Made in Heaven : Poetry upon Screen


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Web- series : Made in Heaven (2019)

Streaming Platform : Amazon Prime

Genre :       Drama

Written: Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar, Alankrita Shrivastava

Story :  Vivek Anchalia

Players :     Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala

Amidst the barbaric machismo of Sacred Games and Mirzapur, Zoya Akhtar gives you brilliant study of relationships, friendships, power, politics and sexuality of postmodern Indian citizens.

Akhtar’s web series Made in Heaven narrates the stories of marriages (read the Great Indian marriages ) in and around Delhi.  Made in Heaven revolves around two wedding planners  Karan Mehra and Tara Khanna and their baby .i.e. Made in Heaven. Arjun Mathur as Karan Mehra dazzles across the series with his struggle and liberation as a homosexual man. I guess, after Jishu Sengupta as the homosexual (ok bisexual choreographer in Ghosh’s Chitrangada) and Manoj Bajpai in Aligarh, Mathur delivers a hard-hitting portrayal. He is not a person who is going to sit back and tolerate non-sense.

Sobhita Dhulipala (essaying Tara Khanna), who was last seen in Raman Raghav 2 gets enough screen time and tries very hard to justify her character. Well, she shines in a few of the sequences especially towards the end, where she discovers the importance of one’s identity, roots. The final fight with her husband, before she leaves the house forever, well great job. Look out for the platonic relationship (ok friendship ) between Tara and Karan.

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The girl from Titli, Shivani Raghuvanshi is a fresh breeze of air. If she gets the right project, she is the star to look out for. Shivani as Jazz eats up her co-star’s screen presence in almost every scene in the series. She is an ambitious soul trapped in the body of a lower-middle-class Punjabi family of Delhi. She commits mistakes, sleeps with a guy without any emotions, makes out under the influence of alcohol, steals stuff, beat the shit out of her stoned brother, looks after her family and speaks her mind. Well, that is the young Indian woman who can take care of her own.

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Now, the guy from Brahman Naman as the official photographer, Shashank Arora (as Kabir) doesn’t get much of the dialogues, but he reacts brilliantly in almost every scene. His voice-over towards the end of each episode is a thing to cherish.

Made in Heaven provides a tussle between the tradition, individuality, modernism and westernisation. It tackles several issues like homosexuality, infidelity, caste conflict, dowry, impotency, sexual independence, narcotics, power politics and religious extremism among others.

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what a brilliant performance…

The narration is brilliant and the moment of reflection between the character’s past and present is a pure delight. The flaws in the characters, the convergence of multiple storylines, the production values, the voice-over towards the end, the background score and crispy editing make this one a highly re-watchable series.

Muaah, thanks for showing the authentic sides of Delhi

Ratings – 9/10

Pros

Layered and multiple story lines

Excellent character build-up

Aesthetically executed love scenes

Usage of  the Qawali “ Aye re Sakhi more Piya Ghar Aaye “

The loyalty of friendship between Tara and Karan

Vinay Pathak as the peeping and helpless landlord leaves a mark

Cons

Kalki Koelchin is repeating herself.

Jim Sarbh, sorry.

Kabir’s origin  remains unexplored

Disclaimer – Images from the internet.

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2.0 Chitthi aye hai ; Movie Review


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Genre – Sci-fi, fantasy, Only Rajni

Players – Rajnikant ,Akshay Kumar, lots of VFX

Director – Shankar

Language – Tamil, Telegu and Hindi

First thing first, don’t watch the downloaded version from Tamilrockers.com. Hey, please get a ticket for a 3D show at the nearest theater. I watched the show at a city theater with a companion who was late by 20 minutes, silent sobbing. So, the movie is about the tussle between good and evil where the antagonist wins the heart. Akshay Kumar portrays an aged ornithologist who wants to save the birds and something happens, leading to his dangerous transformation into an evil crow, staright from Krishnapuran ( read the Mahabharat, where Kangsha mamu commands a crow to kill chota Krishna). The origin story of the antagonist is really heartwarming and it has been brilliantly narrated on the screen. Akshay Kumar delivers a balanced performance. The script doesn’t offer anything new. watch the movie for the story, no fucking spoilers over here. Rajnikant doesn’t need a script and he proves it. He plays multiple characters in the movie without even trying too hard. Amy Jackson proves to be the best of the lot, which means she was as usual good for nothing, apart from being fair and ok, she looked hot. Achaa, really hot.

