#ScriptorsBestRomComs – Kal Ho Naa Ho

#ScriptorsBestRomComs – Kal Ho Naa Ho

Shivangi Shrivastava

Shivangi Shrivastava

Bhopali studying in Bangalore. Crazy at heart! Guest Blogger at Scriptors.
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“Jiyo muskurao, haso, khush raho kya pata kal ho na ho.”

Nobody’s life is ever perfect, we will always be surrounded by some or the other setbacks in our life. But I guess that’s the thing. Having an expectation of life which ia always cheerful and without any problems is so irrational and illogical. It’s a silent struggle which everyone goes through, but the ones who fight it with smile actually live their lives, others just survive.

“Kal ho na ho” is story of Naina Catherine Kapoor, a young depressed girl. She has lost her father and her family members are always fighting. Burdened with emotional and financial problems she does find her solace in her best friend Rohit, But still she she takes everyday as a burden and baggage, hates to fall in love. Struggle has taken a troll on her and she has completely forgot how to smile. Over the years she has developed a feeling that love always hurts. Isn’t it similar with many of us who feels that their life is pointless and there is no reason to be happy and trust people again? Be it because of our heartbreak and family issues. We just keep probing ourselves – “Why me?”.

The character of Aman portrays someone who has a positive attitude, makes everyone happy, spread joy and most importantly bring back the smile to Naina. While watching the movie you get a feeling that there should be a Aman – an angel in your life too. When everything was falling into its place, there were feelings’ growing for each other too which brings a love triangle between Rohit, Aman and Naina. Kal Ho Naa Ho gives me so many forms of love between the characters that it still affects me deeply –

Letting it go – What I feel is that it’s much more than the ambit of love triangle, it’s about how a guy who loves a girl so much is letting her go to someone else because he know he won’t be there anymore. We heard this lines so many times, but KHNH actually shows it – Letting people go is also the part of your love for them. Such situation gives an apt for life; it never turns out the way we want it, as Aman due to his illness is never going to make it, but still choose to spread joy,

Courage – Rohit shows courage by loving a girl who is enormously in love with someone else. This needs immense amount of courage.

Loving Life – Most crucially Naina who was left again heart broken choose to live happily. This choice may sound easy to all of us but when we are thrown in to such conditions we generally choose to sulk and cry but Naina sheds her share of tears to move on and live life happily that Aman teaches her so beautifully.

Acceptance – Story of Jennifer (Naina’s mother) sets an example of epitome of love; by loving her step daughter to the core of the heart it shows a strong character of a woman and her capability to love beyond her hatred. Forgiveness is another form of love. Accepatance is even bigger tah just forgiving.

In the title song – Kal Ho Naa Ho, Director Nikhil Advani and Writer Karan Johar beautifully shows a sequence where Aman lives the life of Rohit for a day. In Rohit’s vision it may not be a perfect life but When Aman lives it, it’s so much more for him. For Aman who is dying single day of Rohit’s life is so beautiful. We always look at other people and think that they are blessed and so happy and at the same time ignores what is there in your today. There can’t be a more beautiful way of showing this.

The movie’s main plot does spread its message through a love triangle, but what as every individual should learn is that be it student, parents, relationships etc life will always trouble you with problems, there will be both moments of happiness and joys. As the lyrics of the very famous song goes “har gadi badal rahi dhoop zindagi, chauh hain kabhi kabhi hain dhoop zindagi”. Similarly life is like a collection of all seasons it is on us how much rain, summer we want. The touch of dharma productions makes it a larger than life movie the mixture of Gujju and Punjabi, a funny neighbour, pop star grandma adds to the laughs. So any given day you think it is over just remember you have got this day, live it to the fullest because you never know whether you have got tomorrow’s sunshine or not.

Dil Chahta Hai  – Friends Forever!

Dil Chahta Hai – Friends Forever!

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#71 #Scriptors100BestFilms #DilChahtaHai

Every now and then comes a movie that redefines the moviemaking standards. These movies are considered milestones. ‘Coming-of-age’ genre is something Indian filmgoers were not really aware of, until Dil Chahta Hai hit the screens.

I still remember my first impression after watching the movie 15 years ago – The film smelt like a freshly baked cookie. The freshness of this ‘cookie’ was so pleasant that it was impossible not to munch on it again and again. Freshness, in what terms, one might wonder. Let’s see.

The era that preceded ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ saw ‘urban’ film characters to be something like Suman and Prem, Nisha and Prem, Simran and Rahul, or Pooja and Rahul. They were, more or less, all the same – young, dreamy, believed in love, searching for ‘the one’, respectful of their parents, they even had typical names (I mean, come on, enough with the endless Rahuls and Prems and Nishas and Poojas.) Many of these films made a huge impact in their time and gave us great entertainment. However, the movie watching experience always felt like a ritual. As an audience we could predict a few things and we were seldom wrong.

Dil Chahta Hai had three protagonists, three friends – Aakash, Sameer, and Siddharth (Sid). They were, in my opinion, quite different from what I had seen so far. Aakash didn’t care a hoot about anything. He didn’t believe in love. He just fooled around. Sameer was different in a totally opposite way. He believed in love so much that he fell in love, let’s say ‘generously’. Something, that Indian filmgoers had seen only a heroine do, i.e. frantically search for ‘the one made in heaven’ – Remember Pooja from ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’? Then there was Sid, a surprisingly mature (for a Hindi film hero) and sorted artist, whose definition of love… Well, he didn’t have any definition. He didn’t believe in ‘searching’ for love. He believed in ‘being searched’ by love and he also believed the moment of love is most sudden and nothing of that moment may be what you expected.

