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Jab Tak Is Des Me सनिमा hai…

That epic dialogue of Ramadhir Singh from the movie that deserves nomination in the Academy awards for the most kickass dialogues (if they have a category like this, like the ones we have: Kamla Pasand presents most dhaansu dialogue of the year brought to you by Birla White Wall Care Putty, Papdi ki Chhutti…), always makes me nod my head in agreement.
“Jab tak is des me सनिमा hai, log चूतिए bante rahenge”
Little did the old man know that not all the people exploit coal miners and destroy families to make a living, some people work hard to make good सनिमा for us. Whereas most of us go to an air-conditioned cubicle and spend our day staring at a screen and wondering if there is a better career in strip-dancing than content writing. In the age of Marketing, sometimes you have to sell your soul to become a Ghost Rider Writer.

Five months back when I was writing the last exam paper of my final year, I had no idea what I am going to do after this. I stopped writing and put my pen down. I looked around, it’s always satisfying to watch the next generation of responsible tax-payers in making. To watch them spilling out answers and filling dozens of pages in fear of the inevitable, ‘Log Kya Kahenge?’. Well, some of them are rather greedy but let’s just boycott them and talk about mere mortals like me and the guy who writes ‘ॐ’ on the top of the answer sheet. The first fifteen years of my life I’d spent learning just about everything, from absurd arithmetic to Akbar’s family background, from Alexander the Great to the Alexander the Graham Bell, to the guy who said that we were Apes in the past. After finishing school I had my first existential crisis when I was made to choose between subjects that I want to study and the subjects that I will mock for the rest of my life for being not tough enough and its students for being so dumb, ugly and Chartered Accountant. Once you get into high school, things are different but if you don’t make the selection wisely, she will come for you. How many times do you need to be betrayed and left alone to die in a corner bleeding alphas, gammas and sine and cos from your nostrils to realize that she hates you? That fat 500-paged Maths book of high school I carried everywhere for two years keeping it close to my heart, every time I opened it she looked straight into my eyes and grinned slyly. She enters your life innocently, with just numbers and angles and curves, looking so innocuous. Gradually she steps into your syllabus, then your life and then your worst nightmares and then she stabs you in the back and punches you in the throat at the end of the year. SCREW MATHEMATICS!

Three years back I had the liberty to decide the course that will eventually decide the brand of my car and help me find the mother of my kids, so to un-math my life I went with Mass Communication and Journalism. Three years later, I’m sitting in the examination hall, estimating the price of my kidneys. A shiver ran through my spine and I came back to the dark reality. I took up my pen, did some arm-stretching and knuckle cracking and started completing my already three-pages long answer to ‘Describe the steps involving an Ad-campaign’, repeating the same keywords ‘effective’, ‘efficient’ and ‘significant’ in every sentence.

One month later, it happened. I was summoned to the director’s office and briefed about the film. I was handed a roughly made script which looked like it had been blatantly drafted like a phone directory on an excel sheet by a three-year-old. I was also told that the latter half of the movie is going to be based on a Mythological story so the dialogues need to be in शुद्ध हिन्दी. Six days of incessant mugging, I drafted the screenplay. There wasn’t much that needed to be done with the dialogues from the first half, just a few dialogues that crossed the threshold of being cringey. I penned them down in a separate sheet. The other half I had to re-write entirely because I didn’t want Satyug people to sound like my neighbor. The Hindization of the script was done, finally, I handed them the complete screenplay of the movie. I had taken the artistic liberty to change some dialogues and they liked my work.

