Archive for December, 2010

FEELING OF A LIFETIME!

Posted: December 16, 2010 in wat i ve seen!!!

My friends always ask why each of my posts related or referenced to Bollywood or movies..but coming from land of Amitabh bachchans and SRKs and Rajnis..its definitely fair for me to do that..after all that’s exactly how we see life in India..live that life..relate things happening in life..express our feelings way some actor would have done it…from posing like the DCH trio to the biking  stunts of Devgan movies we always love living the short life of being someone”else”.Dont know why..blame it on my inheritance or just environment I grew in..the incidents which I could connect with movies I always did my best with them…be it mouthing the words or throwing actions at hitherto..i just loved expressing  myself like “REEL LIFE” characters..TODAY too I feel like the same..yeah yeah..first try connecting the following…Salman s character in second half of maine pyaar kiya…Anil Kapoor s in Ram Lakhan..Shashi Kapoor in Deewar one scene which is common in all  these movies..come on!!!! for the “new movie” crowd I give  another cue…Ranbir in Wake Up Sid..Got it? Or still not??

Well today wat makes me happy and wat makes me scream out this mail,  is the joy which individuals in the above movies blended themselves in..Call it the first salary or in the filmy terms “Mere mehnet ki pehli Kamai”..doesn it feel truly satisfying when u know that u ve achieved something materialistic ; but above everything  this materialistic thing is something that somehow defines ur success in this petty imperialistic world…I know it’s not the figure of the “kamai” that runs in our mind..but the very sense of achievement which makes us happy!!I still remember when I watched Maine Pyaar Kiya on Television playing the video cassette on the VCR(those days Cassettes were a major craze!!)The scene where in Salman returns after a tiresome truck ride fighting the goons and collects his first salary which is peanuts compared to his father s wealth..what gets him moving is the feeling that I have learnt something today..that earning my own food is the most realistic success in life…The transition of this very scene in movies is again worth observing..70’s and 80’ s movies had Police Officer as their premier job which the hero achieves after going lots of pain and humiliation..but then came Wake Up Sid…a cool and unnerved Ranbir walks out of house only to accidently think of a job of photographer for a magazine and later achieving success in it..There goes the transition from a police officer who fights the vengeful thugs to a photographer who lives and lets live…And yay the scene where he leaves his father moist eyed is when he places his first salary and says he s learnt to live finally!

From a long time I always used to ask my cousin s and sibling how it feels to an “OWN” bank account with “OWN” money in it..They replied talking about the security and future jazz..but I feel theres more to it..which a human cant express even by most uncommonly humane expressions..Because just like the first cycle ride…first touch of friendship…first cry of joy..FIRST SALARY is something which has its own meaning and importance..When I asked my frenz what they plan to do with their first salary,  all of them had plans..even I have my own..what joins us all together is the feeling that will run in our heart tonite; before going to sleep ”today I got my first salary!!”

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What actually made them “TICK”le!

Posted: December 14, 2010 in Movies

Last afternoon when i came back home after a sumptous lunch and desert with my cousins i was thinking as i how i could spend my rest of the noon and evening.No good movies left to watch in theatre.As i surfed through the channels of my TV set i found 2 channels which were airing movies which i thought were best of what i could get that time.The movies that were being played were Hero No.1 and Raja Babu.I hardly could bring our any difference in starcast of both the movies.Comprising of Govinda,Karisma,Shakti Kapoor and veterans like Kader Khan,
Himani Shivpuri, Aruna Irani and the long list of David Dhawan regulars.What made me thinking after i finished both these movies was something strange..Inspite of being panned by “CRITICS” and dismissed as NON-SENSE by pundits what was present in these movies which made them tick also tickle the audience’ ribs?

Everything about these movies is so casual and upright.No sensitive camera angles, no tailspin screenplay, spunky out of the world dialogues.One of the dialogues which still make me laugh out loud is when Govinda hums..”Tere ishq mein kya kya nahin kiya Meena..Kabhi bana kutta kabhie kameena”There was something unusual in those movies all the time.Be it the whacky script..out of the world gags..peppy songs with lyrics penned during a boring hindi
class in school..the spunky characters who were just perfect in their roles!!

Come on!Just listen to this lyrics…”maine paidal se ja raha tha, unhe cycle se aa rahee thee kiya ting ting kaa ishara mujhe badnam kiya naa..maine cycle se ja raha tha, unhe tamtam se aa rahee thee kiya tan tan kaa ishara mujhe badnam kiya naa”..ha ha cant believe apart from lip synching the actors even managed to dance to these songs..in their own style!Another song which i remember the most singing is the one from Rajaji..”Sunday ki raat thi..pehli mulaakat thi”..i agree penning such a line is not a great deal but what should actually be seen is the valour with which the makers use it in a movie.

How can we talk about these movies and not talk about the costumes.Be it Govinda s yellow jacket in Sona kitna sona hai..or Shakti s open naada in Raja Babu..or even Govinda s tapori costume in Dulhe Raja..All of these just blow ur mind up and u think, well bollywood talks about being stylish..Yes it does talk about it!!Another interesting thing which i
like to say is about the song in Coolie No 1 “husn hai suhaana ishq hai deewaana” In which the actress’ dress changes every frame!!Check out the Youtube video for more..

The David Dhawan team made around 28 movies with ALMOST the same actors..out of these 17 were successful!Most of the 28 made a cost recovery business considering the investment in these movies.Infact these movies still gather a TRP higher than some hard-hitting recent movies on movie channels..Isn the answer SIMPLE..these movies inspite of their awkwardness clicked and tickled the audience’s ribs!

Ashwath