Dil Bechara

Tum na huye mere to kya

Main tumhara, main tumhara, main tumhara raha

Mere chanda main tumhara sitaara raha

Rishta raha bas ret ka

Ae samundar main tumhara kinara raha

Main tumhara, main tumhara, tumhara raha

Dil Bechara. An amazing movie which makes one feel gifted, and grateful towards life (even in this pandemic). I have watched “The fault in our stars” and that’s the reason I was initially hesitant to watch the movie. I never repeat movies and I ended up watching this movie twice. First time I was just awestruck watching Sushant do his magic, and the second time for this review. Watching him reminded me of the good old romantic SRK movies. As the film unfolds, two things bubble to the surface instantly – and poignantly. One is the realisation of the sheer enormity of the loss of SSR. The other is the gnawing feeling that the lead actor, who notched up several fine performances in a tragically brief career, perhaps deserved a more stimulating swansong.

Emanuel Rajkumar junior (Manny) – A joyful, romantic, sanguine guy, who doesn’t want to give up on love and life. The conversation between him and Kizie’s father, where Manny talks about his life after the leg-amputation surgery: how it rendered him incomplete and dissatisfied, how it took away his body and soul – and why we should care for silliness, that scene is vintage Rajput, where he isn’t hero-like but ordinary, unpeeling his layers with every line of dialogue, revealing his insecurity with palpable difficulty. Many people are unable to achieve their goals as circumstances take that chance away from them, but we are the few lucky ones who get many shots to keep trying. Hence, we should realize that failure can only give us sorrow, but it can never seize our opportunities. Others might have the opinion that we are being silly in following our ambition and might not trust us. However, in his last letter Manny conveys that even though we can’t decide the time of our birth and death, the way we want to lead our life is in our hands.

JP – An amazing fun-loving person, who’s about to lose his eyesight to cancer, and wants to fulfil his dreams before that happens. Taking life step by step, having ambitions and fulfilling them while you can, is what he taught us. There’s not even a slight change in his optimism towards life after losing his eyesight.

Kizie – meaning the one that always stays. Her voice is funny, lively, playful, squashing any possibility of maudlin self-pity or abrasive resentment. She tells in the beginning, life is not as easy as the story of ‘Ek Tha Raja, Ek Thi Rani, Dono Mar Gaye, Khatam Kahaani’. She likes to share other people’s sorrows and loneliness by hugging them and that’s how she alleviates hers as well. How she craves to be a normal girl with a normal life makes us think how fortunate we are to be living this so called “mundane” life. She believes that to become a hero, one doesn’t need to be popular. Isn’t it true! And as she says, nothing is forever (emphasizing the ephemeral nature of life), then why not enjoy every sad and happy moment our life is filled with.

Planning his own funeral, Manny proved that there is nothing to be scared of and one should accept everything that life throws at them with no regrets. Kizie and Manny have shown us that whatever happens, life is OK (seri). It’s hard to not think of Sushant and realise how he had many similarities with the character he played. The movie ending was intense and emotional and got me feeling just one thing – Wish I could see him once more with that cute smile on his face saying, “Seri”.

Gulabo Sitabo

Gulabo Sitabo. A rare movie which is as much a melancholic lament as it is a biting satire on the place and its people. A mouldering haveli in Lucknow is where much of the action plays out. A raconteur of the middle classes, Shoojit Sircar has focused his camera largely on the ordinary people and their mundane existences till now. 

Mirza Chunnan Nawab – A wizened and greedy curmudgeon whose sole purpose in life is to get the ownership of the haveli. He’s an exemplar of the people who are spending their lives fighting with their families to acquire ancestral wealth. This movie is a quintessence of the materialistic society that we live in.

Baankey – An intransigent atta chakki owner to whom his male ego is his foremost priority, hides his inadequacies with a cultivated air of nonchalance. The film throws you off in more ways than one, most winningly so with its subtle gender play. It’s the women who turn the tables on men. A few of the instances being – when Baankey’s sister tries to take the property matters in her hand, and when his girlfriend calls him “akal se gareeb (lacking in intellect)”. Together the women subvert the conservative institutions from within and emasculate the male ego, deliciously so.

A puppeteer performs at different points in the film. He is a metaphor for men on strings. He is also an exponent of a centuries-old form that is dying. His presence enhances the earthiness of the film while also serving as a commentary on the larger truths that surround Mirza, Baankey and Lucknow.

The people who inhabit the frame in Gulabo Sitabo live on the fringes of the society; they lie for a few pennies and scrounge and save all their lives. All are resorting to desperate measures in the hope of bettering their lot.

