Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Patriotic movies during Republic week

This has been a patriotic week for me. I watched the following three totally different kinds of patriotic movies. Interestingly all there were about significant transformation in the character of the protagonist(s). Apart from details on Wikipedia and IMDB, I'd like to share few of my thoughts on them:

1. Lakshya:
(Watched on Saturday, 23rd Jan 2016)
This movie is about a college kid looking for 'lakshya' in his life. He finally finds his lakshya in winning back his country's land taken over through deceit by Pakistani army. So this movie is about protecting one's country from outside invasion.

2. Rang De Basanti:
(Watched on Sunday, 24rd Jan 2016)
This movie is about a group of college kids who're just drifting with time, aimlessly. But a personal tragedy agitates their soul and their conscience awakens and they decide to bring the truth to light. So this movie is about protecting our country from corrupt officials within our country.

3. Airlift:
(Watched on Tuesday, 26th Jan 2016, India's Republic Day!)
This movie is about a shrewd businessman who's only parameter for success in life is profits. However, forced by circumstances he identifies his humane side and helps rescue lakhs of Indians from a war torn zone. So this movie is about protecting our people outside our country.

Such diversity in flavors of patriotism was purely coincidental (first two movies were available in my sister's hard disk drive who'd come home this weekend). And Airlift had released last weekend.
My only desire is that all lessons learned and emotions felt while watching these movies stay with me and I realize my responsibility towards my family, friends and my countrymen.

Fun fact: All actors in three movies form mutually exclusive set.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Filmfare awards are dead (to me)

My last hope, Filmfare awards have also disappointed me. For the following reasons:

1. Nawazuddin Siddiqui got no awards.
He was nominated for best supporting actor for two good movies, "Badlapur" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" both popular and his performance, as always, top notch. However the award went to Anil Kapoor for Dil Dhadakne Do, again a movie I enjoyed and I liked his role too but he was not the best, Nawazuddin was.

2. Kalki didn't get the award for best actress.
Her performance in Margarita With a Straw made me believe she was actually suffering from cerebral palsy. It was so authentic. Yet the award went to Deepika for Piku, a fine movie and a good performance but not the best. Deepika could have got an award for best entertainer but not the best actor. Was this because Margarita with a straw wasn't a family movie and had some explicit scenes?

3. Sooraj Pancholi got award for best debut actor.
Reminds me of the day when Fardeen Khan got the award for best debut actor for Prem Agan. When I read that Sooraj had got this award, I thought he had no competition but I was wrong. Vicky Kaushal from Masaan and Shashank Arora from Titli were his competition and better than him. Then again, who cares!

Are we really giving 'best actor' awards or 'best entertainer' awards? Even in the latter category these awards don't make much sense!

Biggest shocker of the Filmfare awards was that Shah Rukh Khan was nominated for best actor for Dilwale (because you know, he has done a film so he must be nominated) and Salman Khan was nominated for Bajrangi Bhaijaan (because you know, he was a lead actor in a good movie after so many years, last one being Dabangg). BUT Nawazuddin Siddiqui was NOT even nominated for Manjhi! Had it not been for Ranveer Singh winning the award for Bajirao Mastani, one of these two Khans would have got it. Thank you Ranveer.

The cherry on top goes to none other than nominations for best actress: Kajol (Dilwale) and Sonam Kapoor (Dolly Ki Doli).

From now on, just like Aamir Khan, I'm also going to boycott these award functions (on TV) !!