Alice does Dhruvi? The Stateless #Shortreal

I can’t believe it has taken me so long to write about this. I’ve been busy (okay, doesn’t work as an excuse), WordPress seemed clunky when my laptop was away (kinda legit). But hey, I’ve gotten down to it.

So… a lot of you already know that I featured in a Stateless Media #shortreal. Stateless Media is an interesting global media company that doesn’t operate out of any one place and experiments with the storytelling form. One of their signature series of films is titled Shortreals. They are short documentary films on real people. And their latest offering is called Dhruvi. Where yours truly appears in and as Dhruvi. I can’t believe I can type that!

Now I’ve been open to people I know about the struggles of being single and the dating chronicles that have followed. I have been dubbed the ‘relationship expert’ or ‘dating queen’ by those around. Fairly so. I’ve written relationship pieces for various publications and on this blog as well. I’ve been meaning to write a memoir on the subject and received a lot of encouragement from my peers. So, it’s not a surprise that I jumped in response to a tweet asking single desi ladies to speak about dating desi men. Duh! It’s practically what my alter-ego does while living.

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Movie Review: Dangal | 5/5

Dangal

The film opens with a television set projecting white noise. And by the time, you walk out of the film, everything else will feel like it.

Mahavir Singh Phogat (played by Aamir Khan), an amateur wrestler has a big dream and a straightforward goal, he wants his country, India to win a gold medal in wrestling. While he hopes for his children to fulfil this dream, he is blessed with four daughters. It takes him a while to realise that the sport of wrestling need not discriminate between the gender of its participants.

And once this realisation hits him, he’s unstoppable in training and preparing his two older daughters to emerge as winners for the wrestling arena.

From the innocence of Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar playing the young Geeta and Babita respectively to the shining performances of Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra as wrestling champions, the spotlight doesn’t rest on Aamir Khan alone.

To categorise it in any other way than a complete film would do Dangal injustice. It is the best in every genre it straddles, be it sports or family or entertainment.

The film had me in a riveting emotional grip, chuckling at the humour for relief, cheering as if I were watching a live match in the wrestling arena, beaming with pride at Geeta’s achievements and extremely satisfied at the end.

Every moment in the film is so beautifully crafted and seamlessly takes the storytelling notches higher.

There is a raw energy and passion exuding from the screen that makes you feel, rather than think. It brings out that child like fervour of watching a film in a cinema hall.

You’ll see for yourself that it makes you extremely proud of your roots, automatically give a standing ovation and not fall short on the applause.

Writer-director Nitesh Tiwari has given a gem of a film in Dangal. If Aamir Khan is the one who ensures a good outing at the cinema on Christmas, everyone else, including the writers, producers, cast and crew have evidently put their heart and soul into Dangal.

Some scenes and sequences won’t leave you. If parents and fathers, especially, can spend their entire lives for the success of their children, girls can be unstoppable and make the country proud, filmmakers can deliver cinema like Dangal, the least we can do is enjoy it and tell everyone about it.

This one is a gold medal winner in audience’s hearts and box offices alike.

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FAN Movie Review: Shah Rukh Khan, The Made-To-Order Actor Had Me Hooked

Last week, I met actor Shah Rukh Khan for an interview. Witty as he is, he joked that God had custom-made him to be a ‘star’. Almost like, it was his destiny to be King Khan, while still in production at the hands of God. Of course, he said it jokingly. He even said he didn’t miss the ‘normal life’. He didn’t feel the need to be ‘eating sev puri at the beach’. He admitted to being very happy with the stardom and the ensuing adulation he received, almost on a daily basis.

This morning, I was at the YRF Studios preview theatre, at 10am, like a diligent audience to watch the movie, FAN.

We watched the movie in one go, not even taking a break at the intermission. Here’s what I thought of it.

Shah Rukh Khan as FAN

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When I Behaved Like A Shah Rukh Khan FAN Girl

I didn’t really understand Shah Rukh Khan fandom until I was 22. Before that, I loved his films but I wouldn’t call myself a fan. I remember going to the set of Badshah when I was a teenager and not liking it because he went out to smoke. I was a child and I thought it was a dirty habit.

I watched Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi at my dad’s cinema and I fell in love with Shah Rukh Khan. Some magic took and I had a change of heart when I saw him on screen.

At the Fan trailer launch event, I truly became a fan because I felt this was the Shah Rukh Khan his fans loved. He had shades of grey, he was not perfect but he was playing a character, albeit very close to the King Khan he is in real life. And with thousands of fans thronging the event, some even hugging him tight, for not being able to contain themselves, others crying out of happiness, SRK maintained his cool. He was as calm as could be, because this is his life perhaps. It happens to him often and he maintains his composure.

Yesterday I got a call to meet Shah Rukh Khan at the YRF Studios and interview him. I was a bundle of nerves. What do you ask a man that everyone has interviewed and who everyone seeks to ask questions about life. What do you ask someone who is real but has a demigod status. What do you ask SRK?

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Kung Fu Panda 3: Find Your Chi, Be Who You Are, Embrace Yourself

I’m on a different plane right now. I’m feeling zen. I’m feeling centred. All because I watched Kung Fu Panda 3. 😛 And perhaps, ate like a panda too.

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Jokes aside. Kung Fu Panda 3, the movie imparts a lot of wisdom and teaches you about life and who you are, all while you’re laughing, going ‘Woaaah!’ and gobbling down dumplings.

Okay, imma really going to get serious now. Or not. Gotcha!

Po

Aren’t you more likely to remember a funny story than a serious one? So, let me tell you this one. It’s about a very cute panda called Po who’s raised by a goose and trained by a red panda aka Master Shifu. Po reaches a juncture in his life where he must find who he is, embrace the true dragon warrior in himself and face a yak named Kai in battle. How does he do this? By eating a lot of dumplings and some more, loving his dads and teaching kung fu to a village of pandas. All while rolling from one place to another, instead of walking.

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Kung Fu Panda reassured me that you have to find your chi to fight demons. That you are your best self when you have truly discovered who you are. And the journey to eternal peace is worth every step.

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I’ve always believed in Yin and Yang as the representation of balance and harmony. This movie depicted it ever so beautifully.

I won’t say more. Go watch the movie while I rest in my chi. 🙂

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I want to give a big shout out to Star Movies Secret Screenings for making this a memorable experience.