “Yahoo”..It is immortal and path breaking.He was the Dewaana .

4.O hassena Zulfowali (Teesri Manzil)

Again… a bitter sweet approach in love..making his beloved jealous..and pairing up with Helen..That famous White Dinner Jacket.Sexy Man…

5. Yeh Chand sa Roshan Chehra(kashmir ki Kali)

Sharmila’s innocent beauty,Shammi’s crazy antics on Shikara..Beautiful in every aspect.. “Main Khoj Hoon Manzil ki..aur manzil pass hain mere “… This one makes you fall in love again and again.Ranbir Kapoor did it again in “Rockstar”.

6.Aajkal Tere Mere Pyar Charche (Brahmachari)

Shammi opnely flaunts his love..Mumtaz dancing with those thumkas..and the jealous look on Pran’s face… Shammi enjoying the moment…Yaba yaba do.

7.Bar Bar Dekho (China Town)

Black & White one…i haven’t seen the movie..but he is asking everyone in the restaurant to take a look at his beloved..I gurantee you..he is the originator of Relationship status on facebook..Yes I am in love.. everyone have a look at my beloved.

8.Aaja aaja Main hoon Pyar Tera (Teesri Manzil)

A bit seductive..but never vulgar..Mohd Rafi was too good as usual..But Asha Parekh(Asha Bhosle) stole the show..it was like “Come over here my love”..and Shammi..yes he was legendary over here.

K for Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se


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Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se

K for Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se(2010).A historical flick from the very talented Ashutosh Gowariker.The same director who gave us World Class Period films like Lagaan and Jodha Akbar.Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se is a cinematic adaptation of a Manini Chatterjee book known as ‘Do or Die-The Chittagong Uprising 1930-34’.As usual Ashutosh delivered a classic piece of art…excellent screenplay,engaging performance from the cast and above all brilliant direction from the man himself.It tells the story of the brave revolutionary Surya Sen from Bengal and his band of revolutionaries who dared to struck the British force in Chattagram(Read Chittagong ..presently in Bangladesh).It is one of the glorious chapter of armed revolution in India’s freedom struggle.Those who have read the Indian history,are well aware of Surya Sen’s daring attempt to ransack the British armoury of Chittgong,Ashutosh tells the exact tale in an astounding manner.While most of the Bollywood director were busy showing the exploits of Shaheed Bhagat Singh(only Legend of Bhagat Singh and Manoj Kumar’s Shaeed were noteworthy,rest were trashes)..Gowariker ventured into the unexploited genre …where a group of teenagers want their football ground back from British…and Surya Sen along with Ganesh,Nirmal want their motherland back.All the action scenes were brilliantly executed,hats off to the production design….most importantly Asutosh did not distort history for the sake of cinema.Abhishek Bacchan,Deepika Padukone,Sikander Kher were brilliant…so was Sohail Sen’s music.One of the best cinema …honest in attempt..true to its heart.It tells us the story of the real heroes.Thank you for showcasing our history Gowariker.Sadly the film was a boxoffice dud.So what,Pyasa,Swades…all were flops..but a classic for sure.Watch it if you like great cinema,watch it to learn about our heroes…a bit lengthy..but who cares.                HIGHLIGHTS                                    1.The Hindi Version of Vandemataram.Enjoy it.               2.Towards the end,a teen revolutionary walks straight to the officer and shoot him at point blank range…moment of Euphoria.  3.Kids..relaxing under the tree  …and wondering the meaning of Vandemataram….it is director’s vision to explain the noble concept to the audience.                          4.The interview session.               5.The death scene of Nirmal Sen.      Trailer Link http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BP8wKmLRrXU

