Saturday, August 15, 2015

Movie Review: Gour Hari Dastaan - An Ode to a Freedom Fighter

This week saw the release of Ananth Mahadevan directed movie 'Gour Hari Dastaan' starring Vinay Pathak, Ranveer Shoerey and Konkona Sen Sharma. The movie is based on the real life story of Gandhian Gour Hari Das who for 30 odd years fought against the corrupt and inefficient system of India to be recognized as a freedom fighter.

The movie moves back and forth between mid 70's, mid 2000's and 1946 when he fought for India's Freedom as a member of Vanar Sena and also imprisoned by Britishers for 90 days. The story is complex but Mahadevan and co-writer CP Surendran does a brilliant job conveying it in a simple manner to the audience.

Although there are few glitches but that can be put aside when you see the effort and performances put in by each member of cast and crew. Rare are such occasions in the history of Hindi cinema where a filmmaker goes against commerce and BO results to tell a beautiful simple story.

Vinay Pathak as Gour Hari Das puts in a subtle performance that touches your heart. He has come a long way from his Bheja Fry and Chalo Dilli days. Konkona Sen Sharma puts up a brilliant act portraying the role of Das' supporting wife. Ranveer Shoeroy as a 40 plus old journalist who comes across Das's story and tries to help him, has also put in a wonderful performance.

There are few moments in the film that will make you question the bureaucracy. You will definitely feel for Das's struggle to get that alluding Freedom Fighter Certificate and when he does you want to stand up and rejoice for him.

A huge salute to Ananth Mahadevan who has come up with another heart wrenching masterpiece after Mee Sindhutai Sapkal that won four National Awards.

On the whole the movie might not cater to the masses but as content driven movies are doing well at the BO, this movie will definitely find a place in the viewers heart.

My Verdict: ****

Friday, August 14, 2015

What Does Independence Mean To Me?

Today the nation is celebrating 69 years of Independence from 150 years of British slavery. However how independent are we? Do we really feel independent in our country? What does Independence mean to everyone? This is one question I feel we should all think out loud.

For me independence means;
1) Freedom to live the way I want
2) Freedom to love / marry anyone I want
3) Freedom from corruption
4) Freedom from sexual discrimination
5) Freedom from social mindsets
6) Freedom to express
7) Freedom to make my own decisions
8) Freedom from dirt and garbage filled cities
9) Freedom from potholes
10) Freedom from racism
11) Freedom to follow any religion of my choice
12) Freedom from pollution
13) Freedom from poverty
14) Freedom to eat what I want, including beef
15) Freedom to surf any website
16) Freedom to watch any movie without the interference of censor boards / religious units
The list is endless...

So are we still independent enough to celebrate our FREEDOM today - 69 years later?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Got a 4G phone? Go for Airtel 4G!

Are you tired of lousy 2G or 3G connection? Then your dream to get uninterrupted high speed mobile broadband connection has become a reality. What? Yes and this has been made possible by the communications giant Airtel. Airtel has introduced their new 4G connection to almost 296 towns in the country. Hurrah! Yup that's what I said jumping into the air after reading the news. Move aside lousy connections and welcome high speed mobile broadband to your life! Now you can stream and upload HD videos, download music, movies and images within few minutes.

Apart from the above I have few more benefits to list;
  1. Airtel offers six months of unlimited download and music streaming on Wynk Music along with free five movies per month for six months with every 4G SIM Swap on the Eros Now channel of Wynk Movies
  2. Airtel has introduced a new range of Infinity Plans starting at Rs.999/- with unlimited mobile voice calls, data benefits and uninterrupted access to Wynk Movies & Music
  3. If you have a 4G handset then you can get a free SIM delivered to your doorstep within 4 hours like me after tweeting #GETAIRTEL4G. How? Once you tweet, you will get a reply from @AirtelIndia handle directing you to a link where you need to enter your details for SIM delivery.
Now if you are wondering if Airtel will charge you a ‘bomb’ for their service then you will be happily surprised to know that the communications giant is offering the service at 3G data prices starting from Rs.25/-. 

