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Movies are better than the books

Posted by Sowmya on August 3, 2014

I am a bibliomaniac and have been one forever. When I look back at life, most of my memories are about sitting or lying down with a book devouring it like an obsessive compulsive maniac with the constant fear of it being snatched away from me before I finished reading the whole book.
And I have maintained, always, that the book is better than the movie. Every time, without doubt. The logic is simple. Books paint a scene and allow you to visualize and fill in the gaps the way you like. When it says ‘a large house’ it is completely left to your imagination as to how large the house is and what it looks like. A movie shows you and does not allow you to imagine further.
I was heartbroken when I saw Pride and Prejudice, the movie. Mr.Darcy looked so handsome and hot in my head. He was not Colin Firth…not even close. My Darcy was taller, thinner, with his nose in the air and an air of confidence that did not come across in the movie. It took me a lot of time and effort to remove Colin Firth from my mind and get back to my sexy Darcy. Then on, I was very careful about watching movies inspired by the books I love. Why risk?
But then I saw the movie Julie and Julia which I loved. I had not read the book. My only thought throughout the movie was ‘if the movie is so good, how awesome would the book be’. I just had to read it. And I am reading it now and it is nowhere close to the movie. The movie had panache and chutzpah which I am at a loss to find in the book. Just half way through and I am already dragging my feet. I have to finish it though…..it’s going to be hard. Wish me luck…and some more!

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A coincidence and then not so much

Posted by Sowmya on August 1, 2014

There are very few things the husband and I agree on. Really….it’s as cliche as chalk and cheese. If you pick any topic, incident, book or movie, you can safely and rightly assume we will have diametrically opposite view points. Always!
So I try to avoid too many discussions since we talk, discuss, debate and finally reach a full blown fight. Both of us end up getting very passionate about our view point and it escalates all too easily.
Yesterday, we had a rare moment when the daughter was too busy with her toys to bother about us while we sipped tea watching the rains. A lazy round of the remote landed us at Yaadein. The husband was aghast that I stopped to watch it while I thought it would be a good time for a laugh. (See!). While we debated on the merits (one or two) and demerits (innumerable) of the movie, the husband remarked “Hrithik Roshan is a lousy actor”. That set me off. You see, I have this theory about Hrithik Roshan. I believe he is probably the most talented actor in the country today. He is. But his choice of movies, primarily the burden of having to act in his father’s films, has led him to being just ‘a good looking guy who can act’ instead of ‘the best actor we have seen in a long long time’.
To sooth my very ruffled feathers, the husband decided we needed to come up with Hrithik’s best five films which would tell us what each of us think about him. Sounded fair. So, the husband’s top 5 were (in no particular order) – Zindagi na milegi dobara, Luck by chance, Lakshya, Agneepath and Mission Kashmir. That was the biggest coincidence ever- we almost agreed. Our top 4 were the same. I only wanted to replace Mission Kashmir with Jodha Akbar.
Yeah, I know you are laughing. Jodha Akbar?! Yes. The best part about Hrithik Roshan is his little reactions and expressions which express a lot more than lengthy dialogues or carefully choreographed dance. His mischievous smile when he notices Jodha voyeuristically staring at him and then showing off for her or his simmering anger when he thinks she has betrayed him to meet a former fiancé or his broken heart when he finds out he was being deceived by a woman he thought was more than his mother coupled with his guilt over doubting his wife. Jodha Akbar was full of these small expressions and actions that made us fall for the love story of the king who was just another man wooing his woman.

But then, the husband and I realized that our agreeing to each other was not a coincidence at all. His good movies were so few that there were not too many to choose from. These were the default choices. What else could we have chosen? Krish or Mai Prem ki Diwani Hoon? Damn! And here I thought we were actually getting to understand each other!

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