Happy Birthday Shah Rukh,Thank You for Being a Great Friend

This is not an open letter, Shah Rukh. I do not know what to call it – or wait, I can perhaps label it as a thank you note. One tiny bit of the many millions that you must be receiving every day.

Before I begin to thank you, let me admit that I can’t thank you enough. Did that sound like a hyperbole? This is what happens to me when I try and thank you, or when I try and explain it to myself and to others that why I need to thank you. But, today on your birthday, I think it is imperative that you know how you have touched, influenced and molded not just my life but also the lives of your millions of fans. I also write on their behalf.Continue reading “Happy Birthday Shah Rukh,Thank You for Being a Great Friend”

The Avatars of the Stalker

There’s a thin line between being in love and being obsessed – earnestly confessing your feelings for someone and coercing someone to reciprocate to your feelings. Writers, filmmakers and other artists have been universally enamoured by the psyche of the “stalker” – the innocuous or fiendish guy or girl who pursues the person he or she is in love with. A love that borders on obsessive compulsive disorder.

Let us not confuse the stalker with the villain – the stalker doesn’t tease, pass malicious comments or try to molest / abuse / rape his beloved. On the contrary, the stalker goes all out just to convince the profundity of his or her love. In most cases, these characters are showered with sympathy – a feeling that would never arise in a real life scenario. Perhaps, just to neutralise the same, the stalkers are also meted out a tragic destiny, to highlight the dismal eventuality of such obsession or for creative justification.

The portrayal of the obsessed lover has varied, not necessarily commensurate with the change in the social milieu, but definitely in a way that could play to the gallery. In this post, I look at six films, which have glorified the stalker – the silent lover whose mania gradually overpowers the love, transgressing into the other’s person life, and eventually bringing both of them down. However, I have ignored any film (read the “Sleeping with the Enemy” remakes and the likes) in which the victim and her tormentor have a shared past.Continue reading “The Avatars of the Stalker”

Holi & The Unholy

HOLI is one of the most important festivals of India, as it marks the victory of good over evil. Yes,Dussehra/Diwali are not the only festivals celebrating the end of sin/sinners; but Holi also is celebrated for the same reason. Continue reading “Holi & The Unholy”

Lamhe – a love beyond forever…

He (Viren) was treading the desert – traversing its barren lands like the aimless wanderer who knows the oasis isn’t what he is searching. Yet, he moved on, like the purple of the sky that melts inexorably into stygian hues and awaits the incandescence of orange to break its gloom. Feared he was open to open the panes of his life, for the entrant had never been happiness, but despondency had knocked many a time. But when he finally peeped through the slightly ajar window, he saw an angel (Pallavi) dancing in the rains, oblivious of his admiring gaze.Continue reading “Lamhe – a love beyond forever…”

Darr-The Revisionist Hero

What would you define a Hindi film Hero as? A do-gooder, with the heart of gold. A man with the sexual charisma only found in Kamasutra, the heroism of Greek gods, the strength of a thousand elephants together and the intellect rivaling the best on human minds. He who can do no wrong, for whatever be the circumstances, he is always righteous.He for whom The End is always happy and merry.Continue reading “Darr-The Revisionist Hero”

Neela Aasman So Gaya: A Humble Tribute to Yash Chopra

2012 has been a mixed year for me, I must admit. Among all the things that I expected to do this year, writing this post was certainly not something I had in mind. With less than a month to go for the release of Jab Tak Hai Jaan the only thing on mind was the film and the review that I would go on to write.Continue reading “Neela Aasman So Gaya: A Humble Tribute to Yash Chopra”