Month: September 2016

Why Modi Must Learn to Play the Game of Chicken With Pakistan — The India Uncut Blog

This is a guest column published today in the Sunday Times of India edit page. There are few things as satisfying as being macho on social media, and this is quite the season for it. After the terrorist attack in Uri, every Righteous Internet Patriot (RIP) wants our government to teach Pakistan a lesson by…

via Why Modi Must Learn to Play the Game of Chicken With Pakistan — The India Uncut Blog

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The Beaver – Movie Review

Probably one of the most thought provoking movie and one with a very indepth insight on the dreadful disease called depression.

A husband, a father and a CEO of his own company fights his internal demons and is almost on the verge of suicide, when he finds his alter ego and savior in a hand puppet. His approach gives him self confidence and also success at work however he is considered as crazy as the hand puppet refuses to leave his arm.

The fight with depression is solidly depicted by the very talented Ms Foster, with some hard hitting dialogues and a first rate performance by Mel Gibson who was going through a troubled phase in real life.

Recently Deepika Padukone confessed of being in depression and our elite newspapers were full of it as if depression did not exist before her confession in India. Going to a shrink is still not a norm in our country and any form of mental illness is looked down upon.

The movie highlights the important role a victim’s personal ecosystem has to play involving every character in it, whether family,friends or coworkers.

There is a speech by the victim.. which is a must read.. and you can catch it on you tube too.

“We reach a point where, in order to go on, we have to wipe the slate clean. We start to see ourselves as a box that we’re trapped inside and no matter how we try and escape, self help, therapy, drugs, we just sink further and further down. The only way to truly break out of the box is to get rid of it all together… I mean, you built it in the first place. If the people around you are breaking your spirit, who needs them? Your wife who pretends to love you, your son who can’t even stand you. I mean, put them out of their misery. Starting over isn’t crazy. Crazy is being miserable and walking around half asleep, numb, day after day after day. Crazy is pretending to be happy. Pretending that the way things are is the way they have to be for the rest of your bleeding life. All the potential, hope, all that joy, feeling, all that passion that life has sucked out of you. Reach out, grab a hold of it and snatch it back from that bloodsucking rabble.”

The Beaver speech – Click on this link.

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Pink – Movie Review

Pink has been touted as a first of it’s kind movie in Bollywood which raises questions about the patriarchal attitude towards women in India. Yes, this subject is the core of the movie, but I disagree that it has been for the first time in Indian cinema and in fact the subject is treated rather superficially. Damini was a notch higher in terms of film making, though the acting department scores higher in Pink.

The movie for me though brings about the horror of the judicial process in India. We citizens are still scared to take the system on it’s heads due to the time involved. No one wants to do anything to do with a lawyer who are viewed as money grabbing sharks. The girls in the movie have a towering Deepak Sehgal and a sympathetic judge, but real life is a different story !

Amitabh is at his peak [I still consider Piku has his lifetime best]. #AmitabhBachan #Pink
However his recent public letter writing to his daughters etc., took away the charm of the character for me. A straightforward promotion of the movie would have suited his stature.

Piyush Mishra is jarring both for ears and eyes. Rest of the cast supports well.

It’s a courtroom drama which without Amitabh would have been relegated to a B grade movie or perhaps not seen the light of the day. Anushka’s NH10 did much better for women power or if you haven’t, check out The Accused starring Jodie Foster which will stay with you for years.

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Mother Teresa

I do not care whether Vatican declares Mother Teresa as a saint or not, if not all, many in India already looked up to her as a saint.

She was someone who did what the authorities failed to do. If the fanatics want to say that she was someone who was with a mission to convert someone so be it, I tell you that try to do even a quarter of what she did without looking at color, caste and creed and then preach others !

The fact that she is known as MOTHER Teresa, is anyways the same if not higher then be nominated as a saint ! #MotherTeresa #Vatican