Love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him, that is Akshay Kumar to Bollywood and well, to those outside the circle too.
Spy stories are always interesting, aren’t they? Whether it is Alia Bhat’s riveting Razi or Bell Bottom, such a excellently well told story on a topic that lies at the core of every Indian, the pet rivalry with our beloved neighbour!
Bell Bottom is an out and out Akshay Kumar movie. It is all about the man, just the man at the centre, and everybody else just floating around .
One must admit though, that Akshay Kumar carries it well, oh! boy! and how he does it!!! So, it was quite sometime back that I read Jeffrey Archer’s The Second Lady by Irving Wallace, for some reason, all good novels to my mind are written by Jeffrey Archer, must be a memory lapse!!!
The cast of Indira Gandhi was a joke though!!! A very bad joke at that!!!
Bell Bottom is quite the movie to watch. Go, catch it on Netflix!
Wonder why movies are great!!! Coz they show you a microcosm of a world, many lives, many emotions, it’s like a tour into the life’s very own museum of specimens of homo sapiens of all kinds…
Wonder does touch you to the core, awaken the deepest of emotions and show you what life is really worth it, coz it is easy to give up, but it is important not to give in and keep the smiles no matter what.
In times when the human body is a fetish, when measurements are all that people are, when flawlessness is traded as a real life thing, it is difficult to know the difference between the real and the fake, it is difficult not to get caught in the mirage of these highly toxic, yet equally seductive of adjectives, that advertisements have made us believe is what worth is all about.
Not any more is it about being kind, or good, or just plain nice, a good smile and a warm heart, it is about the texture of the skin, the width of your chest, the weight of your biceps, the kim kardashianishness of your shape, well and more….
Wonder is all heart, pure and clear, its all love, sweet and slobbering almost, its life and its innocence so true that it tears you up!
When I think of the best sports themed movies that I have watched, I have to mention Chak De, India, Bend It Like Beckham, The Ice Princess, Bhaag Milka Bhaag, Mary Kom, Coach Carter, Dangal, Godha – the Malayalam film and the Karate Kid of course.
Good, I am impressed by my repertoire as a movie watcher, yet, Hustle was different in many ways. It touched my heart, moved me to tears, at the immense potential that often goes wasted, the investment of a coach or a mentor and the adorable contrast of physical build and a tender heart!
The movie is carried on the shoulders of Sandler but also others like Queen Latifa, Juancho Hernangomez, Anthony Edwards, Ben Foster, Heidi Gardner and Jordan Hull… in fact the talent in this film is rather equitably distributed and so is their screen presence and impact on the viewer.
With great story telling and excellence in acting, the movie is quite the block buster, you might want to watch it more that once!
Ranveer Singh looked the best in 1983 but he does manage to look his role in every film. He eases himself into his character like a chameleon changing colors!
Social relevance in films becomes over the top with the content and presentation at times tending to be documentarish but Jayeshbhai Jordar is a good one time watch, a comical take on some of serious misogynistic practices in Indian society.
Jayeshbhai Jordar also manages a rather long lecture on the significance of ‘puppy’ in marital relationships, yes, only in marital relationships in the deep rurals of the country.
Reena Pathak packs a punch and so does Boman Irani and the fire cracker of Jia Vaidya, as a wise mentor to her kid-like parents.
I watched Tumhari Sulu in Dehradun with my brother and his pretty wife. I remember how I cried at the sheer simplicity of desire depicted in the movie, how it sort of moved all of us, the child-like innocence of confidence and a desire to make it alright somehow.
I think of how life puts you into situations where you could only be solution-oriented with a pasted smile on your face. Someone said the other day, ‘it must have been difficult to be strong always’, it was, it really is, and sometimes people read strength and defence as arrogance, callousness, ‘she’s not very emotional’, ‘she never feels it’, ‘but you never show it’ and so on.
You kind of stop the expression of pain, angst, hurt and focus on getting on with life, with a shrug of ‘whatever’!!!
But, Sulu, what a cheer leader of self, she is! what poise, what valor, and what unbreakable cheerfulness!!!
I wish more people could have her unlimited positivity, courage and the strength to smile through it all, be focused on solutions and not put much thought into nit-picking, fault finding and other such general amusements of life, perhaps, then, more of us could breathe lighter, live happier, after all what is life but a dream and a waking!!!
‘We are all made of dreams, and our life stretches from sleep before death to sleep after death,’ Said Prospero in The Tempest.
To all the Sulus of the world, smile till it aches and burn a few hearts!!!!
We watched Natalie Portman’s ‘Where the heart is?’ with many ‘awww’s and ‘ooh’ and other such exclamations at what was one of the cutest story telling in movies that I have seen in recent times.
Novalee Nation grows right in front of your eyes from a bubbly, extremely naive pregnant teenager to becoming a young woman with a profession, a worthy man in her life and her beloved baby, Americus plus and an impressive social status as a photographer right in front of your eyes in a span of 2 hours.
