― John Grogan, Marley & Me
By Anamika Sengupta
“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?”
― John Grogan, Marley & Me
It was a quiet Sunday afternoon and I was looking for a movie to watch. After what seemed like an hour of futile searching & going through synopses of over 20 movies that did not appeal to me in the least, I decided to pick one from the ones in my hard disk. I finally went with ‘Marley & me’. This would be the 28th time I would be watching it. Yup, you read it right…..twenty-eighth! (& NO, I am not a bit loose in the head!). For all those who have already figured out that I am one of those ‘crazy-about-dogs’ kinda people, a not-so-subtle reaffirmation that YES, I am and always have been completely, utterly & irrevocably in love with all the adorableness and the craziness that comes with having pets.
Earlier this week as I was watching Satya 2, I started wondering where did the man who made the impeccably constructed account of Mumbai’s underworld back in 1998 go. Ram Gopal Varma, or RGV as he is widely known, has had a fall so rapid, you almost wonder if he exists in a universe of accelerated gravity.
RGV burst onto the scene in the 90s with exceptionally crafted films such as Shiva and Rangeela. Even a box office failure like Daud, today has a cult following, courtesy repeated TV viewings. But somewhere down the line, I guess RGV exceeded his own expectations. Then got burdened with people’s expectations. And under tremendous pressure, lost his way.
RGV isn’t the first example of a director hitting a peak, only to run out of his creative juices later in his career. The classic-est example in this context remains Yash Chopra. The man, who once directed contemporary dramas like Waqt, Deewar, and Mashaal, stumbled with his works in the late 80s and early 90s (Parampara, Lamhe), to find a successful formula in Chandani. The director then just stuck to that formula for the next two decades churning out piece after piece of uninspired direction.
by Rukmini Sengupta
All I have been hearing for the past few weeks and all I have read about is, kushal, armaan, gauhar and well blonde tanisha. Whether it be tweets with embedded humor or those MTV blog articles or just two people in the elevator randomly starting to react upon how some of them are evil witches. Those who don’t know what I am talking about, well it’s called the Bigg Boss 7, nowadays trending on twitter as #BB7. It is a highly, overrated(according to me) popular so called ‘reality’ show to which people are glued to their idiot boxes. I know families who leave their rest of the work or finish things of early just so they could see what is happening in that closed house. Well not to forget Salman Khan is doing quite a justice to being a host for such a show. Lately he hasn’t been doing so many movies, so hosting seems to be a viable option.
People talk about vulgarity being showcased, well this show has heights of displaying them indirectly or sometimes worst cases, direct. They are the scripted Ekta kapoor soaps just that they show them as reality shows. None of this so called reality shows are what they call themselves to be. They hardly even follow the protocols. And how I know that? Well it’s not just me, the audience has become clever to now figure out what’s fake and what’s real. Somehow this show just doesn’t appeal to me. There is so much of drama that even Anurag and Prerna will cry looking at them. But then again, I really can’t blame the families for spending their one hour on watching others fight and scream and cry over petty things.
The point of this show is to get you addicted to it and make it your 24X7 topic of discussion in kitty parties, dinner tables and evening walks. TRPs are reaching a different height with Bigg Boss being aired on the television. My personal opinion about this show is that it is ridiculously absurd. It is a lot of crap scripted to pay those cartoon characters inside that decent looking house. Funny part being, they haven’t ever revealed who that man is behind big boss and the voice of course. When the bigg boss wants he can kick someone out of the house, just #LikeABoss. Oh I had to use hash-tag, it’s the trending stuff on the internet now.