Nina Paley’s Sita Sings The Blues: A Film That Deserves Your Time, Sensibility And Sensitivity

The first thought one gets when having watched Nina Paley’s Sita Sings The Blues is that she is a dreamweaver and this story can indeed be termed as the greatest breakup story ever told. With the simple use of 2D animation, Sita Sings The Blues is a tale you just cannot get enough of. Speaking about life and love from a woman’s perspective, every woman who watches the film is ought to feel moved yet very inspired to move on from ever being bogged down by the blues. Eventually a woman must do what she must, as long as it nurses and heals a broken heart. Chronicling her real-life via this animated film, the writer-director-animator draws inferences from Goddess Sita’s tale as written in the many versions of the Ramayana. The most noteworthy point – the revival of The Blues sung by Annette Hanshaw, a popular singer from 1920s America. As stated by Nina, the stories that she read in books got more meaning with the songs by Annette Hanshaw, as they truly set the essence of the film.
With three sets of characters taking centrestage (so to speak), this re-telling of Ramayana is one by Sita – wife of Ram, object of affection of Ravana and point of inspiration for many women thereafter. She loves with all her heart, devotes herself to her husband and her one true love, faces dejection, weeps for days on end, and finally emerges strong from her plight of being the woman who was frowned upon for no plausible reason and hence, decided to move on, and move on like a boss she did. Most of us who’ve watched the film already know the complete story of the epic tale, but what we may not have understood was the pain our central character felt. Her voice, her emotions, have given many distraught, sometimes destitute women a voice of their own. Sita gained her Goddess stature because she proved herself to be the epitome of womanhood and this film reminds us of this.
The three narrators have the face of ancient kings (and queen) who are discussing this story like a group of individuals would make intelligent conversation of the topic of discussion. Kind of like the ones you’re likely to see at social gatherings, theatres and literature events around the country. (some views are usually borrowed tilting towards pseudo-intellect unfortunately, but we’ll get to that part later).
Nina Paley has masterfully ‘re’-created each of these characters to tell everyone about her own breakup (and how she probably moved on from it) which happened via email, and most certainly left her befuddled, without a clue as to why her husband/partner found such an innovative way to let go of the relationship. Once you get into the skin of this 2D character, you too, may find yourself empathizing with her, and perhaps, feeling what she felt. If a heartbreak causes the person at the receiving end to walk onto a path of greatness… then this is it.
When you walk into your room at the end of the day, and kick off your shoes, read a book, before you curl up and sleep, remember that there is always a better tomorrow and one partner’s choice or the ill-fate of a relationship doesn’t alter your life. Feel every bit empowered. Having said that, it’s not just about the women eventually, it’s likely to reach out to the men watching it and ensuring that it tugs at their heart-strings as well.
So, hear Sita Sing The Blues to you while she narrates her story in a span of 81 minutes. This is a crowd-funded film and every frame of it deserves to be watched repeatedly, and likewise, shared with one and all. Not to mention the beauty with which Annette Hanshaw’s classics shall become timeless through this apt usage.
*A version of this has been published under my author profile in July 2014, during my professional stint at BookMyShow*

“Jaa Simran Jaa… Jee Le Apni Zindagi”

Jaa simran jaa… jee le apni zindagi [sic]

Nothing, I assure you, could’ve sounded (and felt) more liberating than these words spoken by Simran’s stern, principled father, Chaudhari Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri) in Yash Chopra’s landmark film, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge (1995), the film that continues to be a favorite amongst all romantics, 21 years hence.

When Simran (Kajol) dreamt of finding her Prince Charming, little did she know that she’d find this guy who was a stark opposite of who she was as a person – an introvert, a dreamer, family-oriented and so much more. Her eventual Prince Charming, Raj (Shahrukh Khan) is, on the other hand, a rich brat who lives with his father in a sprawling mansion somewhere in London, chills for most of his time and voila! finds his lady love, on yet another holiday when he is travelling on the Eurail with his friends, who happen to be (soon-to-be) directors, Karan Johar and Arjun Sablok, respectively. Of course, what you do notice is a 360-degree difference in Raj & Simran’s standard of living.

Save for three girlfriends from college and her mother (Farida Jalal), Simran doesn’t have many friends, she writes poetry and shares them with her mother until one day, her bubble bursts when she realizes the irony of her life; like most girls from an Indian family, her marriage has been fixed with a family friend, without her consent, of course. The decision, sealed by her father.

