Dangal – The Movie

I’m not that kind of a person who sits and writes a movie review on the night of seeing the movie. Usually I come home mull over it for a couple of days, think ponder and wonder and the three verbs repeat a half a dozen more times and then forget about the review. However there is this movie – Dangal; there is something about this movie; something that is so close to reality, the elegance and the cinematography. When it comes to Indian cinema, it is usually high on drama, the good and the bad kind. Dangal craves its story on emotions yet not making it dragging, subtly hooks the audience into the screenplay. As we move through the story, we will realise the initial references are well connected.

As Malcolm Gladwell rightly puts across, extraordinary people do not just fall from trees but are nurtured, cared and are in the right place in the right time. This story about Geeta Babita and their father Mahavir shows the sacrifices of a champion, the 10,000 hours invested to become an extraordinary person. The pleasure and pain of choices kick-starts the movie. The thoughts of the little kids that gets molded and focused with a brush of reality brings in the crucial plot twist. The struggles and the sacrifices that the family undergoes; the support extended before one becomes famous; the funds and the alternatives undertaken gives in to the old adage ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’.

Two aspects that forms the base of this story – woman empowerment and sports in India. Well where do I start, sports in India requires an attention that would be given to a burning house in the midst of a hay field. Enough said with that, despite there being no coach in real lives of Geeta and Babita as shown in the movie, there are people in the system who ruins it to the very core. Rotten. It starts right from the district level and travels all the way in. We need to start recognising talent, keep political motives and personal gains away and just look at talent. In the life history of every other Indian sportsman there would be a mention of these kinds of people.

As for woman empowerment, there is no greater joy than seeing the thrust given to these girls, some places little too much, but nevertheless worth every bit of the time spent. The motivation to look woman beyond someone creating a progeny. This might not be that effective to see when one is used to living in city, but imagine, these girls were born in a village that too Harayana, a place famous for many things including female foeticide. When the little girl getting married at such a young age, imagine the burden that is kept on her shoulders, the fears and the reality – it’s not a rosy picture. To stand out from that crowd, not succumbing to the critics and the norms of the society gives us life goals.

It is not a review, but just the onslaught of oodles of thoughts running amok in my head. It is a must watch, Dangal, in every sense of it!


I just love the attitude of this kid | Source – Internet


Freedom of the Film Industry is a Two-Way Street

Freedom of the Film Industry is a two-way street; the expression of the creativity is given to set trends in the society. However, what is expected is to not multiply the problems present but reduce and eradicate them; glorify the vice for the wrong reasons and definitely not make them the cool statement; educate people by and large and not eradicate them bit by bit. Creative freedom was called for during the Udta Punjab issue, burning like raging fire only doused by the Courts’ order. It was really great to see the efforts materialize.


Source: Internet


It is high time that we take a closer look  at the vices that are already prevalent, the cigar stub on the lips, the ideas of being hammered being the ‘cool’ thing; the humor at the expense of others, the infamous verbal diarrhea in the name of punch dialogues, the aww-worthy romance, the frugal story line and I could go on all day; all of these are means of ideas being infused into the society cover with a delicate sheer of consciousness which most of than not, propagate what needs to be contained.

The script that probably started with the idea of sticking close to reality is posing anything but reality; no one likes a person who jokes on others plight incessantly; while a rampant smoker is sprinting towards his grave and there will be no miraculous last minute saves; fighting is not innate ability to anyone and a punch cannot the other person flying into the air; a girl will never fall for a guy just because she finds him everywhere she goes; love will not blossom overnight, oh wait! I’m not talking about lust here. The morbid ideas of proclaiming to be ín-love’; the guy/girl being a go-getter and everything good will happen to them has virtually killed the beauty of romance. Sure it does not harm to see happy endings, however these do not bring in a positive impact. The ideals that these movies injects in, creates ripples that when the waves lash up the shore, all we get is the shells of once dwelt souls.

How many times has the hero stalks the heroine, in the name of love! And the girl being overwhelmed by the repeated attention falls for the guy, like all the guy needs to do it chase her, hold her by her throat, and make her confess her ‘true love’. How endearing! We have lost one to the misery that is spreading. We are react to this by being more proactive by being just a tad bit more responsible.

Kids watch and learn, and they do that quick. Shouldn’t what is shown be thought and allowed?  The recent onslaught of the derogatory dialogues, the idea percolates as the fandom idolizes these actors, and it is not restricted to just kids. That is when caution needs to be exercised. It can either set examples of bad culture and language that is currently prevalent, while the contrary is true too. One might argue movies also cater to the light side of audience who wants to watch the movie in a lighter vein. However why is that humor has been cheap? Aiming to put down someone continuously, or hitting the other person, the petty one-liners; satire is good, sarcasm is welcome, but one it crosses the threshold limit of being petty, humor loses its charm. We have seen both extremes comedians and personally good humor always percolates and been my personal favorite.

A line mentioning that smoking is injurious to health at the beginning of the movie will have almost no effect in the mind of the fans who hero-worship these actors. All these young fans see on screen is the cool quotient, which is pretty high and they copy their heroes blind to the consequences. Next comes the glam in the movies, the size zero. I don’t even know where to start, and it is not restricted to the film industry. The image shaming is a big deal and size zero is humanly not possible or it comes with huge health issues.

A more responsible script writing and keeping in mind the audience and their age and mind set would be really helpful. If there was a societal positive impact factor that is measured, where would you honestly rate the movies that one watches; and wjat would the collective impact be? Cinema is one of the primary ways an era is identified with, and what is depicted shows reality is a personal call everyone in the industry needs to decide upon.