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When the shooting began, being the Script Supervisor I basically had to make sure that everything goes by the script. I used to break down the script to the artists, make them rehearse it and listen to the dialogues while filming to ensure that no lines are missed. I also had to play and pause the music sometimes while shooting for a song when there is a shortage of crew. Filmmaking is a different world altogether. Once you witness a film being made, your perception of movies will change, you start to notice the little things, and most of all you start to appreciate shots and scenes more even though they may appear ordinary to many people, because you can now estimate the amount of effort that was required to pull that off. A day before the shoot, we were moved into a hotel, not just any ordinary hotel but a four-star suite, where invisible people take away your clothes, wash them and put them in the closet if you leave them unattended on the floor. With the huge buffet for breakfast, ‘good morning’ WhatsApp greetings started to make sense.
The very next day I realized why the producers tend to be so generous with their team. I realized why donkeys and oxen always look so sad. 15, 16 sometimes even 20 hours of waist breaking hard work, running from the film set to the vanity van and back to the set, dealing with actors who are hell-bent on not memorizing his/her lines. Keeping your eyes and ears wide open for avoiding any oversight errors and again dealing with some more sweaty panic-stricken actors. The buffet tastes ridiculous when you have a car honking and waiting for you at the door and a consistently ringing phone telling you that the call-time for today is 8 am. Every day you put on your damp innerwears and your mean face and walk up to the movie set feeling like ‘Dormammu I’ve come to bargain!’. 15 days down the line I knew I was not going to make it. I started to value my 3-4 hours of sleep time more than everything, hate human interaction and badly miss my bed. First three days I had no idea what the hell is going on, with all that people running around screaming at each other, it pretty much resembled an Indian Wedding. I met a number of interesting people and also came across some scums but largely there were good hard working people who don’t know how to calm down once the shot is ready. Gradually my body adapted, the swollen toes and the short sleeping times started to bother less and I lived the most transformative period of my life.

Three things happened:

  1. Discipline: 3o days of rigorous drudgery leaves long-lasting marks on your lifestyle. As a result, your willpower grows exponentially. Waking up early and finishing things before deadlines suddenly become your habit, unless you deliberately choose to go back to your early college lifestyle, of finishing one season of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ in one night and messing up with your sleep cycle.
  2. The Value of Money: Having spent 30 days in a hotel without spending a penny, my Mini Statement doesn’t disappoint me anymore. Besides your savings, the cheque you’ve just earned makes you feel richer than ever.

The film is about to release this November and needless to mention, I’m very excited. It’s not every day you get to see your name on a big screen.

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Moral Of The Story: Life is like Filmmaking. Life till graduation is Pre-production when we plan everything and assume life is going to be smooth forever. After Graduation shit happens that you’d never planned of. None of your tricks work out and you panic. Sometimes when things fall into place without much effort, you feel like Donald Trump otherwise there is always a subjugated Lal Krishna Advani feeling coming from the deepest insecurities of your heart. Post-production is post-retirement, when you sit back, take a sip of your tea and comment on the final result ‘Yaar ye shot aur badhiya ho sakta tha!’

PS- Above description of life may vary if you’re an editor, VFX guy or Papa Ki Pari.

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‘FAN’ review: For all the SRK FAN(atics)

Drama Thriller

Director: Maneesh Sharma

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Sayani Gupta.

 

The limits of love and obsession, not defined yet defied at times edging the threshold, turning itself into insanity. Such is the case. SRK has previously played the character of an obsessive psychotic before, remember Darr. But unlike Darr, in Fan, he is the assailant and the victim as well.

Gaurav Chandna lives in Inder Vihar, Delhi and is an extremely obsessed fan of Aryan Khanna, a big Hindi film superstar. He bears a resemblance to his idol Aryan and he can also do a pitch-perfect imitation of the superstar. He wins a trophy of ‘best actor’ in a local ‘Super Sitara’ competition by imitating Aryan and then gifting the trophy to his idol, Aryan Khanna becomes the sole purpose of his life. He embarks on a pilgrimage to Mumbai (without ticket). He traces Aryan’s journey back to his struggling days and like a true fan, he stays in the same hotel room where Aryan stayed. When he reaches the star’s house, he finds himself lost in other hundreds of fans like him. After being turned away from his home he goes below the belt and does something wicked to please him but unlike his expectation, Aryan wasn’t happy with whatever he did and as a result, he was sent to jail. This experience leaves him dejected and disappointed, and all his hero-love turns into hatred. He comes back to Delhi and burns away all Aryan Khanna posters and now all he wants is to make Aryan Khanna regret. The movie becomes dark and although Gaurav is the negative character in the movie but it also sheds some light on how narcissistic some stars are that even saying a simple sorry defies their ego.

