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Category — Movies

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.



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.



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.



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

Tuesday At The Movies: Night Crawler and Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes

I’d been meaning to share two more old hindi movies I watched in April but Che and I impulsively watched two movies today, so I’m sharing those instead.



Rating: ****/5 – Should Watch
Release: 31 October 2014
Language: English
Running time: 117 minutes
Director: Dan Gilroy
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton
Music: James Newton Howard
Cinematography: Robert Elswit
Editing: John Gilroy




An serious and thought provoking movie, Nightcrawler is about a guy who roams the streets at night stealing just about anything he can. He stumbles on to an accident one night and sees a cameraman in action.

This sets him off on a mission to improve his prospects. He buys a video camera, a scanner to monitor police frequencies, gets himself an assistant and starts out.

Initially it’s as simple as listening to the radio, rushing off to the accident spot to grab a video before anyone else and then selling it to the news channels. But as he gets into the game he finds that is much more to it.

A snarky take on the corporate world about the games played, the sweet sounding insults, the stellar sales pitches and the politics, Nightcrawler is a fun movie to watch.


Dawn Of The Planet of The Apes


Rating: ***/5 – Could Watch
Release: 11 July 2014
Language: English | American Sign Language
Running time: 130 minutes
Director: Matt Reeves
Actors: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo
Music: Michael Giacchino
Cinematography: Michael Seresin
Editing: William Hoy, Stan Salfas


I’m not a great fan of this series but I have watched all the previous movies and this one completed the set. The movie is about how the Planets of Apes came about.

It all starts out with the accidental outbreak of simian flu and the escape of the apes that were being experimented on with the virus.

Over a few years the flu ravages entire counties and leave only a very small number of people surviving who are immune to the virus. One particular group of survivors sends out a search party with the objective of finding and restarting an old dam as they are running out of fuel. The group stumble upon the the ape society and there conflict begins.

If you are a Planet of The Apes fan you’ll enjoy this movie. The costumes and graphics are well done and the storyline is quite believable too.

What movies have you watched lately?

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

May 12, 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

Tuesday At The Movies: Kissi Se Na Kehna & Nauker

April was a month of movies. I watched quite a few and am hopefully on target for my 100 movies this year challenge. I also managed to watch a fair number of old hindi movies.

Actually 9 out of 10 movies I watched were Hindi and 2 were really old. The other stand-out thing was YouTube Movies. Except for Lucy, I watched all the other movies on YouTube and for free!

Here’s two movies I watched in the last four weeks –

Kissi se na kehna


Rating: ***/5 – Could Watch
Release: 1983
Language: Hindi
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Actors: Utpal Dutt, Saeed Jaffrey, Farooq Shaikh, and Deven Verma
Music: Bappi Lahiri
Cinematography: Jaywant Pathare
Editing: Khan Zaman Khan



A cast of comedians like Utpal Dutt, Saeed Jaffrey, Farooq Shaikh, and Deven Verma you can’t go to wrong in the laughter department. This is a movie about one lie and then the many lies told to cover the first lie.
Nothing spectacular and in today’s time it may seem a little slow both in story and humour. But back in those time this would have been a fun movie.





Rating: ****/5 – Could Watch
Release: December 7, 1979 (India)
Language: Hindi
Director: Ismail Memon
Actors: Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri, Yogeeta Bali, Mehmood, Lalita Pawar
Music: R. D. Burman




A story about disguises and deception. Amar a widower switches roles with his ManFriday and goes to find a mother for his child. The family he is staying with has a maid, Geeta. Amar finds himself being drawn to Geeta.
Geeta reminded me of Cinderella, the sister who is treated as a pariah but is the most good-natured and beautiful of the sisters.
Of all the songs my favourite was the lullaby – Chandni Re Jhoom.
This movie is a simple entertainer.

I’ve got a 8 more to go and I’ll share them over the next few weeks.

I’m always on the lookout for must watch old Hindi movies, which ones would you recommend?

