Okay! So first thing first. As a millennial, it’s quite impossible to miss the sappy quotes of Rumi shared by your overtly romanticizing friends on social media. But still, if you haven’t taken the pain to google “Rumi” let us do that for you. In Brief, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī aka Maulana was a 13th-century Persian Poet and Islamic Scholar. Later in his life, he met a dervish (a member of a Muslim (specifically Sufi) religious order who has taken vows of poverty and austerity) – Shams which changed his life completely. The meeting of two often considered as the meeting of soulmates and even though the end tragic, their love for each other is later become the inspiration of poetic work of Rumi. At the present day, Rumi is one of the most read poetic across the globe, even in a country like the USA which has prevalent Islamophobia.
Coming to Imtiaz Ali. His cinematic work is majorly confined to love and self-discovery. His movie “Tamasha” is not successful at the box office in churning numbers still manages to have quite a number of followers who loved the movie and its subtext. This includes me too. Though Imtiaz Ali’s all films are somewhere based on Rumi’s Philosophy, Tamasha stands out because it kind of depicts the love story of Rumi and Shams. Let’s decipher the connections.
The Names – The name of the character played by Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha was Ved and Tara respectively. As we all know Ved means old Knowledge laden scriptures written as a guide to a “Perfect” Lifestyle. Rumi was a Maulana also and used to teach his pupils about Holy Quran and the way of life according to it. In Hindi, Tara means Star. In Persian, Shams means Sun which is a star. Okay, so this may sound a bit forced connection to you. Let’s move to next.
The Story – Rumi was a famous Maulavi in Iran, who used to live by the rules and books and even used to interpret that for others till the time he met a dervish illiterate mystic – Shams, and everything changed after that. Shams sensed the real “Rumi” inside maulana and forced him to question on whatever he was believing for decades. Now the story of Tamasha. It’s not a mere coincidence that the lead of “Tamasha” – Ved was living a rules-abiding life till he meets Tara ( Shams means Sun in Persian, that is also a star). Remember the first scene of Tara when she traveling to a far land Corsica and had no money. She was begging for life. Isn’t that a dervish lifestyle just like Shams. Tara eventually re-evokes a deep desire in Ved to find his own story.
Self Discovery- In Rumi and Shams story, Shams leaves Rumi and disappears for a while forcing Rumi to start a journey in his search but eventually Rumi discovers himself and becomes of the mystic and poet he always destined to be. In Tamasha, Tara also leaves Ved saying that I thought you were someone and but you are not that person. When Tara leaves Ved, Ved loses his mind and start questioning everything and eventually discovers his calling – He also becomes a storyteller too.
The Creation – We all know the famous Dervish Dance whose adulterated form that we have seen in many Hindi Films. That dance was originally created by Rumi and Shams as the “Whirling Dance of Sema”. The creation of something spiritual and artistic also results in the Imtiaz Ali’s story in the end when Ved creates Stage Show!
Imtiaz has always been inspired by Rumi and hence even the in the “Rockstar” he clearly used the couplet of Rumi’s poetry – “Far away beyond the ideas of right and wrong, there is a beautiful land- I will meet you there”. Recently in Harry Met Sejal the tagline of the film itself was – “What you seek, Is seeking you!” again a Rumi Quote.
Still Imtiaz quote Rumi in an interview – “ Appear as you are and become as you look.”Tamasha is definitely ahead of time if not flawless. Tamasha defies the norms of society which always kills the artist inside us who is no one else but a child survived.
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.
So the year started with underwhelming “Padmavati” with no “I” in the end. But What exactly worked for me was “The End”. Not that I am saying that film was so bad that I was waiting for the end, I want to express that I really liked the “Never Ending” stairs and magnificent trademark walk of Bhansali’s actress on a grand background score. PS: I am not being Sarcastic here. I really liked it. Though watching it again on Amazon Prime make me pause the video and give me a chance to count the stairs which disturbs the geography and maths at the same time. Also, that made me realize that “Jauhar Kund” use to be like a well (In Hindi -Kuan) in which the ladies used to jump after getting it on fire, but Jumping is so “Ugly” so let’s make them walk. Right?
