11  Beautiful Songs That Never Made It To The Movies

11 Beautiful Songs That Never Made It To The Movies

Saurabh Bharat
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There are so many beautiful tracks composed by Indian Musicians which never made it to the final cut of the movies. Some of them you may know and some you may not. One thing is for sure, No one should be devoid of a good piece of music. Here is our list.



  1. Aahista Aahista – Swades – Composed by The Mozart of Chennai – A R Rahmaan, This beautiful piece of music was edited out by an extremely long film of Ashutosh Gowariker’s cult classic of true patriotism – Swades. Though Gowarikar shot this beautiful lullaby sung bu Udit Narayan and Sadhna Sargam but it never made it to the final cut. If you are having a sleepless night, believe me, put this on loop, this gonna do the magic.



  2. Haan Maine Chhukar Dekha Hai – Black – Though the original score of Black does not have any song as such except this one which was composed by Monty and sung Gayatri Iyer. You have seen the world of Mitchelle Mcnally but this song just gives you goosebumps by taking you inside her world. Magic!



  3. Ranjha- Ranjha – Ravan – Again an amazing composition by Rahman, voices has given by Rekha Bhardwaj, Javed Ali, Anuradha Sriram but the magic was done by Gulzar with his lyrics. Though it was not completely edited from the film but only a 30-second version was used. Though the full song will leave you to crave for even more.



  4. Yaara-Yaara – Hum Tum – Listen to this song, but the melody will remind you of a different film. Yes! Fanna. Hum- Tum and Fanna both are directed by Kunal Kohli and music was given by Jatin Lalit. Sung by the magical duo of Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, Kunal was not able to use this song in Hum Tum so later they used the same melody in the movie fanna with song – Chanda Chamke.



  5. Yeh Hum Aa Gaye Hai Kahan – Veer Zaara – You may have listened to this melody by Madan Mohan from the love epic of Veer Zaara directed by Yash Chopra,  but it is quite interesting to know that they haven’t used this song in the first release of the film. They later added this in few versions. This one was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan.



  6. Jaane Tu Meri Kya Hai – Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa –  Again a Rahmaan composition from one of the best romantic comedy of our times. Abbas Tyrewala even shot the both male and female versions of the song but later dropped them in the final edit. Female Version sung by Runa Rizwi while the male voice was given by Sukhwinder Singh.




     
  7.  Chalte Chalte ( Female Version )  – Mohabbatein – Aditya Chopra’s second directorial venture after Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge was a landmark in terms of music because Aditya tried to launch not only new actor but also gave chances to many new voices likeShweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar. This female version of Chalte Chalte is equally beautiful.



  8. Chocolate Lime Juice – Hum Aapke Hain Kaun – With 14 songs in total Hum Aapke Hain Kaun is still considered as one of the most successful musical of Bollywood. But this cute song was dropped from the initial edit of the released film but later when the movie was re-released it becomes the part of the new edit. You can easily recognize the voice of legendary Lata Mangeshkar in this song composed by Ram Laxman.



  9. Ho Gaya Hai Pyar Tumse – Tanu Weds Manu Returns – The blockbuster romantic comedy sequel by Anand L Rai had many hits songs like – Banno and Bawari but this beautiful composition can gain your attention equally. They released this video which was not exactly the video of the song but never the less fits the feel of the song. This beautiful voice is of Dev Negi and composition is of Krshna Solo.



  10.  Main Hoon Woh Aasmaan  – Krrish – Krrish was a blockbuster in terms of box office also in terms of music. Rajesh Roshan composed some really good melodies but this one never able to made it to the film. Sung by Rafaqat Amanat Ali and Alka Yagnik is a melody that will stay with you for quite some time.



  11. Ikk Kudi – Udta Punjab  – Okay, you may say that it was there in the film, yes it was but just a very small version not the full song. Later Vasan Bala directed this small video for the promotional reasons which never get attached with the movie. This is definitely a beautiful video also of the melodious composition by Amit Trivedi.
7 Psychological Thriller Movies You Can’t Afford to Miss

7 Psychological Thriller Movies You Can’t Afford to Miss

Uddipta Baruah

Uddipta Baruah

An upcoming lawyer. An apathetic underachiever. Caught up in the ideal of quixotic rather than reality.
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   The thriller genre is many ways unmatched to other movie genres. The convention of a thriller film is difficult to state as it consists of a level of suspense distinct to other generic films. Irrespective of the varying sub-genres of thriller, the central convention to their achievement is the excitement they contain; the single supreme trait of a thriller is that it “thrills” the viewers. This excitement is selectively coincided at well-timed moments with unanticipated twists, and this in turn outcomes in the thrillers distinctive levels of anxiety that makes the watcher really want to know what happens next.

