Band Baaja Baarat!

I think it is a time for serious introspection in Indian cinema esp. bollywood. I watched this relatively lowly publicized flick winning atleast 4/5 in every review and loved it! Really really loved it. This movie reminded me of the simplicity of Jab We Met and met my high expectations. It is a simple story, real people, real words, real scenario and lots of positive energy and happiness. The casting immaculate, dialogues so real and the acting, fabulous. Anushka Sharma is definitely worth more than Deepika or Sonam kapoor and despite being low-key off-screen, she shines on screen. The hero, well I am not even sure what his real name is (I walked into the show 5 minutes late) but is someone who grows on you. Quirky, rowdy, unpolished but so genuine in his actions that you feel you’ve met one Bittoo Sharma somewhere in Delhi. I insist on real so much because I am bored of stupid cinema passed off as futuristic. I loved the story and the treatment, not a scene out of place, dragged, unnecessary, not a song here or there and not even the smooch felt out of place. I call it a time for introspection because this movie has charmed through hearts of people without a hero or a star, without a 100+ crore budget and is definitely one which you can watch seconds. What is the point of so much glitz and glamour and hype and hoopla when the actual content is terrible. Look at Robot or Raavan. Robot made its money because those idiots charged double the money for the show and sold music and every other right at astronomical prices. For what? There is not a cinematic moment there to cherish (not special effects – now that isnt Indian firstly nor does it highlight anything but the excelling graphics abilities of some Indian geeks working in hollywood). Dazzling costumes, blown up mercedes or some stupid jump over a waterfall which gave kerala a slight boost in tourism (that place was already really famous). What is the use of having Aishwarya dolled up in crores worth without any ability to emote, what is the point of a Rajnikanth where his natural acting prowess is overshadowed by crores of effects or a Mani Ratnam who clearly thinks he can revolutionize cinema by making crappy movies, when people really like to see sensible stories like Do Dooni Char, Peepli Live or the latest Band Baaja Baarat.

Ultimately, if the product is good, it will sell. Word of mouth is very powerful and there is only so much the hype, multi-crore budgets,repeated photoshoots and daily interviews will do if the end product is useless. Take a cue bollywood and dont think your audience is brainless. Now kollywood needs some educating, though I’m not even attempting to do that. Rajnikanth is awesome in all those one-liners but on the big screen, seriously guys? ( or are you enjoying it the same way as I do -sarcastically!?)

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End Semester and Sweet nothings!

I love this time of the year. Not only am I still in my birthday mood, it is that time when the university gives off to the grad junta as well, letting them have some fun during the festive season. Festive, it surely is. The weather Gods have been showering Atlanta with unusual weather this week, starting with snow flurries on my birthday (highly unusual for mid december), abnormally low temperatures (-16 C was everyday morning) , frozen rain (it was amazing, it felt like someone was shredding ice cubes up there somewhere) and finally ice sheets (where I almost ice-skated on the sidewalks ,watched a dozen cars skid and the average speed was down to < 25 mph). I completed another semester today. When the final ended, it was giddy relief that turned into a 'holy-I-can't-feel-my-hands-anymore' sprint to my office. And then I decided to do nothing but waste time officially.

So I watched a movie "I hate Luv Storys". Dont get too judgemental about my movie tastes now since I wanted to see a no-brainer. Somehow I always like to watch no-brainers and the intrinsic urge to watch something as intense as Inception doesnt come more than once or twice a year. The movie was as expected trash (I prefer Aisha to this-so you can understand how horrible it can be). And then my thoughts raced to the comments this Sonam Kapoor made on Shobha De's take of her acting (or lack of it) prowess calling her "menopausal" and "pre-historic". I ambled on to the large section dedicated to Zuckerberg who is Time's Person of the Year 2010. Somehow, he is always inspirational to me. Maybe that he is hardly 4 years older than I am, or its the movie 'The Social Network' which gives you an IQ high. And then I did something I always do when I am free – watch You've got mail.

There is always this one movie people keep going back to. For me, its You've got mail. I've lost count of the number of times I've watched this flick. I remember dialogues, scenes and even the apartment settings. Call me a romantic if you will but this movie presents a rare juxtaposition of things and people I absolutely adore. Let me start with the bookstore setting. Now, this is something I dreamt of doing (and might still do) is own a bookstore and have story-telling sessions, nice comfy sofas with cheap and nice hot coffee, newspapers from around the world and get people back into the long-lost habit. I always wanted to own "The shop around the corner" and felt nasty when 'Fox books' puts them out of business. I imagined my bookshop a mix of the two. Second, I like the premise. Email exchanges, one bookstore vs another and of course, the dog. Brinkley. Not to forget Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.And hoping that my dream man is like Joe Fox. Daisies, NY during Fall, more Brinkley, handkerchiefs and the little boy who spells "F-O-X". Ive been watching this movie since my freshman year at college when the world was my oyster and even now it gives me the belief that I can go back to my dream someday. I love the movie. Love. ( Its another thing that I'm planning to watch Pirates -1 once more at night since that is another of my all time favorite movies but at another level). You've got mail – now thats something else and personal.

Enough of my rant of the movie ( I know I lost readers long back and if you are still here then remain so 🙂 ). I'm planning to bake a cake tomorrow just to celebrate my birthday and try this whole new aspect of cooking called baking. As for the rest, I've another post in mind but let me pen that in the next one. For now, its Capt. Jack Sparrow calling!