Saturday, July 26, 2014

Being Salman Khan

I just saw 'Kick' and before the movie review… I knew, that this post was due! Now, I have been meaning to
write this post for a really long time now but something came in the way.

Let me start from the beginning - I don’t know how but somehow, I really started liking Salman Khan and Salman Khan movies. But then came the horrible show Bigg Boss 7 and there I really hated the way he was partial and protective of Tanisha Mukherji and then I started hating him.

Anyways… since then, two of his movies have come out - Jai Ho and now, Kick.

I really can't say whether Salman Khan is nice or not but there is one thing that I know that a person who makes movies on such topics should be really nice or at least his thoughts or his conscious should be.

You know, once I talked to a counsellor for what I should be doing with my career and then he told me that if Amitabh Bachchan was to be a painter… maybe he wouldn’t be very good with the skills but because he is Amitabh Bachchan, he would nonetheless sell well.

Even now, I have moments when I want to do so much with just one life and I know that it is not possible to achieve everything… But then I look at this guy - Salman Khan. Maybe he too wanted to be more than an actor - a philanthropist, maybe. And he has found a wonderful way to be one. He doesn’t leave his job but that doesn’t stop him from making efforts to build a better society. And I find it very noble thing of him. I mean, maybe he is not doing everything from his own hands but he is doing something and not just sitting there and killing time and his potential.

As of now, I know that I might no longer be in love with the actor but there is some respect that I now have for him - for the not Human Being but someone who Be(ing)s Human!!

Monday, July 14, 2014


Anyone who thinks that this is a movie review - I am sorry to disappoint you… but "Itni aukat nahi hai meri ke itni mast movie ka review likhne ka soch sakun!!" i.e. "I am not a person worthy to even think of writing a review for a movie of such a calibre!!" IT IS ONE HELL OF A STORY!!

Still, there will be loads of SPOILERS!!

Well… so the movie is about a team of 5 - 6 people who go out in space for a space mission. 2 of them - Matt (short of Mathew) and Shariff, are roaming around in space while one Dr. Ryan Stone (a She) is installing the Hubble Telescope. And then they get a news that the Russians have fired a missile that has generated some chemical debris. As a chain reaction of this, one of their own space stations gets affected and there is a lot of space-station debris revolving there. They get the warning but a little too late for the three of them to get inside the main station.
When this metallic meteorites hit them, Ryan is drifted off far away and loses contact with everyone. Just when she gave up, she heard Mathew call out for her. He too was drifted away from the station. He comes to her and then they both make their way back to their station, which neither of them are able to communicate with.

On the way, they find the floating body of Shariff, a meteorite broke through his suit and right through his head, creating a hole where his nose and upper jaw should be. Then they discover that because the spacecraft was also damaged, everyone inside the spacecraft have died due to lack of oxygen.
Matt points to the International Space Station and he has some kind of device that helps him motor his way in space. Anyways, they both make their way towards the ISS. Matt ties Ryan to himself as she was low on oxygen and was also losing hope. Finally, they reach there and while Matt is able to stabilize himself from the impact of landing, Ryan isn't. However, she finally finds herself entangled in some wires. Matt, who comes to rescue her, finds the situations totally reversed. As Ryan is entangled in the wires, she is the one holding both their weights (remember, Matt is attached to Ryan). Ryan detaches himself and makes Ryan promise that she will return and not give up hope. Ryan tries to stop him from doing so but he drifts away. He keeps talking to her, to give her hope and strength to move on and then eventually fades away.

Ryan goes inside the space station and before drifting away, Matt had told her that there is a spacecraft but it is in no fit shape to take her back to Earth. However, it will do to take her to the nearby Chinese Space Station, where there is another spacecraft that can be used for landing.
Once Ryan is inside the space station, first she relaxes herself as the oxygen inside her suit had finished long back. She then tried to locate Matt but she can't make any communication and those she can see him as a white dot against the black endless space, she knows he is dead and decides to move as he wanted her to. Initially, she makes a lot of efforts to detach the spacecraft (and the metallic meteorite shower returns) from the space station and once she is able to do that, she realizes that there is no fuel to fly it to anywhere. Ryan accepts her fate that she was going to die. She thinks of her daughter, who died at the age of 4. Ryan switches off the engines and the oxygen in hope to slowly drift towards death, however, just then, she has a vision of Matt coming into the spacecraft who talks some sense into her and gives her the courage. She realizes that he was only a vision. But then, her illusion gave her a way to go to the Chinese Space Station. She does so and finally reaches there.

