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The Seeker

Smothered and entangled into the forbidden land,
An eternal companion I seek,
She stands in front of me,
An ethereal splendor of the heavenly realm

As pearl drops roll down her eyes,
Her effulgent lips make me wishful,
My mind spirals out of control,
And my heart cries out “No more, No more”

I blend into her as she into me,
My heart throbs as the longing grows,
Ever curious to meet her,
Her presence lingers inside of me, all the more

Emotions abound and the heart expands,
On the verge of explosion,
But then as I watch her,
It all melts into oblivion

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The Butt Whipper!!

After witnessing the Oscar ceremony this year (I mean on TV!), I could not help but wonder at the new levels, the Oscar Jury has stooped to. If last year, it was “Slumdog Millionaire”, this year it was “The Hurt Locker”. I only got to see the movie after the Oscars, and I must communicate what’s in my mind at this important juncture. “The Hurt Locker” just like “Slumdog Millionnaire” didn’t deserve so many Oscar awards. While Slumdog should have got 2 awards only (For direction and musical score), the hurt locker also deserved only two (Screenplay and Direction).

The Oscar ceremony this year was supposed to pay tribute to Independent cinema (As if it is a dead thing!). But I could smell a whiff of excessive lobbying and payment of pending mortgage to all the women in the world (Since it was the International Women’s day as well). In fact, the TOI (Chennai Times) issued a article themed “How Women in Kollywood are feeling upbeat about Bigelow’s oscar win”. She has got the oscar, she has got the credits, what damn difference does it make for the women in Kollywood??? And who the hell gives a crap to all this media hype created around James Cameron’s past wife??

James Cameron did deserve the Oscar for “Avatar” but fate had other plans. But at least I was elated when Christoph Waltz collected the Oscar for “Best Supporting actor” (for “Inglorious Basterds”) as well as felt joyous for Sandra Bullock (Best Actress in a leading role) on getting the Oscar for her versatile performance in “The Blind Side”.

Well, as the years are passing by, it seems that Oscars are losing their charm; as the Oscar jury is also getting obese (due to excess moolah being stuffed into their belly), I don’t see how this image makeover/revamp will happen over the next few years. Meanwhile, Media in India (like TOI) are trying hard to make FilmFare awards share the same stage as Oscars. But frankly in my opinion, that would remain a dream in the next 100 years to come!

MNIK – Overloaded and Over-hyped

MNIK is a bold and right-into-your-face answer to the world’s new found fascination for rare genetic disorders. Of course, Aamir Khan remains a pioneer in this field and others are mere followers. The Indian Populace has been afflicted with so many diseases from time immemorial, that Asperger’s Syndrome remains a drop in the ocean; and the same thing goes for Dyslexia and Progeria. But MNIK is not about the general Indian populace; it is about the next generation NRIs who may get afflicted with such diseases and thus this movie can act as a remedial guide for them in near future.

I would be quite candid here. I didn’t like MNIK. It was not that it didn’t contain comedy; It was not that it was a sentimental bullshit; It was not that actors didn’t perform well. The only thing which remains an itching point for me is the whole goddamn storyline. When you are making a movie based on real-world issues and characters, try to make it seem real. Instead, MNIK tried too hard to be both imaginative and realistic and thereby landed in the no-mans land i.e. the grey area between Reality and Illusion.

A rendezvous with a person suffering from Asperger’s syndrome would convince you of the fact that these very people have disproportionate amounts of socio-psychological disorders, such that they are isolated, withdrawn; they cannot freely mix with the society. Forget about communicating properly; forget about selling beauty solutions; forget about hatred towards yellow color. It seems Karan Johar mixed many syndromes together to carve out his own version ofAsperger’s and SRK was projected as an autistic savant who could memorize anything and everything. The storyline drove me mad. The first half of the movie contains mild, emotional as well as comic and feel-good moments; but the second half is a drag which deliberately tries to implode that sentimental bomb inside you. If you watch MNIKcarefully, first half and second half seem to be two different films which is eventually woven into one movie.

