Prathi Nimisham Prathi Nimisham Adugese Mundalochisthu…Alochanalaku Kallem Vesthu…Vedam!

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 It’s the wisdom and knowledge that drives humanity and world!

That’s the Vedic, worldly truth rendered in a highly rational recital by Krish. One and all simply adored a highly thoughtful and intellectual message of Gamyam (his debut). Vedam, has conveyed intellectually the concepts in abstract, but practical and situational instances, which is remarkable. The movie flows as the “natural” situational incidents carve into characters with humanity and conscience. The concept of multiple stories in one movie is not new. But the message is highly meaningful, the niche carved by Krish!

The movie starts with this foot tapping number from “Pada Pada Pada… Ninu nuvvu tharumuthu pada…”
When this guy, looking for a career in singing, Vivek Chakravarthy is quiet ambitious and is a bit attitudinal in nature. While his counterpart Laasya, who is pretty young girl, but always remind him of his responsibilities and humanity. Laasya says as they leave aside the Sardarji, whom Vivek overtakes lorry after a scary, rash drive only to “react” to the traditional-modern conflicting comments of Sardarji.
Laasya adds “I felt we could have helped him on the way as the lorry fell aside” And he says, “there are other people who can help”. And she adds “Yes, other people can, but we cannot. But we can sing the lyrics of the same.” Such are the conversations that differentiate the thinking between them, that later help a change in characters.

A certain aspect of the present day youth and a starch contrast of traditionalistic social activists. The changes that came up as part of globalization which eventually made some religious followers stay insecure of the native culture is drawn with a finishing.

Next is Nagayya as Ramulu, an old man from Lingampally, is introduced along with his daughter in law Saranya. They are illiterate and poor and are in debt to Patel who has Saranya’s son captive. Only upon paying the debt, the son would be set free. The only solution is to sell a kidney of Saranya that takes the old man and his daughter in law to Hyderabad.

As Nagayya weaves sarees, on their way to the hospital for kidney donation, when the doctor asks him “You could not wear some nice clothes.” Then Nagayya says “Illi kattetollaki illuntada saaru. Cheppulu kuttetollaki cheppuluntaaya saaru. Maa baathukulu gatlane saaru.” meaning “Cobbler makes shoes but does not have one with him. Construction workers they make homes, but do not have one for themselves. We are also same”. An irony and depth of a poor class families is heart rendering.

Allu Arjun as ‘Cable Raju’ is introduced. He is educated yet works as a cable boy who doesn’t pay his boss. He fakes his life as a rich brat and makes his filthy rich girl friend believe the same. He is badly in need of money to impress his girlfriend.  

Manoj Bajpai as Rahim Qureshi. A bitter past in a Hindu Muslim fight, his pregnant wife loses the foetus before birth. A small misunderstanding with a cop has him in a black list. He is a good man and a beloved husband yet in the bad books of the police. The pre-juices’ Hindus had him jailed, blamed and frustrated. Still, he comes out as a responsible citizen with values set right, all throughout!

Anushka who played as Saroja, a prostitute from Amalapuram. She knows no other way of living. They showcase a certain “self-stated-take-it-for-granted” attitude of a Prostitute that has been carved by soceity, her life situations. The arrogance and ignorance to reality is displayed boldly through these characters. Something, viewers may not choose to listen. The conversations of Saroja with the Police man, speaks pages and volumes of the society. 

Finally, all the counterparts of the story gather, as Raju tries to steal the 40,000 rupees from Ramulu, though he happens to hear the reason behind donation of kidney of Ramulu’s daughter-in-law, but his conscience and the humanity makes him speak his real facet to his girlfriend and makes him return the money back to Ramulu. And then Vivek and Raju, join together to encounter the terrorist who is a suicide bomber. Thus they donate their lives to a cause. It all ends on a nostalgic note with a beautiful awakening of humanity!

