August 25, 2012

A Thousand Splendid Suns..

I like reading a book more than anything. Though now days I don’t get enough time to read. Hmm I guess, “I don’t have time” seems like a decent enough excuse. Priorities make us so busy that we left with less or no time for our likings. Still somehow I manage to take out sometime for it especially when I get an interesting one.
 Just couple of  months back I finished Khaled Hosseini's second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, A story of two women and their lives in Afghanistan over the past 40 years. Though I haven’t read his first novel “The Kite Runner” but I watched the movie. Both I and my husband loved the movie .When I bought the book I wasn’t sure ,but  once I started reading it,  I couldn’t put it down. It made me angry, made me shocked, made me upset and made me loving. And I’m not ashamed to admit I cried a little too. Two women, Mariam and Laila, a generation apart, are thrown together under painful circumstances. The name of the book was taken from a poem written by Iranian poet Saib Tabrizi, quote lines in praise of Kabul: "One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought in a same situation together by war, by loss and by fate. As they under goes  the ever escalating dangers around them  in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul,  they come to form a bond that makes them both , friends, sisters or mother-daughter whatever  we name the relation, which ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
After reading Hosseini's gripping, heart-wrenching story, it is impossible to ignore the fact that people in Middle East and Afghanistan in particular men, women, and children just like you and me are living these horrors every day. I encourage you to read “A Thousand Splendid Suns”. It may be fiction, but its message is true and will be true for all time: we all deserve happiness and live our life in our own way, even in impoverished rural towns and faraway deserts. I enjoyed the story, cared what happened, learned more about the countries I've only gotten to read about in newspapers and the book breathed life into an otherwise unclear world. Hate to make the comparison, but I liked it even more than The Kite Runner. This is one unforgettable and provocative epic tale, one novel that everyone should read.

August 20, 2012

A Little Concern..

Travelling by train is the easiest mode in Mumbai but sometimes for me it seems to be the most difficult – on my conscience. In the train and in the station there are lots of little kids wait to ask commuters for alms. They sit in the middle of the way with a new born child. I don’t know why it upsets me every time as I should have got accustomed of this till now. It’s not a new thing for me. Small kids perform circus acts while the disabled crawl up to your feet until you give in to their demands. It’s not easy to ignore a pleading face and just walk past without putting a few coins in their hands. I keep contemplating- do I, do I not? Invariably, most of the times I give in. Does the money that we give them actually help them or nourish them? The truth is bitter! These innocent children do not beg on their own and hardly get anything, as they are exploited by some other. There are no guesses to make here. But Lets not get into this. Who are they and why? Saying all this is the reason what I watch today.
Every day I catch up a local of 10:01 am from Kandivli. Today was the same. Two little kid one is 7-8 years another one is 2-3 years got up in the first class and stared begging by showing some acts. Some of commuters got irritated some kept quiet, ignoring them. I too was sitting and just watching them suddenly a lady started shouting and told to get down, this is first class and she will call police. Some started commenting they are all doing business, all have a bank account etc etc. The girl was still doing the act .May be she is big enough now and faces these entire rude attitude every day. But that two year old kid was looking at the lady strangely may be trying to realize what’s happening. I asked the girl to come to me. I gave a 5 rupees coin and told them to get down at Malad station. The girl immediately did that. The lady who was shouting asked me what difference you made to them by giving a coin. I couldn’t resist myself, replied what difference you made by shouting at them?  
I am aware that giving her money is not the right way. Today in India, begging is not an act, it is a concept; a business in other terms. While walking in the street for shopping, we often come across mutilated children, who have lost their hands or legs. The ground reality is too harsh and saddening. Coming back to my point what I felt the lady could have told this without shouting. Is it attitude of being a superior and travelling in first class? May be some will think that I am too emotional. I agree that giving out a few rupees everyday is neither going to satisfy our inner sense nor will it save the person in particular from poverty. But can’t we change our behavior a little bit? At least for those kids? I couldn’t help but to think that this is how we, as adults behave inspite of knowing the truth. Next time if we find ourselves in a situation like this, may you don’t offer them money but we can think from your heart, and behave a little bit properly keeping aside our ego and feeling of being superior . What do you think?

