Binge Now – Netflix “Wild Wild Country” on Osho is no less than “Game Of Thrones”

Binge Now – Netflix “Wild Wild Country” on Osho is no less than “Game Of Thrones”

Saurabh Bharat
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I remember clearly long back when I first looked at the book of Rajneesh Osho titled as the -“Sambhog Se Samadhi” – From Sex to Superconsciousness at a bookstore, my father immediately stoped me from buying it and said that it’s not for kids to read and somewhat it increases my curiosity about Osho a multiple times. Later when I actually read about his teachings, this was the first thing which I completely co-relate. “The more you try to repress something, the more you get curious about it. The expression is life and repression is suicide!”

Since then once in a while, I keep reading about Osho’s thoughts on various things. Though never feel an urge to follow it. (PS- I never ever feel an urge to follow any ideology) but the subtle curiosity about this man remains inside me and maybe that’s the reason when I get to know that Netflix is coming with a Documentary series on Rajneesh, His Time in States (Which is less known to Indians) and his relationship with Maa Anand Sheela, the subtleness of the curiosity vapours up and the eagerness replaces it very soon. I binged it as soon as possible, my jaw drops countless times and now I am writing this. These are my first thoughts and I am expressing it as they are coming to me, so bear with me if they are incoherent.

How international media reports this series –

Rajneesh came to fame in the late ’60s and ’70s as he attracted followers from all over the world to his ashram in Pune, India, which was known for intensely liberating group therapy and meditation sessions, as well as a free attitude toward sex. (He was nicknamed the “sex guru.”) In 1981, when the documentary begins, Rajneesh is relocating to rural Oregon to build a massive community on 80,000 acres of ranchland.

While it all began with peace and love, it ended with attempted murder, the exploitation of thousands of homeless people, and cult leaders who ordered the poisoning of an entire town by spraying salad bars with salmonella.

So here are my reasons on why you should binge it right away.

THE LESSER-KNOWN PARTS – There are certain other documentaries on Rajneesh/Osho before this one but being a millennial Indian I was mostly read his thoughts and teachings but majorly unaware about his whole time in Oregon, USA. What I knew before watching this that Rajneesh had a quite an eventful stay in the United States where even the more progressive country on the planet finds his teachings and commune a threat to the social structure and later he got deported to India. Also about Maa Anand Sheela who was the secretary to Rajneesh and some way responsible for the rise and fall of Rajneesh. But “Wild Wild Country” goes way deeper than the usual information. After almost 35 Years to the whole set of events the makers able to trace down the key people and bring to us the various aspects of the events. The events which were so surreal and bizarre that if I start telling you now you will either disbelieve me or you will hate me to give spoilers just like in the case of “Game of Thrones”. But with giving much of the spoilers, Just a small info can raise the curiosity bar about this documentary. The city of Rajneeshuram which the follower of Osho built in the area of 64000 acres which has its own police and own airlines named as “Air Rajneesh”.  Rest is you to explore through this documentary.

 

 

ROSHOMON TREATMENT –  After the 1950 cult classic of Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, there was a term arises named as ” Rashomon Effect” where when the same event is given contradictory interpretations by different individuals involved. The makers of “Wild Wild Country” maintained Rashomon Effect while telling the whole story. The various contradictory perspectives of people will make you indulge in the whole story so much that you want to know more and more. Maybe because we as a human being are very judgemental creatures and hence we need to categorize everything and every person into our own sets of “Rights” and “Wrongs” but this documentary will not let you do that till the very end. When you start to believe that it was the fault of power-hungry woman – Maa Sheila, something will make you think that she was indeed the one who was actually was holding the fort against all sorts of problems. When you start to believe that the whole commune is actually doing something great, the truths that get revealed will make us question on each and everything. The makers don’t even show any mercy on the Federal “So-Called” Democratic US government. They, directly and indirectly, points out that how insecure they were from the rise of Rajneesh. Especially the post-climax 15 minutes of the last 6th Part of the documentary where all the key people concludes the whole story in their own way. This reminds me of how beautiful a documentary can be if it doesn’t try to take sides.

 

THE BETTER THRILLER THAN FICTIONS – We always heard this- “Truth is always stranger than fiction.” but the real-life story of the Rising of A Guru, Rise of a new religion, A disciple’s obsession, the crazy things happen as a result of insecurity, the differences and the fall of all of it is no less than a thriller having unbelievable twists and turns. Over here I need to mention the score given by Brocker Way and the editing done by Neil Meiklejohn simply heightens the thrill and drama factor to another height. No doubt some may find it a bit long but believe me the six hours that you gonna spend watching this is gonna be so satisfying at so many levels that the length will stop being an issue. Though they focus majorly on the US episode of the Rajneesh and Maa Sheela’s life you will still feel that this story had so much more to explore and as a viewer, I want to know more. Like I felt that I missed Rajneesh’s version of the whole thing. Rajneesh was so unapproachable that we barely get to know what was going on in his mind. I wish he would have given more interviews and somehow we could have depicted his thought process about the events like Maa Sheela’s version. 

