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.

Book your tickets for Dangal at www.goldcinema.co

Alice’s Authenticook Experience | Finger-licking Delicious

Whether or not you’re a travel buff, call yourself a foodie, or simply love the “local experience”, you have to have to (repetition for emphasis) check out Authenticook.

Authenticook is the brainchild of Aneesh Dhairyawan, Priyanka and Ameya Deshpande. Quite simply, Authenticook allows you the opportunity to share a meal with strangers (albeit as passionate about food as you) prepared by a home chef in their home. When they mean a “local experience”, they deliver a local experience.

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The #AllINeedIsLove Project! It’ll Make Everything Right

Evidently, I’m not having a good day. I’ve expressed myself on Twitter and Instagram too.

But while moping, I remembered something and it caused me to take on this project.

I was going through my Hotmail inbox (yes, I still have one) and I found an email from a wonderful lady who’s the co-founder of a singles’ community. It was an invitation to write for their blog. I replied much later with one of my famously long emails and signed off with love. I literally typed ‘Love, Dhruvi’.

I had no idea then what I had started. But she wasn’t having a great day and she read my email and smiled. She thought to herself, ‘Of course, love can make everything okay.’ And she told me the story of how this little gesture altered her communication with others. I had no idea what I had started.

If there is one thing I know to be true, it is that ‘love’ is kind and it can grow if we share it. It can heal and it can blossom if nurtured. So, I’m going to take on this task of spreading love. Simply message me privately here or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with your postal and email address. In no time, you’ll received a handcrafted love note from me. And when you do receive the love note, upload a picture to your own social network and hashtag it #AllINeedIsLove.

#AllINeedIsLove

Sounds good? Let’s do this!

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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Why Your Next Getaway Needs To Be At Sula Vineyards, Nashik

I first went to Sula Vineyards at Nashik in 2009. I was obviously charmed and enamoured. I have been visiting every year after that and the place has only become bigger, better and more beautiful. On a Tuesday, last week, Sula Vineyards invited me to spend the day there. My sister, Himani (whose photographs you often see on the blog) accompanied me. Also, I have deemed her the official photographeress for everything I do. 🙂 Check out her work at www.himanishah.in.

So, here’s a photo story on how we spent the day in wine and food heaven.

After a long, 4 hour journey from Mumbai to Nashik, we lunched at the Soleil by La Plage.

Lunch at Soleil by La Plage
Lunch at Soleil by La Plage

Fun fact: We celebrated our arrival with a Sula Brut Rosé bottle. And we learnt that what we see in the movies about popping open a bottle of bubbly is not the right way to go about it if you want to drink the wine. We actually saw a demo on how gently the cork comes off if done right.

Opening the Sula Brut Rosé
Opening the Sula Brut Rosé

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