“It is not how much we do but how much love we put in the doing, It is not how much we give but how much love we put in the giving” - Mother Teresa
May god showers you all love, peace and positivity in your life, love and little warmth for others. Eid Mubarak !

August 17, 2012

A Man with a Magic Lantern

When the situation demanded, he could provoke you; maybe even hurt you, as he did in Bandit Queen. All along, he could create a magic, in his own way. Ashok Mehta the eminent cinematographer lost a prolonged battle with lung cancer at a Mumbai hospital on Wednesday. He started his career as a lowly camera hand and trained himself to become one of India’s most celebrated cameramen. In Bollywood miracles happens. A boy who runs away from home, lured by the celluloid grandeur, to be a hero of the tinsel world And, after reaching the film city, he finds it not only very difficult to get a chance to fulfill his dreams; two square meals a day also became a luxury. He had to choose a job to sell boiled eggs and watermelons to fetch his food. His first entry into the dream merchants' world was as a canteen boy in a film studio. Two decades later, the same boy is being hailed as one of the finest cinematographer in Indian cinema. 
The canteen boy turned cinematographer was a real miracle in terms of the cinematic world. Without any formal education in technical aspects, he carved a niche for himself in the world of cinema, a feat envied by even good technicians in the industry. He has worked till date with most of the biggest names in the film industry to reckon with--- from Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen and Basu Bhattacharya to Gulzar, Rajiv Rai, Subhash Ghai and Shekhar Kapoor. Even when he worked for M.F. Husain in Gaja Gamini, he used his camera as an accelerator for the director’s drive, his vision creating frames which stayed in the mind of cine goers long after the film moved out of the theatres.
From a small town in Punjab to international fame and celebrations, Mehta is always considered as one of the greatest cinematographer in India. His was indeed an exciting journey. Through the brilliant and imaginative use of his camera, he gave the film world several unforgettable hits. His has been an achievement of unbelievable cinematic moments, with films like, 36 Chowringee Lane, Trikaal, Bandit Queen and many other art as well as mainstream films to his credit. It was Ashok Mehta who brought back the experimental light and shadows in the otherwise paling art of cinematography in India and could also be credited for influencing a new breed of filmmakers.  The road to success, for him, was an easy one. He came to Bombay to become an actor. But soon after his arrival, he realized that this was neither an easy nor an affordable dream. His first priority was then to feed and sustain himself. “I believe that a person can only survive in any field, if he has commitment in his work. While working, one should not bother about anything but his job. So I believe it was & has always been my commitment towards work which has brought me up to here.” He said, when we, from Bollywood Helpline took an exclusive interview of him. Mehta relied on his eyes and hands rather than manuals and textbooks and his do-it-yourself credo persisted even after he attained legendary status. Collaborators and admirers described him as a down-to-earth person who never forgot the obstacles he overcame on his route to the top. Mehta’s last feature was Teen Thay Bhai in 2011.
To direct a film was a longstanding dream of Mehta. This dream started out with a script that he had written years ago and had approached Naseeruddin Shah with it. Although Naseer was more than willing to take on the film, lack of finance couldn't get the film off the ground. Later he managed to make this film, Moksha, with Arjun and Manisha. He financed the film on his own, though, if only he has sent a small signal many of the film biggies would have only felt obliged to make finances available for him. But he did not want to fulfill his dreams at the cost of others. Moksha may have failed at the box-office, but it won him a National Award and international fame. 
No doubt Mehta will be missed by the industry for the way filmmakers looked at the frame. Though Death has taken away a person whose work of art has created magical vision still his enormous work has left behind his memories. Bollywood Industry will always remember him as the cowboy hat-sporting cinematographer with a reputation for creating magical visuals out of next to nothing, May his soul rest in peace.

August 12, 2012

Oxygenate your brain...

