Save ‘Em Boys

… for they are the ones who are the most in danger, from girls, women, society and the world at large, especially the ones who stand by their women.

Every time a woman wears a dress, jeans, shorts or a skirt, she is putting every man ogling at her in mortal danger. This loose sense of dressing causes men to lose their minds and the power to rationally think through any objectionable action like an attempt to rape or even going all the way. The woman has obviously asked for it. It’s all her fault. These poor men will be men, what wrong have they done by not evolving with the years?

If you’re a woman trying to co-exist with them men in the society today, you must know that you’re hurting them men. So if you go out asking for it, you shouldn’t feel offended when he makes his move and shows some swag, right? Infact take this piece of advice, you’ve probably read all the wrong books all your life. Even in fairy tales every damsel in distress needs saving and what’s better than being saved by her Prince Charming? In this case, it’s all the men who are merely unsuspecting onlookers, so if you provoke them to bring out their otherwise latent carnal desires, whose fault is it then?

Because you are a woman, you are SUPPOSED to be well-dressed, well-behaved, show how you come from good families and a few other easily doable steps that determine your safety. Should you fail to do so, should you decide to drink, smile at men, joke with them or even agree to have dinner with them regardless of how ravenous you may be at the time, you are only inviting these poor men to come closer, touch you, and show you your place (aukaat).

So wake up, ladies. You have to stop living, just so men  can live. You may be the reason men are alive, but you can’t have the same rights as them. It’s wrong. Do the society some good, save ’em boys, be their Dame in Shining Armor because their facade of being the Knight in Shining Armor has now been proven wrong, they are just douchebags in tin-foil.

P.S. Some creative liberty has been taken in switching between boys and men, it’s after all a matter of age and maturity. Although some boys love to think they have a little bit of Peterpan in them.

This post has been written post my thoughts after watching Pink this evening. The film’s concept was relevant then, is now and will continue to be so. 


Yeh Dooriyan

Ek ajeeb sa rishta hai mera… Tumhare phone ke saath kyunki tum toh masroof rehte ho. Shayad yehi masla hai mera, tum bina jeena aata nahi, tumhare saath jeena chahti nahi.

Jab tumhari yaad aaye, toh mann kehta hai abhi isi waqt tumhari aawaz sun loon. Raat bhar jab jaag ke khuli aankhon se sapne dekhne ki koshish karti hoon toh khud ko rok leti hoon, jaise ek paabandi lagadi ho khud par… Kyunki mera ahem mere pyaar se bada hai, aur tumhara bhi.

Kya tumhein yaad nahi woh lamhein Jo hum saath bitaya karte the aur vaadein nibhane ki baatein kiya karte the? Main toh nahi bhooli har woh lamha par waqt ne apna sitam kiya aur le aaya hamare beech yeh dooriyan, jab phone aur WhatsApp ke saath rishta reh gaya hai hamara, ek baar bhi woh aawaz sun loon ya woh jawaab paa loon tumse toh lagta hai jaise ek aur zindagi jee loon tumhare paas, tumhare saath, tumhare kareeb.

एक अजीब सा रिश्ता है मेरा… तुम्हारे फोन के साथ क्यूंकी तुम तो मसरूफ़ रहते हो. शायद यही मसला है मेरा, तुम बिना जीना आता नही, तुम्हारे साथ जीना चाहती नही.

जब तुम्हारी याद आए, तो मॅन कहता है अभी इसी वक़्त तुम्हारी आवाज़ सुन लून. रात भर जब जाग के खुली आँखों से सपने देखने की कोशिश करती हूँ तो खुद को रोक लेती हूँ, जैसे एक पाबंदी लगादि हो खुद पर… क्यूंकी मेरा अहेम मेरे प्यार से बड़ा है, और तुम्हारा भी.

क्या तुम्हें याद नही वो लम्हें जो हम साथ बिताया करते थे और वादें निभाने की बातें किया करते थे? मैं तो नही भूली हर वो लम्हा पर वक़्त ने अपना सितम किया और ले आया हमारे बीच यह दूरियाँ, जब फोन और WhatsApp के साथ रिश्ता रह गया है हमारा, एक बार भी वो आवाज़ सुन लून या वो जवाब पा लून तुमसे तो लगता है जैसे एक और ज़िंदगी जी लून तुम्हारे पास, तुम्हारे साथ, तुम्हारे करीब.


Baar Baar Dekho – Movie Review: Katrina-Sidharth’s Love Story Travels Through Time

The last seven days I have spent time giving this a fair thought, amidst work hours, during lunch breaks, one of the many sleepless nights that what I could possibly write about a film that I was expecting a lot from, yet was disappointed to see the final delivery on the screen. Would it have been the first time I was dissing a film? Anyone who has been reading my reviews over the last few years wouldn’t quite agree with this because I strongly believe that writing bad reviews is the easiest thing to do, just like being a plain Jane in a film. It’s the good ones that actually nag you till you’ve written something satisfactory enough to publish and God save you if that satiation only comes by 3-4 or more reworks. This is like getting to play the comedian in a film, ’cause you could be tearing up inside yet you are expected to always be happy and be successful in making the audience laugh because what good is a comedian if he doesn’t have what we loosely term as ‘the perfect comic timing’.

