Anand

I like movies.

I, myself, find it hard to believe this. Even though I say I like movies, it only applies to the new one. I do not watch any old movies. Old bollywood movies from the 70’s, 80’s and so on. I like old Hollywood movies.

Partiality is bad. Be it life or anything.

Anand is a movie by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It has Rajesh Khanna & Amitabh Bachchan. This movie is about Anand, who has Lymphoma. His days are numbered. People grieve when they are faced with death, but An and accepts it with a laugh. The movie follows Anand as he lives his last days.

It was made in 1971. The prejudice with Bollywood is that its movies are largely sing song and tear-jerking drama. It is true if you look at it from afar. Come closer and do some work finding good movies. I was amazed by this movie. How well it has aged and how it is still contemporary in its themes.

Dialogues, screenplay and all the things related with this movie, they are something which should be felt with heart. I am sorry that I ignored these old movies for so long. And I am happy that I will be watching more old movies from now on.

Next movie I am going to watch is Pather Panchali.

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Star Wars : The Last Jedi is a disappointment

I saw Star Wars 8 today. I liked some parts of it, and disliked some of it.

My main concern lies with the way the movie shows Luke Skywalker in his old days. He is old, bitter and full of regret. He is also a killer. He is radically different from the earlier Star Wars movies. I liked him.

Then there is Supreme Leader Snoke. Star Wars 7 had him as the mysterious bad guy. This movie kills him without any explanation.

Also, who is Rey? I know so far that she is a girl who can use Force. There have been two movies and yet there is no clear information about her and her backstory.

I cannot wrap my head around this movie. It is a good movie. It is a bad Star Wars Episode.

The Girl with All the Gifts – New Teachings

There are a number of limited things one can include with zombie movies before they get boring. Sure, there are zombies hungry for humans and brains and ‘the humans will go extinct if a cure isn’t introduced’ drama. That’s true for every movie with zombies in it. Needed are exceptions to rule. Zombieland and Shaun of the dead were such exceptions.

Enter ‘The Girl with All the Gifts.’

The movie starts with a kid counting from one to thirty. There is little to tell, except obvious things from hush and push that it’s a military base with kids. The kids are strapped to chairs and they are assembled in what appears to be a classroom. The teacher makes them remember things from the periodic table. Many kids fail here. But Melanie. She’s intelligent. Following events happens where the base is overrun by zombies and a group of survivors manages to get out.

The gifts Melanie has, this movie explores them. Writing them would be like writing spoilers. I’d refrain. There is a certain innocence to the character of Melanie. Her primary instincts make her dangerous to others, but she’s kind to Miss Justineau. It’s shown when she, unsuccessfully, tries to refrain herself from attacking her. She knows trying is futile, but she tries anyway. 

The aerial shots of a ravaged human world, they are beautiful. Beautiful in a sense that the aesthetics of theirs have been withdrawn and overrun by vegetation. They are not a tool to move the story forward, but rather distractions. This movie doesn’t concern itself with the world and its saving. It has a group and it’s focused on how each person is different in it. Survival is paramount for everyone. They want to live. But there’s more to them, like Dr. Caldwell wanting to make a vaccine and Melanie trying to interact with the newfoud world.

I liked this movie. For it has something exceptional for the zombie movies. 

Wild Tales – Wild

Take a normal thing. Shake it. Upside down. Sideways. Shake it till you are content. Now, what you have is the same thing, but twisted. 

Wild Tales is an Argentine-Spanish movie. It has six tales. Each one in its own setting and characters. Mine favorite is Pasternak.

These tales are wild for sure. But for them to be wild, they follow a safe path that never makes them ridiculous, saving them from absurdness at the same time. They have passion driven characters, who just let themselves go. Contemplation takes a backseat and its pure passion. The separate tales are like thoughts of an person who often wonders with what would happen situations. The comic element is one which is left for the viewer to find. 

I liked this movie. I found it hilarious. 

Moonrise Kingdom – Let’s Run

Monday is an odd day. People have work to do. I got none. So I watched a movie.

It’s Moonrise Kingdom. A movie by Wes Anderson.