Many a times I make an attempt to sit in front of the TV to watch some serials just out of curiosity. But believe me after a rigorous job of watching these highly overrated soaps, I was left with nothing but prefer to sit lazy than watching the most senseless thing that has ever happened to Indian television. I can say today who don’t watch serials at all, don’t feel they are missing anything in lives, and those who watch it, don’t think they are adding anything meaningful to it.
Hindi television serials lost their relevance to such an extent that nobody is excited to get back home and switch on the TV .Whatever be the reason, there is no denying that there aren’t any favorites left among Hindi television serials. But there was a time before the Cable Revolution arrived in India around 1991,  we had the Doordarshan as a only visual entertainment source and every person in a household had his own favorite serial as per their choices and they all used to sit to the small screen at their fixed times and week-days. When Hum Log, the first soap for the middle class was aired for the first time, millions of viewers across India sat glued to their sets sharing the joys and heartbreaks of the characters and identifying with their middle class attitude. This was the first serial which discussed issues of family planning, freedom of choice to find a life partner or job and the role of women in society. This was followed by other ‘identifiable’ serials like ‘Buniyaad’, and mythological serials like ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’.. Impact of mythologies was such !, that, people would hurry up with their morning chores and then sit glued to the television sets, some even offering incense and flowers to the ‘godly’ characters of Lord Krishna! When the people of a country can perform puja in front of a T.V. set when serials like Ramayana are aired, then one can only imagine the influence that this medium had over them. I remember a serial on Doordarshan called Bharat Ek Khoj. It presented in dramatic form, a depiction of the history for India for 5000 years till the year 1957, and was based on a book by Jawaharlal Nehru (first Indian Prime Minister) called Discovery of India. This is a pretty famous book, and the series was very gripping and was an excellent depiction of history. One more series used to come “Tamas” by Govind Nihalani. All were worth watching masterpieces.

India is a country where relationships, whether good or bad, are given a lot of importance. Today the much talked saas-bahu relationship is the hot topic of discussion in many a woman gathering, and this aspect has very cleverly been cashed by the makers of daily soaps, to keep the women audience glued to the idiot box. Where we get to watch Doordarshan only now there is a bouquet of channels offer exhausting, unlimited and formula-tested soaps with some women oriented charecters (huge red bindis, streams of vermilion and imitation mangalsutras and heavy worked sari claded), as opposed to the vamps (with over makeup and a perpetual evil look in eyes). And the stories revolve how to make the situation complex. With the advent of soap factories like Balaji Telefilms, women have started swearing by the characters of ‘Tulsi’ of Kunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi… (The title itself making no sense and the story went to haywire), or ‘Parvati’ of ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’. Such is the craze for these women characters that advertisements for marriages have inserts like, ‘the girl should be like Tulsi’! This is just an example to show the extent of psychological play soap can have on the mindset of the viewers.The message is strong and clear, today’s mother-in-law wants a girl who would be completely traditional, protect the family values of her in- laws (does not matter if she is abused and berated by one and all – misunderstandings are always cleared after six episodes of glycerin tears and high family drama) and respect her in-laws no matter how scheming they are.  It would be a long debate to get into the ‘positivity and negativity’ of the women characters. Where on one hand we are all trying to convince ourselves that India is shining and we, as a country have come of age, we have serials where the leading character is always at a disadvantage because of her dark skin what an outdated idea sirji!! But worry not serial makers, for our audiences simply love to lap up such outdated ideas! Moreover, by showing charecters as so cunning and double faced, these serials play key roles in today’s life to become more suspicious of other where belief has become less and ego has taken the place. Coming to the so-called reality shows, they are only battlefields for warring judges, and platforms for film stars to promote their films, rather than any talent scouting that they claim to be doing. Nobody asks what happened with the winners after the show? They barely can be seen later. One can just conclude that the makers of these serials are leaving no stone unturned to make the T.V. live up to its name-the idiot box. Reality television, they say, breaks the monotony by creating interesting concepts and innovative ideas that made them stand out from the regular shows. But what they bring! TV show Big Boss is like mixing drugs in Cold drinks without making anyone realize and then defending themselves by saying that people are enjoying it even more! Show is addictive because it has vulgarity, infidelity, lies, abuses, back bashing and what else ! all negative, absolutely NO positive qualities! Wonder what are they going to learn from all this? So get real when you watch these reality TV shows.

