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Title: Tumhari Sulu

Director: Suresh Triveni

Cast: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia

Genre: Comedy – Drama

Story:  Happy-go-lucky Sulochana (fondly known as Sulu), a suburban Mumbai housewife, lives with her husband, Ashok, a sales manager in a traditional company that sells uniforms, and their 11-year-old son, Pranav. Sulu keeps herself entertained through the day, which includes listening to her favorite radio station and taking part in every possible contest. Sulu breezes through life with a fun and candid never-say-never attitude. On a day like any other, Sulu ends up winning a pressure cooker through a radio contest that she has taken part in. Little does she know that her trip to the radio station is about to change her life. In an unexpected turn of events, she lands a job of an RJ (radio jockey). She is no ordinary RJ for she is made to anchor a night show, which involves chatting with peculiars, strangers and lonely souls. A husband in constant battle at a mid-level job, a precocious child who is up to something alarmingly strange in school, and a woman who unpredictably stumbles into the world of radio . Seasoned with music, humour and quirk, Tumhari Sulu witnesses the everyday grit of a housewife, a marriage put to test and a world that struggles to see the beauty of a so-called ‘simple, ordinary life’. From the team of Neerja, comes a charming slice-of-life family feature, which will warm the cockles of your heart.

My Take:  I am her fan.

Since her days in music albums I loved watching her. And then Parineeta happened. Vidya Balan portrays a typical middle class woman with ease and brilliance. And that’s the chord which connects her to many like me. I have watched all her movies, blockbusters, flops, average and she had always stood out of the league for me. Because it had always been the plot that attracted me first. So her choice of scripts had been up to my liking. From a girl in her early twenties she has gracefully transformed into a  woman and has still been winning hearts. God bless her.

Sigh! I can go on and on about her but have to write about her new release – Tumhari Sulu. Its about a simple housewife and her dreams. Before I even start about the movie let me take you to the conversation between a husband and a wife.

Husband: What is the point of  job when you already have one at home? Taking care of the family is a big responsibility.

Wife: I have been doing that for so many years . Now this job sounds like a good opening for me. And moreover the kids are old enough to take care of themselves. And moreover I am not resigning from my responsibilities for this job.

Husband: See I don’t want any problem in our life because of this decision of yours. I am already earning well for all of us.

Wife: Its not about money and you know that. Its just that now I have lot of time in hand and I can use it in a better way.

Husband: Do whatever you feel like.  By the way how much are they going to pay ?

Wife: I have not negotiated yet.

Husband: Great! Don’t come crying to me after a month. (He leaves the room with a cunning smile on his face.)

Wife: (Sighs!) first round over.

A few days into her new job and she learns things real fast. The best part her work is appreciated by her employers. But sadly her home front  gets affected and eventually she had give up on her dreams once more.

Well sounds like a typical story of any middle class housewife but Tumhari Sulu is entirely different. Its more like eating a poppadom – crackles when you take a bite and melts into your mouth. Tumhari Sulu is just like that.

It crackles you with laughter when you least expect it and melts your heart too. The scene when Sulu submits her resignation to Maria cannot be expressed in words. The lady actually used her smile and eyes to emote while she delivered the dialogues.

I shall not talk more about the movie. Tumhari Sulu is a home maker’s story – her aspirations, her responsibilities, her guilt  and her biggest support, her family.

Go for it if you want to see a breezy real life story.

PS: The husband wife dialogue does not belong to any movie. Its purely my imagination.
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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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Movie : Haramkhor 

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi, Mater Irfan Khan, Master Mohammad Samad

Story: Shyam, a married teacher, gets romantically involved with his student Sandhya. However, they find themselves in the middle of a love triangle when Kamal, her classmate, tries to woo her.

Genre: Drama

My Take:

Okay, I intended to watch it at its time of release but destiny chose now. So I watched it alone. A marvelous act from Nawazuddin Siddiqui. I want to say this actor can work wonders with just about anything. A plot like Haramkhor is so beautifully handled by him and the other star cast in the film that it needs to be applauded. The story is from a teenage POV. How certain issues can really affect them and it can cause so much chaos in any relationship.

A teenager is a stage when the person is no more a child and want to act like an adult. And the whole thing creates more confusion in them cause they are still treated as children.

This movie very brilliantly shows how a teenager in turmoil can react in any given situation. Laced with innocence and trust they don’t even back off from committing a crime. And that  too unknowingly. It is also the time when adults have a huge responsibility to behave themselves. They should not act like someone in charge of the whole situation rather act like a friend to the teenager and win their trust. So that the child doesn’t hesitate to share his her secret with them.

Haramkhor is plot where there is breach of trust in all relationships and that is the cause of all chaos which ultimately finishes off with a crime. Could it have been averted?

Recommended to watch it not with children. Though the plot is about them but it is not a children movie.

 

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Movie Review : Newton

Starring : Rajkumar Rao, Raghubir Yadav, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil

Director: Amit Masurkar

Genre : Dark Comedy

Story:  A government clerk on election duty in the conflict ridden jungle of Central India tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels.

My Take:

And I second with the blog post title.