Debraj Moulick

H for Hum Aapke Hain Kaun


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Hum aapke hain kaun poster

H for Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…(Who Am I To You)….the 1994 blockbuster from Bollywood…Ethereal casting,lavish production,memorable songs….and the great piece of enjoyment….a full blown family drama.One of the greatest hits ever,some people consider it as a marriage video…and for some it showed us…what we are,the value of Grihastya Jeevan.Rajshri’s film made us to value our tradition,underlined the importance of sacrifice and more importantly the significance of being together…as the Great Indian Family.Salman Khan’s portrayal of a loving brother and bubbly kiddo sishter(yes…sishter) act of Madhuri Dixit earned rave reviews.You cannot ignore the traditional bhaiya and bhabi act of Monish Behl and Renuka ji.Every character speak in their own way.For instance Anupam Kher and Satish Shah’s perfect humour acts…Laxmikant Berde as the servant have won many hearts…but the main attraction remains the linear storyline that celebrates the phrase “Being together” through thick and thin.An alien concept to the West,they embraced the film whole heartedly,an Overseas blockbuster.It celebrates the great fat Indian wedding,the child birth….and some subsequent tragic incident.Hum Aapke Hain Kaun showed us what we are,the importance of Family Values in our life.Shot mostly inside the studio..except “Mausam ka Jadu”…near Ooty,the film’s music have been raging hit….played across all the weddings…included in HMV’s Greatest Hits of Indian Cinema Songs…A film which has stood the test of time..A film for the family,by the family and ofcourse the family…Go revisit the movie again.                                   Image from the Net

Debraj Moulick

D for Dev Anand


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D yani Dev Anand..people often label him as the Indian version of Gregory Peck…but I disdain it.He remains the most original  stylist Hero  in Bollywood.My journey of adoration started with Dev Anand during the year 1997.Yep I remember it correctly, J.P Dutta’s Border was a huge success those days, so was Titanic…(all of us had fetish for that particular scene of Kate Winslet…i hope  you can understand)..anyway i came back to our flat after the evening cricket game (dripped with des ki mitti and sweat drops)..I noticed my elder brother happily flaunting a cassette box..on a closer look I noticed it was HMV Golden Collection series…The Golden Hits of Dev Anand.We had a Philips audio player and music flowed freely.Kishore kumar’s  voice echoed across our rooms..so was Mohd Rafi’s Tere Mere Sapne ab ek hi rang hain.Musical blockbusters like Guide,Jewel Thief,Gambler,Hare Rama Hare Krishna,Prem Pujari..became part of my life.I still have Phoolon ke Rang se,Aasmaan ke Neeche and Gaata Rahein Mera Dil Mein in my Samsung Playlists.That was my addiction to Dev Anand’s lip sync.   Now let us come towards his film fetishology.I watched him romancing inside Qutub Minar,trekking across Mount Abu,cuddling on the lush green terrain of Gangtok and happily noding with Swiss children in Switzerland.He was teasingly romantic and blattantly bold…very few film makers of Hindi film industry have tried their hands on Anti War themes…I am talking about his directorial debut Prem Pujari,set on the backdrop of Indo China war of 1962,the film tackled the complex story of a non-violent Army man(who wants to win his enemy through love)..but his sensitive nature is labelled as his weakness..it follows an international conspiracy across plains of Europe…A brilliant piece of cinema but a dud at Box office.An entire generation danced and smoked with Hare Rama Hare Krishna..(Zeenat with Dum Maro Dum)…He was much ahead of his times..very few filmmakers of those days did films on such off beat themes …and that too in an effortless manner.                                            It was during a visit to Assam during 2001summer,Zee Cinema was playing Guide….i was waiting for Piya tose naina lage and came back to room during Gaata Rahein Mera Dil.I saw my Dada,watching the movie with apt attention…I asked him..about the film..He narrated me about the story,which i was able to interprete only during my English honours days in 2009(R.K Narayan’s Guide…the film was the cinematic adaptation of it)…It remains one of the most complex Indian English novel….Dev Anand’s Raju was so blazingly brilliant.His male ego,raw sexuality ,cunning nature and philosophical bend of mind- Dev Anand was just perfect for it…A film rebelliously ahead of its time,classic piece of Cinematic Craft…A master art from the master craftman….Guide remains one of the best film of all time…yeah it include World Movies also…Fifty years after its release…it got a Cannes film festival ticket also…A man who died quietly and preffered , “Remember my work,not my life or even death”…i want to write much more..i want to say “Abhi na jao chorkar” to this article…but i am drained by the train journey from Pune to Mumbai…i am currently penning this one…in chair car compartment of Deccan Queen..will upload it near Lonavala …no network….bye..   PS: I am a lazy man,i did not compose anything for A,B,C,.for A to Z challenge…too lazy…but  with D…it was Anand hi anand ..                                         Note of Thanks                             Debojyoti Moulick…for introducing me to the world of Dev Anand

Debraj Moulick