There is a whopping number of good performances in this movie: The acting of Allu Arjun, is simply impressive and Manoj Bajpai’s as Rahim and Manchu Manoj has rendered a good job as a rockstar with a change. Nagayya as Ramulu, a new comer, is simply natural, typical poor father-in-law and Saranya as his daughter-in-law have been very nice. 

With beautiful lyrical notes running as hummings through the movie is hihgly notable. And the songs as “Rupi Rapaay” and “Prapancham Naaventa Vasthunte” are undoubted hits along with another rock number “Now or Never”!
 The song permeates the spirit of the movie. I came out humming this song. The song written and composed by M.M.Keeravani:

Prathi Nimisham Prathi Nimisham Adugese Mundalochisthu..

Prathi Nimisham Prathi Nimisham Alochanalaku Kallem Vesthu..

Prathi Nimisham Prathi Nimisham Adugese Mundalochisthu..

Prathi Nimisham Prathi Nimisham Alochanalaku Kallem Vesthu..

Prathi Udayam Kala Karigina

Nijameduruga Nilabaduthunna

Manishi Manishiga Jeevisthe

Manishini Manishiga Jeevinchanisthe

Vedam…Vedam…

The word Vedam i.e. wisdom and knowledge of the humankind is punctuated and welled out in a most poignant way. I strongly recommend this movie and hail Vedam!

From my own old post- from my blog:

http://sushmaananda.blogspot.in/2010/06/prathi-nimisham-prathi-nimisham-adugese.html

 

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The Adjustment Bureau

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From the taglines of Promos:
Fight for your fate!
They stole his future. Now he is taking it back!
Your fate has been adjusted.
He runs for his fate!

The Amendment Bureau is this movie based on a science fiction short story by Phillip Dick published in Orbit Science Fiction Vol4, Sep-Oct 1954, in name of “Adjustment team”.  In short the story emphasizes a free will of human mind in a very amazing plot and interpretation! He sees his future is planned and realizes that he wants something else! The story adaptation was done by George Nolfi, director and film maker of the movie.

What is an Adjustment Bureau and what do the members do?

Adjustment Bureau consists of a Chairman with some members, they are not human.
They are also been referred to “angels”. They are only visible to few humans. The members are given these two powers “Hats” and “Book”. The hats gives shows them doors that are visible to them alone and anyone who takes that door would enter into another totally different route and location. All of these doors also do lead to Adjustment Bureau. The Book, the plan, that has been designed for that person keeps track of that person’s move. They are under some kind of “telekinesis”, they can make some objects / things move using an occult power. At an instance in the movie, Bureau members say to David that even they do have emotions, but should not be driven by emotions, as per plan. Apart from this, members also can know what the person in their plan is thinking and know next move of the person. Hence they, as I probably derive, hold the power to alter the plan for that person. The analogy is drawn from original science fiction story “Adjustment team”.

The story:

There is David Norris, who is an aspiring for the post of US Senate. He is one day preparing for speech to be recited for a huge crowd. While he is practicing his speech in a rest room, he coincidentally happens to meet Elise who enlightens him of honesty and changes his life in a blink. David then wins people and impresses many with his honest, extempore speech. But as per plan, Elise is introduced in his life by Chairman only for inspiration. But David realizes he should meet Elise and she is the one for his life! All through the way, all his plans to meet Elise are every time obstructed by Bureau members reminding him that he is deviating from Chairman’s plan! They warn him. At one point he happens to travel a bus every day for 3 years just to find her back in his life, the bus on which he meets her for second time, but never met her again. It works one day. He chases Elise and meets her.

The Bureau members will be right there keeping track of his move on the book; they threaten him of public animosity. Still David makes it to Elise’s contemporary ballet dance show that evening soon after another speech. He just makes it to the show, but the Bureau member plays a tele-kinesis kind of move, which suddenly sprains Elise’s ankle. David is been threatened that if he does not go by their plan, he will surely loose her as a dancer forever. In this emotional blackmail or probably a confusion, from a conventional method of thinking, David parts ways with Elise after last meeting her in hospital. Later, he comes to know of her wedding with Harry, her ex-boy friend, whom she foregoes only to realize that David is her soul mate! David says to Bureau members: “All I have are the choices I make and I chooser her, come what may!

