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One thing is for sure, Karan Johar knows how and where to pinch. (No pun intended please :P) Agneepath was a class act, knowing that it was made with the pressure of million monkeys hanging on the back. Yet it was masterfully made and executed.
The film was made on a completely different plot from the last one. A daring but an intelligent move since there was no scope for the audiences to make comparisons. Ending was a bit stretched though.
Vijay’s character was simpler, less melodramatic and less egoistic. Unlike the last one, where vijay had a rugged, in your face and Marlon Brando-ish character, this time it was more like a “Boy-next-door-gone-angry-and-will-kick-your-arse” kind of role. The brevity of the dialogues made this role a tough nut but, my-my, Hrithik did cracked it ! He hammered it to smithereens !
Kancha Cheena’s role was little disappointing. Though Baba did a fabulous job of implementing it to perfection and would give “Voldemort” a run for his money (Heck ! He was looking so much like “He who must not be named” !). Problem was not the implementation but the definition of the role. A little background to the character could have given it perfect finishing stroke. (Like a parallel story along the Vijay’s, in the beginning ,portraying past life of Kancha and how he became so evil.)
Priyanka again proved that she’s a fine actor and did a nearly perfect job till the point she was alive. Yeah, ALIVE. Coz she dies at the end of the film, completely unnecessarily though. I mean, what is the point of killing her ? Has’nt the guy (Vijay) suffered enough ? What’s wrong with you Karan? I know you like pinching people in their hearts and make them cry audaciously but that was too much man ! I hate you for this ! Buddy, you lost a star on your shoulder due to this blunder.
The biggest surprise package is Rauf Lala’s (Rishi Kapoor) role ! If all you baby boomers out there, love Rishi for his “Chocolaty”, “Cuddly”, “Teady Bearish” roles, then get ready for stunner ! It was a complete make-over. Just one word for the role: Outstanding, Marvelous, Amazing, Awesome. (Sorry, I lied ! 😛 ).
The music was ok. Katrina was looking “Uglyly Cute”. I’m sorry Katrina but “Shibbing & Shaking” is not the tea for your cup. Nope !
The background score will surely make you look like a goose (For more info please read my last blog post https://uns3108.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/13-moments-that-made-me-look-like-a-goose/). Especially the poem by great Harivansh Rai Bachhan !
Lastly, I would rate the film 3.5/5.
Statutory Warning: Please watch this film without any prejudices and pre-conceived notions and dont make comparisons. For you’ll surely sulk !
Thanks for reading !
I’ve always found the evolution of human race to be one of the most fascinating processes in our biological development over the years. The fact that we’ve evolved from monkeys is even more irresistible.
Now, there’s this ad by Mentos which is metaphorically based on the human evolution. It’s an animation ad which starts with a scene where a donkey is riding a cart, with no wheels, which is being pulled by a monkey. There are some assumptions that are tacitly mentioned in the ad:
- The human race hasn’t evolved yet
- Donkeys are a superior race
- Wheels haven’t been discovered yet.
While pulling, monkey finds a Mentos lying on the ground, picks it up and offer it to donkey to which he refuses. So the monkey eats it. The motto of Mentos is “Dimaag kee batti jalaye” (Lights up your mind). The moment monkey eats it he starts running and consequently starts evolving into a human being. Now, monkey (who is no more a monkey) reaches donkey (i.e. monkey has taken a full round of the earth) who is still sitting on the cart waiting for his monkey to come and pull him. But monkey is no more a monkey and it has evolved into a smarter and stronger race: Man hence its donkey’s turn now to pull the cart.
Everytime I see this ad, a question comes to my mind, “What’ll happen if donkey eats Mentos in place of monkey?” A ‘Donkeyish’ Man?
Have you ever come across a moment in your life when you felt that it is THE moment? A moment that will change our future and postpone the catastrophe that we think is inevitable? A moment that will shake the foundation of our ‘beloved’ basics that our scientists bombarded upon us and on which we have made many laws & theories that guides the economical, political, and sociological development of all the countries? A moment that gives us a chance to redeem our mistakes and re-live our lives like humans does? Well, I have!
