Futility of Stardom – Sushant Singh Rajput

A barrage of videos, opinions, solutions and suggestions were received post the untimely demise of Sushant Singh Rajput. #SSR #SushantSinghRaput #@itSSR

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#Nepotism is industry is at fault, and the key players are Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Yash Raj Films etc etc – seems to be an unanimous opinion across the social media.

Remember when 3 IDIOTS was released, and was an massive hit, it ignited discussions around how in India, a doctor wants his child to be a doctor, an engineer wants his child.. you got the gist.

It exists everywhere, especially in India. In case of SSR, it was his naivety to expect anything else – and bollywood is a frivolous world – a world of make believe after all.

A few projects being snatched away was not the end of the world and going by newer updates he had a few upcoming projects too. And what is this talk about TV vs Films – Today we see Salman, Rohit Shetty, Akshay, SRK all minting money on TV too.

SSR was in a fragile space – in and out of relationships, under the burden of his own ambitions, some really tough.. he was tough on himself and seems to have been in the habit of constantly evaluating self – no doubt some politics may have been played in breaking his morale, his self esteem. But did it really demand an exit, in the manner which he did ?

What about his immediate family ? Their dreams about him and flying along with him and his success. There are scores of people struggling in Mumbai, who would have given their right arm to achieve half the success that SSR did.

The death was a result, I feel due to depression brought about by over expectations, low self esteem and lack of communication with others and also self – remember you need to talk to yourself also with positivity ! Do not allow those thoughts to fester in your mind.

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Lockdown = BJP’s notice period ?

Lockdown = BJP’s notice period ?

Before some friends get agitated, do note the question mark in the title.

Attended Gadkari’s live session on twitter with small scale industry leaders, while the problems were enumerated, the answer was that they will revert back and people were asked to “submit” their problems.

Do the people really need to “submit” their problems for the government to understand the issues. ? How difficult it is for the bureaucracy to look around and find it out for themselves. You just need to take a walk outside your building to understand the problems of your next door grocer.

The lockdown is necessary for the virus to not spread – no doubt about it – but the government needs to analyze the impact of the lockdown too and accordingly THINK AND INNOVATE the solutions too. It cannot be a blank shutdown of services across the country.

The video of the auto driver damaging his own vehicle, after being stopped and beaten by the police speaks volumes – hear him say how he has not had a single morsel of food in the last 3 days.

Checkout the frustration and determination of a son, Arif, cycling from Mumbai to Jammu, Rajouri to help his father [He was eventually helped by our uniform angels].

But not all are so lucky, the impact of lockdown if not analyzed properly, may end up killing more people than the virus. A person starved to death in Ahmedabad.

It would help BJP / State Govts to work closely, and implement partial lockdown, the onus of ensuring that we do not get the virus – is on the people too unless someone has suicidal tendency and does not adhere to social distancing. It’s time to partially lift the lockdown for non-essentials too – along with stringent social distancing measures.

#NarendraModi #BJP #Lockdown #UddhavThackeray #Shivsena

Four More Shots Please.. 2

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And they are back !

Had caught up with Season 1 when I was stuck for a weekend in Ahmedabad, and now I got time during lockdown, again in Ahmedabad..

Saw 4 episodes, and Siddhi Patel is roaring and enjoying her life, moving with a vengeance from one stud to another.. if the first season saw #MaanviGàagro be an absolute natural, this season proves that the role is tailor made for her.. she’s plain awesome, as the fumbling, bubbly, at times wrong with her choices yet innocent at heart Siddhi Patel. #FourMoreShotsPlease

#KirtiKulhari and #SayaniGupta too are top notch, and their characters and situations are well developed by the writers. Having seen Sayani G in some different movies, she is an chameleon.

Bani and Lisa Ray’s story though may seem like a single narrative and Bani’s helpless expressions get a tad annoying..

Prateik Babbar looks fantastic with his new chiseled body.. he deserves better roles.

The story of four friends showcase a gamut of emotions, life lessons, relationship goals and yet keeps the entertainment quotient high, without being preachy.

Definitely watchable, probably you would end up binge watching it too – do note it’s a rated watch on Amazon Prime.

 

#Lockdown India

On BBC, I saw a Indian doctor, anonymously, confess and show videos that testing in India is just not enough.

Lot of people with symptoms are being turned away due to lack of testing kits.

Even the medical community is at risk and kits are not available for them too.

With a population of 1.3 billion people, the majority of which live in conditions, live neck to neck and have no other options, a complete extension of the lockdown is a must.

It goes without saying that India’s rate of testing viz-a-viz it’s population is the lowest in the world.

