Ashutosh Javadekar’s AAS


Welcome back everyone to another musical treat of Dr Ashutosh Javadekar…this time it is bigger and better. First born child is always special, so the previous one is really close to heart but the second instalment makes you believe in the exquisiteness of life.

However this time he has been joined by two gifted personalities Mr Sarang Kulkarni and Savaniee Ravindra . I have been fortunate enough to witness the Sarod skill of Sarang Kulkarni beforehand..wayback at the West Zone Inter University Competition at Surat ,Gujrat.Kulkarni’s tunes provides a blissfull aura to the song.The beard suits you…but I missed your locks. Savaniee Ravindra’s vocal quality is so powerful yet subtle in this melody and she is a treat to watch while swaying across the waves of Arabian Sea.

Dr Javadekar did an awesome fusion job with bilingual lyrics. His Non- Mahrashtrian fans were always demanding for a translated version of his creative pieces..but he comes with a boom…he creates an original poesy in both Queen’s language and Majhi Bhasha resulting in the development of AAS.Sir, don’t give up your leather jacket in near future.

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Ashu Da ..you have been getting better with age. You are the vintage wine of the music industry who takes his own time to brew and replenishes the thrust of the music aficionados with unforgettable melodies. It takes a lots of courage to experiment with such innovative musical forms and kudos for such daring attempt …no doubt the great Shankar Mahadevan was showering compliments on 9x Jhakkas Live.

With my limited musical capabilities I would like to say…this music video seemed effortless in its conceptualization and execution.The vocal qualities of both the male and female counterparts have complemented each other in this musical delight. The musical arrangement is as soothing as the gentle waves of Konkan beaches and lastly the temperament of the song – it makes you grin…and when an art brings out a glee on your face…it becomes successful.

Keep rocking Ashuda with your Vocals , lyrics and looks..going to be Legendary

Enjoy the music video

 

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Mohenjo Daro : The Film Review


 

mohenjo-daro-new-poster-latest-still-1000x509Director                  – Ashutosh Gowariker

Story                       – Ashutosh Gowariker

Cast                         – Kabir Bedi , Hrithik Roshan , Pooja Hedge

Genre                      – Epic/ Fantasy / Historical Action Adventure.

 

Historical tales have always baffled me and I am a hardcore history buff since the first history lesson in my school .It was Chapter 1 “ Indus Valley Civilization” , thus when I came across the news that  Mr Ashutosh Gowariker was making a film on the oldest civilization on earth …I was dam excited and thus a large screen show was a must watch.

Now you need to understand the basic difference between History and Literature ….(Film is a visual literature ). History provides us with the fact of past and build some theory out of it .While Literature tells us what might have happened  during that time …it never claims that the exact thing happened and a historical fiction lies somewhere between them.

Ashutosh Gowariker being a master storyteller and and epicurean researcher weaves a fictitious saga of Hero ( Hrithik Roshan), on whose deeds depends the fate of an entire civilization.I will say an Epic Saga ,it has got a magnum setting and elaborate narration.

The production design is epic in every scale , be it the grand city of Mohenjodaro or the armoury used in the fighting scenes. Just like the set of Mohenjodaro and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Je , Mohenjo Daro impressed me with its set build up.

Now let me talk about the character build up. The hunting scene with the crocodile illustrated the immense courage of the hero .The idea to follow his dreams ( read Unicorn dream ) and the urge to know the unknown and see the unseen revealed the Ullysian spirit of the protagonist.The screenplay provided enough instances to showcase the honesty of the central character.

The same goes with the main antagonist ,Gowariker takes his sweet little time to build up his character and he is impressive in every scene.

I came across Nitish Bharadwaj ( apna B. R Chopra’s Krishna ) after a long time , he was good in his limited screen time. Kabir Bedi dazzled as a big time villain but Arunodoy Singh underplayed himself.His baritone was indeed a haunting experience.

The man of the hour ..Hrithik Roshan proved his mettle as an actor in every scene. From being a small time farmer  to a hero of the  race , Roshan shines very brightly. Keep it up Hrithik with your star performance like this.

Pooja Hedge  is a treat to watch…with or without the headgear.You have a long way to go..keep up those innocent looks. :D.. Acting skills can be improved.

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There have been few historical inaccuracies but owing to the quality of art ,it can be overlooked.

The costume design is at par with the international standards…the same thing goes for the music ,background scoreand the fight sequence.

 

Ashutosh Gowariker is a visionary director and it is visible with the uncommon choice of music and glittering choreography in the narration.Thank God ,we have some one who can come up with such a brilliant larger than life narration.Do look out for the symbols on the Harappan Seals and the sequence inside the Great Bath .

Though the first half is bit tiring but it builds up the momentum for the extraordinary second half.

Now the climax sequence is one the most extraordinary sequence in Indian Cinema.Gowariker as a narrator takes up one of the most famous theory regarding the destruction of Indus Valley civilization and  with astonishing brilliance of artwork paints it on the silver screen. The audience cheered while the hero was doing his best to restore the human life.Yes I was able to relate the Great Bath, the underground drains and the statues with my history lessons.

This film is meant for big screen . My 250 was worth watching this visual extravaganza on the 70mm.Thank You for showing the greatest Urban Civilization from the history books.

Don’t miss it ..Remember Gandhi ,Troy , Gladiator, King Arthur all were full of historical inaccuracies and took the help of imagination….the result was magic. Mohenjodaro does have its share of flaws but it is indeed a piece of magical experience.Don’t miss it.

Pros

1.Provided something new.

2.A Magnum opus with the heart at right place.

3.Hrithik’s fighting scenes, hunting sequence and amazing screen presence.

4.Excellent VFX usage..which synced well with the script.

5.Haunting background score.

6.Detailed production design and costume design.

7.The cinematography is delightful.

8.Visually appealing.

9.The freshness of Pooja Hedge

10.The reference of Horse,the ancient time calculating device and the connection with Mesopotamian Civilaztion.

Cons

1.Problem with language ..(how the language can be Sanskritised Hindi ? Aryans came later)

2.Except the title track , other songs could have been avoided.

3.The first half was way too long.

4.The dance sequence of Hrithik…not at all necessary.

Ah I would give it 8.5/10

Enjoy the trailer.

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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