It all happened in my 2-day educational cum awareness tour to a village called “Daula” near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. The name of this tour was “Shodhyatra” which means “Travelling in search of innovations” in Hindi. Let me give you a brief introduction of what this tour is all about. It was started by Prof Anil Gupta, director of Indian institute of management, Ahemadabad. The main motive behind it was to take people to various villages and rural areas of our country and make them aware of all the ground realities there which are invisible to the people living in urban cities. It was also aimed at educating the villagers on certain ethical but unnoticed issues that are still prevailing in our rural societies eg Women empowerment, de-motivation towards education, water conservation issues etc. Last Shodhyatra happened in Cheerapoongi and was around15 days long. Ours was a shorter version of it. We covered three villages on the first day and another three villages on the second day. Our mentor there was Mr Kishan Pal, who runs Grameen Parivaran Vikas Nigam (GPVN), a non governmental organization. Mr Pal was a man of few words. I’m yet to see a man so emotionally attached to his people and his society. He was extremely committed to his roots and all his energies were focussed towards one goal: a better rural life. He was our mentor, host and guardian for two days.
I’ll try to cut short my complete account on Shodhyatra (maybe I’ll cover it in my next blog) due to paucity of time, yours as well as mine. I’ll take you straight to our last day and our visit to the last village Basaud. There we met a man named Hamid. Now, in the first paragraph of this article, I made an exaggerated understatement just to honour this man. This man, a fifth grade drop out, mechanic by profession and almost below poverty line, invented an engine that runs on air pressure. Yes, AIR PRESSURE! It converts the pressure energy into mechanical energy that rotates piston which can further be converted into many other forms of energies. Sky is the limit. And all that with zero pollution and almost zero maintenance since there was negligible friction in its internal parts.
Now, the moment we saw this masterpiece, our minds were full of questions and especially the science students in our class. But Hamid sahab refused to give us any more details about his project, on which he has spent 20 years of his life, to protect his invention from counterfeit and rightly so. He has dealt with a number of requests from many top automobile companies of India, in past. They wanted to buy his invention for an extremely petty amount that was nowhere near to its real worth. He refused them outright, for obvious reasons.
The purpose of this article is not only to draw your attention towards the Hamid sahab and his invention but also to make you think over the umpteen number of possibilities that might evolve from Hamid sahab’s invention (which is very close to inventing a time machine!).
Picture this (A futuristic but probable future):
You want to take your kids for a ride in your new car. It is small, light and extremely inexpensive. Why? It doesn’t need any conventional fuel to run. It doesn’t need a battery to start. It can run continuously, 24/7 without stopping anywhere. Now, you don’t have to stop at those piquing gas stations for refilling. Now you don’t have to fear the apocalypse that might happen once we deplete all our non-renewable source of energies. Now, you don’t have to be a side cast in the OPEC saga and tolerate its obnoxious price manipulations. You are your own boss. And all this with zero pollution and zero maintenance? Sounds unbelievable?
Everybody wants to be happy in their lives. Believe it or not, it is the only goal in our lives and all our actions are, directly or indirectly, linked to it. We may deny this fact, but it’s so true. But happiness is a state of mind and mind is a highly confused machine. Take this for instance; ask yourself what you want in life? It can be anything, a snazzy stretch limousine, writing a book, marriage, status, French wine, an MBA, peace of mind, etc. The list is infinitely large. But as the sand evolves in an hour-glass so does our wants and desires. 10 years down the lane, there’s a very high chance that our wants will change. Moreover, we always have more than one want and it is next to impossible to find a pattern in it. Our brain science is still a sapling and our scientists are working on it.
I was watching this film called “Invention of Lying” yesterday. The film was based on a hypothetical world, an alternate reality, where there is no such thing as “Lying” and everybody said the “Absolute truth”.
“Awwwww, What an Ugly baby, it looks like a RAT !”
“Boss, I’m not coming today……..NO, I’m fine, it’s just I hate being there”
“Can I have your order please?……. Sorry sir, but I don’t think that you can afford that!”
The concepts like “Fiction”, “Imagination”, “Story-Telling”, “Speculation” were missing in this society. The TV commercials were extremely straight forward, there was no religion and movies were based only on historical facts. Then one day, our hero, Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) tells the world’s first lie. Mark uses his discovery to bring order in his life, writes a script (he’s an unsuccessful script writer) based on complete fiction and becomes rich and famous.
In our world, everybody lies. We lie to our mothers and wives about the meal they made and how delicious it was, though it might be opposite. The reason is simple; we don’t want to disappoint her as it will bring unhappiness to everybody, and especially to us. We lie to our bosses while taking a leave for the fear of loosing our job and our momentary unhappiness that prevails. We lie to our kids about a weekend outing or a new toy for we don’t want to see tears in their eyes and that’ll surely make us unhappy. We lie to our doctor about a specific symptom as it might prevent us from eating our favorite chocolate (Chocolate has Neuroactive Akaloids that generates euphoric feelings in our minds; Happiness!). We lie to ourselves while looking in the mirror as we don’t want to de-motivate ourself. We lie about the fact that we lie as we hate being framed as a liar.
So one of the strongest ramifications of happiness is a LIE!