“I am an evening person in this morning World” -Garfield
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
G for Gandhi,I mean Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi…fondly known as Bapu or the father of Nation.A struggling lawyer from Gujrat,working at Tolstoy farm in the distant South Africa suddenly became a person of national interest.It is indeed a rare phenomenon,how he became a popular leader of our natio?Simple he understood the nerve of the nation.We are a multicultural land,ruled by the Brahmin and Khatriya classes,British Officers and Other Congress Leaders tried to please them,but left a greater fraction unattended.Gandhi,after returning from Africa,traversed across the nation and his sharp observation made him realise the greater truth.So he addressed the agricultural minds of the agricultural country.He worked for the downtrodden…solved the problems of our farmers and daily labourers.The result was that,he became Bapu,the protecting father.He became a mass leader.Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose once said that there is no popular leader like Gandhiji…but he failed to understand the character of his enemy..(will come to that later)…On his call,the nation began Non-Cooperation movement,a huge success but the most striking feature is the non-violent characteristic.No other world leader have worked upon the ideology of Non-violence in a such grand way.Our world needs a figure like Gandhi…again..who can win the enemy with love.But his theories are not free from flaws but it has got its heart at the right place.
F for Frankenstein, the name analogus to fear.I remember my graduation years in Kolkata,when I was an active member of British Council Library…picked up an Everyman’s copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.The legendary tale of Victor Frankenstein’s exploits.The daring process where the scientist want to create another life or resurrect the dead.In one word ,he wanted to be God.As a student of literature,we call this type of works as Gothic Fiction.But what makes it a winner,are the scientific tit bit applied while narrating the story.It is the origin of a modern genre called Science Fiction,a pioneering work.Those who have not read the work…go through it,it will scare the shit out of you.I couldn’t sleep for two nights.Thanks to airtel night promo,i used to talk through the nights.Frankenstein wanted to wake up a good person,but he induced a criminal’s brain and he created a monster.It is antibiblical in many ways,as the protagonist tried to be a God.ThankGod,it was not banned by the pope 😛 . Don’t watch the horrible Hollywood adaptations..Please…. If you are curious …then go for Satyajit Ray’s story about Professor Shonku and Frankenstein…(classic sequel material)