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We like each other, we want to be together, but there is no future and marriage is a definite no. So what should we do? I’m sure this is the story of 8 out of 10 couples of current generation.. Our career is our first priority. We date as long as we can and then move onto our respective paths. That is the only thing we can do there no other option. But is it really true?
This was the first Tamil movie I watched, enjoyed and now I am absolutely in love with it. It’s the story of Taara and Adithya who like each other but they have very different paths to follow. Taara wants to go to Paris and Adhithya has a job and is not looking for something “serious”. But they just can’t kill their feelings for each other and why should they? So like many of us they start dating and soon they get into a live-in relationship. Both believed that marriage is not for them.
Parallel to this story, the movie also shows the story of Bhavani and Ganpathy, an elderly married couple. Ganpathy’s love for his wife, who is an alzheimer patient, amuses them everytime.
However, time doesn’t stop for anyone, no matter whether you are in love or not. Soon Adithya and Taraa have to break up as they both have to leave the country. Taara has to pursue her masters in Paris and Adhithya needs to go to the US.
This comes as hard, yet expected, on the couple. They try to enjoy each others company as much as they could and then they call it off. At this point, it becomes the story of many of us who don’t want to give love a chance; we are practical people, aren’t we?
But unlike many of us, they do realise the importance of love. They understand that marriage is not a burden and if they really love each other nothing will be difficult for them, except the separation. They marry each other and still pursue their dreams.
Marriage and commitment are considered as dangerous words. These days. Not to forget, people are scared of them. We think it will hamper our career and don’t see a possibility of a supportive & a stable marriage. However if there is love one should not give up easily. If your partner is the right person then just say, ‘Ok Kanmani,’ to him/her and be committed to them. Nothing will stop you from living your life.
Lazy Writer. Voracious Reader. Big time comedy and horror films fan. Love to chill and hate to chat. Still exploring.
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Watching Sairat wasn’t an easy experience.
Now you can interpret above sentence the way you want, but if you want to decipher the essence of it you might want to go and watch the movie yourself. For those who still haven’t watched it, I would like to give them a…
CAUTIONARY WARNING: This article contains highly explosive spoilers that WILL devastate your extremely necessary ‘uneasy’ experience of watching Sairat.
It starts as a regular tale-of-fascination and during the second half of the pre-interval film it turns into a teenage love story, as beautiful as it can get. And no, if you are wondering, has the director depended on the exotic locations, exceptionally good looking and further beautified faces… then no. He hasn’t. The entire film smoothly floats on the sheer nostalgia of the teenage bliss that we all have experienced at some point of time. The beautiful things that literally come on to your face like a 3D effect are raised heartbeats, brightened eyes, frail smile, awkwardness, euphoria, the sudden drain of blood down your head, that awesome dizziness, that moment when you feel the world is the nicest place it could ever be, that extreme and insanely raw passion… you know the things that we feel when we are swept off our feet by the ever-awesome cupid for the very first time, during that tender age when our minds are still untouched by the atrocities of the cruel (real) world.
‘Sairat’ (literally meaning unrestrained, unleashed, wild) is the tale of that gigantic flood of boundless and uninhibited passion that hits us with the first love. It’s the tale of that craziness (literally articulated in a song ‘Yed laagla’) that proves to be the source of inexplicable happiness. This blissful heaven, in all its raw glory, floats on the screen throughout the pre-interval film.
As are most love-stories this one too is destined to be struck down by the most ridiculous factors. I wouldn’t have a to go into details as to which factors, because ideally that is irrelevant to me, but it would be tricky to explain the end without mentioning those, so… well the ridiculous factors are the girl’s powerful family that is hell bent on separating them. But honestly what truly mattered to me was the absolute pain to see something so pure getting polluted by these ‘unholy’ elements surrounding this love-story.
The couple runs away from their village to settle in a distant city with the help of a local protective and kind lady. At first the harsh reality makes them crawl on the path of ‘creating their own world’. We, as an audience, want them to avoid rookie mistakes, but their faces remind us they are still young and innocent and suddenly your heart is filled with compassion and that strong urge to ‘do something’ for them, a.k.a. audience’s complete emotional unification with the characters.
You start witnessing the downfall, and still you hold on to your optimistic spirit and keep hoping that the story will take a nice good turn and things will fall into their place; because by this time the innocent couple on the screen has made you as vulnerable and naïve as they are.
And things actually start to fall in place. The good fortune seems to come around and… it feels nice. Really nice! You have witnessed their innocent love, the struggle they were put through, and this is their time to enjoy the fruits of their hardships. That’s but fair! Isn’t it? I remember saying to my friend during the girl’s baby-shower photo-shoot scene, “I REALLY want the movie to end right now… on this frame.”
