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Namesake: brings you home

brings you homeNamesake is a journey that takes you through a bengali family’s (mainly through Gogol, the elder child, whose name forms the basis of his very existence and crisis in his relationships) emotional roller-coster as they try hard to blend into the American society. Jhumpa Lahiri’s award winning novel looks into the lives of two generations – the migrated parents and their americanised children; the problems and dilemmas they face to bridge the gap.

Mira Nair’s cinematic treatment makes this journey emotional and enjoyable but cant do full justice to the novel in its entirety. when the credits roll at the end, though you may relate to it, there’s this odd feeling of something missing. from a film-making perspective, the transitions are handled brilliantly, never letting the edges slip with the pace that sometimes goes a little too fast i thought. there are more than a few occassions that are bound to stay in your mind even long after the movie ends; the one when Ashoke (Irfan Khan) reveals to his son (Kal Penn) Gogol about the incident that changed his life and the reason the name Gogol, which clearly embarrases the son and haunts him everywhere; the moment when Gogol realizes what his father meant to him after his sudden demise. there are humors that make you laugh out loud, the harrowing sadness of loss, and sweet smell of love; all together in Namesake. it sinks deep under your skin urging you to look at things that we grossly undermine and ignore – the undying love and sacrifices of our parents. And that truly brings the sense of HOME back to you, all of a sudden.

Tabu and Irrfan clearly steal the show, while Kal Penn (Kumar & Harrolds fame), though he irks you sometimes with his open-mouth :), makes a decent effort. the movie has managed to amuse American audience; slowly moving up on the chart. with the cricket fever already gone, and a niche multiplex audience flocking back to the theaters, Namesake is poised to win hearts here too. A must watch.


[Trailer]

Songs i liked:
Theme (instrumental)

Yeh Mera Deewanapan hai

Instrumental

Falling

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March 30, 2007 at 12:27 am 4 comments

Traffic Signal: dont jump it

critically trashed; and true that it’s not for the ones, who prefer buying the colorful, and fantasy flavored bollywood pies. there are only a few movies that zoom into the dirty bags of the society and try to dig the up-front reality. Traffic Signal revolves around that corner, where the color is of black and grey. to me, it is a noble effort for a movie that deliberately keeps the pinks and reds away. set up in a documentary style, the camera simply pans the sreet-world of Mumbai suburbs, which crawls out of its nest in the broad daylight; find its livelihood around the traffic signals, where the city life takes a little break, albeit forcefully. it’s quite interesting to see the synchronized operations of these people, who would do anything for that every inch, which belongs to anybody and everybody – the roads, the streets. Armed with some real good performances by Ranveer Shorey, Konkona and the other little-knowns, Traffic Signal is a simple on-your-face story, which is worthy of your little time; So, stop over. and despite the hammerings by the critics, the movie has performed better than its big-budget peers; declared ‘Average’ in the latest Box-office reports, despite being surrounded by the big releases since it landed up on the theatres.

February 23, 2007 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Black Friday: the horror returns

Though heavily censored, this movie will shock your wits, freeze you in utter disbelief and for sure, will make you writhe in pain. Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday is an experience that you wont forget for a long time. it takes you back into the frozen time period, when mumbai went into flames a decade back. you’ll witness the facts as it happened and switch into a before-and-after mode seamlessly to understand the unravelling of the hidden TRUTHS. the movie offers no view of its own leaving you at a deep thought laced with an unexplicable emotion of loss, fear and rage. watch it and watch it again. if you cant find it in a theatre (that might be a possibility since the movie is bound to elude the box-office success), then try some web links 🙂

and the equally vibrant track by Indian Ocean, Arey ruk ja re bande is here.

[Photo source: Rediff.com]

February 20, 2007 at 11:48 pm 3 comments

Life in metros: little tips on Bangalore

Moving across the cities and taking abodes in different environment as your job handles you like a pin, pulling out and in of the map at whims, is something that one cant avoid thesedays as the corporate world is crushing all the geographical travesties. so, being a part of the caravan you too sail along. it has its charms. knowing different people, different culture makes you much richer intellectually and enhances one’s adaptiveness to different situations. but it’s not really easy to get adjusted though. you face an uphill task to tune yourself to the local attitude, which is like totally alien to you. it’s important that you know these little tid-bits of the place that you’re moving to. so, i thought of sharing these little pieces out of my living experiences in some of the indian cities. In this write-up, i will discuss Bengalooru (formerly Bangalore), since this is the city that is so close to my heart though i dont live there anymore. In the following series, i will try to zoom-in onto the other cities like hyderabad, kolkata, pune, mumbai, and delhi.

Bangalore, the silicon valley of India has changed so much from the time i first landed there. not going into these much known facts, let’s start with the basic things that one needs to know to make a start; things you must know:

Dont trust the Auto-rickshaws if you are yet to be familiar with the place; most of the guys know hindi/eng but may pretend to communicate in local language to make a killing, if you give an impression that you’re a newcomer. if in doubt, ask people on the road, who speak english. dont let the auto guy converse. you may be tricked. police, in general, is to be avoided except officer ranking personnels, since most of the bottom layers are yet to come in terms with modernisation 🙂 (more…)

February 16, 2007 at 5:28 pm 5 comments

A lifeless pune – struggling with violence

Situation is real bad in Pune due to the rampage by protesting crowds over the ambedkar issue. Roads are deserted, shops closed, no public transport and heavy police patrolling mark the scene here. Offices are declaring early closures; some made arrangements to drop employees at home as there is virtually nothing on road.

Wondering where we are heading. The ‘unity’ in diversity tag is falling apart for the resurging India. For almost everything, we are talking in keywords like dalits, tribals, minorities, reservations etc. The cracks are so open now. We are falling apart. It’s not far ahead when we may see a violent civil war. The external enemies will be pleased, for their objectives are shaping like being achievable. We are our own nemesis. May be it’s time to rethink about the Indian diasporas – the reforms are much too confined within the economical zones. The tidal waves of change aren’t making any impact outside a small group of people. The misbalance, perhaps, is bigger now than it was ever.

these incidents are not odd pieces – the root is somewhere more deeper than we think.

November 30, 2006 at 7:12 pm 1 comment

navratri, durga puja – day two

woke up listening to the rain-drops. there’s this smell so familiar. but i cant remember. a blank inside. and then i remember, it’s Saptami. went to the balcony to feel the cold wind blowing over my face. my mind races back to the sound of those crowded pandals, dhaker awaz, the chants. but here i am, at pune, far far away from all that happenings. and i stared away at the hills distance away, watching the rain, the patch of garden at the backyard, fluttering of birds, smell of flowers – the nature soothed the pain. Felt better. Subho Saptami.

— shot with samsung hi8 digicam —

September 30, 2006 at 12:27 am 1 comment

Calcutta rare photos – A collection from British era

recognize these photos? This collection is from a military photographer, Mr Claude Waddel, who was posted at calcutta during 1945-46. a rare collection, indeed. you can see the entire collection here

the old chowringhee

Chowringhee Street—Calcutta’s main throughfare, an amazing parade of fascinating sights and sounds. Every soldier who has trod its length retains memories of one of the most colorful and interesting streets in the world.

from top

this is not a google earth photo! Aerial view of Calcutta downtown. In upeer left background is Hindusthan building, U.S. Army HQ. The oldest part of the city starts at the esplanade and extends upwards. The city was founded in the early 1700’s. (more…)

September 21, 2006 at 3:57 am 45 comments

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