Winding up:
I’m not disregarding television and its merit. Television is meant to inspire, but it can work both for and against viewers. It has become one item of a family's existence to such an extent that, now it cannot be brushed aside at this stage. There are also shows like a KBC or a Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai, Tarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma and recently ended “Satyamev Jayate” which are rays of hope. But the list is less and we need more to oxygenate our brain. So what to watch is depend on us and what to make is depend on those makers. Only we can pray may god bless these show makers little sensible.

August 9, 2012

Timeless beauties in 100 years

Believe me it’s not an easy task to keep thinking for new ideas. But I love to write and whatever I write it’s just what I speak my mind. This year, Hindi cinema completes a century; 100 years of entertaining, A long journey from Satyavaadi Raja Harish Chandra to Dirty Picture. So today what I thought being a woman why not talk about those women specially the B town beauties, the ladies who are the integral part of it. As I said in my earlier write up we Indians are very much fond of cinemas we also love to keep track about the stars and so Bollywood beauties are no exception. 
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. -JOHN KEATS 
Great poets, painters have always praised the Beauty of women in their own ways. What is beauty? “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. It is an abstract noun that’s very hard to define. Beauty, like honour, courage, creativity and many of the other things we value most. A woman can be vulnerable at the inside, as sweet and mild-mannered at once and as fierce as the tiger at the other. Outside she’s a portrait of splendid lavishness and breathtaking splendor. This is what makes the fairer sex beautiful, inside out.
Our Hindi film industry can vouch for that for sure. The screens of Bollywood is always blessed with breathtakingly gorgeous and stunningly timeless beauties for more than a hundred years And it’s not just the amount of eye-candy Bollywood offers, but also the sheer diversity of each beauty.
Let’s take a look about some of these gorgeous ladies. Who is the “Most Beautiful” out of all these stunners is a daunting job. Out of the hundreds of beautiful Bollywood actresses, one name has been consistently dubbed as the “Most Beautiful Actress of All Time”. That is Madhubala. She’s perfect in every sense, so for me she really is the most beautiful. Madhubala according to scores of people had oxygenating beauty, and indeed according to various list she’s the most beautiful………….ever!!!!!
 Rekha- The eternal diva and how she reinvented herself in a major way. There’s something so mysterious about Rekha, lends ever more appeal to her regal beauty.
Waheeda Rehman-The word “Graceful” and “Elegant” was created for her. Classic, regal and unpretentiously lovely, plus she’s aged so gracefully and beautifully.
Madhuri Dixit-That smile, that’s all I’ll say. l.She makes everyone’s heart go dhak dhak!Truly the epitome of feminity.
Sridevi - Sri’s eyes convey more emotion than any other pair of eyes can. And along with her childlike innocence and regal splendor she’s an Empress.
Sharmila Tagore-Mind blowing dimples, sophistication and the kind of eternal grace and charm.
Meena Kumari-The look in her eyes and untold sagas in her lips looked so ethereal in Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam.
Parveen Babi-She quite simply characterizes the modern woman. Sexy, beautiful and innocent, all wrapped into one.
Aishwarya Rai- World’s most beautiful lady. Her green eyes are just mindboggling
Hema Malini- She really is a dream girl. She’s the perfect evergreen beauty-sparkling smile, confident poise and still so well maintained, it’s unbelievable.
Kajol- The lady who changed the myth of beauty. Her beauty lies in her dusky looks, simplicity and the girl next door type, very real.
Rani Mukherjee – she can actually make faint with her smile. The hazel eyed short beauty has soft brown typical Indian look.
Well I missed a lot of names here .There are many more leading ladies of Hindi films; the list is long and quite impossible to write down. But each and every have enriched Hindi films with their looks, glamour and talent. The foundations of the Hindi film industry were laid by these gutsy women. They worked shoulder to shoulder with their leading men, obeyed their directors and at a time when society looked down on actresses, lead very dignified lives. They were the legendary heroines of the Hindi film industry. There is a long way to go and many more iconic heroines to acknowledge. Let me end by saying what Shah Rukh Khan says, ‘Picture abhi baki hai...’ But before ending surely I would love to know who you think the most beautiful is?

