Thousand heart beat and steamy glass of tea

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Droplet of water,

plopped inside the cutting chai,

hiding under the tiny tent,

water sprinkled and drenched the long hair,

snipers barricading the steamy tea,

saving it from the water,

no human nor liquid can save its skin from the splash,

a sensual gaze flitted past the manly gaze,

emotion ran deep inside his body,

water flew through her perfect sculpt,

carved with finesse,

eyelid popped open at her gaze,

she flew like the brittle wind,

thousands heartbeat,

a fresh gulp,

tongue burnt,

she disappeared in the flick of seconds,

rain,

mesmerizing beauty.

Love

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Technology and elderly

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Donning the avatar of a sulking child,

elderly have their fair share of whining,

not for a toy,

nor a chocolate,

a silly WhatsApp message from their son or daughter,

screw it!

it’s not even working,

who is to be blamed?

The youth glued to the smartphones for the entire day,

can’t even fix the bug!

they resemble a jilted lover,

crying hoarse over the world’s ruthless way,

denying the joy of instant messages,

who chased us off the streets!

I ain’t even judging our elders,

amused on how social media and technology,

driving normal sapiens into the world of insanity,

technology is another name for havoc.

 

Love

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A slice of love, Geet and life Jab we Met

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There are some movies, that offer a slice of life and stays in our imagination and hearts forever. Such cinematic gem often serves as an imitation of the real and we end up falling in love with the characters. How we wish to have someone like them as our soul mates!

 

This week, Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met celebrated a decade of falling in love with the boisterous and uninterrupted chatterbox Geet and of course, Aditya Kashyap. A tale of love and the complications of existence which still rings fresh in our mind and the innate desire for a friend or soul mate like Geet to gently remind us to breathe every moment or it’s never too late to pursue our passion in life. She makes a man or women feel complete.

There are so many emotions associated with Jab we Met that makes us realize that we have suddenly become old. Geet is one of the rare and adorable characters that make me fall in love with her at every instant. How I wish to find her in real? There are very few characters like her who chew life and steal your heart at the mere mention. One can never get enough of this film that has hardly a dull moment. I watched this movie again today and it still feels fresh that brought me back to the carefree and rebellious days in Mumbai. The days where you believe in love and the special someone whom you wish to be like her. There are quite a few lucky souls who may have met their Geet, a character immortalized by Kareena  Kapoor and a role that suits her to the hilt. She simply defines love at first sight.

A totally kick-ass woman and she stole the thunder with the one-liners, ‘we are by the way friends, Zindagi mere favorite game or jaala de Sali ko’ that won the hearts. There is not a single flaw that I can recollect in Jab We Met that offered a mirror image of life with the very believable Geet and Aditya which the college goer crowd could relate to in those days.

The film and the characters are timeless that even after 10 years, one can see that nothing has changed in the way we interpret love. Jab we Met is the perfect guide to relationships. I can watch this movie innumerable times that teaches so many things about living every minute, not nurse regrets, and make blunders.

It’s a movie that has redefined urban love and relationships in India that touches the core of the young generation. Imtiaz Ali scored a sixer with this one and it is fair game to call it epic, iconic and a masterpiece in depicting the pulse of the Indian youth. Geet and Aditya were not just film characters but friends we wished to have and nurture for life. You just can’t get enough of Geet. The playfulness, innocence, stupidity, and craze for life make her simply adorable. There is a certain strength about the female protagonist doesn’t give a damn to the world but live life on her own defined terms. She could be an inspiration to clueless people who always seek approval or think too much before doing something. Jump in the water and not think about it, at all.

A decade of Jab we Met and its sheer madness that no die-hard fan can ever recover or stay away from. Geet is the universe and will now be the inspiration to flesh out the female character in the rom-com book that I am working on. I was stuck for a couple of months. But, I have now decided to give shades of Geet to my female protagonist and the bottom line would be, what would Geet do in this particular situation?’ The book will in part be a tribute to JWM and an ode to one of the most adorable female characters on screen that I fell in love with.

