WOW! If I had to describe Andhadhun in one word. this would be it. Also, TWISTED. The screenplay is so wickedly twisted that I found myself at the edge of my seat and biting my nails, wondering what surprise would the writers – Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti, Yogesh Chandekar and Hemanth Rao – would spring on us next. And most importantly, FUNNY. I had a lot of expectations from Andhadhun, but ‘funny’ definitely wasn’t in my list. But the film made me laugh out loud at its sheer audacity. In short, I would definitely say that Andhadhun is my favorite film of 2018.
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Whoa, 2018 is over already! And so is my birthday (I turned 20 yesterday). How time flies! More than the fact that 2018 is over, it is the fact that I am no longer in my teens which excites me and scares me at the same time. My little sister kept running around the house screaming that I am now ‘old’ and no longer a kid. Though I laughed in response, I can’t help but be a little wistful that I am no longer a carefree child anymore. Slowly but surely, I will have to take up more responsibilities, start planning about where I will do my Masters, thinking of career options and so on. All these thoughts, the ideas of a new, independent life, excites me. At the same time, the thought of taking up these responsibilities, and not being able to expect my parents to magically be able to make things alright for me when I am in trouble, scares me very much.
Unlike 2017, which was a very happening year for me, 2018 was relatively peaceful. Sure enough, there were a lot of ups and downs, lots of laughter and a few tears but overall, life was stable. I made some new friends, met up with old friends, had our share of arguments as well as fun, and made a lot of new memories, some of which were good, while some were unpleasant, but they have definitely taught me a lot and have had an impact on the kind of person I am now.
Now, I am eagerly looking forward to see what 2019 holds in store for me. Hopefully, there will be more surprises and less shocks, but whatever it is, I think I am ready to face it. Bring it on, 2019! To all those out there who read my blog, a big thank you and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope this year rocks for all of us!
Firstly, let me get this out of the way – I liked Odiyan. Yes, you read that right. And no, it is not a movie that will fetch the National Award for Mohanlal or change the face of Malayalam cinema as claimed by the director – VA Shrikumar Menon. In fact, it is a film that stumbled upon a great idea but wasn’t really sure what to do with it. Should the tale of Odiyans – a tribe of shape-shifting sorcerers – have been told in the form of mass action movie, or as an exploration of the character’s psyche? Odiyan wants to do both, but ends up being a confused mess. At the same time, it is not a film that can be disregarded so easily, because it has some genuinely good ideas and conceits hidden in it.
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Even though I study in Bangalore, I am embarrassed to say that I hardly know Kannada. I am pretty good with Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi (apart from English, of course), so I decided to make an effort to learn Kannada as a mark of respect to the place I am studying in. And for me, the best way to learn a language is by watching movies in that language. And thus, began my journey into Kannada film.
Googly was my third Kannada film, but more importantly it was my first Yash film (by now I have watched Mr and Mrs Ramachari and Moggina Manasu). At the time, I just randomly picked this film because a) It is one of the very few Kannada movies available with subtitles on YouTube, and b) I had heard great things about it. And I am so glad I chose to watch it, because it was really enjoyable! (Thank you Pardesi for making me wanna write about this!)
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Horror-satire…..that is a new term, yeah? Horror-comedy, tragic-horror, romantic-horror, political satire – these are the common terms. I, for one, never expected to see a film I would describe as a horror-satire. Horror-comedy, tragic-horror, romantic-horror, political satire – these are the common terms. Until I watched Stree of course. The trailer did suggest it, but I still wasn’t prepared for what I saw on screen.
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If I have to choose my favorite character in Indian mythology, I would no doubt pick Karna. He is the quintessential tragic hero, the one whose life was doomed the moment he was born. I had always been fascinated by this character and the choices he made. and I had always wanted more about him. So when I chanced upon Kavita Kane’s novel – Karna’s Wife – I grabbed it with both hands, especially because I had already read and loved her Sita’s Sister. And this book didn’t disappoint either.
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The year was 2010. I was in sixth grade and my half-yearly exams were going on. Until then, I had watched very few Tamil films. I knew Rajnikanth was a superstar, but I hadn’t seen any film of his. AR Rahman was just an Indian music composer who won the Oscar. And Shankar…..I had never even heard of him, even though I had watched Anniyan, which had terrified me as a kid. Then, two days before my Social Studies exam, on the day of Ayudha Pooja, my family took me to watch Endhiran. I was awed by what I saw on the screen. I became a Rajni fan. The songs became an obsession. The film became a subject of discussion in class, and I made some amazing friends in the process. And somewhere along the line, my love for AR Rahman and Tamil cinema was born. In short, Endhiran, to me, is not just a film, but an emotion. Which is why I was not-so-excited about the sequel/, as I didn’t want my memories of the original to be tampered in any way. However, you can’t get everything you want, and thus 2.0 was made. Continue reading “2.0 – A Grand Spectacle But Lacks The Heart Of Its Predecessor”