Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An ordinary man’s extraordinary journey

There are only two kinds of people in the world. Good people who do good things and bad people who do bad things. In a world where the definitions of good and bad are changing everyday by those who are in power and those who want to achieve power, most of us tend to go with the flow and believe in values which are most convenient for us.

But there are some people who are gifted (or cursed, depends on your point of view) with the ability to see things as they are, without their interests hindering their perspective. One such soul with such unbiased views is the protagonist in ‘My Name Is Khan’.

The movie depicts the adventures of an ordinary man embarking on an extraordinary journey to seek justice. Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that complicates social interaction. As an adult, Rizwan marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who mistake his disability for suspicious behavior. Following his arrest, he meets Radha, a therapist who helps him deal with his situation and his affliction. Rizwan then begins a journey to meet US President George W. Bush to clear his name.

On his journey, he comes across some extraordinary people and has an adventure of a lifetime. His journey across multiple states in USA to prove his innocence was one of epic proportions. The fact that a man with autism goes against all odds to stand up for justice should be an inspiration to us all. Watch the movie again to relive the extraordinary journey this ordinary man embarks on in this ground breaking film!

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Sibling Love

Bhaidooj, traditionally celebrated on the fifth day of Diwali is a mark of love and respect between brother and sister. It is a sign of the unending love that they feel for each other. Typically, the sister prays on the second day of the bright fortnight – ‘Shukla Paksha’ in the month of Kartika for the lives of their brothers to be long, prosperous and happy.

On this festive occasion, brothers are invited by their sisters who prepare a wholesome meal comprising of their favorite dishes. They then perform an ‘Aarti’ for the brother and apply a red ‘Tika’, a sign that their most sincere prayers are for their brother. In return, the brother usually gives his sister gifts and commits to protect her from harm whenever required.

In ‘Agneepath’, the relationship between Vijay Deenanath Chauhan and his sister Shiksha is just as special. Vijay, having seen his father framed and murdered in cold blood decides to turn to a life of crime, slowly building his way into the dark, murky underbelly of organised crime in Mumbai. When things begin to look down for Vijay, and when the life of his sister hangs in the balance because of Rauf Lala and Kancha, Vijay rises to the occasion and goes about on a killing spree, with little fear of repercussion. With support from Commissioner Gaitonde, he begins his journey to rescue Shiksha from harm. What happens in the end though? Is Vijay able to uphold the tradition of Bhaidooj? Does he save Shiksha from harm and exact his revenge on those who persecuted his family? Why don’t you watch the film once again today and go through the emotions just like Vijay Deenanath Chauhan?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Family comes first

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. The love of family and the admiration of friends are much more important than wealth and privilege. A perfect example of this is the film ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ directed by Karan Johar and produced by his father Yash Johar. The movie was made to evoke nostalgia among those who have left their families to start a life elsewhere.

The film revolves around the affluent Raichand family. A family that faces trials and tribulations, but at the end of the day still have the heart to forgive each other’s mistakes, no matter how grave the problem is. Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of Yash Raichand who is a prosperous businessman in New Delhi. He is portrayed as fiercely dominating, and controls the lives of his wife and his 2 sons. However amidst his dominating nature his wife Nandi Raichand played by Jaya Bachchan and his 2 sons ignore this controlling side of his, and love him unconditionally for the person that he is.

Yash Raichand has 2 sons Rahul and Rohan, the earlier is elder and the latter is younger. Rahul falls in love with a Punjabi girl belonging to a lower socio-economic background than the Raichand family. Yash is outraged by Rahul’s decision to marry someone from a lower background. Being the adopted son of the family, Yash disowns Rahul and asks him to leave the house after marrying Anjali Sharma (Kajol). Rohan the youngest brother and son of the Raichand family takes it upon himself to bring his brother back home, and solve their disputes and differences together as a family.

This film teaches you the importance of family, and how important it is to value your parents and siblings. The one thing that people should always remember is that no matter how bad the situation or how serious the problem is, your family will always be by your side. After all the saying goes, ‘Family will always stick with you through thick or thin.’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bridging the gap in love

Love can motivate people to cross unimaginable boundaries and break barriers to reach their loved ones. One such example of exemplary love can be seen in ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’.

In the film, we see Sriram (Imran Khan) narrating his story to his fiance, about the time he fell in love with Dia Sharma (Kareena Kapoor). Dia is a social worker and hence always busy running about, helping children and the people in her locality. On the other hand, Sriram is the shallowest chap on earth who doesn't value relationships, family, friends or his country. But after he meets Dia, his outlook on life begins to slowly change. He finds himself doing things he wouldn’t have done on a normal day.

Initially we see him as a materialistic guy, who buys a plot of land for his dad, which Dia had plans of building an orphanage on. He does this only to win over his dad, so he would be gifted an Audi in return. Dia soon breaks up with him after a relationship of more than one year. At Sriram’s wedding his soon to be fiancĂ©, Vasudha, makes him realise that he still loves Dia and that he won’t be able to handle their wedding. Sriram runs away from his wedding and goes to Dia’s house. There he finds out that Dia is living in a village in Gujarat, Jhumli.

Sriram reaches the village and promises Dia that he won’t leave the village until Dia comes back with him. Dia still angry with Sriram tells him, that if he could help build a bridge in the village she may consider coming back. After a few hurdles, and getting beaten up by the village-head’s men, he gets the task completed. Dia gets to know all about this and forgives Sriram for his earlier misdeeds. They finally reunite on the newly built bridge and share a tender moment together.

