Sunday, August 26, 2012

Memorable Dialogues from 'Chupke Chupke' - A Timeless Classic

'Chupke Chupke' is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully made light hearted comedies of Indian Cinema. Produced and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the film is a complete family entertainer.
Hrishi Da has this unmatched flair of etching out characters beautifully. Each dialogue, each scene, and each character from the movie is an epic in itself.
Chupke Chupke is one of my all-time-favorites. I have listed down some of my favorite dialogues from the movie. Hope you enjoy :)

Paagalpan Ke Lakshan:


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dasvidaniya... The Best Goodbye Ever

A touching tale of a common man on the verge of death.

With the likes of Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor and Ranvir Shorey coming together in a flick, one certainly hopes to witness a “Coming of age” story. And Dasvidaniya sure does not disappoint the anticipant audience.

Amar Kaul (Vinay Pathak) is a shy middle-class man in his late thirties who works for a gluttony boss (Saurabh Shukla). Amar’s mother (Sarita Joshi) is addicted to the television and can hardly hear a thing lest she uses her hearing aid. Amar leads a subdued life and the only exciting part of his mundane routine involves making a ‘Things to do’ list of his everyday chores. All his life he fails to accomplish anything he wishes to and seems to have lost the race of life. Amar’s life turns upside down when one fine day he learns of his last stage stomach cancer.

Vinay, in a way, has played a double role in the film; the second being that of his alter ego, his conscience that steps out of him and forces him to ponder on his life till date. Amar learns to live life to the fullest only when death arrives at his doorstep. He starts off on a journey to fulfill his wishes and becomes a completely transformed man in the last three months of his life. The gradual sense of achievement he experiences is beautifully brought out in the film as he checks off each item on his ‘Things to do before I die’ list.

The crux of the movie lies in its performances. Vinay Pathak’s sincere portrayal of his role calls for a big applause. Such a natural actor he is that one almost instantly connects with his character and feels his anguish, his disappointments in life with the same intensity. Vinay completely lives the popular adage ‘Silence speaks louder than words’ when he expresses his unvoiced love to his childhood crush Neha on a rainy night. It is undoubtedly one of the best scenes in the film. Neha Dhupia is surprisingly good in her act. Rajat Kapoor is perfect as Amar’s long-lost friend. Ranvir Shorey, Gaurav Gera, Saurabh Shukla and Sarita Joshi are equally good in their respective roles.

Debutant director Shashant Shah's fine treatment of the script adds to the simplicity of the film. In Toto, Dasvidaniya is an engaging movie; you laugh with it, you cry with it and you also carry a message home: ‘Live life to the fullest’.

P.S: Prior to watching the film I had a feeling that ‘Dasvidaniya’ should be some Sanskrit originated Hindi word. Instead, it turned out to be an impure form of the Russian word for ‘goodbye’. I was partially right though, as the Russian language is believed to have close resemblance to the mother of all Indian languages Sanskrit’.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sorry Bhai or should I say ‘Maa Kasam‘

Subtle, Unusual & Witty! Sorry Bhai is a Romantic-Comedy by Onir, one of the path-breaking film makers of recent times.

Harsh Mathur (Sanjay Suri) is all set to marry Aaliya (Chitrangada Singh), his long time girl friend. Harsh’s parents Naveen (Boman Irani) and Gayatri (Shabana Azmi) and his younger brother Siddharth (Sharman Joshi) travel to Mauritius to attend the wedding. Shabana plays a nagging mother while Boman is a jovial & happy-go-lucky father. Siddharth is a young, nerdy and shy Scientist who is expecting a patent for his so called theory of “Living inanimate objects” and has been trying to “make a toy dog fly” to prove it.

Highly ambitious Harsh, over the time shifts his focus from Aaliya to his stocks. Soon love takes a back seat and money becomes his priority. Aaliya on the other hand is a simple girl and desires to lead a normal happy married life with Harsh. While Harsh seems to have no time for his fiancée, an unusual liking springs up between Siddharth and Aaliya. No matter how hard they try to ward-off every inch of feeling for one another, they end up falling in love; Madly.

Chitrangada and Shabana portray a perfect love-hate relationship. They initially kick-off by disliking each other but eventually start to connect and come to respect one another despite completely contrasting idiosyncrasies.

Shabana & Boman are just fab together and are as usual fantastic in their respective roles. When it comes to comedy, there are not many who can surpass Boman and one is sure to have more than a bunch of great laughs through the movie. Sharman Joshi clearly steals the show amongst the younger lot. Sanjay Suri is okay. Chitrangada Singh has got-it-all in terms of looks and perfectly fits the bill of a woman who is slimly mature for Sharman; she does a fairly good job as an actor too. The sparkling chemistry between Sharman & Chitrangada is hard to go unnoticed.

Sorry Bhai is about relationships, complex though. Come to think of it, it certainly is a hard-to-digest concept for the orthodox cine-goers, which not many may approve of. Unconventional? Yes! But all said and done, Sorry Bhai is enjoyable and makes for a pleasant watching experience. For some strange reason I felt the movie should have been named ‘Maa Kasam’ instead. You will have to watch the movie to know why.

