An open letter to Farah Khan

An open letter to Farah Khan

Dear Farah Khan,

Recently, I received a video of your Interview (with Cyrus Sahukar) where you are using all the abuses which we dont expect to listen from a celebrity. Anyways, We are least interested in your personal talks or behind the scenes.

But when you “make” (I am not using the word Create as it unnecessarily brings words like creation, creativity etc in our mind) movies like “Happy New Year” with people like Shahrukh, Boman, Deepika, Abhishek etc with such humongous budgets, and we spend 150 -200 rupees to see the bakwaas, we will question and we will ask. Why Farah Why??? Read more

Movie Review – Bodygaurd

Lets Start with Start – Promos, which romised of some thing nice, funny, fresh movie.. seemed humorous, Nice music and Salman and Kareena!!!

Then the Movie poster –

Can someone please tell me where is the creativity?? If I am not wrong, Rahul nanda is the publicity designer? Where are the designs???

Now coming to movie:

The movie starts with the same ‘no creativity’ credits.  And then Salman’s entry! wait wait.. is that Salman or RajniKanth!! Salman Khan jumping from one train to another train! And then he’s flying from here and there defying the Gravity to save some girls!

Uncle Parker (in spiderman) said – With great powers comes great responsibility. But it other way round with Bodygaurd : With Great responsibility comes great power!!!!

Ok, now cut to we have the same Bodyguard…oh by the way our bodyguard has a lovely name – LOVELY SINGH, is in front or Sartaj Singh (Raj Babbar). He is appointed Kareena’s Bodyguard.

now Kareena is irritated by Lovely Singh’s Uniform, so she calls him as another girl in love with him.  and then theres no story….

Some points which take the movie to next level of bakwaas..:

  1. Mahesh Manjrekar is villain who got only 3-4 dialogues.
  2. Aditya Pancholi is villain who is after Kareena to kill her. No one knows the reason.
  3. A character called Tsunami tries to act funny by cracking jokes on Bum. Wearing girls clothes…
  4. Salman khan’s ringtone..
  5. Salman flies and fights ( I am sure even he doesnt know why is he flying)
  6. The villain is dead half an hour before the movie ends
  7. And yes.. theres suspense too.. Salman has a son and he’s not Kareena’s!!

Dialogues – Salman has started a trend of having a hard hitting dialogue in all his movies,Maine ek baar commitment kar di toh main apne aap ki bhi nahi sun ta (wanted), Hum yahan ke robin hood hain (dabangg) and then body gaurd – Mujhpe ek ehsaan karna, ki mujhpe koi ehsaan na karna….

Except this dialogue all other dialogues are pathetically stupid. e.g Salman bumps in to a tree and says – Jhaad ne mujhe jhaad diya….

The saving grace of the movie was Music. One song Teri meri prem kahanni.. was a real good song with nice picturisation.. but again there was a mistake… Only Kareena is confused about her love story not Salman.. then why do they both sing – Prem kahani mushkil hai……?

And then after a draggy emotional scene (??) the film ends…

The movie has crossed earning of 110 crores!! thats purely because of Saman Khan!! His fans can do anything to Watch Salman khan… Even watch Bodyguard!!!!

Overheard a A lady leaving theatre – Pata nahi kyun ye movie dekhne aaye.. lagta hai paise jyada ho gaye the…….

 

Ganga Behti ho kyun. . . Mississipi Behti ho kyun??

Today morning I was crossing Mahim station when I saw a middle aged man beating a young guy severely with his belt. I didnt know the reason, and traffic didnt allowed me to stop there. luckily just 10 feets ahead a 3 policemen were standing, I went to them and told about the incident. They ran towards that and caught hold of that man. He just had a doubt that young guy was trying to pick his pocket. The young guy was crying and pleading, he didnt do that, but he was beaten brutally. I had to move on, as I was getting late, but that scene made me remind of a scene in the song Ganga behti ho kyun?

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8 X 10 Tasveer | Movie Review

8X10 Tasveer deals with a special power of Akshay Kumar to go through the images, and see what happened just after the image was clicked.

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Synopsis: Jai Puri (Akshay Kumar) is an EPS (Environment Protection Service) officer in Canada. Living with his GF, Sheela (Ayesha Takia) having a extraordinary superficial power of seeing what happened after a photograph was clicked. 

Every thing goes fine until, one day His father Jatin Puri (Benjamin Gilani) dies in an accident on his yatch.  Now enters a private detective Habibullah Pasha (Jawed Jafferi) who doubts that it was a murder. This doubt, in addition to Dreams, Provokes Jai to find out the truth. 

So he decides to go inside th elast clicked 8X10 picture of his father and 3 others [Adit ( Rushaad Rana), Anil Sharma (Girish Karnard), Sundar Puri (Anant Madhavan)]. Once he goes in to the past, he finds evidences of the murder. The doubts all 3 business partners of his dad, as well as his mother Savita puri ( Sharmila tagore) too.  but the twists and tangles make the story more interesting, and then he begins his chase of the murderer.

Performances: Akshay Kumar, has once again given a brilliant performance. He as a owner of super natural power, and a Ranger of EPS, done his job perfectly. Aayesha Takia has been roped for a perfect role of a caring lover. Jawed Jaffery Needs a special mention for his role of a cleanliness obsessed, private detective who behaves very awkwardly. Sharmila Tagore was good after so many years. I think last saw her in Aamir khan starrer, Mann.

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Others, Benjamin Gilani, Girish Karnad, Anant Mahadevan, Rushaad Rana, are just small characters but  they have done nothing less than the lead actors. Over all performace of the actors in the movie is very good.

