Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Beyond - Pernilla August

Loved the movie, although its the sort that leaves you wiping tears for most of its duration.

A phone call from her dying mother, forces a woman to confront her childhood once again. To remember anew the painful wounds, pull up scabs which she had papered over so well, with her picture-perfect life, lovely kids and husband. She tries hard to avoid the meeting and the memories, but at every stage, juxtaposed against the happy present, the flashbacks take us to the unhappy past, the trauma of a household with an alcoholic father, and a mother who gradually seems to be sliding down the same path. What does an almost adolescent little girl, learn in a home like that? Why didn't her mom do anything?

Why do women continue in abusive relationships, continue loving their tormentors? There was a time when I would have given simplistic answers about society and finances. Now I'm not so sure anymore.

Was reminded of a quote by Oscar Wilde - 'Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them'.

Must watch, but keep the handkerchief handy..


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gora - Rabindranath Tagore

Good read overall, although parts of it get boring specially the ones where there are longish descriptive passages of Gora's views on India.

The story is set in pre-independence Bengal. The story follows two friends and their views as they grapple with the conflict of the traditional 'hindu' culture with its rigid rituals, caste and untouchability, as it came in conflict with various changes, including the Brahmo Samaj.

I'd read a short excerpt of it long back, and I remember it had left a very strong impact on my views on 'identity'. The identities we pick purely by accident of birth, the castes, nationalities, religion.. what if you were to suddenly discover that you are adopted, or perhaps got switched in hospitals at birth. How much of your idea of 'self' would you still retain? How much of your identities? How many of your views? 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Jolly LLB - Subhash Kapoor

Quite disappointing overall.

The promos had seemed interesting with their dash of irony and humour, but the movie mostly slides into mush, song and dance.

A small time lawyer is trying hard to get a break. He takes a chance by filing a PIL in a sensational case, where he takes on a big shot lawyer. Unfortunately the story is predictable and told in traditional mainstream bollywood style, complete with all its melo-drama, sentimentality and pointless love angle. The one redeeming feature is Saurab Shukla as the judge who's in full form here.

Best avoided.