Crafting out a movie on a tricky subject as this requires a sensitive approach in story telling. And Onir walks the thin line with aplomb. Clearly Sorry Bhai belongs to the ‘Hatke’ lot of movies to come out of Bollywood; a movie that goes beyond the yawn-inducing jargon

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Amu… A Quest for Identity

Emotionally provocative and passionately made!

Kaju (Konkona Sensharma), a UCLA graduate is a young girl of Indian origin who is brought up in Los Angeles, USA. She returns to India to visit her maternal relatives in Delhi. Aware of the fact the she was adopted into a Bengali family at the age of three by Keya Roy (Brinda Karat) a social activist, Kaju basically aims to get in touch with her roots and intends to discover her birth place “the real India” through foreign lens. During this pursuit, Kaju comes across signs of hidden secrets related to her past and sets out to trace down her identity.

This critically acclaimed film focuses on the impact of1984 riots that triggered as a result of assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, by her Sikh escorts. The film also throws light on the magnitude of political involvement in the massacre; leading to a complete urban-chaos where thousands of Sikhs were brutally killed and their families were ripped-off from their homes.

Amu is definitely a brave attempt by Shonali Bose considering the controversial nature of the content. The handling of the subject matter is intelligent. The riot scenes are neatly done with absolutely no enactment of blood shed and not a single weapon used. Shonali has sensibly kept it symbolic and has utilized just the mob, their shouts and their cries to depict riots, making it devastatingly effective. However the intertwining of the flashback sequences, including the riot scenes and Kaju’s déjà vu shots, with the present could have been better.  

Alongside the portrayal of a heartrending tale, Amu has its share of lighter moments; be it the scene where the girls share their “hep” way of life with Granny, or the one where the little boy in the slums dances on a Bollywood number or Govind bhai’s recital of the famous Gabbar Singh dialogues.

The film could have easily done away with Kabir’s character (Ankur Khanna). The only reason for its inclusion seemed to be unwrapping the political connects from Kaju’s troubled past. Well, there were better ways of achieving that. Nevertheless, Konkona’s exceptional performance makes up for that miss. In an attempt to do justice to her character, Konkona puts on a little American-ish accent in her dialogues; thankfully she does not over-do it and that helps in keeping it natural. Brinda Karat as a social activist and an adoptive mother looks dignified and beautiful; though not much of an actor, she manages to pull off her role well. Yashpal Sharma as Govind Bhai and Bharat Kapoor as the influential politician have also done a good job.

Originally made in English and dubbed in Hindi, this debut movie by Producer-Director Shonali was later squeezed into a novel with the same name by Shonali herself.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Guzaarish… A Plea

Guzaarish is a passionate, tear-jerking and heart wrenching story of Ethan Mascarenhas (Hrithik Roshan), who is one of the most celebrated Magicians in Goa. Ethan is paralyzed with a serious spine injury and turns into a Quadriplegic, when Yasser Siddiqui, a Magician and Ethan’s best friend deceives him owing to jealousy.

A true fighter, Ethan bravely survives fourteen long years celebrating life with immense courage and an unfading smile on his face. He sets out to be a successful loved-by-all RJ hosting Radio Zindagi, and is no less than an idol for his listeners.

Aishwarya Rai, who personifies elegance, gracefully dons the hat of Sofia D’Souza, Ethan’s nurse since twelve years, who has been sincerely taking care of him. She forgoes her home, family and her almost-broken marriage, unaware of her silent yet deep love for Ethan.

Tired of living a life confined to the four walls, a bed and a wheel chair, Ethan urges his best friend and lawyer Devyani Dutta, portrayed by Shernaz Patel to file a petition requesting for Euthanasia or Mercy Killing.

Devyani and Ethan’s mother Isabel (Nafisa Ali), stand by his decision as they had seen him suffer enough all through the years and want his agony to end at once. Sofia and neurologist Dr. Nayak do not approve of this since they had saved and nurtured his life for so long, but later on back his decision for his own good.

Meanwhile, Omar Siddiqui, played by Aditya Roy Kapoor, a naïve young man approaches Ethan with a desire to learn magic from none other than the legend himself. Ethan agrees to pass on his magical prowess to him, in full awareness that Omar is Yasser Siddiqui’s Son.

Using Radio Zindagi as an aid, Ethan tries to gain people’s support in favor of his case. He calls it ‘Project Ethanasia’ and asks his listeners for a vote. Much to his disappointment, he learns that all his fans want him to live.

The truly imaginative Bhansali is at his aesthetic best when it comes to the splendid sets in his movies. Sets of Guzaarish are nicely embellished with rich yet sober play of colors. Alike Bhansali’s earlier works, Guzaarish is a musical. The film’s music also composed by Bhansali adds to its sublime beauty.

A lovely movie with an equally beautiful bunch of actors. Hrithik Roshan steals the show with his effortless portrayal of the character. Rajit Kapoor, who has also written the dialogues for the movie, plays the infuriated prosecution lawyer. Shernaz Patel was wonderful as ever. Newcomer Aditya Roy Kapoor also leaves a mark with his on-screen spontaneity and an amusing performance.