When she gets inside the Chinese Space Station, she sees that the metallic meteorite shower will be there within a few minutes. Also, because of the same, the Chinese Space Station was losing altitude and it would soon hit the Earth's atmosphere. Once inside, it takes her a little time to locate the spacecraft, as she was new to this model of the space station. When she finds it, its instructions were in Chinese but she recalls Matt telling her that it is a replica of the spacecraft of ISS. She makes some lucky choices and finally is able to launch the already descending spacecraft into landing. Several parts of the space station were already detaching because of the meteorite shower when the spacecraft detached itself from it. The space station broke into several pieces all of which made their way into the Earth's atmosphere at an incredible speed. The pieces caught fire and it grew extremely hot but Ryan continued.
Finally, she was below the clouds and the parachute opened. She landed on a water body which immediately drowned the vessel as soon as the door bolted open. Ryan swam out of the vessel and then to the top to the surface, emerging as not only the lone survivor of their mission but also as a new person altogether!!


You know, seriously, I have tried my best to mention every small bit that I loved in the movie but trust me, I still havent done complete justice. The movie is way too good. And in case you havent seen it, go now and see it!!

Right from Shariff's 'Mera Joota Hai Japani' to the hole through the centre of his face… from the floating teardrops to the billions of stars… from the sunrise-i-would-give-anything-to-watch to the back-stories of the characters - amazing! I loved each and every bit of it. How even in emergency they talked according to their code of conduct… How the pieces of the Chinese Space Station kept flowing away… Everything was brilliant. Well, I honestly don't know what it is like to be space or the technicalities were upto the mark or not… but I know that in a total sci-fi movie where every 5 minutes you have something to make you hold your chair more tightly, telling the back-stories of the characters, in such a deep in beautiful way, can only be accomplished by the best of the director and writer, working together! And not only they, but I believe it takes the entire team to be brilliant and perfect to pull off something like this. Sandra Bullocks was just too good. Right from the first scene, I thought it was her but I could never be sure until she took off her suit… I couldn’t believe she performed so amazingly!

Very honestly, hats off!!
Totally Amazing!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Is Female molestation a lesser of a cime??

Sometime back, I was having a random discussion with someone - and let me take a moment to tell you that this is no ordinary someone, but he is someone I really look up to, adore and respect… However, for that one instance, I seriously disagree with him.

We were discussing about a fight that happened between two boys in my college, in the boys hostel. Two boys, both, frankly, were exceptional cases and they got into a fight. Both of them were drunk and while one was known for his drinking, the other was known for his violence. Anyways, the college head decides to take a surprise visit and he sees them fighting - now it is another matter of discussion that how come the director was visiting the hostel at that very moment?, but let is keep it for some other time. So, these boys were fighting and the director shows up and he tries to intervene. Now there was other faculty members with him, but still HE alone decides to intervene.

Well, I don’t take alcohol and I am definitely Not pro-violence and am a girl, yet I know that when you see two drunk guys fighting, you leave them if you want yourself to be safe and sound. But nope, our director sir was bound to do the other right thing. And in this process, he gets hit. Now some say that he got a bruised forehead and the others say that he got hit on the jaw - quite honestly, there was nothing visible and so, nothing serious.
However, the guy who drinks more, was immediately suspended from the college - thankfully, he was in the last 1 month of his graduation and so, he wasn't rusticated.

However, a little more than an year ago, the same guy was caught for being excessively drunk and troubling a girl. The girl was a faculty ward and therefore, the faculty just hit him nicely, locked him up in his room and did other such things to let him repent…. But I have a small, tiny little question - I agree that violence is bad and that our director could be gravely injured and thankfully he wasn’t, but is fighting a bigger offence than molesting a girl? Of course, I agree it was in the college campus and the moment the girl shouted, everyone came to help her and even then, it wasn't much. However, it was an attempt!

I don't say that the boy shouldn’t be punished now for what he did and neither do I say that you hang him for behaving badly with a girl…. All I say is that isnt there something wrong with our society, somewhere?
How come the dignity of one human being be negligible? How can someone even think that you should just make the girl understand and ask her to silence herself? I mean, you are the only one asking us to shut up, when you are committing crimes against women!! I really don't get it - what kind of society am I a part of?