Music: The music and background score of the movie is by Salim Suleiman. Although the songs of the movie are not a hit, and not even hummable, the background score of the movie is good and keeps the pace up, all through the movie. The title song Nazara hai is nice. The main attraction is the rap song which comes at last.

Direction: Nagesh Kukunoor has always shown his skill as director right from the Hyderabad Blues to Rockford to Teen Deewarien. He has been an excellent story teller. and this time too he has proved it. He has made a slick, stylish film, which can be in some cases compared to hollywood movies. At some points it even is equivalent to M Night Shyamalan’s Thrillers/horrors.

The special effects used in movie are of the supreme standards.  Some of the stunts such as jumping from the cliff, underwater sequences are mind blowing. The effects showing Akshay Kumar going back to history are good, where as the ending scene where the main killer and akshay kumar come face to face are awesome!! (The mail killer has been not disclosed to avoid the spoiler!!)

Over all the film is must watch, if you want to have a taste of a good Indian Thriller movie.

I would rate it 4 out of 5.

Satyakam – Journey of Truth

Satyakam is an ideal of truth, obedience and true service to the guru. Satyakam’s story is from Chhandogopnishad (4th chapter).  The Story goes like this: 

satyakam umennetSatyakam was the son of a woman named Jabal. He had a strong wish to study and so he left home in search of a guru. He went to the ashram of sage Gautam and requested him to make him his pupil. Gautam questioned him, “Before I make you my pupil, I need to know about your family.”  This puzzled Satyakam, as he had no idea about his family except his mother. But to join the ashram he would not lie. He told the sage that he would ask his mother. So he went to Jabal.

His mother told him, ” Go to the sage and tell him ‘I am the son of Jabal and my name is Satyakam Jabali‘.” (Jabal had served as maid servant to many, and she did not knew who Satykam’s father was). Satyakam went to Gautam and told him what he knew. The sage was pleased with his love for truth and accepted him as his pupil.

Based on this story, a film by same name was released in 1969, directed by Hrishikesh Muherjee. With Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore & Ashok Kumar in leading roles, this is till date Dharmendra’s best performance.  Satyakam is story of  Satyapriya Acharya, Played by Dharmendra, who embodies the repercussions that result when a man places his lofty ideals over social obligations, monetary temptations and, indeed, over his own family. 

A riveting, nationalist drama in which, Satyakam asks, ‘In an imperfect world, is it possible to be an honest, unadulterated individual?’

Synopsis:  Circa British Rule in India, Satyapriya Archarya (Dharmendra) lives a modest yet noble lifestyle with his grandfather, Satyasharan (Ashok Kumar). His mother passed away while he was very satyakam-umennetyoung, and his dad became a celibate and went off on a pilgrimage, never to return. Satyapriya studies Engineering, and becomes a close friend of fellow-collegian, Narendra Sharma (Sanjeev Kumar). India gains independence, both friends successfully obtain degrees, part ways, and Satyapriya gets employed by the United Paper Mill. Satyapriya soon finds out that his employers want him to forge papers to obtain Government funds, and he resigns in protest. He also finds out that a partner of the paper mill, Kunver Vikram Singh of Bhawanigarh, had sexually molested a young woman, Ranjana, the daughter of a prostitute, and he marries her, earning the wrath of Satyasharan, who refuses to have to do anything with him. Shortly thereafter Ranjana then gives birth to Kabul. Always refusing to adapt to bribery and corruption, Satyapriya moves to town to town, and from one job to another. Narendra and he finally do meet each other – this time Narendra is his immediate Supervisor, and it is here the stage will be set for a confrontation after Narendra instructs Satyapriya to compromise with situations. But for Satyapriya compromise equals corruption – and he will never compromise – even for Narendra. 

Watch this movie for the Dharmendra’s performance. He plays the character with the ease, when his warm smile reaches his brimming-with-tears eyes, the sincerity is eminently believable. Sanjeev Kumar’s is incomparable, when he finds his best friend in trouble, and is not able to convince him to be practical. 

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s dialogues are another high point of the movie. Some of the dialogues:

  • Distressed-by-poverty Sharmila Tagore remarks- “Sone ke zevar banane ke liye thodi toh khot milani padti hai .
  • When Satyapriya cant adopt to the mindset of others he says – “Mera dimaag kharaab ho gaya hai, ya main cynic ho gaya hoon, ya duniya badal gayee hain “
  • His desire to reach a higher self arises from his conviction that- “main insaan hoon. Bhagwan ka sabse bada pratinidhi”
  • And the sarcastic Dialogue- Yeh aadmi (Satyapriya) bahut hi badmaash aur paaji hai. Rishvat vagerah nahin khaata “

The songs of movie were, though not so hit, but still had a meaningful lyrics by Kaifi Aazmi. One song, Zindagi hai kya, one of my fav, has some good lyrics such as:

Latoo nahi hai, ladki nahi hai, zindagi hai sachai,
mitti ki murat jab sach boli, aadmi tab kahelayi

bander nahin, charkha nahin, aadmi ka kya kehana, 
pyar mohabat fitarat uski, dosti majhab uska

lassi nahin hai rasshi nahin dosti dil ki dhadkan, 
dushmani  sahara sahara, dosti  gulshan gulshan.

You can have a small glimpse of the film here: Scene shows when Sanjeev Kumar comes to know that Dharmendra is his immidiete junior and he come to visit him in office hours.

Its a movie which makes you to think, and provokes you to follow the Satyapriya’s way of living, but its really tough and you end up being a Naren, like every other man.

I knew the satyakam story much before I saw the movie. Thanks to my dad for introducing me to Amar Chitra Katha. ( I am still a big fan of Amar Chitra Katha).

Inputs:

  • Satyakam’s Story from here.
  • Inputs on film From Rediff, IMDB & Dinesh Raheja.