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Shankar is a visionary director, who keeps you glued to the screen with high octane sequences and that too with a dull script, yes a brilliant script is a hero but dealing with a flat script and making it interesting, well he delivers. The background score was really good and the action sequences in the football stadium deserves a thumb up, well Akki scored a goal. Robot version 3.0, the chota robots .i.e. Microbots were cute little adorable and blatantly mischievous robots, Rajni Sir tickles the funny bone in the audience. Jao paisa lutao aur dekh lo, torrent aur Netflix aur amazon, avoid.

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In the first installment, there was an issue and in the second one the issue remained. The robots are always looking for powersources, they need to use ONEPLUS battery, long lasting. Some serious action scenes were going on, I was hooked to it and my companion said, “ the robots need a powerbank”. I am in still awe of that power bank stuff. Shankar, please provide it in the next installment.

A song by Pankaj Udhas, could have been used in the movie…

“ Chitthi aaye hai, aaye hai”

Ok sorry. 😛

Pros

Thalaiva in all the avatars

VFX, excellent execution by the team

Akshay Kumar as the Ornithologist, he shines. Excellent make up…

The Microbots, Chota Rajnis..hilarious

Grand vision by the director, Jai Shankar.

The Ecocritical angle provided in the storyline about saving the birds and environment at large

Some brilliant moments.

Cons

Bhai, VFX ka karey kya? Story line is dull.

Too much usage of special effects takes a toll.

The story line has been forcibly dragged and it contains heavy hangover of the first part.

Robots ka charge bahot jaldi khatam hota hai

Verdict – 7.5/10

Disclaimer – All the images from internet, mere baap ke nahi hai.

Dil, Depression and Sad Songs


waqt_ne_kiya_kya_haseen_sitamOne of my friends is working on Hindi & Urdu Music and thus post will be a part of the bibliography of the research work. I’m here to churn out a list of my favourite sad songs, because they stay forever.

The context and mental condition of the blogger is not related, after all  this is the  Postmodern age of New Criticism and the author is already dead.

I will be following the reverse order over here.

10. Channa Mereya

Dude, this is the dream song of every Indian girl. Most of them secretly aspire that they have someone in their life, who would sing this song for them. I hated the movie but loved the song. The cross dressing, the mehendi in his hand and those expressive eyes of Ranbir. You deserve an award for this song…

Arijit Singh, you are master at vocalising pain…

Favourite Line : Mehfil mein tere…

9. Sau dard hai, Janeemann

Shit movie and an equally awesome song, after all there are solutions to  every problems. But, this one, no way. Worst Acting, but Sonu Nigam saves the day.

Fav Line : Sab mila dil nasheen

8. Zindagi Ka Safar Hai Yeh Kaisa Safar, Safar

This is about life, a man who wants to live, but the fate is cruel. Simple lyrics, awesome Kakaji and Kishore Kumar evokes sympathy with every words.  Life is so cruel..

Fav LineZindagi ko bahot pyar humne diya

7. Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb thi, Khamoshi

There is a sense of hope and lingering about those beautiful moments. The song has been beautifully picturised upon Rajesh Khanna and the elegant Waheeda Rehman. One of the most underrated songs of Bollywood. Ganga water in the background, surprisingly refreshing and remorseful…

Fav Line : Woh kal bhi pass pass thi

 

6. Ae Jaate Hue Lamhon, Border

This is so real, so honest and so brutal. The army wife is pestering her husband to stay for few more hours. Roopkumar Rathod weaves magic with every pauses. The man in the uniform is helpless and so are we.. Time is indeed cruel.

