The Salesman – Review

About two decades back, I had got an invite from a friend to attend a Iranian film festival, which if I remember correctly was at Y.B.Chavan auditorium.

The simple storytelling, excellent focus on characters enacted and some astonishing realistic acting left me spellbound. It helped that I remained in touch with two iranian pals, who recommended names such us Makhmalbaf, Majidi and Darius whose masterpiece Leila was one of the movies at the festival.

The Salesman, has deservedly got an Oscar for its director Asghar Farhadi. Two actors, husband and wife, who are forced to vacate their apartment as it is about to collapse, are offered another accommodation by a friend and another colleague who is part of the drama that they are acting in.

However the colleague, fails to inform that the particular place was earlier occupied by a woman of doubtful character. What happens later, reveals the director’s genius of presenting a drama with focus on human psychology, so called values and emotions.#Review #Oscars2017 #TheSalesman #AsgharFarhadi

The Salesman

SPLIT by M.NIGHT SHYAMALAN – a review.

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WOOO !! Shyamalan is back in form..

What a thriller, it had me by the guts throughout mostly due to James McAvoy disturbingly realistic performance.

In fact the plot of the movie is linear – Kevin suffers from DID – Dissociative identity disorder also more commonly known as multiple personality disorder for which there is no conclusive treatment yet in medical science. Shyamalan takes this concept, to another level in a very well written screenplay but it is James McAvoy who burns the screen like no one else did before and keeps you on the edge of the seat throughout the movie.

Kevin kidnaps three girls and holds them hostage in his bunker or hideout. It is the interactions between him and the girls which forms the major part of the movie and what could have failed miserably but for JAMES McAvoy.

There is a scene in the movie, when one of the timid and milder personality called “Heidwig” talks to one of the kidnapped gitls and tells her that he likes to listen to music and dance in his room, which has a window. The girl, whose flashbacks reveal that she was strong and intelligent as a child too, immediately asks him to take her to the room so that she can watch him dance in order to get a chance to flee through the window.

James McAvoy outdoes himself in the particular scene, the way he dances and his facial gestures will send shiver down your spines. Out of all his identities, his 24th identity is the most dangerous and comes later in the movie.

Check this movie out to see a great actor thoroughly enjoy and have a blast at what he does best. Sure to be considered as a cult classic performance post few years..

After multiple flops. Shyamalan is back and Yes, Do Not Miss the twist in the end !

Raees is entertaining but BJP’s problem with it…

This is about an highly offending blog by a BJP spokesperson’s analysis of Raees and my take on it.

https://swarajyamag.com/blogs/raees-is-entertaining-but-here-are-my-problems-with-it

A website whose name tells it all, written by an author who was nominated as BJP’s Mumbai spokesperson in December 2016 and has also worked as a creative consultant for Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd apart from penning a few fiction novels. The author also co-authored a book “India aspires” with none other than the union minister Nitin Gadkari.

A para such as above when you forward such articles, is a must and you owe it to all, if you think such preposterous and divisive articles are a must read.

A few pointers –

1. Abdul Latif rose to his peak during the BJP and Janta Dal alliance under Chimanbhai Patel. BJP could not do much, as it was Patel who ruled the roost.

2. No one denies the fact that he was nothing short of a criminal but the movie definitely does NOT woo minority community, for that matter ask the GOD himself, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was it the same in case of Deewar where he potrayed Haji Mastan, the dockyard rat ?. Even today it is considered as a cult classic by Indians.

3. It is mentioned that Raees meets an end that potrays him as an victim of state policies – what crap! Mr.Bachchan, the painfully politically correct actor, died so many such similar deaths as a gangster leaving all moviegoers in tears – so was he wooing minorities too.. remember allahrakha scene in coolie shot at haji ali ?

4. The last two paras of the article are downright communal and not the intent of movie makers but the intent of the author is well exposed. As for so-called intellectuals shifting to being self-proclaimed upholders of secularism, it is the same as self-proclaimed upholders of nationalism who daily beat their chest crying out loud how patriotic they are.

Watch a movie for what it is supposed to do – entertainment, stop being an armchair politico and do not spoil our environment for the sake of our children with such fake articles.

Padmavati imbroglio

By slapping #SanjayLeelaBhanshali #KarniSena has probably done more harm to the so called Rajput cause. A community which perhaps after the Sardar community is considered as one of the bravest caste in India, does not realise that the action was cowardice.

But what deserves perhaps more attention, is that such fringle elements are getting bolder by the day and will the government step in to do something about it or will it follow the politics of Congress to do something if it suits their political need of the day.

I can totally understand the frustration of film fraternity such as #AnuragKashyap and #KaranJohar, which they have expressed on #Twitter. What is unexplainable is the silence of the Khans – all of whom have faced such [social media outrage] in the recent past.

#SLB has it seems consented to some of the demands and requested for peace – perhaps there is no other alternative for him.

What is deplorable are the comments from a Union Minister, supporting the assault on Bhanshali – but is it surprising ?

I did vote for the PM – have I screwed big time ? Time will tell..

Raees – Review

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Voila !