Okay! so I digressed a bit. Coming back to the second super hit of the year – “Sonu Ki Tittu Ki Sweety” which happens to open with some really “Big Numbers” (PS: These numbers thing is another topic I would love to digress even more but let’s save that for some other time). Everyone including some big critics who happens to dislike the film cannot deny the fact that the film was quite funny. Though to me it was close to Sasu Bahu Drama which I watch on Indian Television every day, just the variation was that instead of Saas and Bahu, they (Luv Ranjan & Rahul Mody) replaced it with Lover and Male Lover… ummm Sorry, Girlfriend and Boyfriend…. Uh ho! Sorry again… Girlfriend and Best Friend! Yeah now this is right according to the story! Though this deviated yet entertaining “Saas Bahu” Drama hits the chord precisely and audience proved that they like watching movies only for the entertainment.
if the charity would be a criterion, no criminal will be punished.
But still, quite a substantial part of Film Critic world claimed that SKTKS is extremely misogynist and sexist. It portrays females in a very dark light just like almost all of the Ranjan’s films (Pyaar Ka Punchnama 1 and 2). But I logically disagree. PKP Series really had some vicious and manipulative female characters but Sweety played by Nushrat Bharucha was not even close to those characters. Weirdly by the end of the film, my sympathies titled towards her. Reasons? Well, let’s think about it. (PS: There can be certain spoiler ahead)
What exactly Sweety has done wrong? – In my opinion, Nothing. She loved Tittu and when she has found out that Sonu is an over controlling friend, she just confronted Sonu. Mostly she was just reacting to “actions” done by Sonu (Played by Kartik Aaryan) and that also in a minimalistic pattern. She believes in Vegetarianism and she believes that one should have a certain lifestyle. And yes! She tries to prove that her way is the right way. But then who doesn’t do that? She has pre-marital sex with Tittu or you can say she lure him to have sex with her but then again. That doesn’t make her character evil at all. She hasn’t “Raped” him!
Whereas if you compare her from Sonu and other men of the movie, she will come across as someone who is actually doing right. To me, Sonu was a jealous friend who had a pre-conceived notion about Sweety and hence he tries every trick in the book to break Tittu and Sweaty apart. From bringing her past to luring the ex-GF of Tittu, Sonu literally turns into a layered character who was so much in love with Tittu that he lost his objectivity of why at the first place he is doing all this?
“Arrey koi itna bhi achcha ho sakta hai kya?” Sonu said this at one point and hence writers make it very clear that Sweety is actually sweet and Sonu is paranoid. Even the other men of the story. They lie to their partners. They manipulate them and even swear on to save each other’s asses. They bitch and gossip around. Even tries to make evil plans just like some vamp of the Indian Television. Some may think that the character of First Girlfriend was shown as a “Gold Digger” but wait! What happened in the last, Ranjan beautifully redeem that character through Sweety only.
I think, over here the writers Luv Ranjan and Rahul Mody was pretty clear what he was trying to do. I think they started to revive their image when they started writing by showing this vicious side of males but then obviously the success of PKP2 and the cult status of PKP overpowers this thought and they tried to make their female protagonist Sweety a Humanised Version of Devil. But I think this is the only place they failed. They made her SAY that -“I am Devil” again and again but there was no action to justify that. In the end, when she tells the truth to Tittu regarding the ex-GF sudden appearance more than the devil, she becomes “Madhuri Dixit” of Beta to me. Even when Tittu asks Sonu in the very climax- “When did you get to know that She is a devil”, Sonu replies – “She herself said that!” I mean seriously. Man! She might be joking. You need to have some action to support her verbal claim but sorry I was not able to see that claim. I even felt sad for her because she somehow chose a wrong gullible man who has no thought process of his own.
Even after saying all this, SKTKS was a superb entertainer and I have no doubts regarding that. But unlike previous Ranjan’s work, this one was not Misogynist but yes sexist in a bit different way. It tarnishes the image of men and shows that they are hypocrites who claim that “Females usually play mind games and manipulates” whereas they themselves as no less! Somewhere Kartik Aaryan made this character so palpable and relatable (Especially through “Tera Yaar Hoon Main?” Song ) that we may end up giving our sympathies to him. I might be wrong or may be right, in both cases, Ranjan never claimed that he has taken an oath towards gender balanced cinema. Neither we as audience ever behaved like that.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
Our Hindi Film Industry loves chemistry. Let’s be more specific. Hindi Film Industry loves “Formula”. The formula for Success to be even more specific. Since the success of Dangal, Neerja, MS Dhoni and many such biopics at the box office, it looks like the Bollywood writers have got their new success Mantra. There are more than 15 Biopics that are announced for next 2 years, out of with 13 are most probably going to release in 2018. This figure doesn’t include the biopics which are not officially announced.