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5. Chupke Chupke Raat Din, Nikaah

This song doesn’t need any words to define it. There is a sweetness in separation. The Ghazal God, Ghulam Ali proves his mettle. Just grab a coffee and listen to this.

Fav Line : Daant o taley ungli dabana yaad hai

4. Mera kuch samaan, Ijazaat

One of the most wonderful and hardhitting lyrics of Gulzar, ahead of time. Gulzar pens a free verse with sheer brilliance and Asha Bhosale, take a bow. Pancham Da..waah. This is existential crisis..

Fav Line : Ek akeli chatri mein, adhe adhe

3.Khamosh sa afsana, pani pe likha hota, Libaas

Gulzar and Pancham weave magic with this song. This is a sacred song about the innocence of heart. Do not listen to this, if you have experienced a heart-break. You might die..

2. Jane Woh kaise log thay jinke pyar ko pyar mila, Pyaasa

This is a song for the losers, for the unconquered love, for the failures and heartbreaks, for  jilted lovers.  Sahir Ludhianvi , Hemanta Mukherjee and Guru Dutt provide the audience with universal content. You need Old monk with this…

Fav Line : Bichad gaya har sathi dekar pal do pal ka saath, kisko fursat hai jo thaame deewano ka haath. Wah!!

Honourable Mentions

Hokey Majboor mujhe, tumne bhoolaya Hoga, Haqeeqat

Ek saathi aur bhi tha, LOC Kargil

Badi suni suni hai, Mili

Waqt Ne Kiya Kya haseen Sitam, Kagaz Ke Phool

 

1.  Humko kiske gham ne mara, yeh kahani phir sahi

Sorry, you cannot escape Ghulam Ali’s vocal poetry and the lyrics which is not only brilliant but it is always growing exponentially every time you listen to it. In the end, you are going to feel good. You will be relieved.

 

Fav lines : Dil ke lootne ka sabab

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Bombay Baarish & What to do ?


Mumbai and it’s cousin areas like Thane, Navi Mumbai are experiencing heavy shower , disobedient wind and crazy Facebook posts . The State Govt could have declared a holiday and if you get one..You can do these things

So here are the five things you can do today.

COOK

You have been closely watching the cookery shows featuring famous personalities like Sanjeev Kapoor , “I don’t know any other person” , “Who cares “. You are hitting the love button on Instagram pictures showcasing stylishly taken photographs of rather simple preparations . Don’t even think about it . Just pour some rice , dal ,chopped onions , potatoes , chilli powder , ginger paste , salt , turmeric powder , slit chillis and water on pressure cooker . Wait for few whistle..You have Khichdi or Khichudi. Have some achhar please. Please forget fishes and eggs(save money). Even the ATM machines are not working.

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I made this one..haha

Read

First and foremost pour some coffee on your mug and grab a book.Take a top shot of the book with the coffee mug and post it on your instagram account or facebook account . You can take up a non fiction today , since it is a good day to contemplate and analyse. For the coochie cooh readers , you always have Mills and Boons with you. Don’t go for hard fictions. Ghost Stories will be spookier today. Eh Eh. Dive deep into the rich Maratha History , try out Bhaskaran’s Challenging Destiny.

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This is just WOW.

The other day, I spotted a girl reading a book by Ishiguro in a Thane bound train. Well, you can pick any one …

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Listen

Believe me this is the best day to rearrange your play list with utterly romantic numbers, heart wrenching ghazals, soft rocks and most importantly country folk numbers. Patriotic songs , hard metals , hip hop and Honey Singh are strictly no no for today. I will listen to Rafi , Lata, Kishore , Ghulam Ali and BoB Dylan today.

