Sunday, September 30, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Whether its the charming deaf and mute Barfi, the autistic and extremely sensitive Jhilmil, the portly inspector getting the wind knocked out of him chasing Barfi, or Shruti who is at war with herself multiple times...they all strike a very unique chord. There are quite a few instances in the movie where it becomes a little difficult to hold back a tear or two (and I saw a few people who actually couldnt). Even so, whats wonderful is that it doesnt leave you feeling melancholy.
What I liked best about the movie is that, despite the protagonists playing characters which are deaf-and-mute and autistic respectively, it doesnt focus on the whole "differently abled" cliche. That is just another fact in the movie. While there is no deep message of any kind being conveyed (atleast not overtly), the movie does, in a very touching manner, tries to bring out the fact that 2 people who truly love each other will always be happy in life, regardless of the external circumstances, difficulties and personal shortcomings.
I always liked Ranbir Kapoor as an actor. Ofcourse, the Kapoor genes in him have played their part of endowing him with a performing ability that comes with charming ease. That said, there is a versatility about his acting which is quite refreshing. As far as Priyanka Chopra is concerned, I think this is her best performance to date. I dont know too much about autism and cant comment on the accuracy of character she has portrayed. All the same, she's come a long way since Fashion which was her other decent performance. Leana D'Cruz has also done a good job, although I think Priyanka ultimately stole the show. There are subtle bows to Charlie Chaplin and Raj Kapoor which make the whole thing all the more appealing. Music is wonderful.
The only negatives that I can think of is that its a little too long and sometimes just a touch too confusing with all the flashbacks. Other than these, its a movie that is very very hard to not like.
Hats off to the entire Barfi team and hope Anurag Basu has a few more aces like these up his sleeve
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
(a) Keep cribbing about the fact that I am doing complete crap for a living
(b) Treat this as something that I need to do for money....and do what I really like on my own time.
Im going to try and work on option (b). Its not gong to be easy. There are enough people I know who will make it difficult. To be fair to them, they do it in complete innocence...rather, they do it because its what they do. But I think I can do better. And Im surely going to try
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Does it mean that its OK for honest people to get killed trying to do their job?
Or does it mean that is OK to helplessly watch as philistines roam free, pillage, plunder and rob?
Does it mean that its OK that voices against injustice are mercilessly muted?
Or to casually speak of scams over tequila shots and lament a nation being "notionally" looted?
Does it mean that its OK for the guilty to go scot free just because they are powerful?
Or does it mean that its OK for thousands to starve, while some always have a mouthful?
Does it mean that we shamelessly litter streets and spit on side-walks
Or jump red lights, cut corners and scream "India rocks!!"
Does it mean that its OK for hundreds to get slaughtered in the name of religion?
Or does it mean its OK for justice to be denied as our courts take years to make a decision?
Does it mean that its OK to live with inadequate power and roads riddled with pot-holes ?
Or does it mean that we dont give a damn about what we achieve, and go on setting goals?
Does it mean that we always have to grease palms, to get what we deserve?
Or does it mean that its OK for our "system" to work against those it was meant to serve?
Does it mean that its OK for us to still be called a corrupt third world nation?
Or does it mean that we learn to adjust, no matter how bad the situation
These are but some of the questions, I can think of manyIf you ask me for answers, let me be honest, I havent any
There are no easy solutions, I know, if change has to come it will be at a cost
But come it will, and come it must, before all is lost
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Not much of an Aamir Khan movie. So if you're going there expecting an Aamir Khan starrer, you're going to be disappointed. Its shot really well..the whole old mumbai picturization thing is done well. One of the few..or rather the only strong positives of the movie. Some of the stills shown in the film are quite amazing as well. But as a movie, it lacked for a lot. Lots of people were comparing it to Peepli Live. Havent seen that so cant comment.
All in all, disappointing, IMHO. A desparate attempt at making an art film, but falling short by quite a bit. You'd rather spend the money on a beer or 2 at Mondy's.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Its strange how you suddenly wake up one day and start walking down memory lane...
Reliving days that will never come again
An old t-shirt, a song you sang when you got drunk, a picture of someone who'll always be beautiful
Reminiscing silly episodes, of a life left far behind, care-free, peaceful
Moments of joy, or sorrow
Of a time when we lived like there was no tomorrow
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Theres no point tryin to be a hero and finding youself up against a wall
Promise a little less than the earth, when asked for the moon
Never fall into the trap of speaking too soon
Dont be political, always stay aloof
Just do your thing , and make sure you're always weasel-proof
At meetings and lunches better listen, uness you're told to speak
Never indulge in gossip, never be the source of a leak
Never suck up, never flatter, never be a yes man
But then its good to feed egos once in a while, if you can
Idiots with authority sometimes need to feel superior
If that makes them leave you alone, its worth being branded as inferior
Stay away from controversey, avoid conflict
The deeper you go, the more damage you inflict
Fighting never helped anyone, it only gets people under your skin
But then as Sun Tzu says, if you have to fight...then fight to win