Being Together…!

All she wanted was some time, to be alone. She sat by the shore watching the waves,hearing them whisper. The soft breeze kissed her hair. The ocean of memories gushed to her mind. Tears started streaming down her blue eyes. The haunting memories of her past lingered on even after the one who caused it walked away long back. The worst day of her life flashed back in her mind. The day, her femininity was just a showpiece in the eyes of the man who she thought her world was. She wished it was just a bad dream. She saw a passenger boat approaching the shore with a bunch of happy tourists. But she never noticed him standing by her side,watching her. He came and sat beside her and looked at her. She too looked up and in his eyes she saw the sea of love for her. He held her hands and slowly whispered into her ears, “I know that you need time. I am ready to wait for months or years or even this whole life for you..just to be with you. It’s not out of sympathy as you think. It’s because I love you.” She knew that it’s his heart that he’s opened in front of her. The boat reached the shore and two kids laughing and giggling, holding the hands of their parents walked past her. That moment she knew that it was him that she wanted her kids to call ‘daddy’. It was him with whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life. It was him who was her future. It’s him…only him… her love of life….

Life Quotes

My wish to be with you made me push through the dirt and bloom in all my beauty. I look up and see you everywhere. I see the birds freely flying around, being with you. Alas! My roots keep me grounded preventing me from flying up and touching you. I wish I had sturdy wings rather than these delicate petals, to fly up to you. If this is all I can get, then I’ll spend the rest of my life looking up at you, even if from a distance, i know you are looking at me too.

 

Movie Review: GULABI TALKIES

Gulabi Talkies is a kannada movie directed by well known film director Girish Kasaravalli. The film is set in the late 1990s among the fishing communities around Kundapura, in the southwestern part of Karnataka. Gulabi Talkies is an interesting film with a perfect casting and outstanding performances. The film revolves around a Muslim woman called Gulabi, who is an expert midwife.

Gulabi leads a lonely life after her husband Moosa deserted her and is living happily with his second wife Kunjipathu and their child Adda. He stays in a house which is close to Gulabi’s house. Gulabi’s search for happiness and good life is looked down upon by the villagers but she is free from tensions. But she is unavoidable to the villagers when it comes to dealing with difficult deliveries.  Gulabi has a passion for watching films and goes to the nearby town through a boat to watch movies every day. Her passion for films is so great that she doesn’t mind ignoring her work when watching a film.

A rich family gifts Gulabi a television with a dish antenna after she attends a difficult delivery. Through Gulabi, the director highlights the hypocrisy that exists in the coastal areas of karnataka. For instance, when Gulabi brings a colour TV in her house with dish connection, it changes the villager’s perception about her. The Hindu women in the village, who maintained a distance from Gulabi begin gathering at her house once their men leave for fishing. Her neighbours, especially children, start visiting her house for watching television programmes. Even her deserted husband Moosa visits Gulabi’s house to watch films.

Netru was a regular at Gulabis house. She has a domineering mother in law. Gulabi was very close to netru and she shares her fantasies with netru. The movie discusses communal problems prevailed in the society during that time. Problems faced by muslims are mentioned in the movie. The situation gets worse after the dissappearance of netru. The Muslims in the kunadapura village flee and they urge Gulabi to leave too, but she refuses and stays in her house in the village. Few young men from outside destroyed her house and she was forcefully taken to a boat to leave the island. Young men assure the villagers that Gulabi’s television would remain in her house. The film ends with a scene in which two illiterate old women enters to gulabis house for watching television. They do not know how to switch on and they are unaware that TV has to be switched on.

The dialogues spoken in the native Kundapura accent are the best part of the film which reflects the emotions of the people. The director has taken many efforts in using kundapura accent in the movie and he deserves a big applause. The film is more like a documentary film. The movie has narrated the actual happenings of the coastal areas in Karnataka. The film not only just documents the problems in the coastal areas, but also analyse the situation and comments on the incidents in coastal areas. The film is not a documentary as its characters are fictional.

Umashri, who performs the role of gulabi is the heart and soul of the film with her face showing a number of expressions. It’s hard for one to think of any other Kannada actress who can perform such a difficult role so convincingly. The director has used many local artists in the film who have also delivered very good performances. Camera work by Ramachandra and background score by Issac Thomas Kottukapalli are simply superb.

Hannibal Lecter & The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is one of the best suspenseful psycho thriller movie ever made. The scariest villains are the one who could realistically appear in our dream and life. Hannibal Lecter is a brutal killer who kills people in the most creative ways. The character introduction scene of Hannibal is mixed with danger and mystery. Clarice Starling, an FBI agent trainee, is called for a job to interview Hannibal Lecter in his jail. Boss has already warned her to be careful with lecter. Clarice meet the doctor and nurse from the jail that lecter attacked earlier. The suspense builds as clarice move towards through the dark corridor alone. The sound of her footsteps in the dark room along with a scary background score builds the suspense.

When Clarice meets Hannibal lecter, he was standing in his cell with a smiling face. Only a thick glass separates them. The first meeting of Clarice with Lecter will give a clear idea about Hannibal Lecter. When they begin to exchange dialogue, it is clear that Lecter is polite, intelligent, brilliant and he controls the situation by explaining Clarice about her childhood. The character introduction scene of Hannibal Lecter in the silence of the lambs is the combination of action, fear, mystery, anticipation and dialogues that creates a suspense mood in the audience.  Clarice continues her meeting with Lecter throughout the movie to solve the case of Buffalo Bill who is a serial killer.

