Sunday, July 22, 2012

The arranged marriage to chennai!

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So in spite of my convenient resolution to write once a week, I failed to follow for last two weeks. Deep apologies! But you see guys, you always find reasons like super busyness in office and having guests over on the one sunday that you get. Whatever, here I am with this weeks post.
I read an aquaintance's blog some days ago, where she had written about arranged marriages. And it's not just to a person. It can be to a place,job,surrounding or anything whatsoever. I liked the conncept, and tried to evaluate it in my own context.
Pune, is and will always be my true love, from bottom of my heart. Going by Filmi concepts- it is that pyaar which happens only once-the true love.It is not as if the other person is faultless, but you do not base your decision on them. You love them in spite of it.

I spent a year and half in Mumbai, and that city to me is like a mad fling, done without thinking much about it. I started the relationship with hate, and soon it turned into love. rather than love, a passionate attraction about city. The zest, the people, the life and the speed of life attracted me, it still does.But I know I will not have that one and half year again in my life ever, and I am happy having some of the fondest memories of Mumbai.
I got married some seven months ago and I came to Chennai fifteen days later.Coming to Chennai was not my plan. Or rather, it was not decided from bottom of my heart. It was an arranged set up. It is like an arranged marriage. You are not in love with the person at first sight. You might also realize that the person has certain faults, and they are going to be there for life. But ultimately, that decision is taken from brain, coz you see that something is going to achieved through this. And well, who does not have faults?

Chennai to me is exactly like a husband from an arranged marriage. I got into it with an open mind, and hoping for the best. I am doing everything to fit into the relation, and still keeping my individuality intact. So I kept on reading about the city in general. I roamed around a lot,went through by lanes, started working here, had a routine set up, kept on talking to people, even learned their language. setting up a house and following a routine is a big part of stabilizing yourself in the city, and I have done it. Survived here through its horribly humid summer, and have got used to weather. I also got my car a week ago,started driving, and feeling more comfortable in the city now.
Like any arranged marriage, there are moments when you re-think about your decision, and there is always some time gone before both get comfortable to each other, have a steady relation and start building a mature relation. I think I have achieved the comfort now, I hope some day Chennai becomes friendly to me, and we start building our relation.
Of course, I keep on missing my true love a lot, but I have made my peace with my arranged set up, and well, I am in a happy space, to say the least! :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Raju Hirani-need to reinvent

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The post comes much later than it was intended or expected. I saw a movie couple of weeks back, and it is expected, that I write a review sooner. Nevertheless, staying true to my new resolution of writing once a week, I am writing today :)
I saw Ferrari ki sawari two weeks ago. before entering the cinema hall, I had conversation with a friend- I dunno why, but I think the movie is going to be  LITTLE BORING!  My husband reprimanded me saying do not make assumptions before you actually see a movie. And hence, I entered the theater with falsely assuring myself that movie will be good.
Just that I kept on waiting till the very end credits, that there might be some element in this movie which will really make me laugh/think/entertain. Ofcourse, one can not expect that one single movie will perform all the above mentioned functions, but there has to be something in the movie, which the viewer has to take home. Entertainment/sadness/intense thoughts/confusion/ guilt/ laughter/any other thing. FKS lacked any of these.
I mean, you could appreciate it in bits and pieces. Pieces would be Boman Irani's awesome Parsi bawa, and Vidya Balan's jewellery in her item number, and of course, the red beauty, Ferrari.

Sharman Joshi's attempts are not bad. But the poor guy has over killed, thanks to how his part is written. He seems to be insane after a point. The kid faces same fate. Although, he is a sweet looking boy, with very expressive face. Paresh Rawal is again wasted, with his character in total negativity. And supporting caste is no exception with they playing the parts well, but fundamental flaw is with writing.
I think Raju Hirani has co-written the film or dialogues. I,for one, hated his job in the film. I know Hirnai fans will eat me alive. Do not misunderstand. I myself am  big Hirani fan. Munnabhai is a film which I could watch any number of times, and appreciate small things every time. But that does not mean that he repeats the same things in each and every film. And I am not ready to accept that it's a Rajesh Mapuskar film. It bears too many Hirani touches to believe in that.
How many times do I see a Marathi policeman with some peculiar idiosyncrasy,  who helps the protagonist? How many times do I see an excellent detailing of daily life, with lost sense of reality? How many times do I see a character in sub-villainous roles who suddenly sees sense in the end? How many characters who clap vigorously in the climax scene, wiping their happy tears off? How many 'one last powerful monologue' by the protagonist in the climax scene? I am tired. Hirani style humor is good, but do not overkill,mate. In fact, I am planing to offer Hirani to take me on board as a screen writer for his next film. I really can.

Finally, FKS told me that there exists a person called Rajesh mapuskar in this world. he is noweher to be seen through his movie.  But he gets the credit as director, after all.