I mentioned being in the discussion with sir (I won't mention the name), because I believe him to be a very learned man and a man of reason and when he said that the girl issue could be set aside, I was shocked. Shocked, because if I see it coming from him, I know there must be some real good logic and back-up behind it. That day, a shocking fact revealed itself to me, somewhere, this is how our society thinks - this is how the minds are being moulded.

Yes, I agree that having women protection laws and rules, a quite many girls are misusing them or exploiting them in ways that can't be justified but when there is a just cause, can we overlook it? If there is a problem, do we solve the problem or ignore the entire section of the society that has that problem?

I havent written this post to say I am upset with that man… I haven't written it to defame either of the two guys and nor is it an attempt to write out anything against my college… because it is not a problem at this level. Even when we fight for 'gender equality', somewhere our minds have been moulded to think of girls as the weaker gender and this is what I think as WRONG. I also believe that the first step to solving any problem is accepting that we have a problem. And so my friends, this post is a mere attempt to point out a fault in our society and in the minds of people all around us. Only when we know the problem, we will be able to solve it!!
Concluding, I just hope and pray that I leave a better planet for a better generation, whenever I leave! Inshallah!

Ek Villain : Movie Review is truly and definitely one of the most beautiful scripts to be made into a movie. I know there would be several people who would term this movie as 'idealistic' - something that is never likely to occur in real life but, for this very reason, hats off to the story writer and the creators. People like 'Aisha' (Shraddha Kapoor's character name) are definitely too few. One thing that I know for sure, someone who created a character such as Aisha and who believed that someone like Guru (Siddharth Malhotra's character name) could change so drastically, is definitely keeping the goodness alive. So for that very thing, for the very idea, the goodness behind the movie, I thank the entire team of the movie.

SPOILER ALERT!!                                 

This movie has been in a lot of talks and discussions since a long time, primarily due to its songs - which let me tell you, are amazing. Moreover, it has the new B-Town hottest favourite - Siddharth Malhotra and definitely a pretty face we are going to keep seeing - Sharaddha Kapoor, which just gave the fans some more to add on to the ongoing talks.

Anyways… I just finished watching the movie and it is one heck of a movie. Indeed it is so beautiful, that my comeback post had to be about it.
For some time, I have known that I havent blogged and it was because of exams and other stuff going on in college but now that I am free, I know that I should blog. I was even working on some posts but none of the other topics gave me so much to write as this one.