Like many others I pray this movie wins the Oscar 2018. For those who don’t know the movie Newton is the official entry to Oscar 2018 from India under the category of foreign films.

There are many things which makes the film stand out and the foremost is its rawness and simplicity in portraying its characters and their situation. Although its a dark comedy but the plot will make you think hard about our democracy.

Dantewada, the naxal infiltrated region of Chhattisgarh for over three decades now hasn’t faced its chance for basic development even today. The lives of the people, Gond tribal face similar neglect and torture at the hands of both Maoists and the armed forces. Everyday in the local newspaper or TV channels some mishap or the other is reported from that area.

Its not that the government and other agencies are not doing anything to culminate these communities into the mainstream. However, the facilities never reach them or better said it is never meant to felicitate them. The schemes and endless perks sanctioned to them is safely pocketed by the middlemen who sometimes happen to be the government employee or a politician. These people come up with endless ways to exploit the already downtrodden communities.

One case here needs to be mentioned. A group of tribal students were brought to the state capital of Chhattisgarh, Raipur on the pretext of providing higher education under the government scheme ended up as domestic servant in the school director’s house. For two years the boys were exploited and they never knew about it. Tribal girls in the hostel are raped repeatedly by the college director and principal. Sadly, there are more stories like this where the tribal are exploited.

Newton movie shows the plight of these people in their own homes, their basic right to vote also doesn’t account for where survival itself is a big question. Yet we are the largest democratic nation of the world. The film is a mockery to our election procedure and frankly it is the truth. Even many of us who are reading this post may not be aware of the local politician in their own locality. I am one of them. I still don’t know who the person is and how much development has he/she done for our block.

Like PTM meet in schools where we tap our child’s report throughout the month shouldn’t we be tapping our political leaders also so that we are not made fools at the end of the term.

Nevertheless, NEWTON is surely going to rock 2018 Oscar award with its rawness and blunt portrayal of lives of people of the naxal infiltrated area of Chhattisgarh, be it the tribal, the armed forces or the Maoist.

A dialogue to remember from the movie, “Yeh desh ka bhar hai aur ye hamare kandho pe hai.” Salute to the Indian soldiers.

Watch it for the comic timings in the most serious situations.

 

 

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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Rekha’s sexual openness raised eyebrows and rattled people. Bollywood wasn’t ready for such an irrepressible woman, and tried to suppress her. This book tells the truth about her relationship with the reigning superstar of the time, her many other lovers, and the shocking suicide of her husband

Format – ebook

Publisher – Juggernaut

My Take:

Since the time I can remember the beauty of this Bollywood Diva enchanted me. I had seen so many of her movies, collected her posters from the magazine, cassette covers, newspapers that I always thought media was in love with this lady. When I grew up a little more I came to know about her alleged relationships with her co-stars and finally her marriage to one of the Delhi based businessman that shocked me along with her other fans. Personally, as a fan, I never visualized as any of these avatars. I loved her simplicity in Khubsurat, Utsav, Umrao Jaan and Kama Sutra. The last one needs mention because it is different in that genre. There was another movie in which she portrayed the life of a woman who was the only breadwinner of the family. She even gives up her boyfriend when she comes t o know that her widow sister secretly loved him. She portrayed one main quality of a Nari, the woman, mainly sacrifice. And I want to remember her always in that  role. In fact all the movies I mentioned here has some of the shades of this trait slightly. She remains one of my favorite.

When I bought this book I knew what I would find because the author had already mentioned in the very beginning that he never got a chance to interview Rekha. So this book has all the information about her minus her POV. The author has written the book from a neutral POV. He never exaggerated her at any point in the book. What I enjoyed most in the book was the way he unfolded her layers, one beneath the other, that by the time you end the book you feel totally complete. Complete with the story of your favorite actress and loving her more for what she is, an woman. I enjoyed the simple language the author used for narration. Never once I found the book boring. Excellent read!!

Recommended for those who enjoy Bollywood biographies.

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Nil Battey Sannata is a proverb which means when there is no hope.

Movie – Nil Battey Sannata

Cast – Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak

Director – Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

My rating – unnamedunnamedunnamedunnamed

My Take  – What would you do if things do not fall in your favor? Will you stop trying or wait for things to happen?

This movie is a typical example of none of the above options. This film clearly gives a message Where There Is A Will There Is A Way. Inspired by real life incident partially, the movie is a salute to motherhood according to me. It’s all about how a mother even with all her faults can inspire her child and shape up her daughter’s future against all odd.
The story is about a maid, Chanda played by Swara Bhaskar, who dreams of making her daughter successful person in life, unlike herself. Raising a child single handedly is in itself very difficult but she faces all challenges and dreams big for her daughter always. On the other hand, her daughter thinks more practically and dreams of becoming a governess or a maid in future like her mother and gives a big set back to her mother’s only dream.
The movie is all about how the mother takes it up as a challenge and inspires her daughter to dream big in spite of all the financial challenges and achieve it.
Must watch for real time inspiring movies. Both Ratna Pathak and Swara Bhaskara need a big round of applauses for their work and special mention is the debutant director, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, who had never left the chord of the script and kept everything simple and realistic.

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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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