Alia Bhatt – 5 Performances That Make Her The Best Actor Of This Generation

Alia Bhatt – 5 Performances That Make Her The Best Actor Of This Generation

Sidharth Sharma

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She might have been under the radar for her poor General Knowledge, but her power-packed acting skills have more than compensated for it. She is bold, dynamic and slap-happy. In just a period of five years, the youngest of the Bhatt clan has managed to establish herself as one of the leading ladies of Bollywood. Today, as Alia Bhatt celebrates her twenty-fourth birthday, let us take a look at five of her best films till date:



 
5) 2 States – Ananya Swaminathan

The movie might have been titled ‘2 States’, but Alia’s performance as the bubbly, chirpy and strong-headed Ananya won people’s heart all over India. Loosely based on the novel by the same name, the story revolves around a Punjabi boy, Krish and a Tamilian girl, Ananya who fall for each other. How they manage to break past the barriers of cultural differences is what the film is all about. Upon release, the film was an instant hit with the youth and Alia won huge critical acclaim for her effortless performance!

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4) Kapoor and Sons – Tia Malik 

This movie boasted of one of the best ensembles of last year. The story revolves around two estranged brothers who return to their dysfunctional family after their grandfather suffers a cardiac arrest and how they manage to overcome their inner conflicts to come together for a family photo. Despite a short screen-time and the presence of a refulgent ensemble, Alia managed to hold her own. She managed to create magic every time she appeared on the screen and left us craving for more of her. The film went on to win several awards and gave us the party anthem of the year, ‘Kar Gayi Chull’!

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3) Highway – Veera Tripathi

Given an unconditional pairing of Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt, the film was bound to have a good pre-release hype. While people were quite skeptical about her performance, she proved everyone wrong. She stunned everyone with her portrayal of Veera Tripathi, the daughter of a rich business tycoon, who is abducted by Mahabir Bhati and how she falls for her abductor during the course of her journey. Alia’s nuanced performance, especially towards the climax was appreciated by all and won her the Filmfare Award (Critics Choice). The film also marked Alia’s debut as a singer!

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2) Dear Zindagi – Kaira

How many times have you seen someone work with a Khan and steal the limelight all by herself? Well, our Bhatt girl did exactly the same with Shahrukh Khan in last year’s sleeper hit, ‘Dear Zindagi’. The movie witnessed Alia playing the role of Kaira, a budding cinematographer, who is discontented with her life until she meets Jug, a psychologist who helps her gain a new perspective on life. The movie was praised for its thoughtful and inspiring content, and particularly for Alia’s breakthrough performance. The film won her several nominations as well!

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1) Udta Punjab – Kumari Pinky

This one is, undoubtedly, Alia’s best performance till date. As a girl saddled with poverty and a victim of sexual abuse, Alia’s emotionally drafting performance was personally my favorite performance of the year. The movie, which deals with the harshness in the realms of drug-soaked Punjab, depicts four lives intermingled in the drug-trafficking act. Movie-goers were definitely in for a treat while watching a deglamorized self of Alia deliver a blockbuster performance. The movie fetched her many awards, most notably the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

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Way to go, girl!

Movie Bloopers That Made The Final Cut.

Movie Bloopers That Made The Final Cut.

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Uddipta Baruah

An upcoming lawyer. An apathetic underachiever. Caught up in the ideal of quixotic rather than reality.
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Even the biggest and the paramount movies in the world often contain some amusing mistakes. Of course, having a few mistakes doesn’t make them bad movies – it’s just an extra fun thing for us to look at.

Here is a list of 6 movie mistakes that made it to the final cuts:

  1. Dr. Strange.

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With Cumberbatch as the lead, the film familiarizes us to some new magical foundations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but sadly, all the magic in the world couldn’t fix some errors in this film.

At one point, Stephen Strange is at home looking for help in a video chat and when he becomes frustrated, he throws everything on the ground.

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Christine then enters the room with food for him and when the camera cuts back to Strange, we can see that all of the things that were thrown to the ground magically appear back at the table.

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy.

z3 The Infinity Stones, upon which the movie revolves in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, are incredibly strong and powerful stones, which is why it’s hilarious when Star Lord (Chris Pratt) drops one. It looks scripted but according to the DVD commentary, it was an actual moment of clumsiness from Pratt, but the moment worked, so director James Gunn left it in.

The Infinity Stones, upon which the movie revolves in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, are incredibly strong and powerful stones, which is why it’s hilarious when Star Lord (Chris Pratt) drops one. It looks scripted but according to the DVD commentary, it was an actual moment of clumsiness from Pratt, but the moment worked, so director James Gunn left it in.




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  1. La La Land.

The Hollywood musical has officially tied the records for the most Oscar nominations of all time. This film takes every last detail into concern, but even the most cautiously crafted cinema can’t go without any slip ups.

On the day Sabastian (Gosling) meets Mia (Stone) at her coffee shop, Mia has been shown entering the coffee shop wearing black pants and carrying a yellow bag.

But, when Mia leaves work, she’s wearing a blue skirt and carrying a red bag.



  1. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

z7    As war looms and the loss of Rohan seemed on the horizon, Eowyn gazes of the distance, as she does, a flag pole lashes in the wind and the flag tears of the pole and flies of in the distance, perfectly expressing the mood of insecurity and destruction to come. It was accidental as director Peter Jackson didn’t plan for it; it was a windy day at the time of the shot.