Hannibal Lecter is a person with an anti social personality disorder. His personality seems to be antisocial in the fact that he does not like to interact with people. Within the movie DR. Chitton describes Lecter as “a pure psychopath”.  He behaves in an unusual way towards most people, like his first meeting with Clarice. He is cunning, intelligent and despite all of that, he is a cold blooded brutal killer. His facial expressions and gestures is enough for one to make sure that he is a serial killer. Lecter is endowed with an extra ordinary sense of smell. The way he talks is very unusual, like the way he exchange dialogues between clarice. He never blinks his eyes while he is speaking to someone. His voice is calm and has a hypnotic effect through which he control others minds. He influenced Clarice and Graham by using his extra ordinary sensitivity of senses like smell and sound. He is not interested in talking about himself and analyzing himself. It is known that serial killers usually collect something from their victims – ornaments, clothes etc. From the movie Hannibal is having a different approach and he collected the flesh and consumes them by himself. This unusual brutality shows how danger he is. His main objective is to escape from from the jail and continue his cannibalistic ways.

Anthony Hopkins plays the role of Hannibal Lecter so well.  It’s doubtful that another actor can make that character so interesting. His character makes The Silence of the Lambs an interesting film.

Movie Review: RANN

Rann is a 2010 Indian political thriller directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film looks at the corruption of television news. This movie is RGV’s take on how the media is influencing our lives today. RGV goes into the newsrooms and also behind it and throws light on the Politician industrialist media nexus. Also, it’s an insider’s account of how news channels that are greedy for ratings sensationalize stories to grab TRP. The movie examines the corruption of the media and how it can be manipulated or seduced by either party into compromising or even forgoing their ethical obligations, in the name of favours, and money.

The story revolves around a channel named India 24×7. Vijay Harshvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan), the head of India 24×7, is one of the most reputed journalists in the country. Following strict ethics, Malik believes news should always be the mirror of truth. But such principles and ethics, against cut throat competition, leads to falling TRP’s. His son Jai (Sudeep) concerned about the fall in business and TRP’s takes it upon himself to revive the channel. The story takes a turn when a corrupt politician, Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal), decides to use the channel to his advantage by using Vijay’s son in law Navin (Rajat Kapoor). Pandey aspires to be the Prime Minister and indulges in a vicious campaign against his political opponent. The corruption jointly committed by Jai, Mohan Pandey and others was exposed by Purab (Ritesh).

Rann is not an attack against media. Instead it’s a movie more interested in showcasing the underground nexus existing between the clever politicians and media networks that are helplessly dependent upon the mercy of these policy makers. It tries to awaken the general public with the fact that today, news is not being reported truthfully, but it’s being created tactfully in order to survive in this tiring competition. So, everything seen on the news channel may not be true and hence the public has to take the right decision with its own intelligence and instinct. However, Rann does not entirely focus on the negative side of the topic. Very insightfully, the director shows three kinds of mindsets prevailing in a society. Amitabh & Ritesh are the two protagonists fighting for their true spirits of a sincere journalist. Paresh Rawal, Rajat Kapoor, Sudeep, Mohnish Behl and Suchitra Krishnamurthy are the ones only interested in the wrong side of the game. But the third section is full of people like Gul Panang, Neetu Chandra and Simone Singh who are neither interested nor willing to participate in any such activity on the social front.

RGV not only manages to grab eyeballs from the beginning to the end with his taut narration, he orchestrates a veritable treat when it comes to performances from his ensemble cast. Amitabh Bachan as the distinguished newsman who is a staunch believer of honesty gives a performance that makes this average fair watch able for the man’s sincere efforts. The 5 minutes speech during the end moments of the film clearly showed the aghast, pain and sadness of the man who believes in honesty thwarting and refusing all the demands is now helpless as he finds his son on the receiving end. Paresh Rawal is at his vicious best. He is wily and fits the image of a corrupt politician. Riteish successfully tries a makeover as a serious journalist who believes the mike is mightier than the sword. Mohnish Bahl gets the role of a lifetime and he performed well as a greedy businessmen. Gul Panag is natural and so easy on the eyes. Neetu Chandra does her part well. Suchitra Krishnamoorthy is too good. Rajpal Yadav contributes to some funny moments. But it is Sudeep who grabs the attention with his impressive and terrific performances.

Amit Roy’s cinematography is eye catching. Dialogues are power packed. The background score plays a crucial role. It heightens the impact of various scenes. The story written by Rohit Banawlikar is good and it appropriately includes lot of behind the scene situations in news rooms. Rann is technically brilliant in every aspect. Not a single song for diversion, not a single heroine dancing around, not a moment to edit, not a single mundane dialogue and not a stone unturned. This is a cinema which is in a fine story telling form.

On the whole, Rann is truly a well made film. Rann is for those who enjoy serious cinema. It’s more for the intelligentsia, for the thinking viewer. Definitely not for those who seek refuge in frivolous masala capers. The film truly belongs to Ram Gopal Varma and his direction and adeptness in characterization is noteworthy and deserves a big applause.