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To cut a long story short

Posted by Sowmya:) on July 22, 2014

I have often wondered as to why Hollywood movies are better than our Hindi or Tamil movies. They are, at least according to me. But I have not been able to come up with a satisfactory explanation for it. I do love Hindi and Tamil movies. They were what I grew up on. I did see the occasional English movie but it was mostly the big hits like Jurassic Park or Titanic. My staple diet started including English movies only after I married an English movie buff and I watched them first under duress and then with forbearance and finally with relish.

It was then I started thinking as to why they were better. Even the not so good ones could be seen at least once without much difficulty. The main reason, I concluded, is the length of the movie. Of course, the songs are to blame for the length. But more than that it is the long winding way we take to get to the point. (something like this blog post!) The first half of most of the movies can be done away with. They don’t do much to further the storyline. Most movies have a first half in which the hero is enjoying life, falls in love with the heroine and respects his parents / has a loving home. The story begins towards the end of the first half. Somewhere 15 minutes before the interval we get a glimpse of what could be a potential problem in the hero’s life. He then faces it and quickly solves it within an hour and finishes the movie easily.

Take, for example, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge. The story synopsis would be – carefree boy meets introvert girl, they fall in love, parents oppose and finally relent. But in order to get to the point, it takes them half of Europe and 3 songs. Yeah, we get it. They fall in love and are bound to each other for the rest of their seven lives. Move on.

I saw this movie yesterday – Velai Iladha Pattadhari. It was about this guy who had an engineering degree but no job. Finally his mother dies after which he gets the passion to do something, lands a job and finishes a huge construction project despite various obstacles. Again, we spend more than an hour to know that his father and mother are concerned about his joblessness. His younger brother has a job which is even more frustrating for him and as luck would have it, his pretty dentist neighbor loves him. The rest of the story is done in a jiffy.

Wouldn’t it be a richer story if we focus on the real plot instead of the fluff? If we could spend some time with the hero, understand his thoughts and more importantly his fears. How he did stuff despite being scared of them and what it means for him to win. How he savors his victory. We could have movies almost as long as we have them now but wouldn’t they be better? Get to the point asap!

There is a popular saying for writers “Start as close to the end as possible”. Should that not be true for movies as well?





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Satisfaction of a list – WordPress Writing Prompt

Posted by Sowmya:) on April 16, 2014

Stuff I learnt from the movies

1. All teachers teach (a+b)^2 irrespective of which class they are teaching
2. If the hero’s father / mother/ friend dies in the movie, then the heroine will have a child of the same sex as that of the deceased to ensure that the child is given the same name.
3. All unwilling brides will try to run away or commit suicide on the day of the wedding….never before.
4. Bullets choose the extent of damage they do depending on who they hit. Heroes are never affected, hero’s brothers / friends are given time long enough for a farewell speech but villains die instantly
5. All court cases are won by the hero solely based on threatening / tricking the villain into confessing
6. All dejected and sacrificing heroes / heroines will have to leave the town for a new job on the exact same day as the wedding of their lost love.
7. Villains are smart and intelligent who come up with various ingenious ways to torment and trouble the hero or public at large whereas the hero’s answer to everything is to beat up the villain and his gang to pulp to solve all problems
8. If you are the best friend of the hero or heroine and you make the mistake of falling in love with their love interest, it will prove fatal for you. You have no choice but to take a stab or a bullet to save either of them and die in their arms after taking the heroine’s hand and giving it to the hero.
9. If the hero is poor, the hospital always demands an advance payment of the entire amount of surgery for his mother/father. If he is rich, he can pay later.
10. People who use ingenious ways to cheat the hero always make it a point to give him a dramatized explanation to help him get a clue or record the confession.
11. On breaking up with the hero, the heroines always go back to get married to the same guy who she dumped for the hero in the first place. Such guys never have qualms about getting back together with the heroine.

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That time of the year again

Posted by Sowmya:) on December 25, 2011

So it is that time of the year again when we all start making resolutions for the new year and lists of the old year. We see the same lists rehashed year after year and even the items on the kist are mostly the same. I did not want to do that. So here I am making the to ten list of lists which you will see across the print and electronic media in the next one week –

1. Best and worst actors / actresses (can safely assume vidya balan to top this one)
2. Best and worst movies ( both Ra.One and Dirty picture will figure….don’t ask me on which lists)
3. Best songs ( kolaveri and sadaa haq)
4. Best start-ups (people r yet to come out of the myth that there are only tech start-ups in the country)
5. World changing events ( Osama, Syria, Jobs)
6. Technology / inventions
7. Best or worst restaurants
8. Most downloaded apps
9. Promising / budding personalities for the next year
10.Sports champions
11. Best Sachin Tendulkar performances

What other lists do you read???

