Immortals of Meluha starcast

Recently I’ve dinished reading the first installment of the Shiva trilogy- The immortals of Meluha. It was a good read. The entire book seemed to me like a readymade script. So while I was reading the book I could visualize the film that it was going to be. According to me following are the actors who can do justice to the film:

Shiva – A character that demands swagger, shrewedness could be best portrayed by none other than the bollywood Greek god Hrithik Roshan. Ajay Devgn would be a close second.

Sati – A Beutiful warrior princess. Only Priyanka Chopra could bring life to such a wonderful character.

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Dabangg – A Movie Watching Experience

I was very skeptical about the meaning of Dabangg until I watched the movie today. “Dabangg” is the word for fearless and bold people who do not go by norms and make their own rules. Believe me, the movie was true to it’s name.

I watched the movie along with my parents at a local cinema hall and it was an incredible experience. I am not going the describe the plot or the line up of events of the film. So the post remains to be a non-spoiler alert. 🙂

Debutant director, Abhinav Singh Kashyap, has made a deliberate attempt at directing an ordinary script in an extraordinary way. The movie is a remarkable amalgamation of strong dialogues and powerful action sequences. The strength in the dialogues is marked by both the strong accent of North-Indian Hindi as well as Salman Khan’s buffoonery style of delivering them. The action sequences are good but they are a bit long and sometimes I felt like they were unnecessary. I cannot but help myself from saying that they were redundant, no matter how genuine they seemed to be. Apart from these, the movie is filled with some nice compositions including an item number, Munni Badnaam Hui.

Watching Dabangg in a cinema Hall was a completely different experience altogether. We were accompanied by a loud, noise-making audience that whistled and danced at every dialogue/song. As soon as the movie started, the local audience started complaining about closing the entry doors in their characteristic way. That was followed by Salman Khan’s entry which was received with a huge response. For some time, we were not even able to hear the words uttered by the actor.  The audience went gaga for every little action that Salman performed on the screen. For every song, the audience cheered up, danced and created a lot of ruckus by throwing coins and currency notes. The energy in the crowd was so high that for a moment I felt as if I was in a rock show and Slash had appeared on the stage.

The fashion sense in my town is highly inspired by the Indian cinema. Everybody in the town today owns a pair of Ray-Ban glasses, just like the ones worn by Sallu. And even the style of keeping them on the backside of the collar has also been copied. I learned about that new style in the interval.

Second half of the movie did not meet my expectations. As the Munni song appears in the second half, the audience went absolutely crazy and started dancing in the balcony. There was a group of 15-20 boys who were dancing as if they were dancing with Munni herself.

Altogether Dabangg was a great watch. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. There is more than one occasion in the film where I’d laughed my heart out. Salman Khan was outstanding in the movie. Sonakshi didn’t have a big role, but she has justified the character that she played. Arbaaz Khan was good, if not better. I was taken aback by looking at the body of Sonu Sood. His role, too, was good and he has carried it very prominently. Vinod Khanna and Dimple Kapadia were okayish. So there we go. A complete masala entertainer with a little heart and some stupid comedy. It’s a must watch movie to all those who have been working hard for quite some time now. The movie will definitely relieve you. I give a 3.5 stars for the movie and believe me out of those 3.5, 3.499 are for Salman only. 🙂

Who’s better?

This post is a response to Hrishi’s post.

Of course, there is no comparison between these two legends. But still, I like Amir’s work more than Shah Rukh’s.

There is no doubt that Shah Rukh ruled the heart of every Indian in the last decade, but this decade Amir was the Jack of all trades. What astonished me the most about Amir’s work is that he gave 2 movies of different genres back to back. One as an intrepid, young villager who picked up a cricket bat, instead of guns or swords, as a weapon against the enemy and peacefully won the battle against injustice and slavery. The other character was of a spoiled brat who understands the real meaning of love only after loosing one of his best friends. The time lapse between these 2 movies was just one month. Lagaan was released on 15th June, 2001 and DCH hit the screens on 10th Aug, the same year. (I’m glad I still remember the dates of release of most of the movies of my childhood days 😀 ) The first movie went on to become the most internationally acclaimed bollywood movie of all time, whereas the second one set a new trend of making movies exclusively for the metropolitan audience.

