11 Best Written Characters Of 2017 Which Are Going To Stay With Us

11 Best Written Characters Of 2017 Which Are Going To Stay With Us

Saurabh Bharat
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Dentist turned Radio Jockey turned Social Activist turned New York Film Academy Graduate. Passion for telling stories in all possible forms. Writer and Editor.
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2017 is over with too much of disappointment from the film industry. Still few out of the box films made a mark on box office and in our hearts too. Among these movies we found many amazing characters who made us laugh, cry and inspired too. We relate to them as they belong to us. Let’s just go through few special characters from Bollywood we saw on screen this year.

1. Jagga & Tooti Footi – (Ranbir Kapoor & Saswata Chatterjee – Jagga Jasoos)  – He may have resemblance with Tintin but the no one can deny that this Indian Version of Tintin played by Ranbir Kapoor is not any less adorable and lovable than the original. After creating Barfi, Ranbir and Anurag Basu had this huge expectation of creating something far more lovable. With Jagga they might have failed at the box office but they are pretty successful in creating a character who is in search of his foster father played by Saswata Chatterjee. With speech disorder and singing all along while solving the teeth clenching mysterious, Jagga and Tooti Footi were one of the most adorable couples on the screen this year. Best Moment was when Tooti Footi teaches Jagga about the Right and the left side of the brain. 

 

2. Sulu / Sulochna : (Vidya Balan – Tumharai Sulu) – “Main kar sakti hai” –  When Vidya Balan who was playing, “A Happy Enthusiastic housewife Sulu” says this on screen, we all feel like doing things which we always wanted to do from so long but never got that amount of bravery and courage to pursue that. Definitely, this one character that writer and director Suresh Triveni built for Vidya Balan and the honesty that Vidya delivers on the screen uplifts the half-baked screenplay wonderfully. Whether the movie stays with you for long or not, this saree clad late-night Radio Jockey Sulu is definitely going to stay with us for a longer time. Best Moment – When Sulu don’t give a damn about the race but wants the lemon not to fall from the spoon in the lemon race. She doesn’t mind coming second but she wants to do it right!

 

3. Bua Ji ( Ratna Pathak Shah – Lipstick Under My Burkha ) – Though it was the year of strong female characters and this out of the box film itself have 3 other distinct female characters, Bua ji played by Ratna Pathak Shah just stands out of the league. She is not a rebel neither she is revolutionary, what makes you feel what she feels is the simplicity of her desires. Writer-Director Alankrita Shrivastava can’t deny that might be Bua ji was the best part of the whole film. What makes this character one of the most unforgettable characters? Well now you will start looking at Bua Ji’s around you and you will be more sensitive towards their loneliness.

 

4. Newton & Aatma Singh – (Raj Kumar Rao & Pankaj Tripathi – Newton) – Nutan Kumar picks the gun of Aatma Singh and waits for last few seconds of the voting hour to finish. In those few seconds, You are also standing there and deciding in your brains, where are these two characters flawed and where are they not? Well to me, Newton was not just the story of Newton but about these two characters which were played so honestly that it reflects on the screen. No doubt when you leave the theater, the song – “Chal Tu Apna Ka Kar” keeps going in the loop in your head but that’s because of the writing by Amit V Marsurkar and Mayank Tewari which justifies the two side of the coin just like that only. 

 

5. Preetam Vidrohi (Raj Kumar Rao – Bareily Ki  Barfi ) – This Year can easily be tagged as “The Year of Raj Kumar Rao”. But the success of this brilliant actor relies on the roles written for him or the roles he chose. This was definitely a year for writers, if not so- Why would producers but writers name (Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain) at the very start of the trailer. Believe me, this is a rare thing and happy to know that the makers realized the power of writing here.  Though this cannot take away the marvelous almost split personality performance by Rajkumar Rao who single-handedly stole the whole show in the second half of the movie. Pritam Vidrohiis amazing but still somewhere not justified between Bitti and Chirag’s love story. Can we have a spin-off of Preetam?

 

6. Shyam Prakash (Deepak Dobriyal – Hindi Medium) – Saket Chaudhary’s Hindi Medium was definitely one of the most surprisingly entertaining and successful films of the year. Where you love Irfan Khan and Saba’s chemistry one thing that just can’t leave you for a long time was Shyam Prakash’s character. A simple struggling common man with dreams and aspirations who just jumps in front of an expensive car to get some money for his friend – This guy steals your heart and then breaks it too. What Mr. Irrfan Khan has achieved after so much of struggle in the industry, Deepak Dobriyal deserves no less than that.