In the end, David is helped by his friend from Bureau, who helps him with the memorizing with the chairman’s Book of plan and he is given a cap, to follow the doors away for a rescue from Bureau member’s tracking. He manages to escape until he sees the change in plan made by chairman himself. The movie ends suggesting on a free will of human mind that can do wonders.

Essence:

In short the movie, as may be drawn, the Bureau members and Chairman’s plan and appearing frequently in one’s life are mere inhibitions to one’s will and probably a set of confusions and mental blocks. The choice of going with Elise was always with him, he is in and out of his choice several times, as he sees a risk of his life. A risk as in a deviation from regular, tried conventional path of life. His initial plan to be a Senate exemplifies a notion of a path that has been tried and successful and safe way to his destiny, a choice. Later his wish and will drives him to Elise, who has influenced him all through his life. The frequent appearances of Bureau members indicate to inhibitions, confusion and frequent conversations with Bureau members might resonate probably a try through self reasoning of actions of future or his choice, he might as well want to go for or not! The choice that might be more fulfilling or more successful! A risk in disguise or an opportunity in disguise, resonates through out the movie! 

So, there is a chairman in everyone’s life, to infer. The chairman is probably guiding you to choose and a free will decision does not necesary gets rejected by “chairman”, contrary to our notion. In the end we make free-will choices that we are sure of. Destiny is, anything, but a choice we make!

I do so recommend this movie!

From my own old post- from my blog:

http://sushmaananda.blogspot.in/2011/04/adjustment-bureau.html

Raavan – Ramayana as in the eyes of Seetha!

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I have heard to the music. Loved it, for its contemporary and tribal notes!
There is nothing with the story. Its only in the way it is told!

The story is about present day scenario of India. A choice between a suspicious-good guy Rama or a bad-man-but-truthful Raavan! The movie describes the grey shades of Rama’s persona and also showcases brighter, positive shades of Raavan’s persona, that have been less depicted in all the movies so far. It is an epical representation of a shift in paradigms and effigies.
Once Ragini discusses about the Beera, as “Robinhood or Raavan?”. Her husband Dev, staunchly hears to it, in disagreement! At one point we get a montage of people talking about him: he’s a kavi, says one; women go crazy over him, says another. “Vidhwan hai.” “Dhol bajaate hain.” “Bahut khatarnaak hai.” The Beera aka Raavan, portrayal of 10 faces is vivid in couple of scenes when they seem him laughing, crying, screaming, horrifying all in a second shot. That’s Mani there! Going purely by the awe-struck expressions on the faces of these people, Beera would be the most enigmatic and layered anti-hero. But as Ragini impresses him with unintentional effort to escape by saying “Main maroongi tho apni marji se…” and jumps into the river from top of the hill. Slowly, the truthful story of his sister Jamuna aka Surpanaka (i.e. Priyamani has lived in the character), makes Ragini feel her that she is affiliated to the people there and to their innocence. Ragini has been showcased as an artist as a dancer of Bharatnatyam. An in built sensitivity also helps her blend and think in this way that she prays to the statue of Durga Maa, where she wells out “mujhe in logon ki maasoomiyat mujhe achcha na lagein, aur yeh asoon na aaye…” But when Dev, aka Rama, provokes Ragini when he all the way sets on the deal with and takes his Ragini, he says “Beera ko pakadne ke liye, ke liye zaroor aaoonga”. So, Dev then on their way back to their home, suspects Ragini and says Beera said all bad about you and that makes her go back to Beera.

Ragini then is confused and drawn towards Beera hearing to his truthful words. Beera, as he says “Mein tumhaare biwi ke liye tumhe maar bhi saktha hoon aur bacha bhi saktha hoon”, displays a certain convincing side of Beera and that is notable. The climax scene on the wooden bridge, is breath-taking, terrific one.

