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5 Reasons to watch ‘Dear Zindagi’ this Sunday on Zee Cinema

Dear Zindagi - Hindi Movie 2016

Dear Zindagi had been on my list to watch last year but life happened (like it does) and I didn’t make it to the theatres. And like it happens with so many movies I plan to watch, this one too got added to my already long list of movies to watch someday.😉

When I first heard of it, it was the name that got me, short & sweet and yet it packed a punch. Dear Zindagi is a coming of age movie centred around Kaira, a budding cinematographer. A discontented Kaira is forced to leave Mumbai and come to Goa to live with her parents, where she seeks out Dr. Jehangir ‘Jug’ Khan, a free-spirited psychologist. Dr. Jug’s unconventional methods help Kaira find a new perspective to her life.

So that’s what the movie is about, I think, since I haven’t watched it yet. But looks like I get another chance to watch it this Sunday. 😀 And since I’m all excited about it, I managed to put together 5 reasons why I want to watch Dear Zindagi. Here goes…

Dear Zindagi - Hindi Movie 2016

A Take on Life and Relationships

Don’t get me wrong I love romance but it’s nice sometimes to watch a movie that doesn’t have the conventional together-happily-ever-after ending. A story that’s about life as we know it.
 

Dear Zindagi - Hindi Movie 2016

Talks about Depression

This is currently a much talked about subject and much more needs to be talked about depression. It’s real and it’s serious and… Just watch this AIB video on it…

 

Directed by Gauri Shinde

This is Gauri Shinde’s second film after English Vinglish and I had loved that movie. I’ve watched it multiple times, enjoyed it everytime. I’m looking forward to see what magic Gauri spins this time.

Dear Zindagi - Hindi Movie 2016

Alia Bhatt

I love her spunk. Since she first came on screen, she has been surprising me with each movie, outdoing herself each time. I’ve watched almost all her movies, think I qualify as a fan?
 
Dear Zindagi - Hindi Movie 2016

It’s on Sunday TV

I could download but it’s so much more fun to watch planned TV on Sunday.😀 Yep, gonna do the whole shabang – comfortable seating, tubs of popcorn and cold chilled beers.😉 So, yeah, Dear Zindagi airs on Zee Cinema this Sunday 23rd April at 12 noon.

April 21, 2017   No Comments

Tuesday At The Movies: A Mixed Bag

Last month was a bumper at the movies. I watched 11 movies in total and a lot of them were old Hindi movies. It’s fun to go hunting for movies to watch on Youtube, especially when a lot of them are free (but not ad free). Here’s the last set of four movies from April…

 

Do Ladke Dono Kadke

 
Rating: ***/5 – Could Watch!!
Release: 5 January 1979 (India)
Language: Hindi
Running Time: 1h 57m
Director: Basu Chatterjee
Actors: Navin Nischol, Amol Palekar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Asrani, Keshto Mukherjee, Dina Pathak, Ranjeet
Music: Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay

 

 

The story of two broke young robbers who impulsively kidnap a child that was supposed to be the target of a kidnapping gang. What forms is a triangle of sorts, the pros are demanding ransom while searching for the stolen child, the amateurs are caring for the child and making novice demands, and the parents and police and in knots trying to untangle the multiple calls and demands.

I picked this movie to watch on a whim and wasn’t disappointed. But I wasn’t sold on it either. It’s supposed to be a funny movie but I didn’t find it humorous. Palekar’s falling in love with a widow and immediately turning a good leaf is cliched in both departments. The end also is very unbelievable. It as if the director got tired of doing his thing and ended the movie with the first ludicrous happily-ever-after idea he thought of.

 

Chhote Nawab

 
 
Rating: ****/5 – Should Watch!!
Release: 1961 (India)
Language: Hindi
Running Time: 2h 22m
Director: S.A. Akbar
Actors:  Ameeta, Mehmood, Johnny Walker, Helen
Music: R. D. Burman

 

 

Chhote Nawab isn’t chhote, he is a 20 year old who behaves like a 5 year old because he was born on February 29th. Spoilt and pampered he has no understanding of the world and it’s ways. When his father suddenly passes away Chhote Nawab is left floundering. A friend of his fathers find him and takes him away to Calcutta where he grows up rather quickly.