Let’s see the list of these 13 Movies which will make 2018 – A Year of Biopics in Bollywood.
1. Accidental Prime Minister – In this Biopic Anupam Kher is going to play the Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The film is based on the 2014 memoir of the same name by Sanjaya Baru. It is directed by Vijay Gutte who is turning Director from this but the interesting aspect is that Hansal Mehta is writing it for the screen who has earlier made Shahid which was also a biopic based on the life of Lawyer Shahid Azmi. What we can’t wait is to see the casting apart from Anupam Kher. I mean who is going to play Mrs. Sonia Gandhi?
2. Super 30- This is under talk for a long time. Queen Director Vikas Bahl has taken rights from Anand Kumar to make a Biopic on his life. Anand Kumar, who is a renowned mathematician and teacher running a special school for underprivileged kids since 2002. With More than 390 students from his institute has been selected to IIT colleges, Mr. Anand gains international glory with even Discovery covered him in one of its documentaries. As far as we know, Hrithik Roshan is going to play Anand Kumar.
3. Manikarnika- With this Biopic, the Queen of our industry is literally turning into a Queen on screen. Kangana Ranaut is all set to play “Rani Laxmi Bai” in Manikarnika- The Queen Of Jhansi. Many of us have doubt about the title but Manikarnika was the original name of Rani Laxmi Bai, which makers have decided to pick as the main title. Earlier Sushmita Sen also tried to make a Biopic on the life of warrior queen of Jhansi but for some reasons, the film got shelved. Later, Ketan Mehta tried it for a long time. Allegedly, He even approached Kangana to play the title role. But now, We can see that Krish is directing this film whereas Bahubali Writer Mr. Vijayendra Prasad is writing the screenplay. TV Actress Ankita Lokhande is also going to play an important role in this feature. It was long due for Bollywood to make a movie on Legendary Laxmi Bai. We just hope it matches our expectations.
4. Gold- Based on the life of legendary hockey player Balbir Singh Sr., This Biopic covers the story of the first Gold Medal win by independent India in Olympics Games. This is a comeback film of director Reema Kagti who has earlier directed Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd and Talaash. The most interesting part of the project is that Akshay Kumar is collaborating with Excel Entertainment for the first time. This is gonna be one epic historical sports drama.
5. Soorma – Another Hockey Drama but this time a bit contemporary story. Soorma is based on the life of legendary hockey player Sandeep Singh who was paralyzed and wheelchair-bound for 2 years after an accidental gunshot injured him in 2006. The film’s tagline is “The Greatest Comeback Story of the Hockey Legend Sandeep Singh”. Fighting against all odds, Sandeep got back on his feet and made a stunning comeback in 2008. India won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2009 under his captainship and went on to qualify for the London Olympics 2012. Casting can’t be perfect – Diljit Dosanjh and Taapsee Pannu. The film is directed by Shaad Ali, yes Saathiya and Okay Jaanu’s director.
6. Rakesh Sharma Biopic- India’s first cosmonaut – First man to go into space from India. We all know his name- Rakesh Sharma but we don’t know the story behind this man. Siddharth Roy Kapur is producing this film. Aamir Khan and Priyanka Chopra was supposed to do this film together but the latest development is that Aamir has walkred out of the project and now Shahrukh Khan is going to play the title role. Whatever is the cast going to be, We hope that we will see this film in 2018 only. Though chances are bleak.
7. Pad Man- According to Wikipedia, Arunachalam Muruganatham is a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He is the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine and is credited for innovating grass-roots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. His mini-machines, which can manufacture sanitary pads for less than a third of the cost of commercial pads, have been installed in 23 of the 29 states of India. He is currently planning to expand the production of these machines to 106 nations. In 2014, TIME magazine placed him on its list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2016, he was awarded Padma Shri by Government of India. Supposedly Twinkle Khanna chased him to get the right of his story. R. Balki has written the screenplay and directing this project. But interestingly a movie named “phullu” which got released unceremoniously has a very similar storyline.