The most beautiful part is the ending of the film when Baankey asks Mirza the reason for marrying Begum. To this Mirza replies that, his attraction was his wife’s haveli and her attraction was his youth. This one-minute dialogue exchange ridicules the concept of marriages, where possessions and beauty are the only rationale. Greed, alas, cannot be graded, as the film’s whimsical climax shows us, but some will always profit more than the others.

Parasite

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“Parasite”. A tale of two families from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. It is an upstairs-downstairs film that explores every available rung on the ladder of class aspirationalism.

Parasite- an organism that lives in or on an organism of another species (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense. In this movie, Geun-sae is a parasite living on the food provided by his wife, who works for the rich Park family, but the sudden turn of events compels Ki-taek to become a “parasite” in the end.

The movie has portrayed that those on the upper rungs of the societal ladder are as practiced as those upon whom they look down. The Kim family’s life turns upside down after Ki-woo’s friend gives him an opportunity to home tutor a rich schoolgirl. He also gifts him a scholar’s rock meant to promise wealth. Parks’ obliviousness and Kims’ cunningness does help the Kim family to infiltrate the Park house as individual workers, but what happens later reveals the dark reality.

“Ki-woo, do you know what kind of plan never fails? No plan at all. If you make a plan, life will never work out that way.” This is what Ki-taek tells his son Ki-woo when he is looking for solutions to solve all their problems. In this moment one can see the helplessness of a destitute family in the eyes of Ki-taek, who is hopeless that he’ll ever be able to break his family out of such a debilitating lifestyle.

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Ki-jung and Ki-woo’s lives symbolize the struggle of hard working and talented people who aren’t able to achieve their goals due to the poor economic conditions of their families. The scholar’s rock holds a great significance in the movie. Ki-woo keeps it till the end hoping that it would bring great fortune to his family but it eventually attracts a terrible toll.

In the age of extreme wealth disparity, the Kims’ striving and scheming is thoroughly relatable. A series of events clarify what they should have known all along: that their lives are still constrained by servitude, and that they work merely at the whims of their employer. So, Ki-taek stabs the wealthy Park patriarch and runs away. This is when Karma plays its role and the Kims pay for their apathy towards Mun-Kwang, who was the original housekeeper. From selfish and self-obsessed nature of the Park family to the parasitical nature of the Kim family, the director has managed to show case the fake society we live in.

In the end, the movie manages to convey that there would always be another wealthy person to live upstairs, just as there would be another poor person positioned beneath them. Ki-woo’s desire to continue striving is Sisyphean and is the boulder that will eventually crush him. Hope is the emotional parasite in the film: the thing that keeps us going but sucks our marrow dry.

The Green Mile

The Green Mile. This is a death row where prisoners are held until it is their time to be executed, and then they walk on a green floor to the electric chair. Death row is not where one would expect to find a life-affirming message. But this is not a usual film. It is the last mile a person walks before dying.

Paul Edgecomb is one of the officers in charge of the “Green Mile”. John Coffey is wrongfully convicted of raping and murdering two little girls. However, the officers realize later that he’s actually god in human form. He has the power to heal people. The movie shows us the cruelness and selfishness of people around us.

“I’m rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I’m tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we’s comin from or goin to or why. I’m tired of people bein ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I’m tired of all the times I’ve wanted to help and couldn’t. I’m tired of bein in the dark. Mostly it’s the pain. There’s too much. If I could end it, I would. But I can’t.”

This is what John Coffey says when Paul asks how he can help him escape the prison. John is the true embodiment of goodness who gives everything with nothing to look for in return, he is ready to sacrifice his life for the guilt of another because he has failed to save something that others have spoiled. Stephen king has portrayed how lonely people actually are. True feelings rarely exist anymore. Even though the movie is old, humankind has become worse and the movie still holds significance. The amount of pain, loneliness, and ugliness has increased in this world. Most people are tired of pretending. Life has become a struggle and people are just running in the rat race. John’s incapability to help people depicts the extremes to which people have gone.

The excessive hatred prevalent in today’s world is represented in the movie through various instances: Wild Bill’s (the one who did rape and murder the two girls, whom John was trying to save) viciousness and Percy Wetmore’s heartlessness.

The movie is in flashback with old Paul narrating the story to his friend Elaine. When Paul tells her that John gave him the gift to live long, Elaine exclaims, “He… what? He infected you with life?”. Paul thinks of his gift as an atonement for killing a miracle of god. This illustrates that life, which was supposed to be a gift to mankind, is now nothing but a curse. Paul who has lived in the agony of watching his friends and family die, already wishes to die, but is unable to end his misery. Stephen King makes us question if the immortality is such a desirable gift after all.

