Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Some thoughts on the Movie " Bareilly Ki Barfi"

I recently wrote a poetic review of the Hindi movie " Mubarakan" with the title " Never a dull moment". I had enjoyed a Hindi movie after a long time and felt compelled to share the good news. Most Hindi movies have fist fighting macho heroes with the heroine not having much to do except gyrating to loud music/ noise wearing skimpy clothes. Hence, there was no way I expected to see another good Hindi movie in a short span from one another.

Yet the unexpected happened when I got to see today, a heroine oriented movie "Bareilly Ki Barfi" that had no super stars or the typical item numbers. The story is set in a small town Bareilly. However, the heroine, Bitty Mishra is a girl with a mind of her own who likes to live life on her terms. This means she is not getting a suitable match; groom who likes her ways or her being able to meet their expectations as prospective grooms. Finally, she comes across two persons who both seemingly like the 'real Bitty". But who is the one for her?

 I will not reveal more and spoil the fun. I would like the readers to watch this free flowing, entertaining movie in a theatre and find out for themselves.

Suffice it to say that  all the characters are played competently by the cast whether, Kriti Sanon as Bitti Mishra. Ayushman Khurranna as Chirag Dubey, his friends played by Rajkumar Rao and Rohit Chaudhary or the parents of the girl (Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Bhargava), Bitty's friend Rama by Swati Semwal. Time and again, Rajkumar Rao has proved that he is a good performer who is willing to take any role irrespective of whether there is a 'Hero' tag attached to it.He has  proved it  once again in this film. Kriti Sanon in the title role is impressive as she slips into the role effortlessly, while Ayushman Khurranna is also quietly effective.

Movies like "Bareilly Ki Barfi"  come as a breath of  fresh air and I could see the smiles and happiness on the faces of  the audience while leaving the theatre. It is a big thumb- up sign from me for this 'paisa vasool' and more movie! 

Other credits
Produced by: Renu Ravi Chopra, Vineet Jain
Directed by: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Written by: Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain,Rajat Nonia
Music by:  Tanishk Bagchi, Arko,Samira Koppikar,Vayu,Sameer Uddin
Cinematography: Gavemic U Ary
Edited by: Chandrashekhar Prajapati

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Captivating Lines from Here and There-18

  • Releasing resentment will dissolve even cancer.We must release the past and forgive everyone.Self approval and self acceptance in the now are the keys to positive changes.When we really love ourselves,everything in our life works- Louise Hay, Author
  • Your life situation is mind stuff; your life is real.Your life situation may be full of problems but find out if you have any problem at this moment- from the book " Power of Now"
  • Are you a habitual waiter?- waiting for the next vacation, for a better job, for the children to grow up, for a truly meaningful relationship, for success,to make money, to be important, to be enlightened. It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living- " Power of Now".
  • When one is not greedy,then one will enjoy the birds,the ocean and the vast sky.Needs are very simple and can be fulfilled but greed is one of the greatest deceptions- From the book " Roar your way to Excellence"
  • One's own worst enemy syndrome- Even if you have have something worth saying, if you express it in a tone or a manner that is a turn off, it guarantees no one will listen- From the book " What they don't teach you at Harward Business School"
  • Effective selling is directly tied to timing, patience and persistence- sensitivity to the situation and the person with whom you are dealing- Mark McCormack, Author
  • Fear is the single biggest problem people have with selling: Fear of rejection, fear of failure- putting your ego on the line- Mark Mc Cormack, Author
  • Economists operate with just two tools- the monetary (interest rates) and the fiscal( Taxes & subsidies). Increasing productivity is the third alternative for which there is not the same enthusiasm- P.V.Inderesan, Former Director, IIT, Madras
  • When listening to another person, don't just listen with your mind, listen with your whole body.Feel the energy field of your inner body as you listen- From "Power of Now"
  • Most people don't know how to listen because the major part of their attention is taken up by thinking- " Power of Now"   

Monday, 7 August 2017


'Denial' merely evades a poblem
its still there; hardly solved
denial merely defers action,
courts procrastination...

Some fool themselves for years
while others live the lie for a lifetime!

Denial of an alchoholic problem
of being overweight;
of being ignorant/ not knowing something
or of having marital issues
only steals the opportunity
to face, confront, respond to the problem

Denying, getting angry
shooting the messenger
seeing well wishers as enemies etc
takes one no where
Acceptance is the key
the first step, that makes possible
introspection, ,action and possible solutions....

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Never a Dull Moment ( Movie Review of Mubarakan)

Time simply flew watching this movie
and my verdict "It is Hilarious all the way!" 
Twins, girl friends, chachas, mamas
Mausis all thrown in with a wedding background
the perfect fun setting for pure old time, Hindi cinema!

For a change, light hearted characters
are in safe competent hands
whether that of seniors like Anil Kapoor,
Ratna Shah, Pawan Malhotra
Or the youngsters, Arjun Kapoor or Ileana D'Cruz

The twists and turns and tying up of loose ends
all done perfectly as in the golden days
when values counted, feelings of elders mattered
and winning/Getting was not any which way!

Ignore the professional critics for once
and join in  the fun ride with Arjun
who is getting better n better by the day…
if  Anil is able to fill screen with equal impact
it is good for the movie, so different from
the dominance of single macho heroes these days….

Many thanks to Aneez Bazmee, the Director
to the story cum screenplay writers-
Balwinder, Rupinder and Gurmeet
for the  sheer fun, relaxation and entertainment
to cherish for a long long time!