The Time Traveler’s Wife(2009)

This is an incredibly beautiful film and its beauty lies in the fact that even when the title suggests about time travel being a key theme in it–it isn’t. Well, not in a technical sense at least. It’s honest with its title because when the movie completes you realize well that it’s the wife who is the anchor because the man lacks a stable personality–he’s but a shadow–appears and disappears randomly–no reason or rhyme–no sequence or closing of loops–no altering of events or time-lines either as seen in so many time travel movies. Continue reading “The Time Traveler’s Wife(2009)”

Melodies From The Golden Era of Bollywood Music!

NA TUM HAMEIN JAANO – Hemant Kumar / Suman Kalyanpur.
FILM: BAAT EK RAAT KI (1962) {Both Version}
STARRING: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman
MUSIC: Sachin Dev Burman.
LYRICS: Majrooh Sultanpuri.
DIRECTOR: Shankar Mukherjee.

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Lyrics(Hindi Courtesy:Here)

ना तुम हमे जानो,
ना हम तुम्हे जाने
मगर लगता है कुछ ऐसा,
मेरा हमदम मिल गया

ये मौसम ये रात चुप है
वो होठों की बात चुप है
खामोशी सुनाने लगी है दास्ताँ

ये मौसम ये रात चुप है
वो होठों की बात चुप है
खामोशी सुनाने लगी है दास्ताँ

नजर बन गयी है दिल की जबां

ना तुम हमे जानो,
ना हम तुम्हे जाने
मगर लगता है कुछ ऐसा,
मेरा हमदम मिल गया

मोहब्बत के मोड़ पे हम
मिले सबको छोड़के हम
धड़कते दिलों का लेके, ये कारवाँ

मोहब्बत के मोड़ पे हम
मिले सबको छोड़के हम
धड़कते दिलों का लेके, ये कारवाँ

चले आज दोनों जाने कहा

ना तुम हमे जानो,
ना हम तुम्हे जाने
मगर लगता है कुछ ऐसा,
मेरा हमदम मिल गया

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Happy Bhaag Jaayegi Is A Comedy Delight!

Mudassar Aziz’s Happy Bhaag Jaayegi is one of the purest comedies. It employs many conventional humor techniques with impeccable timing without overdoing it. I feel the success of film lies in remaining honest to its intent and application of form. I’ve seen many films which fail because they either try too hard to make you laugh or try to be moralistic and sentimental after giggling you for a bit. The slight twist of Bilal falling in love with Happy is so under-stressed that it doesn’t let comical joyride become derailed even for a bit.

After a while I was remarking on dialogues and comic timing and the sincerity of comedy reminded me of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. Priyadarshan’s comedies of last decade like Hungama have been very similar to this one albeit with some more stress on relations and emotions in some parts. This film doesn’t bore you even for a minute but some poor editing is visible in places. Similarly supporting soundtracks and music might have been much better.  Acting is superb–Sehgal Saab(Dui Manzila Banwa Leen Aur Batao Tak Naahin), Abhay Deol, Piyush Mishra, Jimmy Shergil and Diana Penty have performed well. Ali Fazal’s performance is slightly weak. This film is a treat for all movie lovers and I rate it 8/10!

Suits(TV Series 2011-)

Binge watching of five seasons left me wanting for more but honestly speaking writers have exploited almost all permutations and combinations with characters and there was much repetition in the last two seasons. They could have ended it with this season. In the first season I had hard time following the pace of dialogues and story in first few episodes but later on I became so accustomed to it that it seemed slow and boring at times when dialogues were easy and plot was dull. You clearly observe characters become more humane and likable as seasons start to develop them and build them by showing their backgrounds, relations and emotional sides. Initially it’s a tough corporate law world where no emotions are involved but by the season five it’s all about loyalty, family, emotions and relations. It goes to show that foundation of human societies is relations and family and social animal is an emotional animal no matter how many wars he wins. Harvey specter undergoes a complete metamorphosis by season five. In fact he’s no longer a cold-hearted charismatic winner anymore. He is weak  and emotional family man. Mike Ross creates more problems than he solves and it’s only because of his unusual flashes of genius that their team wins some tough cases.

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Entertainment of Horror!

It’s said about awakening that Self wants to feel its opposite i. e. non-Self. Doing so makes it appreciate itself more. Parable of father and the lost son has been used by Eckhart Tolle in the book Power of Now. The son leaves home and meets his father after a long time. The father had almost lost the son. Now father values the son even more. Qualitatively son and father are same as they were before but now bond seems to be stronger. Consciousness first assumes itself to be an object of itself and then frees itself up and finds that it has always been free.

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The Abominable Bride!

Sherlock, I moustache you a question Watson your face? 

Note: Contains Spoiler!

This film is BBC’S holiday special in the Sherlock Holmes series. Fans have been waiting since two long years for the fourth season. Since every episode is almost like a film BBC takes an unusually long time to produce them. Some fans including me have given up on this series though we were highly charmed when we saw them first. This episode in particular was released as a holiday special and it didn’t really further the story.

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The WordY FrYdaY NerdY: Entrainment and Entertainment!

In case you were lured into reading this supposing it’s all about entertainment–you should pay attention to the title again–yes, it’s also about entrainment, especially about brainwaves entrainment. Now having made the distinction between the two words lets see what we have to entertain us here.
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Entertainment is all about following the mind. It’s all about getting rid of boredom. Dramatically, more the means of amusement at our disposal, more the boredom, and hence the requirement of more and more means of entertainment. It’s a never-ending vicious cycle created by the monster called mind. For example–lets take cinema as a means of entertainment. You may find a particular genre more interesting than others. Say for example–you are fond of mystery thrillers. You start watching them–a time comes when you get bored of whodunit cliches. You get bored with linear narratives and need non-linear narratives for enjoyment. Then you get bored with them as well–every director doing the same thing–telling (otherwise) ordinary story in a non-linear fashion to make it sound like an extraordinary one! Then something else is needed. If you watch mystery movies which were made in 1960s–they would not appeal you if you are a modern viewer because they don’t seem intelligent enough. My point is–what was entertaining a few decades ago might be cliché now–so you consistently need novelty.

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