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


Mystic Music – Songs that Predict!

Have you ever had this feeling that the song that you cherish the most predict life after that song gets boring? If you say yes, then nod along and read. Well if you say no, still read!


Source – Internet

It’s that song that pulls you away from reality, even for a second, and makes you say ‘wow’ – good, bad, guilty, wonderful, doesn’t matter. This is natural to everyone. Music is rewarding – quite literally because it stimulates dopamine – a hormone that is associated with reward and motivation. If someone walks up to me right now and tells me that they have never heard a song with which they had never connected emotionally, then I would smirk and say ‘you are lying my dear!’.

While there are studies that talks about physical aspect of music, I have something more mystic about it. For me it is a soothsayer. Many a times the music that I get hooked to will mostly predict the next stage. Hooked to is a tricky word here – it is not those which I get addicted to, but the ones that touches a chord in me. Lot of songs that I listen to often make me wonder what made the artist say that, compose such a music only later realise that I was/am in that place. No! it does not happen overnight. It happens over a longer period. Let me narrate an incident.

There is a song by Naughty Boy – La La La released in 2013 and it hit the top 40 charts for a while. The song speaks about abuse and how people walk away from places where they are abused; either an abusive friends or family/workplace/society in search of a compassionate happy place (or that’s what I think the song is all about). There is one particular scene between 1:45 to 2:00 where the boy pays pennies to a vendor who puts a bleeding beating heart into the pocket of the guy who comes with the boy. That scene is so raw that it touched my heart. It one of the reason which got me hooked on to the song. Later as it happens to any other song, it faded away into my playlist until one fine day couple of years later, shuffle happens and I heard the song again. It stirred the same feeling, but it was rather much more intense because by then I had already walked out of an abusive friend(s) and workplace. The reality dawned upon me, it was illuminating in one hand but spooky on the other.

This is one of many that has such an mystic effect upon me. These songs are those that I get hooked on to and later when I re-listen I go all wide eyed and into a trance, re-living the moment. Either being happy for the good times or go moist eyes because I miss that life / that person who I was or sometimes embarrassed because I was too naïve to realise something that was staring so apparently in front of my eyes.

Have you been in my place? If yes, please do share in the comments.