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Bad bad bad film. Amalgamation of old films, bad acting and eventually, rotten product!
Don't waste your time seeing this film. Salman Khan is overrated as an actor and the only good thing about this film is the little boy who acts as Salman's son.
What a lovely, lovely film! Not a comedy, as stated, but apparently factual. Many of us have, no doubt, heard of the Dadasaheb Phalke film award, but how many of us know who Dadasaheb Phalke really was? How many of us are aware of the fact that the first Indian film and the seed of Bollywood was "Raja Harishchandra"? Despite the fact that the film is in Marathi, the subtitles are adequate to narrate the whole story to us. Excellent acting by Nandu Madhav as Phalke and Paresh Mokashi's sensitive direction make for a wonderful film.
What a strange film! Starts off blandly enough with a sweet boy-girl romance and then, the twist in the tail of the tale!
Sometimes one doesn't know where the film is going and one gets bored, but when it starts to unwind, it is unstoppable. Kukunoor seems to have a penchant for schooldays. Starting with Rockford and continuing here, the story revolves around an unfinished school romance and the crux of the matter lies in the schooldays of the three protagonists.
Well worth a watch. I put it away after the first half hour and then went back to watching it some days later and watched it uninterrupted till the end.
This is a hard hitting film. Moves a little slowly at times, but the end leaves one flabbergasted by its sheer truth. Worth seeing at least once. It could have ended with the trial being over, but as it says, "there is a little bit left". And that little bit socks you in the stomach.
I wonder how often we stop to think about how the necessities of life carry on. We know that death is a part of life and for Hindus, cremation of a dead body is essential. But how often do we think of the lives of the people who cremate these bodies for us? What are their lives? What do they think? How do they do what they do? And some of them are children! Starting from 5 years of age, the grow old and die in the burning ghats.
Rajesh S Jala's documentary, Children of the Pyre, is definitely worth a watch. A bit long, well conceived, the children speak for themselves. And leave you wondering...
As I have said, this movie was a bit of a disappointment. It starts off well enough, on the topic of reservation in education and takes a strong and unbiased stand on either side of it. But it soon deteriiorates into one man's fight against professional tutoring establishments.
There is some strong acting in it, e.g. Manoj Bajpai's deterioration into a raving, ranting madman (almost), Deepika Padukone's role, Amitabh Bachchan's "Sir". I think Saif Ali Khan, though convincing as the angry young man, is a bit old to be playing a collegian.
A strange film. Trying to be a Scary Movie but not making it in the least. Trying to create suspense but just succeeding in slowing the pace of the action. Weird camera angles, constant movement of the camera (seems to be handheld like in The Blair Witch Project) eerie music -- certainly NOT a scary movie. Overacting by Mahie Gill (we have seen her do better). Overdone facial expressions by Deepak Dobriyal (we have definitely seen him act wonderfully on stage). Avoid the film.
I really enjoyed reading this book slowly. I savoured each word and savoured the quiet emotion of the author as he wound his way through the paths of Uttarakhand through the remotest regions of the state on his pilgrimage. Despite the trials and tribulations of modern sanctimonious desecration of sacred spaces, Stephen Alter maintains his serenity and appreciation of nature as he walks through forests and along mountain waters. I walked with him, tortured knees notwithstanding, and savoured each step of the way!
A very interesting book taking into the account of Rama, the many many Ramayanas existant in Asia. The juxtaposition of the narrations of Ravana and Bhadra make for an interesting tell on different views to a common occurrence. However, unfortunately, the editing and proof reading of the book lower the standard of the novel immensely.
The graphic novel is well worth the purchase. The art work is very vibrant and captures the essence and power of Shiva. The story is succintly told. The only thing I had a problem with was issues with the language. It was not as clean as it could have been. Minor editing lapses could easily clear the frequent misuse of the word `the' and the inconsistent spelling of `Devarishi'. Apart from minor glitches like these, the GN is a delight!