August 8, 2012

Mind your Language !!

Yesterday I went to a local shop to buy some grocery along with my kid and I found a man (in well dressed and probably coming back from office) was having an argument with the shopkeeper. Suddenly he blurted out a word as an expression of immediate disgust which is quite abusive. While standing there that immediately made me tensed and as I expected my little girl picked it up and asked the meaning of it. Somehow I manage not to give an answer but it made me realize how much care we should take with our language, particularly when speaking in front of children. I am not sure if the person have any kid or does he speak like this in front of his kids or not. Basically it’s not my look but question arises what impression do we leave on our kids?
It seems we have socially accepted the cuss words in everyday life. Leave home and you will get to hear a wide array of colourful expletives.   What I think it’s current bollywood’s trend that is blindly followed by common men. We Indians are very fond of cinema and we dream of it so and no doubt there is a little contribution of today’s Indian cinema on our language. Call it the statement of new-age cinema  the trend started with “Omkara”, blossomed with “Ishqiya”, acquired a funny urban tone in “Delhi Belly”  turned crude and organic with “Jannat 2” and now “Gangs of Wasseypur”. These are benchmarks which were or are being discussed from street corners to television studios or got a favorable response at the box office.
It’s  actually a debatable topic as to whether swear words should be used so often or not, in the Hindi Films, as a section might support the fact that films represent the society while the other section may stick to the fact that it is uncalled for and a cheap trick to please the audience. I in my humble opinion believe that even if these words are to be used, they should pass off as convincing and not used frequently just to amuse the audience who live by these words. . I understand we get to hear filthy language around us but there should be a proper way to communicate with the audience. I find, like their characters, such directors are also frustrated. And giving an ‘A’ certificate is a creation of a kind of image which attracts young crowd towards something that is forbidden. When the film’s poster says ‘keh ke loonga’, it leaves little to imagination.
Though filmmakers have various reasons for including expletives in their cinema, in the name of authenticity of the situation, the background of characters demands, explicit language is used as a new marketing norm and has made their way as common vocabulary of Hindi Cinema. What is more disgusting that today more or less in every movie you can find those words. Gone those restrictive days, when expletives used to be blocked by a beep, or as of today, the beep is gone, and swears words have become cool talk. What I believe cinema is not just an entertainment. If it takes from society, it also shapes social behavior. As an instrument of social change, it should reflect what is correct and what’s incorrect. Rest  depends on one’s good thoughts. 