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  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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   The Avengers movie has a lot on its plate, with all of their characters and stories needed to be intertwine in just the right way so as to make everything perfectly understandable.

In Avengers: Age of Ultron’s big chase in the street of Seoul, Capt. America’s shield starts out with a few scratches that are clearly shown.

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But by the end of the chase, Cap’s shield is magically spotless.

While the shield is made up of vibranium and is considered indestructible, it doesn’t have any regenerative powers like Wolverine, so, it is an editing mistake which made it through the final cut.




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  1. Zootopia.

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      Zootopia is a lot of fun and did a great job of introducing us with some of the hilarious characters.    

    One of the best characters in the movie is Yax, who is played by Tommy Chong.

Yax, completely messes up what he calls himself. Yax who doesn’t wear clothes should have referred himself as “Naturist” as people who don’t wear any clothes, but he incorrectly refers to himself and his fellow nudists as “Naturalists”, which means experts or students in natural history.

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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.
6 Bollywood Flicks That Seemed Way Too Real to Relate To!

6 Bollywood Flicks That Seemed Way Too Real to Relate To!

Amar Singh Rathore

Amar Singh Rathore

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Movies gather up a large amount in our life when it comes to recreational space. We tend to get a lot affected and/or inspired by watching cinema as we really look up to actors and their films. Though cinema is dreamy and all things glossy and glam, sometimes, a few movies bring up the reality and day-to-day life struggles & experiences onscreen perfectly. Here is a summed up list of reeled up movies which depict real life in a beautiful & subtle way.
 




1. Wake Up Sid : 
big1-2A girl comes to Mumbai to make a career in content writing and finds her own share of happiness & scuffles in her office as well as where she abodes. A guy who is a silver spoon kid doesn’t finds any interest in his dad’s business, leaves his home after an ugly brawl and finds shelter at his friend’s come to explore his love for photography. Relate much right? So many of us leave our home in ways good & bad to finally become independent and in this quest of standing on their own feet, we find ourselves! Wake Up Sid is one movie which almost everyone can relate to!




2. Do Doni Chaar : 
6b38770f-7f10-463c-ba06-e3db12c46912Do Doni Chaar throws light at a middle class family and their efforts to levitate their lifestyle in terms of buying a simple life-luxury like a car or a new fridge. Creating real life scenes which are highly relatable was a highlight of this movie. The director cleverly generated scenes where we can see ourselves having those conversations in our house. A dad working extra hard to fulfill his family’s wishes as he is an underpaid maths teacher, a mother being practical and managing household expenses without showing the pain behind it, children cribbing and comparing what their friends have & they don’t to their parents! These all are the sightings one can find in an Indian middle class family. Veteran actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor made it extra believable with their acting game as well.




3. Pyaar Ka Punchnama 1 and 2 : 
pyaar-ka-panchnama-g4Pyaar Ka Punchnama and it’s sequel both trace the life of three men falling to three women who and eventually failing to find love but end up becoming mere puppies. Though towards the end, they get clarity and leave the women to go back to their bachelors life. The scenes where the guys are earlier single and party in their bachelor-pad showing bromance in a very natural way followed by the stereotypical depiction of women & their ways of trying to sublime the friendships their boyfriends share was on point. The manipulative women, the goofy men and the plot-twists were so relatable that the movie became an instant hit amongst the masses. Agree?




4. 3 Idiots : 
3-idiots-movie-still-2One of the most successful movies of all time, 3 Idiots is a movie par excellence. Rarely anyone would say a word against the movie as it was loved all over. Brilliant actors like Aamir Khan, Boman Irani, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Kareena Kapoor Khan gave  memorable performances making this movie stand in a different league all together. The ragging scenes, the actor trying to meet the love of his life oh-so-secretly, the funny excerpts from the Boy’s hostel during the exams, the struggles of a student in ongoing lectures and who can forget the antics of a student who gets sloshed doing absurd things. While watching this movie and these scenes, everyone must have gone down the memory lane & reminisced their college lives while giggling away.  3 Idiots is sheer excellence in all ways and takes us back to those lovely carefree college days.




 
5. Lakshya : 
lakshya5Having those aimless phases in life career wise and remaining puzzled about what exactly one wants to do in their life is something everyone goes through. But what matters is eventually finding your zone & your area of interest and in finding seriousness & passion in what you do. And everyone finds that somehow and somewhat. The quarter-life crisis is something which anyone can undergo but actually so many do feel that thing which may push them a little bit extra to go for the kill. Lakshya taught us all things about life and self-evaluation not forgetting finding yourself when it is really called for!
 




6. Dil Chahta Hai : 
4q5u2w_1328011305_640x640Three best friends, one road trip to Goa and a hell lot of fun! Does it sound like a slice of life story to you? We are sure it does. But what happens when the same set of friends move out to different places to make a career and lose touch? They become distant, they become busy and fail to keep in touch. Happens to everyone right? The best part still remains the undying immortal bond between them which is immune from time and distance as real friends click n a second when they meet again. This movie reminds you that no matter what happens, friendships do not die that easily if you are also willing to try.




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.