Apart from that, the success rate of an Amir Khans movie is a little high than a Shah Rukh Khan movie, this decade. Shah Rukh also gave movies like Paheli, One two ka four, Asoka, Bhoothnath, Hum tumhare hain sanam, PBDHH, etc which failed to make a positive impact on the box office. Whereas, for Amir the count was only 2 (out of the 9 films that he has signed this decade) viz., Mangal Panday and Mela.

I agree that to be a successful actor, striking the chord of the masses is as important as taking breath. But it also involves taking risks like getting into the shoes of a completely different character  every time and mould it the way that makes the audience empathize with it. Of course, every protagonist has a different story to tell, but perfectionism is the quality possessed only by Amir and not by any other actor in bollywood. Also, this decade Amir has covered a wide spectrum of characters and not to mention, won the heart of the audiences in each of these roles. Whereas Shah Rukh failed to entertain the audience in different roles. His Character as Rahul in K3G was more or less similar to the character of Dev in KANK, leave apart the stories. Though he performed some tough roles such as Devdas and Kabeer Khan, I believe that his dedication never came any closer to Amir’s role of Sanjay Singhania in Ghajini.

I guess that’s lot of criticism for Shah Rukh. It’s not that I’m anti-ShahRukh or any thing like that, but I sure am a pro-Amir guy. 🙂

PS: As I mentioned earlier in my post, although both the actors are legends and have their unique ways of attracting audiences, I was more attracted towards Amir. It might be because of his perfectionism, or because of his dedication towards making quality movies, but Amir has successfully made a bigger room for himself  in my heart that Shah Rukh.

My name is Kasab

(The year is somewhere close to 2024.)

Aryan Khan, son of Shah Rukh Khan, has been recently launched by his dad. He is the youngest rock star of the country and a heartthrob of millions of teenage girls all around the world.

Junior Khan finds out that Ajmal Kasab’s case is still running in the courts. He goes to Mr. Kasab and does a research on what had actually happened on the night of 26th November 2008. To his surprise, his research work shows that Mr. Kasab is an innocent guy who has lived 15 miserable years of his life behind the bars in a dark prison. Aryan now wants to follow his dad’s foot steps and comes up with an idea of making a remix movie of Veer-Zaara and My Name Is Khan. Papa Khan is very happy that his son is not only talented but also courageous and has made a very bold/wise decision of portraying the role of an innocent Muslim who was maliciously caught by the Indian Police during the 26-11 attacks.

According to Junior Khan’s research, Kasab is a very romantic guy and had come to Mumbai with his girlfriend to see bollywood.  His girlfriend was an Indian and she gave him an AK-47 and asked him to go in front of a CCTV camera. He was so madly in love with her that he didn’t even think twice before committing the act. Later that day he was caught by the police and was taken into custody. While shifting in jails, he once had a chance to look outside the window of the jeep. He saw that someone was getting married. When their jeep went closer to the bride, he realized that it was his own girlfriend who had planned such a scary sketch for him. He later came to know that his girlfriend had betrayed him. The only hope that someday his girlfriend would come to his rescue was now dead. He lived in the prison as a living corpse. No hunger, no hope. But he believed in a thing called destiny. He believed that someday, some girl would come and listen to his dard-e-dastaan and set him free.

Junior Khan liked this story. He immediately called up Karan Johar’s son and told him the plot of the story. Junior Johar got hyper excited after listening to the story. He in turn called up Kajol’s daughter and told her the entire story. All three of them got ready to do the movie, “My name is Kasab and she made me a terrorist.” The movie name becomes an instant hit. To add icing to the cake, Karan Johar’s son decides to make the movie in 4D. (assuming that 4D technology has already arrived in the market). That’s it! All the Aryan Khan fans over Twitter and Facebook (and all other new social networking sites) start discussing about the new film.