Then there were heroines. Were they ‘typical’ heroines? May be. I mean a heroine has to be adorable, understanding, and pretty – this they all were. But Shalini, Pooja (Come on, one clichéd is allowed :-P), and Tara brought something extra, something individualistic to their personas. Shalini was a simple and naïve girl and despite being in a relationship out of obligation she found the strength to do the right thing. Pooja was as confused about love as Sameer was. Being a girl didn’t make her any more sorted than a boy. Tara… well, for one, she was older, two, she was a divorcee, and three, she was an alcoholic. Not a typical ‘girl’ to be paired with a hero in his 20’s, now was she?

But Farhan Akhtar, in his debut screenplay writing and directorial venture, brought these characters together and made it happen. Akhtar gets extra brownie points for being a fresher (this might be the quality that brought the ‘fresh cookie’ effect). Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy complimented the freshness of the movie with music that had something different, quite youthful (in a 21st century kindda way) to it.

The film didn’t require any ‘method acting’ worth of performances, but ‘staying true to the characters’ is a simple yet tricky thing that every actor in the film seemed to have achieved successfully. Aamir Khan (35), Saif Ali Khan (30), Akshay Khanna (25) – at that time – managed to get into the skins of the new college pass-outs in their early to mid twenties. Saif, in particular, was noted for resurrecting himself out of the hackneyed 90’s. He was such a good surprise!

Preity Zinta always looked interesting, and interesting she looked in this film as well. I personally remember her in this film for her amazingly fresh presence. In my opinion Shalini is one of the most desirable heroines of the Indian cinema. Sonali Kulkarni, a new find in the Hindi cinema but a well-known face in Marathi, was quite a refresher from the same old faces. With her darker complexion and (not exactly, but sort-of) geeky or intellectual style she made herself noticeable. Dimple Kapadia, a beautiful and talented actress, proved that she ‘experiments’ by doing a role opposite an actor 20 years her junior. Since then she has come a long way doing films such as ‘Being Cyrus’, ‘Luck By Chance’, ‘Finding Fanny’ (Thing to be noted – All young directors).

Now we see all such kind of things happening in Hollywood or many other world cinema. This ‘freshness’ in Dil Chahta Hai is worth a special appreciation because it happened in the mainstream Indian cinema that is, hate to admit, but is quite a clichéd. This freshness came at a prize – the movie was a success only in the metro cities and urban regions. The good thing is it didn’t affect its revenue despite the heavyweight competition from the films, such as Lagaan and Gadar.

Commercially and critically successful, Dil Chahta Hai is one of the must watch Indian films. It may never carry the grandeur of Mother India, Sholay, or DDLJ, but it has a lot of ‘original’ to offer and that we must not miss.

Jab We Met – Jab We Follow Our Heart

Jab We Met – Jab We Follow Our Heart

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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#50 #Scriptors100BestFilms #JabWeMet

Its as simple as that, you find love when you follow your heart. This masterpiece by #ImtiazAli changes many thing how i see this world. Life is not how you deal with it. It’s more how you take it. Its not a exam to pass, its a breeze to feel. “Funda thoda jyada ho gaya naa?” But this movie is a perfect amalgamation of philosophy and entertainment without each of them over taking the other.

Aimless Aditya (#ShahidKapoor) met narcissist Geet (#KareenaKapoor) in a train. Eventually they land up in a roller-coaster journey that helped Aditya to find what actually he is seeking for. Like we heard popularly that, lovers become more like each other when they fall in love. Aditya found himself more like Geet and that attitude gives him perspective to solve everything in his life. But here comes effect of Imtiaz’s most favorite poet #Rumi. Aditya love was selfless. He do not have Geet in her life but he has her love with him. Later when Geet faces the consequences of the decision she made for herself, Aditya helped her to become that Geet again who follows her heart. They both find their true love as they followed their heart.

This movie was not only heart warming and learning experience but also complete entertainer and trend setter. After #Sholay, #JabWeMet is the movie who’s dialogues was become a craze among indian cinema lovers especially young girls. Every second girl want to be like “Geet”. Undoubtedly “Geet” becomes one of the most loved characters of Indian films and Kareena will always be known for her performances. Both Kareena and Imtiaz (Best Dialogues) won Filmfare awards but in my humble opinion Shahid was the backbone of the film. Geet’s character was reflected on the reactions played by Shahid as Aaditya.

#JabWeMet  can easily be considered as one of the best love stories in modern indian cinema, more than that one of the most loved love story.

 

Barfi – Magic is always silent.

Barfi – Magic is always silent.

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#019 #Barfi #Scriptors100BestFilm I remember when I watched #AnuragBasu’s #Barfi I felt depressed by the end not because the movie was not good but because the love story of #Barfi and #Jhilmil was so good that you feel a big void in your own love life. We all strive for that one love which is ultimate and #Barfi silently tackles by using language of cinema.




Filled by mind-blowing performances by #RanbirKapoor, #PriyankaChopra and #IleanaDcruz, Barfi tells you the tale of deaf and mute #Barfi, his first love #Shruti and his final love #Jhilmil, an autistic girl. Live the moment, enjoy the day and shackles the boundaries is what #Barfi is to me. It’s also tells me that the happiness is not something to find outside, it’s an internal thing and need to be find inside.

The music of #Barfi has a melody that touches the strings of your hear directly. Definitely one of the #Pritam’s best album. Shot most in darjeeling, Barfi should also be mentioned for it’s cinematography by #RaviVarman, which reminds us the beauty in even the smallest of the things.




#Barfi won 7 awards at #FilmfareAwards, including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Music, Best Production Design and Best Debut Female performance. Barfi lingers on your mind for long long time.