There are many guys who secretly hope of having someone like Geet in their lives and I am no exception to her magic. Of course, Kareena nailed it and hard to think of someone else other than her who could inject such freshness and depth into the character. The dialogues, be it, ‘Bhatinda chal milati hoon, aap convince ho gaye ya mein aur bolo and the famous Decent Hotel with this terrific line, train mein mila…item kaisa, ek dum karak.’

Jab We Met was not just a film for our generation but a journey a bit like the travails and adventure of Aditya Kashyap and Geet who are too good to be real in every single frame. It celebrated love and went beyond that to re-affirm our belief and the zest for life.

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Intimacy and wild lie

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Spinning a tapestry of dreams,

unsaid words,

if only, I could utter the three-letter words to her,

everything is a lie,

passionate kiss,

wild intimacy,

gentle caress in the dark night,

I tell her, wanna make love to your mind,

she jotted her phone number with the red lipstick,

inviting me in her room,

a lie told to  each other,

she tells me, ‘hush let me take you to the honey bliss,

lick the juice in the vineyard’

we didn’t make love to our beautiful minds,

the hardened flesh bore our savageness,

violently trudging the body lines,

only the scars and regret remain,

silent night owls witnessed treachery to our souls.

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Diwali framed with sweetness and light

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Diwali is the time of the year we anticipate joy, fun to light the wick in the earthen and colorful lamps. It’s a routine exercise at home on the festive day with mom doing the prayer, filling the sweets in the bags to be distributed and decked in traditional Kurta and Pyjama or sari for the ladies. Gorging on sweets is a pleasurable activity where I exceeded all limits and did the same this time.

The traditional Puja lamp was lit on Choti Diwali by Mom and the dabba filled with sweets was placed on the thalis as offering.  This time, I was on a strict diet and medication since I have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. But, then, Diwali doesn’t come every day and indulged by trying to live up to my favorite phrase, ‘Koi bhi bahana chalega.’

The colorful wax candles were so much fun to light on Diwali. Aren’t they beautiful? Someone could have mistaken them for the colorful barfi on the plate.

I love the traditional earthen lamps and they look beautiful at night. Sorry for the quality of pictures on my old Kodak digital camera. No Diwali can happen without the beautiful earthen lamps.

On Diwali eve, I got the wax colorful candles which is imported from India and enjoyed lighting them as they reflect the true spirit of the festival. As it is, I am dead against fire crackers. This time also, the festival brought in some lovely surprise when I least expected in the form of extra money where I got myself a polo t-shirt, shirt and steel lota for Mom to perform her morning prayer.

This time Diwali taught me to slow down and didn’t do any work but lazed around for five days, including Diwali day. The joy of not doing anything particular, no pressure to work round-the-clock but just be with the self, doing yoga, long walks, reading my book and watching movies. Be the light, like they say.

Got the Rangoli sticker from the market. I want to learn how to make Rangoli but had to make do with this beautiful and colorful one since I lack the artistic skill. Wish that your life becomes more colorful like the lights and Rangoli this season.

The colorful candle lamps were bought last year but this time, I recycled it by pouring oil to turn them into lamps. The colors are very vibrant and we have kept it for every festive season till it lasts.

The mithai, candles, Diwali bags, Haldiram’s Soan papdi and Ganesha makes for a cool display in true Diwali spirit.

Wish you all an extraordinary year filled with sweetness, love, money and no dearth of anything from intimacy to liquor, like one of my friend’s jhakaas Diwali message. Be the light and happiness. Hope you enjoy the pictures of our Khushi wali Diwali at home.

Believe in your dreams and keep faith

Love

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Review: Golmaal Again is Diwali’s bumper offer

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Review: Golmaal Again

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tushar, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu, Vrajesh Hirjee, Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Ashwini Kalsekar, Prakash Raj, Mukesh Tiwari, Johnny Lever, Sanjiv Mishra, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sachin Khedekar and Nana Patekar (special appearance).

Director: Rohit Shetty

Rating: Four stars

Verdict and plot:

Over the years, Rohit Shetty has successfully built a strong and reliable brand with the Golmaal franchise and his latest outing not only garnered sky-rocketed expectations among the die-hard fans but it’s worth the wait for the horror comedy that lives up to its name with the various twists and turns. Like the film-maker marketed it, Golmaal Again is pure magic and true to the adage of leaving the brain at home. In short, the latest installment is a laugh riot with high voltage drama and emotional quotient that ups the fun to an escalating height.