P.S. Today is Day 1 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

May 5, 2015   No Comments

Movie Review: O Kadhal Kanmani or OK Kanmani

Release: April 17, 2015 (India)
Language: Tamil
Director: Mani Ratnam
Actors: Dulquer Salmaan, Nithya Menen, Leela Samson, Prakash Raj
Music composer: A. R. Rahman
Cinematography: P. C. Sreeram

After Mani Ratnam’s last movie Kadal which Che didn’t like and I didn’t land up watching, I was looking forward to this one. With O Kadhal Kanmani it would be decided which way Mani Ratnam’s career was going. Was he going to make a comeback into movie greats or fade away into the world of wannabes.

OK Kanmani is at the surface a simple love story. Boy meet girl in dramatic circumstances. He then next sees her at his best friends wedding and love blossoms, only it’s still in budding stage. A few dates follow and next thing you know they are living-in.

Yep, living-in is the new normal and we now talk about it openly in our movies. All is well until the boys brother and sister-in-law visit. Then girl gets told off for living in sin and boy is living in denial or the belief that his brother and S-I-L know nothing.

Girl turns out to be a heiress and her mother puts boy behind bars in Arthur Road Jail to see if he is good enough for her daughter. Suddenly in the midst of all this both girl and boys dreams materialise. Girl gets opportunity to study in Paris and boy gets job posting U.S.

They have to choose, either dreams or love. But there is also so called mid path. Boy tells girl he wants her to chase her dreams, to do all she wants, go where she wants, and all that spiel but only after she marries him.

So, they get married, go their separate ways, and then come back together and make babies. The perfect love story if you leave every iota of your intelligence at home. Hey, I’m not being insulting, I’m serious. I enjoyed the movie, but then again, I didn’t have high expectations, I wanted a random entertainer and most importantly I don’t speak Tamil. 😀

Me Likey:

(Those few things I liked.)

I enjoyed the music, and some songs like Kaara Aattakkaara and Mental Manadhil I’m still humming. I also enjoyed Malargal Kaettaen and Parandhu Sella Vaa was a very interesting mix of music.

Dulquer Salmaan was a sight for sore eyes. A cutie who constantly oozed sexiness. Nithya Menen was the female equivalent of that. The character that I liked the most though was Prakash Raj. With each movie of his I watch lately I’m falling in love with the man a little more.

Irky Things:

(That which irked me a lot.)

1. This funda of getting married before you can doing anything, especially anything fun. After the live-in scenes, I was starting to think that finally here was a movie that wouldn’t culminate in wedding bells. But no, no such thing happened. Instead they reinforced that societal requirement of signing a sheet of paper.

2. One of the supporting characters has Alzheimers and the movie was doing a good job of showing that it was about and the love and care an Alzheimers patient needs, until suddenly you realise that’s just a part of the story to allow the hero and heroine to have more time for cliched yucky dialoguebaazi where they exchange sappy dialogues.

3. There were others too but I’ll round off this list with sappy cliched dialogues. The ‘Will you take care of me when I’m old’ type dialogues have been done to death and should be put to death soon. Especially in a movie where initially the girl and boy come across are strong characters that do not believe in marriage.


(The short and sweet of it.)

All said and done, the movie had it’s moments and I enjoyed it. There were a lot of scenes that made me smile and even laugh. I also so wanted to pinch Dulquer Salmaan’s cheeks and say ‘choo sweet’ many a time. 😀

Mani Ratham it seems has not lost his touch completely, but he definitely needs to find more of it before he can make Roja or Bombay again.

Did you watch it? What did you think of it?

April 26, 2015   No Comments

Tuesday At The Movies: The Newsroom

Tuesdays are about movies but this week we didn’t watch movies, instead we finished watching the last season of The Newsroom. So that’s what this post is about. 😀

We started out with this series over a year ago. I remember enjoying it but I seem to have forgotten most of the storyline. I needed some refreshing before I watched the last season. Here’s some stuff I knew and some that I found out…

The Newsroom is a TV series about the day to day running of a news network and the lives of the people who work in it. The episodes revolve around recent real events and a news staff that is trying to report the news both ethically and responsibly.

