Best Bollywood Movie Ever!

India is often called the world’s other movie capital other than Hollywood, due to the sheer number of movies produced in Bollywood-the Indian film industry based in Mumbai (formerly called Bombay). The numbers of films made each year are more than 1500 on an average and in terms of statistics it has grown to $2.3billion approx.

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There are different types of movies that are produced in Bollywood, that cater to the different types of viewers and belong to the various levels of the quality meter-the good ones, not so good, the bad ones and some downright atrocious. There is commercial cinema which is loved by the masses and there is parallel cinema which is enjoyed by art lovers and contributes to art of movie making substantially if not as much in financial terms.

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To pick the best Bollywood movie ever is not an easy task as tens of thousands of films have been made since the industry started in 1913 with the production of first Indian feature film ‘Raja Harishchandra’. But some of the movies which have touched our sensibilities and hearts in some way or the other over the ages are-Mother India, Mughal-E-Azam, Guide, Sholay, Masoom, Arth, Pakeezah, Lagaan, 3 idiots, Taare zameen par, Rang de basanti, Swades and many more.

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Out of a whole lot of choicest of Indian movies that i have enjoyed watching, Chak de India is my all time favorite. It was released in 2007.  It had all the ingredients which make a movie a must watch and raise it to an all new level of films.

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The film is based on a real life incident, so it feels very inspirational as the viewer can totally relate to the struggles the characters in the movie are going through to achieve their goals in spite of the umpteen hurdles and challenges they face in their path. The narrative of the film flows smoothly throughout and lacks unnecessary diversions and tracks.

All the actors fit perfectly into their characters and play the roles as if they are born for it. Shahrukh Khan superbly dons the role of the hockey coach with his perfect mannerisms and physical attributes. It seems as if he had been coaching hockey players all his life. The way he instills confidence and team spirit in his demoralized and divided team is a great lesson to be imbibed in all spheres of our life. As the movie proceeds, one gets to watch thrilling action on the field which is very realistic. The climax is equally nail biting and the movie ends on a very positive note upholding the virtues of team work, undying human spirit and off course resilience against all odds.

Overall, this movie impressed me a lot and touched me at a deep level and became a permanent member in my unforgettable and all time favorites list.

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For latest news on Bollywood you can visit www.follo.in– the wonderful site with loads of information where you can even follow your favorite movie stars and get in touch with them. There is an app available which you can install if you want to easily access this site through your phone. There are sections like featured gallery, Bollymasala ,B20, starbuzz to tickle your entertainment buds. You can test your know how about your favorite star by taking starquiz. There is also Bolly rewardz where you can get free movie vouchers and points by following stars and get goodies signed by your favorite star in exchange of these points.

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Now, if we talk about Bollywood movies in general, there is no basic premise on which they are based. They cover the complete spectrum of emotions, sensitivities, topics, styles, techniques, genres, tastes and the like. But there are some common cliches which are repeated in lot of them. Some of these i am sharing here:

1. Hero is always good and the villain is compulsorily bad and evil. The good wins over evil ALWAYS.

Does it happen like that in the real world not always just even often ?

2. At least one hour of song and dance sequence is a must in a three hour movie, even if it is completely unrelated to the story line.

How else to you get to add multiple glitzy costumes and numerous breathtaking foreign locales in a few shots?

3.The hero single handedly beats up a whole bunch of goons even if they are double or triple his size in weight and height.

Are all heroes of Bollywood movies bestowed with superpowers?

4.Almost always the hero and heroine fall in love at first sight and then the whole movie revolves around their love at first sight.

Do all love stories in real life necessarily start by love at first sight ?

5.With just an added mustache and black sunglasses, neighbors and even cops can’t recognize a person if a character needs to disguise himself in the story.

If disguising oneself was as easy, all criminals in the real world would rest assured peacefully that they shall never be caught. After all, arranging a fake mustache and black sunglasses is not that difficult a task.

6.If a car in the film ever stops working, one solution that works 100% is to pour some water in the radiator.

Would we ever need car mechanics if this filmy trick worked as wonderfully in real life?

7. The hero constantly stalks the heroine to win her heart and almost always succeeds in doing so.

Does stalking ever work in the real world? in fact this often takes serious turns and has damaging repercussions as recently happened in a sad case in Chennai. This is one issue which film makers need to think about seriously and refrain from encouraging in any form in the movie because it has damaging effects on the youngsters  who blindly copy what is shown on screen and society is affected as whole.

Whenever a commercial movie with big names who have spend big amounts on advertising it is released, the viewers rush to watch it and it runs on house full. Mostly, people follow the mass mentality. On the other hand, when a well made movie with a message comes to the theaters, it gets a luke warm response and does not do well financially. As an audience, its high time we use discernment and appreciate the effort of movie makers who have the courage to come up with useful messages.  Movie making is a business and no producer will be ready to finance a venture which incurs loss . So, we should flock the halls to watch such movies so that their makers are rewarded in financial aspects also other than just awards so that they continue to make high quality stuff. After all, movies are a very strong medium that can be the harbingers of change in the society. This medium should be used to its best advantage other than just entertainment.

What is urgently needed is change in the common mindset!

 

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Believe in your Dreams!

Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.