August 5, 2012

Chala Jata hoo Kisike dhoon Mein

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“For me singing is the first priority after which comes music and thereafter maybe acting. I believe acting is all make believe while music touches the heart of the listeners”
These lines came from a great singer in our country who was born eighty three years ago on this day.  A singer, who mesmerized whole nation with his enchanting voice, and left behind a musical legacy comprising thousands of hit Bollywood songs. The singer is none other than Kishore Kumar Ganguly our Kishore da.  Though he was originally named Abhas Kumar Ganguly, but fondly remembered as Kishore da by all folks.  The voice of whom rocked the 70's and 80's of Indian film industry. It wouldn't be wrong to say that he was the man who could mould one’s mind with his beautiful voice and with the extremity of emotions present in his songs. He always experimented with different styles of music. The songs of Kishore Kumar have an extraordinary blend of romance, emotions, naughtiness and melancholy.
Kishore Kumar was a bundle of contradictions. He wanted to go back to his hometown Khandwa but stayed in Mumbai till his end, never wanted to act but gave numerous hits as an actor, never had a formal training of music but sang like a trained professional singer and a loner who was close to the nature ended up marrying four times.  “Look, I don’t smoke, drink or socialize. I never go to parties. If that makes me a loner, fine. I am happy this way. I go to work and I come back straight home. To watch my horror movies, play with my spooks, talk to my trees, sing. In this avaricious world, every creative person is bound to be lonely. How can you deny me that right?” This is what our Kishore da was in his personal way.
He was multitalented .He made a mark in Bollywood as a musician, singer, composer, actor, director and even as a producer. And that’s not all; he has also been a scriptwriter, lyricist and screen writer in a glorious career that spanned over four decades. Who can forget his melodious songs like “aa chal ke tujhe, main leke chaloo, or the playful song from chalti ka naam gadi “Paanch rupaiya baara aana or the foot tapping number eena, meena dika or evergreen hits like Kuch to log kahenge'and Ye shaam mastani, established the golden era of Hindi film music. The songs 'Roop tera mastana' and Mere sapno ki rani from the film Aradhana came up with legend combination of RD Burman, Rajesh Khanna and Kishore Kumar which later created unforgettable gems of Bollywood masala cinema. His ability to imitate coupled with his tremendous voice and range gave him an edge over others. Which is why after the decline of Rajesh Khanna, RD Burman and the other composers were able to successfully exploit Kishore Kumar's voice for the other superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Kishore sung some super hit songs for Amitabh Bachchan in movies like Don, Sharaabi, Mili, Amar Akbar Anthony, and the list is endless. Kishore Kumar acted in lot of Bollywood masala flicks like the cult comic movie Padosan, Chalti ka naam gadi, New Delhi, Half ticket, Ziddi, Naukri, and Andolan.  Apart from a singing genius, he was also a good human being, always full of joy and energy. True to his contradictions in personality he sometimes was also eccentric.
As his son Amit Kumar describes him, He was known to play practical jokes on people very often. He used to love telling jokes too. But with the family he used to be serious. Most of the times, he was like a child. He never planned things. He was impulsive. He would just get up and say, ‘let’s go out’ and we would pile up in the car and go without thinking twice. He loved the mountains, nature. People think that Kishore Kumar only means jokes, comedy. But he had a very serious side to him too. A side very few got to see.
Although the legendary singer is no more, but has left millions of fans who listen to him across the world and among different generations.  Probably, one of those men that true defined the Masala element of Bollywood dome. His life has success, glitterati, fame and yet was somehow incomplete. Kishore Da will always remain in our hearts. His songs have made his fans cry and laugh out loud. His work will remain till eternity and not efface even by time.

August 3, 2012

To See or Not to See!!

She has got the oomph, she has got the looks, she can set your heart on fire and send chills down your spine, and she is none other than seductress beauty Sunny Leone  the Canadian pornographic actress,  who is recent talk of the town for her tomorrow going to release movie Jism 2.
After seeing the promos the first thing came to my mind that director Pooja Bhatt left you with no choice. You’re either going to see or you’re never going to. And let’s face it, if you’re going to see it, you are not definitely going to expect to be a great cinema.  We just want to see how far the film can be filthy and of course to check out Sunny. Does that sound cheap or below standard? I am not sure.  Erotic scenes in mainstream films are not new and surely it depends on how esthetically can be portray so it doesn’t look ugly.
If we go through Pooja Bhatt’s record, Jism (character done by Bipasha) which she produced, might have been cheesy in parts but not vulgar. And it had what Bollywood loves to call a “strong, woman-oriented role”. Bipasha Basu’s femme fatale character was irresistibly hot because she was not shy about her sensuality or how she used I for her own sake.
What I think Director Pooja Bhatt is refreshingly free of much of the hypocrisy that hangs heavy over Bollywood ( atleast after watching the promos of Kya Super Kool Hain Hum). So when she declares upfront, “India just got itself an erotic thriller that truly reflects the times,” you know it’s not empty hype.
In the ‘first-look poster Sunny Leone was completely covered and seemed to be nude under a very artistically draped and photographed sheet. In later posters, bikinis, bare backs  made an appearance. All the photographs have one clear undiluted motive : titillation.
 I’m just plain curious about Sunny Leone. Though I don’t personally like her  but surely an interesting woman who has built a small business empire and labeled as a porn star  is obviously not averse to taking risks. See what impact she has on our mind. Love her or hate her but u can’t ignore her appearance. She joined the Bigg Boss reality show here last year and has now struck out in Bollywood in spite of knowing India is country where this tag might cause problems for her. It’s all about her profession after all. Perhaps I think she might surprise us all.
Or, Jism 2 might turn out to be a crashing bore. One sexy scene after the other, with nothing much in-between, could be awfully tedious and Sunny Leone could reveal all the acting skills of a plastic chair. I know I am being a little liberal heart supporter but  let me say I’d rather take my chances with Jism 2 than Kya Kool Hain Hum, which, going by all reports, has the most silly humour and is unimaginatively vulgar in both its dialogue and visuals (Tusshar Kapoor in drag!). I haven’t yet gathered the courage to watch it.
 So lets hope Jism2 doesn’t disappoint like “Kya super Kool hain hum” which is a bleak story-line with random scenes which are padded with pun-fulls of adult humour, sexual innuendo, and expletive one-liners.
 