There is an ultimate moral lesson to the film in the sense that if once again God decided to send his son to us to atone for the sins of humans, things would not be different from what they were before. He would still be executed by humans for being beyond their capacity to comprehend, and accused even when innocent. We would judge for what we see with our eyes, much like in the case of John Coffee who was accused by default just because of his race. Still blinded from the obvious truth by prejudices, we all are just as likely today to commit mistakes as we were every time good lost to evil. And this is the end to this story.

The Shape of Water

“The Shape of Water”. This movie is about the beautiful relationship between a mysterious creature chained in a laboratory and Elisa, a young mute girl.

We think of god as a supreme being having power over nature and human fortunes. However, this movie makes us think that maybe the gods we worship were people in the past possessing few super powers. The creature is a humanoid amphibian, who is captured from a South American river by Colonel Richard Strickland. The creature is worshipped as god from where he comes. He does possess some super powers but is actually a human form, who needs water for his survival.

The captive is subjected to brutal torture in the name of science and national security. “The Asset,” as his minders call him, poses no threat to anyone. He is at the mercy of a ruthlessly predatory species, which is to say us. Elisa, a member of the laboratory’s night time cleaning staff, plays jazz records for the piscine captive, feeds him hard-boiled eggs and before long falls in love with him. The movie shows us that there is no language of love. Elisa’s long since acclimatised to not being heard. That’s one thing that makes the Asset different from so many of the men in her life. He listens. Neither Elisa nor the Asset possesses the power of speech, they communicate through gestures and, since both can hear, through music.

Zelda, Elisa’s best friend and co-worker, already viewed with disdain by the lab’s white employees because she’s black, is married to a man she loves but who seems to see her as an inconvenience. She stands up for Elisa till the end and helps her in freeing the Asset as well. Giles, a gay man who lives next door to Elisa, is her best friend too. He is an artist whose advertising career has been derailed. He’s in the closet with a love life that doesn’t extend beyond gentle flirtations with the guy behind the counter at his local diner. When Elisa tells him about the creature, it takes a while for him to understand that its plight, and his, are both part of the same struggle. Even fearsome Strickland is being ground down by forces beyond his control, from the demands of his military overseers to his determination to be seen as a success on society’s terms. “This is the car of the future, and you strike me as a man on his way there!” a Cadillac salesman chirpily tells him – so of course five minutes later, he’s in the driver seat.

Thus, all in all, this film has depicted various stories in a wonderful way, and each story manages to convey its meaning effectually. It paints borders rooted deep in the American soul — between countries, races, abilities, and desires — with compassion and gentleness. The Shape of Water is devoted to reminding us that everyone is beautiful, and that it’s those we cravenly consider maimed and strange and frightening who will inherit the earth. It’s a fantasy that strikes a note of hope, and suggests that real love means crossing the divides we erect between us and those different from us.

The Sky is Pink

“The Sky is Pink”. Often, I have seen parents forcing their dreams on their children and telling them which career to choose. They fail to understand that the child’s happiness is more important than the child’s career. This movie shows that you can create your future. And that’s what Aditi Chaudhary (Priyanka Chopra) teaches her kids as well.

The story is based on Aisha Chaudhary’s mother and father, their romance, their marriage, their decision to have Aisha against genetic odds that they are aware of, their journey as parents of a kid who they know they are likely to outlive, and the abiding love that keeps them going. The film is narrated by Aisha herself, a dead Aisha who lets on right at the start that she is speaking to us from beyond the grave. Aditi is a strong-willed woman and Niren Chaudhary (Farhan Akhtar) is a very supportive and caring husband. Aditi and Niren have a rare gene due to which their child has 25% chances of getting SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency). For Aditi and Niren, the trauma is all the more acute because they have already suffered the loss of one child before.

