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Thoughts on 2 States

Posted by Sowmya:) on April 20, 2014

My thoughts on 2 States
May contain spoilers… though according to me the entire movie is spoilt –

1. Arjun Kapoor’s handwriting is terrible, worse than a five year old.
2. He has just one expression throughout the movie and it is left to us to decipher his mood with reference to the context
3. I did not understand why Ronit Roy decided to have a change of heart just out of the blue for no reason at all. Or for that matter, why was he in a foul mood all the time?
4. It’s 2014 and it’s time we stop the cheesy proposal in the most inappropriate situation thing. Being proposed during your placement interview is good enough reason to reject the oaf.
5. Also, if you want us to believe that your main leads are IIM Ahmedabad students, you should give them better lines in the campus. You expect me to believe that an IIM-A student would answer “I want to work with Yes Bank because it is the best” and actually get the job? Puhlease!!
6. Also, how do they give transfers to Arjun Kapoor so easily and that too in just 6 months. Looks like they are the best after all.
7. Alia Bhatt is a fine actress or so I thought after Highway. But looks like Dharma Productions has some adverse effect on her. She looked like she would burst into a laugh at the most inappropriate times like when her boyfriend talks about his previous heart break and the tiffs with his father.
8. Will some IIM ppl tell me if you really have your names stuck at your desk and you need to sit in the same seat everyday? Like school? Really?!?!
9. A standard feature of most Hindi movies and it was repeated here. Alia looked like she was a northie adopted by a Tamil family. There was no Tamilness in her, especially when she says ” I am a Tamilian. Shud Brahmin”. My heart broke a little. It’s Tamizh, people. The best portrayal of a Tamilian was by Abhay Deol in Shangai. A subtle accent and small references to his Brahmin roots was captured so beautifully. All Alia knows is Amma, Appa, Ille.
10. Dear Chetan Bhagat and all other similarly misinformed people, please listen. It is 2014 and people in Chennai do know Hindi. Some update on Chennai is so needed in Bollywood. By the way, Chennai ppl always knew Hindi. They just did not accept it as the national language and refused to speak it.
11. The movie is riddled with tamil inaccuracies. We do give gifts and never go khali hath to meet people. TamBrams never get married in half saris. I did not expect Alia to wear a Madisar (9 yards) but half sari? Come on!
12. I am yet to understand the psychiatrist angle. I did read the book but it was used very poorly in the movie.
13. Why did Achint Kaur try to strangle Alia with the thali / mangalsutra in the last scene?
Poor thing.

Too many caricatures and stereo typing. I don’t know about the Punjabi side of things but it was in line with the usual Yash Raj and Dharma movies. So I assume it to be the same…

The movie was a lot better than I expected which also shows how low my expectations were.

What I really liked was the songs did not seem a drag for once. All of them took the story forward and did not look like a waste of time.

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Rat-a-tag

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:
Nayakan
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:
Dasavataram
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?:
Nah……..
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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Dasavatharam

Posted by Sowmya:) on May 16, 2008

check out the music of Kamal Hasan’s magnum opus -‘Dasavatharam’.
liked this one particular song from it. especially the first 2 lines –
“kalladi mattum kandal kadavul theriyadhu
kadavul mattum kandal kalladi theriyadhu”
Translated as –
if u only see the stone u cant see God
if u see God u cant see the stone.

So guys its all in what u want to see …..

Hv a fab day 🙂

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