 

7. Anarkali ( Swara Bhaskar – Anarkali Of Aarah )  –  A year ago only we saw a brilliant film about consent – PINK and this year it was Anarkali of Aarah but this one stands out more for the character and the performance of Swara Bhaskar as Anarkali. She just disappeared in those flashy attires and transformed into Anarkali who is okay to sing double songs and even sleep around with other men but only when she likes it. Her voice is crystal clear when it comes to her consent. Swara as Anarkali is definitely one of the most powerful performances of the year.

 

8. Najma (Meher Vij – Secret Superstar) – We have so many outrageously brave women on the screen so far but that’s not a reality. There is still a big number of females who find it difficult to find their voice in the environment they are living. Still, they never let their ambitions and dreams to go in the vain. Najma of Secret Superstar represents this majority of the females in our society beautifully.  Finding the right balance between many a thing they are juggling with Meher Vij portrayal of this mother who is torn between the husband and the daughter is definitely one of the most relatable characters for the majority of the audience and that’s what I think transformed into the unexpected success of this movie.

 

9. Praful Patel ( Kangana Ranaut – Simran) – Though there was a huge fight for the credits of the screenplay of this film between Apurva Asrani and Kangana Ranaut before the film, I am more interested in knowing who has actually shaped the character of Praful Patel. How much it was written by Apurva and how much was improvised by Kangana? Because that’s the best part of the movie. Praful is unapologetic about herself. Her definition of success is not defined by society but by the achievement of the things she wants to achieve. Yet she is fun even in her darkest times. Creating such character is not easy because as an audience one may tend to dislike her or stay apathetic towards her but no! You like Praful and you want her to be successful. Though you also want her to stop doing silly things at the same time, you never stop rooting for her. That’s where Simran was a successful film for me.

10. Justice Surendra Lal Tripathi ( Jolly LLB 2) –  We have seen Justice Tripathi in Jolly LLB  earlier and we loved him. Writer-Director Subhash Kapoor knows this fact and hence in this installment even though it has superstar Akshay Kumar playing Jolly, he gave an ample space to Justice Tripathi’s character flourish. From Showing the typical human side of Tripathi to be the stubborn voice of reason Justice Tripathi, in my opinion, going to be one of the most echoed characters of the decade and the reason doesn’t rely completely upon the writing. It’s Sourabh Shukla’s class act which takes this character to another height. Best Moment – When Justice Tripathi sits on an Anshan in his own courtroom. 

 

11. Shutu (Vikrant Massey/ A Death at the Gunj) – Last but definitely not the least! Shutu is that one sensitive guy who is always there around us but always effortlessly and unconsciously able to disappear in the rude and cruel insensitive world. Vikrant Massey brings out the nuances and insecurities of Shutu so palpable that without even saying many dialogues you feel what he is feeling. No doubt the writer Konkana Sen Sharma picked up this unusual tale of Shutu to debut as Director and then chose Vikrant as the lead among the sea of fabulous actors as an ensemble.

 

Let us know which one stayed with you. Have we missed any other character?

 

7 “Out of The Box” Characters Played By Vidya Balan

7 “Out of The Box” Characters Played By Vidya Balan

Gaurav Bharat

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Writer, with more thoughts and fewer words, still exploring the amazing thing called "LIFE" in a nonjudgemental way.
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We all know her as one of the most versatile and bold female actor who made her mark among critics and boxoffice especially in patriarchal Industry. She carries the capability to make a hit on her own shoulder without any “Khan” or “Kapoor”. She just need a great story and amazing character to play on screen and she will amaze you like never before. VIDYA BALAN. Lets talk about some of her “Out of the Box” Characters played by her.

Vidya- Kahaani

Vidya Bagchi or whatever her real name was, she was the real meaning of durga in the movie. She came like an innocent pregnant woman who was searching for her husband and later she came out as the real box of secrets. Only vidya knows how to handle a character with so many layers.

Vidya- Paa

She decides not to be a victim when she got pregnant. She decides to give birth to her baby without getting married. She decides to complete her studies while she was pregnant. She decides to take care of her child independently. She is the face of modern Indian women, who doesn’t need any man to complete her.

Reshma- The Dirty Picture

In this whole pretentious world, if you are asked to play a character who says whatever going through her mind then it become something so bold that cannot be carry on screen without killing your all inhibitions. Vidya while playing Silk was so fierce that it was very difficult for so-called broad minded males to accept this character. Standing Ovation for Vidya to Play something that no actress ever dared to play on screen.

Sabrina- No One Killed Jessica

Playing real-life character on screen is always challenging as it will always be compared with real one. But Vidya knows how to get into the skin of the character. If you watch this movie again then pay yours to vidya’s body language, her walking gait, her silent expressions and especially her dialogue delivery. That’s the sign of a classic actor to create a character on screen.

