Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The 'Gangs of Wasseypur' packs a punch !!

You might have seen lots of gangster movies, action movies, movies with an impressive story line, but you haven’t seen it all till you have seen this one. Welcome to the Gangs of Wasseypur!



The film is set in the small village of Wasseypur, a part of Dhanbad. The movie begins from the pre Independence era when the Dhanbad coal mines were owned by the English and how post independence, there is a lot of blood bath and gore when the Muslims of the area began to take illegal ownership of coal mines, and thereby begins a feud between the Qureshis and Khans that is still raging on. These are men with a purpose, who make their own laws and then break them. For them, it’s a matter of survival in the lawless land of Wasseypur. If you have the balls to stand up for your rights, you might have a shot of carving out something for yourself, otherwise the merciless feudal lords of Wasseypur will continue to walk over the dead bodies of men and animals alike. The moral conscience in these men is quite constipated!


Flinging bombs from a motorbike!
Talking about the actors in the movie, each one of them is so much in the skin of their character, that for 3.5 hours, you will just be in Wasseypur, seeing their life through their eyes, instead of feeling like sitting in an air conditioned multiplex. Each one of the 370 member crew seems to have left behind themselves and walked forward in their character’s shoes. Manoj Bajpai takes the cake as Sardar Khan, who is ambitious, greedy for power and sex and grown up with the aim of avenging his father’s death at the hands of his master, and the now MLA of Wasseypur, Ramadhir Singh, played very efficiently by Tigmanshu Dhulia. Sardar Khan’s wife, played by Richa Chadda is intelligent, clever and plays the role of a wife and village woman to the T. There are some hilarious scenes when she catches her husband whoring around while she’s carrying his child around and douses him with the choicest abuses. But as she keeps getting pregnant, and realizes that it’s almost impossible to stop her husband from his philandering ways, she tells him very tongue-in-cheek, “acche se khaana khaao, bahar jaake beizzati mat karvana”. (Eat properly, don’t disgrace us outside home). The maverick writer, director, producer Anurag Kashyap has managed to capture every nuance of an emotion that you could hope to find in a lawless land, amid local mafia, that goes on in a couple’s life, as if everything in their world was perfect!


Manoj Bajpai and Reemma Sen in a still from the movie.
Sardar Khan’s second wife played by Reemma Sen is quite a bombshell too. The scenes where Manoj is trying to seduce her are hilarious. Piyush Mishra plays Sardar Khan’s uncle, and belts out a very restrained performance as his mentor. He also does a voice over and helps the story move forward in decades. The scenes between Sardar Khan’s son, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqi and Huma Qureshi are a classic lot again! You will laugh your guts out!


The Dabbang Huma Quereshi!
There is no faaltu Bollywood-typical naach gaana in the movie. And yet the songs are a hit. There is the popular “Jiya Ho Bihar Ke Laala” , “Hunter” and “O Womaniya” with their awesome lyrics, but the best of them all is “Teri Keh Ke Lunga” which I am sure is going to be as cult as “Kitne aadmi they?”




There is such an inherent style in the movie, even though everything in the movie is as Bihari as it can get! For me, this is one movie that is going to be a very prominent landmark in the history of Indian cinema for a perfect film - brilliant storytelling, superb acting by the entire cast, songs that suit the movie and take the movie forward and for the perfect capture of a gamut of emotions. For me, the movie definitely has a style akin to James Bond of Hollywood, that makes people go ooh and aah, and something that is legendary and will be remembered for years to come.


This movie is an artistic kick for people who love the kind of cinema that focuses on performance, rather than the frills. If that’s not your genre, you’d rather give this one a miss. Otherwise, miss this movie at your own risk!


*All pictures courtesy Google

Thursday, June 14, 2012

You and I...

Everything in my life can be divided into two eras - Before I met You and After I Met You. But somehow I can’t recall the time Before I met you. You know why?

Being a huge SRK fan and all his chick lit, romantic and love-is-forever kinda movies, I always thought that the day I was conspired to meet you, I would just know. How? That I never figured out. But alas! Nothing like that happened. You walked in, I saw you, you saw me and we turned away our faces as politely as strangers do after scanning other strangers around them.