Got a 4G phone? Want Airtel4G? Then what are you waiting for? Log onto your system and tweet #GetAirtel4G for a free SIM home delivery now!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Shy-way: Love it or Leave it: Bajrangi Bhaijaan - Movie Review

Shy-way: Love it or Leave it: Bajrangi Bhaijaan - Movie Review: It has been a long time that I wrote any movie reviews. However, this week's release   Bajrangi Bhaijaan   has dragged me out of m...

Bajrangi Bhaijaan - Movie Review

It has been a long time that I wrote any movie reviews. However, this week's release Bajrangi Bhaijaan has dragged me out of my hibernation to write a review.

First things first, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is not an usual Salman Khan movie. No cable hanging fights, no stripping, no popular one-liners, no Munni type item songs and no villains that we always associate his movies with. I think after Tere Naam this is one movie where Salman has actually experimented with a subject and he comes out a winner, winning not only his loyal fan's hearts but also the so called nasty reviewers.

The film starts off with a Pakistani village household cheering for Pakistan while watching its nail biting crucial cricket match with India on television. Inspired by the ace Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi, a to be mother from the household names her daughter as Shahida (Harshaali Malhotra). The girl despite being beautiful and expressive does not speak a word, which worries her parents day after day. On the advice of an elderly person in the family, Shahida's mother decides to take Shahida to a wish-fulfilling holy dargah in Delhi, India. On their way back to Pakistan, their train halts due to a technical failure. That's when the innocent and animal loving Shahida sees a helpless lamb fallen in a pit. She gets down from the train and just when she rescues the lamb, the train starts moving, thus leaving her behind in an unknown country all alone. She quickly boards the next immediate train and reaches Delhi. It is here when she meets the extremely God fearing and a devout Hanuman bhakt Pavan Kumar Chaturvedi aka Bajrangi (Salman Khan). With the intention of helping the little girl who cannot talk, Bajrangi takes her home, only to be ridiculed by his family members. The only person who stands by him is his to-be-wife Rasika (Kareena Kapoor). Pavan and Rasika try their level best to 'decode' the identity of the child by dropping names of almost all the Indian states, but in vain. Havoc strikes their family household when they discover that Munni (aka Shahida) not only eats meat, but is also a Muslim and above all… a Pakistani! That's when Pavan decides to brave all the odds (visa issues, passport problems etc). Despite all the odds, when Bajrangi manages to cross the Indo-Pak border, but gets caught by the Pakistan police, who label him off as an Indian spy. That's when Bajrangi encounters a freelance news reporter Chaand Nawab (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who shoots the whole Pavan-Munni 'adventures' on his handycam, hoping this will be his big ticket to name and fame as a journalist. However, as he discovers their Pavan's good intentions, he too joins the duo in their journey and helps them out. Does Chaand Nawab manage to 'encash' on the Pavan-Munni story in order to be taken seriously as a journalist, does Pavan succeed in uniting Munni with her parents, does the ever-truthful Pavan manage to prove his innocence of him not being a spy before the Pakistani police and how does the simpleton Bajrangi gets transformed into Bajrangi Bhaijaan is what forms the rest of the story. 

Actingwise this is Salman Khan’s best performance till date. Newcomer Harshali Malhotra is a revelation. With no dialogues to mouth, she does a wonderful job with expressions. Kareena Kapoor in a cameo is okay. Nawazuddin Siddique as always is endearing.

Kabir Khan after his previous movies viz. Kabul Express, New York and Ek Tha Tiger again proves his metal. The story by V. Vijayendra Prasad and dialogues by Kausar Munir are perfect and the movie is set to motion right at the beginning with no space for boredom setting in. The visuals of POK is wonderfully captured. The music is average.

Overall it’s worth every penny you spend. Go for it!

My Verdict: *****

Saturday, March 7, 2015

International Women's Day - Men's Take

On the advent of ‪‎International Women‬'s Day I along with my friends Chaya Goswami and Pranay Parekh went asking few men if they knew what International Women's Day‬ was all about... watch to find out  quite hilarious...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015