But the movie continues. And it continues with the careful steps. After some time you get used to its progression. Then you get relaxed. You get that grandmotherly satisfaction of seeing this young couple living their ‘not-so—perfect’ but blissful life. And at one such relaxed woolgathering moment the girl’s family reaches their house. You skip a heartbeat. You expect the worst. But the family seems to have softened up. I mean obviously, it’s been years. The couple has a cute little baby-boy (who a neighboring lady has taken out with her). Why wouldn’t a family soften up? Right? The skipped heartbeat is caught again and is taking its regular pace. You relax again. There is a happy moment.
Then the neighboring lady drops the kid home. Bliss, right? The kid, who has recently started walking, takes unstable steps toward the kitchen with a giggly smile on his face to greet his mother… and his point-of-view shot explores the culmination of this grand innocent love-story…
The couple, with their throats cut open, is lying on the floor in the puddle of their own blood. The heavenly smile on the boy’s face turns into confused-yet-scared contortion and he turns his unstable steps outside the house to the neighboring lady… his wobbly steps leaving behind the footprints of his parent’s blood. Black out. Complete silence.
At this moment, I had this argument of duel personalities inside me. The audience in me wanted to slap the writer/director across his face. I mean who does that? What is that… some sort of sadistic pleasure? Such pure innocence CANNOT result into something so ugly and so tragic.
But at the same time the writer/filmmaker in me wanted to kiss the writer/director (of the film) for this valuable ‘uneasy’ experience. I don’t get this usually. This uneasy experience reminds me of how powerful the medium of cinema actually is or can be. It unfolds the writer/director’s secret of engraving his story into our brains.
The movie is pretty long. Three hours. Some might think why is it so stretched? The last scene explains why.
All that three hours of build-up, that cheerful bliss of innocent love (I know I have been using this term again and again, but it’s a fact) is for us to fuse into their world, into their characters, and when we are at our most vulnerable fusion we are exposed to this climax – to the heartless reality of the harsh world.
This sadistic turn of events on the script is truly the pure cinematic genius on the screen!
The director, #NagarjManjule, has in my opinion, proved himself to be on par with the world directors, without loosing his cord with his roots. He is original, he is sensitive, and he is intense. Every single frame in Sairat talks to us, and that’s a combined effort of the writer and director in Mr. Manjule. Another praiseworthy directorial aspect is his complete defiance to the gender stereotype. In the film it’s the girl who protects her guy, it’s the girl who rides a Bullet, it’s the girl who goes on her first date driving a tractor, it’s the girl who fearlessly stares at her guy, it’s her who ‘takes’ the boy in the sugarcane fields to romance, it’s her who decides to elope… she drives everything, until she is taken out of her comfort zone and is left bewildered. Now the guy takes over. He cleans, he cooks, he understands, he holds on with patience. The teenage lovers unconsciously grow up. This beautiful montage of their journey comes alive on the screen with vivid colors of emotions and tells us what a marvelous job the director has done.
#RinkuRajguru and #AkashThosar, 14 and 18 respectively, are those small but mighty soldiers that made me doubt the necessity of having spent years into acting field to achieve the kind of intensity they have shown at this tender age and in their first attempt at acting. Rinku has already gotten recognition with a special mention at the National awards, and Akash, even without any such mortal honors, has proved himself to be just as much intense and effective as Rinku. I couldn’t help fall in love with both of them. There is absolutely no other option. Throughout the length of the film these two rule us!
And why only them? All the other actors have contributed equal to the build-up of this ill-fated story and the brilliant movie. Every single actor has done his/her job with optimum honesty. Of course the director is skilled, but it’s also the natural presence of every character that gives the film its authentic touch. Whether it’s a picturesque Bittergaon in Maharashtra or a big city slum in Hyderabad, with every frame we are transported into the world of Sairat.
Having said this (and hoping none of those who haven’t watched the film, also haven’t read this article) I suggest to watch the film and to suggest others to watch the film. This is truly the film that must not be missed.
Retired Government Officer, Big Time Indian Cinema Fan, Old Film Encyclopedia
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50 के दशक में रोमांटिक कॉमेडी फिल्मों के दौर की शुरुआत हुई जो वर्तमान में फिल्म निर्माण की सबसे लोकप्रिय शैली है देवानंद व नूतन की जोड़ी ने पूर्व में पेइंग गेस्ट जैसी सफल रोमांटिक कॉमेडी फिल्म की । इसी जोड़ी की वर्ष १९६३ में तेरे घर के सामने फिल्म आई । जो अत्यन्त सफल व लोकप्रिय फिल्म साबित हुई । इस फिल्म से रोमांस व हास्य के साथ एक सामाजिक सन्देश देने का सफल प्रयास किया गया जो आज निर्देशक राजकुमार हिरानी की सफलता का अचूक फार्मूला है!
