Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Weekend

I am so happy right now. This song is making me happier. An old song from the tamil movie – Aaha in which the hero sings so happily after meeting his love. Why does such romantic songs always written for male characters in the movies? Does a woman not feel this much happiness and love when she meets someone so exciting in her life. I have become so romantic in the past 48 hours. Is the effect of loneliness or watching good movies in the weekend? The weekend was all together fun in spite of sending bye to sister and mom who left a week early prior to my sister’s wedding leaving me alone to attend office for 3 days next week before I join them. Oops, for the first time in this space I am mentioning about my own elder sister’s marriage. She is moving to the next stage in her life – getting the love of her life all in a week’s time from now. And as usual the great Indian wedding started off with so much excitement and pompous arrangements. I have shopped to my heart level best and planned to look best in the 3 days coming up.

Watched Harry potter 7 – 1st part 3 hours back and was slightly disappointed by the slow pace of the movie. Though lots of things said in the book was covered in the movie, I still felt that there should be only one 7th part and not part 1 and 2. I did not hear the famous Harry Potter music but ogled and loved the look of Harry. He is just Harry to me and definitely Radcliffe. Only with his lightning scar on his forehead, I love him. Ron and hermoine were just good as usual. Nothing more to tell about the movie.

Finished a book in 3 hours of time – “Keep the Change” by Nirupama Subramanian. Cried along with the character of Damayanthi while reading, but ended up being so much enthusiastic after finishing the book, that I ate the whole lot of rice left as if starved for a week.  It was just a plain contemporary Indian writing to which any working girl in South India can relate to. Lots of expectations yet constraints, yearning to be outspoken yet traditional and I loved the pace of the novel. Looking forward to a great week ahead. Will be sharing a few of my sister’s marriage celebrations in this space once I am back. Btw my travelogue to North India is not getting my precious time dedicated to it. Wish to have more time to spend it lazily as well as usefully.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Guzaarish – a plea

I like watching movies alone (don’t ask me why) and I am kind of getting used to it. I am going to add the wish of seeing a movie all alone in a theatre to my bucket list of wishes :) after today. You get a nice feeling attached to life after watching a very few movies. This feeling can’t be expressed in words, but can definitely be by tears and the Guzaarish movie did it. After reading the story line of the movie, I was very sure that the director is not going to deceive me much. It has been ages since I got my expectations fulfilled after watching a movie. This post is definitely not going to be a review sort of thing. It is those 2 and half hours I was with Ethan Mascarenhas and the time I lived close to his life.

There would have been definitely many stories which had come up this way and we had heard the issue of Euthanasia in our newspapers now and then. But this is my first experience in seeing it in characters played wonderfully by none other than the charming and handsome magician – Hrithik Roshan. Ethan Mascarenhas – what a beautiful name it is first of all. Not even for once did I get bore in the movie hearing so many times everyone saying Mr.Mascarenhas. A magician taken revenge by his rival and becomes paralyzed for the whole of his life. The actor with ever-dancing legs is tied to his 4X6 inch bed and 30X60 inch room for a long period of 14 years. His caretaker Sophia – Sofeeah(that’s how Ethan calls her) is such a dedicated lady who never takes a day off in her 12 year career. He applies for a Euthanasia petition to the Indian Justice Department, to get the right to die just like any human being has the right to live. Ethan Mascarenhas did not give up his hope in the first year of his accident. After living with it for 14 years, he had come to this decision. Did he succeed in that? If you love emotions and you can just be moved seeing a person in the screen cry and if you enjoy watching heart touching stories, then you should definitely watch this movie in the screen.

Ethan’s Guzaarish to let him die and his appeal to go with his decision - Am I with him? Yes I am. I vote for him. I cannot see him suffer, no matter who ever it is. Rather than the suffering, let them sleep peacefully for long. There are so many arguments going on in this World whether Euthanasia is legal or illegal. Who cares? Who else apart from the guy who suffers has the right to his life? Nobody but he/she can feel the pain. I have come across so many such people in life and I cannot do anything but cry for them. The same happens with many around us. I saw so many people coming crying out of the Guzaarish movie. Tears were in the edge of the eyes for many one like me. Death should be natural as contrast to birth in this world. I am not into the funda of dying when you are suffering but individual cases like Ethan Mascarenhas can be definitely and uniquely given different judgement. Why do we need to have a generalized idea of Suicide and Mercy killing are just not acceptable. Live is too short and just so beautiful that every damn soul wish to live it with dignity and grace. I just wish to end this post saying the same words from the movie – Life is too short and let us not repent for anything that made us smile and try to make it a little more worthy.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mr. & Mrs. Iyer - Romance in midst of Violence