If you have heard the songs - It isn't very difficult to find out the chronological order of the love story. Initially, a rugged life handsome hunk, Guru, meets Aisha, who is very lively and cheerful - that is when 'Banjara' comes into play… "…Jeena mujhe phir se wohh sikha raha…" and quite like the lyrics, Guru gets addicted to Aisha's lively nature and helps her fulfil her dreams which are just to make her happy and which she tells Guru are her last wishes as she was terminally ill. Guru has some horrors of his past and to take revenge he is set on the path of crime. When Aisha sees him, she decides that she needs to save him - save a life! And so she starts following him to make him agree to help her kidnap someone. Finally, when he agrees to, he was asked to kidnap an man from Old Age Home. Chhotu, the elderly man, is forced there by his family and actually he wishes to marry his long lost love. Aisha gets them married. Guru tells that he never felt this peace since his parents died (the horror of his past) and not even revenge got him the sleep this marriage did.
For some unknown reason, Guru insists on helping Aisha fulfil her other dreams. He takes her to see the butterflies, the peacocks, he makes it snow for her, he takes her to underwater diving and many more. In a way he becomes a part of all her dreams and she becomes his dreams.
Knowingly or Unknowingly, the two of them fall in love… which is quite obvious. But because this story is from Guru's perspective, we only know that he is in love. And that is when 'Galliyan' comes in. "… Yeh lamhe, lamhe ye resham se… kho jaaye, kho na jaaye humse…" … Guru knows that Aisha is terminally ill but he just couldn’t help fall more and more in love her. He spends every moment of his time making her dreams come true. He doesn’t still smile but there is a drastic change from what he was when Aisha first saw him and what he became. Somewhere, he decides that he is going to lead his life her way.
But when Aisha realizes that she is in love with Guru, she knows that even if they unite, one day, she will die and so she plans to leave the city. But then, Guru comes to the station and he expresses his love in the best possible manner that his characteristics permit him to. Finally, Aisha gives in and that is when they get married and we get the song 'Hamdard'…
Both of them are shown to be a really cute couple. Ofcourse, they have their own place which is obviously decorated in accordance to Aisha. Some real cute moments such as flying paper planes into the city and just roaming about… shopping and the smiles that would never stop! Also, Aisha gets treated. Those scenes are very emotional as both Aisha and Guru are going through tough times. Aisha wants the life and Guru wants her to be fine. In a way, they both stand by each other in the difficult times. "… Pal do pal ki kyun hai zindagi… Iss Pyaar ko hai Sadiyaan kaafi nahi…"!! Guru leaves his old life behind for Aisha.
Like any obvious Bollywood Movie, Aisha gets fine. The two of them spend a happy life. Guru finally has found peace and decides to move on. Aisha gets him to apply for jobs. He has gone for an interview and Aisha is at home. He calls her to tell her that he got the job and that is when he hears her scream for help. Someone was attacking her in the house. Also, quite a HIMYM twist - this scene - the killing scene is the first scene of the movie. Aisha dies and the entire story behind their love story, leading to this very moment, was shown in flashback with Guru thinking over how he spent the last two years of his life with Aisha. Even the Policemen are scared that they must bring Aisha's killer behind bars or else if Guru decides on taking revenge, he is going to kill a lot of people.
Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh's character) is a psychologically ill person. He loves his wife Sulochana (played by Aamna Shariff) but because they are not well off and Rakesh doesn’t stand up for himself much, Sulochana is always criticizing him. Everytime he gets frustrated with her talks, he kills any lady who tells him even a rude word. That is his way of taking out his frustration over someone else and keep loving his wife. In turn, he takes someone of the person he killed as a gift for his wife. After killing Aisha, he took her chain and one paper fan for his son.
Guru sees that fan and recognizes it immediately. He starts following Rakesh, stopping him from attacking others and in turn beating the life out of him, yet keeping him alive.
Later Guru gets to know that Aisha was pregnant when she was murdered. He gets even more furious. He beats Rakesh again and tells that his wife was pregnant when Rakesh killed her.
Rakesh uses it to identify whose relative Guru is and then kills Aisha's father. He then tricks Guru into coming to Guru's own place where Rakesh was hiding. Apparently, Sulochana was being troubled by the Police because of her husband's wrong doings and she gave an interview on television saying that her husband was a very nice person and he can't have done anything like this and that she loved him. This was the only thing Rakesh needed - to hear from his wife that she loved him. Finally, when she says it on national television, he knows that he has a chance to die hero for his family or else someday, they will get to know the truth.
He tricks Guru into coming and then asks Guru to kill him, so that Guru is framed as the villain. But at that very moment, Guru's former alliance go to Rakesh's place and kill Soluchana. Rakesh is left devastated and both of them fight, and finally Rakesh dies but out of his own misdeeds and Guru, as he promised, didn't kill anyone. He goes to Rakesh's house and finds Rakesh's son hiding under the bed, facing the same he had when he was a kid. He gives his hand to the child - a symbolic of bringing him into light, just like Aisha had done to his life.
Last scene shows that Guru is fulfilling the other wishes of Aisha, like he had promised her with Rakesh's son.

Another important thing to mention before I forget is - We see PRACHI DESAI doing an item number. It is not the item number that is disturbing, because quite truthfully, it is more of a sad song with girls wearing minimum clothes, rather than an item number. Anyways, the shocking thing was seeing Prachi transform from the Kasam Se's Bani to the roop she had when she came on screen. I took a moment, pausing the movie to look again. I wouldn't say that she looked nice, because I didn’t think so, but yes, very different.
I am not crying…. Well that is mostly because of the reason that I have some inherent dislike towards Shraddha, don’t know why and moreover, it is a Balaji movie and I can't still digest how can Ekta do something so heart touching and I always think on the same lines but never thought about it much. Truthfully, I am a little envious; but mostly, I am glad that such a nice movie was made and that I saw it.

All in all…. It is totally worth your money so go to the nearest multiplex near you and see the movie!!

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