 

 

THE DEPICTION OF US – Somewhere “Wild Wild Country” connects to each one of us. With so many different perspectives you may find yourself on the screen at least in one of them. Either you could be Maa Anand Sheela was in love with her Guru and the power she got with him but eventually, not only her love became an obsession. Or you can find yourself to be a normal citizen of Antelope who just wants to live the life inside the set parameters without questioning it much. You can identify yourself with the Australian Woman follower of Rajneesh who came for the search of this peace and ultimate happiness but then eventually lost her path and but the end of the day find happiness in the world she was always running from.  Or you can be that ultimate follower who just never loses the faith in his Guru or believe till the very end like the Lawyer of Rajneesh. Many such characters somewhere reflect our desires and conflicts in this docu-series and you unknowingly become a part of it. Though somewhere they could have indulged a bit more on Rajneesh’s teachings I guess that was a conscious decision so that they could have maintained the neutral viewpoint.

So here we are recommending you to watch binge this and let us what do you think of it. To make you more curious here is the trailer for it.

“The Shape Of Water” & “Pari” – A good example of “Creative Coincidence”?

“The Shape Of Water” & “Pari” – A good example of “Creative Coincidence”?

Saurabh Bharat
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So Yesterday Guilmero del Toro’s “The Shape Of Water” won the Best Picture Award at the Oscars. Where everyone is going gaga about this cinematic story of a mute girl falling in love with a creature which can be called as an “Amphibian Man”, I was wondering whether the writers Abhishek Banerjee and Prosit Roy can actually see the similarities with the Oscar Winner?

Before you jump to conclusions, I want to make it clear. I don’t think both films inspired each other. They are completely separate and independent piece of art developed without knowing the content of each other. The production of “Pari” started in June 2017 so it must have been written/conceived almost a year ago. Whereas “The Shape Of Water” released in December 2017 (In India it got released very recently). But Why am I thinking so in the first place? Well, you may or may not agree with the idea of “Creative Co-incidence” in this case but there is no harm and in thinking that “Yes! It’s not that complex a story which can’t be conceived by two creative minds at the same time?”

Here are my points (SPOILER ALERT) –

1. The “Monster” or “Creature”– Both the movies have a creature which is not a human being. In Pari it is Ruksana played by Anushka Sharma who is the daughter of a “Jinn” and in “The Shape Of Water(TSOW)” it is the asset or the Amphibian Man captured from some remote area. In both movies, people are considering these creatures as “Monsters” whereas they both have a loving and humane side to their personalities. They both require certain things to survive. One needs water and one needs to take out her own poison. They both have some unique powers too and they both love food. Though in “Pari” this monster looks like a normal girl whereas in TSOW it looks like a Fish-Man. They both fall in love with fellow humans and even have sexual intercourse with them. Too much similarity? Well, let’s move ahead.

2. The Human- In TSOW- Sally Hawkins plays this mute girl Elisa who works as a cleaner in a Scientific Research facility have quite a lot common with the Parambrata Chatterjee’s character- Arnab in “Pari”. In the movie, Arnab plays a guy who never had friends. Who used to speak so less that his mother used to fear that one day he will lose his capability to speak. Sally Hawkins just does not has the capability to speak. She is already mute. They both play underdogs and loners and they both have soft corners for the misfits. That is the reason that they both give space to the “monsters” in their house and eventually falls in love with them. Though Elisa turns out to be braver than Arnab and hence goes an extra mile to save the creature.

3. The Human Antagonists-  The antagonist TSOW Richard Strickland played by Michael Shannon and Professor Qasim Ali Played by Rajat Kapoor have striking similarities. Qasim Ali’s eye was damaged by the mother of Ruksana (Anushka Sharma) whereas Strickland’s fingers have been damaged by the amphibian man. They both are quite strong headed in their thought process and they both want to torture this creature. They both believe that the creature has no rights for the sympathy of humans. Their way of working is also so similar. Torturous and unethical. They both face the same fate in the respective movies.

4. The Story- Though the storyline is not that similar. One starts from a scientific facility and other starts in Jungle nearby Kolkata. The similarity lies in the fact that the humans try to save and nurture the creatures and the delicate bond that develops between them. Though the end of both the movies is far apart, this one thing covers the major screen time.

One can call this comparison absolutely absurd and it may be. But what I would love to call it is – Synchronicity or Creative Co-incidence, which is not that uncommon in our day to day life if we see. One may not be able to like Pari as much as The Shape of Water but the reason for it is simple. Pari is portrayed as a “Horror Flick” and has its pros and cons attached to the genre whereas “The Shape Of Water” is more like a drama with a happier ending in comparison to it’s Indian counterpart. “Pari” may not be a perfect film but it is definitely a film which pushes the envelope just like Shape of Water. It tries to bring the “Other” side. Anushka could choose a more commercial story and Prosit could have utilized the glam attached to the actor but they choose otherwise and hence the makers (Anushka & Prosit Roy) should be appreciated for this effort.

