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May 9, 2016

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Movie – Jungle Book

Director –  Jon Favreau

Producer – Walt Disney

StoryThe Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film of the same name,The Jungle Book is a live-action/CGI film that tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Khan. The film introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli

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My Review –

WOW what a movie. I can watch it umpteenth times and still no regrets. A film that really touches you, no matter how old you are. I had watched the animation on TV during my growing years and initially I was little apprehensive about watching it once more as a movie on big screen, fearing to lose its originality but Disney has done full justice to it. The movie could not have been any matter.

I had always been a fan of Mowgli but the movie has given me a new treat. How can I forget to mention Sher Khan, aka Nana Patekar whose voice had matched the fierceness of the King of the jungle even after so many years (The animation series also had Nana Patekar voice over as Sher Khan).

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Of course the black panther, Bagheera (Om Puri voice over). The duo created the mood along with the awesome set of Disney movies for a marvelous entertainment.

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But I got my double treat in the form of Ballu (voice over by none other than Irfan Khan) that set me rolling with laughter on the floor.The best part was when Bagira and Baloo  aka Om Puri and Irfan Khan set off together. the-latest-character-posters-for-disney-s-the-jungle-book-are-totally-fierce-disney-903673

Of course in her small role as Kaa the serpent, Priyanka Chopra’s voice has succeeded in creating the magnificent whip.

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I cannot end without praising the little Mowgli aka Neel Sethi whose stunning acting and expression has succeeded in creating the magic.

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The director, technicians, editor and all the other eminent  persons associated with the movie and Disney, all I want to say is THANK YOU for giving me the moment which I could easily share with my child as a child myself.

Overall the movie is must watch for family. Both kids and adults can enjoy the movie together.

The imagery of a sunken boat in such deep dark waters stuck with me…and a story was born.- Sumana Khan

Today on our Blog Guest Post we have the blogger turned author, Sumana Khan, author of The Revenge of Kaivalya, whose work has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike. In a previous avatar, Sumana Khan was an IT consultant. One summer morning, she decided to become poor. She is now an avid and reclusive blogger & author. Today she shares with us about her inspiration behind her new release, Encounters – Someone Always Waiting….

What inspired you to write  Encounters?

 

You’ve asked me a question that makes me scratch my head. What’s my inspiration for Encounters?

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author Sumana Khan

It’s a tough question because the manuscript was a disjointed mosaic of paragraphs written in notebooks. It was not written in one sitting—each story was written in bits and pieces at different times. For example, Happiness Clinic was written five years ago, and had a different form and voice. Reminiscence was written three years ago. The Storyteller existed as a paragraph, and then expanded to one page, and remained that way for three years. Best Friends Forever and First Love were freshly minted. Even so, Best Friends Forever existed as a two-page outline for ages.

So if I have to talk about inspiration…I suppose the most cogent way of putting it down will be story-wise.

First Love is probably the toughest story I wrestled with. I had nothing going on – except a vague dream. I guess it was sparked by a documentary on the Kumbh Mela; it was a fantastic visual feast. I’d also watched Coppola’s Dracula for the thousandth time.  In the movie, there is a hypnotic scene where Dracula (Gary Oldman) and Mina Harker (Winona Ryder) meet for the first time. The setting is a busy London street, and Dracula spots Harker across the street…and who can forget the lines, “See me! See me now!” Well the result of too much TV was I dreamt I’m in a mela. And I spot a man walking ahead of me. He turns around and gasp! He has a non-human face. It took nearly five months for the story to take shape. (Anything more I say will have spoilers) J

The Happiness Clinic and Reminiscence were an attempt to portray elderly protagonists – we are mostly fascinated with youth, and so we lose out on exploring the emotional complexity that comes with growing old. I’ve also been a participant in the changing family scenario of India. It is an inevitable change – as children spread wings and settle down elsewhere, more and more parents are on their own. Some take it as a well-deserved freedom; after decades of being care takers to children and grand-children, they are finally free to explore their own lives. For some others, they feel isolated and emotionally stressed. The bottom-line is a vast majority of us have never had the opportunity to be by ourselves. Our lives are crowded with people whether we like it or not; relationships are thrust on us whether we like it or not. So, having lived a crowded life, what happens when it all goes away, and one must deal with one’s own company?

The Storyteller was a result of my fascination with the hinterlands of Tamil Nadu (I’d been on a forced pilgrimage to deal with Shani playing havoc in my life). As I travelled through those smaller towns, savouring fantastic food (and of course filter coffee)…I came alive. I transposed this fascination with stories of the tsunami that I’d heard – fishermen being washed away, villages that vanished.

Best Friends Forever has its inspiration rooted in the Loch Ness actually. On all my trips on this loch, the dark waters have hypnotised me. The blackness of the water so to speak, comes from a peaty lake bed. In 1952, John Cobb, an American speed enthusiast attempted to break the world record for water speed. Unfortunately his boat, the Crusader, hit a boat-wake and disintegrated. Cobb died in the accident and although his body was retrieved, the Crusader sank deep down to the lake bed where it still lies today. The imagery of a sunken boat in such deep dark waters stuck with me…and a story was born.

Even though the birth of the stories occurred at different time periods, the overarching theme in all of them was human relationships. It got me thinking about how we come across someone, or a place, or a memory…and the encounter alters us. This is how we grow (or de-grow) in life I suppose. Thus, a title was born, and the stories suddenly came together like a colourful tassel.

 More about Sumana Khan

Sumana Khan was born and raised in Bangalore and currently lives in the UK. She is a blogger and a student. Her debut novel was The Revenge of Kaivalya.

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