Finding Fanny..A movie review.

 

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I think the time for no masala and non commercial hindi movies has arrived. Bollywood is now growing up. Finding Fanny is a story set in a small village called Pocolim in Goa about finding Fredie’s(Naseerudin) long lost love, a pretty Goan named Fanny.  And the whole team of not so perfect broken people set out in the search of a girl whom no one else knows apart from Fredie. It is not a very organized story where you have a perfect start and end, but its like an episode from the lives of the characters.

It has an amazing cast, its been really time we saw legends like Pankaj Kapoor, Naseruddin Shah come together on stage. I must say Deepika, Arjun and our very hot Dimple Kapadia did a brilliant job.There is also a Cat which meets a bad end but brilliant acting by the cat too :P.

Every character is portraying a different trait of human kind. Naseerudin Shah is an old man, whose child like innocence just takes your heart away. He is so loving yet  so deperately searching for someone’s love. Dimple is an embodiment of strength, who has faced deceit, loss of family , yet is so compassionate towards every other person. She so simply proves, one who rocks the cradle, rules the world. Pankaj Kapoor is my favorite in the movie. He is like the most amazing artist. Acting is cakewalk for this man.Though he is shown as a gross, perverted old man, he makes the movie so colorful. Deepika, a young widow , trying to make the fullest of whatever she has. We normally would expect her to immersed in sorrow but she is a girl who takes charge to find love for a dear friend and so selflessly sets out on a strange journey. Her character tells us that if you lose people in your life, your life does not end , it goes on and you never know a miracle might be knocking on your door. And finally Arjun , our angry young man, who pretends to be a man of ego and arrogance , but yet is a very kind and sweet person from the within. There is not much to say about the story of movie but its only the beauty and simplicity of life and characters you need to look out for.  Sometimes movies mean more than entertainment.

I saw the movie in english and i must admit, i would have enjoyed it better had i seen it in hindi.  There is amazing goan music throughout the movie, which really suits the movie. It is slow, yet the effortless comedy keeps you going.Its not mainstream cinema.

We all must one day set out on a journey to find our fanny, and to find out they found her , go watch the movie :).

 

 

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My Queen..(Movie Review)

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Queen came like a fresh breeze and was a complete entertainer. Kangana has proved all of them who say she can only do phsycho roles wrong. You were brilliant kangana, my queen.

It was very aptly released on the occasion of women’s day. Rahul gandhi was right, we are working towards women empowerment. 😛 Jokes apart, the movie is very nicely shot, very simple storyline, and good cast. This movie brings out a lot of emotions ; happiness, sorrow, anger and madness. Rani’s innocence is also well blended in the whole movie. 🙂

Rani’s(Kangana) life overturns when her fiancee very casually dumps her a day before their wedding, simply because he feels their statuses does not match anymore. The same guy who ran circles around her, felt she did not match up to him. Rani felt her life was doomed, but Paris saved her. 🙂 She sets out on her honeymoon alone :). Though it is very difficult to believe that Rani from Rajouri can conquer Paris but. isn’t reel life all about giving way to our wildest imaginations. Just to think if really the world was safe enough that Rani from a small town could set out to a completely foreign country.

Rani is as pure as a dew drop and her honest intentions, to see Paris and Amsterdam, change her life, make her realize who she really is and who she really can be. Lisa Hayden, the dusky beauty , the hot Veejaay 😛  befirends rani and becomes her first confidant in her journey. Remarkable performance by Lisa. Taka deserves a special mention too.

Music is very refreshing. They have songs of very different flavor, no hip hop but very soothing. I got a deja vous feeling, in the second part of the movie, felt it was a bit like english vinglish, may be because Amit trivedi has composed music for both, but i am definitely not saying that they are similar movies. The heroin single handed has taken charge of the movie.

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A worth watch. The last scene was my favorite. The movie tells us that when all doors are closed, you are just about to open the best one. It gives a new hope, that no matter what,  life goes on and very famously quoted,

“what does not kill you only makes you stronger”.