Here is a list of 7 psychological thriller movies with unprecedented stories:



  1. Memento:

        Director: Christopher Nolan.

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The movie, starring Guy Pierce as Leonard Shelby, a former insurance investigator suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man who killed his wife.

This shuddering puzzle of a movie clutches the mind and won’t let go. The plot is maze as the film begins at the end of the story; ends in the middle of the story and the black and white scenes are the flashbacks which comes and goes during the film.



  1. Mr Brooks:

      Director:  Bruce A. Evans.

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Mr Brooks is an interesting movie, that have a lot of twists in it and is captured in a very unique way. The whole movie will have you guessing on how it is played out and will keep you on your toes.

The movie is about a successful businessman (Kevin Costner), who is also a serial killer known as The Fingerprint Killer with an alter-ego called Marshall, addicted to killing.



  1. Zodiac:

    Director: David Fincher.

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Zodiac is one of the most underrated mystery thriller films ever made.  Zodiac is the best true-life film about a serial killer. This movie is about the actual life zodiac killings that are still unsolved. These killings bamboozled police detectives, newspaper reporters all over the world.

This movie is about the detectives that are trying to unravel the case and also about a journalist, who is obsessed about the case and using his puzzle-solving abilities, tries his best to get closer to revealing the identity of the killer.



  1. Seven:

     Director: David Fincher.

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It is one of the greatest films ever made. This movie is about a serial killer who is going on a pattern that follows the seven deadly sins. He kills his victims in a way that reflects the seven sins. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman stars as the detectives who are tasked to bring down the killer.

The movie takes the audiences in a nail biting, edge of the seat drama. Everything in movie is well written and it builds perfectly to one of the best climaxes in film history.



  1. Gone Girl.

     Director: David Fincher.

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Gone Girl is a movie about a man, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) whose wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing. The mystery surrounding her disappearance and the press and the Medias view of the husband as a suspect sets up the story.

As the movie progresses it gets darker and darker, as we can see on how Dunne’s life particularly crumbles and dissolves due to the controversies he gets entangled in, regarding his missing wife.



  1. Nightcrawler:

    Director: Dan Gilroy.

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This is a movie of a psychopath, who comes across an unknown profession, people who tries to get to crime scenes as fast as they could to get footage of the crime and sell it to the news.

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a stringer who records violent events late at night in Los Angeles, and sells the footage to a local television news station until he gets too good at it, to the point where he, himself is committing the crime to gain more footage and money.



  1. I saw the devil:

    Director: Kim Jee-woon.

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The movie is a thriller/horror, whose plot revolves around revenge. The movie depicts a brutal serial killer who horribly murders the fiancé of a secret service agent.

This film has a very specific look and feel to it that we would expect from an Asian horror movie. The cinematography; the sound track, all fit together, which created the atmosphere necessary for this kind of story. It does an outstanding job balancing the violence with the more emotional side of the story captivating the audiences.

I saw the devil is a must watch thriller movie and it is not for the faint of heart.

 

 

 

 

10 Famous Movies On Books, That You Would Love To Read.

10 Famous Movies On Books, That You Would Love To Read.

Uddipta Baruah

Uddipta Baruah

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For a lot of people, time is of the essence and reading a book is not the easiest pastime in the world. We have all sometimes picked up a book and put it down after engaging to read the first page. This is nothing to do with ability or concentration; it is to do with whether or not the book is of personal interest or whether the book actually meets our needs or whether we have the time to read the book.

Sometimes it is easier to watch a movie rather than read the book. Some movies that are adaptations of books can enhance the setting, the backdrop, and dialogue. This is especially helpful for people who have experienced difficulty in reading the book, as watching the movie as well as reading the book can enhance the understanding. A movie version can improve the experience of the book and can bring to life, and get us ecstatic into ‘this other realm ‘.

There are several books that have been made into movies. Here is a list of outstanding movies adapted from books.



  1. Alice in Wonderland.

w10The movie is an adaptation of the novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world from her dreams where she is reunited with her friends who make her realize her real purpose.



  1. Jumanji.

w9Jumanji is a fantasy children’s picture book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, which was adapted as a big screen fantasy adventure movie. Both the book and the film are about a magical board game that put into action real animals and other jungle elements as the game is played; thus the dangers which the players have to overcome in the game also appear in real life.