Raj, who doesn’t face pressures of any kind from his father lives a complacent life comprising holidays, drinks while he wears his heart on his sleeve. This, until, he falls hopelessly in love with a simple Punjabi girl, whom he fondly refers to as Senorita (because of a certain Spanish girlfriend who didn’t like Indian men).

Cut to the chase, the two realize at two different intervals in the film that they both love each other immensely, and then starts their ‘struggle’ in the relationship. Raj decides to take the hard way out of this ordeal. For what could be the first time, he chooses the hard path and decides to fight for his love instead of eloping with the love of his life. His fight for love is so appealing, that it steals many hearts, especially of a woman’s. After all, a dimpled smile and soft brown eyes are difficult to ignore! Raj’s strife comes to an end when Baldev Singh realizes what has been transpiring all these days, insults the deeply-in-love boy, and separates the inseparable couple that Raj and Simran are.


Simran must have felt so caged in her superficially normal life till she found true love in this man named Raj, her only outlet being her dreamland where a voice often beckoned her to join him in his para-paradise…

The challenge was not to admit her true feelings to her beau but to be able to get her conventional-thinking father to accept an independent soul, Raj and let her take off with him than get her to live a stifling life with the decided fiance, Kuljeet. If you look deeper, you would find that beneath this hard shell of strong ideas, lives a man who believes in love and would want his daughter to breathe and spend her life with her Prince Charming.


The original post, written during my stint at features here:

And if you’re looking for reasons to watch Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge, here’s a list of trivia for you:

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. 


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. ❤


Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Ek Tarfa Pyaar’

From a breezy college romance in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to family dramas (or dramata) of different kinds in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kal Ho Naa Ho, moving onto a mature love story in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and My Name Is Khan, and then launching three of the most promising young actors in Bollywood today with Student Of The Year, Karan Johar is making a comeback with what looks like a well-knit love story, and thank God for that!

It’s definitely not the first time we will watch an extra-marital affair unfolding on the 70 mm screen, and definitely not the first by KJo, (he’s made KANK in 2006 and a short story in Bombay Talkies in 2013 that touched upon a similar theme) but it’s the first time I’m so pumped up to watching something by the director and most of it could be because I’ve practically grown up watching cinema presented by YRF Studios and Dharma Productions, having fed on masala Bollywood and feeling strongly for most of the characters. Of course, my most-favorite remain Amit, Shobha and Chandni from Silsila.

ae-dil-hai-mushkil-image-1 Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is all-set to release this Diwali and stars Ranbir Kapoor as Ayan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Saba and Anushka Sharma as Alizeh. The film will also have Fawad Khan playing a special role (it’s got to be special, ’cause, Fawad…)

The first thoughts I got from the teaser that released this morning was… wow! An intense romance, couple-in-love, couple-out-of-love, a warm friendship and a melodious song in Arijit Singh’s voice. More so because everyone is looking so gorgeous in every frame! Does it make you feel “how can someone look so good?”ae-dil-hai-mushkil-image-1Ranbir Kapoor says, “ek tarfa pyaar ki taakat hi kuchh aur hoti hai, auron ke rishton ki tarah yeh do logon mein nahi batti, sirf mera haq hai ispe.” While we don’t have a chance of discovering what the theme of the film really is going to be, as per past reports from various Bollywood sites, the film is about an extra-marital affair and probably inspired by the 1977 film, Doosra Aadmi starring Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh (the couple wasn’t married yet) and Rakhee. To know that a film by Yash Chopra has been inspired into a film by Karan Johar is quite comforting because you know your minutes at the theatre, the long wait for the film and what-I-feel-it-will-make-me-feel-feeling after the film is not going to be a futile exercise.

While I listen to the song with such deep meaning on loop, click to listen to the song on Saavn. Twitter is abuzz with how the title song is similar to Hamari Adhuri Kahani’s title song, I want to ask how? Do you know?

Anyhow, here’s the teaser of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil:

In his recent interview with film critic Rajeev Masand, Ranbir Kapoor had sounded very sure of himself despite facing brickbats for his last three debacles, Besharam, Roy and Bombay Velvet (Tamasha was a hit, yes, but not understood by most of the audience, including established critics. An unfortunate situation for a beautiful film). We know why. *prepares to write something on Tamasha now*

We Need To Talk… About Katrina Kaif’s Abs

Awe is a small word for what I have been feeling every time I look at Katrina Kaif and her abs in Baar Baar Dekho. First of all, it’s not fair to anyone who believed that ‘curves’ were in, secondly, this woman is going to give a major complex to even herself from a few years ago. Maybe she wrote a diary when she was younger, deciding to look like this when she crosses 30:


For people like me, who have lived on the fluffier side of life for say, 29 out of 29 years, this is far from inspiration. Trust me, I am not feeling bad, at all!