8. Padmavati- Lot of people won’t accept this as a viable entry in this list as there is no historical proof of the existence of Rani Padmini of Chittor. But even if we ignore this fact, Padmavati has many real-life characters like Khilji and Ratan Singh. Though Padmavati is supposed to release on 1 Dec 2017 but then we all know what has happened. We just hope that film gets a proper release in 2018. Can’t you see Deepika in PRAYER MODE? Jokes apart! We want to watch it because end of the day it’s a Bhansali’s Film.
9. Dutt/Sanju- Sanjay Dutt’s Life story Plus Raj Kumar Hirani as Writer and Director and for the first time trying something out of his comfort zone. Plus Ranbir Kapoor playing the title role. Do we need more reasons to wait for this? Love, Thrill, Action, Drama, Ups, and Downs, This is gonna be one of the most anticipating films of 2018. I just hope that it matches to our expectations.
10. Gustakhiyan- We all heard about the famous Love Story of Sahir Ludhyanvi and Amrita Pritam but we definitely don’t know the whole story. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has announced this film with Priyanka Chopra long ago. Shahrukh Khan was supposed to play Sahir but then again there are obvious reasons that we are not going to see Shahrukh and Priyanka together on screen in near future. Most probably Sushant Singh Rajput is going to play Sahir now as per the rumors.
11. Mogul- Gulshan Kumar, the cassette king of India. His start was full of struggle but then his success was tremendous but his end was equally tragic. His company T Series is still biggest music company in India. Akshay Kumar is going to play the title role. This is going to be the second film of Akshay and Subhash Kapoor together after Jolly LLB2. We just hope that they don’t cut away the controversial side of his story and even try to throw a bit light on his murder.
12. Manto- The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title character of the Indo-Pakistani author, writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Rasika Duggal plays the role of Manto’s wife named Safiah. The film is written and Directed by Nandita Das. Manto was a Pakistani writer, playwright, and author considered among the greatest writers of short stories in South Asian history. Though he was more famous for his controversial thoughts and portrayals of society. Das made a short film titled In Defence of Freedom, also starring Nawazuddin in the main role, and was released on YouTube on 23 March 2017. It was made as a prelude to the feature film. Believe me, the short film is good enough to raise the curiosity.
13. Thackray- We all know about the Late Bala Saheb Thackray. His control over the politics of Maharashtra was undoubtful. But no one ever tried to show his Biopic on screen before. Though Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar was inspired by him. But that was definitely more of a “Godfather’s” Indian remake than Thackray’s Biopic. This time it’s official and the expectations are sky high since we saw the teaser and Nawazuddin playing Bala Saheb with uncanny similarities.
We just hope that this formula works for Indian Cinema.
PS: We don’t mind to see some complete fictions too.Though we have another list where we have listed a full set of Biographies we would love to see on Indian Screen. Click on this link –
Biographies That Should Have Been Made In Bollywood
Luv Ranjan and Kartik Aryan are back with their 4th film together- Sonu Ke Tittu Ki Sweety. As crazy as the title sounds, the trailer looks equally whacky and hilarious. In one line, A best friend (Kartik Aryan) is trying to break the marriage of his buddy (Sunny Singh) because he wants to “Save” him from this girl (Nushrat).
When this Luv and Kartik first came together in 2012 in “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” – No one was expecting that this new director and this new face can create such magic among the boys that soon the film will gain a cult status. What actually worked there? Well, one can say hilarious dialogues and nice performances but gaining a cult status is something not in one’s control. It was actually the relatability. Each and every boy of the country who has watched the film somewhere able to connect with at least one or more male protagonists who were badly stuck in a relationship. Not only that end of the day the decoding of “Bro Code” by the director and writer Luv was a bullseye. The subtext that a brother cum friend is always standing beside you whenever you are going to face rejection or heartbreak is something that transcends to the young audience fabulously and who can forget the monologue of Kartik which was one of the most reposted and shared video among the college groups.
They tried a bit different thing from “AkaashVani” but failed. Nevertheless, even Akashvani ha a hint of Bromance Cinema a lot with the supporting characters.
Then they are back with “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” which became one of the most anticipated films of 2016. “Problem Kya Hai?” whenever someone says this line, one feels like starting the second monologue of Kartik in PKP2. This installment has taken the “Bromance Cinema” to another level where buddies are not only enjoying each other’s company but also standing up in each other’s thick and thin. It was an instant hit!
