Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Let's come to the next best part of the movie and that is Diganth; his portrayal of a US return Business Analyst who came back to his hometown to pursue his dreams of running a resort on "his own terms and not being a part of the concrete jungle" is to a T. He emotes, he delivers dialogues with ease, he just wins your heart. The scene where he is talking to his younger-self deserves a good round of applause.
The locales, especially the mountains at the end of the movie, are beautiful. The way that the wheels of the Audi are shown constantly, reminds one of the passage of time or Kaala Chakra.
I felt the editing could have been better; the lead characters slip in and out of addressing each other "neenu" and "neevu", which becomes a tad irritating at times. The older couple, Murthy and Radha could (should) have been portrayed by actors who are more comfortable with each other than these two were. On their own, they were brilliant, but when they were together on screen, I felt like they were trying too hard to look head over heels with each other. The love angle between Pedro (Brilliant acting again) and Swarna was another good addition to the entire mix, and a little saddening towards the end too; would've wished to know what happened to their story.
Pooja Devariya's acting in the movie is like a spike graph; She didn't seem to do as good a job in the first and last scenes (confrontation with Akash) as she did throughout the movie. I think her talent could have been tapped in a better manner. Also, the character of Akash seemed totally unnecessary; as did that actor's presence.
Some of the dialogues from the movie are heart touching; the digital vs printed photograph description by Tarun (Diganth), Tarun talking to his younger-self, Tarun and Tanya's dialogues on the beach, Radha's description of a hug, etc.
All in all, I thought the movie was good and it had the potential to have been great. Definitely, a nice genre for movies and moviemakers to venture into. Go watch this movie for Diganth!
Saturday, August 4, 2018
I knew I had to get up early as I'd registered myself for a walkathon for this morning. Yet, I rested my head on the pillow and drifted off to sleep somewhere between 11:30 PM and 12 AM. And surprisingly, I didn't even have a sound night's sleep. But I'd made up my mind (and I have pretty solid will power when I make my mind up) and so I woke up right after my alarm reminded me that it is 5 AM. I got ready (wore my new JustF tracks, seriously, amazingly comfortable I tell ya) and called my friend who was supposed to join me on this morning feat. Unfortunately, she didn't pick up. So I took my faithful Vespa out, with a colour coordinated helmet mind you, put my Samsung bluetooth headphones on, and Yaariyan from Cocktail played, sounding louder than usual, courtesy the unearthly hour and traffic free roads. I was surprised I didn't see a single soul till I hit the main road.
I contemplated between a couple of routes but finally chose one and by then Diana Penty was dancing to "Main hoon hi nahi iss duniya ki" and I was singing loudly with her. I felt the impact of the lyrics for a while. I treaded on, the cold wind blowing on my face. I welcomed the solitude, zipping past the slow traffic that was starting to pile up as Ranbir Kapoor started to croon to "Ae dil hai mushkil" in Arijit Singh's voice.
I reached the destination with 2 minutes to spare but later found out that I had to get in through the other gate which was a kilometre away! So, there I was, beginning my walkathon before others and I finally reached the gate. Now, I've been to quite a few walkathons and marathons before and I can easily say this one was organized in the worst way possible. The details of that are for another post or a review on their FB page. Anyway, after a lot of fight, I got a t shirt that was supposed to come with the registration. Ugh, ugly pink. (I hate pink, for the uninitiated).
Off we went. I walked and walked and walked and didn't stop for even a second. I completed the 5km walk in a little over 45 mins and then stayed back to collect the medal etc.
On the way back, my faithful playlist gave me company once again. From Oasis' Wonderwall to Joshua Radin's The Fear You Won't Fall to Anna Nalick's Breathe and Catalyst. The words sounded beautiful as they came on my lips loud and clear. I stopped at Vidyarthi Bhavan, my dad's favourite hotel, and got some Doses (Masale Dose I mean) and Idlis packed, all the while reminiscing of him and how he'd always get breakfast packed for us during our childhood.
I wanted to glance at my Alma Mater too and my peace spot, so I maneuvered my Vespa in that direction. After a peaceful and nostalgic couple of minutes, I reached home to the arms of my smiling 2 year old.
What a morning it was!
Monday, July 30, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
There comes a phase in life where everything annoys you, the smallest of things to the bigger questions like purpose of existence etc.; people drift apart and you can't for your damn life, hold on to them; whatever you say is interpreted harshly; you want to do so many things but procrastination becomes your biggest aid; misery certainly loves company but there is no one to share it with; there are things you want to say out loud, scream at the top of your lungs but you don't or can't, because, remember what you were taught back then? It is not nice to show your feelings in front of everyone. It is not right to cry in public. It is not okay to scream at others. Keep it within you and move on; every plan seems to have more Nos than Yeses; you become the listener from the talker; inanimate objects become your favourite companions; you lose your inherent traits or at least it seems so and you can't reconize this person you've become; there is no belief system in place, for the people around you, for the society around you, for the administration around you and for the big bad world around you.
Ok. So it may not be "a" phase and it may happen many a times to many of us. And it is very difficult to get out of it. I frankly don't have a (better) way to end this post nor do I have tips on how to overcome some of these things. I guess we all deal with it in ways best known to us.
Here's to tapping our inner power and strength!
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
The land that Pappa walked on
The land he considered a blessing from Almighty
That which housed and shaped my 4 years
That which taught me lessons I would come never to forget
There where the tastiest of dishes and aroma welcome you
There where flowers and fruits and colors adorn the streets
Lord Ganesha smiles from within His butter covered being
Bugle rock park strives hard to restore your faith in the Garden in Garden City
You hear birds chirping along the canopy of trees, returning to their nests
This is good ol' Bengalooru, this is Basavanagudi.