The film gets released in all cinema halls across India. It receives a huge response from the fans all over the world. Everywhere, first day, first show is houseful. Junior Khan’s extraordinary charm has done the magic. The movie becomes the biggest blockbuster of Indian cinema, ever. The then Prime Minister and President watch a special screening of the movie and come out of the cinemas with wet napkins in their hands. The movie is made tax-free all over the country. All the politicians watch the movie and come to a realization that what the did to Kasab was wrong. The fact that they entertained such a discrimination towards such an innocent guy was a huge mistake of theirs. Even the opposition is so moved by the film that they come to an agreement with the ruling party’s decision of letting Kasab go back to his motherland.

It is the last day of hearing for Kasab in the court. Kasab has already spent more than 15 years of his youth life in a dark prison. The judge, who had been postponing the case for lack of evidence for many years, empathizes with Kasab’s condition and is finally convinced that what Kasab had done in the CCTV footage was merely an accident and that he is innocent and has a right to live freely in the country. As soon as the judgment is declared, some minister of the state declares Kasab as the real son of the soil. He says Kasab has taken so many insults on his own soul but was never ashamed of speaking the truth that he had come to visit Mumbai for watching some bollywood film.

Kasab is now an international celebrity. He visits hollywood every now and then. He entertains the hollywood directors by giving them the script of his life inside the 4 walls of prison. He is the most admired person on the face of the planet. He becomes the inspiration for thousands of writers and poets. He himself writes poems in his leisure time. He had learnt writing poems while he was in the prison.

One of his famous poems is:

jail ki diwaron me jab hoti hai khat khat

jail ki diwaron me jab hoti hai khat khat

khat khat… khat khat..

I said WTF! I opened my eyes and saw that it was my maid, waiting for me to open the door. I opened the door half asleep, took the news paper from her hands, went back to the bed-room, grabbed my spectacles and started reading the headlines. The headline read as follows:

Ajmal Kasab trial ends, verdict on May 3

I said thank God, I thought even this case would continue for years to come. And that every bit of truth would be chewed up, swallowed without digesting and finally spitted out and eventually be accepted as fact. I’m glad that the Indian Govt has taken a strict step towards the final hearing of Kasab’s case. Otherwise, someday my dream would have come true!

But then that day was April 1st. So I’m still skeptical whether that was a true news or just another of media’s tricks to fool people in masses?

Pyaasa Songs lyrics

I’d searched the whole web for the lyrics of songs of this legendary film. I didn’t find it anywhere. I was disappointed. So, I’m posting the lyrics of whatever songs I know, so that other disappointed souls in this world would not wander alone. 😉

Jaane Wo Kaise Log The

jaane wo kaise log the jinke pyar ko pyar mila

humne to jab kaliyan maangi kaanton ka haar mila – 2

khushiyon ki manzil dhundi to gham ki gard mili

chahat ke nagme chahe to aahe sard mili

dil ke bojh ko doona kar gaya jo gham kaar mila

humne to jab kaliyan maangi kaaton ka haar mila

jaane..

bichad gaya.. bichad gaya

bichad gaya har saathi dekar pal do pal ka saath

kisko fursat hai jo thame deewaanon ka haath

humko apna saaya tak aksar bezaar mila

humne to jab kaliyan mangi kaanton ka har mila

jaane..

isko hi jeena kehte hai to yun hi jee lenge -2

uff na kahenege, lab see lenge aasoo pee lenge

gham se ab ghabrana kaisa .. gham sau baar mila

humne to jab kaliyan maangi katon ka haar mila

jaane..