Happy New Year 🙂 Cheers!!!

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Imagine this……..

Posted by Sowmya:) on August 13, 2010

So I was watching this total masala movie ….you know the typical one wheren the hero beats up 25 people at a time and then sings awesome songs and finds time to do social work as also kill the villians to save the world / country / city as the case maybe and play pranks on his friends and eat gaajar ka halwa made by his mom.

Okay, I knew what I was getting into and did not expect a very cerebral 3 hour ride. I was bored out of my skull and just needed to pass time. But some things are so beyond imagination….I could not believe what I saw. I am fully aware that the run of the mill movies are regressive especially with regard to gender equality but this one just takes the cake……

Scene Hero (a police inspector) goes to arrest one of the villains for killing his own daughter.

Inspector – I am arresting you because you murdered you own daughter. I have an arrest warrant. yada yada…….

Villain –How dare you arrest me? Do you know who I am? What crime have i committed? ………..

Inspector –I am an inspector, an honest one at that. I will definitely arrest you…..

Villain gets ballistic! I think he is totally bugged with the hero and his idealism. So he vents his frustration on his TV. He picks it up and throws it to the floor, then he does the same to his table, chairs, etc. Then comes this gem of a line………

Villain -My TV, I broke it. My table, I broke it. My chair, I  broke it.  My daughter, I killed her.  Just as you cannot arrest me for breaking my own stuff you cannot arrest my for killing my own daughter. She is mine to do whatever I want.

Genius!!!!! I was shell shocked! I have seen many movies where the male characters have such profound logic with regard to their wives i.e. she is mine to whatever I want to. Though no one explained it so graphically as this movie. But when something like this was talked about with respect to the daughter, I was heart broken. Daughters are not always first class citizens throughout the country but somehow such a blatant show disgusted me.

After this, I waited for the  hero to launch a spleen on women being ‘devi’, goddess, etc and how she is to be revered and not insulted in this fashion. But I was in for a shock…….a shock of epic proportions.

On seeing the logic of the villain’s words, the inspector hero is miffed. He vents his anger on some chairs, the showcase and other consumer durables around. The villain is infuriated and immediately catches the inspector hero’s collar.

Villain -What the hell do you think you are doing? How dare you break my stuff? I am going to report you to the Commissioner of Police!

Inspector *smug smile* – Well well! You just said you could do anything with your stuff. But the minute I broke you stuff you got angry and wanted to report me. In the same way, I am arresting you because you murdered another man’s girlfriend, the love of his life.

I was disgusted, shocked, infuriated…you name it.  So the logic being that a woman can be murdered by her father / brother till the murder rights are transferred on her marriage to her husband.

I am fine when the society’s evil are reflected through the villain’s point of view and then rectified by the hero who promotes truth, love and justice. But if a hero is shown to have such a commoditized view of a woman who is to justify it? Are we so seeped into such regressiveness that these are not censored or objected to?  Are only sex and gore to be censored? Not this absolutely horrific and pathetic attempt of regressiveness? I agree that cinema is mostly for entertainment despite many movie makers’ claim of it being a mirror of society. We do live with innumerable leaps of logic and stretching of imaginations. But when such notions are so subtly promoted, there should be a protest, an opposition of some sort. I can only imagine the cat calls from the audience when the hero would have spoken of the murdered girl being someone’s love. People would clap and enjoy the movie and go home not realizing that the notion of gender inequality has taken a stronger hold on them albeit subconsciously! That a woman’s murder will be seen as either an incident or a crime depending on her relationship with the killer! Abhorring absolutely!

Are we simply not taking two steps backward for every step forward? When will we have a truly emancipated woman in reel and real?

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Posted by Sowmya:) on August 25, 2008

Well, well….you thought tht I am over my tag-phase and back to posting about my life phase? yeah…i am but this is a movie tag so could not resist picking it up! Lights, Camera, Action !
1. Last film I saw in the theater:
Mumbai meri Jaan (to hell with the reviews…….It was about Mumbai, about the time I was in Mumbai. so it just had to be watched. felt like i was back home for those 3 hours. Bliss)
2. Last movie I watched on dvd/vhs:
Shawshank Redemption (I know I know…..too late…but better late than never)
3. Last movie I watched on tv:
Pursuit of Happyness (Gosh! it was emotional or what. Its ages since I bawled over a movie……but Will Smith etching our such a touching potrayal of Chris Gardner was too much to bear.)
4. Last great movie you saw (for the first time, no repeated viewings):
Dark Knight (am currently under the spell of the Joker *dreamy moony look*)
OKie…..Pursuit of Happyness ……..Gosh awesome movie !!!