Healthcare workers, State police and services workers are at the maximum risk – and so are their families. #Natendramodi

Yes, economy needs to be revived and businessmen are at tenterhooks to get things back to normal but a staggered opening of lockdown will be suicide !! #Lockdown #Coronavirus

ज़िन्दगी थम सी गई

ज़िन्दगी थम सी गई
कहना तुम से बहुत कुछ है
पर वह कॉफ़ी रह ही गई

हिचकिचाये थे बहुत हम तुम्हे मिलने से
जब वक़्त ले पाए तो
वक़्त की कमी काम कर गई

ज़िन्दगी थम सी गई
कहना तुम से बहुत कुछ है
पर वह कॉफ़ी रह ही गई

कॉफ़ी के बहाने
तुमसे मिलते ए दोस्त
ज़िन्दगी के कुछ मसले सुलझाते

बात मन की मन ही मै रह गई
कहना तुम से बहुत कुछ है
पर वह कॉफ़ी रह ही गई

मेरी हिचकिचाहट को तेवर ना समझ
लफ्जो की कमी है
वक़्त चाहिए तुमसे

कॉफ़ी के बहाने मिलना है
सब्र से बहुत कुछ कहना है
तेरी मुस्कुराहट में भी उर्जा है

लेकिन गौरंग
बात मन की मन ही मै रह गई
कहना तुम से बहुत कुछ है
पर वह कॉफ़ी रह ही गई

– गौरंग

Tiger ! Tiger ! Tail on Fire !

#ShivSena #NCP #BJP

I have given up on Indian News Channels however at times when I feel the need for some comedy and good laughs I do resort to them.

Saw an interview of Sanjay Raut on one such channel, where he mentioned how he met Sharad Pawar for issues related to Farmers. Boy did I have a good laugh!

Bonus is, the channel kept airing it again and again similar to Ekta Kapoor’s serials, where the actors repeat each dialogue three times “Kya! Kya! Kya!”.

When the layman can see through the political machinations of Pawar, was Uddhav so naive enough to rely on him for support. Does he not know that Pawar like the Shakespearean Merchant of Venice, Shylock, always has the bigger pound of flesh and nothing less will do.

Did he really expect him to support a kid [as compared to Pawar] like Aditya Thackeray as CM and work under him along with Sonia.

Cmon! Not only have you lost an ally, but more importantly lost the confidence of the people who voted for you, lost the confidence of the shiv sainik and the marathi manus.

Had Balasaheb been there, it would have been NCP doing the rounds of Matoshree, trying to work out a deal.

More then the ShivSena, the current situation is a tight slap to the voters, especially in Mumbai, who continued to vote for the party despite it being a stronghold in BMC and totally destroyed the city.

Do not be surprised if NCP, what with Modi praising NCP in Rajyasabha, is approached by the BJP with an offer that increases NCP’s clout among farmers in exchange for “outside” support.

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#Joker a review

After an horrible flight delay and a Sunday down with sore throat, fever and sinusitis pain, was aching to get back to action.

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A solid recommendation from sonny prompted me to get well on a fast track and booked Monday night tickets with bro.

The movie is not about a comic book character in a conventional sense, do not expect superhero stuff here. Instead this is perhaps the most chillingly real portrayal of a man suffering from mental health issues.

Arthur Fleck suffers from a neurological condition, prone to sudden bursts of laughter. He lives in a rundown apartment with his ailing mom. Arthur’s mom keeps writing letters to the town’s politician Thomas Wayne, requesting help for herself and her son.

Arthur’s condition gets him jobs of a stand in clown outside departmental stores. He is bullied, abused, beaten up all the while laughing uncontrollably due to his condition. He carries a card that describes his disorder which he can show to people who may be offended by his laughs.

#JoaqinPhoenix scares you by the sheer transformation, both physical and mental, and bringing alive the #Joker on the screen. The movie has generated controversy world over on the depiction of mental health, probably because #Joker brings out the various issues that delve in each and every human being. As a quote in the movie goes – The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.

This is the struggle of #Joker, who constantly tries to be a part of the society, a society that is biased, prejudiced towards people like him and continue to ridicule, manipulate (Arthur’s colleague Randall), detest and adopt a patronising attitude (lack of government support, social services).

When Arthur reads one of his mom’s letter which reveals that he is the son of Thomas Wayne (Bruce Wayne – Batman is a child), he pines for acknowledgment but gets ridiculed again.

Is #Joker really the son of Thomas Wayne and brother of Bruce Wayne – check out what happens when the Arthur aka #Joker realizes that while he lived his life in self pity, his life was not a tragedy but a f#₹%@ comedy !

I need to see it again, an incredible feat by #ToddPhilips but may not be palatable to all.

7 stars all the way !

Howdy Modi !

Howdy Modi ? Howdy indeed !