A country where, traditions and culture in-built, it’s as difficult to accept this paradigm shift!
We have a large gap between the generations, older and recent, due to changes in every perspective.
We still have activists catching hold of us for being modern, when modernism was bound to enter India, post-globalization! Audience may not receive it though well, but it is meaningful “new” epic. He could have weaved a new epic by itself, I think perhaps, without the shade of Ramayana’s story. But, I liked the aspect of Ragini’s confusion of a suspicious Dev to a truthful Veera who accepts that he made mistakes. It is however difficult to see of one’s deity’s story, in between the lines-kind of recital, perhaps, when there are devotees worshipping the God Rama for so many years. It is bound to be taken aback. So, this is indeed a bold attempt to speak something this way. This is the new India with a Seeta’s perspective of Ramayana. Worth a watch, to know a new facet of India, perhaps, rather than a new portrayal of an older epic!

From my own old post- from my blog:

http://sushmaananda.blogspot.in/2010/07/raavan-ramayana-as-in-eyes-of-seetha.html

Bucket List Review!

Pre-text: 

I happened to watch this movie as suggested by my good friend which otherwise would not have watched. The movie truly endorses a very nice beautiful meaning to life! It brought tears along with some meaningful insight! 🙂

Story:

Two men Edward Cole and Carter Chambers, share terminal illness. They have cancer and hospitalized while also sharing the same room. Carter Chambers is Blue-collar mechanic all his life, who has seen a simple life, as a common man! Edward Cole, who is Billionaire and owner of many hospitals. Carter has survived with two sons and one daughter, one engineer, another lawyer and daughter is a violinist, married for forty-five years and loyal to his wife Virginia, a nurse. Edward, on the hand has survived into multiple divorces and has a daughter, who is missing. Both during their stay at hospital due to cancer treatment diagnosed last stage of cancer. Carter, is like any other patient, is in this room. As per work ethics of Edward, he has been admitted into same room as Carter.
For days, Edward takes time to accept of his illness and the course of treatment like the diet, doctor’s visit reveals his attitude. Carter, a silent spectator of the Edward, observes poignantly. The disparity of an ex-gratia treatment being the owner of the hospital slowly fades away with their burgeoning friendship. Carter’s down to earth attitude makes Edward win few favors. One day, Carter’s writes this Bucket list that which has list of wishes he wants to fulfill before his death! Both of them hear that they may survive only less than an year. After hearing about his life span, Carter wads and flips it onto floor. Edward finds it next morning and suggests some fun things be added into it. That is when a crazy plan for doing all the things on Bucket list like sky diving, world tour so on gets added. Edward offers to finance the entire tour. Carter agrees to it despite the denial from his wife Virginia.
The two friends begin their world tour sky diving, face car driving, climbing Pyramids, Lion safari in Africa, Taj Mahal in India, Great wall of China, Chevre d’Or. They confide in each other on their family and fate. They share with each other that Carter has seen disinterest in his wife and Edward has had rift with his daughter who deserted him after he sent few people to attack her abusive husband, which Edward is not sure if he is lost his life. Edward hired a prostitute for Carter, but Carter denies it and stands by his principle. However as a courtesy, to reciprocate the same takes Edward to his daughter, which Edward staunchly denies. Carter returns to his home and reunion of his family, grandchildren will be arranged. But suffers sudden seizure and is admitted into hospital. Then Edward comes to meet Carter and Carter shares this weirdest origin of the Kopi Luwak, world’s rarest coffee, when Carter ends up in to laughter fulfilling his “laugh till you cry” wish.
Carter dies as soon as the operation for his treatment gets unsuccessful. Edward recites a tribute during the funeral, where Edward mentions Carter and he have been strangers and confesses that he has never been  to funeral and always avoided them and does not know much as to what people say. He says that he loved Carter and he misses him, and that Carter and Edward saw the world together, which was amazing, only thing three months ago, they were complete strangers. He mentions that he hops it does not sound selfish to say that last month’s of Carter’s life were best months of Edwards too. He mentions that Carter saved his life and Carter knew it before he did. Edward strikes off during the speech from Bucket list “Help a complete stranger for a common good”.
A specific mention of Edwards last few words of speech is worth a mention “I am deeply proud that this man found it worth his while to know me. In the end, I think its safe to say that we brought joy to one another’s lives. So, one day when I got some final resting place, if I happened wake up next beside the gate, I hope that Carter’s there, to vouch for me and show me the ropes on the other side.”