Jinhe Naaz hai hind par wo kahan hai

ye kooche ye neelam ghar dilkashi ke

ye luTte hue karvaan zindagi ke

kahan hai kahan hai muhafiz khudi ke

jinhe naaz hai hind par wo kahan hai

ye krfech galiyan ye badnaam bazaar

ye gumnaam rahi ye sikkon ki jhankaar

ye kismat ke saude ye saudon pe takrar

jinhe naaz hai hind par wo kahan ha

ye sadiyon se bekhauf sahmi si galiyan

se machli hui adhkhili zard kaliyan

ye bikti hui khokhli rang raliyan

jinhe naaz hai hind par wo kahan hai

wo ujle garechoon me payal ki chan chan

thaki haari saanso pe tableki dhan dhan

ye berooh kamron me khansi ki than than

jinhe naaz hai hind par wo kahan hai

Ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye

ye mehlo ye takhton ye taajon ki duniya

ye insaan ke dushman samajon ki dunia

ye daulat ke bhookhe rawaajon ki duniya

ye duniyaa agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai – 2

har is jism ghayal .. har ik rooh pyaasi

nigaahon me uljhan dilon me udasi

ye duniya hai ya aal me bad hawasi

ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai -2

yahan ik khilouna hai insaan ki hasti

ye basti hai murda taraston ki basti

yahan par to jeevan se hai maut sasti

ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai – 2
jawani bhatakti hai baztaar bankar

jawaan jiosm sajte hain bazaar bankar

jahan pyar hota hai byaapar bankar

ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai – 2

ye duniya jahan aadmi kuch nahi hai

wafaa kuch nahi dosti kuch nahi hai

jahan pyar ki qadr hi kuch nahi hai

ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai – 2

jaladon ise phoonk daalon ye duniya

jalaado – 3 ise phoonk daalon ye duniya

mere saamne se hatalo ye duniya

tumhari hai tum hi sambhalo ye duniya

ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai

PS : myFavoriteMovies.append(“pyaasa”);

55th Filmfare Awards 2010 Nominations

Please look at this link for the nominations first:

Today I understand why gems like Aamir Khan do not attend the Award functions. That’s because these award functions do not promote the real talent. Rather, they promote the political influence of people in the industry. I was very disappointed to see that Mr. Abhay Deol and Mr. Piyush Mishra were not nominated for this year’s Filmfare awards for the best actor and best musician category respectively.

I was more disappointed to see the star-son Ranbir Kapoor getting 2 nominations for the best actor category. I seriously believe that his role in Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani is not at all worth a nomination. I wonder, is it because of the sympathy to his character in the film that he’s being nominated? Abhay Deol, on the other hand, who is well known for doing the ‘thode-se-hatke’ roles in bollywood, has done the most cliched role of ‘devdas’  in a truly hatke style and received appraisal for his work. But when is the filmfare jury going to recognize his talent? I apprehend the golden era of the bollywood awards is coming to an end. Now, its merely a platform for the princes and princesses of the veteran actors who ruled the bollywood some 30 years ago.

pyar diwana hota hai

There are many old songs which strike the chord whenever I listen to them. This is one of them. This one is more special than the others because the lyrics have been chosen carefully and was executed beautifully. Here are the lyrics:

प्यार दीवाना होता है .. मस्ताना होता है
हर ख़ुशी से हर ग़म से बेगाना होता है

शमा कहे परवाने से परे चला जा
मेरी तरह जल जायेगा यहाँ नहीं आ
वो नहीं सुनता उसको जल जाना होता है
हर ख़ुशी से हर ग़म से बेगाना होता है

रहे कोई सौ पर्दों में, डरे शर्म से
नज़र अजी लाख चुराए कोई सनम से
आ ही जाता है जिसपे दिल आना होता है
हर ख़ुशी से हर ग़म से बेगाना होता है

सुनो किसी शायर ने ये कहा बहोत खूब
मना करे दुनिया लेकिन मेरे महबूब
वो छलक जाता है जो पैमाना होता है
हर ख़ुशी से हर ग़म से बेगाना होता है

प्यार दीवाना होता है मस्ताना होता है
हर ख़ुशी से हर ग़म से बेगाना होता है

These lyrics fascinate me the most. Especially the lines

वो छलक जाता है जो पैमाना होता है
हर ख़ुशी से हर ग़म से बेगाना होता है

First of all I must agree to the fact that there is no language better than Urdu to describe the feelings hidden somewhere deep inside the heart. Most people would not know what a “Paimana” means. What  a pity! One could never understand the meaning of any lyric unless one is not aware of the words used in it. Well, a paimana is the goblet holding the wine. When the wine is filled to the brim, a small amount of wine falls off the top making a sound “chalak”. The lyricist here wants to say that that small drop of wine will always fall off the brim, it is unaware of the happiness/sadness for which it was being filled in the paimana. What a beauty!

