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Movie Name: Liar’s Dice

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa

Story: Kamala, a young woman from Chitkul village and her girl child Manya, embark on a journey leaving their native land in search for her missing husband.

Genre: Drama

My Take:  Awestruck.

Thats one word I can think for the movie. The movie was released in Oct 2013 and has bagged the awards National Film Award for Best Actress, National Film Award for Best Cinematography. Directed and written by Geetu Mohandas is her debut work. The movie is very slow paced but then I like slow paced plots that opens up eventually just like the cabbage leaves. Lol.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, I am already in love with him, gave a terrific performance as an army deserter from the Border Guard but the surprise package in the movie was Kamala, enacted by Geetanjali Thapa, this was her first movie I watched, and her 3-year old daughter Manya, Manya Gupta, a bundle of cuteness. And making the family complete is their pet goat kid.

Kamala sets out with the two to look out for her husband who had stopped responding to their calls past couple of months. Nawaz helps them in the journey which turns out to be his soul discovery too. From being a creep he changes into a bread winner and helps  find out the truth for the distressed woman.

A journey that starts from a small village along the snowy rugged mountains of Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh to the dingy hotel room at Chandi Chowk in New Delhi is to watch out for. You can embark on this journey in the toy train in Shimla, or HPDT bus plying from Palam to Chandigarh or the deserted roads of Shimla at night or the crowded lane of Chandni Chowk. Feel the cold waves of the mountains and the heat waves of the plains as you travel along.

Another best part I loved about the movie was the relationship of trust that culminates between the lead pairs even under odd circumstance which is very brilliantly plotted. The movie is purely realistic and unfolds according to the circumstances.

Sad such movies don’t get commercially released but gain a lot of fame in festivals. Wish we had a theater dedicated for off beat movies only.

Watch the movie if you enjoy road journeys.

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Directed and written by Geetu Mohandas

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I went to watch Lipstick Under My Burkha (LUMB)

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Lipstick Under My Burkha

Before I tell you what the movie is about I would like to share my experience of going out to watch this movie.

Ten years into marriage now and I have skipped all the movies I ever wanted to watch on the silver screen. The reason is not different than many of yours. I love to watch off beat movies mostly and that does not pull in family viewing at all especially when you have kids in the house. So in theaters, I always end by watching movies which are treat to eyes of the kids which implies superman, flying Jatt etc. While I usually watch my TBV list on TV with CDs – pirated most of the time.

LUMB was a big change from all these things in my life. I boldly announced to my family that I am going to watch this movie in the theaters. Period! They glared at me for a while but then set me free. Yes FREE. I could go out watch my movie now. No baggage attached. No hard feelings like how could I do this to my family-taking the liberty and all. But you heard me correct. LUMB trailers got me to say that and with no baggage attached.

So now the first hurdle was crossed. which meant I had to watch it alone if my family was not coming along. ALONE! Nah. I turned to all my girlfriends on my phone contact list. Sending messages in Watsapp groups to make a team to go out to watch the movie in the hall.

Surprisingly, even after so much hoopla many of the women on my list had never heard of the movie. And those who did had some kind of excuse or the other to skip it. However, they did assure they would love to watch it. However, I know the situation would have been different if it was a different movie like romance or masala bollywood films.

LUMB is based on a social issue  and it is not just off beat but related to of woman’s sexual desire. It is a dark comedy. Nevertheless, I kept asking them out. So finally after pitching around thirty or so ladies in my groups, three finally came forward.

It was a rocking day for me and I gladly announced to my family that finally I got my movie mates. Venue and time of the show was decided. But on the due date, two of the three friends gave the same excuse which the others had given before. I can understand that.

Even saying about it to someone who had seen the trailers that you were going to watch it raised brows with a naughty smile. However, the film is anything but naughty.

I was wondering if I had to watch it alone again. I did that once many years before my marriage and was in for a shock after sitting in the theater. It was Amir khan movie – 1947, The Earth. (Very difficult to watch alone because of its rawness in portraying the incidents during partition of India ). So I was caught up in the same fear even after so many years. Of course both the movies are totally different. However, the thought of having a stranger sitting next to me in a darken hall was still very uncomfortable for me.

I reached the venue in time and was very glad to find the friend waiting. We watched the movie together and enjoyed it too. By the time it was over, it was late in the evening and drizzling too. We exchanged goodbyes and headed back home. She with her family and I in my scooty. Driving past the convoy of trucks on the national highway with beads of rain drops splashing on my face and wetting my clothes. Luckily there was no street light on at that moment- I want to remember LUMB for giving me those moments – my moment of lipstick wale sapne.

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Ratna Pathak in Lipstick Under My Burkha

My Review of the movie: I loved the movie. Especially, the character played by Ratna Pathak – a middle aged widow dreaming of love life. Of course, the movie has lots of other relatable characters too, chasing their dreams. Even when their dreams comes crashing down instead of losing hope they chase a new one. Never stop dreaming it says. For nobody can take that away from you – Your Lipstick Wale Sapne

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Movie – One Night Stand

Director – Jasmine D’Souza

Story – Bhavani Iyer

Star cast – Sunny Leone, Nyra Banerjee and Tanuj Virwani in the lead roles

Genre – Thriller

Rating – unnamedunnamed

My Review-

I didn’t have any expectations from this movie. It came up when I had no choice left. But I would say I don’t regret it. But then why is it called thriller?? Complete fake.

Sunny Leone is a delight to watch and I have watched almost all her movies and still her debut film Jism remains my favourite. The lady really knows how to show her curves. But then the movie was A certificate so such scenes were obvious reasons.