PS. Paris and Amstredam, you are a pleasure to eyes. Please watch the movie, if you are a Paris fan like me:P.

A very long side affect :Shaadi Ke Side/Effects: A movie review

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Pata hai ki Pyaar aur shaadi karke pachtana hai par phir bhi karna hai 😛 (you know you would suffer in love and marriage but can you escape the tempt of either)

A movie with a lot of expectations has really disappointed us. Shaadi ke Side Effects, sequel of the movie pyaar ke side effects which was a much better watch. Farhan and Vidya, we expected this to be better.

I would not say, the movie was bad or a terrible watch. It was definitely a better watch than the super hits of our salman and akshay bhai, but i expected more creativity and at least a story. Of course , the name says it all, its about the post effects of a highly successful love affair, its a movie about a tragedy called “marriage”. A boy meets a girl, a beautiful love story blossoms, boy proposes to her in a hot balloon in an exotic international location and then get married. Woohhooo.  All of it is sugary and nice till the entry of our baby doll(Their kid). The guy misses his freedom, his long lost girl friend who has now become his boring wife and more importantly his daughter’s mother and of course a life with no bounds. And just to keep his successful marriage on, he invents a strategy and miserably fails in it. Oh by the way in all this the sole culprit is the wife, the movie should have been named, “ladke pe shaadi ke side effects” because the girl is always happy in the shaadi.

“Good Part of the movie: Neither of them cheat though they are frustrated and the funny scenes really are funny, especially the potty color one:P “

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But its a little true too, we only see the guy complaining and sobbing about losing his over hyped bachelorhood even in real life too, because behind this strong macho man, we have a weak stupid creature, who is not prepared for anything at anytime of his life(at least till a guy is 50 years old). The girl on the other hand embraces every change in her life with happiness, she is not pretending and that’s why she is happy be it leaving her parents, becoming a mother(oh yes, she too has a career, which she leaves, she too gives away her flawless figure) with a smile. She knows her priorities. Okay so before i make my blogpost a battle of sexes, i better come back to the movie.

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“Bad Part: Too long, and dude, i thought they were not financially settled, then how do they go to such exotic location, such plush restaurants(okay both of them are working) and their house(okay that’s on house loan), but really are you kidding me, in a place like mumbai, a struggling musician who does not have even one album of his own cannot afford all this. “

Entertaining, funny and amazing music is always guaranteed when farhan is in the movie, but people you stretched it really long. There has to be story, a beginning, a plot, an ending for the audience to watch it for 3 hrs, of course no body wants to sit and watch one single scene, draped in different colors and dialogs everytime. Shaadi is a pain, we get it but what next. The movie may be enjoyed by the guys who have got married young and now think are caged in the shackles of marriage but guys this also is a learning, running away from the problem is not the solution. So guys and girls take your time ,enjoy and then settle down with someone you think with whom you can share your problems with and will have the maturity to understand you.

One time watch but still a 3/5.

My favorite tracks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_sAIw92Hlg( especially for the location)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXcbBlpIncs (for Farhan’s voice and lyrics)

When you know it is over!! phew!!

I know its love love everywhere, with Valentines day just gone, but this blog post is about the tougher realities underlying those rosy beds of love. Yes you smart people know, its about the “Break up”. But relax its not about my break up, not my friend’s break up but its the healthy  after life when you are no longer broken up in terms of mind, body and soul.

When i say life after Break Up, i mean when you really are out of it. You might have broken up yesterday, but technically you have not broken up. The whole of it happens in phases, I have gathered a lot of experiences, a few personal, a few from my friends who have gone through this beautiful phase of  Love in their lives.

Phase#1: 2 days after break up

Life is normal, you are all happy, basically you don’t even pay heed to what just happened. you think “oh its just another fight and things will be normal again”.

