Friday, April 25, 2014

WINTER WEAR

When in the winter, I wore the sweater
While it got cold and I just got it sold
Got some money to buy some rum
To make myself warm in the snow storm
But it didn't work and I had to bear,
The cold till I got another one to wear.

SPOON WALK

I walked on the moon holding a spoon
So to have lunch, waiting for the noon
Hoping against the hope in innocence
That here too the sun would rise soon

Thursday, April 24, 2014

WONDERFUL SMILE

Why does the sun dawn every dawn,
And moon every night, if not for you
If not for you, I wonder why was music made 
And why there is noise, when you feel sad
The earth rotates and even revolves
If not for you, why would it make such a resolve
Moon shines bright all through the night
If not for you, why stars twinkle at night
Rain pours, snow falls and sun gives heat
If not for you, why does nature do such a feat
So hard to beguile as you sit for a while
Flowers blossom and leaves sprout
All work hard, to catch a glimpse of that wonderful smile
Which comes on, only in joy and not in melancholy or doubt


DINNER WITH LOVE

Welcome to my world, my lovely valentine
Let's have dinner with candles and wine
Let's dance as if there is no tomorrow
Lost in the beats, forget past sorrow
Let the candles smile at our funny steps
Let the wine spill as we move our hips
Stop, the order has come and is waiting
Let's make love at table dancing while dining.

BEAUTY TO WITCH

Saw her on a railway platform
Making myself just a bit loose
I went up to her and said "Hello Miss"
She turned away as if she gave me a miss
Then I said "Hello Beautiful, How are you?"
She gave a look that asked "Who are you?"
She moved away but my look was still on
And started and stared till the train came on
Her beauty faded and she seemed normal
And yet I stared just as normal
The lips lost their glow, and so did her eyes
Too manly were her broad jaws 
While too square was her thumb nail
Which she tried to hide under her stole
The train stopped and so did my staring trial
As I moved away, I heard someone say
"A beauty stared too much becomes a witch
A girl loved too much becomes a bitch"

LOVE MEADOWS

Calling into meadows of love, is my wife
While the shadows are waning at dusk 
As the sun sets down, calling to have fun
Musicians unfold their guitars to start their busk
The green grass turns black at night
Moon wades to radiate its light
My love, lying in the grass
Glowing bright under the moon light
Calls me to hold her tight
The black crows and the white doves
Flew to their nests to make private love
Now it's our time to make love

HAPPY MESS

Seventh day in a row I am on an alcohol spree
Just drinking like hell as I am free
Messing with them who want to mess with me
Screwing them who want to screw me
Knowing that I am alone, with no friend but myself
Living as a menace of this little life
Taking peace to places out of reach
All rules are dead as I made the big breach
For the mess that made me happy, I am solely responsible
Like for all things for an eternal loner, he is only responsible

SHADOW

There is none in the world to love me
And there is none to hear me
There is none to read my writing 
There is none far or near me
Who can hold my hand and understand
That I got a heart, serene too much
There is no to sing my song
And make me just merry if not much
There is no who can make me smile
And for a while, make me forget all my qualms
But in silence too shallow
There's a painting on the wall that says
"She is the one there for everyone
She is none other than your shadow"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SENSELESS TERMS

A thief steals things to make his wife happy
A wife kills her friend, by suspicion on her husband
A student copies in exam to get good marks
A mother lies to child, his dead dad would be back
A just engaged man, forces his fiance to sleep 
A boyfriend fools his girlfriend, convincing that she is the only one
While all of these, shall be forgiven for they have a reason
An artist who asks to see beauty in darkness
Or a lover who wants to his girl's smile at her mother's funeral
They shall never be pardoned
For they are mean as per the world
And perhaps, they would be executed
As the world terms the artist and the lover senseless

Monday, April 21, 2014

TAARE ZAMEEN PAR (2007) - HINDI


Indeed, children are stars on earth and yes, every child is special.

Aamir Khan is a good man and he proved it again by taking up this project and anchoring this till it reaches its viewers. To perceive the story of a child, make the child as a protagonist and then only appear in the second half of the film although being a mainstream commercial actor should have been very tough for Aamir Khan. But considering that he is a sensitive human and a great actor who puts the script above the actors, perhaps he put in the form it is today. 

The writer-lyricist Amole Gupte who produced a wonderful script with fine nuances of children put in there. Their emotions, their childishness, their mischief and even their stubbornness are stupendously written in this script. It is near flawless in terms of emotional quotient and makes me weep whenever I see this. Kudos to Amole Gupte for giving us a memorable film. Barring one scene where Aamir as Nikumbh (the painting teacher) preaches the parents of Ishaan (Darsheel Safary), about running for marks and forgetting the essence of childhood, the rest of the script was mellifluous.