The tale focuses on Alan Parrish, who becomes trapped in a board game while playing with his friend Sarah Whittle. Years later, siblings, Judy and Peter find the game, begin playing and then unwittingly release the now-adult Alan. After tracking down Sarah, the four resolves to finish the game in order to reverse all of the destruction it has caused.



  1. War of the Worlds.

w8The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells which was immortalized on the big screen with a film adaptation.Loosely based on the novel by H.G. Wells, it tells the story of an American dock worker who is forced to look after his children, from whom he resides separately, as he tussles to protect them and reunite them with their mother when Martians invade the Earth and shatter cities with towering tripod like war machines.



  1. The Chronicles of Narnia Trilogy.

w7The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of adventure fantasy films, based on The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven novels written by C.S.Lewis, from which, there has been three film adaptations —The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Trader. The book revolves around the adventures of the Pevensie siblings in the world of Narnia, guided by a wise and powerful lion, Aslan who is the true king of Narnia.



  1. Forrest Gump.

w6Forrest Gump is a 1986 novel by Winston Groom. The novel was adapted into a feature-length film by Paramount Pictures in 1994.

The movie starring Tom Hanks, tells the story of a dim-witted but kind-hearted, good-natured and athletically impressive man from Alabama who retells his adventures ranging from shrimp boating and ping pong championships, to thinking about his childhood sweetheart, as he bumbles his way through American history, from the Vietnam War to college football and in some cases influences, some of the historic events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States becoming part of the story.



  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

w5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a psychological thriller novel by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson (1954–2004), which was published posthumously to become an international bestseller.

It was made into a movie featuring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. It tells the story of journalist Mikael Blomkvist’s (Daniel Craig) probe to find out what happened to a woman from a wealthy family who went missing many years earlier. The movie went on to win the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.



  1. Jurassic Park.

w4Jurassic Park is a sci-fi novel written by Michael Crichton. A tale about genetically mutated dinosaurs, it showcases the downfall of an amusement park showing genetically recreated dinosaurs which create mayhem and destructions. The director, Steven Spielberg adapted the novel into the epic film Jurassic Park. The book’s sequel, The Lost World, was also adapted by Spielberg into a film in 1997.



  1. Harry Potter Series.

w3Harry Potter is a series of fantasy movies, based on the novels written by British author J. K. Rowling, which have been made into eight fantasy films. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter. The story focuses on Harry’s effort against Lord Voldemort, the main antagonist who plans to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and Muggles, a reference term that means nonmagical people.



  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

w2The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel written by author J. R. R. Tolkien. The book was adapted to the big screen consisting of three epic fantasy adventure movies. The films were titled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

The series was a major financial triumph, as it was among the highest-grossing film series of all time. The films were critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, winning 17 Academy Award. The Return of the King won all of its 11 Academy Award nominations. The series received wide praise for its innovative special and visual effects.



  1. The Shawshank Redemption.

the-shawshank-redemption-5223c8231b88eRita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is a novella by Stephen King. It is loosely based on Leo Tolstoy short story, God Sees the Truth, But Waits. The novel was adapted into a drama film. It tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence.

 

 

Academy Awards 2017 – Winner List and a short analysis

Academy Awards 2017 – Winner List and a short analysis

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The Academy Awards 2017 have been given away…Here are the winners !

IT WAS ‘MOONLIGHT’ in ‘LA LA LAND’

Ironic, it was that Moonlight did flow in the La La Land literally, as the title of my last article said…and most of the Scriptors’ Predictions were true as well.

The best motion picture was Moonlight

The best motion picture was Moonlight

Seems like Meryl Streep’s elaborate speech on ‘Cinema beyond boundaries’ made at the Golden Globe earlier this year has made a lasting impression on the, ‘Hollywood, Foreigners and the Press’. This year Academy tried to break free and give away some of the most amazing Oscars in the history of Oscars.

The United Colors of Cinema

There was a time in Hollywood, that men and women of color were seldom seen on the stage receiving Awards. The times have changed. The are no more the ‘Hidden Figures’, The ‘Fences’ have been broken and talent shines like, ‘Moonlight’.

While I was watching Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences this year I was amazed at the movies that I watched, There was something common about the three. All the three talked about the men and women of color, their stories were incredible, their journeys were breath-taking. Once called as the ‘Black Movies’, now renamed as ‘Best Movies’.