फिल्म के दो प्रमुख पात्र लाला जगन्नाथ (ओम प्रकाश )व सेठ करमचंद (हरिंद्र नाथ चटोपाध्याय )धनी बिजनेसमैन हैं जो हर चीज़ में एक दुसरे के प्रतिद्वंदी हैं व एक दुसरे को नीचा दिखने का कोई मौका नहीं छोड़ते । फिल्म के पहले शॉट में ही इन दोनों के चरित्र व प्रतिद्वंदिता को खूबसूरती से दर्शाया गया है जहाँ सरकारी नीलामी में दोनों फ्रंट प्लाट के लिए बढ़ चढ़ कर’बोली लगते हैं अंततः लाला जगन्नाथ फ्रंट प्लाट प्राप्त करने में सफल होते हैं लेकिन वहीँ हरिंद्र नाथ बैक प्लाट को एक अनावश्यक बोली लगाकर ! अब प्रतिद्वंदिता शुरू होती है की किसका मकान दुसरे के मकान से बेहतर बनता है | सेठ करमचंद अपनी बेटी सुलेखा (नूतन) के माध्यम से एक आर्किटेक्ट राकेश (देव आनंद ) को मकान बनवाने के लिए अनुबंधित करते है लेकिन वह ये नहीं जानते की राकेश लाला जगन्नाथ का बेटा है | जबकि राकेश ये जानते हुए भी अनुबंध स्वीकार करता है | इन सबके बीच धीरे धीरे राकेश व सुलेखा के मध्य प्यार पनपने लगता है| मज़े की बात यह होती है की दोनों ही परिवार अपना मकान बनवाने के लिए एक ही डिज़ाइन को पसंद करते है व राकेश को उसी डिज़ाइन का मकान बनने के लिए मजबूर करते हैं इन परिस्थितियों में उत्पन्न स्वाभाविक हास्य को निर्देशक ने कुशलता पूर्वक फिल्माया है जबकि राकेश व सुलेख बीच के रोमांस को भी उतनी ही स्वाभाविकता व कुशलता से कहानी में पिरोया गया है| अंततः राकेश को सच्चाई बताने के लिए बाध्य होना पड़ता है। दोनों परिवारों की दुश्मनी अपने बच्चों के प्यार के आगे धीरे धीरे टूट जाती है और दोनों मकानों के उद्घाटन के दिन ही राकेश व सुलेखा की शादी हो जाती है!
निर्देशक विजय आनंद इससे पहले फिल्म नौ दो ग्यारह व काला बाजार का निर्देशन कर चुके थे। लेकिन इस फिल्म से उन्होंने अपनी उस क्षमता का प्रदर्शन किया जो बाद में उनके द्वारा प्रदर्शित फिल्मों “गाइड” “ज्वेल थीफ” व “जोनी मेरा नाम” में अपनी पूरी पराकाष्ठा में दिखी| इस फिल्म की दोनों विधाओं हास्य व रोमांस को निर्देशक ने अपनी कुशलता से एक स्वाभाविकता एवं सम्पूर्णता प्रदान की है।फिल्म के गीत व सचिन देव बर्मन का संगीत फिल्म का सबसे बड़ा आकर्षण है। फिल्म के अत्यन्त लोकप्रिय व सर्वकालिक सदाबहार गीत हैं जिनके फिल्मांकन में एक रूमानी नयापन दिखलाई देता है जो निर्देशक विजयानंद की एक विशेषता रही है। इस पर देव आनंद की रोमांटिक अदाओं व नूतन की अल्हड़ता ने दशकों को मंत्रमुग्ध किया है| दिल का भंवर करे पुकार गीत क़ुतुब मीनार में फिल्माया गया था. गीत से पहले सुलेखा और राकेश क़ुतुब मीनार की ऊंचाई पर पहुंचते है और वहाँ तक आते आते उन्हें प्यार हो जाता है। राकेश कहता है यहाँ से ऊपर तोह अब सिर्फ दो ही ताकतें ले जा सकती है – खुदा या प्यार ! नीचे उतारते समय गीत शुरू होता है जो की उनके प्रेम की शुरुआत है.