The first half ends and so does the logic and the movie becomes implausible but I’m preety sure it will not bother true SRK fans. Despite all the security, Gaurav manages to pull off some egregious acts in the name of the superstar, which makes the movie absurd and when Gaurav succeeds in deceiving Aryan’s home-guard and his wife as well, the movie becomes silly to some extent. The character of Gaurav was well crafted but playing it must be a challenging job and after Happy New Year and Dilwale, I wasn’t expecting much from SRK but to my surprise, he nailed it. Aryan’s character was similar to his own self and he played both the roles fantastically. Editing is good and they’ve done a good job by not keeping any song in the movie. Dialogues are good and Sharat Kataria, the dialogue writer has maintained the Delhi-ness of Gaurav. Makeup team surely has worked hard in making Shah Rukh appear a goblin looking FANatic Gaurav. Shah Rukh Khan keeps you hooked. A Fan like Gaurav Chandna is certainly a nightmare also for many real superstars.

FAN may not be a great movie but it delivers what it promised in the trailer and manages to keep the viewers on the edge.

Rating (3/5)

“The Jungle Book” a total biased review

Action/Adventure Drama Animation

Director: Jon Favreau

Actors: Neel Sethi

Voices: Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita  Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson

Based on ‘The Jungle Book’ by Ruyard Kipling

Language: English

A visit into the life of the inhabitants of the jungle, most of all Mowgli a ‘human cub’ left orphaned in the jungle, found by a generous Black Panther Bagheera(Ben Kingsley) and given into the protection of a wolf pack. Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is raised as a member of the wolf family along with the other wolf kids. The mother wolf Raksha (Lupita  Nyong’o) accepts him as his own child and Mowgli shares an endearing bond with all the wolves of the family. Born and brought up in jungle Mowgli has embraced the life of jungle and has come to live by the codes and etiquette of the jungle and has no interest in leaving his pack, let alone leaving the jungle and going back to where he belongs, but one member of the jungle doesn’t want him in the jungle. Shere Khan (Idris Alba), a ferocious scarred tiger will do anything to hunt Mowgli down. Mowgli has to sacrifice his family in order to save himself and the wolf pack from the wrath of the atrocious tiger Shere Khan. The hustle begins and so begins Mowgli’s journey of self discovery. He meets Baloo, a jovial layabout bear (Bill Murray) without whom the story is incomplete. He is a standout in the film, he encourages Mowgli to stay in the jungle and also makes the viewers giggle. He also meets Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) and King Loui (Christopher Walken) along the way.

The epic story of The Jungle Book written by Ruyard Kipling in 1890 is well-known and has many adaptations. This time the magic of The Jungle Book is recreated by Jon Favreau under the banner of Disney and this movie is not just a ‘bare necessity’, the reinvention is so electrifying and spellbinding that every frame of the movie is worth watching. Viewers have reasons in abundance to love this movie. The only living cast of the movie Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is amazing in every scene and doesn’t disappoint the audience. Iron Man fame Favreau has utilized animation to its best and the jungle came alive. The visual effects and animation team has worked very hard and the result is magnificent, it transports you to the jungle, when Mowgli is chased by Shere Khan you feel your own heartbeat increasing, when rains, shiver runs through your spine and when encounters Shere Khan, a part of you feels terrified. ‘Bare Necessities’ is enchanting and you will find yourself crooning this song while coming out of the theater, you can’t help it.

Rating (4.5/5)

“Rocky Handsome”…neither rocking nor handsome

Action Thriller

Director: Nishikant Kamat

Cast: John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Diya Chalwad, Nathalia Kaur, Nishikant Kamat, Teddy Maurya

 

One man against all the drug mafias, organ traders and local gangsters of Goa. Kabir Ahlawat (John Abraham) is a highly trained merciless badass assassin who runs a pawn shop; Nayomi (Diya Chalwad) is an adorable kid with whom Kabir shares a special bond and her mother Anna (Nathalia Kaur) who is a drug addict club dancer and the two sinister brothers Kevin (Nishikant Kamat) and Luke Ferreira (Teddy Maurya) and Goa is the new Mexico, when Nayomi gets abducted on account of her mother’s mess up with the drug mafias, hell breaks loose and suddenly our hero turns into a killing machine and for the rest of the movie he is slicing and stabbing and making holes in the villains. Produced by and starring John Abraham, this movie has no climax, no script or even a story line, but surely it has some brilliantly choreographed and finely executed action sequences, but when compared to the Korean movie ‘The Man from Nowhere’, on which it is based, it falls flat on its face.