Phase#2: some time after the break up

She has snapped contacts. He is not answering your call. You are badly regretting, your ego in the initial days din let you call and now he is not picking up your call. You have entered the sob sob phase of your life. you are crying. you are still staring at your phone, waiting for a message or a call, you are still weeping, but your immense positivity towards life does not let you lose. you are still trying. After all, “she is my girl, she cant live without me”. (sometimes i wonder what happens to this “never say die attitude” when we write exams.)

Phase #3: A little more while has passed after that sometime.L2

Now you have eventually started to believe, that you have broken up, and indeed you are shattered. You have downloaded the top 50 break up songs. You suddenly understand all  hindi slow songs  and have started browsing through the lyrics of LP.(i remember listening to Numb and Breakeven by Script on repeat  😛 ). Your friends who have not really spoken to you in months, are suddenly concerned and ask you dumb questions like ” oh man how did this happen?” , “you guys looked so cute togther 😦 ” as though you did not know.  You have browsed all sites, of how to get over your girl, how to be friends with your X, etc. Nothing really worked.

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Phase #4: A lot more while has passed after that sometime.

Now friends have started suggesting you to be strong, and are consoling you by telling that how mean and bad the other person was with you. The same friends end up hanging out with him and also put pictures tagging them on fb. LOL. But these sweet friends also tell you that “you deserve much better”. This line is really over hyped. As in how does anyone on earth know what you deserve.

Oh btw, you and your X are no longer friends on FB, but you still stalk them at times. By now, you have deleted and re saved their numbers about a million times. You are now accepting that you are no longer together and its getting over. You have started back biting about your X, who was your so called closest to heart person , to your close, sometimes not so close and sometimes even random friends. Now you are no longer sobbing, but you are angry, you are in a mood to avenge the injustice that has happened to you. You have started putting up statuses full of attitude and trying your best to show them how happy you are without them. You are now desperately trying for another relationship. You are hanging out so much with guys whom you never would have even noticed earlier.

But guess what, your desperate attempts have failed miserably. After all in all those attempts there was hardly any liking, it was only a means to seek revenge, to show the world that you are happy.

There is a short, temporary phase slipping in between, where you are trying to be friends with your X. After all you do miss that amazing company of theirs. But i just want to slap that mindless person who said, X’s can be friends. There are exceptions of course, where both the parties are now seeing other people. But “lets be friends” does not work, and please do not resort to this option in case you really want to get over your X.

Phase #5: It is finally over .(This stage may take a while and lots of understanding, lots of work at office and a bunch of mad yet honest friends.)L4

After a lot of calls, messages, tears, fights, abuses, attitude, ego, loss of self esteem, trying to be friends attempt, it finally has reached the threshold and your body and mind are finally in sync. You now know, he/she is not important in your life anymore, you have completely accepted what happened. You suddenly realize, your phone bills are coming lower than minimum, you no longer get upset listening to Tum hi ho :P. You now have a lot of time, you are always smiling, do not have a tension lingering on your mind. Their gifts, those places no longer tell you anything, you are gaining back your self esteem, you are discovering amazing friends for life, you no longer hold any grudges, you are not desperate for love anymore. You have to now try to recollect their face. You are now happier.

I am not telling that we can just wipe of all the memories, but down the line, only the good ones stay, and things which are not meant to happen , do not happen. You still hope that that person is happy somewhere.  Life will go on, and going down is yet another chance to embark a new journey to the hilltop. So keep falling in love*

*conditions apply: dont blame me, if you break up again. You can always re read my post thought 🙂

Courtesy: Google for these awesome images.

Hum hassey bhi aur phas bhi gaye.(Hasee toh Phasee-Movie Review)

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Hasee toh Phasee is a perfect bollywood entertainer. The director has put all the perfect ingredients to make it a success at box office.It has a good looking cast,it has Parineeti’s madness, Siddharth’s genuine emotions and adah’s glamorous looks, it makes you laugh, cry,it makes you go awww at a few scenes and most importantly ends happily. After all a happy ending is all we wish and hope for in our life.