The actor in Shah Rukh Khan is back and how !

He gives Indian cinema the best etched character of a gangster Raees perhaps rivaled only by Ajay Devgn’s Sultan Mirza.

The story of a bootlegger who made it big during the 80s and 90s may have had parallels in Indian cinema, but full credit to Shah for underplaying and sinking his teeth into the character. Whether he is taking revenge on his mentor and yet feeling remorse, or stopping a politician hoodlum from taking a procession with violence or being disturbed and asking his wife to leave him alone, he does it with panache.

This is one gangster you will not forget soon.

The movie will transport you back to the 70s-80s cinema, observe the director’s details for Gujarat – you can hear background sounds typical of a Gujarat morning or evening even when the lead actor is mouthing dialogues.

Swades, Chak De had me cheering for Shah the actor, but Raees makes him an actor among stars.

Wow the Khans are indeed on a roll and we are not complaining.

Nawaz proves yet again that he is an explosive actor.

But this one is a Shah Rukh Khan vehicle and am sure word of mouth praise will bring his detractors to the theatres too.

My second viewing will be in a single screen theatre, do not watch it in a multiplex 🙂

Happy Republic Day !

2016..

2016 –

The year will definitely be remembered for Modi’s demonetization drive, the intent of which I do feel is the right one to clear the mess left behind by the Congress.

However what appalls me, is the behavior of the BJP cadre and this includes the so called elite media and some oft quoted intellectuals, who seem to take offense on any simple query from a layman – such as why 100 Re. notes were not printed in advance in higher number and other points.

Any stance of yours that questions the implementation and the manner is trolled by either public or private abuse..as if it is derogatory and a personal affront to the Modi persona.

Hence the current behavior is equal to what we term as a mob frenzy and is scary to say the least. The confession of a social media professional troll employed by BJP media cell is not limited to the BJP only but to other political parties and also the corporate, as we see on a daily basis between Mistry and Ratan Tata – who till yesterday seemed above reproach. This does not absolve BJP though.

Media too is scarily divided and is focused either on the neighbors – China/Pak, or Political rivalry [Samajwadi etc.] or Bollywood shenanigans [Hrithik/Kangana etc] or the never ending trial of Indrani/Peter or some political honchos in jail..

When did you last see a debate [a sane one] on national television on healthcare, education and civic amenities or a performance review of each of the elected representatives..

What we need to be worried about right now – I do not include the self enlisted followers and workers of political parties in “We” – is the threat to Freedom of Speech and the threat to the secular fabric of this country.

So in 2017 –

I promise to self that I will not get swayed by the rhetoric of any political parties.

I promise to self, will continue to celebrate Diwali, Eid, Christmas, Baisakhi with equal fervor.

I promise to self, will continue to exercise my right to the Freedom of Speech.

Munnabhai, Circuit aur Demonetization…

[Watching TV news about demonetization]
Circuit – Kamaal hai bhai, Modiji ne 500 aur 1000 ka rokda bandh kar diya.

Munna – Ha yaar…Bapu khush ho jayega.

Bapu – Nahi Munna..[Munna is shocked by sudden appearance of Bapu].

Munna – Kyu Bapu?

Bapu – Muje modiji ki niyat pe bilkul shaq nahi, par kaam tarikke se hona chaihye, warna takliff dene main congress ki kya kami thi…

Circuit – Bhai..kis se baat kar rahela hai…

Munna – Aam insaan ki ruh se Circuit, tu quarter maar, tuje nahi samjega…

Circuit – Bhai woh to thik hai.. apna quarter wala bola, digital payment kar warna jyaada rokda lagega..

Munna – Yeh Digital kya hota hai..

Circuit – Wahich main bola, saala pure bharat varsh main ghumke sikhana padega..

Munna – Sikhna padega sab ku, akele pradhanmantri thodi mehnat karega..

Circuit – Sambhalna bhai, aisi baat se public aajkal nayi gaali deti hai..

Munna – Kya gaali deti hai..

Circuit – BHAKT bolegi aapko…

Munna – Abe yeh gaali thodi hai…

Circuit – Ha lekin, bolte waqt THOBDA aise banate hai log, ki gaali lagti hai…

Munna – Chal bank jaate hai…

Circuit – Bhaiii.. itni badi line..Daaru ke alawa kabhi apun khada nahi raha line main…

Munna – Ruk main aata hu…
[Munna returns all bruised]

Circuit – Kya hua bhai..

Munna – Kuch nahi, Amitabh ka dialogue maar ke line main khade rehne gaya..jahan hum khade hote hai..wahich line shuru..Bahut maara public ne…Gandhigiri bhi nahi chali..

Circuit – Bhai..aap ke paas to Bapu hai…kuch direct connection lagao na ROKDE ke liye.. puri vaat laga di Modiji ne…

Munna – Aisa mat bol Modiji ke baare main, tu bhi maar khayega – deshdrohi bolege tereko…

Circuit – To bhai karne ka kya..

Munna – Jane de..Udhaari pe quarter maarte hai aur chup beth ke tamaasha dekhte hai…