And now they are back with a bang. This is the time they are not subtle which I am liking it. The trailer itself says that it’s the Bromance Vs Romance. It’s a tough a fight no doubt but what makes it interesting the fact that Kartik and Nushrat are fighting over the guy which is unusual because in previous 3 films of Luv Ranjan, one thing that was constant that Kartik and Nushrat were paired together. Well, who knows maybe this time also they will end up together? Well, that may be a little predictable if that happens.
Nevertheless, This Bromance Cinema is long due in Hindi Films. We had friend’s films where 3 or 4 guys were going and having fun together but getting the nuances and peculiarities correct is now the forte of this Actor-Director couple. Being a girl it’s a bit odd to like this sort of cinema but believes me, inside their heart, every girl must be asking- How come Luv Ranjan decoded me so easily? Well, the answer must be hidden in his past. Who knows? But what we know is that we can watch this trailer a few more times. My only complaint is that Just the word “Chu**tiya” is overused. I am done with that word.
Watch the trailer here:
You may have liked or disliked the last year release of Ranbir Kapoor- “Jagga Jasoos” but few things about the movie was remarkable which no one can deny. Yes! The first obvious thing that comes to our mind was the songs and especially “Galti Se Mistake” and it’s choreography. The second thing which as an audience we tend to forget or ignore is editing.
With a record shoot of 4 years, Jagga Jasoos was a long story to tell and to maintain the pace and enthuse throughout the film only through songs and the beats was a humongous task for an editor. It sounds great that at Zee Cine Awards this year they have recognized the work beyond box office success. Ajay Sharma who was working as an editor in the industry since 2006, gets his due recognition from Jagga Jasoos. Earlier he as edited “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” last year. One may ask the question that why such a lengthy film won an editing award? What makes this film’s editing an award-winning work? Here are 5 Reasons –
Record Amount of Footage- The film has been shot over a period of 4 years with a lot of patience and hard work. But this results in the surplus amount of footage to edit which is always a challenge for an editor. Not only to put the everything on the timeline but to be honest towards the story and to maintain the pace is a tough task. You can imagine that it took almost 12 hours to watch just the train sequence rushes of a particular scene out of which only a few seconds ends up in the final edit of the film. Yeah! 12 Hours!
Unique Musical Film – Jagga’s biggest adventure was not on screen but behind the screen. Director Anurag Basu has picked up a challenge of making an all-in-all musical for Hindi Screen for the first time. What does that mean? It means there are songs on the 80-90% of the screen time. So it becomes a film which is going to be a reference on its own. There are musicals in Hollywood but then you cannot edit Indian Musicals with western sensibilities and when you know that there is no reference to the work you are doing, the work becomes difficult. Master Storytelling of Anurag Basu complimented by the editing of Ajay Sharma makes Jagga possible.
Episodic yet Bigger Story – Jagga’s story has many adventures as different episodes. Each adventure different from the other and yet one has to tell the wholesome story in the larger arc. A son is looking for his foster father. Makers have consciously taken a difficult path and they have also faced the heat from many people including the critics and a part of the audience but I am sure they knew what they were doing. It was this sort of storytelling by the editor and the director which makes Jagga a compelling watch to me at least and definitely a unique watch!
Action Based Film – Jagga Jasoos was a heavy action based film and it is a no hidden fact that editing of an action film is always difficult. With multiple shots, certain emotional pointsh shots of micro durations the whole editing becomes a tedious job and when you are editing a film like Jagga, one may tend to lose the perspective due to the tiresome job. Kudos to the editor that he maintained the perspective. Means Jagga slows down also at a certain emotional points which are extremely important for maintaining the emotional quotient of the story.
Children’s Film – End of the day Jagga Jasoos was a children film BUT with lots of brains. So it expects even the child audience to put their brains on the screen and watch it. Maintaining the entertainment, colors, and actions it should appeal to it’s audience which basically has the tendency to lose the concentration after a point. I remember the editor telling me as to how he used to show the parts of the edit to the daughters of Director Anurag Basu just to take their input as what they are liking and what they didn’t like. It easy to cut and edit what you like, it is always difficult to do it what others may like. Right?
As the character of Tooti Frooti explains the two sides of brain in an intial scene of the film, Jagga is definitely made with the Right Side (Creative) of the brain and with lots of heart. It would have been greater to hear that Jagga also won Best Cinematography and Best Actor but that’s just too much to expect from Indian Award Shows. Right? We wish that people will eventually understand the uniqueness of Jagga Jasoos and film will enter in the list of those timeless classics which were rejected initially but becomes a cult later.