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5 Bollywood flicks to watch out for in 2013

July 8, 2013

Ah well, what an interesting topic to write on! Though subjective to the hilt, we think this year Bollywood saw some good flicks hitting the silver screen. Not so very long ago, someone aptly pointed out in some video, somewhere in the world that if you have minimum or no talent, you’d still have a chance in Bollywood. Although for the longest time we thought similarly, but some recent developments in Indian cinema in this year have nudged us to think otherwise. Here are some great movies releasing this year which may set the benchmark for Indian cinema in terms of treatment or story. Take a look.

1. Ek Thi Dayyan:
He is a celebrated illusionist. She is a beautiful woman. They have a life that’s asked for by many. But somewhere his life is falling apart. Hallucinations from his sister’s death torment him while snippets of paranormal experiences from his past haunts him. A chain of events lead us to a climax which we hardly thought of! A good watch and we rate it ⅗.

2. Inkaar:
The name leads to the theme which is the highlight of Sudhir Mishra’s film. For the first time the issue of sexual harassment at workplaces is highlighted in this movie and we love how different POV rule the entire movie, giving it a twist, which would have otherwise been a “master and his muse” cliche.

3. Kai Po Che:
A story based in Ahmedabad and one that showcases the dreams and aspirations of 3 young men who share a common interest- Cricket. But bourgeois dream falls flat in front of monetary challenges and they take steps that they otherwise wouldn’t. Along with these apprehensions come in several political unrest in Gujarat, trampling millions of lives and their dreams- a tragic incident that not only marks the end of the movie but also makes every Indian shiver.

4. Ghanchakkar:
A comedy thriller- Ghanchakkar (Crazy) tells the story of a suave, master safe-cracker who wants to retire from a career in crime. But before that, he should commit one last heist: a bank robbery that will ensure that he never has to worry about money again. And although everything goes according to plan he is given the task of hiding the money. When 3 months later his associates (he teams up with 2 people to carry it out) come to collect the money, he refuses to recognize them! To find out what happens next- you need to see this!

5. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag:
An upcoming biographical film based on former Indian athlete Milkha Singh, which talks about the struggles and perseverance an athlete has to go through. Rumor has it that he sold the story to the producer for 1 rupee and has asked to donate his share of remuneration for needy athletes. The name of the film comes from the last words spoken by his father which translates to “Run Milkha Run”.

To meet an Indian abroad

December 14, 2012

Last year I was vacationing in China. To any Indian, even an NRI like myself, China is one of those completely unfamiliar, utterly fascinating, and really interesting experiences. It’s a culture very removed from our own, every aspect of the country and its people is totally alien to us. Luckily, we had a guide that knew English and helped us every step of the way. In our group though, it so turned out, were three French nationals. And though they did not have a chance to meet each other on the first four days of our trip; come day five, they realized they were all from the same country.

And all hell broke loose! I mean that of course in the most positive manner. On they went jibber jabber in French. No one could understand anything but it was apparent that they had the best trip of their lives. Why? Because they found the best kind of company, the company of their own ‘desis’. During the time it irritated us. “What were these people going on and on amongst themselves in a language only they understood?” was what most of us thought in our minds. And not just then, we have all felt this feeling whenever one sees people of the same origin meet; be it two Italians, Bengalis, or even British. But you know what? I’m going to let you in to a little secret. One that I suspect you already know.

While it may seem strange and annoying to see people of the same origin meet in a foreign land and bond; it’s not irritation, but jealousy that is at the heart of what we are feeling. How do I know this? Because as an NRI, when I first moved abroad to the US myself, I too would be filled with joy, confidence, and reassurance, whenever I’d come across another Indian.

Especially since I moved to a part of the US that was not very cosmopolitan or diverse; I would feel extremely lonely and alienated at times. So the one odd ‘desi’ I met, be it a traveler, a visitor, a restaurant owner, or even a cabbi – the feeling of comfort, understanding and bonding that I got, only another ‘desi’ could bring out in me. And I am sure all of you NRIs out there have felt this same feeling at some point or another.

Now, I have stopped getting irritated seeing people meet. In fact, I feel good for them. Because to meet an Indian abroad, is one bright spark on any given day!

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