Edward finally reconciles with his daughter and meets his granddaughter and kisses her on the cheek, that’s when he strikes “Kiss the most beautiful girl in the world”. As in the epilogue, it is disclosed Edwards‘s ashes are brought to the Himalayas by Mathew next to Carter’s.  After placing this, Mathew strikes of the last item on the bucket list “witness something truly majestic”. In Carters voice a recital follows recites “Edward surely dies closing his eyes but his heart was open. I am pretty sure Edward is happy with his final resting place, because he was buried on the mountain and that was against the law.”

About the movie and Essence:
Their introduction starts on a shocking discovery of each other’s presence.  When the encounter with his wife saying “no visitors coming to see him?” looking at Edward who just done with his operation and Carter says “Not any.” And she says “That’s another reason I don’t miss nursing”. Once his wife leaves, Edward asks Carter “has she left?” I believe more people die of visitors than diseases…”
Edward’s lavish lifestyle does not seem to amaze Carter, after knowing that he is the owner of the hospital. His choice of dishes that as quoted by him as “are best in L.A” are later ironically noted by Carter as “isn’t anymore best in L.A”, after Edward goes puking all night long, on other side. Edward’s gradual acceptance of his illness and his idiosyncrasies have come along as well etched characters and also as Jack Nicholson who portrays as Edward Cole, has excellently portrayed with perfect timing of expressions and dialogues.
 The starch contrast between two persons has been brought out very carefully, yet naturally. Each character reveals its true nature in itself. Edwards’ attempt to imbibe some adventure in his down-to-earth friend Carter’s life, becomes successful with his Sky diving, world tour. Edward’s easy-go and lavish attitude helps make them fulfill their Bucket list, but few out of bounds wishes, like Edwards’ attempt to arrange for the prostitute who is stanchly denied by Carter, suggests his loyalty to his wife and earthly choices, despite the fact that he has been disinterested in her for few years now. In the end, Edward’s reconciliation attempt with his daughter, his realization of love and affection of a humane attitude emerges as his honest confessions at funeral speech showcases.
Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson have complemented each other naturally well in Justin Zachom’s beautiful screenplay. Jack Nicholson is Edward Cole, reverse conclusion so to say holds true to his splendid performance! Cherish the true philosophies of life from a different story; and perspective, like never heard before: it is “Bucket List”!
From my own old post- from my blog:

Freedom Writers

This is yet another one of my favorite movies.
Based on book by a teacher Erin Gruwell : “Freedom Writers Diary”.

The movie stars Hilary Swank as Erin Gruwell.
On her first job after graduating as a teacher, it is tough call for her to get the attention in the class of students, who are known for their severe notoriety.
She then gets to the students to listen to their likes and dislikes which actually gets her to connect with the students thoughts….
The independent lifestyle of students, who indulge in drug addiction, crimes at a young age etc…, as she understands, Erin then becomes determined, with a socio-ethical resopnsibility, to bring about realisation.

What exactly I adore in this movie is the concept of ‘Freedom Writing’. Students eventually and consequently indulge in writing their diary, that their teacher gives them all, to just write exactly what they think.

The book of Annie Frank insipres every student in the class and
Slowly, the Freedom Writers diary, reflects their own self and inspires each student in one’s own way to change.
The teacher then becomes the likes of everyone.

I have simply loved the concept of Freedom Writing. To write what exactly one thinks, which I believe is a gift, that one chooses.