I apologize, but the feelings and the unexpressed angst against the film is causing me to digress into a zone I would probably have preferred venturing into at a later date, surely. So yes, Nitya Mehra’s Baar Baar Dekho is a film you are happy to be imagining via the beautifully shot and extremely melodious songs. Maybe become a modern-day Sanjay. Not that Mehra’s direction and storytelling is faulty, it just doesn’t blend with the flavor of the film. Was it the bad acting? Not when you have actors as evolved as Sarika, Ram Kapoor, Sayani Gupta (first seen in Margarita With A Straw opposite Kalki Koechlin), and even Katrina Kaif who believe you me, has evolved over the last 15 odd years she has spent in Bollywood looking good on the screen at all times. I was taken by her abs, obviously, because the fat on my belly wasn’t even burning out of jealousy. *Sigh* 

But we need to address the elephant in the room… our handsome non-actor Sidharth Malhotra because he has been given too much to do. This could have been his best work, to be honest. But he was debating whether he really was 46 years old and what he could do in his life apart from the thesis on Vedic Mathematics. But as per the story, he is a great boyfriend and a horrible husband. All because he can’t decline the marriage proposal yet is okay being a douchebag once the woman is his for keeps. Another question that arises in this scenario is, what takes Katrina Kaif’s character, Diya, 16 years to divorce this guy? Like several women in real life, there seemed to be no monetary issue that would have kept her with him when he clearly wasn’t in it. Anyhow, I am pretty certain you all know the story by now having read and watched several reviews so far. However, if you’ve missed Sahil Rizwan’s work, don’t miss it at any cost! Baar Baar Dekho is a bad copy of a few good films including Before I Go To Sleep (which had little bearing on the film) and Click (Adam Sandler starrer which was made when you could still sit through his films without feeling sick). All you need at a time like this is a good film to help you out of the hangover. Mine has already stayed for a week. Alas, Sidharth Malhotra’s easy equation caused a strange locha in my brain. 


A Love Story (Not): Kapoor And Sons – A Heartwarming Story About The Little Things In Life

The first -of-its-kind from the Dharma Productions’ banner, Kapoor And Sons starring Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra supported by veteran actors like Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah and Rajat Kapoor is not a love story, not a love triangle and definitely not what the trailers and the happy songs looked like. It is a heartwarming story about all the little things in life that we often miss when we go on living our daily lives, in a way we assume is living albeit in a robotic fashion. This is something you probably have heard, read, seen before, but getting the chance to see all this in a mainstream Bollywood drama is a fresh start for several reasons. We have stereotyped actors for playing the happy-go-lucky, sometimes wasted characters that bring so much weight to their roles that you may find yourself wondering if you knew they possessed the caliber.

Watch the trailer and you feel this is going to be another film about a dysfunctional family, because well, all families have their share of issues and skeletons in the closet, but they sail through. But Shakun Batra, along with his writer Ayesha DeVitre tells a Hollywood-style story in a very Bollywood fashion, with its fair share of melodrama and the usual stereotypes. Remember Tennesse Williams and his play, August: Osage County?

The songs, except the soul-stirring Saathi Rey (never promoted and aptly saved for the film) and the romantic Bolna (I believe to mislead the relationship the trio shares), are party songs that you automatically find your feet tapping to. Little do they tell about what lies in store for you as you spend 2 hours and 20 minutes in the theatre watching this marvellous story unfold.

Some of us who’ve practically grown up watching films made under Yashraj Studios and Dharma Productions’ banner, will agree that there was a wee-bit of tomfoolery we expected to watch on the screen since the trend of showing homosexuality and extra-marital affairs in our movies has thus far, told a completely different story.

Speaking of acting prowess, Alia Bhatt should have brought more to the screen with her much-evolved self. As an audience, I saw a more mature actress from Highway in Kapoor And Sons. She was the bubbly girl until she bared her soul on screen. In Sidharth Malhotra’s case, there were ample good looks I expected and little acting since he has always, atleast uptil now, managed to look extremely handsome on screen but has done little to show that models-turned-actors can really weave magic on screen.

Fawad Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor are the four names who we’re much better off not commenting on, we just wish they get roles where acting is a much-needed flair and star name isn’t a pre-requisite. It’s been a little over a year since we were exposed to Fawad’s acting prowess kind courtesy his shows on Zindagi channel, followed by a fairytale romance in the runaway hit, Khoobsurat. When he said in an interview that he was completely sold on the script, I frankly found it difficult to believe, given that I wasn’t expecting a deep story that I would find myself rooting for post March 18. If you ask me if the story made me cry, I will be honest, it did not. If you ask me what it did to me, then let’s just say this piece is a tribute to my true feelings about this beautiful film and as a film-lover, I would love to watch out for films like this from the Hindi film industry. The next from the Dharma Productions’ banner is quite the awaited Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that is said to place Ranbir Kapoor back on the bandwagon as one of the most-promising actors of the industry (some of us didn’t doubt that, though).