5. Top three favorite movies of all time:

Damn tough….Of recent memory……..Taare Zameen Par, Dark Knight (there I go again) & Nayakan (not recent memory but thats a movie I totally absolutely loved….Mani Ratnam and Kamal Hassan…like it can get any better)

6. Three comedies I can watch over and over and they still make me laugh:
Well most of Nagesh and Kamal Hassan movies…..I think Tamil comedy is infinitely better than what passes as funny in a Bollywood flick….So lets see… Michael Madan Kama Rajan, Panchatantiram, Singara Velan, so many more 😀
7. Three dramas I can watch over and over without tiring of them:
Drama ? Hmmmmmmmmm will get back on this…Does Ocean’s Eleven qualify as drama?
8. Favorite romantic comedy:
When Harry met Sally, One Fine Day, Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding
9. Favorite suspense/horror movie:
 NONE…….Mostly I end up laughing at horror movies *insert evil laugh*
10. Favorite movie musical:
Due to sheer memory loss…..Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…stop stone pelting 😦
11. My three favorite movies when I was a kid:
Jungle Book, Towering Inferno and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
12. Three movies I loved when I was a kid that I still love now:
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

13. Favorite movie based on a book:
Bridget Jones’ Diary…cos thats probably the only story I have visited on paper & the screen. Planning to catch up on the written ‘Pursuit of Happyness’. Will keep this page updated 🙂

14. Favorite sequel (think hard):
Spiderman III
15. Favorite movie that you know is kind of crappy, but you love it anyway:
Gadar……dont ask me why I just enjoyed Sunny Deol’s dialogues and criticising Amisha Patel a lot!
16. Favorite foreign film:
Right now….Dark Knight, Pursuit of Happyness, Forrest Gump,

17. Best documentary I’ve seen so far:
Nopes…..dont remember any
18. Movie I put on when I’m really depressed:
Romantic Comedies…refer Q8
19. Movie that can make me cry even if I am in the happiest mood:
20. A movie someone recommended to me that I ended up loving and the person who recommended it:
Forrest Gump & Shawshank Redemption, Sri
21. A movie someone recommended to me that I ended up hating and the person who recommended it (but it’s not their fault):
I am usually the recommender and not the recomendeee
22. Movie I recommend for everyone to see and why:
Nayakan……to know how it is to make a great movie and act when its so tempting to overact and be stereotypical
23. Movie I recommended for someone to see and still regret doing so:
Actually I recommended not to see DDLJ to my parents. I kinda hated it the first time round……..they still dont let me forget
24. Biggest movie let down:
25. Biggest movie surprise (you liked it and thought you wouldn’t):
Ocean’s Eleven
26. Top three actors you would watch in anything:
Aamir Khan & Kamal Hassan

27. Top three actresses you would watch in anything:
Julia Roberts & Sridevi
28. Top three directors whose films you would watch no matter what:
Mani Ratnam, Ashutosh Gowariker & Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight hangover again)
29. Most overrated movie (please stick with stuff you’ve seen):
Black (Oops i’ve said it! I’ll be shunned and have no friends)
30. Most overrated actor/actress:
Aishwarya Rai & Abhishek Bachchan

31. Do you have a favorite screenwriter? Who and what is your favorite movie they have written?:
32. Three favorite movie quotes:
“You complete me!”
“Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi…namumkin hai” (AB version not SRK)
“Mogambo Khush Hua” (HA HA HA…..insert evil laughter to complete)
33. If you can remember it, worst dialougue in a movie ever:
*Trying hard to jog memory* Actually any Salman Khan emotional scene shoudl do….whadya think?
34. I can repeat every line from this movie verbatim while watching it:
Roja, HAHK, JJWS, Nayakan, Bobby, Maine Pyar Kiya, quite a few more

35. Book you would like to see made into a movie and who you would like to see in it/directing it/etc.:
The Dilbert series with Rahul Bose (How did I come up with this???)

36. Favorite song from a movie:
Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz……..*weep weep*

37. Favorite use of a song in a movie:
All those times when the hero is planning to surprise attack the villian and the herione / villian’s moll in love with hero is doing an item number. I used to get so excited as a kid to see if the hero came before the song ended but alas, he never did.

