Wednesday, December 30

Movie Review : Avatar, 2012, Paa, 3 Idiots

It’s been long since I did my last movie review. I am no critique but thought of hunting 4 movies this Christmas and reviewing them.

Johannesburg’s nerve-jangling climate and 22 deg. Celsius temperature prompted me to stay back this Christmas. But I guess, the fever wasn’t outside but inside me to watch the best of all the movies hitting screen this December, especially when it was Aamir Khan’s “3 Idiots” round the corner. I could not even dare to let pass this flick.

3 days prior to Ak’s release, I planned to wrap up the already running houseful movies. So, today I’ll review not only 3 Idiots, but also, Avatar, Paa and 2012 in the same chronological sequence as I watched them on screen.

Avatar: 3D animation, cool graphics, captivating story and James Cameroon’s direction. What else can one expect from this complete package entertainer? A movie – a life’s experience.

A movie very close to what future cinema is going to be like; James Cameroon has nailed all his experience in this classic animation once again.

Setup in the year 2154 the animated virtual characters seated in the mind of real actors trying to establish a frail connection between the real and the virtual worlds, attesting a morale to the real minds, no matter how scientific we are, there’s always a universal unimaginable, invincible and invisible force, a force that unites every creature in this world, a supreme power, Avatar, that commands our will and prepare all to survive and retaliate against the nature destroyers.

A must watch, altogether a different 3D experience, contemporary music by James Horner (must listen I SEE YOU by LEONA LEWIS), exceptional acting, my rating 10/10. A big contender for this year’s Oscars.

2012: Year 2012, the world is coming to an end, an Indian scientist’s premonition; the world begins its preparation to fight back against the nature’s disorder about to happen. The fiascos, the rippling effects of earth’s crust movement, the world encounters before 21-12-2012 and the way to survive, is what 2012 is all about.

The movie loses its gleam in few scenes wherein John Cussack and Amanda Peet’s conduct was way too comical irrespective of the scene demanded some serious acting. A serious matter about the world coming to an end, gets an easy walk away in the middle.

A nail biting story, that keeps the viewers hinged to the corner of their seat. Cool sound effects, impressive visuals has already left a pretty good impression. 2012 is one movie you cannot think of trashing.

On the whole, excellent A/V, imaging and camera representation, A must watch movie.

My rating 8.5/10.

Paa: The movie is all about a 12 year old boy AURO, played by Amitabh Bachchan.
He suffers from Progeria, a rare disease wherein the age growth is normal but the development happen at multiplying rate. Let’s say, a 5 year boy will be 5 year old in mind but physically will be around 40 years old.

Amitabh Bachchan is one actor in Indian cinema today who has the capability to make impossible possible. Brilliant performer, a protagonist actor in his 70s in real life has played a character of a 12 year old boy suffering from Progeria on reel (onscreen).

A must watch movie; Amitabh Bachchan will definitely win the best critic award for the kind of life he’s put in this role.

R. Balki’s direction and Illyaraja’s music is an add-on feature in this movie.

My rating 9/10.

3 Idiots: Inspired from “5 point someone” novel, movie is about 3 college students, set out to follow their passion in the rat race the world is in today.

The movie is reflection of each of our’s past that we had when we were in college. A comical movie sending a very serious impression to follow your heart, to believe in yourself, live happily forever and help all. And still, if you fall and hit the ground, never give up, put your hand on heart and say AAL-IZZ-WELL!!!

Aamir khan has done it again. AK today is one brilliant actor who got this amazing ability to turn sand into gold. He’s definitely a trend-setter. It’s hard to believe, he’s 40+ whereas onscreen he looks 25. some very cool peppy numbers in the movie.

Exceptional performance by the 3 idiots with tremendous background score.

Of all the movies Aamir has done, I would rate this as Aamir's best performance.
My rating 10/10.

Monday, December 28


दिन  का  उजाला  हो  या ,
रात  का  अँधेरा ,
हर  पल , हर  वक्त ,
नज़र  आया  तोह  बस ,
आया , चेहरा  तेरा .

हर  पल  को  जोड़ा ,
तोह  बना  सपना  तेरा ,
सपना  जब  सच  करने  चले ,
तोह , ना  रहे  तुम , और ,
ना  रहा  कोई  पल  मेरा .

जब  तुम्हारा  था  साथ ,
किसी  के  लिए ,
वक्त  न  था  हमारे  पास ,
आज  जब  रह  गया  तुम्हारा  ख्वाब ,
हर  वक्त , हर  लम्हा  दिल  जले ,
जैसे  जले ,
पत्ते  में  तेज़ाब .