During the trailer launch event of Baar Baar Dekho, Kat apparently revealed the reason she went ahead and did crunches, repeatedly… which was (no brownie points for this) her much-talked-about (and much-alleged) breakup with her long-term beau, Ranbir Kapoor.

I am now out of the self-loathing phase, almost! But do you see what she is doing? Women and men alike will want to know how she achieved this dream body of hers and yesss we have a new fad coming to town very soon! I believe I read somewhere that Katrina gave up water to get abs like these. Hmmm.

When Katrina dances (or walks), this is what you see:


While you notice the cool attire, you cannot take your eyes off THOSE abs:


And then she hits the beach so confidently seducing her onscreen beau with her eyes (we would like to think so!)

giphy2 A shaadi function follows where Katrina is seen wearing this lovely pink lehenga, but her abs are the main focus again:

tumblr_obczi2x8081rwbf4ro7_r1_540 Kya kar rahe ho yaar!

I did mention a few months ago how she was getting ready to make everyone jealous with that body of hers, I didn’t believe myself also that time and had to go back to this… 

Did you forget this, though? Don’t blame her for looking so hot, she gave us a hint well in advance.

thequint2f2016-072f44e88f4e-65ab-4996-9200-6643b8f57d7e2f17q9csThis one’s probably the look your neighborhood aunty gives every girl of marriageable age at every event or shaadi, also Katrina-inspired…

tumblr_obczi2x8081rwbf4ro2_500 Sorry aunty, everyone doesn’t have it in them 😛 

As far as ‘fitting’ into set notions of society like condensed milk in kulfi moulds goes, a few friends, classmates and colleagues heard about my new year resolution this year. I planned to learn the Hula Hoop and I wasted no time in rushing to a sports shop to buy a bright yellow one that now collects dust in some corner of the house. Obviously, two attempts at learning weren’t quite enough. Or I may have lied to you and this might have happened:


You see what I don’t see… dancing makes us even more jiggly wiggly:

a02dee0bd5d008ab_tumblr_metwlbciao1rj5u13o1_500-xxxlarge Happy & awesome

But, we’re cool nonetheless! Raise your hands if you feel what I am saying here and let me know what you think about this brutally honest post.


The thoughts above are all mine. Please be nice and give some credit incase you plan on borrowing some of them 🙂


All That’s Misplaced With Kareena Kapoor Khan-Arjun Kapoor’s Ki And Ka

Let’s begin by saying that this is the age of breaking the several stereotypes that we have all been living with. So what is it that we do first? We show brazen women, the ones who drink themselves silly, the ones who smoke, the ones who are open about having multiple sexual partners and the list continues. When we speak about men, we assume they are all ‘supposed’ to be a certain way – women fight for equality but complain when they find chivalry amiss nowadays, especially in the 20-something men.

So, what is equality? Does it mean equal pay for equal work, freedom of thoughts and speech, or having a completely misplaced sense of feminism wherein emancipation of women translates into male bashing.

This is my problem with Kareena Kapoor Khan-Arjun Kapoor’s Ki And Ka, which released on April Fool’s Day this year but I only just got around to watching it. This certainly was a film that had held my interest when it was announced. Kareena Kapoor Khan looks so glamorous that she has definitely inspired several office-goers to change their style. But having said that, let’s not get too inspired by the story. There is none. The film has been written but there is no story it tells. If they spoke about breaking stereotypes, just the way the film’s promotions had us believe, the outcome would have been different. I don’t agree with a lot of points raised in the film in the name of feminism and equality. What we see on screen is just a mockery. Are we trying to show that men are ‘evil’ and all that they have done is to practice domestic violence or throw their weight around because they are the bread winners? How is Kia any different than a man then? She is shown to be jealous of her husband’s popularity, speaks loosely about financial dependency and beats her husband up!

Let’s not forget that the jealousy part was reverse Abhimaan, which starred Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, and was a film with a heart.