Another such line is:

शमा कहे परवाने से परे चला जा
मेरी तरह जल जायेगा यहाँ नहीं आ
वो नहीं सुनता उसको जल जाना होता है
हर ख़ुशी से हर ग़म से बेगाना होता है

These lines once again prove that Urdu is a very romantic language. It compares the obsessive behavior of a small insect(parwaana) which sacrifices its life for the love of light(shamma) to a mad lover. In these lines the lyricist wants us to know that even the shamma is madly in love with the parwana that it asks him not to come nearby. But the parwana wouldn’t listen coz he’s blind in her love and he’ll sacrifice his life no matter what anyone says.  And again, it is unaware of the happiness/sadness of this act of his.

Now-a-days we hardly see lyrics as beautiful as these ones. And for that matter one must appreciate the work of late Mr. Anand Bakshi. Many new lyricists use the shamma-parwana relationship to describe things. However, this song remains close to my heart because apart form the lyrics, Kishore Kumar’s legendary voice had done the magic too. This song is truly a masterpiece.

PS: Whenever I come across any such nice song, I’d immediately write a post on it. Till then, Bye!

Bollywood 2009 awards

According to me, the following people deserve to win the following awards irrespective of their status and political influence in the industry. I have given the explanation for why I have chosen someone over the others wherever necessary.

Best Female Playback: Kavita Seth for Iktara (Wake Up Sid)

“Iktara” was the most romantic song of the year and will remain on my playlist for days to come. The music was great but that extra melody came from the voice and hence the award should go to her.

Best Male Playback: Javed Ali for Tum Mile Reprise(Tum Mile)

Best Lyricist: Piyush Mishra (Gulaal)

Lines like ” मौत अंत है  नहीं .. तो  मौत  से  भी  क्यूँ  डरें .. ये  जाके  आसमान  में  दहाड़  दो  ” , ” ख्वाहिश  में  लिपटी  ज़रुरत  की  दुनिया ” had a very deep impact on me and hence I feel that this man should be honored with the best lyricist of the year. Apart from performing the role of Prithvi bana brilliantly, this guy had also written the lyrics, gave his voice to them and tuned them with an excellent music which makes me hum the songs everyday. A masterpiece of lyrics can be found here under.

सरफरोशी  की  तमन्ना  अब  हमारे  दिल  में  है
देखना  है  जोर  कितना  बाजू –
-कातिल  में  है
वक़्त  आने  पे  बतादेंगे  तुझे
आसमान
हम  अभी  से  क्या  बताएं  क्या  हमारे  दिल  में  है

ओ  रे  बिस्मिल  काश  आते  आज  तुम  हिन्दुस्तान
देखते  की  मुल्क  सारा  क्या  टशन , क्या  thrill में  है
आज  का  लौंडा  यह  कहता  हम  तो  बिस्मिल  थक  गए
अपनी  आज़ादी  तो  भैया  लौंडिया  के  तिल  में  है .

आज  के  जलसों  में  बिस्मिल  एक  गूंगा  गा  रहा .
और  बहरों  का  वो  रेला  नाचता  महफ़िल  में  है
हाथ  की  खादी बनाने  का  ज़माना  लग  गया
आज  तो  चड्डी  भी  सिलती  englison की  मिल  में  है

सरफरोशी  की  तमन्ना  अब  हमारे  दिल  में  है
देखना  है  जोर  कितना  बाजू –
-कातिल  में  है
वक़्त  आने  पे  बतादेंगे  तुझे
आसमान
हम  अभी  से  क्या  बताएं  क्या  हमारे  दिल  में  है

Best Dialogues: Vishal Bharadwaj for Kaminey and Anurag Kashyap for Gulaal

No comments, both of them were equally good.