Niren and Aditi’s story – of falling in love, their courtship, Aditi giving up her South Delhi life for an East Delhi chhajja, Niren surrendering himself to an untameable tigress, which frankly, he enjoys and wouldn’t want to change – all help build these two characters who carry the film on their able shoulders. Niren’s support for Aditi, who has embraced Christianity is commendable. At a time when Indians are killing each other in the name of religion, the film unexpectedly discusses a conversion without resorting to the stereotypes that propagandists have sought to perpetuate for decades. The hardships they face to have a better life for their children is what most parents have faced but we as children fail to appreciate it. Aditi and Niren’s journey from a struggling middle class couple who have to scrape cash together to travel to London for their infant’s treatment till Niren speeds up the corporate ladder is a very inspiring one. They go through the phase of long-distance relationship to being a single parent just to ensure that they can give the best to their children. Aditi sets up a date for Aisha with a schoolmate, gets her a canine companion and takes her on a snorkeling outing even as death stares the girl in the face. The doctor gives the option of lung transplant but Aditi doesn’t want her daughter to go through so much pain for her selfishness of wanting to keep Aisha alive. That’s where the concept of right to life is illustrated.

By virtue of being the ‘healthy child,’ Ishaan loses out on being the center of his parents’ world, and therefore, his childhood. He shoulders the burden of understanding that Aisha will always be the priority, he can’t be selfish, throw tantrums or even sneakily make out with his girlfriend without having Aisha’s illness steal the show. He is stiff, but that’s only because he ought to be. Yet, when he gives up chasing a train about to pull out of the station to take a call from his sister, who’s engulfed by a fear of inevitable, impending death, he jokes, “Bas kuch saal, phir toh hum sab tere paas hi aajayenge.” He disconnects the call and this time, he doesn’t fight back his tears. The movie has successfully portrayed a beautiful brother sister relationship with the help of these 2 characters. In spite of being busy in their lives, they are always there for each other.

Aisha introduces her family by her nicknames for them: Moose for her Mama Bear, Panda for her Papa Bear, and Giraffe for her brother Ishaan. There are times when she’s unhappy with the way things are, but Aisha’s character inspires us to keep going even when life is a complete mess. She follows her interests and finds happiness in each and everything she does. She fulfills her dream of publishing her book before dying.

The Sky is Pink leaves us with a feeling that is hard to shake: that the most difficult part about life is not that it is sad or pitiful; rather, it is wondrous and joyous – even when all the evidence points to the contrary. Death isn’t the end. Nor is an impending tragedy a trigger for debilitating despair. If you’ve ever been in a dark room for a sufficiently long time, you’d have noticed that darkness provides its own light. Happiness is, after all, inevitable – you can run but you can’t hide.

Kal Ho Na Ho

“Kal ho na ho”. I am a huge fan of SRK and have watched all of his movies. This is one of the movies which has touched my heart and makes me emotional every time I watch it. The movie is a narration by Priety Zinta about her life and the people around her. Dollops of humor were peppered all over the narrative. But each and everything shown in that movie holds a meaning to it.

The 3 ladies who sing daily aartis are unbothered by the people mocking at them. They are least concerned about what others say, which is something we should do as well. Singing is something that makes them happy and they do it because they like it.

Jia is an illegitimate child of her mother’s husband, who is no more. But Jia’s grandmother dislikes her thinking that she is adopted. This shows the hypocrisy of those who think that adopted children don’t deserve love. Children should never be discriminated as they are innocent beings who imbibe values based on how their upbringing is done.

Naina (Priety Zinta) is a girl who loves her family and wants to keep them together. Jia is her sister. Naina is an introvert and depressed owing to the issues in her family and around her. She stops enjoying the little things life offers till Aman (Shahrukh Khan) enters her life.

Aman is the most memorable character in the movie.

Suno! Jiyo! Muskurao! Kya pata kal ho naa ho“, he said.

Aman is terminally ill and everyone is unaware about this except his mother and doctor. He is a lively person who likes to spread happiness. He lives every day like it’s the last day of his life, as he believes in the phrase “Kal ho na ho”. However, his belief in living a full life didn’t come in the way of his pragmatic farsightedness and his concern for the tomorrow of his loved ones, a tomorrow he would never be a part of. He falls in love with Naina and tries to solve her problems. Aman tries to tell himself that she only thinks that she loves him. But he does this only because he realizes that she won’t be able to bounce back from the grief of losing him. Her initial loss had transformed her into a temperamental nerd who had curbed her inclination towards love. He tries in every possible way to leave behind a comfortable life that can help her sustain her newfound zest for living. This shows the endless love of Aman, who hides the fact about his illness till the end, until Naina gets to know about it from Aman’s doctor. Rohit (Saif Ali Khan) is Naina’s close friend. Aman sees that Rohit is the only person who cares about Naina like a partner should and gets them together. This ability to let go also stemmed from his will to live life optimally every second. The movie has shown the true meaning of selfless love through Aman’s character. Aman’s was a story of a lifetime in a heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a character in the Karan Johar film. The thumping echoes of an electronic heartbeat are interwoven into the crucial junctures of the narrative to provide a sense of urgency. The heartbeat was not only a reminder of the inevitable end to one’s life but also a constant nudge to live one’s life. All the hums and hearty laughs could be heard over and above the intimidating heartbeat. But as soon as these subsided, one would be reminded of how fruitfully consequential a limited life could prove to be. Kal Ho Na Ho demonstrated how ensuring a better tomorrow for others only enriches one’s today.