Heard the speech of #PMModi on Youtube after receiving an whatsapp msg on it from a dear friend yesterday morning. An absolutely gobsmacking performance, seen for the first time by an Indian leader on American soil, at least in my lifetime.

He trumped #Trump in his own backyard.

The speech will go in to history as a textbook case study of how to corner your counterpart without patronising him and yet make him feel obliged to deliver what you want.

Knowing very well, that millions of indians will be glued to the idiotbox, he dealt a deathblow to the congress party by coming out with blazing guns on #article370 – a confidence rarely seen in an Indian leader before, perhaps the exception being Indira Gandhi.

Despite being criticized in quite a few international forums ( read biased media ) on the restrictions imposed in #Kashmir, the PM bravely declared that it was an almost unanimous decision by both houses of the parliament – this conveyed an hidden and yet a loud message to Trump that even the opposition was with him on 370.

His comment and phrase “incremental change” being followed by his predecessor’s will ring for long in the ears of the congressmen. At the same time, the emphasis on giving a “farewell” to such approach and bringing in permanent changes will also ring loud among the audience, reminding them again of article 370.

Using the widely televised platform to thank Trump for solid support and stand on fight against terrorism, he unilaterally demolished Pakistan’s all efforts to bring Kashmir in international courts.

Trump, being the shrewd businessman that he is, knew that Imran cannot get him votes in America but Modi can. He willingly played into the hands of Modi. Modi gifted him an standing ovation too 😅 ! Trump must have felt that an “Apprentice” was recruiting him and probably insecure too that this immigrant/asian leader has the key to the numbers of his survival game at the chair.

Modi revealed that he is a decision maker but also a risk taker, again by delivering a slap to congress that he takes challenges head on and does not procrastinate on them.

Pakistan probably has become a social pariah among the international community post #HowdyModi !

A big thanks to the PM #NarendraModi in boosting India’s image and also the negotiating power worldwide.

A stupendous blockbuster indeed, what is now required is to deliver on the multitude of issues that we have at home whether it is the infrastructure, civic amenities, farmer suicides, quadrilateral project completion, alternate energy fuels, carbon footprint, reservation on the basis of economic criteria, revamping the complete school education system, judiciary reforms, Inflation/Fiscal deficit and last but not the least UNIFORM CIVIL CODE.

Chhichhore – Review

A very apt movie for today’s genx who are short on patience and give up easily. It really disturbed me, when in Mumbai, a young boy and a girl committed suicide near the place where I stay. The reasons made known later were unbelievable and made us wonder why..

#NiteshTiwari touches the issue here to make a point that being termed as losers or feeling like one, is just one of the phase of life. #Chhichhore starts on a #3Idiots style hostel prank and the first half is focused on building the characters. Hostel H4 inmates are termed as losers. Their names will stay with you post the movie, and you will remember them as Acid, Sexa, Mummy, Bevda and Anni and Maya, the lead protagonists.

The complete movie is in a flashback, when Anni and Maya’s son attempts suicide and is critical. Anni decides to narrate the story of losers to his son, on hospital bed. The moral of the story being failure is not the end of the world.

The characters after sometime seem caricaturish, except for Sexa [Varun Sharma] and Derek [Tahir Raj Bhasin]. #ShraddhaKapoor continues to score.. #PratiekBabbar has a small role but has the required screen presence and the charisma, only if he got the right roles.

Definitely a good watch, with the social message etc., but cannot be compared to #3Idiots or #Dangal.

 

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IT Chapter 2 – Review

In the 90s I had seen a movie called “The Lawnmower Man” starring #PierceBrosnan. The movie was way ahead of its time. And so is #StephenKing. From The Shining to Cujo to #ITChapter2 – he has time and again proven his legendary writing skills.
 
He appears at the beginning of the movie and also in a cameo as an antique dealer, a mandatory cameo as in all King movies.
 
#IT is a three hour long movie, a bit of a stretch but the book was 1200 pages long too :), so we need to hand it to the director.
 
#GaryDauberman’s screenplay, CGI and photography is awesome. The fact that I opted for 4Dx made it all the more fun. It’s a 4Dx must watch.
 
Pennywise, the evil clown is back in Derry, Maine.
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The kids from 1989 have grown up and except for Mike, who stayed back at Derry everyone has left the town. Together they were known as the loser’s club, with each having an traumatic history of their childhood. They are each other’s support and bond well.
 
However Pennywise is back, and Mike makes calls to all his friends to put an end to Pennywise. Does Mike tell the complete truth ? Are the friends ready to face their worst fears ?
 
The cast is perfect but it is #BillSkarsgard, whom you miss on screen as Pennywise the evil clown, his acting combined with some prosthetics and CGI is flawless. Best in IMAX / 4Dx.
 
This is one clown, you wouldn’t want to clown around with !