To know what I exactly mean by this, you will simply have to watch the movie.

From my own old post- from my blog:

http://sushmaananda.blogspot.in/2008/12/freedom-writers.html

Movie – The Devil Wears Prada – In the lens of Sasha ……Suddenly I see, this is what I wanna be…

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This is one my favorite movies. So captivating. A remake from a real-life biography. The movie talks about one’s own life and the choices we make.

The movie casts Meryl Streep (Miranda) and Anna Hathaway(Andrea Sachs).
Its like this: This average girl Andrea suddenly realises that this is what she wants to be and chooses her life stunning the most legendary icon in fashion industry Miranda. A journalist by study, one day joins at Runaway fashion magazine with almost Zero knowledge about fashion. Andrea has no interest in fashion and thinks her main aim is to become a journalist and fashion just something to begin her career with. With everyone around her so fashion-friendly and trendy, she just has nothing but to change herself. While learning her job, fast and smart way out, she does not just realise what she became is not what she wanted.Runway begins to take over Andy’s (Andrea) life, and it isn’t long before she makes sacrifices that she had no intention of making. She makes good decisions in the end, though, and all of the loose ends get tied up. One day Suddenly she sees and realises and this is not what she wants to be. She chooses her life to the odds against Miranda.

Every dialogue, every scene is so very nice and has something to speak to one’s own self.

I think this movie has something very imporant message to say to people. Life is about what one chooses! Simple! Ai’nt it?

To know what I mean by this, you simply have to watch it yourself!

And you know, what?
This is what I think so too :

“Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me……”

This is the title song from the movie…. :):)

From my own old post- from my blog:

http://sushmaananda.blogspot.in/2008/07/devil-wears-prada-suddenly-i-see-this.html

Delhi-6 – Udiyo na Dariyo….

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Delhi hai mere yaar… Ishq, mohabbat, pyar……..

The song has truly been to the movie’s glory!
A movie that has been crafted with dexterity to mix the modernity with a subject, so very intricate!

The kaala Bandar incident of 2001, depicts the beast inside and has been well-blended with a conceptual rendering of general Indian mind set.
The movie has showcased a theatrical outline with Raamleela, to the story, is just so very deft!

The mirror waala concept is yet another thought-provoking one. “Jhaank ke dekho”, has been interwoven to reflect the traditional, conservative mental blocks, a more revolutionary facet, symbolizing the communism.

On the other side, the lifestyle of Delhi-ites, is awesomely flourishing with paani puri, the jalebis, the Raamleelas, the people, and an ironic tone showcasing the politicizing of never-existing theories and facts with deeply rooted Indian virtues, embellished and undisturbed.

The beautiful Bittu (Sonam Kapoor), represents and Masakkali, symbolizing, the freedom of fulfilling dreams! Bittu, an aspiring singer, dreaming to make it big with Indian Idol, is all very modern, bubbly girl. She gets the all the support from the counterpart, Roshan, to spread her wings and achieve her goal.

Roshan (Abhishek Bachan), gets himself struck amidst the chaos of a composite society.
He gets caught in between the Kaala Bandar incident, untouchability (Divya Dutta), the Hitler-like cop (Vijay Raaz), the politicizing religious never existing monkey man, the sarcasm to a true cause. The movie punctuates a series of unwanted isms that a modern India could be cured of!

What exactly is so very intriguing about this movie is that every scene, character is highly reasonable!

With an upbeat Gendha pool to romantic Rehna Tu, kind of eclectic musical score from A.R Rahman, Delhi-6 is an awesomely photographed cinema with a reasonable cause!

This movie is for this reason, unique and different from rang-de-basanti!
Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra’s niche is been just vivid!

Koolest, awesome movie that I strongly recommend!
It is surely a must watch and one of my favorite movies of late! Hail Delhi-6!

From my own old post- from my blog:

http://sushmaananda.blogspot.in/2009/04/delhi-6.html