The film is beyond touching and Natalie’s character wins you over with her charm, her simplicity and her ability to care for others despite the many tragedies she had to undergo.
Through out the film, as an audience I felt myself getting anxious for this beautiful yet simple girl and her lovely baby. When the handsome Forney enters Novalee’s life as a baby sitter,you know for sure that Novalee cannot have a better husband and can’t but chide and feel frustrated at Novalee’s attempts to push him away.
Novalee feels that she is some what lesser and that she doesn’t deserve Forney even when he acknowledges his love for Novalee Nation and Americus Nation over and over again.
Finally it takes the advent of her runaway boyfriend to remind Novalee of her love for Forney.
All is well when Novalee meets Forney and accepts that she too loves him.
Ashley Judd as Lexie, Novalee’s friend, does well as the woman in search of eternal love and forever failing.
Stockard Channing as sisterhusband comes to Novalee’s rescue and sort of becomes Americus’ god mother with her acts of kindness and compassion.
Sweetly engaging, the movie makes one believe in love and also think that it is not such a bad world after all.
Well, there is hope for love, we sigh together , the daughter, I and Andrew , the cat!
To watch a Leonardo Di Caprio movie is always a delight but watching a very young Leonardo charming essaying the role of an absolute con man was more than delightful.
With Tom Hanks as FBI agent Hanratty at his heels, the young supremely chameleon like Frank Abagnel Jr changes his colors leaving even the experienced FBI agent stunned into stupidity a few times.
To know that it is a biographical tale is even more interesting. I mean that is pure genius, no wonder Charles Shobraj has many women swooning over him!
Anyways the digital art in the trailer was pretty impressive too.
The movie is a feel good watch, where one is torn between admiration for the talents of Frank Abagnel, sympathy for his rather unfortunate upbringing and of course a suspicion of con artists.
What is very endearing is the friendship that develops between the cop and the Frank. When a young Frank Abagnel calls Carl Hanratty the FBI officer chasing him on a lonely Christmas night one really feels for the lonely souls around the world, who cannot share their joys or sorrows with another soul.
The word ‘unda’ in Malayalam a variety of things but using it to refer to ammunition was to me a novelty.
Well, as usual these days this Malayalam movie revolves a single plot, a singular idea, and like the precision of a short story dwells right into the center of the story i.e. the availability of ammunition for the police men of the Kerala police force sent on election duty to the far away Bastar .
From thoughts about what is really naxalism, are the tribals who are said to form part of it so dangerous as they are made out to be?, does anyone really care about the police men to making us wonder in these COVID 19 times, that really don’t we really take the government,i.e. whatever of it that is there for granted and paint the whole machinery with the same paint ignoring in the process the honesty and dedication of many individuals who make this sort of invisible yet huge entity.
Unda has as its protagonist, a police officer who is but a faint memory of his perhaps more colorful youth, a misnomer in the police force with no experience of ever holding a gun and one whose sole weaponry included the good old lathi and the bamboo defense handle!
The story narrates as to how this lackadaisical officer put in charge of his small battalion in a dangerous life threatening situation, on the verge of losing his self respect rediscovers his true strength as he rises up to the challenge thus not just saving his face but also earning some respect for the Kerala Police Force in an alien territory where the lavish Kerala style bath is a true luxury.
How varied is the Indian landscape! It is beautiful when cultures try to reach out and understand and that is what this movie does, a bringing together of lives from across this vast nation we call India.
With none of his airs of a super star, Mamootty essays his role with ease as he grows from a discredited police officer to a man of the moment, but so does every single artist on the screen whether it is the army officers or the villager, Kunal Chand and his grandson or the rest of the crew.
Its a thoughtfully made movie of the beauty of the human heart beneath the police uniforms which we can come to ridicule and humiliate on public platforms all too often!
One of the most delightfully entertaining films that I watched recently is Oh!Baby which has Samantha Akkineni in the lead and boy! does she not own it!
Reminiscent of 13 going on 30 but standing on its own two feet proudly, the film has erstwhile ‘Julie’ fame actress Lakshmy whose younger self is played with great finesse by Samantha as Swathi.
The story and its depiction on the big screen, ensures that it is a total roller coaster of emotions with a totally charming Samantha leaving the audience in splits of laughter, empathy and even a fair share of teardrops.
Rajendra Prasad, Lakshmy and Samantha clearly hold the fort and your total attention in the movie.
When was the last time I enjoyed a Telugu movie this much! That looks sometime far in history.
Anyways, Oh! Baby is not a movie to miss for sure.
What the movie does is to hold a candle to the unaccomplished dreams and aspirations of the older generations!
Seriously,when I see my mom actively and enthusiastically participating and preparing for her Akshara Shloka classes and events, I see in her the child that would have topped the class or pursued higher studies if only her parents had thought it worthwhile to allow the girls in the house to study as they did with the boys!