There is a touch of melancholy in Ishaan's life but that's genuine and is not overboard. There is a joy of accomplishment at the end and makes me as viewer very happy and triumphant. I was enjoying the win of Ishaan, that's how this film moved me and it continues to do so even after 6 years of release. 

Music is a special thing for this film. From the title song to the Bheja Kum number on teachers, everything is in place. Perhaps, Bum Bum Bole, the song of Aamir Khan might have been the only hindrance, but even that has wonderful lyrics asking many questions so that's also beautiful and falls in place. My favorite though is "Mera Jahaan" where Ishaan explores the world outside and is wondered by the incidents. 

Editing is good and so is the cinematography. The camera does its job adequately by showing us the required emotions in the right way. Neither too many close ups nor too many long shots. The shots are composed well. There are a few subplots which add emotions too, they seem to be sensitive and bring some good tears. Like Nikumbh (Aamir) teaching the under privileged children and making an even for those children. 

This is definitely a feel good film, where by the end, I felt really very good and was happy enjoying the fact that a child who was having a psychic problem could overcome that by sheer hard work and by the right guidance. this is a testimony in Indian Cinema of how good a message can be told without ever being preachy. If done the right way, we can go many miles in reach and scope. This is a film that I hope every parent a child will see all over the globe and hopefully they connect with it.

A 5/5 for one my favorite films. I loved it, because I connected with it. 

THE BOOK OF LAUGHTER AND FORGETTING


AUTHOR : MILAN KUNDERA
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE : CZECH
TRANSLATOR : AARON ASHER (translated from French)

This book got me back into the habit of reading books. It is a great experience in itself.

I was a voracious reader till 2010. Thanks to my friends and other sources like internet which have made me acquaint with some great books and kept me going. They were insightful and my personality was build by them. 

This book was suggested to me by my good friend Raghuveer, who reads books more than most people I know. He just handed over it and said just read any of the pages. I read a page in the middle and was taken aback by the intrigue. Though, I took his copy, I knew my weakness was that I will not be able to complete unless I spend my hard earned money, purchasing it. So I purchased it, then began to read.

The author was knew and so was the backdrop of the book. The book is a 1970's novel. It has a political backdrop and has some historical aspects involved too. Now, this is a Czech novel and I as an Indian would be least familiar with those happenings, but it's not the politics or history that made a connect with me. What I like most was that, the theme, the undercurrent of each narrative was love making. This is universal, these are essentially love stories which have lot many details embedded. These are surely above history and politics and are about the basic human needs and emotions. 

Love making is presented in the most humorous as well intriguing way. From fornication to foreplay it makes us visualise all the physicality in a rib tickling manner rather than emotional one. Yet, this is not a comedy either, and that's the speciality. With subtle differences it makes a compelling concoction of love, emotion, drama and comedy. Indeed, the undertone is philosophy and there are wonderful insights of philosophy too

The style I felt was Kafkaic (referring Franz Kafka). Perhaps, I may be wrong but the Kafka readers shall understand what I mean here. It's random. erratic and yet there are threads that seem to have been knitted well to make a good fabric.

From learning the word "Litost" to knowing the Renaissance poets like "Petrarch", "Goethe" and a few more, this is a book that if well explored, gives immense satisfaction of knowing new things. I loved it all the way through

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I must say, I would getting back to this more often, you can pick up any page to start with and go on, the fun is enormous in this.

2 of my favourite quotes from this book before I close.

"The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting"

"Joking is a barrier between man and the world. Joking is the enemy of love and poetry." 

Rating is a mere formality to this masterpiece. From me, it gets a 5/5.

Friday, April 18, 2014

RIO 2 (2014) - ENGLISH


A good animation is made weak by cliched writing.

Lot of work and thought and detailing goes into an animated film. But if the writing is weak it cannot be pulled off easily. RIO 2 precisely suffers from that. The scenes are too cliched for my comfort and the plot is very age-old. The bird formations, their beautiful feats have been all been seen in RIO and there is nothing new to offer on that front too in RIO 2. I felt like the basic format of the earlier film RIO was taken and just few modifications were done in writing. So it has that been there, seen that feel that does not add up any value.

The voice over is good and it seems like Jesse Eisenberg did make effort to feel like the bird Blu. Although the chemistry between the two birds, Blu and Jewel does not show up adequately, individually voice over of each was good. It's Anne Hathway for the female protagonist, Jewel.

The other aspects were fine, considering this is a commercial animated film. A word about music, which was good in RIO, comes weak and though are many songs, not even one was memorable, as I left the theater. So the music did not make any impression either. 

If people like average stuff or have not seen RIO, perhaps will like it as they may find some new things here. For me, I did not like it and felt like a big bore. An average rating of 2/5 for this. It's not bad, it's purely mediocre.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

COUNTENANCE

Silence mulls in the mind
Reminiscing memories of us
Those were one of a kind
And were special thus
For long now, I have kept away
Avoiding your countenance
The visage I loved to behold
That was filled with nonchalance
Beauty was a lesser term to describe
But in words, I tried to ascribe
Your countenance looked without any care
From then on, rending was too subtle to bear
Now, I do not want to sit and pray
So towards you, I began to walk
To be there or walk away
Is your choice, I hope though that you do talk.