If a woman is working today not because she has been ‘allowed’ to do so but has the freedom of making that choice, then she should definitely embrace every bit of it. There is nothing abnormal in earning money and using it in your home. A home is made through a joint contribution, whether it’s a Ki or a Ka who is managing the household. This was unfortunately a very Western concept of trying to be cool and showing how India is not backward… Only if the story was knit together with the concepts in place.

If you’re at a friend’s wedding and feel angst on seeing her getting married, where she will supposedly become her husband’s pillar of support, and make his life her own, we should accept the fact that she is doing it out of choice. Going to a workplace and earning your own money gives you a lot of freedom, agreed, but can we see a correct representation of life, please? Also, do her thoughts of being a carefree woman don’t allow her to ‘stayfree’? She is menstruating and can’t dance when her friends want to pull her on the dance floor. Given this situation, all sanitary napkin brands have perhaps been lying all this while. There are no belts, no perfectly sticking glue and definitely no XL wings jo aapko unn dino mein stress-free rakhein? Yehi kehna chahte hai hum?

In the film, Ka loves trains, so he decorates his house keeping his taste in mind. He is shown to be a supportive husband who gives flight to his wife’s dreams. Beautiful. But his wife, who says she is a Marketing Manager, will be a VP in two years’ time, followed by being promoted as the CEO, is perhaps a commitment-phobic bimbette. I apologize about being judgemental here  but the lady apparently doesn’t even know that there is an iconic Rail Museum in the capital of the country where she says she has lived her whole life (surprise, shock… unsure). That disturbs my train of thought, certainly.

‘Nuff said, I hope I have been able to drive my point home. I do welcome a constructive argument in this regard. Feel free to comment! The film’s saving grace was the long-time-no-see Swaroop Sampat, and I hope she makes an appearance more often.

As far as the film and our lives go, mohabbat aur ji huzoori ke fark ko samajhna zaroori hai. I leave you with this lovely song from the film:

Shah Rukh Khan Fights Himself In Fan – Read Movie Review Here

Being a fanboy or fangirl is as difficult as earning a scholarship, and with the rise of the number of the people in the world, fandom is only going to see a rampant rise in numbers – each competing with the other. In the real world, Shah Rukh Khan (also the protagonist and antagonist of Fan, the film I am speaking about today) and Salman Khan, both superstars in their own capacity, and friends-turned-foes-turned-friends too, have a bigger challenge at hand – and that’s to ensure that they don’t do anything that disappoints the plethora of people whose lives revolve around the release of their films year after year.

Fan is not a tribute to SRK, nor does it go on to show the actor’s apparent narcissistic side, but it’s a film about all that can go wrong in the life of a superstar who is just busy living his enviable life till an obsessive fan comes along with just one wish, to meet him and hug him. Not a tall ask, yes?


Some may also believe that the film is a ‘one-time watch’ or a ‘timepass’ but for me, it is a a deep story with a hard-hitting message that is equally flawed. Maneesh Sharma’s direction falters every time he wants to show his audience the two men, SRK and SRK, pitted against one another. Add to that a lot of unnecessary chase scenes that one could absolutely do without but didn’t. Perhaps, there was a need for all the excessive drama because we are talking about a Bollywood film from the YRF banner.


Credit must be given where it’s due, nonetheless. SRK as the superstar is obviously awkward being himself as he admitted in a recent interview that being the superstar on screen was more difficult than playing Gaurav. Adding, he had said that director Maneesh Sharma and producer Aditya Chopra had intended the world to see the life of the superstar from his eyes. However, there is the ease with which he also plays Gaurav, a made-up version of himself, that is awe-inspiring and you know that this is the role that will touch many hearts and even cause an outburst of emotions despite the villain that he proves to be. Like a lover, he too loved someone, the only difference being, this time it’s a ‘senior’ version of himself.

What Works For Fan: 

The hype, the big banner production, SRK, Jabra Fan in different languages, the story at places

What Fails To Work For Fan: 

The unnecessary melodrama, the treatment of an obsessed lover and the portrayal of SRK’s onscreen wife, who is mostly seen in indecent night gowns only. We all know that Gauri Khan is much more poised and is mostly seen keeping her best foot forward.

Why Fan Should Be Watched: 

To know that love stories don’t just have to revolve around college kids, warring families, and usual stereotypes. This is easily SRK’s finest performances in many years especially after the buffoonery in Happy New Year and Dilwale (even though it was SRK-Kajol’s comeback).

On a scale of 01 to 05, I’d rate Fan 03/05 stars. 

Do watch and let me know what you think! Would love to have a heart-to-heart with y’all, Dil Se.