John has previously played similar role of silent vengeful hero in Force and Madras Cafe and performance-wise, this time as well he is honest with the character of Kabir Ahlawat and is amazing in the action scenes. Shruti Haasan has a guest appearance as Kabir’s wife Rukshida. Nishikant Kamat is superb as a villain and Diya Chalwad is flamboyant and impresses the audience. The supporting roles play their respective parts well. The music was also not bad.

This movie is a delight for action lovers but a trauma if you’re watching it for a sensible story and if you don’t like senseless violence.

 

Rating                 (2.5/5)

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Difference between a Hero and an Actor

Remember the climax scene from ‘Dabangg’ in which Salman Khan’s character Chulbul Pandey’s shirt tears when he flexes his muscles and then Chulbul beats Chedi Singh to pulp and audience breaks into cheers and applause, or a scene from the blockbuster Chennai Express when Shahrukh Khan’s character Rahul after getting beaten up by Thangabali rises to his feet, fights with Thangabali and ‘BANG’ with one bucket stroke Thangabali was down bleeding and defeated, that was a much predictable yet electrifying ending.

What makes these actors superstars of b’town? What is the difference between these superstars and other actors, this blog will answer.

  1. Actors literally means ‘one who interprets’ an actor is someone who portrays a character in a drama, film or any other storytelling medium. Heroes are the actors having large fan following. The larger the fan following the bigger the hero is.
  2. Heroes usually play protagonists while other actors play supportive roles. A movie is a story, hero is the main character around which the story revolves and other characters in the story are played by supportive actors.
  3. Heroes usually do not accept small roles. For example Hritik Roshan was offered the role of Siddharth in Rang De Basanti, he rejected and in the same movie the role of Flight Lieutenant Ajay Rathod was offered to Shahrukh Khan, he also rejected because he did not want to play second lead to Aamir Khan. The role was played by Madhavan and Rang De Basanti emerged a huge hit. Imagine how Rang De Basanti could have looked if Shahrukh and Hritik were inside the movie.
  4. There are a handful of heroes whose presence in a movie can give the movie a massive opening and probably a huge collection whereas the roles of supporting actors are influential in movies but don’t have a big impact on the collection. In the movie KICK, assuming only the male characters, Salman Khan was the hero and Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Randeep Hooda were supportive actors. Salman was the main attraction of the audience, the other actors had significant roles but they had trivial impact on the collection.
  5. Usually the characters played by heroes are known as the hero who played the character and not the character that was played. For example in ‘PK’ Aamir Khan played the lead character PK, however Aamir is not recognized by the character he played in contrast to the actors, for example in the movie Raanjhanaa, the character of Murari was played by Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub. People recognize him as the guy who played Murari in Raanjhanaa. He is a supporting actor and he is recognized by the character he played.
  6. The top heroes of bollywood are

Sharukh Khan (the ultimate romantic hero),
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Aamir Khan (records are not made, it just shifts from one Aamir Khan Movie to the other),
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Salman Khan (truelove of the masses),
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Hritik Roshan (a great actor, a fitness freak, a fabulous dancer…a complete bollywood hero package),
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Ranbir Kapoor (Heartthrob of bollywood, he has got all the girls fall in love with him),
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Akshay Kumar (Khiladi Kumar, the ultimate action hero)
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Ajay Devgn (Mann bhanwar uthe…Tan Sihar uthe…Jab Khabar uthe Ke aave SINGHAM)
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They have a large number of fan following and their presence is vital to make any blockbuster movie but there are also many well recognized actors who have played an important role in many hit movies such as Paresh Rawal (OMG, Hera Pheri series), Anu Kapoor (My favorite Dr. Chaddha in Vicky Donor), Vijay Raaz (Run, Delhi Belly), Bomar Irani (3 idiots, Munnabhai series).