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. 🙂

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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”);

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.

Jaago Re

I read a blog today and I thought of writing a post on a similar topic. So please do read this post before continuing.

Have you ever noticed, the maid at your home will have the election card as well as the dhobi and sweepers. But why don’t people like us have the card? That’s because we know whom we should vote to and they don’t. These bloody politicians are in the seat because of the poor people ONLY. They illusion the poor farmers by showing them the false dreams of providing free rice and water supply (at least here in Andhra Pradesh, that’s the scheme). That easily fetches a million votes to these bloody politicians. And hence we don’t get voter cards so easily. Even my parents didn’t get the voter cards last time. Hence, we are living in a country which is controlled by a bunch of fools for a bunch of illiterate, poor people. And what are we doing here? We are just trying to adjust with our environment.

” Is this the freedom we need? ”

I feel very sorry for using the words poor and illiterate for my own countrymen. But that is the blind truth. India is a country of poor, illiterate people who were ruled by the British for 200 years and now by their own friends, so called ” THE POLITICIANS “. For example, just take the case of Barbers in the country. SRK is producing a new movie, Billu Barber. For publicizing the film, he distributed posters to more than 500 barber shops in Mumbai. They happily accepted the posters. What happens next? Some bloody politicians/activists think that using the name “Barber” in the title is very offensive and it should be removed. What the Fuck!( No. Seriously, I mean it) I don’t see anything wrong in using the name of some community of people. If I say that slum people have filed a case against Slumdog Millionaire for calling them DOG, I’d still go with them because it really hurts their pride. This is too much. Isn’t it? But this is how it is in my country. Everyday I see such a news in headlines and what I do? Nothing. But today, at least I’m writing a post.

Status: Frustated.

Book of the week : The Last lecture by Randy Pausch.

Song of the week : ” Rehna Tu ” from Delhi-6 composed by A R Rahman.

Dostana – A review

In order to come out of the clouds of tension of last week’s CAT, I thought of spending some time watching some good movie. Everybody said, watch “Dostana”. Its kind of a good movie. A new concept has been introduced in the movie for the first time in India. So here we go.

I had already heard about all the ‘Gaypanti’ in the movie but I still wanted to go watch that movie. As it turned out, it was a laugh riot. Seriously, I mean Gay jokes were always funny but what if they were spiced up with a lil misunderstanding and some desi masala? No wonder, that makes it much more interesting. You never get bored of these jokes. And the level of these jokes hasn’t degraded if we compare them to the classical ‘Kanta Behen’ joke from ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’. The level has increased in fact.

I wonder why sensor board hasn’t taken any action against the film for showing the sexual content which is banned in India! I mean the sensor board is always against showing extra skin, number of kisses (especially against Mallika Sherawat), use of the word ‘condom’ (Hello!), ‘fuck’, etc. But in this movie the word ‘Gay’ has been used number of times and censor board doesn’t have any problems with it. I wonder why!

Not considering the censor board, I must say it was a very bold attempt by Karan Johar to show the love among Gay couples. As the plot has been set in Miami, I’m pretty sure the movie is not apt for the Indian audience.

Coming to the movie, John Abraham’s acting was good. Abhishek Bachan did a great job acting like a gay. The funniest thing about the movie, according to me, is that the person who looks more Gayish than anyone else in his real life is the the only straight person in the movie and he is “Bobby Deol” :P. Priyanka Chopra was looking totally freaking awesome. I became a big fan of her after watching Fashion and I believe she deserves a film-fare for best actress for the role that she has played. In this movie too Priyanka was looking hot. Her acting was good, I mean when compared to her acting in Fashion, this was nothing but then she was perfect as far as her role was concerned in this movie. Boman Irani was okay. but I don’t think there was any need for his character in the movie.

All in all its a good movie to watch, to adore and to criticize. Except for the KISS in the end (Oh! Did I reveal the secret?), I must say the movie was good. The twists in the movie were awesome. And of course, the Gay jokes were hilarious. If not a family entertainer, this movie is at least a stress reducer. I would rate it as 3.5/5.

So what are you waiting for. Just go watch it. Haffun!