Best MusicDirector: Amit Trivedi (Dev D)

I have selected Amit Trivedi over the music maestro A R Rahman, and the magical trio Shankar-Ehsan-Loy for the simple reason that this man has tried all possible ways to attract the music loving junta in India and was successful in doing the same. “Emotional Atyachar” was not only the most heard song of the year, but also turned out to be the catchy-bollywood-phrase of 2009. The rock version of Emotional Atyachar was simply outstanding. Tracks like “Nayan Tarase” and “O Pardesi” have created a sensation in the music world. “Paayaliya” and “Dhol yaara dhol” were very melodious “Ye hi meri zindagi hai” and “Ek hulchul si” are refreshing tracks. Having tried so many different genres  in a single album successfully, Amit clearly stands out to be the best Music Director of the year.

Although, the Mozart of Madras came up with a song of completely different genre, I was not convinced enough to believe that he can win the best Music Director of 2009. (Yes, I am talking about “Genda Phool”)

Best actor in a negative role: Amol Gupte (Kaminey)

Best Actor in a comic role: Omi Vaidya (3 Idiots)

This guy definitely deserves the best actor in a comic role award. His role was appreciated by one and all and that gave him an instantaneous shot-to-fame. I laughed my ass off on every joke of his right from “mootra visarjan” to the speech that he gives and till the end.

Best Supporting Actor, Female: Gauhar Khan (Rocket Singh)

I feel that the actress has done a wonderful job in the movie.

Best supporting Actor, Male: Abhimanyu Singh (Gulaal)

Abhimanyu Singh as Ransa has simply astonished the audiences by his performance. His screen presence was simply superb. There was a spark in the actor’s eyes when he was portraying the image of the young politician. His style of delivering a dialogue is completely different from that of other actors and that makes him stand out of the herd.

Best Actress: Priyanka Chopra (Kaminey)

Best Actor: Shahid Kapoor (Kaminey)

Shahid Kapoor has come very far and has been successful in destroying his own image of a cute-ish kid from the minds of the audience by his performance in Kaminey. It is, indeed, one of the toughest jobs for any actor to play the role of Charlie/Guddu in a single movie and Shahid has executed it very beautifully leaving no marks behind. I feel that portraying the image of Charlie, a guy who haf fome prinfiplef in life (fhortcut.. chota fhortcut) and ifs chafing behind hif dreamf waff the most difficult part. And Faahid haf impreffed me. All I can fay ifs “fupper… fimply fupper”. That takes him to a level where no other actor has reached this year. According to me, he truly deserves the best actor award.

Best Director: Vishal Bharadwaj (Kaminey)

Best Film: Kaminey and Gulaal

Anurag Kashyap’s “Gulaal”, according to me was the best movie of the year. It had everything, love, lust, betrayal, politics, humor, excellent speeches, good music and mind-blowing dialogues. What else does a good movie need? Just because the star-cast wasn’t big, I couldn’t reject the movie from giving the award. So was the case of Slumdog Millionaire, there was no big star cast in the film and yet it received all the awards. So is Gulaal. The introductory speech by K K Menon is not just inflammatory but it also lays down a strong basement of the plot for the rest of the film. Apart from the story, every character is of a great importance in the film. Be it Bhati, Jadwal or Ransa. These actors may not be the top class actors, but they have performed excellently. K K Menon was distinctively ahead of all of them. “Mere paas Maa hai” was like the sarcastic reincarnation of the old, nostalgic Shashi Kapoor’s dialogue from Deewar. There’s much more in the movie that I can’t put into words and can only be experienced by watching the movie.And that makes Gulaal the best movie of the year.

Vishal Bharadwaj’s “Kaminey” not only had a brilliant story to display but also it was a huge commercial success. All the characters in the film were beautifully designed and the director had a clear vision of how every character has to be displayed on the screen. Shahid Kapoor has come out of his zone of comfort and gave his best to convince the audience that he was no more the cute lover boy, he’s grown up now and he could take up challenging roles too. No one would have expected Amol Gupte, the screenwriter and creative director of Taare Zameen Par(2007), to debut in the industry with a role as cruel as that of Bhope Bhau. But his performance left the left the audience jaw-dropping. Priyanka Chopra in the role of Sweety, again, has done an excellent job. Shahid-Priyanka lip lock was definitely the best kiss of the year, if only there was an award for this category. The plot was just excellent and so were the characters and that makes Kaminey the best movie of the year.