I would not call it a perfect love story, its a little hatke and thats the charming factor. What you would have normally expected the story to be is not how it turns out . In fact every time you would feel that siddharth should be with Adah, he ends up with Parineeti and when he should be with Parineeti, he is instead concerned for Adah. I would also not call it a love triangle, because technically only Parineeti and Siddharth love each other, Adah just is in search of a secure life with her perfect man. I am not sure if i can call that love.

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The movie really makes you laugh, it does not use vulgar or lame jokes  but they are indeed funny and effortless. Another beautiful aspect of this love story is how much true love is about giving and not taking. Siddharth is able to look at the true parineeti who has hidden herself in an abnormal and unfit to be a girl body, and Parineeti who has shut her feelings somewhere bursts out into tears when she realizes how much she loves siddharth. May be her science, her pills fail her when its true emotion. And finally the most beautiful relationship of that of a  father and daughter is so nicely blended into the movie. Manoj joshi and sharat saxena’s roles as parneeti and siddharth’s father are commendable.

I would fail to agree with the comments on siddharth’s poor acting skills, because in this movie which has given him a chance to express more emotions than just anger and seriousness, he has passed with flying colors.

I just have one complaint to the director, why get parneeti slapped so many times?

Leaving all my readers with the song from the movie Zehnaseeb(Valentine’s special 🙂 ) Go and watch it with your friends or your special one.. no matter with whom you go this romcom will make you smile 🙂

Misunderstood Relationships..When Love is at War X-)

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Love.. Love.. Love Love Love… Hate is a strong word, but i really really don’t like you..By Plain White Ts. This song only tells me that after a break up, two people who were so madly in love start loathing each other and cannot stand each other.

Today my blog post goes out to all broken hearts, people who regret their past relationship, have strained relationships with their Xs and also the victims of one sided love stories.

Almost every girl or guy i know, is in a relationship or is out of a relationship or is going through a break up or is sulking at the fact that the person they like do not like them. Another new breed which i see now is the set of people who are unhappy because they cant go out with a person they like lest they would lose their friendship.

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This new kind of relationship is  between two best friends who find lot of solace and happiness in each other. But its not so easy since the two best friends belong to opposite genders and their closeness cannot be perceived as best friends by their friends but as that of a girl friend and boy friend.  This viewpoint of others sometimes blurs our vision and at times overpowers it, and we are unsure of what we feel for our friend.

Also one person may feel that when the other person is so special what is wrong in being in a relationship, since there is no clear distinction or boundaries of how much you should like a person. But when the other person feels otherwise things get complicated. Its not that the other one cares less or has less liking but thinks that the relationship cannot materialize in the long run.

Sometimes its best to be friends if  you really care for the other person, and are unsure of the future, since two people cannot be friends  if they break off their affair. A break up mostly is because one person cannot commit or falls for somebody else. So as you can see, the other party is in more pain and has suffered a major heartbreak.

Now the two people who were so cute together and could fight the world for each other suddenly start fighting a cold war between them. But the biggest pain most of the times is that, the one person who used to be your best friend, with whom you had no formalities, suddenly gets so far that you can’t even talk to each other. This disappoints me the most that you end up losing your favorite friend. The person who breaks up cannot talk,since they have to stick to the stand and the other person is so hurt and feels their ego is hurt as he/she is dumped.

Can’t two people behave with more maturity and instead of being enemies be two people who would stay special for the other person and be  good friends always.  But i am sure i would not have too many supporters for this thought of mine, so i am not trying to justify my stand.

They say Everything is fair in love and war, but now what i see is Love itself is the New War X-).

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All i wish to tell people is if you like the other person,  be good to them, don’t predict the future too much and do not let the complications crop in.  Face rejection with more gracefully, after all saying no to your best friend is not a very cool thing to do. It is equally painful. Not being able to convert the relationship as per your wish should not be like an ego hurt, but rather one should learn to respect another individual’s decision.  Life is too short to hate  anyone, Love is a strong word but we can surely like people around us. 🙂

One day you would think back in your life and feel, I have what i need which may not always be what i wanted.

