September 24, 2009

High UP!!!

Disney has an undeniably veritable history of producing endearing children’s entertainers. Over the past few years, their collaboration with Pixar has resulted in a distinctive style of story-telling with unassuming yet obvious portrayal of the fundamental human emotions. Their characters are well-etched, cutely animated and never fail to tug at the viewer’s heart. Case in point- Finding Nemo, Wall.E and now UP!!!

This movie epitomises the spirit of endurance in an adorable way! There really is a lot of power in persistence. Ultimately, you DO get what you want. And malicious intentions also reach their appropriate end. It’s all about believing in what you want and then pursuing it with diligence and a dash of tenacity!

The blogger will refrain from saying anything even remotely negative about UP...’coz there is NOTHING under that blanket! It is an upbeat film, taut and well made providing moments of thrill, drama, ingenuity, affection, et al packed in 1.5 hours! The old adage- “A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS” has been brilliantly used to convey a lot without unnecessary dialogues. The flick manages to keep the viewer’s attention intact without letting it flounder.

The ‘little one’ of this film represents the average American child – not in great physical shape and incomplete parentage, but the universal ‘child’ at heart enjoying ‘boring’ things! [Well, who doesn’t?!] He has his own ideas about the world ‘out there, quite a few of which get debunked.

Possibilities [both bright and of grim] of the future have been ably communicated via this movie and WALL.E.

This movie is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. It’s a must watch for people of ALL ages. Those who dismiss animated movies as ‘cartoons for children’ should go with an open mind and look BEYOND what is shown on the screen to pick up or refresh some important life-lessons!!! a B-I-G THUMBS UP!!!

This the first 3D Animation flick from the Disney-Pixar stable. Alas..the blogger had to see it in normal format..even though the theatre was a multiplex in an upmarket mall..:-(

PS:- The initial animated sequence of “Gods above the clouds MAKE babies and then the “stork comes visiting” to deliver them … utterly cute and delightful!!!

September 20, 2009



You can see it.
You can feel it.
Does it hurt?

A look at the gashes,
Brings back some flashes.
Could be positive or negative,
Or just a misgive!

It keeps reminding…
How unsmooth was the ride!
Was it the driver?
Or just the roadside?!

Every mark has a story…
May or may not be gory.
Is that how you wanted?
Or it just got planted?!

"Jarred, charred and scarred."
I feel extremely marred.
Forgiven or not…
There’s STILL a spot.
What may I say?
Hope the scars…
Just fade away.
20th September 2009

September 10, 2009

keedon kee bastee ka makoda!!!

The blogger will keep this comment somewhat short in comparison to comments made on other movies previously on this forum.

KAMINEY is an auteur’s work. The style of the director is very palpable through the sequences and Bharadwaj has taken his caliber to the next level. I have been an admirer of his work ever since MAKDEE (2002): A dark fable. It redefined children's films. The director is a creative, par excellence. His vision, craft, skills with sound is all incomparable.

This movie is very well made, though the first half could be tauter. It’s layered, quick, grey, gritty and gutsy. The assistant director-turned-casting director Honey Trehan, 29, is responsible for pulling off the stunning casting coups in Kaminey- from making Bhardwaj's old tour operator friend based in Mussoorie, Tenzing Nima a.k.a. Momo, play a Nepali gangster, persuading Parinda and 1942: A Love Story writer Shiv Subrahmanyam to play the corrupt narcotics police officer, Lobo, to Amol Gupte, the writer of Taare Zameen Par and the surprise Bhope Bhau.

The male lead has done a brilliant job of the task assigned to him. the sincerity and effort are commendable! BRAVO Shahid!!!

a-n-d Ahmed Khan ROCKS Shahid Kapoor! this is ONE awesome pairing!!! 

The music is lovely and in keeping with Bharadwaj’s rooting in reality, takes the story forward. The less that is said about the sheer remarkableness of the flick, the better it is!

One special mention for the man who essayed the role of Shahids’ father! It was a pleasant surprise to see him on screen, after his touching portrayal as Shweta Prasad’s father in Makdee. A-N-D…the guy who played the younger Shahids….MY GOODNESS…WHAT GROWTH?!!!! Like the cliché goes…"bachcha bada ho gaya!” He was, of course, the cute and endearing ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ in Makdee!

PS: For a heart-warming insight into Vishal Bharadwaj, please click on…