कुल मिलाकर तेरे घर के सामने एक हलकी फुल्की रोमांटिक कॉमेडी फिल्म है जो दर्शकों को बांध कर रखती है व अपने रोमांटिक गीतों व सचिनदा के विस्मरणीय संगीत तथा गानों के अद्भुद फिल्मांकन के कारण सर्वकालिक महान फिल्मों की श्रेणी में आती है|
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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As of now this film has already won National Award for Best Film in Hindi Language, the due recognition is achieved but still in my opinion somehow I feel Sharat Katariya’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha is one of the best romantic comedies ever made in India. There could hundreds of reasons why any one will like this film but I am exploring very personal reasons why I find this musical an apt Romantic Saga.
1. 90’s Nostalgia – Well this is a word that only a child that grew up in 90’s can understand with it’s true meaning. For rest of the present generation this was just the time with no mobiles. Well that says quite a lot. A whole generation without mobiles, where people need to connect to each other by literally dialling the numbers, which means you have to remember the number. Today, I don’t even feel a need to remember my mom’s new number because my mobile do that for me. It was the time of patience. People used to wait for each other for hours but now if you are late by 5 minutes, 5 Whatsapp messages and at least 3 missed calls are sure to appear on your mobile screen. Patience is a lost orphan child now. People click on the next video within 30 seconds tagging it as “Boring” on you tube because we have unlimited Wi-Fi etc. That was the time where we used to play the whole side A of the cassette so that we can listen the first song of side B. Woof! Dum Laga Ke Haisha brings me back that beautiful slower yet more sensitive era back to me.
2. The City – These days rarely our stories explores the cities which are not metros – Bollywood seems to be obsessed with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, London and New York. But what about Gwalior, Jhansi, Haridwar? In today’s time Sharat brings the story of a non metro city – Which in my opinion is where the major India lives. Haridwar and Rishikesh! The beauty of these two cities is so mildly captured by cinematographer Manu Anand and hence he won Best Cinematography at Filmfare Awards.
3. The Odd Couple – It may sound offensive but yes we are country obsessed with western standard of beauty. I have been to other countries and rarely saw so much of fairness beauty creams as much as they sell that in India. Why we want to get fair? Why we don’t love the skin color given to us and actually scientifically apt for us? Our films are the reflection of the society and also vice versa. Rarely people in the industry want to cast some one who is not slim or fair. We want to see “Beauty” on the screen. Sharat decided to swim against the flow and kudos to Aditya Chopra to support him for that. A fat intelligent girl getting married to a fail but good looking guy. This is a story that took almost seven years to see the screen as it was written in 2007. You can easily guess why!
4. The Writing – Whether it’s Varun Grover’s beautifully written songs or the characters – Prem, Sandhya, Maa, Babuji and Bua ji. Each part of the writing is so real that it makes the whole story so entertaining yet so relatable. Dustin Lance Black – the writer of “Milk” said it in an interview that – Some shitty studio wants him to write the characters in more relatable way, he say No! Let them be more real, let them be more themselves. That’s what Sharat has done. Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a beautiful example of honest writing. Also the actors who completely forgot themselves and becomes Prem- Sandhya and family.
5. The Real Meaning of Love – Without getting preachy, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, beautifully separates lust from love. Sandhya tries every thing to make Prem fall in love with her after their marriage. They even had sex but that’s not the love. The love appears when they understand each other’s insecurities. They understand they are not perfect person but they could be a perfect couple. The Love story start in the end of the film. When Prem runs with Sandhya in the Dum Laga Ke Haisha competition not for anyone but for themselves. He keeps running even after touching the finish line. What a beauty! They were not running to win the competition, They already won each other! The climax is giving me goose bumps even when i am writing these lines.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is that old classic wine which will tastes even better after years, just like any Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films. Eagerly waiting for Sharat Katariya’s second film. I hope the same honesty again!
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Ayan Mukerjee’s “Wake up Sid” is one of those inspirational love stories which every college going, graduating student must watch. Well … Ummm.. let me reframe it. Wake up Sid is a movie that every grown up and every child must watch. Basically every one should watch it! The simplicity of the movie is very key reason that it will surely makes its way through your heart. Most of the times we as youngsters fail to understand what we really want? And on the top of it if one have a happy-go-lucky and lazy attitude towards life then it will be correct to state that, you are heading towards a shallow and doomed and a dependent life. That is how Sid (Played by Ranbir Kapoor) is, a carefree rich brat who doesn’t care about his future. Yes as being young we should live our life to the fullest but there is a difference between living to the fullest and living irresponsibly. But ever wondered what about goals of our life? Wake up Sid tells so much about the way of life in such a silent way.