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Please come back like Nadaan Parindey and then listen to the classics.

Bongs – Listen to Ei Meghla Diney Ekla by Hemanta Mukherjee

Do not miss Rim Jhim Ghire Sawaan. It is the ultimate song of this season, ah roaming around the colonial Bombay, with her/him by side…

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Watch

The torrent is your saviour , so are F Movies and other sites ..check out the horror, romance genres and classics. My recommended list includes The Shawshank Redemption , The Green Mile , The Exorcist , IT , Before Sunrise , Before Sunset and Before Midnight etc.

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The Shawshank Redemption

If you have Netflix subscription: Sacred Games and Lust Stories are waiting for you

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Not for the mushy ones
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Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee did awesome stories..

Do Nothing

Hey Lazy Asses just go off to sleep and don’t do anything . You can just read the blog posts and forget about it. Enjoy fellas….oh yes you can click pictures of water-logged Mumbai and blame the municipality.Get depressed , write a poem or touch yourself. 😛

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So ja bhai

Disclaimer – Few images have been taken from the internet.

Raag Desh-The Raga of India’s Heroes


Raag Desh- A Movie Review

Director- Tigmanshu Dhulia

Writer -Pramod Singh , Tigmanshu Dhulia

Players – Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah, Kenny Basumatary, Kenny Desai

Let me tell you something about myself , I am from the metropolis of Calcutta-home of one of the most charismatic hero in World History , Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.I have supported the concept of non-violence against the intruders. It was and it is always by war. You name the book , I have been through it . You name the documentaries  and other creative works on Netaji and INA , I have gone through all of them. Thus  there is no fooling over here  ,Tigmanshu Dhulia ‘s Raag Desh comes up with brilliant research work about INA and Netaji.

The story of Raag Desh is so detailed that you tend to stand up and salute to the research team of the film . Few years ago Shyam Benegal made an endearing biographical film Bose-The Forgotten Hero which ended with the staged Taihaku flight accident of Subhas Bose(read the reports of Mukherjee Commission) and the trial of INA officers. Raag Desh picks up the story-line from the famous Red Fort trial (1945)of the three star studded men of Azad Hind Fauj.

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Dhulia has been successful in extracting  some of the career defining performances from majority of the actors. The three leading men Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah doesn’t leave any room for complain. I wonder why Kunal Kapoor and Amit Sadh have been missing from action , dear Bollywood please use them properly . Mohit Marwah’s voice and body language is hard hitting on the 70mm. Kenny Basumatary, as the supreme leader of INA and the bravest leader of all time(yes yes Subhas Bose ) manages to leave a mark on the  audience. Kanwaljit Singh is as good as ever in his empathetic role in the film.However it is Kenny Desai as Bhulabhai Desai who steals the laurel of acting department. Loved it the way you articulated your character on the screen.Look out for the journalist in the film(yeah the bad mouth Delhi ka launda in Pink)..you will love him.

As usual no spoilers about the film’s story-line . But there is a weak point in the narration, Dhulia employs excessive to and fro jumps between past and present scenarios in the film and it is tiring at times.

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The film falls flat on some of the shoddy fight sequence but manages to compensate it on the court-room scenes in the film. Music is average over here , but the background score is rather very compelling . INA’s theme song Kadam Kadam Baraye Ja is a treat to the audience.

Raag Desh is not the usual loud screeching Bollywood patriotic films. It has been carefully crafted by Tigmanshu and his team. It is satirical  and it is free from any kind of jingoism. It is a tragic story of a failed army who dreamt big and worked hard to gain freedom. Subhas Bose appears in flashes but his ideals of  hitting the enemy hard reverberates across all the members of INA in Raag Desh. Ironically many Indians also fought against INA soldiers across the North-Eastern front of India , Raag-Desh portrays the dilemma of the INA soldiers shooting their own countrymen(British Indian Army ). It is one of the most heart-wrenching moment of the movie. The film will remind you of court room dramas like Shaurya, A Few Good Men and Twelve Angry Men. But Raag Desh is original and brilliant in its own accord.

