Friday, April 28, 2017

Rest in Peace, Vinod Khanna!

Sometimes when a celebrity dies, you feel a certain ache in your heart caused by the void. Not just the void caused by his/her death but by the memory of watching a movie that cast this actor or the song he made his own with his charisma...

I can still picture Munnu singing "O rahi o rahi...", in a high pitch as she looked out of the window and perhaps remembered your style… the scenes of the film.. our last trip together… one of her last songs... 

I can still picture how my most favourite singer Kishore Kumar Sir would have sung it… in his style and the expressions.

Vinod Khanna was not just a Bollywood actor. He was nothing less than a Greek god. I remember growing up watching his Baba zarda and Cinthol ads… I knew I had a crush on him. 

By the time I realised what a crush is... Shahrukh Khan and Sonu Nigam entered my life. Ah, well!

It is not just about him passing away. 

It is the legacy of what you leave behind. What you continue to remind people of. That's our magic. 

I wish this magic to each one of us.

Rest in peace, Vinod Khanna.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Liked Sultan? Watch Saala Khadoos Instead!

A film that propagates patriarchy like none other; that stars a 'human' who has been speaking rubbish since the very start of the decade; a movie that we all went to watch, irrespective of what our leanings are: SULTAN.

Nobody really went to watch the brilliant storyline of Sultan, we knew what we were going for. But what really hurt me and made me regret my decision was Anushka Sharma. I still remember the gusto with which she had brought her production, NH8 to the box office. Her interviews included issues ranging from women empowerment to equality of pay and opportunity between actors to how she does films which promote women’s cause.

To be honest, I went to watch Sultan with my family but was looking forward to Anushka’s character, Aarfa. And she really enthralled me with her attitude and determination for her passion for wrestling when she declined Salman Khan’s character Sultan’s love. Her sportsman spirit to question and attack the notions regarding women being incapable of being successful sportspersons, moved me. However, I was aghast when I sat witness to a scene where the same Aarfa at a later juncture, gives away her dream of winning at the Olympics because she gets pregnant. And guess what, even her father, who had trained her, questions her and blames her for the “accidental pregnancy” to which Aarfa looks at a jubilant Sultan and says, “What bigger dream can there be than this?”

Are you serious?

Now, when I brought this topic before my colleagues and Salman Khan Fans who also happen to be my friends, their reactions swivelled from “Why are you delving so deep into this, focus on the story of Sultan” to “Women do this all the time” and also “What did you expect her to do? Abort the child?”

Tough questions, tougher challenges of introspection and about the role of women in our lives. My judgement hardly matters, Sultan is probably going to be one of the biggest hits of 2016. But I will still say that Saala Khadoos was a much better, cleaner and deeper take on the field of sports, sportsmanship and role of women.

Par kya kare, Baby ko Bass pasand hai!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Are you still there, Ma?

The shiuli laden stems

Softly knock at my window

Leaves and petals alike

Cast their shadows against the morning sunlight.


Of flowers and sunlit mist

Interfere into my dreams

I question them even in sleep

Why o why do you come to me?

And without an answer, she begins to leave,

That's when I sniff within her last embrace

I hold her wrist, Wait!

She's gone, gone by then.


Ma, are you still there?

One Rank, One Pension (OROP), What's your problem, Chetan?

Chetan v/s Bhaavna
Head v/s heart
Disagreeable v/s lovely
Govt v/s Veterans
And the subject becomes a personal war with two authors ....

This is what we saw trending today on Twitter and views still remain polarized on #OROP.

Many who participated in the war didn't even know the actual full form of #OROP and as they say little knowledge is dangerous.

According to Bhaavna Arora (author of Mistress of Honour and the deliberate Sinner), it is dangerous to the National Security of India for which she gives an excellent explanation in her blog
But on the other side Chetan Bhagat terms it as a burden on the Government.
National Security and National administration are two different terms and need to be understood in detail for the well being of a nation.
While Bhaavna is a fourth generation Army kid who may have all her heart with OROP, she gives quite valid reasons for OROP to be implemented.
She gives away her royalties from all her heart for #OROP where Chetan Bhagat must be counting every single paisa of his earnings from that article.
Soldier of Today is a veteran of tomorrow and so is Chetan Bhagat's father, who according to some sources openly announced at Jantar Mantar that his son has faltered. In such a situation doesn't he need to apologize to the veterans of the country?