I LOST MY BODY

“I lost my body”. Initially the title didn’t make any sense to me but little had I expected the movie to be so mesmerizing. The movie introduces one to various metaphorical visuals that reflect on the realities of one’s life. The movie begins with a dismembered hand pushing its way out of a medical refrigerator and then beginning a long journey across the Parisian night.

The movie follows two parallel narratives. One of a disjointed hand and the other of a boy named Naoufel. From the very beginning of the film, the hand feels lost in a harrowing world where it had always been accompanied by its owner, but now that it has been separated, it is just driven by a single purpose—to somehow find its way back to Naoufel and become a part of him again. Naoufel loses his parents at a very young age and starts living with his uncle and cousin. Naoufel’s childhood is shown through the flashbacks of the hand as it’s on its way to find him.

As a kid, Naoufel dreams of becoming a pianist and an astronaut. This shows that as adults we forget our dreams and get in the rat race for earning more money. We start thinking that we don’t have the talent and that wealth is more important than dreams, even though the harsh truth is that we stop trying. Naoufel loves capturing various sounds – whistling of the blowing wind, sound of the pouring rain, moments spent with his parents, etc. This made me realize that we are so engrossed in our lives that we stop admiring the small things around us which give us joy. He listens to those recordings whenever he wants to relive those moments. Naoufel is struggling to find his life’s purpose, as he fails at literally everything. Even working as a pizza delivery boy does not work out for him, but it somehow leads him to a fateful encounter with a young girl named Gabrielle. He gets attracted to her after their conversation and decides to stalk her. He gets a job with her uncle so that he can spend time with her. This may sound creepy but having had such a tragic life, his behavior can be explained. The efforts made by him to be with her are romantic.

One of the intriguing characters in this movie is a housefly who seems to follow the main character all the time. There is a scene in the beginning where Naoufel’s dad teaches him that the best way to catch a fly is to aim for its side as the fly will never anticipate that. However, Naoufel isn’t able to catch it. That’s when his dad says that no one succeeds every time, but one doesn’t need to succeed always. Although, one must keep trying as one successful chance is all you need to achieve your goal. The fly is in all the defining moments of Naoufel’s life which leads to a future that is destined for him. The fly is a representation of Naoufel’s destiny and he ends up chopping off his hand trying to catch the fly. These moments force the main protagonist to believe that he has no control over his circumstances.

The hand’s journey is full of trials and tribulations, but nothing deters it to get where it wants to be. Along the way, things don’t work out the way it expected them to, but it still holds on to its dreams and hopes to live through its self-created shit-storm. To reach its destination, the hand wants to cross a busy highway road underneath it and it sees an astronaut giving it the thumbs up, so it takes out an umbrella and takes a giant leap towards the end of its journey. This signifies that when life gives you a chance, just grab it. Have faith in yourself and your dreams and take the leap. Even after finding Naoufel, it realizes that it can never re-attach itself but it’s content knowing that it has reached back to its owner. This portrays the feeling of attachment and determination to be with the one you want. People say we don’t always get the person we love. There can be many reasons for that. However, the love never goes away and we just want to make sure that the person we loved is safe and happy.

In the last scene, Gabrielle finds the last one of his audiotapes. As she plays it, she drifts back to moments where Naoufel stood on the edge of the terrace, feeling dejected about his life. But just how the hand takes a leap of faith before jumping off to reach its destination, even Naoufel takes a final leap of faith and jumps right off the roof of his building to finally land his feet on the crane. It’s this turning point that restores his faith in life and makes him believe that some things in life are still very well under his control. And since this moment defied his “destiny”, even the fly did not make its appearance. His final drastic step sets him free and liberates him from the noxious memories of his past. With this, even the hand realizes that its owner has moved on ahead with his life and won’t be needing it anymore. While the hand slowly drifts away into the darkness, Naoufel realizes that he may not always get everything in life, but he must learn to go with the flow and take life as it comes to him. In the end, both, the hand and the main character, learn to accept that they will always be leaving behind a part of them with all of life’s stumbling blocks, but that does not mean that they should stop practicing their own free will.

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