All the best.                                                   

August 1, 2012

Mumbai: City Of Love and hate!!



Mumbai: A City where everything is possible, especially the impossible; a city that never sleeps. A city that is full of life, contrasts, glitter and glamour. Considered as one of the busiest city but still not having a good infrastructure like others. Here you can see everyone’s in hurry; everyone’s priority is the highest priority at any given time. But seeing today do you think Mumbai is losing its glory!  
No doubt this city is a unique blend of culture in terms of religion, languages, cuisines, architecture and lifestyle. And these make the city incomparable between the other capitals of the India. Mumbai is always known for its large hearted; the city gives space to everybody. And I agree to that. The day I bought my first own flat in Mumbai, my friend said, you owned half Mumbai. That time I was new in this city so didn’t get why she said that?  The growing population in Mumbai and due to that depletion of resources is always been one of Mumbai's struggles. At the time of Independence the population of Mumbai was 4 million and today it is greater than 12 million. An increase of more than 8 million people, almost all from internal migration and more than half of that increase occurring between 1960-1970. This has also led to massive problems with density and slums.

Another tussle of the city is the transport system. Once reputed for having a good and efficient public transport system in Mumbai. Now it has become very inconvenient, hazardous and time-consuming, no matter what mode of transport one may choose to get to his/her destination. Being a regular commuter I can say the toughest part of the whole story is the travelling in Mumbai. Roads are narrow, too much traffic and the negative approach of auto drivers all these makes the story complete.  Only the train transport is playing the role of lifeline in the city. If you ask me, I take an auto rickshaw from my home to Railway Station (after several attempts), then Local train, again auto rickshaw to my office. It’s not only my story; it’s a story mostly of all people. Still I consider myself lucky among them as I cover short distance. People take bus, then local train and either walks or takes auto rickshaw to reach office. It’s very rare to reach a venue by using only one source or if you want to you have to pay a quite heavy amount regularly (that is varied meter to meter!). We know Mumbai for its fast life. Now if we generalize all these , it’s actually traveling time grasps almost 4-5 hours adding working hours and leaving less time for socializing  ,which makes the city labeled as the Fast Life.
But interestingly, with these hundreds of issues, there’s no stopping here. There’s something in it for everyone. If you observe the crowded buses and trains, students apart, everyone in there is making a small or big effort to make some livelihood and that too happily!

Life goes on and I am too used to with the city. Good or bad whatever still Mumbai is a city with whom I fell in love gradually. It’s not a love at first sight. why do I love Mumbai? because every day it brings a new madness to live. It’s like a love-hate relationship. 

Ending with saying :
Ai dil hai mushakil jeena yahaan zara hat ke, zara bach ke ye hai Bombay meri jaan.