Men and women of color have seen some tough times in the International Political History, and movies are the documentation of those hardships. I distinctly recall a scene in the movie Hidden Figures, where our dear intelligent computer and a lady has to run yards just to use a washroom, says so much about the hard times that the people of color have seen in the past. Things have changed for good and we love it. Congratulations to all the men and women of color who won, and who couldn’t.

Cinema : World Peace V/S Politics

We love Iranian, films. We all really do. But in a country where politically Iranians are ‘Not Welcome’, academy chose to award a film from the pack of best foreign films, an amazing motion picture from Iran. ‘The Salesman’, directed by Oscar Nominated, Writer, Producer and Director Asghar Farhadi was a pleasant surprise and a slap on the face of politicians who are drawing lines on maps with blood of Humanity. Applause.

Lights, Camera and La La Land

‘La la land’ was nominated for 14 Oscars this year, which is the count for highest number of Oscar nominations by a film. La La Land ruled the Awards and got 6 out of the 14 awards. Emma Stone went on to win an Oscar for her amazing performance as Mia. The Director Damian Chazelle went on to become the youngest director in the history of Academy awards to win the trophy of the best director. Also La La Land was honoured for its amazing music, production design and its cinematography and thus became the movie that took most of the Oscars this year.

Moonlight all around

Moonlight, a heart ripping tale of ‘Chiron’ was one of the best movies that I had watched this year. It was amazing to watch a movie where I embody soul of a character of the movie I was watching. This year giving away the award to the best film was like a blockbuster movie ending. La la land was announced best film already, speeches of acceptance were given and then suddenly the pre climax ended and climax shocked and surprised us, pleasantly ofcourse. Confusion was cleared and ‘Moonlight’ won the Best Motion Picture for 89th Academy awards. Maheshala Ali won for his performance as Juan and Moonlight also took the award for the best adapted screenplay.

Jimmy Kimmel

You love him or you hate him. You cannot ignore him. It was fun to see him host this show with his sassy wits. Real fun.

Here is a list of winners.

BEST PICTURE
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight” ( WINNER )
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)
Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington in “Fences”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”
Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” (WINNER)
Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel in “Lion”
Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”
Ruth Negga in “Loving”
Natalie Portman in “Jackie”
Emma Stone in “La La Land” (WINNER)
Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Nicole Kidman in “Lion”
Viola Davis in “Fences” (WINNER)
Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”
Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”
“Zootopia” (WINNER)
CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Arrival”
“La La Land” (WINNER)
“Lion”
“Moonlight”
“Silence”
COSTUME DESIGN
“Allied”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (WINNER)
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Jackie”
“La La Land”
“Fantastic
DIRECTING
“Arrival” – Denis Villeneuve
“Hacksaw Ridge” – Mel Gibson
“La La Land” – Damien Chazelle (WINNER)
“Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan
“Moonlight” – Barry Jenkins
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
“Fire at Sea”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Life, Animated”
“O.J.: Made in America” (WINNER)
“13th”
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
“Extremis”
“4.1 Miles”
“Joe’s Violin”
“Watani: My Homeland”
“The White Helmets” (WINNER)
FILM EDITING
“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge” (WINNER)
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Moonlight”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Land of Mine”
“A Man Called Ove”
“The Salesman” (WINNER)
“Tanna”
“Toni Erdmann”
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
“A Man Called Ove”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad” (WINNER)
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
“Jackie”
“La La Land” (WINNER)
“Lion”
“Moonlight”
“Passengers”
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from “Trolls”
“City Of Stars” from “La La Land” (WINNER)
“The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”
“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Arrival”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Hail, Caesar!”
“La La Land” (WINNER)
“Passengers”
ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“Blind Vaysha”
“Borrowed Time”
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
“Pearl”
“Piper” (WINNER)
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
“Ennemis Intérieurs”
“La Femme et le TGV”
“Silent Nights”
“Sing” (WINNER)
“Timecode”
SOUND EDITING
“Arrival” (WINNER)
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Sully”
SOUND MIXING
“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge” (WINNER)
“La La Land”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”
VISUAL EFFECTS
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
“The Jungle Book” (WINNER)
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
“Arrival”
“Fences
“Hidden Figures”
“Lion”
“Moonlight” (WINNER)
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“The Lobster”
“Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)
“20th Century Women”
‘MOONLIGHT’ in ‘LA LA LAND’ – Two movies about the journey, we call life

‘MOONLIGHT’ in ‘LA LA LAND’ – Two movies about the journey, we call life

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This year was an incredible year in terms of the variety of movies that we got to witness. Two movies sank deep inside my heart, I smiled, I laughed, I cried while I watched these two amazing movies. Both were similar and different to each other, in many ways. These two films are my recommendations to those who have not yet watched them. I am also quoting these movies, with a desire in my heart, that if in life I ever am able to make a movie, it would be either as poignant and relevant as Moonlight or as dreamy and musical as La la land…

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS ‘MOONLIGHT’ ?