38. A musical artist you now love that you discovered by watching a movie and said movie:
None tht I can think of

39. Best dialogue in a movie ever:
Then what was Q32 all about dude??

40. Movie that you feel compelled to watch when you pass it flipping through channels:
With the current channel boom & viewer bore happenin….none
41. A movie that you really related with in high school (like the maker was your kindred spirit/ these characters were your long-lost best friend): 
Did not watch too many movies in high school…….all Enid Blyton characters were so my kindred spirits
42. Movie you loved when you were a teenager and thought you would always love, but does not hold the same place in your heart:
Refer previous answer

43. I was completely into __(name of movie)__ when it came out, I even thought about a t-shirt or action figures, but now I don’t know what I was thinking.
No movie did that to me

44. I want to be _(this movie character)_ when I grow up:
Any action heroine
45. Best movie character:
Forrest Gump…….Tom Hanks was cho chweeeeeeet. Pursuit of Happyness…..Will Smith (Why did you guys not give him that Oscar??)
46. Movie I could live in happily:
Any heroine centric movie where she is career oreinted but still manages to make family love her, friends confide in her and dream man love her cos she has the time for them alllllllllll
47. Movie character soulmate (if only he or she was real and then you could live happily ever after):
Rishi Kapoor’s character in Chandni……..I wanted to marry someone like that who was just totally absolutely crazy about me…….roses from helicopters, my posters in his bedroom, the works

48. Deserted island movie (I know, why would you have a dvd player on a deserted island? just go with it):
Comedies …..bring them on

49. Famous movie everyone’s seen that I haven’t:
Oh lots! Pick any Oscar winner………I have’nt seen almost 80% of Oscar winning movies
50. Movie I never want to see remade:
Sholay was on that list……..But where does Mr.RGV listen to me. Now its Amar, Akbar, Anthony…….Please Mr.Khans spare our souls as also Karz….That was one of Mr.Rishi Kapoor’s bestest movies, how can you do this to us Himessh bhai???
51. Movie that inspires me:
When I was much younger and watched whatever movie I got to watch since theatres were out of bounds I used to love those woman police officer movies…….heroine fighting against all odds, hero and villian and emerging victorious……Tejaswini types (tht one with Vijayashanti and Amrish Puri?!)
52. Three pieces of movie memorabilia I own:
No way! Not my style at all
53. A movie I saw and asked for my money back:
Lots……Jo Bole So Nihaal, Neal n Nikki, Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai (Oh wait…tht one I got free tickets, so forgiven Mr. Bachchan)
54. Best movie watching experience in a theater (crowd rocked):
Liar Liar……that was because it was our last of exams and coincidently the entire college landed up at the same theatre to watch the same show……so everyone knew everyone and it felt like we were in college during the fest or something…..rocking!

55. Worst movie watching experience in a theater (crowd sucked):
Once we were early for our train back to Mumbai from Goa and had like 5 hours to kill. A movie was the most obvious choice to my movie maniac family. So we went to this really seedy theatre and watched a B-grade flick……one with Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Raveen Tandon & Shilpa Shetty, that one with ‘aila re ladki mast mast’ song…….the crowd was predictably EW
56. First movie I remember seeing in the theater:
Naam, i think. Sanjay Dutt’s tears over the Pankaj Udas song moooooved me then. (Ok the actual answer is Ram Teri Ganga Maili…but am I supossed to watch / remember such chilhood movies??????) 
57. People I love to watch movies with:
J – my movie partner cos she and me and go on talking and talking and still watch the movie and understand it all…..Though I remember we started to watch Raincoat (yeah, Mr.Devgan’s) and did’nt understand it anyways, so abandoned!
58. Fondest movie memory (home):
there was this time when I was in Chennai for summer hols and accidently settled for a wierdo movie with mum, mama & mami…….the movie was crap but we had a rolicking time at the unintended hilarity of it !
59. Fondest movie memory (theater):
Hmmm 9 months (Hugh Grant) & Border (Sunny Deol, Akshaye Khanna)…..wont believe this but P, (a very close friend then who I lost touch with now) and me were laughing through the movie…..dont ask why…even we dont know 🙂
60. If there was a movie that I can say might have changed my life, it was this one:
Nothing so dramatic……..but for the past 3 days, since I watched Pursuit of happyness, I have started thinking a weeee bit more positively…….Anything is possible people! Just do it

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