January 28, 2018

Padmaavat Movie Review!

Surviving violent protests, set vandalism, riots, gender change (Padmavati to Padmaavat) among other things, this magnum opus has finally found its way to the theatres. 

Indian media had devoted days and nights, articles and interviews regarding the outcome, twists and turns of events and tiniest irrevalant details. Some people definitely got their days of glory!

Padmaavat is set on a historical timeline and the notions/customs existed then should be respected. You cannot cry foul over jauhar in context with today's time. I don't think Sanjay Leela Bhansali glorified it, but simply depicted a story. 

There are many scenes which gives you the  deja vu feelings about his earlier movies. 
The chandelier scene will flash Nandini and Sameer in your mind. The innumerable water bodies in the rooms and courtyard will remind you of Bajirao Mastani and Devdas. War scene will make you remember Bajirao whereas Khilji's Khalbali song (with hyper choreography) remisences the Malhari song. The rani handing over the talwar to her king.

Although the movie is magnificently made, you can't help but be little disappointed. 

I felt it like, Old wine in new bottle in few parameters. Undoubtedly the sets, cinematography, jewellery, costumes make it a visual treat, however the length of the movie makes it a little drag. Deepika's Nath was the best amongst her jewellery. 

Padmaavat belongs to Ranveer Singh for his superlative performance - his khilji is ruthless, obsessive, confident bordering on arrogance. To Shahid Kapoor for his amazing body language of a feisty rajput king and warrior. To Deepika Padukone for her ethereal looks and eyes- she rocks the climax scene. 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali surely knows how to get the best of acting from his actors. The eyes convey myriad of emotions effectively. 

Watch this for Ranveer Singh -- for his megalomania, the visual treat (as always) and because it is the current flavour of the season. 

January 26, 2018

Whatsapp! 1st task of the day !

"Trrrinnnng Triiinggg" the alarm sounded shrilly in Sheetal's ears. Opening one eye, she fumbled around for her phone and the snooze button. Those 5 minutes of  sleep between the snooze button and the next alarm are blissful.

She woke up groggily and started with the first task of the
day. Checking her phone and its notifications. The lock screen showed snapshots of the messages in text inbox and whatsapp, however she knew better to trust them since plethora of messages are always in the muted conversations.

Her family group was named " Singhs are Kings" whereas her best friends group was "Awesome Threesome", her office group had an uninspired name "Vertical Heads" and various shopping groups had weird attributed names. 

She sighed while scrolling down the notifications. 

  • 10 "good morning" messages/images from masis/chachis/mamas/grannies/mom etc. 
  • "inspirational/motivational" quotes in office group.

  • Tons of images of counterfeit a.ka. first copies of branded handbags and kundan jewellery in the shopping groups.

  • Current bitch session/gossip and dirty talks were on in the besties group. 

"Ah, the morning routine! sometimes I think, almost a decade ago, the joy of getting 100 free SMSes from your mobile provider, on a daily basis, was beyond words. We didn't have to worry about the currency balance but simply reserve a quota for forwarding non-veggie messages and remaining to enquire if proxy could be given in a particular's class.

Now, we wake up by beautiful images which wish us a great day, enrich our gyaan, spook us by lengthy "very important for health" messages, sometimes untrue news and many other stuff. 

The notifications go up in triple digit numbers, if left unchecked even for half an hour. Courtesy, the many family and friends groups along with the shopping groups membership. 

Oh, how I personally love the mute button! Stops the continuous beeping of the incoming message! 

But, its also a blessing. Mom always helps me out, when i send her a picture of something i wish to buy. Making a plan with friends is also easy. Transferring data is easy!"

Enough of my incessant musing about whatsapp!! Time to get ready and Carpediem!!! 

December 24, 2017

Tiger Zinda Hai Review!

The sets, location and costumes play an integral part in making a visually appealing movie. In addition to it, top notch cinematography will make your money and time worthwhile. 

Tiger Zinda Hai takes you to the land of religious fanatics,making you a part of the action, due to its setting, action sequences and the costumes. 

For these precise reasons, i liked the movie! Salman Khan was the cherry on top!

Kindly discount logic based on time taken to travel from one place to another, example: the RAW head shuttling between US and India in moments and the dearth of excellently trained agents. 

Katrina has finally delivered an amazing performance with jaw dropping action sequences! Salman goes rata-ta-ta-ta with a machine gun with finesse! 

It is well supported by its villain and the supporting cast.

Watch it only on the big screen for being a part of this mission.

Your 3 hours time might seem stretched at times, but the ongoing mission will definitely keep you hooked.