Don’t look away; don’t look away….. Does this lyric remind you of something? Can a movie be this heart warming and soul touching to us? The movie I am talking about is Mr & Mrs.Iyer directed by the award winning. I started adoring/loving/being mad right from the day I watched it first. I wish to watch movies alone in a closed room with no disturbance. I guess this was the first movie I watched that way sometime before 7 – 8 years at my cousin’s room and I must say it was a pleasant watch. After that night, many nights I have dreamt about meeting such a guy in life who is close to the character of Rahul Bose in the movie.

After all this years, why am I suddenly writing about this movie? Coz I love writing about things which I love, about movies which I adore and about persons whom I admire. As it is a very old movie, I shall just give a glimpse of the story and the characters in it, though I cannot finish the blog in fewer words. Raja Choudary, a wild life photographer promises to be of help to a new mother who travels alone in a bus with her kid somewhere in the North East to catch a train to Calcutta. The mother is none other than my favorite Bengali Actress – Konkana Sen Sharma. Meenakshi Iyer (pronounced with a double e) as she is named in the movie is an orthodox Tamil Brahmin who lives with her conservative in-laws. As promised, Raja helps the mother to calm down her hungry crying kid and he is good with kids also apart being a professional photographer.

On the way, the bus stops due to a road diversion. In due course, the scene changes to a river bed where the bus gets halted as there has been a guy killed by some religious fanatics and violence starts protruding in that area. The curfew has been on and the passengers are strictly prohibited to leave the bus. But our photographer gets ready to leave the bus asking Meenakshi to take care of the rest of the journey all by herself. When asked why, he reveals he is not a Hindu as his name says, but his real name is Jehangir and he cannot risk the lives of others by staying inside the bus in the Hindu Locality. Can you imagine what Meenakshi utters when she hears this? “OMG….I drank the water he drank”…. Such an ignorant lady she is but then cursing her stars, she gets into the bus.

Before Rahul aka Raja alias Jehangir gets his bags, a gang force opens the bus and kills an elderly couple. That was really unhuman to kill them just because their names were Khan and Fathima. Mrs.Iyer when approached to reveal her religious identity saves Jehangir by introducing him as Mr.Iyer. Here the story takes a wild turn and gets more than interesting than expected. What made her to do this in a spur of moment? She who repents for drinking water from the same bottle he drank just because he is of a different religion had humanity and respect left with her for a person’s life. Nothing is more important than the life of a person. Is this statement really true? I am not going more into this now.

Coming back to the movie, as the curfew will be for longer time, the passengers walk to a nearby town for a night stay. Since all the available rooms were already full, Mr & Mrs.Iyer get shield in a forest guest house with the help of a patrol police officer. Meenakshi complains that there is only one room and no vegetarian food. Hahaha it was so funny and innocent of her to cry like this in the mid of a forest. I wonder as to whether such people like Meenakshi exist even today? I say this because she is a post-graduate and she cannot act in a silly way after all the intelligence she has got from her religion and from her upbringing. Both of them somehow adjust and manage to make a plan to reach the station to get a train to Calcutta with the help of Police officer. On the night before they start, Meenakshi witness the cruel death of a guy by some violent mob. She gets so panicked and Jehangir comes to her rescue. He is so calm and so caring. Gosh I just love the character of him. The friendship they build during the journey ends in the railway station where the real Mr.Iyer comes to pick up Meenakshi and the movie ends with the lyric – Don’t look away; don’t look away as Jehangir walks bidding bye to both of his new friends.

The scenes at the forest guest house, the acting of Meenakshi when she was asked about their marriage by the co-passengers, the photograph shots taken by Jehangir and to the top of it the minutes spent by them in the train – all were just amazing. Though the movie stresses the violence prevailing and the losing of humanity in the minds of our people, I was just focused on the part played by Konkana and Rahul Bose. They are just too good for the role of co-passengers. The feeling of untrust towards Rahul Bose is just crystal clear in the eyes of Konkana and the love and care she feel from him is just awesome. I love the attitude of Rahul Bose. I wish they both come together again in another such movie.