~Edmunds Lee

All of us have certain cherished dreams which we want to fulfill to the best of our abilities. We try whatever is possible to achieve them. But the path to fulfillment of our aspirations cannot be journeyed without encountering obstacles or blocks of any kind. This journey towards our goals becomes easier and hurdle free if we plan well in advance and there is an experienced well wisher to guide us at the start of this journey to boost our morale and also during the course of following the path. When we our stuck we need someone to encourage us and help us pick up our lost confidence.

One such person for me has been my maternal uncle, who has always offered inspiration and guidance for me since my childhood days. He has helped me in learning a lot of life lessons and in helping me choose my career path with clarity. When i had decided upon my dream of becoming an engineer and getting admission in a reputed engineering college to fulfill my dreams of inventing new technology which would be cost effective and useful to our nation and fellow citizens, my uncle whole-heartedly supported me and offered any advice and guidance i needed. At times, when i was lost or felt dejected, he would recount encouraging and uplifting examples to cheer me up.

Some of the pearls of wisdom he shared with me are:

  1. Believe in your dreams, no matter how impossible they seem   ~Walt Disney
  2. When you follow your dreams, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it ~Paulo Coelho, the alchemist.
  3. You have to dream before your dreams can come true ~A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
  4. The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams ~Oprah.
  5. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t who will? ~Jon Bon Jovi
  6. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. ~Napolean Hill
  7. Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are alone are omnipotent ~Ray croc.
  8. You miss 100% of the shots you didn’t take ~Michael Scott
  9. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can ~Arthur Ashe
  10. Everything you can imagine is real ~Pablo Piccaso
  11. When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure. ~ Mary Kay Ash.
  12. It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting ~Paulo coelho, the alchemist.
  13. The only thing worse than starting something and failing in not starting something  ~Seth Godin
  14. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure-Paulo coelho
  15. We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses; but in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams ~Steve Maraboli

These were some of the inspiring quotes by world renowned achievers my uncle had written on a poster and put it in front of my study table so that i could read them often and feel motivated. Thus, my uncle played a very important role in guiding me and helping me along the way of following my dreams.

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The Story Of A Suicide!

“In everybody’s life there’s a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That’s how we survive.”

                         ~Haruki Murakami,

 

Life is a constant struggle. No one down the ages has ever said that it would be easy. One has to pass through several trials and tribulations in the journey of life on a regular basis and overcome the hurdles to survive in this world.Humans seem to be hardwired to adapt to their circumstances and find ways to challenge any threat they face and come out victorious most often.

 

Each human has this inherent desire for living n surviving even in the hardest of circumstances and conditions.Generally, this human spirit of strength prevails and the person remains afloat in the whirlpool of life in spite of hundreds of setbacks and failures, in hope for better times ahead.

 

But sometimes, there  comes a point when all hope shatters, and one feels completely helpless and defeated in the race of life. There seems to be no solution to the problems they are facing, there is no way in sight to escape from where they are stuck.They start considering themselves as total failures. At this point, they think that only way to end their suffering  and pain is to end their lives. The thought of suicide grips them and entangles them completely.

 

To kill is not easy! and to kill one’s own self, even more so!

 

So why are they strong enough to kill themselves but not strong enough to live?

 

Is it that they have not failed, BUT, the society, the world  has failed them?

 

Such drastic steps come to mind when there is no hope left, person becomes totally hopeless. Humans need hope to live their lives and face the difficulties and hardships, in anticipation of a brighter and better tomorrow. Hope takes away the pain of today and washes away the frustration of the past regrets. Without hope, it becomes difficult to face the stark realities of life.

 

Recently i read the novel ‘THE STORY OF A SUICIDE ‘on this important issue by Sriram Ayer. In this, the stories of Hari, Charu, Sam and Mani have been narrated in a gripping style. The lives of these four youngsters are connected through a web of love, passion, revenge and deceit. The story line is powerful and the struggles of the young people have been very well verbalized through the story. The book can be read here http://www.storyofasuicide.com

It is a very good attempt to reach out to youngsters and make them understand their emotions and reactions better. After each chapter of the book, there is a information and guidance section with  how to overcome, do’s and don’t on various relevant topics like depression, heartbreak, loss, failure, harassment, sexual abuse, loneliness, complicated relationships, hurt,sadness and the proper course of action in such circumstances is suggested in a very comprehensive format. This feature is really commendable and makes the novel a self help guide. http://www.storyofasuicide.com/how-do-i-all.html
The book successfully highlights the important topics of societal prejudices and stereotyping, judgmental attitude about sexual orientation of an individual, sexual abuse stigma, harassment and lack of support system for those who are in distress.
Different chapters of the book bring forth  the struggles and hurdles the characters come across in their lives and how the society adds to making live hell for them. How Hari is judged for being a gay, Charu for being an independent minded strong girl,Mani for his poverty and lack of English know how and how Sam reacts irrationally to un-reciprocated love and  Is not society meant to have a cushioning and supporting effect for its individuals in times of need? The societal expectations and conformist attitude plays a havoc in their lives and almost  drives them insane. Once their emotions start the downward spiral towards regret,sadness, guilt or fear, their mental frame work seems to be out of control.
The human behavior and its shortcomings are nicely depicted. The book is truly a mirror to present day society and its parameters of judgement. We regularly come across similar cases in mainstream media. But raising such issues is just not enough, long term feasible solutions need to be discussed and found for such issues. This book is a strong step in such  a direction.
Some lines worth highlighting which had a deep impact on me are mentioned below
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