Life is to live, and we have only one life to live...

At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you are going to be !

Moonlight is about the journey that we call life. Moonlight teaches you effortlessly the art of living. After watching Moonlight I could not leave the life and world of Chiron for several days, I was kind of lost in his world and translating his journey and drawing parallels to my life and to the people that I know or I wish to know. This is one of those movies that will make you step out of your shoes and slip into the shoes of empathy.  ‘Little’ do we know about the outcomes of our decisions when we take them, in whatever stage of life we are in.

"Running around, catching a lot of light". "In moonlight, black boys look blue". "You're blue". "That's what I'm gonna call you: 'Blue'."

“Running around, catching a lot of light”. “In moonlight, black boys look blue”. “You’re blue”. “That’s what I’m gonna call you: ‘Blue’.”

Chiron’s journey starts as a bullied kid, who is lost and drowned in his own life. On one hand he has a mother who is in the clutches of substance abuse and is unable to nurture and safeguard her tormented child. He has no father to look up to. Ironically he finds a father figure who he looks upto, in the drug lord, Juan who is the evidently the prime cause of her mother’s abuse. Initially it is confusing for him to decide between the right and the wrong. He slowly gains perspective. The relationship that he develops with Juan makes him a stronger person, he starts to see the world with a whole new perspective and contemplates the choices he has to make to live the kind of life that would make him happy. He eventually sees the whole world, his mother shatter in front of his young eyes. Chiron/Little survives.

Years down the line ‘Chiron’ again is caught up in a struggle of his life, this time its his sexuality. In a Man’s world, what does it take to be a man? Is being a man all about who you are doing? Tagged with the word ‘Faggot’ in his childhood, a word that Chiron didnt know what it meant back then, now has to find a meaning to it and make peace with his sexuality. Chiron in chapter two discovers what it means to be a ‘Faggot’ in the most painful possible manner. He finds tenderness and love in the only friend that he has had since his childhood. The relationship makes him a notch stronger and he moves on, to find what he wants to do with his life.

Chiron grows up. Now he is no more the feeble kid bullied by the kids around him, Now he has moved past the pain of having a crack addict mother. He is all buffed up now, strong and powerful, but caught in the fangs of the drug peddling business. He walks the same dark and dingy lanes that once he wanted to escape. Has he made the right choices? If yes then why is he still lonely? Why is his mind still not at peace…You cannot find all the answers at once…Life teaches you as and when you live it. All you have to do is live. If you are in the water, you have to swim…!

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I’m me man. I ain’t trying to be nothing else.

Moonlight has a soul stirring story to tell, it has a premise that we all have been in at some point of time in our lives. Your issues may have been different, your struggles would have been different, we all have embodied Chiron in our lives. We all have fought our loneliness with music of silence at some point of time in our lives.

LA LA LAND…MAGIC & THE SOUND OF MUSIC !

I want to let you know you're looking at a new man. A man who's happy to be here.

I want to let you know you’re looking at a new man. A man who’s happy to be here.

I have watched La La Land thrice already, and everytime the movie starts, with Music originating from blaring sirens from cars in a traffic jam, I think of my present condition instantly. My life is like that traffic jam, that you see in the opening sequence of the movie, its noisy and disturbing, but isnt it my own duty to make music in my life. La la land makes me think over my life ideologies again and again. It makes me ask myself a question – whose duty is it to bring happiness in my life? and with La la land, I get the answer in the simplest possible manner. Its no one else’s duty to make me happy but my own. I should be living life to do things that make me happy, and its my job and my duty towards me.

People love what other people are passionate about.

People love what other people are passionate about.

‘All the world is a stage’, the phrase may sound very Shakespearean, but holds as much meaning in our lives even in days today. We are here to play our parts, and it really matters how we play our parts. How we act in life also makes an impact on the lives of those who are a part of our lives, or are supporting our act. I have spent all my life thinking that life is a old fashioned musical which has a story to tell, my story.  The decisions that we take, the choices that we make, define our destiny. Both Mia and Sebastian are born from struggles of their lives, its so inspiring to see them singing through their struggles and hardships.