So, why does Rizwan Khan hate Yellow color? If he does so, then I wonder if “he gets fits while he shits”.

Can Rizwan Khan replace Edward Cullen (of “Twilight” fame)? Yes. Seems like if it’s vampire syndrome in America then it has to be Asperger’s in India.

Will Asperger’s be the new bandi-wooing mantra? Yes. Even if you are not born with it, at the least you can act it. AndSRK will be more than happy to take a class on it (Well, we will not invite him in IIM A for a guest lecture)

I have nothing against SRK here. His performance was exemplary and noteworthy. Kajol was a mess and her messiness was augmented beyond proportions, thanks to the defective storyline/screenplay. And one thing I still don’t understand: “Why do American people acting in Indian movies seem so stupid and out-of-context?”. Karan Johar tried to include many “Shocking” moments in the film, but he failed miserably; The “Death of the child” was a stupid moment; The “Stabbing” was an asinine shot; Kajol’s immature and rash act/reaction (on the football field) just after “Death of the child” was preposterous. (If you may have noticed, “Stupid”, “Asinine” and “Preposterous” are synonyms).  The director didn’t give any other character that much time  to develop deeply except Rizwan Khan so that we could understand why he/she is doing the things he/she is doing.  And in all that commotion, the connection was lost; sentiments didn’t flow; ridicule and angry outbursts ensued; and MNIK succumbed to my criticizing review.

Me and my Cigarettes

I hold onto one,
as i have never embraced anybody

Lights up my inner fire,
whether I am depressed or exalted

Worries melting into thin wisps of smoke,
and normalcy gained after a spate of afflictions

An eternal companion,
I hold out my fingers and you stick to me like no other

No chit-chat, No bang bang,
Amusement in the silence that permeates between you and me

And it is in this serenity, I find solace
A release and my self-promulgated salvation

RGV has carved a niche for himself in the Indian Film Industry by producing movies pertaining to real-world issues similar to what Madhur Bhandarkar has done before. And RANN is the latest effort in this foray. His earlier movies like SARKAR and SARKAR RAJ were good hits and found accord with the Indian audience. But, unfortunately, RANN could not repeat the success of its predecessors.

RANN is a film completely based on the histrionics of today’s Media. It is all about how people heading Media Channels, politicians and business magnates collude with each other to sensationalize news, create controversies, uproot governments and rake in the moolah. In the end, what matters is “How much one is getting one’s worth”. RGV sends a strong message through this film: It’s all about the money, honey. But apparently, there are also some genuinely good, nice people who don’t compromise on principles and find solace in exposing the truth from a completely objective point of view. Amitabh Bacchan and Ritesh Deshmukh play such characters. On the other hand, there are people like Mohnish Behl (Head of Rival TV Channel), Paresh Rawal (Politician) and Rajat Kapoor (Businessman) who can do everything and anything to satisfy their desires. Hence, the demarcation between good and evil gets established almost from the beginning. In between these two kinds of people are the scapegoats who due to some misfortune, get embedded and trapped to do “the wrong things” for the “greater perceived good/cause”. Aptly, the powerful dialogue from Paresh Rawal comes almost at the end: “There are two kinds of people in the world: Lions and Goats”.

The media has been made to look villainous for the first time in this movie and the way it has been shaping people’s sentiments has been strictly questioned. The last announcement made by Amitabh Bacchan in the climax scene contains some very powerful opinions and comments on the mannerisms of today’s media and the act was performed with exemplary versatility and dedication. Ritesh Deshmukh sets another example in showing how courage and persistence can go a long way in destabilizing the webs of deceit and treachery through exposure of concrete truth.

The cinematography was emblematic of earlier RGV movies with a mixture of camera techniques used to beautifully capture strong emotions and make evident the subtle symbolisms present in every scene.

I admit here that the plot had loopholes and may be the way media functions has been wrongly depicted. But, if you see the big picture and don’t get carried away by minuscule details, the I think this movie is worth a shot for at least a single watch.