Now apart from that, what else do I get to see in the movie? I fear to say nothing at all. The newcomers did not do anything at all. It seemed like they were not putting in any efforts. No expression, no chemistry. Not even when their bodies sizzle in the water.

About the story, it is about the adultery and relationships. But then the actors failed to portray it in a nice way. Hairstyle, hot pants, pink lips stole most of the scene. The movie lacked soul.

It was a rather cold movie. You can watch it if you are a Sunny Leone fan.

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Movie – 1920 London

Star Cast: Sharman Joshi, Meera Chopra, Vishal Karwal, Sushmita Mukherjee

Director: Tinu Suresh Desai

Rating –unnamedunnamed

My Review

Okay so here is my say. I have been a fan of Vikram Bhatt horror movies but lately he has disappointed me. After watching the trailer of 1920 London, I was so excited that this new release is going to give me the thrill that I yearned for in a Bollywood horror flicks but the movie turned down my expectations. The movie as I would like to put it, was more of a fashion show of the 1920s than the actual horror.

This was the first time, 1920 series, Vikram seem to have experimented with his horror style. Instead of woman as the possessed victim he chose a man who for some reason could not connect with the chord of the horror thriller. Most of the time he was shown sleeping like a corpse. That didn’t thrill me at all, not even when he walked down the stairs upside down in acrobat style.

Next thing which really pissed me was the fashion consciousness of the actors. I mean the story is about a lady asking for help to save her husband who was about to die in a week’s time. Come on! Does anybody think of fashion at such a time of crisis? Of course if you are a fashion freak than this movie can keep you captivated with its awesome collection of dresses and caps that the actress, Meera chopra loves to flaunt in every scene.

Another thing that turned me down was the costume of Sharman Joshi. The guy is supposed to be a gadariya, one that grazes cattle, he even lives in a hut but his clothes? They are straight out of a royal collection. I think the entire movie was more focused on the fashion of that era that made the actual purpose of making a horror film too illogical.

Moreover the actors shared no chemistry. It was as cold as the movie. Top actress Sushmita Mukherjee is completely wasted in the movie. What was the point of taking her if you have nothing for her to do in the entire film other than lighting lanterns? I am highly disappointed.

I would love to share here that 1920, the first movie of the series is still topping my bollywood horror movies chart but 1920 London is best watch for its fashion statement of that era.

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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.

What Amitabh Bacchan had once asked his younger brother in the blockbuster bollywood movie “DEEWAR , “TERE PAS KYA HAI ” (What is that you have ??) seems to have passed on for ages. m

Lets take a glance at this humorous conversation below :

One Baby to another:

Mere pas huggies hai !                         Tere pas kya hai?

One Boy to another:

Mere pas Ben10 hai!                             Tere pas kya hai?

One Teenager to another:

Mere pas girlfriend hai!                        Tere pas kya hai?

21 year old guy to another:

Mere pas professional degree hai!        Ttere pas kya hai?

23 year old guy to another:

Mere pas 9k ka package hai!                  Tere pas kya hai?

28 year old guy to another:

Mere pas sundar biwi hai!                       Tere pas kya hai?

32 year old guy to another:

Mere pas Beta hai!                                  Tere pas kya hai?

39 year old guy to another:

Mere pas lifestyle hai!                             Tere pas kya hai?

42 year old man to another:

Mere pas property/bank balance hai!           Tere pas kya hai?

50years old man to another:

Mere pas fame hai, rutba hai, success hai!             

                                                                       Tere pas kya hai?

55 years old man to another:

Mere pas blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, hai!                 

                                                                        Tere pas kya hai?

58 year old man to another:

Mere pas grand children hai!                       Tere pas kya hai?

62 year old man to another:

Mere pas Pension hai!                                  Tere pas kya hai?

70 year old man to another:

Mere pas abhi bhi fit body and strong mind hai!     

                                                                           Tere pas kya hai?

75 years old man to another:

Mere pas long lonely life hai!                        Tere pas kya hai?

82 years old man to another:

Mere pas upper jane ka bulawa hai!                         Tere pas kya hai?

 

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Aur Apke pas??

Please  share your thoughts with me.

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Hats off Sanjay Leela Bhamsali for such an awesome visual delight with BajiRao Mastani. I have never really liked your movies be it Ram Leela, Guzarish, Savariya, Devdas or Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. But I have watched them all. Your movies sets are larger than life and that what had always been the biggest drawback for me. I always love the sets raw. However, your current creation Bajirao Mastani has sweeped me off my feet. I am all gaga for you for the beautiful sets and designs. Even the costume designer needs special mention here for the lady did a marvelous job. Coming back to you, over the years I have been watching your films with despise but there is something in your way of storyteller that kept me glued to your movies. I love the way you portray relationship on screen.

Love does not mean that you should have a happy ending always yet you can love someone even with boundaries in-between be it geographical or otherwise. When your heart leaps for someone it does because of a particular tune and even if the person is not around your heart will leap whenever it listens to that tune. And it is purely humane to love someone so why stop yourself? But then when we talk of movies a tragic end always leaves us mum. When I saw the audience leaving the audi before our show I asked my movie mate why are the people so num. They were neither laughing nor talking. He bluntly said that Bhansali’s movies leave you weeping. His prediction was true again. Now I am writing this because Mr. Bhansali if you are reading this please make a movie with fun and laughter at the end but please don’t try a Rohit Shetty movie.

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