It has a runtime of some 1 hour and 35 minutes. It runs fast when it has to, settling down once in a while to offer some humorous bits.

So, Sam and Suzy are two kids. Sam is an orphan and Suzy lives with a quirky family. They aren’t liked by anyone. Misunderstood kids. They meet at Church and become pen pal. They find comfort in letters and one day, they decide to run away. Then, the whole island searches for them with a storm looming over them.

It is told like a fairy tale. It settles itself to you, making sure you are at ease with its oddities and then, it presents subtle twists and turns. The dissatisfaction of adults with their lives while having the urge to run away, presents itself with the kids. The difference, the kids run away. Maybe it is deeply rooted in young ones that life is their play and they shouldn’t be afraid to grab it and shake it until it’s right, or atleast feels right.

Bareily ki Barfi

Romantic Bollywood movies have always been formulaic. A boy and a girl meets and fall in love. They want to marry but there is an obstacle, i.e. A mad parent or an ex-lover who finds rejection difficult. They make it difficult for the boy and the girl to be together. Until the biggest hero comes, the happy ending. Happy Ending is the real hero of a RB movie. It makes everything alright. I love a movie with a happy ending. And a RBM without one feels incomplete and false.

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Bitti Mishra is a carefree girl. She lives life. She watches English movies, dances, smokes. She does everything, the way she likes. Her parents wants her to marry. Men come to see her, but they reject her everytime, for some stupid reasons. It takes a toll. One night, she leaves her home. At railway station, she reads a book named Bareily ki Barfi. Intrigued, she returns home by morning. She is impressed with the book and wants to meet the writer. She googles the writer, to no avail. But she continues searching him, going the offline way. Her search for the writer leads her to Chirag. Chirag is the owner of the firm where the book was printed. This meet sets the arc following which the movie reveals itself with time.

This movie is set in a small town, Bareily. Bitti is a modern woman, but her parents aren’t. They are old people with old thoughts. They wants Bitti to marry. Pankaj Tiwari and Seema Pahwa, embodies these small nooks and prejudices carefully. They are open to their daughter smoking, but aren’t so when it comes to her marriage. They are loving parents, but some mild taunts are heard at times.

This movie is predictable at some occasions. The formula is evident. It’s not a bad thing. We love these movies for the same reason. There is a cliché with these movies where they dumb down emotions, ridiculously. The emotions are often reduced to their caricature. It isn’t so with this movie. The dialogues are crispy and play well with the screenplay.

I like this movie, a lot. The like is further strengthened with the fact that comedy acts aren’t just cheap humor but actual fun. It’s maybe a comedy of errors sometimes, but that’s just me trying to link random things.

P.S. Bitti’s father is played is Pankaj Tripathi.

Hindi Medium

Society is primitive aspect of humans living together in harmony. Time passed by, and divisions were created. Poor and rich. Middle class and upper class. Now there is upper-middle class and lower-middle class too, and I don’t know what they mean.

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A still from Hindi Medium. Taken from a random facebook page.

Raj Batra lives in Chandni Chowk, or Puraani Dilli. He leads a happy life. He has everything a common man yearns for; a car, a business and a happy family. A middle class man, he is happy with what he has and where he is. But his wife isn’t. She aspires to be like rich people. She wants to live their lives. To do that, they have got money. Maybe Raj is successful in his business. Two things remain. First is if they behave like rich folks. Second is if their kid goes to the same school the rich kids go to.

Hindi medium is a fine bollywood movies. It has got moments of comedy, drama and it has a happy ending.

Hindi Medium may seem like a movie with a message. It isn’t. It is a commentary on society and the hypocrisy of people. Irony with the movie is that it is hypocritical in its approach, as it stereotypes people, i.e. How the rich folks have their superiority and the poor people endure all and go on about their daily lives without complaining. Maybe a movie for majority. This movie picks up issues relevant with present. But it does so only for the sake of either mocking them or showing them with occasional hint of overdoing it. It raises questions which are relevant with today, but answers are left to the viewer as happy ending just serves as a happy ending, for the sake of watching a feel-good movie.

For all it is, it is an enjoyable bollywood movie.