Golmaal Again is about the trouble makers, Gopal (Ajay Devgan), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar), Laxman Prasad Apte (Shreyas Talpade) and Laxman Sharma (Kunal Khemu) who all grew up in the Jamnadas orphanage. Of course, there is Pappi bhai (Johnny Lever) and Pandu (Vrajesh Hirjee) while the new entrants, Damini (Parineeti Chopra), Anna (Tabu), Vasu Reddy (Prakash Raj) and Neil Nitin Mukesh joins the fun. Anna can see the dead and helps the troublemakers to uncover the truth. This time, Rohit Shetty spun a twist in the tale with a revenge and conspiracy angle.

Hot Quotient:

What works for Golmaal Again are the various twists that make the huge difference this time and the venture is unique with the director pushing the bar a notch higher in comparison to the prequels.  The first half is fantastic and the hilarious moments are paisa vasool with Ajay Devgan playing a ghost fearing man and together with Shreyas Talpade, they not only weave magic but get along like a house on fire. Superb chemistry by both artists. Of course, Tushar is in terrific form so is Shreyas Talpade lisp act that wins hearts. This guy is simply a treat to watch while Kunal Khemu is decent. Tabu plays her part well and injects her brand of comedy in an effortless but subdued manner.

It is Parineeti Chopra who takes the pie, particularly in the second half. Pari is brilliant in playing this complicated role where her character is central to the plot. Prakash Raj is not only supremely talented but also superbly hilarious, ably supported by Johnny Lever, Mukesh Tiwari, and Sanjiv Mishra. Neil Nitin Mukesh as the baddie is effortless and it’s always a pleasure to watch Sachin Khedekar.

The second half kicks in the same fashion as the first and the moments of fun cum laughter raises the tempo and frenetic pace of the film. Golmaal Again is crazy and wacky where Rohit Shetty beautifully marries the crazy laughter with an equal dose of horror.  The comedy scenes and dialogues are weaved in a superbly intelligent manner and the scene where Prakash Raj breaks into an uninterrupted jig is kick ass. The scene where the gang reads the diary and at the same time, Gopal fights the villains is executed in an aesthetic fashion and with sheer competence, something we haven’t seen in recent years. Or, the five fighting over samoosa and Kunal Khemu is spun inside the washing machine brings the house down.

It’s refreshing to see that Johnny Lever is not irritating and provokes a mad riot during the Jamnadas prayer meet. Of course, the entry of Vrajesh Hirjee helps to break the monotony, if there is any, and the various instances where the possessed characters speak like Nana Patekar are one of the best moments in the film that will ensure taalis and seethis are thrown on-screen. There is a surprise element to that.

There are several precious moments be it, Kunal Khemu giving a kiss to Pappu Bhai mistaking his name for a kiss, Tabu reciting the mantra om bhim bheem cold cream, Lopa Mudra and Kattapa jokes or the lamed ones mouthed by Madhav about Damini having the figure and Gopal is the father for father-figure or from father to boy friend will make you laugh so hard that will hurt the stomach.

What’s Not!

There are quite a few glitches in the film, two back-to-back reprise songs of the 90s which is quite lazy and except the title song, there is a lack of foot tapping numbers. The revenge plot appears a bit too typical and I sorely miss the cars bursting and exploding in the air which is Rohit Shetty’s  brand and USP that we love seeing on-screen.

Final Words:

The ensemble cast of Golmaal and the lovable characters, right from Gopal to Madhav and Lucky, Vasooli Bhai, Pappi Bhai as well as the new entrants make this latest outing paisa vasaal. Golmaal Again carries repeat value that will make you laugh the heart out and offers the perfect masala, comedy, emotions, drama, romance, and action that the glorious 80s and 90s were famous for.  The special effect is visually appealing and Golmaal Again is the perfect Diwali Bumper Offer this festive season. After seven years, Rohit Shetty proves that he has not lost his golden touch over the franchise that gets bigger and better every time. A secret: Do not forget to leave your brain at home to experience magic.