Guzaarish is magical, serene and full of life. Guzaarish... is a plea for death!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The City that never sleeps…


The City of Lights, as they rightly call it, completely awed us by its charm. There is never a dull moment in the city and could be easily regarded as the fun capital of the world. It’s just so amazing to see how the city manages to transform itself from the ‘any other city’ look to the ‘Woooow’ look as the day progresses into night.

To begin with, the Hotel we stayed in ‘Excalibur’ was simply fantabulous. It had a medieval look and Camelot Castle Theme. Each Hotel in the heart of the City, better known as ‘The Strip’ is based on a different theme viz., Luxor (Egyptian), The Venetian (Venice), Bellagio (Italian) and Caesar’s Palace (Roman) to name a few. We could not visit them all but from whatever we did; I must say all of them were exotic!!!

Being a veggie, food over there was a disappointment though. But yeah, a couple of times we did satisfy our taste buds at an Indian Restaurant called Tamba. Yum!

The Gandola Ride at the Venetian was majestically romantic ;) It was a small boat ride like the ones in Venice (remember the song? Do lafzon ki hai…dil ki kahani...). The magic and romance in the ambience multiplied two folds as our gondolier sang for us. Loved his songs! J

And oh my!!! The view from top of the Eiffel Tower Restaurant and the stratosphere swept us off our feet. Stratosphere is the tallest tower in the city, and the rooftop lays out the view of the dazzling city neatly covered with a blanket of lights. Phew! It is extraordinarily beautiful!!!

Musical fountains of Bellagio are mesmerizing. Madamme Tussauds, Titanic Artifacts Museum, Bodies – The Exhibition and Shark Reef Aquarium were a few other places that we visited. We’d also been to Fremont, a digital overhead street with glittery lights and music all around. All you can see there is lights and people. And all you can hear is loud music. The Fremont Street Experience is what they call it.

The FlightLinez ride at Fremont was a terrific experience. They harness you up and you gotta ride over the zipline from top of a 5 storey bldg moving across the street about half a Km long and land on top of a 2 storey bldg. Gosh it was so much fun!! Must confess I was really scared, but finally did it! Yippieee!!!

We majorly commuted by walk throughout the trip and the walking spree though tiring but equally exciting never seemed to end. At times we did travel by bus as well.

Last but certainly not the least: (The Moment of Truth :D) Did we gamble? ;) – Yes we did, but no luck. L

In Toto a real good, amazing, crazy, exciting and eventful trip. Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SAARI RAAT – A Review

Venue: Ravindra Bharathi
Date & Time: 22nd July’ 2010, 7:30 PM
Genre: Drama

Duration: 1 Hr 30 Mins
Language: Hindi

CAST & CREW

Director: Sunil Chandurkar
Music: Parag Sathe
Cast: Sowmya Ram, Sunil Chandurkar and Saurabh Gharapurikar

The fourth day of the Hyderabad Theatre & Short Film Festival staged ‘Saari Raat’, a one-act play by Udaan at Ravindra Bharathi, one of the largest and oldest forums for Art & Theatre buffs in Hyderabad. Saari Raat is Pratibha Agarwal’s Hindi translation of the original Bengali Classic by Badal Sircar. Directed by Sunil Chandurkar, the play showcases an impossible incident of an impossible night.

It is pitch dark outside and heavily raining; a young couple seeks shelter in an old creaky mysterious house. Amidst shabby surroundings, strange happenings, echoes and loud laughter, enters an old man who claims to be the owner of the house and allows them to stay over for the night. The old man possesses an uncanny flair of interpreting people’s thoughts and lives. He has his own inscrutable theory surrounding the number ‘Seven’ based on which he explains them the different stages of their life that leaves the couple dumbstruck. “Saari Raat... Raat Saari... Main Jaagta Hoon...” iterates the old man throughout and perplexes the young couple by revealing their personal details with such stark precision that he seems to be able to read their minds.

Unlike the young man who has an average set of expectations & desires from life that any common man would have, the young woman seems to be living in a world of her own. Her thoughts revolve inside the walls of the dream that she has weaved for herself through the years. She comes face-to-face with her innermost desires as flakes of her dream start surfacing during her conversation with the old man. This makes her suspect supernatural presence in the house.

In toto ‘Saari Raat by UDAAN’ can boast of having a brilliant and experienced team of actors. Saurabh, the founder of UDAAN, perfectly fitted into the shoes of a typical loving husband while Sowmya displayed the grey-shades in her character with élan. Actor-Director Sunil Chandurkar was stunning as the sagging eccentric old man. Parag Sathe, who also contributed in vocals, did an amazing job with the background score. His music certainly added the desired punch and a well suited flavor of suspense to enhance the overall feel of the play.

The play for sure succeeds in creating the intended curiosity as the plot seems to oscillate between dream & reality. In the end, it is left to the audience to decide if the occurrences were real or the woman had been dreaming it all.


Signing Off…
Neha Natu Sharma