Sunday, November 29, 2009

Movie Review : 2012

This movie for me was not just a movie. After having read various theories behind this event slated for 21st Dec 2012, it was a nice depiction as to how it will actually happen. And from my point of view, it was a very realistic view of what I had actually imagined, and seeing it with my own eyes, though in a picture, was quite frightening.

Its not just a movie, its something what you have thought about and its about the end of the world. Its something, which one is not sure at the same time, one is again not sure that it will happen. We are living here on this planet earth and planning for the future as if we are going for live till the age of 60-70. And if we go by this theory, we dont need to plan , we just need to live to next 2 years. So its a constant conflict in the mind as to what extent you can trust this theory and what will really happen to you per se.

As for the movie, it revolves around the same old White House and the President of USA, something close to what Independence Day was, with an amalgamation of Titanic. But in all a good depiction as to what will be the actual things which will happen. Wonderful special effects, WOW is not enough.
The movie starts from India, where an Indian figures out that the temperture of the core of the earth is imcreasing at a rapid pace, and he tells his friend from USA who is working in the Geological Dept of the Government.
Then it moves on to show how they plan to build a huge ship a.k.a the in the Bible, which takes every animal on the planet so that the specie is not destroyed. Also shown is how much of commercialisation is done and how are the tickets to your life are sold.
But at the end its very clearly shown that, only the ones who have done good deeds will be saved and thats the true essence of the movie. Its again the joining of the dots, as to how even the so called bad people will assist the good people unknowningly for their own benefit.
China is clearly shown as the work force of the world and any given task can be assigned to them to be completed in a given time. At the same time, Indian is someone who discovers it first, but doesnt even manage to save himself, thinks more of others and helping others, again so true of the Indian culture.

Its indeed a great movie. I simply loved it.

Tumhari Amrita

Its always a rare opportunity to see a live play. On top of that, if the cast is of the likes of Shabana Azmi and Farookh Shaikh, then its a lifetime opportunity. Last Friday was one such day.
"Tumhari Amrita" is a play which I have heard from ages, but never though that I would get a chance to see it. Thanks to Times of India and Bangalore Festival, I was able to enjoy it. Held at Jnana Jyoti Auditorium, which is known for its wonderful acoustics, the sound quality and lighting was beautiful.
This play has probably one of the simplest of the set. Just two tables and two chairs and they just read letters. Thats it. But one of the best.
The couple start writing to each other for 35 years. Religion and politics come in between them and they continue to keep in touch for the rest of their lives and keeping the other person updated with everything. Right from wishing each other for a diwali or a Eid, or their respective birthdays, they dont miss a single event.
Zulfi, who was destined to enter politics, does it big and thats another bottleneck, which keeps them far off from each other. Their love for each other never comes down.

In short, it brings out how the caste and society as a whole has an impact on a indian. And how does one end up suffering due to others views.

The actors having a class of their own, very dramatically read the letters and in a manner that actually brings tears to your eyes.
One of the best plays ever seen by me.