An old movie but a gem, not only for Mehmood but also the ideas, emotions and situations explored. There are a lot of layers to  this movie. My only complaint though is the sudden jumps in time the director made maybe because he was running out of time. the pace of the first half and second half are mismatched.

Excellent music! Especially ‘Matwali Ankhon Wale’, it was a treat to watch Mehmood dance with the beautiful Helen.

 

Tahaan

 
Rating: ****/5 – Should Watch!!
Release: September 5, 2008 (India)
Language: Hindi
Running Time: 1h 45m
Director: Santosh Sivan
Actors: Purav Bhandare, Anupam Kher, Sarika, Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna, Victor Banerjee
Music: Taufique Qureshi
Cinematography: Santosh Sivan
Editing: Shakti Hasija

 

 

Based on the life of a little boy in Kashmir who is trying to reclaim his donkey that the family lost to debt. This is a story of borders, militancy, violence and the people of Kashmir.

The story explores various things, but what stood out for me was the ease with which children can be used for terrorism. Their innocence misused. That said the intelligence of children is also shown. An good movie both for children and adults.

 

Lucy

 
 
 
Rating: ****/5 – Should Watch!!
Release: July 25, 2014 (USA)
Language: English
Running Time: 89 minutes
Director: Luc Besson
Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked
Music: Éric Serra
Cinematography: Thierry Arbogast
Editing: Julien Rey

 

 

The normal everyday man uses only 10% of his brain. What would happen if he used more? That’s the premise of this movie.

Lucy gets used as a drug mule, the substance leaks into her system and give her powers. She is able to use more than 10% of her brain. What happens when you use 100% of your brain is the story.

That’s it from April. What did you watch in April? Any outstanding movies?

 
P.S. – Day Twenty-Two of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

May 26, 2015   No Comments

Tuesday At The Movies: It’s an All Hindi Ensemble

Back to the list of movies I watched last month. Here’s four more old Hindi movies I watched. It’s been such fun discovering some of these films.

 

Itni si baat


 
Rating: ***/5 – Could Watch!!
Release: 28 May 1981 (India)
Language: Hindi
Running Time: 2:03:02
Director: Madhu M.
Actors: Sanjeev Kumar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Arun Govil, Tamanna, Urmila Bhatt, Dinesh Hingoo

 

 

A movie about role reversal and dignity of labour, Itni si Baat starts off with the story of Raja meeting Asha and falling in love. They get married and have two children as the years roll by. As the family grows Raja’s income starts to run out and Asha’s work load increases.

Neither understand the others challenges and constraints and fights keep breaking out. Then a challenge gets thrown. Asha decides to take up a job and show she can earn more than Raja. Raja in turn wants to show he can run the house better. Both learn a lesson the hard way.

 

Namkeen

Rating: ****/5 – Should Watch
Release: 1982 (India)
Language: Hindi
Running Time: 112 min
Director: Gulzar
Actors: Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Kiran Virale, Shabana Azmi, Waheeda Rehman, Ram Mohanan, T P Jain, Kamal Deep
Music: R. D. Burman
Cinematography: M. Sampat
Editing: Waman B. Bhosle, Gurudutt Shirali

 

Gerulal a trucker takes up a room is the dilapidated house of Jugni. Jugni and her three daughters if marriageable age work hard to make a living. Slowly Gerulal gets to know the family and falls in love with the eldest sister Mimki.

Then suddenly he gets called away and does not return for months until he accidentally bumps into Chinki the youngest in a dancing troop. He returns to find that everything has changed for the family. Waheeda’s acting stood out for me!

 

Mera Biwi ki Shaadi


 
Rating: ***/5 – Could Watch
Release: 1979 (India)
Language: Hindi
Running Time: 2:04:04
Director: Rajat Rakshit
Actors: Amol Palekar, Ranjeeta Kaur, Ashok Saraf, Nilu Phule, Master Raju
Music: Usha Khanna

 

 

 
Not hilarious but funny at a different level this movie is about a guy who is a hypochondriac. Coincidences lead Bhagawant to believe he has a heart condition that will kill him in 3 months. Worried about his wife and what will happen to her after he’s gone, causes him to try and find her a new husband.

