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MY NAME IS KHAN

Finally saw MY NAME IS KHAN….AWESOME movie….I loved it!

I am a declared  Karan Jojhar (Ko!) fan…..like Kajol….really like Sharukh ….and all three of them together…is a killer combination at least for me….so ideally I should have watched this movie first day last show…..but somehow it was not to be…..and today after 3 weeks I finally managed to go catch the movie…..and I loved it!

Karan Johar  can get you to feel emotions in every scene….i had tears in my eyes so many times during the movie….every scene is shot so well….the direction the cinematography ..the music was all perfect! The songs were not in the face types…all the music was adding to the movie.…the background score was excellent….I loved the Hum Hoge Kamayab bit…..still humming the song! I feel like going an picking up the sound track of the movie

Shahukh  has a tremendous  screen presence…..and when Kajol and Sharukh come together…there is chemistry…..In most Shahrukh Kajol movies…..they meet…..and they know there is something special….there is a bond….there is a recognition….like they know each other in a past life……(past movies are like past lives….) ….it happens…..you do meet people for the first time and feel this strange bond….i have felt it and it is uncanny…..you have no clue why you feel you know/like this person……but you do…and then you try and put logic into it….(this can be a topic of another post…so will leave it for latter!)

Shahrukh has acted very well……he is not over the top….Kajol is a rockstar….she is looking soo damn pretty and chic….much better than most younger actresses…..! I loved her clothes in the movie….kudos to the designers…Not only were the lead actors good….a special mention to the kid who plays young Sharukh…. Tanay Chheda  …he was also awesome…and the two people who played journalist students…who help to break the story were also very good although they had a very   tiny role and I cant even seem to find their names online L. I personally did not like the guy who played Obama (Christopher B. Duncan) ….he did not do justice to Obama’s personality

Over all a great movie……with three key messages at-least for me…..My Name is Khan…and I am not a terrorist…..duniya mein sirf do tare ke log hote hai..acche aur bure……and last but not the least…HUM HONGE KAMAYAB….We shall overcome…..:-)

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13 B!

Yeah there was a movie with this name….and I went and watched it in the theatre on a week day! Madhavan and some others….it was suppose to be a horror movie and  it was not very scary….but let me admit…I did watch is with my eyes half closed….with my hands on my face watching through the gaps in my fingers….on hindsight….it was not really required….nothing scary as such happened in the movie….now in my defense….I did not really know that…so better be prepared to shut your eye than be caught unawares!

Now I don’t know if I am really scared of horror movies……well I know it is not my favorite genre of movie….and I do believe in sprites and life after death….angles…maybe even ghosts ….and I believe….that you are going to see a scary movie….might as well get scared…like if you got for a Karan Johar movie…you might as well fall in love!

Back to 13 B…..btw..the movie is called 13 B..because he lives on the 13th floor etc etc….overall not a bad movie actually….it is about Madhvan’s family who moves into a new house and he realizes that there is so mething wrong with the house…..there is a TV serial that the women in the family watch and every things that happens to people in the serial actually happens to the family!! It is a little spooky….but not scary…

Will not disclose the climax….just in case someone wants to actually see the movie…..

The one line I liked in the movie was that… something to the effect of “ Agar Bhoot Insan mein ghus sakta hai to TV ya mobile mein kyon nahi!” Translation : “If ghosts can posses human being….so why cant they posses electronic items like TV’s and mobile phone!”

Well that is what the movie was all about….watch it only is you have nothing better to do….

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Vagina Monologues

People….if you have not watched this play….you really really should……it is super funny……kind of sad in certain parts…..overall quite insightful!

I am not really a play/theater person….I prefer movies any day…..if you don’t like it at least you can pass comments and yet not be rude since the performers cant hear you…but this one was wonderful!

Although I had heard good reviews of this particular play…..I did not think it would be worth its salt…the name just did not sound like it would be right……Monologues…come on….I did want to listen some women giving a monologue….and that too about vagina’s….come on…..how could anyone give a monologue on Vagina’s! the name reminded me of a “ Friends” episode in which Chandler is stuck watching a play alone and some women goes on in a monologue…..Why do you do this to me etc etc….and he was so suffered through it…if you have watched  “Friends” you would know what I am talking about!

Now back to Vagina Monologues…..It was 5 women….  Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, Dolly Thakore , Sonali Sachdev, Jayati Bhatia, Avantika Akerkar….sitting on stools with their script in their hand…..(they kept throwing sheets of paper down as the act got over)…and they were absolutely rocking…!! Amazing voice modulations……expressions….body language…..all sitting right there on the stool! It was a very powerful performance….

I am inspired to go for a acting workshop!

Wiki gives an intersing plot summary ..  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vagina_Monologues

But believe me reading it tells you nothing about the play….you must go and watch it!