Raj Kumar Hirani’s “3 Idiots” was a commercial hit, but it didn’t make any impact on me. This can be mostly because of the lack of creativity (yes, almost all the jokes were copied from the forwarded emails) and a lot of masala towards the end of the movie. Thought, the film was a complete entertainer (without exception it was an entertainer) and there was some kind of give away message, it somehow missed the mark.

I once again declare that these choices are my personal and there should not be any confusion or misunderstanding with these and the original awards. I simply feel that these people should win the awards for their contribution to the world of cinema.

Peace.

PS: Feels good to have written such a long post after a long time.

Apocalypoto

A first look at the movie made me feel that this is some insane movie about some arbit tribe in some unknown jungles of Africa. Why did the director even think of making such a movie? But as time progressed, my opinion started changing. And it changed so drastically that as the end of the movie approached, I felt goosebumps all over my body. I felt so happy to see the villain die, to see the protagonist survive. And believe me whenever someone feels like that, it means that the movie has left a great impact on the viewer’s mind. (You can think of Matrix as an example). “Truly genuine master-piece” is the phrase I can associate to the movie.

I agree that the movie has a lot of blood-shed and violence, but I would rather say it was not meant for the weak-hearted audience in the first place. The language of the tribe was the least important thing in the movie and yet the meaning was conveyed successfully. I am already a huge fan of Mel Gibsons’ acting, and now his direction has made a deeper impact on my thoughts.

 

A few dialogues that I liked the most in the movie are:

Those people in the forest, what did you see on them? Fear. Deep rotting fear. They were infected by it. Did you see? Fear is a sickness. It will crawl into the soul of anyone who engages it. It has tainted your peace already. I did not raise you to see you live with fear. Strike it from your heart.  Do not bring it into our village.

And a small story told by the eldest of the village:

And a  Man sat alone.  Drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said “We do not like to see you sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.”

The Man said, “I want to have good sight.”

The Vulture said, “You shall have mine.”

The Man said, “I want to be strong.”

The Jaguar said, “You shall be strong like me.”

Then the Man said, “I long to know the secrets of the earth.”

The Serpent said, “I’ll show them to you.”

And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts they could give, he left.

Then the owl said to the other animals, “Now the man knows much and is able to do many things. Suddenly I’m afraid. ”

The deer said “The Man has all that he needs, now his sadnes will stop.”

But the owl replied “No. I saw a hole in the Man. Deep like a hunger he will never fill. Its what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking until one day the world will say: I am no more and I have nothing left to give.

How true! There can’t be a story better than this to describe a man’s greed.

Kudos to the Mozart of Madras

As an Indian, I feel very proud to say that somebody from my country has reached a platform which very few people could reach.

Allah Rakkha Rahman, one of the finest music composers of the country has made history by being the first Indian ever to win the Golden Globe Award. Its a great achievement not only for bollywood(India) but for hollywood as well. This gives Rahman an international recognition. Now the whole world can dance on the tunes of Rahman. A track from his first project “Roja” is considered to be worlds 9th greatest tune ever made. The more interesting fact is that the composers of the first 8 tracks are not in this world anymore. That makes Rahman the living legend of music and indeed He is the living legend of music.

Abhishek Bacchan once said that “if there’s anyone who can create magic out of music, then it has got to be A R Rahman“. How very true! TIME said Rahman is the “Mozart of Madras“. People say Rahman is the Mozart of the East but I feel that  Rahman is the Rahman and he can’t be compared with others.

For more information about Rahman read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._R._Rahman

Kudos to the legendary Indian Music Composer. I’m sure that 100 years down the line people will look at Rahman as the Tansen of Modern India. Rahman you rock and keep rocking the world with your rocking tunes.