Sulochna – Tumhari Sulu

“Main Kar Sakti Hai” Definitely only Vidya can do that. Playing a fat, married, uneducated, housewife and still, we all are hooked into her story. Tumhari sulu was all about the sulu which brought to life by Vidya. The most entertaining character played by her on screen.

Meenakshi- Guru

Ya that was not a lead role but playing a character who is handicapped but still have her own vision, ambitions, desire and especially perspective is a tricky thing. On the very initial time of her career, she chooses an unattractive supporting character to play but didn’t we loved her in this movie?

 

Krishna- Ishqiya

This was the most layered character she played on screen. Krishna seemed to be sympathetic but actually having secondary motives. A window who was horny at times. Sarcastic and fearless. She knows how to play with peoples emotions. Vidya played Krishna as like no one can do it better than her. Unapologetically.

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The Cinthol Man

Some men have got charisma so strong that they can make millions of other men jealous. Indian ladies, for decades have been mesmerized by magnetic personality of this hunk and have nagged their lovers and husbands for not using a certain soap endorsed by this magnetic personality…Trust me that was charm of Vinod Khanna, who was not only one of the best looking actors of Hindi Cinema but also was one of the finest actors that we have known.

Physically he might have left us today but his works have already made him an immortal. We pay homage to this great actor today and we will talk about his 3 roles that will make us remember him till end of times…

Amar (Amar Akbar Anthony)

Inspector Amar from Amar Akbar Anthony

Inspector Amar from Amar Akbar Anthony

Amar is one of the characters that comes to your mind first when you think of Vinod Khanna. A cop with heart of Gold, who fights the goons, and has soft corner for a con woman forced to live a life of crime. He makes an effort not only to save her but also brings her out from the life of misery.

My Aunt had once said that…When he sang…’Tere sang jeevan ki dor bandhi hai’ in the mellow voice of Mukesh in the song ‘Humko tumse ho gaya hai pyar’, he literally made girls of that era fall in love and day dream about him.

Shyam (Mere Apne)

Gulzar's Shyam

Gulzar’s Shyam

Gulzar Saheb is known for recognizing talent, he has cast best of actors in the roles with which they proved their mettle. He did a small cameo ffor him in Parichay but Shyam is one of those characters of Gulzar that was made immortal by amazing performance of Vinod Khanna. In my humble opinion, this was his life’s best act. His persona matched to the well written character which fitted him like hand in a glove. Shyam has anguish, anger and pain, emotions that you take home after you have finished watching this film. Hats off to Vinod ji for this.

Amar  (Qurbani)

Powerpacked Performer

Powerpacked Performer

He played Cop Amar in ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ and an exact opposite Amar in this one, in one of the most powerpacked action laden film yet romantic acts of his time, Qurbani will be recalled as one of his Bilingual films, made both in Hindi and English, in this movie he shared space with Zeenat and Feroz but again he made girls drool over him inspite of other two sharing his space on screen. His dialogues from Qurbani have been acted and copied by almost every stand up mime, and is indeed his most memorable action roles.

Our Heartfelt condolence to his family, he was indeed a great actor and an amazing father.

Our Heartfelt condolence to his family, he was indeed a great actor and an amazing father. We will miss you.

 

 

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

Sidharth Sharma

Movie buff by passion, a medical student by profession. Got stuck with Cadavers instead of Cameras
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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!

The ‘Dhoomster’ Khan: 10 movies which justify the title of ‘Mr. Perfectionist’

The ‘Dhoomster’ Khan: 10 movies which justify the title of ‘Mr. Perfectionist’

Sidharth Sharma

Sidharth Sharma

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He might be turning fifty-two, but he can gracefully get into the skin of a twenty-something college student. While other actors of his age have chosen to get stereotyped and play similar characters time and again, this man dons different avatars every time he appears on the silver screen. Not just acting, he has ventured into direction and production as well and churned out gold in every field he has crapshoot into. Yes, you’ve guessed it right. We are talking about Aamir Khan- the flag-bearer of some of the finest Bollywood films! Today, as he celebrates his fifty-second birthday, let us take a look at some of his finest films till date:




10) Sarfarosh

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There was a time when Aamir was a lesser star and his films didn’t always meet the same fate as they do now. And it was during this period that Bollywood witnessed one of the finest, yet underrated cop-dramas of all times. The story of a young medical student, who quit his studies and joined the IPS to avenge the death of his brother, was entertaining as well as hard-hitting. Aamir’s portrayal of A.C.P Ajay Singh Rathore is one of the most memorable roles till date, not because it was another ‘Dabangg’ or ‘Singham’, but because it had a more realistic touch to it. The movie was awarded a National Award as well!



9) Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar

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This film is special for two reasons- first, it strengthened Aamir’s status in mainstream cinema and second, it gave us one of the finest love songs in the form of ‘Pehla Nasha’. It is the story of a poor carefree college student, Sanjay who comes face to face with his responsibilities following his brother’s accident and how he breaks past all barriers to win his girl’s heart and the Inter-College Marathon Cycle Race. The film was admired by one and all (especially the youth) and it went on to win the Filmfare Award for best film.




8) Andaz Apna Apna

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The first thing that might have struck your mind is ‘Crime Master Gogo’ or ‘Mogambo ka Bhatija’. But Andaz Apna Apna is way above its hilarious dialogues. A cornball classic tale of two friends Amar and Prem, who want to get rich by marrying a rich heiress and the journey that follows thereafter, could undoubtedly be declared as one of the best comedies produced in India. The film went on to achieve a ‘cult’ status and won Aamir a Filmfare Nomination.




7) PK

pk-movie-china-box-office-collections-reportWho knew that Aamir could create ripples at the box office with his alien avatar! But as expected, Aamir’s curious, yet bone-tickling take on God and God-Men found a way into people’s heart.  A beautifully crafted narrative, engraved with chunks of humor as well as emotions, was something which left a hard-hitting impact on the audience.  It was one of the highest grossing films of all times until it was recently dethroned by another Aamir starter, Dangal!




6) Dil Chahta Hai

dil-chahta-haiThis coming-of-age drama about three friends Aakash, Sameer and Siddharth, who share a deep bond but are separated due to certain conflicts and how they finally reunite, shall always hold a special place in my heart. This National Award winning film not only paved the way for thousands of other movies of this genre but also made Goa a favorite youth destination. And frankly, we couldn’t have asked for more!




5) Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

lagaanLagaan is not just a movie; it is an emotion that flows through the hearts of millions of Indians. Set in the period of British Raj in India, the story revolves around a small village whose inhabitants, burdened by high taxes, find themselves in an extraordinary situation as an arrogant officer challenges them to a game of Cricket as a wager to avoid taxes. Aamir’s portrayal of Bhuvan was simply spot-on and it was perhaps his career defining performance! Lagaan became the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Awards and was honored with eight National Awards and nine Filmfare Awards amongst others.




4) Rang De Basanti

1280x720-bhgHow often do you see a film which knocks up the patriotism in your blood and leaves you teary-eyed with its heart-wrenching climax? This hard-hitting drama is about five friends who have been selected to portray Indian Freedom Fighters in a documentary and how an unfaithful chain of events awakens the patriotism in them. Aamir’s character Daljeet was an instant hit with the masses and so was the parallelism that drove the narrative. The film won a BAFTA nomination and was declared the ‘Best Picture’ at the Filmfare Awards!




3) 3 Idiots

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The recipe for a perfect entertainer, amidst the backdrop of a social message can only be found in an Aamir Khan film! My personal favorite, Aamir Khan’s portrayal of Ranchoddas who has a refreshing outlook towards life, was loved by one and all. The rejuvenating plot (with a fair share of ‘flashbacks’) and some brilliant performances by the ensemble helped earn this film three National Awards and five Filmfare Awards amongst many others. The best part it- every time you watch it, your fondness for it will grow stronger and stronger!





2) Taare Zameen Par

taare-zameen-parMy personal favorite and a hands-down winner among all the films listed so far, this Aamir Khan directorial is an eye-opener for the millions of parents worldwide. The story revolves around Ishaan Awasthi, a dyslexic boy who finds it difficult to read and write at school, gets a new meaning in life when a new art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh helps him discover his true identity. Aamir Khan’s character was excellently enacted, but it was Darsheel Safary, who lent the movie its soul. A winner of National Award, this film has made millions of people weep with its unusual and heart-touching content, not to forget the cult classic ‘Meri Maa’!




1) Dangal

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maxresdefaultJust when you think this was Aamir’s best performance till date, Aamir Khan comes up with a film that displays his acting prowess at a notch higher level. With Dangal, Aamir not only displayed his startling acting skills but also underwent a tremendous transformation- something which very few actors would dare to do. The story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Geeta and Babita and led Geeta to win Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was received with open arms by the audiences. Aamir went on to win the Filmfare Award for ‘Best Actor’ and the film became the highest grossing film domestically and the second highest grosser worldwide!

 

Seriously, Aamir, we couldn’t thank you more for showering these gems on Bollywood. Once again, Happy Birthday!

 

‘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.