Friday, July 15, 2005

Parineeta

Wonder why Fridays of all days seem to be passing by slowly. And if you have cold, headache, body ache rolled in together with a dull day, the day seems to have stopped forever ... After a nasty double cappuchino, which tasted like the bitter kashayam, my mother makes; I am no where feeling any better than I did before the coffee ...

a long time since i wrote something in my blog ... Well, I am not at all a writer, or atleast beleive so... Ideas don't flow into my mind always and all that i think is also not well-received by all - not upto their standards , so-to-say ... This reminds me of Ernie - a character in one of my favourite series as a kid and a teenager - Enid Blyton's Five - Find outers... Ernie is a look alike of the leader of the "Five" find -outers(as they call themselves) - Fatty ..... Who desperately wants to write poems, but can never write one line in like a week.... Each time he tells this to Fatty, the latter rattles out a beautiful poem in like seconds and all Ernie is able to say is "coo! how do you do it Fatty?" .... Well, I am like Ernie .... Can only "Coo" about without able to write a piece of literature ...

Well, this blog has got nothing to do with all of the above nonsense.... I would like to write about the "oh! - so talked" about movie "Parineeta" which we watched yesterday .... The spark of interest for the movie came when we came to know that the Female lead in the movie Vidya Balan was my cousin's wife's cousin ... And of course the hype the movie created ... for a couple of days , any channel you watched HAD to have an interview with the pretty, unconventional looking , beautiful "Lolita" .... To the extent that "Outlook Money" (my husband's favourite these days), had an interview with her ...
So, we booked the tickets online a couple of days ago ... and were pretty excited about it yesterday ... A day when everything that had to go wrong , did go wrong ... my cold, feverish feeling, hunger and not having time to eat anything, rajesh's supposed call at exactly 6:45 (the movie was to begin at 7:20 - and the journey from E-City to Forum takes atleast about 40 minutes) ... Everything ended in full Philmi Ishtyle .... I got down at forum at 7:01 , cribbed standing in a long queue(yes, you stand in a queue inspite of booking online - Mera Bharat Mahan), got the tickets at 7:13 .... ran down the 3 floors of Forum(you guessed right - the elevators had to stop working just then) ... picked up some food , just to meet my grinning husband standing at the entrance at 7:19 , trying to make one of his persistant friend (who decided to talk about the world's happening just then) put the phone down ... and ran into the theatre exactly at 7:25 .... and were releieved to see only Ads playing ....
A Beautifully made Period film, bringing to life the characters of the famous bengali novel - of the same name - by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay .... is "Parineeta" ...
The movie will always be remembered for the life that each actor/actress has poured into each small character ... the melodious and soul-touching music of Shantanu Moitra . I was reading about this talented music director and was surprised to know that he rose to fame in the field of music with the jingle "Bole Mere Lips, I love Uncle Chips"... This ad was such a craze at one point of time ... Whenever i hear this, the cute little kid muting its lips to sing this tune comes to my mind ...
Saif Ali Khan, who rose to fame with "Dil Chahtha Hai" ... has grown to be a very mature actor. He won the National Award for "Hum Tum" recently .... and can easily bag one more for his potray of the intense character of Sekhar - a spoilt rich kid , whose interest lies only in Music and is so used to having Lolitha by his side always, that he hardly realises that she has a life of her own, and that he probably is in love with her, and should care for her needs also.....
Lolitha plays a character that shows woman immortalised.... Whenever I see movies with the woman potrayed as the perfect "Sati-Savithri", I really wonder if this should give me some inspiration , or should I feel angry that the entire society expects a woman to be patient no matter how she is treated.... Sekhar treats her like a servant, expecting her to be at his beck & call whenever he wants , and thinking that all she would need is his money - to which he gives her unlimited access .... And Lolitha - is there for sekhar no matter what time , what situation, uncaring of what others think of her, uncaring of what she wants in life ... Why do woman always have to be potrayed this way ? For once why cannot they potray a man to be so unselfishly loving ?
Sanjay Dutt, as the soft natured Girish, very easily captures your heart with his soft nature and wonderful potray .... I always felt that Sanjay Dutt has grown as a mature actor over the years ... but it is when he does rubbish movies like "Musafir", I wonder where does his sense go once in a while ...
It is very difficult to make a period film ... to potray calcutta as one of the most serene places, in today's world, is very difficult.... KUDOS to Vidhu Vinod Chopra to have paid utmost attention to every single detail ... He has not missed out on a single thing - even the paper that Saif reads in a scene is an age old news paper... The costumes, streets of calcutta, the durga pooja, depiction of a bengali wedding --- all leave you wanting to go to calcutta immediately ....
"Piyu Bole" .. is one of the most beautifully picturised songs in a long long time .... The shot under the Howrah Bridge makes you wish Time would stop then and there ..... Sonu's voice lingers in your ears for a long long time ... and so do the beautiful and meaningful lyrics ...
On the music front, Sonu Nigam steals your heart with his soulful renderation of "Soona Man Ka Angan" - a beautiful tune by Rabindranath .... Each song has its own beauty .... Sunidhi's renderation of "Kaise Paheli" and the setting of the song takes you years behind to the eternally famous song of "Howrah Bridge" --- Aayeyee Meherban ....
"Kasto Mazaa" - a jolly tune , winding its way into your heart , as the train winds its way through the hills to darjeeling ..
"Raat Hamari Tho" - brings tears into your eyes , leaving you wondering what will happen to "Lolitha" ....

All in all a MUST watch movie and a good collection to DVD collectors ... "Parineeta ... "

2 comments:

Srikala said...

Hey Vidhya,
I came accross ur blog while searching for some recipe .I quite liked the way which u write and ended up going through your posts.
It was then that I came across this topic of phone etiquette.
A neighbour of mine at work used to talk loudly over the phone be it official calls to his on-site team or personal calls to his wife.
He used to talk so loudly that I came to know a lot of his family details too.
Then one day me and my colleague decided to send your post as an e-mail to him.We were a bit skeptical as to whether it would hurt his feelings,but he took it in a positive manner and smiled at us and actually promised us to lower his voice while speaking on the phone...This made me believe that the pen is actually mightier than the sword :)
Nice work...keep going

Srikala

Vidhya Rajesh said...

Dear Srikala,
Thank you very much for you kind and wonderful words. You just don't know how happy you have made me with your comment.
I am so glad you came across my blog and am so happy you patiently went through all my posts.
Thank you once again.
And I am glad the post helped your neighbour see sense :D ... and a jolly good fellow he is ...
Vidhya