A version of this article was originally published on one of the sites I was previously working on. You can read it here.


How Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Teaches You To Thank God For Every Breath

When Zoya Akhtar changed the way the world envisioned female directors, especially in the Hindi Film Industry, you knew that you were getting yourself into a movie experience you would never want to forget. With a deep philosophical thought in the title, the film opened with something else altogether. The opening scene shows a guy and a girl in a romantic setting with the guy down on one knee, asking for her hand in marriage. Little could anyone have gauged what lay in store. Basically the guy in question, Kabir played by Abhay Deol, was a man with a heart of gold, the kinds that is called a ‘catch’ in real life.

Cut to the part that makes the film what it is. I am assuming that all of you who are reading this post have watched the film atleast once. Cause if you haven’t, then I will find you, and make you watch the film. Mostly ’cause this is one of the closest movies to my heart and became the answer to my loneliness when I used to walk aimlessly on the streets of Colaba uptil Marine Drive, sometimes beyond Chowpatty and back just to find a solution to where I was going in life. That was 2011. I had watched ZNMD 4 times in one week at a theatre that’s very close to my heart as well, the iconic Regal Cinema, all alone, and enjoyed each scene every single time. Since then there have been countless revisits to the movie, surely, but the first few remain unforgettable. 

This film also starred Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar in pivotal roles with Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin adding the femininity in this high-on-testosterone drama. At the outset, this is an out-and-out guy film with three friends growing up together, going on to follow their respective passion(s) in life. I say passion and not dreams, because they hold a different meaning for everyone, and in most cases it cannot or is not the same.

So then why do I think that ZNMD is a film that teaches you to be thankful for every breath you take? Read on to find out:

A Competitive Spirit, Against All Odds

If Arjun (Hrithik) not had been driven my money, he wouldn’t have gone on to become equivalent of the wolf of Wall Street. In a candid conversation with a woman he fancies, it is revealed how after his father’s passing, his mother and he had a tough time getting by. Hence the reason behind his workaholism and his attitude towards personal relationships is understandable, and by the by justified.

Life-Changing Revelation

Farhan Akhtar uncovers a truth about his family that puts him in an existential crisis of kinds. When he tells his friends about it, they are obviously supportive, but it is a truth that Farhan has to face or hide in the deepest corners of his heart. His friends, however, are quite unsure of his ulterior motive of choosing Spain for his road trip. But, as they say, darr ke aage jeet hai

Dil Ki Betaabiyaan

As Farhan Akhtar recites, “dilon mein tum betaabiyaan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum“, he has very articulately expressed a simple funda… if you’re desperate, you are willing to go on till you realize your dreams. Desperation, unfortunately is a misunderstood term in today’s day and age. It has little to do with being a untamed bull (pun intended) and a lot to do with how being laidback and adopting a lackadaisical attitude can cost you your time, which is more precious than the most precious gem. In the words of Fun and their popular song, We Are Young, we can make the most of our time while we are young along with making memories to cherish, we know we can set the world on fire by just burning brighter than the sun. In other words, we need to believe we are all stars in our own right.


Khwabon Ke Parindey

I’ll elaborate this line with a few lines from the song,

Kahe yeh dil ke jaa udhar bhi tu
Jahaan bhi leke jaaye aarzoo

It speaks about following your heart, through and through. We all know of atleast one person who has already done it or has definitely spoken about “leaving their job to travel and explore”, yours truly is one of them. But is that a long term or a short term solution? Is wanting to break free a sign of escapism or does it have anything to do with wanting to let go because monotony has completely seeped in and there is nothing more that you can endure beyond this point? Honestly, that’s a question this blog or I cannot answer for you. Mere dil ki aarzoo is to write to make myself heard, aapki kya hai woh pehchanni zaroori hai…

No Afsos, Seize The Day, Carpe Diem

zindagi-na-milegi-dobara Because Hrithik Roshan (Arjun) is a workaholic and has no time for love or respecting his partner, because Farhan Akhtar (Imran) writes his secrets in his little black book and is living with a haunting present and Abhay Deol (Kabir) is all-set to get married but doesn’t want to… the course the film and the road trip in Spain changes everything for the three musketeers. For everyone who loved the film and continues to do so, each time is a new learning from it. Then there are some who feel it’s a regular bromance and has nothing much to offer, but we will address this point later. Yes, there are several Hollywood films that speak about following your heart and going after what your true calling is… but I don’t know of many such films that inspired me to say leave everything and go be a hermit or something. 
zindagi-na-milegi-dobara Looking forward to hearing from you soon, kya pata Kal Ho Naa Ho. ❤