पास  जब  तुम  थे ,
बातों  बातों  में ,
निकलती  थी  एक  और  बात .
आज  जब  तुम  नहीं ,
अब  बस  वोही  बातें  याद  आये ,
बनकर  एक  गीत  हर  रात .

दिल  पे  लिखा  नाम ,
दिखा  था  कभी ,
हाथ  की  लकीरों  में ,
दिल  टूट  गए ,
लकीरें  मिट  गयी ,
बस , रह  गए  हम  तुम ,
फिर  इन्ही  कुछ  तस्वीरों  में .

आज  भी  तड़पता  है  दिल ,
हर  दम , बस , तुम्हारा  है  ख्याल ,
कैसे  पूरी  होगी  यह  ज़िन्दगी  अब  तुम्हारे  बिन ,
हर  राह , हर  मोड़ , हर  शुन ,
अब  बस  यही  है  सवाल .

Thursday, December 17

The Magical Fountain

Naina, 10 year old, stationed near the water fountain at Newgate Square, overheard a voice, “if you make a wish with closed eyes and throw a 2 rupee coin in the pond there, the wish is always rewarded if made with a pure heart”.

She pinned her ears and heart to the statement so well that she went near the magical fountain pool and gave all her attention to let the fact sink into her. She was not surprised anymore to see abundant 2 rupee coins dazzling in the artificial water pond. She tried believing the fact that many kids like her must have come by this pool to make a wish and threw the coins into the pool.

Today, Naina accompanied her father to do routine shopping. She was too young to carry money in her pockets. The only valued stuff she carried in her frock was a half eaten lollypop and a brown bear covered in handkerchief.

With innocence on her face, lollypop in mouth and bear in one hand, she looked around to search for a 2 rupee coin somewhere on the ground but all in vain. Her father was also indispensible. She looked around but could not find him in vicinity to where she was standing. She prayed for her father to appear soon so she can ask for a coin as she has already decided as to what she’ll ask the Water-God once the coin is into the pond.

It’s been long since she has had chocolates. So she desperately wished for the same today. After waiting there for a while, she started searching for her dad in shops round the corner.

While she was walking by, she observed a poor boy of her age, pale, sitting in a torn shirt and with head margined to the shape of skull, appeared as if he had his last meal years ago. He was sitting there alone sobbing the fact, “The pond is fake, it consumed the last 2 rupee coin I had. I wished food and it left me with nothing.”
Naina was baffled seeing his plight and murmurs that she left the place without troubling the boy.

Very soon she found dad purchasing stuff for mom. She ran very close to him and asked daddy naively with all the worldly charm for a two rupee coin. Daddy was so absorbed in shopping; he left the kid with a two rupee coin in the fist. She was elated as if she won her first battle and scuttled erratically to the magical place where the fountain was.

Her eyes met the boy for the second time only to find the boy slept on the floor, after crying, all curled up in the cold weather. She felt sad for the situation and gave him her bear and leftover lollypop while he was sleeping.

As she reached the water pond, she closed her eyes, made a wish and was about to throw the coin in the pool when her consciousness stopped her to do so. She turned back and ran to the bakery shop to buy a bun and a glass of milk for two rupees.
She ran to the place where the boy was sleeping with bun in the pocket and milk clutched in both the hands. She placed her handkerchief on the floor and divested the eatables on to the handkerchief and disappeared.

The boy woke up after an hour to discover food in front of him. He gazed around for a second to see if anyone is in possession. But, the second seemed too long for him to be patient; he soon broke his hunger and started eating posthumously with both hands. As he raised his head, he saw the water fountain showering at the same place where he dropped the coin. He lifted the handkerchief to find a bear and lollypop hiding below it. He always knew with the same 2 rupee coin he dropped in the pond, he could have never afforded to buy so much of stuff. He thanked the magical pond for granting his wish and went back to sleep.

Naina’s dad bought a chocolate pack when she was not around and placed it nicely in his coat’s upper pocket. He saw Naina coming bare-handed and without bear. His first reaction was Naina must have been robbed by some mischievous boys. He ran across her as to confirm nothing went wrong with her. She told him the entire story. He was taken aback and felt contented to hear his daughter’s matured behaviour.

He took her to the magical fountain place and asked her to make the same wish again as he plummeted a two rupee coin on her palm. Immediately the chocolate fell on to her hands and she told daddy that the magical fountain does work and grant all what so ever you wish with a pure heart.

P.S: This work is purely fictional and imaginative and is written with pure content of writing my first short story. Hope you like it and I welcome all thoughts and reflections for this blog. I would like to thank my brother Raghav for taking out time and reviewing, editing my concept.

Thanks a ton Raghav!!!
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