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Delhi 6 –Absolutely Disastrous…!!

Firstly Delhi 6 is  a misnomer for the movie….it should have been called… “Kaala Bandar”……yes friends…that is what the movie is about….A Kaala Bandar…..and had they named it right I am sure a lot of people would be put off by the name and not bother to watch it for 3 hours!

Now I did go for a movie in the first week trusting Rajiv Masand’s review on the movie…..he gave it 3 stars and quite a decent review only to realize that IBN/TV 18 seem to be some sort of partners for the movie…..every time they wanted to show Indian news as a part of the narrative (which was a lot!) it was one of the TV 18 channels that were featured….and hence I guess Rajiv Masand may have been forced to give a decent review….Rajiv…I am as disappointed with you as I am with the movie….I used to trust his reviews!!

Now for the movie….why was it such a disappointment….and what is Kaala Bandar…..!

I don’t know if you’ll remember there was some bullshit news a few years which was capitalized by channels like Aaaj Tak …IBN 7 about a monkey man who is robbing people and generally causing a chaos and there are multiple theories on what is this big monkey…is it an animal…is it a man….is it a machine……many speculations fueled by IBN 7 type of channels…..the kind of news also which you would switch channels and not watch…..well dear friends….this movie is just about that…..it is goes on for three hours and there is not channel to change…!!

It is about how this story of the Monkey Man spreads in Chandni Chowk..(Delhi 6)…and the chaos and the communal riots it creates….

Sonam barely has much of a role in the movie….Abhisek is irritating with his put on accent…..he looks fat and old in the movie…..the romance is quite non-existent….the songs are very brief in the movie….and are placed there for the heck of it…they do not really add to the story or take the story ahead…everyone is so over the top….that it is bad….

BTW….did you know ‘MaskAli’ from the very hum-able song of the same name is the name of an unimportant pigeon who has no role as such to play in the movie!!

What were they thinking when they made this movie…..is it really the same director who made Rang De Basanti…..or I guess the credit for Rang De should be given to Aamir Khan and not to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra!!!

Overall very avoidable movie…..and don’t trust Rajeev Masand’s review…..cross check…..

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Dev D

Its different….! It is scandalous…..its funny….it is contemporary……it is watchable….but it is definitely not a movie worth the 5 star reviews it got…I guess they paid the critiques….or we went with high expectations of the movie…(and expectations reduce joy…..)

The best part about Dev D is that it is ‘contemporary’…it is interesting to see how the director has taken the old Devdas story complete with the heartbroken Dev….the love of his life…Paro…and the very happy call girl Chanda!

The story line is the same….. Dev is a rich guy…. has a childhood sweetheart Paro…Dev goes abroad to study…Paro and Dev continue their love affair on chat….( with all the frills….don’t want to write the funny scandalous tit- bits…you have to watch it to see the fun parts!) Dev and Paro have a fight….Paro gets married to an older but very handsome man with two kids….Dev is heart broken……and gets wasted on alcohol and drugs….

Bumps into Chanda (Aka Chandramuki!)……A happy young call girl…..who goes to normal college during the day…..and does interesting  colorful things by the night(again….you have to watch it to see the juicy tit bits…and the very funny phone sex routine!)

Lot more happens with the aamir baap ka bigda hua beta…and the movie stretches quite a bit in the second half and they could have done with better editing and made the second half crisper!

Someone in the group said is  it a very ‘guy’ type movie…which I think I agree..someone else said….that is  like soft porn…which I may not really agree…it is scandalous……but they don’t really show anything much…just say a lot of things…the dialogues are scandalous to a certain degree…and the rest is left to your imagination….

Overall verdict……it is a different….watch it… but be careful who you watch it with!!

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Slum Dog Millionaire!

There is so much about the movie all over…on TV in the papers on Radio….so I am not going to write another review of the movie…

All I will say is go watch it….. I was a little skeptical to watch the movie cause I heard that it portrays Mumbai is very bad light and since  I love Mumbai …it is unlikely that I will like any movie that shows Mumbai in a bad light…..but it is not too bad…and although the movie portrays the beggars/ragpickers/dumping grounds/the slums…basically the filth of Mumbai….it is not about that….it is about Jamal…who is a slum dog….( they are literally treated like dogs…it is sad….) his life and his experiences and his destiny…

The catch line of the movie is ….“Destiny : Its written…!”

I don’t know if I believe in Destiny….actually I think I do…..but I also believe in that we have the freedom to choose……and if we listen to our heart and listen to the signs our guardian angels give us (ya I also believe in guardian angels…will write about  how to understand the signs they give us someday!)…we will take the right decisions…( I don’t know what the meaning of RIGHT is though!)

 

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