RACE GURRAM (2014) - TELUGU


I do not understand few things in films and this film had many of my misunderstandings.

Why an irrelevant song comes in between two songs? Why there will be comedy track in climax? Why the sub plots take precedence over main plot? Why a female lead is confined just to songs or has little space in the film? There are so many questions that will be in my mind and most times the answer is simple "It's a Telugu Commercial Film". So we have to expect the unexpected, logic has very little or rather no space. The script is written only for the hero and comedy is forcibly inserted. The audience goes to the movies for entertainment and if they are given some time pass by comedy or songs, they are more than happy. 

I am an absolute misfit to rate commercial telugu movies because for me they are absolutely non-sensical and for the common telugu audience they are more than movies, they debate, talk over, use the same jokes and dialogues in real life and even follow the heroes. 

So, I would rather refrain from reviewing this. I can simply say, I got laughter only in last 20 minutes when Brahmanandam came as Kill Bill Pandey and rest of the film was forgettable for me. 

Without wasting any further words, I am going with 1/5 (purely personal rating) and that 1 is for Kill Bill Pandey.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

रहेंगे महफूज़ खयालों में तेरी

खफा हो आप या नाराज़ हो, इस ज़ुल्म से मेरी 
ज़ुल्म भी प्यारी लगती है चाह में तेरी 
मरेंगे हम ज़रूर आज नहीं तो कल
जब तक जियेंगे, रहेंगे महफूज़ खयालों में तेरी 

इन्साफ करना

गुस्ताखी इस दिल कि माफ़ करना 
दाग है कुछ मेरी, तो साफ़ करना 
खारिज  करने से पेहले गुज़ारिश है 
मेरी मोहब्बत का ज़रा इन्साफ करना 

Friday, April 4, 2014

DELICATESSEN (1991) - FRENCH


Weirdly delicious film, I cannot define this in a better way. 

Filled with idiosyncratic characters and eccentric scenes, this film is all about these characters above all else. 
In a building where a butcher heads a group of people and invites tenants on his terms and conditions, he acts with a weird sense. The building is dilapidated, the time frame is not mentioned and is left for ambiguity, the actions of characters are mostly out of place and hard to find reason. Yet, all of this makes an interesting a fun film. 

The fun is derived by the color toning of the film which is partially sepia. Also, the fun lies in the camera work by Darius Khondji. The whole setup and production design is done peculiarly to make us curious. From the first frame, of the film I was kept curious till the end as to what is happening on screen and where will it lead. For sure, the screenplay is gripping and it proves that however a story may be but if told interestingly, it can be great fun to watch.

The editing is another department where the film knocks out a punch. It is meticulous and all the way meant to be interesting I believe that in a film if there is never a dull moment then the credit should go to the editing, and rightly so I do for this film. 

The actors are not known to me considering that this is french film. Yet, all of them are superb in their roles. From a tenant, to the head the looks they give, the expressions they showcase,. the tone of voice they speak in, are all instigating curiosity on the lines of fun and humor.  

Jean Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro  have given us a treat of black comedy and sarcasm embedded with fun and frolic of unpredictable characters. These directors have to be commended for this work which is indeed one of the fine cult movies of 1990's. 

French Cinema in itself is years ahead of contemporary cinema in other parts of world and this film just proves that. A 4/5 for a delicious film.

हम दिखाएँगे

डरते हो आप हमसे, मिलने या बातें करने दिल खोने के वास्ते 
एक बार तो दिल से जान लो हमें, हम दिखाएँगे आपको सही रास्ते 

इतनी सी ज़िक्र

फ़िक्र नहीं मुझे अपनी मौत का, बस तुम्हारी ज़िन्दगी का फ़िक्र है 
रहे या न रहे साथ हम, खुशियाँ रहे तुम्हारे साथ बस इतनी सी ज़िक्र है

यु होता तो कैसा होता

सोचो अगर यु होता तो कैसा होता 
तारों पे अपना घर होता 
चाँद अपना छत, अम्बर पे नगर होता 
बादलों का ताज और तितलियों का राज होता 
कल कुछ भी नहीं सब कुछ आज होता 
बच्चों के खयालों से बना जहाँ  होता 
उनके सरगम से सजा हर साज़ होता 
मोतियों से बना जहाज़ होता 
किताब पन्नों से नहीं, हीरों से बुना होता 
झील पे नाव कि जगह, जुगनुओं का मकान होता 
रंगीन नज़ारों से ज़िन्दगी जमा होता 
सोचो अगर यु होता तो कैसा होता  

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