Thursday, February 22, 2007

Ekalavya (2007) - Hindi Movie Review

Ranking: 4/5

Cast: Amitabh Bacchan, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen, Bomman Irani, Jimmy Shergil, Jackie Shroff, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjay Dutt
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Music: Shantanu Moitra

The movie opens with the queen (Sharmila) bed ridden listening to her husband, the king (Bomman) reading to her her famous Shakespearian sonnet. But all she keeps repeating is the name Ekalavya again and again. Their daughter (Raima) who is slightly mentally challenged keeps telling her father repeatedly, "Mom wants us to call Ekalavya daddy." But the king keeps ignoring it until he finally understands the meaning behind the word coming out of his wife's mouth. He strangles the queen to death.

Prince Harsh is asked to come back to the palace to perform the last rites for his mother where he meets Ekalavya (Amitabh) the royal guard again. Rajjo (Vidya) the daughter of the royal driver gives Harsh a letter that his mom had written for him. The letter reveals the truth that his actual father is Ekalavya and not the king. Harsh is confused and concerned and promises to his mother's burning pyre that he will protect his father Ekalavya.

Knowing that the king along with his cousin Jyotivardhan (Jackie) and his son (Jimmy) are scheming to dispose Ekalavya, Harsh works out a plan... The plan unfolds and anything more I write now might spoil the climax...

Go and watch this movie and enjoy the beauty of tight screenplay, well drafted story and acting at its best. The story has an uncanny Shakespeare like feel to it and all the settings and locations make it feel like one too. Amitabh and Saif steal the show while Bomman is simply brilliant. Vidya Balan does not have much to do in the movie although what little of her seen is awesome. Raima Sen as a mentally challenged girl has also done a good job and so have Jackie and Jimmy. Hey I almost missed out the role of Sanjay Dutt as the police inspector! He surely brings in the lighter moments of a mostly serious movie.

A must watch and in big screen too.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

So I guess I am least I will try to bring up the pace slowly. Loads of changes, new good things and a few bad things but in the end life will sort it self out. At least I hope it will!

Today is Valentine's day and I am the only one sitting in the office having lunch all by my own. Everyone has met up with their darling or their friends for lunch. I am very happy about this because I could have my awesome smelling channa all alone not wondering who was going to get offended with the smell!

I am not very fond of the V-Day because I think it is unfair to those who don't have anyone to be with. This is a very segregating day! Think about all guys/gals that we can potentially make sad by leaving them to be on their own while we are with our loved ones! Bad! and I wont be a part of it. If at all I celebrate it I would do so with my friends and family!

I am not going to say do not celebrate V-Day but all I can say is don't make such a big deal out of it. It is just a marketing gimmick and wont you feel bad when you look back at it and see how you have been conned by Hallmark into buying one of those stuffed teddy's or cards? I would! And you should too! If you really want to celebrate it go ahead and make your own card/stuffed toy/cake/etc.

Also why are men under such tremendous pressure about getting somethings for their wives on V-day? Is their entire relationship based on it? That is not fair right? I mean, life is much bigger than giving flowers and cards on V-day. I believe so.

For me spending quality time with my husband watching TV/Cooking/Eating/Chatting/Bickering/etc are more fun than any of the cheesy things in world. Also spending time with my husband and his friends and our family is much more fun than going to dinner and feeling under pressure to celebrate a media created hype!

So by now you guys should have gotten my point! Thanks for reading.