Starting out in June 2012, the series completed in December 2014 with 25 episodes over three seasons. The series has a fairly large cast with the key roles being played by Jeff Daniels, Olivia Munn, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Sam Waterston, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel.

The series was created and mostly written by Aaron Sorkin and premiered on HBO. The series and its cast have been nominated many times but have won twice – the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series in 2012 and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Jeff Daniels in 2013.

Some trivia –

The character of Sloan Sabbith is supposed to be fluent in Japanese and Olivia Munn who plays the role is actually fluent in Japanese, as she spent her childhood living in Japan and graduated with a minor in Japanese.

Aaron Sorkin has a favourite episode title – “What Kind of Day Has It Been?”. He has used this title for the last episode of all his TV shows – The West Wing, Sports Night, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. This is also the title of the series finale episode of The Newsroom.

Jane Fonda’s character Leona Lansing is quite like a female-version of her third husband, Ted Turner. The name “Leona Lansing” comes from two highly successful businesswomen, Leona Helmsley a real estate developer and Sherry Lansing the former Paramount Pictures CEO.

In the last episode of the series the guitar played by Jeff Daniels is actually an OM Jeff Daniels signature model created by Martin a few years ago.

And lastly The Newsroom is the first Aaron Sorkin show whose pilot episode wasn’t nominated for any Emmys.

The Newsroom was an interesting TV series with an insight into what happens behind the scenes of the news channels we watch. It’s a series I enjoyed and one I would recommend you watch.

March 10, 2015   No Comments

Tuesday At The Movies: Youtube, Turning 30, Mockingjay 1, Badlapur

After the lull of two weeks I’m back to watching movies and trying to catch up with that 100 number. There’s all the various miscellaneous movies I have on my list to get done, some of which I listed out last week – 12 Old Hindi Movies I Must Watch This Year.

I’ve been trying to add all these movies to some kind of to-watch list to make it easy and more organised to meet my years movie targets. And with this in mind have been exploring Youtube and it’s various functionalities apart from rendering videos.

Youtube seems to have quite an impressive collection in their movies section. Not all are free but the pricing doesn’t seem too bad either. I wouldn’t mind spending Rs.100 for a movie on demand if it means less sourcing, finding, downloading et. all. And most of the old classics are free, so it’s a yippee here. 😀

I’m going to be digging into Youtube more to figure out the various way  I can use it beyond just watching videos.

Here’s what I watched this week…

Turning Thirty

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I came across this movie while trolling through Youtube and decided to watch it on a whim. A story about three friends but entered around one played by Gul Panag this is a story about the dramas in the life of a woman as she approaches the 30 barrier. The premise of the movie has promise but the delivery is lacking. The movie seemed too much a rip-off of Sex and the City missing the fourth GF. It could have been more real, not in story, that’s quite the stark truth but in acting.


Mockingjay Part 1

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Based on the Hunger Games series this is the first part of the last book. One more movie to go to complete the series. Hunger Games is a series I have enjoyed and I must say I have enjoyed the movies too. Like the Harry Potter movies , the Hunger games movies also do justice to the books. If you are someone who doesn’t have the patience for three books, watch the movies, it’s not too bad a compromise. Can’t wait for the last movie.



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This is the story of a guy in Pune who’s wife and child get killed in a robbery chase. The robber goes to jail keeping mum about his accomplice while the man is out on a mission to take revenge. Directed by Sriram Raghavan who’s previous EkHasina Thi I had absolutely enjoyed, this one also comes close as he explores human emotions and situations. The story comes full circle at the end leaving behind questions to mull on. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as always delivers, this man is some actor!


What movies would you recommend this week for me?

March 3, 2015   No Comments