When Bollywood is caught up with making ghisa- pita love stories and southern rip off , Raag Desh is a bold move and almost a an epic execution. Watch the movie to know the real heroes of Indian freedom movement. Watch it for real information and real life characters of our nation . Don’t miss this one. Lastly this is not Dunkirk(much behind it) but this one will go down in history. Tigmanshu Dhulia, take a bow. There is only emotion that is love for the nation…it surpasses religion, Raag Desh proved it and didn’t pester forced nationalism and secularism. IMDB gave it 9.1/10 by the way… 😛

 

Pros

Excellent Research Work

Top notch acting by the cast

Strong screen-play

Brilliant Direction by Tigmanshu Dhulia

Satirical and Intelligent tone

Cons

Editing is weak.

Too much jumping jack between past and present.

Rating- 4.5/5

Verdict – Jai Hind ….

 

 

Disclaimer – Images from the internet.

 

A Book Review of FULL CIRCLE


Full Circle 
by 
Yamini Vijendran

The Blurb
 Outwardly, Malini is a contented, sixty-something grandmother with a loving family and everything a person could wish for. But Malini has lived her entire life with a secret confined to the deepest recesses of her heart.


Haunted by the past, she travels to Kumbakonam, her native town, which she had left years ago. There, she comes face-to-face with her long-lost love.


After forty years, will Malini be able to reclaim her own life, when love comes knocking at her door once again?


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Yamini Vijendran (@saimini) is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen. 

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A Book Review of FULL CIRCLE
Full Circle is a pure delight ,which has been flavoured with the rich aroma of the South Indian coffee beans. A neatly drawn storyline, some old fashioned characters, smart editing and yes elegant treatment by the author.
Vijendran’s Full Circle is a successful novella because the author succeeds in telling us a beautiful story with a singleness in action.This is a story of innocence, the story about adolescence(read a teenager) and lastly the story of reminiscence.The author provides the reader with an incorruptible protagonist named Malini,and the book is a chronicle of her journey into the past.
Full Circle is a bold work and an honest tale about the thousands of women in our country(my India) who have kept their own identity at bay owing to the social norms and duties.Malini is one such woman..with whom every one can identify,who have worked relentlessly to be a good daughter,a loving wife,a caring mother and yes the friendly grandmother..but what about her own..what about the singular personal pronoun ‘I’…. this book provides that answer.The essence of this story lies in the following line….
“The Malini inside has been lost for years. I have been a daughter, wife, mother, even a mother-in-law, and now your patti, but Malini, the person”
Malini begins her journey towards Kumbakonam and what happens next….for that you have to buy this book of Indireads. About the characterisation,Vijendran does good job regarding Ranjan,Rumi and oh Yes Konkona..(she is a darling)..but somehow David’s portrayal seemed a bit incomplete..but that does not take away the soul of the story. I hope all of you have read about the concept of ‘Zero Displacement’ (basic physics),basically a big ZERO with no outcome at all,the concept of ‘full circle’ is also similar but this novella FULL CIRCLE comes with an endearing result in the end.
The author takes us to the childhood of Malini,and this is the place where she earns my respect and admiration for the minute detailing about the traditions and rituals of a Tamilian Brahmin household.She provide the psychoanalysis of the young Malini and her sister.Sibling rivalry have never been so accurately described within few lines..so thumbs up for that..and lastly the unfulfilled love story..which is unadulterated to the core..and makes you believe in the concept of true love…. The climax could have stretched a bit more..thats it..but nonetheless it is delightful..and yes the book may be about a traditional Indian lady..yet it is distinctly about a modern Indian family…you know I am speaking about the Modern mindset. Go for the book,perfect for the stress free weekends…. a good one…