Love Vs EGO… who wins??

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Human beings possess a serious problem. They crave for attention, no matter how much some of us would deny, deep down we all are a bit of wannabes. Each one of us are desperately trying to impress someone; it could be your dad, your boss, your crush, your girlfriend or your teacher. We all want to emerge as heroes in front of them.

Since I can write best for people of my age, we youngsters are always trying to be our best in front of our crushes or people with whom we see a opportunity 😉 of a relationship of love. So it’s not very easy to become that hero, whoever has tried will know. We really go beyond us at times. Just for an example, you might be lethargically sitting on your sofa, when your dad tells you to drop a cheque in the drop box at a nearby bank, and your immediate response on that  will be. “daddy its weekend, my only holiday, please don’t make me work today at least”, instead if the girl you are dreaming off, or the guy who has swept you away, gives you a call and tells you if you would be free to accompany him/her to a bank which is miles away from your place, what would your response be? no prizes for guessing, it would be a YES. A couple of people I know will pounce on me and say, I am being a hypocrite and it’s not like that. They would not give up on their sleep for a outing which may or may not be a date. But I speak for most of them; some exceptions are always there :). So now you see how much we have given up just to make someone happy. 😉 😉

Then you also start caring, you will be concerned, but like a human being craves for attention, they also possess a serious problem. They CANNOT HANDLE ATTENTION. A lot of times the male kind is blamed to do it more, but I strongly feel that not being able to handle attention is not a gender based problem. We feel we need someone who cares for us, but mostly we end up feeling suffocated and caged when we are being cared and pampered for too much, and quite a few times it’s because we don’t get the attention from the right person.

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So the cycle is:  you give attention-> the other person feels you are getting too pushy and why do they need to care for when you already care so much -> you feel bad, not cared for like a doormat -> and then our second hero Mr. EGO steps in -> We feel horrible that we are being taken for granted and there are enough people who care for us, we don’t need anyone else to do that.

And then the actual fight starts, between Love and Ego, because love will always tell you that if you have an ego issue with the person you like then you are mistaken about the liking, because its solely your problem, you gave them value, then you should have continued to do so without  building your string of expectations, but then Ego also presents its own valid set of arguments you can’t afford to fore go, he would say, you care and other person never caring will land you up in a ditch which you have dug for yourself.  So why not give them a chance to give you value and you behave like you do not care. But the other person who is totally unaware of your masterminded plans here, will treat you the same way, unless they realize they are not getting the same amount of importance as they always used to from you. And then may be, could be,  they start making an effort and miss your presence in their life and start caring for you, but then again you will suffer from not able to handle attention syndrome and eventually they will from ego hurt. So it’s all a vicious circle which will continue forever.

Poor love is sometimes bashed up down the road by ego and his friends like attitude, rationale, logic and practicality.  But sometimes love needs that bashing, because some of us, just are so plain and blindly stupid, that we fail to see how much of our self respect is being hurt caring for someone who is totally indifferent about it. But also they say, only light can drive out darkness and love can drive out hate, if someone is being sweet in his/her own ways may be not exactly like you wanted then, one should just stop measuring them against their standards of expectations they have fulfilled.  The war between your heart(love) and mind(ego) can be simply waved off if only you could measure up to each other. The whole point is, if after a while of caring for someone you can clearly make out that the other person is worth it or not. If not its better to stay away, because self hurt is no justice to any form of love 🙂

Even when I was writing this post, I realized how stupid we get in life; yet again I come around and realize that for me my ego can never overpower my love.

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PS: All the examples listed in this post are completely fictional 🙂 and any resemblance to my life or any other character is purely intended and not coincidental 😛 The whole incident above does not necessary apply to love between a couple but also between friends, family and colleagues. I think it even applies between you and your pet, if no matter how hard you try your dog is not willing to give you a handshake, its best to pat him on his back and move on 🙂

Images Courtesy: Google and my sharp sense of search 😉