10 Day ‘You’ Challenge: 3 Movies

A few years ago I watched Amar Prem on television and that film has made a place in my heart. 2 Adults and 1 Child, all 3 unwanted by their families and society , come together and create a beautiful relationship based on pure love. Super songs that linger in memory were an added bonus.

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna – I am an unabashed Karan Johar fan. I watch every film he makes. I was hesitant to watch KANK when it released though, as it got a lot of bad press. But watch I did and it went on to become my favorite film by Karan Johar yet, where he has explored the intricacies of human behaviour and relationship is such a subtle and classy way.

Maleficent A lazy Sunday afternoon led me to discover this film and I wondered how had I missed it when it released! Angelina Jolie, looking absolutely stunning, and playing character I could so identify with. A fairytale that had matured!

 

My all-time Favorite Film, and why : #TadkaTuesday

 

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A few years ago on a boring Sunday afternoon as I was idly changing television channels, the title of a film ‘The Green Mile’ caught my eye, and since it was going to be telecast in the next 10 minutes I decided to watch it.

The Green Mile is a story set in prison. When a fierce and forbidding looking prisoner, John Coffey, is sentenced to Death Row and brought in the guards are surprised to find him to be sensitive, gentle, afraid of the dark, pleading his innocence and blessed with special powers.

Over time, the Warden and the Prisoner develop a strange kind of friendship based on trust, faith and miracles.

Watching The Green Mile was an experience. The film moved me, and has found a permanent place in my heart ever since I watched it. As I later googled to find out more, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was an adaptation of 6 of Stephen Kings books, compiled into 1.

I am a huge Stephen King fan. I consider him my writing Guru as I am in awe of his imagination, the way he translates thoughts to words and how beautifully he crafts his sentences. My love for reading, and writing, Horror is all thanks to King.

The Green Mile is one of my all-time favourite films because;

  • It is the adaptation of a book written by my writing Guru, Stephen King
  • I believe in Magic and Miracles, and those are the basic premises of the film
  • I believe looks are deceptive and one of the central characters, John Coffey, proves just that, the Gentle Giant who does right even when he is wronged and uses his powers to heal.
  • It had Tom Hanks, who wow’s, yet again!
  • The film is sensitively written, and directed with power packed performances by the entire cast.
  • There is so much to be learnt in this wise story/film and some of the dialogues stay with you.
  • The beautiful tagline that says, ‘Paul Edgecomb didn’t believe in miracles. Until the day he met one.’

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If you’ve watched The Green Mile, what did you think of it? If you haven’t watched it yet, here is the trailer .

 

 

Fully Filmy Family #TadkaTuesday

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Which movie/s do you relate to most, and why, was the prompt by #TadkaTuesday and the fl0odgates of memory opened up!

Have you watched the film , Seven Brides for Seven Brothers? Or the Indian version of the same, Satte pe Satta? You have?

Well, I’ve lived it.

I grew up in a big family, with 5 Uncles and 3 Aunts. My Grandparents passed away very young and that meant my parents, Dad being the eldest brother, herded the family.

Satte pe Satta is a story of 6 bachelor brothers living with their eldest married brother and his wife. When the film released we got calls from friends and relatives all over the world telling us how the film reminded them of our family. And believe me it was exactly like someone had spied on our daily life and written the script.

My 5 Uncle’s fitted the varied characters in the film to the to the T, with one of them even screaming out when he was only just talking. No uncle stuttered though. Mum, even though younger than 3 of her brother-in-laws, was the only person they listened too, while Dad was the quintessential elder brother.

Going shopping was an adventure, as while regular people shopped for a pair or two of clothes each we shopped for bolts of fabric, which would later be tailored according to whatever the current reigning superstar had introduced as the latest fashion.

During mealtimes kilos of vegetables were consumed even before hot roti’s made their way to the table. The worst was when we had Bhindi (Okra) on the menu, we added finger chips when cooking Bhindi at home, as the vegetable was literally eaten as finger food, and no amount of it was enough.I remember coming home from school one evening to see two of our maids sobbing uncontrollably. When we had calmed them down enough Mum asked them the reason for their tears and we were told my Uncles and their friends had eaten their way through 5 packets of Bread used to make toasted sandwiches and still wanted more, and the maids were exhausted from chopping onions and tomatoes for the filling and assembling the sandwiches.They rest in our storeroom now, but we still have the vessels we used in the kitchen in those days, every day, and they could bring joy to any catering company.

The Neanderthal look was a favorite on holidays and Sundays as no shower and no shave was the mood on those days

Indo-Pak matches bought a mini crowd at home, with my Uncles and their friends crowding around the television and each run by the Indian Team sending up a roar of delight, which could be heard down the lane. God forbid if India lost the match! The heated discussions and each player dissections that followed sometimes even led to blows!

Happy memories, of being woken up at unearthly hours to watch Sport, watching The Godfather on loop, being and cocooned in love and protection.

Times changed, and with it people, but memories, ah memories, they remain the same!

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