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Satyamev Jayate – A candid review — May 7, 2012

Satyamev Jayate – A candid review

When I first saw Aamir’s casual look and approach in the ads of Satyamev Jayate, I told my husband “This is going to be a flop. Aamir is trying too hard to be casual. This is going to fall flat on his face” In fact, the ad where he claims that this show will change your life and comparing his show to stalwarts like Mughal-e-azam saying,”If a film like Mughal-e-Azam can beat all norms and barriers, why cant our show!” That ad was too much for me to take. I felt it reeked of desperation – a last resort to make people watch the show!

As you can say, I wasnt too positive about the show. So, when I switched on my TV to watch the first episode, I was ready and willing to confirm my initial prophecy.

I was wrong.

So wrong.

I watched the show last night. And totally loved it. Also, because I feel very strongly about Female Foeticide and Infanticide situation in India. What Aamir said about the issue did not come as a surprise to me since I had already read about Mitu Khurana’s case and even blogged about it, but I am certain it was a definite eye-opener for the whole of India. Female foeticide is a gruesome fact which is a big dark blot on the canvas of modern India. The fact that the educated and well-to-do are so heavily involved in this crime is a testimony to the fact that this is not just an affliction of the less privileged! In fact, Bharati who lives in the slum of Vastrapur area is a shining example of that! I am determined to look her up in my next trip to Ahmedabad and tell her to keep going strong!

Some of my famous lines from the show:

Atyachar karna jitna paap hota hai utna sehna bhi paap hai (It is as much of a crime to put up with torture as it is to commit one) – Parveen Khan

Zindagi hamein bahut kuch sikhati hai, kabhi hasati hai to kabhi rulati hai… par jo har haal me khush rehte hain, zindagi unke saamne sar jhukati hai (Life teaches us a lot, it makes us laugh sometimes, it makes us cry. But those who remain happy in all circumstances, life bows down in front of them) – Parveen Khan

I would like to reach out to all of you and implore you to watch the episode. You will not be disappointed.

You can watch it here:

If you really think needs to stop, do not waste one more second. Go right away and cast your vote here.

Movie Review: 3 Idiots – Lively and Effervescent — December 30, 2009

Movie Review: 3 Idiots – Lively and Effervescent

[Warning: Spoiler Alert]

Saw the much awaited latest Aamir Khan starrer 3 idiots last weekend. Took me a while to write the review coz I was not able to make up my mind about the movie. Believe me or not, thats the real reason.

With the much hoopla about the new look of Aamir in the movie and the aggressive promotional campaign, which involved Aamir and the other 2 idiots being all over the place… the Classy Khan playing hide and seek… and the works… To top Aamir’s excellence was Vidhu Vinod Chopra‘s near-perfect comic escapades. After all, who can ever forget the legend created by Munna Bhai and Circuit. It cant be denied that Munnabhai series have a special place in all our hearts – for they not only entertained but also tackled the profoundest of thoughts with the simplest of means! They enlightened without being preachy!

And so, I was waiting for 3 idiots with bated breath, just like the rest of the country! Expectations were soaring and I wasnt sure if this movie wud meet all of them – Its almost unrealistic and even criminal to demand so!

And then came 25th December 2009 and the verdict was clear: Aamir and VVC had delivered – yet again!

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Movie Review: Ghajini – Good movie, sucky music! — December 29, 2008

Movie Review: Ghajini – Good movie, sucky music!

My second movie in Singapore… First being Dostana… and well… uska review likhne ka mood nahi hai!!!

So lets talk about Ghajini! What works for the movie, the Aamir Khan starrer, is the crisp script, the gripping story line and some fabulous acting by both Aamir and Asin. For the uninitiated, Asin is a famous Tam cinema star, who is making her debut in Bollywood with this hindi film!!

Lets talk of the story first. The protagonist of the story is Sanjay Singhania, a millionaire, who is besotted by a local third class actress, played by Asin, who does faaltu ads and is trying hard to gain some free publicity!! The point to be noted here is that she does not know Sanjay is so rich and considers him to be another struggling ads model!! Something happens that changes their lives!! Sanjay turns into a patient with short term memory loss!

The beauty of the movie is the excellent execution! You are in awe with which every single detail has been taken into account! Simply fab!!

Music
A HUGE disappointment from AR Rehman! It just felt extremely disconnected from the flow of the story and with every song, you would wait patiently (?) for it to get over!! It was extremely difficult then to not dig your finger nails into the soft cushion of the chair in the cinema hall!! I agree Rehman songs usually grow on you, but this one doesnt seem like it will! The only song which is tolerable is “Tu meri adhuri pyaas”!

Performance
The surprise package of the film according to me was Asin. As far as Aamir is concerned, good acting is an expected phenomenon… but what came as a dark horse was Asin!! She acted like a pro (ab well.. after having acted the same character 4 times, I am sure it dint take her much to perfect the role.. which she did!!) I was totally floored by her comic timing and dialogue delivery. The only negative probably was that she went overboard a few times in her bubbly girl avatar! Jiah Khan was theek thaak!! Her role seemed forced!

One more thing that I noticed about Ghajini – It is one of the few movies to be named after the villain!! I cant think of any others…

This one is definitely a star – not to be missed!

Beijing Olympics 2008 – Should they be boycotted!? — April 9, 2008

Beijing Olympics 2008 – Should they be boycotted!?

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While I was trying to understand the logic behind people wanting to boycott the 29th Summer Olympics, I read how the Olympics Logo had come into being (its evil!).

Here is my take on the issue.

Aamir Khan refused to boycott the Beijing Olympics 2008 and said that he will carry the torch, while Baichung Bhutia has refused to carry the Olympic torch! 

One, a prominent footballer, while the other a prominent name in the entertainment industry. Both celebrities in their own right from different walks of life. This is what each had to say!

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