La la land transports me to the magical place where everything is musical, every frame is painted with bright colors of hope. Every moment is a moment of destiny. Everything is there for a reason. It makes me feel that everything that has happened to me in my lifetime is there because it was meant to be. Even pain is indispensable, its worth a million smiles. It holds value in life as much as happiness is important.

You can knock it off your bucket list.

You can knock it off your bucket list.

Yes, La la land, made me revisit my bucket list. A lot of things still remain on my list that have to be crossed off before I exit this stage we live on. I have to start fresh to finish my errands. You must also try and make one if you have not still made one for yourself. It can be a list of wishes as simple as a kiss, or an elaborate one like, to write a song for a musical. It can be a naughty wish or a divine one. Its very important to wish and keep wishing for yourself and for people that matter to you. Wishes keep you alive. One life to live.

P.S. : Please get soundtracks of La La Land and Moonlight and sync them into your ipods and phones. These two movies have music that will inspire you for your lifetime.

 

 

 

 

6 Films That Talk of Social Change.

6 Films That Talk of Social Change.

Kartik Chopra

Kartik Chopra

I am K.C Penny (real name Kartik Chopra), student(Psychology), writer by interest and a bibliophile by passion. My experiences (whatever limited) of my life, about love and my sexuality along with empathy form the crux and substance of my writing. Psychology, helps me stretch my mind to understand emotions better and to write about the 'abnormal' power of mind. Would like to be deep in people's psyche rather than high on a list of acclaim. Swill to inspire and a desire to make my own little mark in the world of words.
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Should art be for art’s sake? Only beautiful. Or should it serve a purpose of educating us? The argument has been on since centuries, whether what (of these two) should an ideal painting, sculpture, or even ‘film’ be. And more often than not if the medium is one that requires an audience to devote time and watch it, a film becomes extraordinary by doing that ‘extra’. Here are some of those Bollywood movies that did that extra by urging societal change.



  1. Queen

queenA girl dumped by her fiance just before their wedding takes a seemingly crazy decision of going solo on her honeymoon and ends up rediscovering herself. And the fact that it was a blockbuster in the era of ‘Kick’ says a lot. The transformation of Rani’s character from a timid girl to a bombshell, her relationship with her friends in Amsterdam, the kiss and the climax all make it that movie one can learn a lot from.


  1. Aitraz

aitraazMoving from the bright to dark. Aitraz was the movie that made me hate not the character played by PC but the actress herself. Filled with quintessential Abbas Mastan drama, this one dealt boldly with the still tabooed topic of male molestation. And a wife fighting for her husband worked in driving the message home that male can be victims too.

  1. English Vinglish

english vinglishContrary to it’s name and what the promos showed, English Vinglish had much more to tell us than the tale of a lady who wants to learn English. Rather, it is about her psyche and that of everyone else’s in this country that depend on English for their share of confidence, respect and self love. And while the last scene in the flight pretty much captures the essence it is Sri Ji’s dialogue “I don’t want love, just a little respect” that resonates within the soul of mother’s and wives in every household.




  1. Barfi!

barfiClichéd. I know. But barfi, for it’s subtlety had to be in the list. Back in the theatre when we watched this film Mummy felt sorry for Ranbir and Priyanka while I for the rest of us. Take a close look at that song and you’ll realise the more amenities and pleasures we run after in life the farther it takes us from our ‘Itti si khhushi’.


  1. Arth

maxresdefaultKnown for it’s ghazals, Arth literally gave a meaning to the term independence and women empowerment when it released. Similar in its message to Queen, this one is about a woman who sees her dream home shattering when her husband leaves her for another girl. Following a series of complex events it comes to a close where she is transformed into a strong woman who neither marries her old love nor accepts her husband who has come back but chooses the life free from dependence.


  1. Ijaazat

ijaazatRemember that song ‘Mera Kuch Saman’? Well, the movie is equally beautiful. Based on a Bengali story, directed by Gulzar and an art house production, Ijaazat has a lot in its kitty. But what often goes unnoticed in the complex plot is that the film, however briefly, talks of a man living with his mistress of 7 years without marriage. Yes, a live in relationship, a subject still not discussed openly in Bollywood. And while it all ends in tragedy the mere portrayal of this unique relationship in 1980’s make it a wonder enough.

Brilliant, right? And what’s more amazing is that these aren’t the only such films. So while this article ends here, I know your own list of such gems would keep on churning in your mind.