These Quotes from Kung fu Panda Series Can Be Your Life Mantras!

These Quotes from Kung fu Panda Series Can Be Your Life Mantras!

Prakash Khare

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So I have watched Kung Fu Panda for the 80th time yesterday and hence was repeating a few of the quotes while watching it. I am sure those quotes are no less than a “Life Lessons” from some great guru! Here are what I have compiled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us know which one is your favorite. Mine is all of them.

Movie Bloopers That Made The Final Cut.

Movie Bloopers That Made The Final Cut.

Uddipta Baruah

Uddipta Baruah

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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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Logan – The Epic Finale

Logan – The Epic Finale

Uddipta Baruah

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A few months after the success of Deadpool, Fox announced the production of Wolverine 3 also known as Logan. March 3rd will see the release of Logan, the final movie in the Wolverine franchise directed by James Mangold, who directed The Wolverine as well.

Jackman’s Wolverine has become one of the most distinguishable characters in movie history. A memorable ending such as Logan is excitedly anticipated by fans, and we can only hope it will live up to the hype.

Keeping this in mind, here are some very cool facts about the movie:

  1. Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine.

02Hugh Jackman has played the role of Wolverine for the ninth time in the X-Men movie franchise and it is considered that it’ll be his last appearance. Jackman had decided to retire from this iconic role for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless, Jackman has played this iconic role for a record 17 years.




Hopefully, we get a great send off for his character and pass of his adamantium claws to a worthy successor.

  1. Patrick Stewart’s first major role in a Wolverine movie and his last appearance as Professor X.

04Patrick Stewart made his debut as Professor Charles Xavier in the first X-men movie in the year 2000. Over the years, Stewart as Professor X acted as Logan’s companion and guide but hasn’t had any significant role in any of the Wolverine movies. The Logan movie will feature Steward’s first major role in a Wolverine movie, older and weaker and deal with a memory loss.




It’s also reported that it’ll be Steward’s last appearance as Professor Charles Xavier. During a chat with ITV News, Steward stated, “I would imagine that this is probably the end of the franchise for me”.

  1. Graphic novel.

06It is based on a graphic novel. This film draws inspiration from Wolverine: Old Man Logan. This comic issue depicts the story of an old and weary Wolverine in a post-apocalyptic world as shown in the trailer as Wolverine ages.

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  1. Fate of other Mutants?

08This is probably one of the unforgettable images in the entire trailer which shows Logan wearing a suit in a graveyard and drinking and a funeral is taking place in the background.

Logan proceeds to Xavier and says that “mutants, they’re all gone”, suggesting that every mutant and every single member of the X-Men family are killed.

This arises a lot of questions as to how they were all killed. How only Logan and the Professor were able to survive. It’s a great way to set the tenor of the movie and raising the curiosity of the audiences.

  1. X-23.

10In the comics, Laura Kinney, X-23 is the clone daughter of Wolverine. The movie will focus on her origins as she is the new and the most vital part of the movie as shown in the trailers.



  1. Game of Thrones’ star in Logan.

12Another Game of Thrones series character joins the X-men franchise. In Logan, Swazi-English actor Richard E. Grant will start as a villainous scientist known as Zander Rice. Richard is known for playing the Braavosian performer Izembaro in the series of Game of Thrones.

13Grant is actually the fourth Game of Thrones actor to appear in the X-men movies. The other three actors are Peter Dinklage who plays the role of Tyrion Lannister, played Bolivar Trask in X-men: Days of Future Past,

Edward George “Ed” Skrein who had recurring roles of Daario Naharis, played the villainous role of Ajax in Deadpool

15and Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, played the role of young Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse.

  1. Idea from a video game?

17One of the first things many of us notice was how visually similar of the movie’s overall tone to the popular video game “The last of Us”. It is due to the fact that Logan’s likeness to the game’s main character, Joel, who is also trying to save the life of a young girl named Ellie and the father/daughter scenario, both in the movie and the game makes it even more comparable. Both the story starts in a post-apocalyptic world, showing us the similarity between Logan and The Last of Us.



  1. The Villain.

18Boyd Holbrook plays Donald Pierce as the antagonist in the movie Logan. He is the lead of the criminal Cyborg Unit known as The Reavers, bound on destroying the mutants and a fierce enemy of the X-Men.

The character is depicted as a cyborg in the comics and maybe also in the film, as we can see him wearing a cybernetic arm in the Logan trailer.

  1. Matching combats.

There is a part of the trailer that shows Logan’s and someone else’s claws near his face. We can be absolutely certain that Logan will be facing himself off with other experiments very similar to himself. It would be interesting to see someone as strong as Logan in a matching duel.



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

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

Uddipta Baruah

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

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

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



  1. Alice in Wonderland.

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



  1. Jumanji.

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

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



  1. War of the Worlds.

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



  1. The Chronicles of Narnia Trilogy.

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



  1. Forrest Gump.

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

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



  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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

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



  1. Jurassic Park.

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



  1. Harry Potter Series.

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



  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

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

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



  1. The Shawshank Redemption.

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