Lion (2016) Movie,

My children Manjiree and Ranjan insisted that I see Lion, and I am glad that they did. I would have gladly given it a miss had I depended on just the kind of publicity that it has received here. In fact, till I sat down to write this post, I did not even know that this film is a multiple award nominee and winner. I had vaguely heard that Dev Patel got some award for his performance in this film but other than that, I was totally ignorant.

Briefly, this is a real life story of a five year old boy from the heartland of India who gets lost, is sheltered in a foster home and eventually gets adopted by an Australian couple. He eventually returns as an adult after going through a traumatic life of memories, to find that his mother has never given up on him.

The story does everything possible to pluck at your emotional strings. Joy, amusement, anger, pity, frustration and so on and I must complement the director who has been able to do so successfully in his debut film. The child actors perform so well that they overshadow Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. The very effective music score at the background soothes and excites by turns and the overall effect is a pleasant experience, somewhat like a roller coaster ride that ends well.

If ever there was a movie that strengthened my belief in the theory of Karma, this is it. Many questions like why the young lad gets separated, and unlike more than hundreds of thousands of young children who go missing every year in India, why he gets adopted by an Australian couple, why the other child adopted by the same couple becomes a disappointment etc, can be answered only with the logic of Karma.

If you can, you must see it.

Incidentally, this is the third Indian film that has featured Australia that I have enjoyed seeing. I have written about UnIndian but not about Bhag Milka Bhag, a song from which keeps bugging me as an earworm on and off. Let me share that  song with you.

Rabbit Hole.

rabbit hole

My niece Vandana is a passionate theater buff and has been a stage artist for many years. She has recently taken on a new responsibility of directing a play and while talking about it with me she suggested that I read the script which is available online.

Having read a few pages I found the going tedious and decided instead to see the film. Luckily, I was able to borrow a DVD of “Rabbit Hole” and saw it at home yesterday.

It is a pity that I had not seen it before as, to the best of my knowledge, it was not released ever in India, or it was at a time when I was not going to movies.

It is an amazing story and one of the rare movies that is full of acting talent rather than action, or hamming. In a peculiar way, it is also a funny presentation but the human drama is what grips you from the word go.

Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller as a teenager produce some fantastic acting under the excellent direction of John Cameron Mitchell. Great camera work and editing makes it a memorable experience. I intend watching it again after some time.

How I wish that I could go to Bengaluru to see the play on stage!