22 December, 2013

2013.. The Good, the Bad.. the Ugly...

The last week of December always leaves me with a nostalgic feeling...
Between looking back at the year gone by... and what the coming year might hold....

So  here's some of the stuff the year brought by...

Movie of the year: Jolly LLB & Table No 21
Both movies from lesser known directors.. and none of the cliched A league stars.... but both Jolly LLB & Table No 21 proved that if you've got the right story, and directors & actors to pull it through, the audience will shower praise... I think such cinema is the biggest boon multiplexes have given us.

Most hyped book of the year: The Oath of the Vayuputras
I understand the emergence of this cult of authors who have taken to writing plots intermingled with ancient history/mythology... I guess the trend was started by Dan Brown internationally, and successfully encashed by Amish Tripathi & Ashwin Sanghi amongst other.... 
But with this book, Amish stretched the concept (which sounded like a nice one in the first book - Meluha) a little too much.. I writer needs to reinvent... and can't be harping over the same in thing over and over again.

Teleseries of the year (India): 24
I accept that this isn't an original script... but one has to accept that Anil Kapoor has done a good job of Indianizing it.... also, he successfully avoided the trap which most tele-directors face and trying to extend the series for a few more episodes... He keep it crisp, chose a brilliant star cast.. and executed it with panache.

Will keep updating the list as and when I think of more items on this list.... afterall I only have this one week to rewind, after which its all about looking ahead :)

10 December, 2013

Delhi Elections

AAP has taken the Delhi political scene by storm.
Its an affirmation, not just that everyone is fed up of the corrupt ways of the stereotypical political leaders.. its also proof that when someone suggests a change, the common man (literally) has the courage to extend support and stand by the change...

No one thought Aam Aadmi Party would come so close to getting majority in the state elections, within one year of their formation...

I was recently watching an interview by Barkha Dutt, where she was questioning Kejriwal about the way forward. 
There is no doubting the motive or honesty of Arvind Kejriwal, or the genuine intent in representing the issues faced by the common man. Now that they have achieved a milestone, they need to put in some serious thought into how they plan to achieve what they have so successfully started.... a movement by the people, for the people...

Its time to convert their idealism into more tangible, practical solutions... else what has risen so high, will die a terrible death....

PS: Before I forget, thank you Delhi for the record voting for these elections :)

08 December, 2013

Dil Aakhir Tu Kyu Rota Hai..

Seem to be in this mode of enjoying shayari.. 
What better way than this...

Jab jab dard ka baadal chhaya
Jab gham ka saya lehraaya
Jab aansoo palkon tak aaya
Jab yeh tanha dil ghabraaya
Hum ne dil ko yeh samjhaya
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai?
Duniya mein yun hi hota hai
Yeh jo gehre sannate hain
Waqt ne sabko hi baante hain
Thoda gham hai sabka qissa
Thodi dhoop hai sabka hissa
Aankh teri bekaar hi nam hai
Har pal ek naya mausam hai
Kyun tu aise pal khota hai
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai

Credits: Lines written by Javed Akhtar for Farhan Akhtar in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

06 December, 2013


Recently read these lines... 

Apne gham ki numaish na kar,
apne naseeb ki aazmaish na kar...
jo tera hai tere paas khud aaega,
har roz usse paane ki khwaish na kar...

Chuu le tu aasmaan, zameen ki talaash na kar..
jee le tu zindagi, khushi ki talaash na kar..
Taqdeer badal jaegi apne aap he aey dost..
muskurana seekh le, wajah ki talaash na kar...

So true....