That day when the lights went out for our first video test, I turned back to look at something. And you saw my eyes. Only my eyes. And you say that got you hooked. You loved them..large, round, dark brown and moist. I don’t quite believe you to this day :-)

One day I was reading one of my favorite books when you came up to me and asked if you could borrow the book. And that day we spoke for the first time. And now I realize that it's only poetic justice that a book brought us together. Our mutual love for books has indeed bought us a long way.

And then a creep started making my life difficult by almost stalking me. I was afraid to venture out of that room. And coincidentally (?) you were the only guy left. I asked you  to walk with me till the gate without telling you the reason. You were quite amused by my antics, but you still decided to come along. And scare away the creep you did, by walking me safely till my cab every day. You really felt protective of me since then? *gulp*

And then one day when I was telling you some random stuff, your expression changed to something that was akin to spotting your beloved mango on an apple tree. You couldn’t have been more surprised. And then you opened your blog and showed me an article that you had written that was almost exactly what I was telling you. How that happened to two complete strangers, I don’t know. But today, it makes my belief stronger that you and I were conspired to be together.

And then we began to hang out together in a group. Everybody thought there was something between us. Except you and I. Although they did make lot of jokes about a tall handsome 6 footer dating a shy kid-like 5 footer.

Do you remember that truth and dare game we played once? Where we all had to write on paper chits,  who we would like to go out on a date with, from that room? And to the amazement of everybody present, you and I were the only people to have written each other’s names. And imagine that we still didn’t see any signs (as SRK says) :-P

It was time for you to leave the organization. I was sad. But I didn’t cry. Why would I? After all we had been friends for only about 3 months. And nothing magical like "kuch kuch hota hai" had happened between us. But after a few days, I missed you way more than I should have missed a 3 month old friend. I cried and I sobbed and yet I tried to talk to you normally because I wasn’t even sure what this was all about. It was so crazy that I never figured it could be that four letter word that everyone had been saying all along. I never believed my SRK fantasy could ever come true.

And then it was time for me to leave. To another city. Now this was serious business. When you left the org, at least we were in the same city and could have met if we wanted to. Moving to different cities would make things ever so complicated. We decided to meet for the one last time. Because the future was so uncertain, who knew what the next six months would bring for you and me? May be you would move to another city too, like me. And then maybe we would fondly remember each other as "that sweet/crazy" friend of mine.

But you decided to make the move. You gave me my first love letter. And then there is this another hilarious story of how I accepted and more importantly, understood it. (may be I will do another post on it later). And you also gave me the best gift that you have given me till date - a copy of my all time favorite book that I had lost. If not for any other reason, I would have said my "Yes" only for this :-P :-))


Remember the rules of our relationship we laid down on that day? And now I realize how mature we both were even at the start of our relationship:-) And even though, those rules were so cute, they held us in good stead until we figured out this relationship was for keeps.

And some five odd years later, nothing has changed. My heart still skips a beat when you call me by those stupid nick names that only you and I know. I still get goose bumps when you give me that SRK waala long hard stare, that gaze which bores into my eyes, and touches my soul. You still pamper me with your crazy surprise gifts. You get so mad when I fall ill and I can see you struggle helplessly because you can't ease my pain. You travel  more than 4 hours every day so that I can reach home safe and sound before dark. You can read my silence. You can still make me do a full throated laughter with your silly antics and jokes. You make me laugh even when I am crying. And the best time is when you cradle me into your arms like a baby and soothe me while I shed copious tears or generally become a bundle of nerves. You always keep me on my toes by just being yourself. I even cherish the time that we spend fighting with each other, because it is spent with you.

Now you know why I worry endlessly about you? Why you mean the world to me? Why I keep telling you to always take extra care and not be your over-adventurous self? Why I shout at you, even though what I really want is to hug you tight and say, “Thank God you are safe!”?
Why I keep saying that you are the one I want to annoy the rest of my life? And may be in my next life too?

I hope, now you know why :-)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hur Hur Indiblogger !!

I am back. No, not from the ashes, but from the biggest blogger meet Delhi has ever seen - The Spice Indiblogger Meet, held yesterday at The Park, CP, New Delhi. Excuse me for my jokes, but I am particularly high ever since. Now before I start rambling again, let me start with the Dove Indiblogger Meet that happened in the morning, right before the Spic(y) one! ;-)

The morning started with a round of hair-raising introductions and some of the silky smooth and the curly-bouncy ones got free Dove vouchers! Then we had a stand up, supposedly, "comedy" act by the super talented actress Shivani. I mean, I like her immensely as an actor, but whoever wrote her script yesterday should be forced to attend the highly informative sessions by Dr. Rohini for 2 hours at a stretch :-P

Actress Shivani trying to humor us with her hairy tales!