1. Dare to dream – The character of Aisha is simply dreams personified. She wants to be a writer and hence comes to the city of dreams of Mumbai all alone. Struggles and finds her way towards her dream. Independent and Bold Aisha also discovers unusual love in the city. Aisha’s take on life, independence is much inspiring
2. Leave your comfort zone – Life starts beyond your comfort zone. One of my friend is not happy where he is living yet he do not want to leave that place because he can’t see a comfort outside it. He says that there is no other option but the truth is no other option has those comforts which he is enjoying right now and yet thinks that its a usual life. He is very close to Sid’s character. Watching Sid’s story it very evident that stepping out of your comfort zone is the start of the thing called LIFE! though it may be full of struggles, ups and downs but still thats where you will get your story. As Sid discovers himself when he leaves his parents house. It won’t be easy, it will be a journey full of rocks and stones on your way , you would need to start from the scratch but as they say it’s not important from where you start what important it is that you give your hundred percent in it. When you follow these things you won’t be afraid anymore, nobody will question you.
3. Every one is struggling – We are so much occupied by our won struggles that we ignore the fact that every one is struggling in their lives. May be much more than us. Sid’s friend Laxmi explodes in a scene and tells him that even though she passed the college exams, she fails daily to maintain the diet important for her health, which self absorbed Sid unable to see.
4. Keep alive your childhood – Aisha and Sid’s story has so many layers. Though initially we feels that Aisha is a perfect one and Sid is a spoilt brat, later in the story we realizes that Aisha feels jealous from Sid that even though he is struggling equally in the world now, he still able to maintain the innocence of a kid inside his heart. He enjoys the life more than running towards goals. This one fact is equally important for all of us ambitious people. Struggle is important but it should be fun!
5. Open for possibilities – We always have a set dreams, rules and standards for each and every thing in our life but sometimes we fall for things which we least expect. In the first half Aisha clearly mentions that Sid is a completely wrong profile for her but later she realizes that how she is in love with this pure happy soul. Open your heart!
6. Understand the people who cares – Sid’s mother who want to be his friend and hence starts learning English though she is still embarrassingly bad at it, she is still the cutest mother. Sid’s father who just loves him so much that for him clicking pictures was just to click Sid. Sid’s friends who stood up for him even when he was rude to them and last but not the least Aisha – Who was a partner, inspiration, helper, soul saver. These people can be extremely irritating at times but their love is always visible if you have a heart to see it. Care for these people. Those are the one’s who will forgive you and take your sides even before you take your side.
The movie is filled with all small elements of life which makes it beautiful to live be it Aisha and Sid’s cute love story, Mumbai ki Baarish in the end, the love of your parents, friends and the unsung songs. If you are a Mumbai fan like me you will fall again in love with the city, it has showed the city in its most natural look.
So pick up yourself, find your passion, and enjoy your life with that special person. Wake up kid!!
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So, when do you know it is love?
All of us have come across this question once in our life, but I guess every college student can especially relate to this. Or in better words, We came across this question mostly in our college life. Most of the time at this age we ask us these questions – What is love? When did it happen? But we are just friends? Etc.
This movie provides you with a very simple answer to these entire questionnaire. The brilliance of the “Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Naa” – is the realistic approach which the makers kept in their mind. A college going group which comprises a cry baby, a guitar girl, a wannabe guy, a tube light and a couple who is actually not a couple but everybody thinks they are all this seems to be real to us. Almost all of us have such characters in our gang. That’s where the story becomes so relatable and that’s where you say- Oh! This is actually my story!
Many a times we create image of our partner in our mind which stop ourselves to even realise that we might be in love already with someone else unknowingly, who actually breaks all the criteria of an ideal partner and that’s where we realizes that- “it’s not in your control boss”.
Jay and Aditi, the best friends always had their respective images for the partner which made them totally ignored the fact that they are more than “just” best friends to each other. It is quite funny how we have always known that we should be with the one who makes us happy but we still go out for search even when the person who makes us happy is right next to us. When we are away from that one special friend we realise it was more than friendship.
Jay and Aditi also realised this when they were committed to someone else. Everyone can connect to the movie because it displays all kind of characters, you will get a feeling that “this is like my story”. It touches everyone’s heart. From the cool parents of Aditi to the talking portrait of Jai’s dead father everything appear real and acceptable to us. Love brings out the most unknown part of us outside and first of all we get surprised by ourselves. Each personality tells a love story of their own and makes you appreciate the fact that the feeling of love you share with people is the best.
The music is the sole of the movie its A.R Rahman after all. It also tells how a person can change for their love. so people when your that one friend is too special for you and you are even ready to beat people, ride a horse and act like a terrorist in the airport for that one person it is the time you should know it is love.