We come across times in life, when compromise is necessary to make a relationship work. ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ paints a clear picture of how far people are willing to go for love. And in the end it’s all worthwhile, because getting to spend time with that special someone is reward in itself. The next time you find yourself in a situation where compromise is necessary to make things work in your love life, stop and take a look at Sriram & Dia and how they ultimately achieved their fairytale ending.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Student Of The Year 2nd anniversary

The road from youth to adulthood is paved with myriad emotions and ‘Student Of The Year’ celebrates this colorful coming of age. It is the story of Abhimanyu Singh (Sidharth Malhotra) and Rohan Nanda (Varun Dhawan) who traverse the path of competition, envy, triumph, failure, manipulation and heartbreak in their mini-universe of St. Teresa’s High School, Dehradun.

Abhimanyu Singh A.K.A Abhi comes from a middle-class family and wants to achieve great heights of success and prosperity, the first step to which will be the Student Of The Year trophy while Rohan Nanda A.K.A Ro, is the son of a business tycoon who grapples with a complex relationship with his father and knows that winning the Student Of the Year trophy will bag him the approval that he subconsciously craves for. When the two protagonists with distinct backgrounds and clear goals clash with each other in the locker room, football field and the canteen, there is no question in anyone’s mind that the preset equations of the St. Teresa’s campus were about to change.

When Abhi and Rohan’s rivalry takes an unexpected turn to friendship, neither of them pre-empts the complications that would brew. Things get further knotted up when Shanaya Singhania (Alia Bhatt), the most popular girl on the campus enters the equation. While Shanaya and Rohan are childhood sweethearts, Abhi’s attraction for his best friend’s girlfriend and Shanaya’s quiet reciprocation causes a rift in their friendship that would have a long lasting impact. Looming large over the various friendships in the campus is the Student Of The Year trophy and Dean Yogendra Vasisht’s (Rishi Kapoor) emphasis on success and victory.

Towards the end of the term, the foes-turned-friends-turned foes, Abhi and Rohan, get ready for a face-off and battle lines are drawn through the length and breadth of the campus, with only one goal in everyone’s eyes - Student Of The Year Trophy. As new ambitions are born and old loyalties fall by the wayside, each segment of the Student Of The Year competition manages to tear apart both, the participants and the spectators, to redefine the choices of the three protagonists.

The film is a fresh breath of air for Bollywood cinema as we see the debut of Alia, Varun & Siddharth as a bunch of amazingly talented actors. This was also the last film Karan Johar directed with Dharma Productions. On its second year anniversary, we would like to know how much you liked the film and what are your favorite moments from the movie. Do leave your thoughts about ‘Student Of The Year’ in the comments below.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

16 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai!

16 years ago, Karan Johar first burst onto the Bollywood scene as a director with 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'. The film, that starred Kajol, Rani Mukerji and Shah Rukh Khan was a spectacular box office hit and paved the way for him to direct more movies like 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna', ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham' and 'Student Of The Year'. Karan Johar was 25 when he made his directorial debut.

'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' makes Bollywood look cool again. The Riverdale School look, complete with the hip clothes and sets, makes even the staunchest of snobs sit up and take notice of the film. After all here is a film where even the extras look as hot as the heroines.

Shah Rukh Khan as Rahul is the undisputed star and crowd-puller of the movie, also Salman Khan’s cameo takes the film to a whole different level. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is one of those films, where Salman Khan displays his acting chops and gives a showcase of what he is
truly is capable of. 

The chartbusting soundtrack for 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' remains one of Bollywood cinema’s finest albums ever. It is a 90s classic that continues to resonate in the hearts of many a music lover. Be it the title song or Ladki Badi Anjani, or that theme tune that has become part of the Dharma Productions logo clip; romance has seldom sounded so melodious.

In a movie that starred two Khans, Kajol manages to overshadow them with her career-best act in an author-backed role that does complete justice to her range as an actress. As the sporty Anjali who goes from looking like a tomboy, to becoming the perfect dulhania, Kajol scores a three-pointer in every sense of the word.

Among the many awards the film garnered for its makers and cast, 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' also went on to win the National Award for providing wholesome entertainment in 1999. On its 16th anniversary, come join us in celebrating a film that has taken us through a range of emotions! Do tell us your favorite moments from the film in the comments below.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan

Having starred in over 180 films in a career spanning more than four decades, Amitabh Bachchan continues to hold sway over millions of his fans with his rich baritone on the big screen. The megastar was born to Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan in Allahabad on October 11, 1942. Bachchan is one of the busiest actors in Bollywood thanks to his knack for adapting and reinventing himself to the demands of showbiz.

Big B’s versatility as an actor has given us many memorable moments through his films with Dharma Productions. We see him play the role of Police Officer Vijay in the 1980 ‘Dostana’. We then see him play the role of Vijay Chauhan, a Man seeking revenge for his father’s death in ‘Agneepath’. His pivotal role as a rich businessman who is a father to two sons in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...’ was one of the key elements in making the film such great success.

Finally we see him play the role of a fun-loving father, Samarjeet in ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’. Amitabh nails it with a performance that carefully treads the fine line between old perv and naughty senior. It is to his credit as an actor, that he can switch from playful to prophetic, as he offers those words of wisdom that eventually become the direction that the cheating couple take in the film.

Amitabh is an actor that wishes to continue his innings in acting with the same enthusiasm that he started with. "The wish is that something challenging comes up everyday... I will continue working till there is strength in my body," says Big B.We would like to wish Amitabh Bachchan a very Happy Birthday with many years of splendid films ahead! Do share some of your favourite Amitabh Bachchan scenes from our Dharma films in the comments below.