At this time an old friend of hers makes entry and Bhagawant tries in many ways to bring them together. His constant conspiracies leads his wife to believe he is cheating on her. All of this leads to many comical situations between husband and wife before the truth comes out.

 

Neel Kamal


 
Rating: ****/5 – Should Watch
Release: 1968 (India)
Running Time: 160 min
Language: Hindi
Director: Ram Maheshwari
Actors: Waheeda Rehman, Raaj Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Lalita Pawar
Music: Ravi
Cinematography: Fali Mistry

 

 

This is one of Doordarshan and my favourite movies, I’ve watched it so many times on Doordarshan. 😀 This movie is about a spirit that has left the world because of an incomplete love story. For daring to love a princess, an artist is buried alive. Almost a century later the princess is reborn and the spirit awakens to try and find his love again.

The movie mostly explores the unseen and unbelievable – it starts with the disclaimer that for those who believe proof is not necessary and for those who don’t no proof is enough. Looking at the movie with today’s context though makes many more things pop. The portrayal of women, the mistrust of husbands, the classic Cinderella story, these things and more got me thinking as I watched. Maybe a more detailed post is need soon. :)

 

Got 4 more movies to share next week before starting out with the  May list. A couple of interesting ones coming up next week. What have you been watching?

 
P.S. – Day Fifteen of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

May 19, 2015   No Comments

Friday Review: Piku (The Movie)

Release: 8 May 2015 (Worldwide)
Language: Hindi
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Actors: Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, Moushumi Chatterjee
Music composer: Anupam Roy
Cinematography: Kamaljeet Negi

***Disclaimer – This post maybe a little lost and rambly as I’m still in movie mode. 😀 ***

I’m still undecided on what to make of the movie Piku. It is about nothing and yet is about so many things. I’m still mulling and thinking about it all.

Piku is about Piku, a 30 something girl who is short tempered, blunt, out and loud spoken, stubborn, irritable and a hand-full to manage. She is also soft hearted and caring though.

Piku lives with her 70 year old father who has constipation. His day to day life revolves around his stomach and the toilet. His wife had BP issues before she died, hence he also has a BP OCD. A cranky curmudgeon, he has his awesome moments too.

When the old man falls sick and demands to go to Calcutta, Piku takes leave to go with him. Her fathers idiosyncrasies lead them to take a road trip rather than travel by air or train.

Rana owns a transport company where the drivers refuse when Piku asks for a cab. She is a difficult customer and no one wants her. Left in the lurch, Rana volunteers to drive Piku, her Dad and his man Friday to Calcutta. Rana, of course does not know what he is signing up for when he turns up to pick them up.

It is at about this point that the movie starts to pick up a pace. The first part of the movie is all about setting up the characters of Bhashkor and Piku as this sanki, dysfunctional father and daughter pair.

Travel, as it often does, opens new facets of Piku for Rana and he gets to know her better. The instances of stalemates and clashes on the journey get him to understand Piku better and he builds a rapport all his own with Bhashkor.

The movie explores the mind of a girl who wants to live life on her terms but also wants to take care of her father. A girl who has not married because no man wants to marry a girl with a 70 year old child.

Pike believes that parents take care of us as children and we have to take care of them when they become children again. She is frustrated and yet loves her father a lot too.

The movie is a piece of everyday life. A glimpse into our dysfunctional families and lives. Our relationships, extended families and the joys of being together.

There are no dance numbers and no running around the tree scenes. Romance is not the hero of this film, constipation is. The music is a part of the movie and is nice on the ears. I particularly liked the Journey Song and Lamhe Guzar Gaye.

Amitabh Bachan has done an excellent job of being a constipated old Bengali man, though at some points he overdoes it and the stomach just seems too big and artificial. Deepika Padukone has acted well and seems to be proving repeatedly lately that she can act. Irrfan Khan was as always good. Moushumi Chatterjee though was the treat for me, she’s still got that bubbliness I remember of her acting.

This movie is a no-brainer feel good movie with a non-sappy end. There’s no ‘And they lived happily ever after’ here. Yet if you look below the surface, Piku has a lot of layers and take-aways.

Definitely worth watching!

 
P.S. – Day Four of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

May 8, 2015   No Comments