Although I have to admit that the doctor did cover a lot of issues
regarding our hair and hair problems! The best part about this meet
was that it ended with us getting some awesome Dove hampers. ;-)




Since the Dove meet was an all women meet, the crowd began to swell towards the latter part of the day for the Spice Bloggers Meet. And then, ladies and gentlemen, hold your breath - In walked the Gadget Guru himself, Mr. Rajiv Makhni to a thunderous applause and an ear deafening Hur-Hur chant!! And after that, nobody looked back. Quite literally. The charming man had us in splits almost the entire time with his impeccable wit and intelligence.

Mr. Makhni cracking us up with his wit !

Since I too managed to impress him a bit, I was gifted the Spice M-6800 Flo phone and I could have swooned, if only I didn't want any chance of loosing it. :-P

Yippiieeeee!!!!!
The Indiblogger team pampered us with some amazing lunch, awesome tea/coffee, cookies and a lip smacking dinner. What more could a blogger have asked for? :-D

I made some new friends this time, met up the friends I had acquired the last time and also finally managed to speak to one of my fav bloggers, the beautiful IHM. What a gem of a lady she is. Had the most amazing time speaking to her.

The day ended with a room of roaring people, as Rajiv made sure everyone clung to the edge of their seats till the end of the meet, with his two cents on Android security and a very very interesting gadget quiz. And I have to say that Rajiv is just the kind of Makhni Dal I would like to have delivered again and again !! ;-))

Hoping to see all you beautiful and handsome bloggers again. Until then keep reading and keep blogging! Hur Hur Hur Hur Hur !!!!! :-D:-D

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Of rainy days, sweet dreams and a phone call....

Since last Friday, I have clicked on the "New Post" button almost like 4-5 times, and written some gibberish that didn't feel right. It's not like how I write. I write when I am so full of an idea that my mind is way ahead of my fingers, which just about manage to capture the essence and put it on virtual paper here. But of late, there have been so many things on mind that I haven’t been able to write about anything particular. So many new things are happening that my emotions are colliding unto each other and I am feeling confused as ever. So here I am, ranting away at my fav place, with my fav people...

1) I had promised to help N with a research paper of  hers. It had seemed very interesting to me at first, but I kinda got bored of it pretty soon. But then, a commitment is a commitment. So I have it at the top of my mind. Don't worry N, I am ON it. <Guilty>

2) I had decided to update the blog with a couple of long pending blog posts, that are still lying dormant in my Drafts. But I have been just too lazy to do anything. <Super-guilty>

3) I had promised myself that I was gonna take out some time to study. But nada, nada nada.<let down>

4) The reason for all of the above is that H and I spent the entire weekend at home, thanks to the heat. But the icing on the cake is that we spent a lot of quality time, chatting up and listening to our fav songs together. It finally rained on Sunday, and so we played scrabble after a really long time, sat in the balcony, soaking up the smell of wet soil, enjoying the cool breeze and indulged in a lot of leg pulling.



Then we went out for dinner and had an awesome time together. And hence, all that guilt feeling was swallowed up by the happy love feeling that I was deep into.<happy happy, super happy>

5) And then, I got to know about the Dove Women’s Indiblogger Meet. And needless to say, I am super excited.
I had a whale of a time at the last Indiblogger meet, and I am so looking forward to this one as well. Are you coming? Please let me know so that we can meet and have fun together!

6) The last but not the least! The Breaking news of the day!
I got a call from KBC today. After all the verifications and stuff, I was told that I had to answer 3 questions. And that if I was selected, I would be moved to the next round.
Now the first 2 questions were pretty easy. But sadly enough, He got me on the third one.


The “question” in question:
According to the Population survey 2011, what is the female population of India, in crores?

 No options.And I had to type the answer on the phone keypad! Hmmmph….

My answer was close, BUT !!It was just that. Close. Not correct! :-((
<Disappointed>

Those of you who can manage to answer this one without googling it up, YOU ROCK!
 Those of you who can’t, please pray for me that I get through! :-P
After all wouldn’t you all want to see your beloved blogger right up there on the Hot Seat? ;-))