Love

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Review: Secret Superstar is path breaking and ‘Baahubali’ of Hindi films

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Movie Review: Secret Superstar

Ratings: Four stars and beyond

Cast: Aamir Khan, Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij, Tirth Sharma, Raj Arjun, Shaan and Monali Thakur (guest appearances).

Director: Advait Chandan

Rating: Four stars and beyond

Every Diwali, a string of movies jostle for space to cash on the moolah at the box office and on very rare occasions, a small masterpiece slowly struts its way to stand tall and win hearts. This movie is Secret Superstar, a winner in all aspects, be it the brilliant performances, superbly woven script, screenplay and an endearing charm through the uniquely written characters.

Secret Superstar is a gem that will find its way among the best films churned this year in the Hindi film industry. It wouldn’t be wrong to call it, the ‘Baahubali’ of the B-town.

There is one legend who never ceases to amaze. No prize for guessing, it’s the maverick Aamir Khan who proves once again that he is not just a legendary superstar but knows the pulse of the audience by heart.  An actor who has always given a chance to newcomers by lending credibility to good cinema through the sheer belief in a project, be it a Delhi Belly, Dhobi Ghaat or Peepli Live.

Narration:

Secret Superstar is the story of a middle-class Muslim girl Insia (Zaira Wasim) who secretly nurtures to be a pop idol and she wears a burqa to upload her first song on YouTube. She is helped by her mother Najma (Meher Vij) who incurs the wrath of the husband Raj Arjun, an orthodox and violent man. Secret Superstar narrates Insia’s journey who is helped on her way to stardom by the maverick and narcissist singer, Shakti Kumar (Aamir Khan).

The film belongs to Zaira Wasim and as Insia, she is simply terrific, thus proving to be one of the best finds by her mentor Aamir Khan. The girl will go places and case in point is the innocence and vulnerability portrayed with utmost ease.

Meher Vij plays the battered woman Najma where she brings depth and intensity in showcasing her vulnerability. She is simply brilliant. The chemistry between Najma and Zaira as mother-daughter is one of the highs of the movie coupled with the conflict in the climax that has been handled with maturity by director Advait Chandan.

Of course, the romance between Zaira and Tirth Sharma playing Chintan is refreshing and takes us back to the teen days as kids. The director injects freshness in the innocent romance scenes that break monotonous moments if there is any.  Raj Arjun delivers a composed and restrained performance as the chauvinist husband.

Coming to the man himself, Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan plays the ‘has been’ singer Shakti Kumar and showcases the various shades of wickedness, crass, lust or loud act in a convincing manner. The costumes, be it, the tacky jeans or tee-shirt may appear stereotypical in places but Aamir Khan lends so much charm to this act to make it one of the coolest characters enacted in recent years. This act is the film’s USP that audience irrespective of age or gender will love. He gives an entirely different shade to the Gabbars or various characters played by Shakti Kapoor. Somehow, Aamir Khan reminds us of his cameo song, I like you like I hate you in Delhi Belly or Ghulam.

Director Advait Chandan gently touches the issues that women face in everyday life and how voices are stifled through violence. The climax scene where Meher Vij gives it to her husband bears a powerful impact that drives home a valid point, look at the aggressor straight in the eyes and show no fear.

What’s Not!:

The main drawback in the movie is the lack of foot tapping numbers taking into account that Secret Superstar is about pop aspirations, music, and dreams. Except Mein Kaun Hoon and Mere Pyaari Aami, the film lacks the kind of music that gel with the film’s theme and it fails to stay in the mind for a long time. There are few cliché sequences, right from breaking the laptop or father’s plan to force his daughter to get married to a much older man in Saudi Arabia where he is settling for a job.

Final Words:

Secret Superstar comes as a breeze of fresh air that captivates the audience, in particular, the young generation and shows what drama is all about with the right dose of emotions, laughter, and aspirations. Of course, Monali Thakur as herself adds to the freshness of the theme. The movie will pave the way for the rightful place of pop music and define its place in Hindi cinema in years to come. Secret Superstar is path-breaking.

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