Dear Zindagi.

Some friends had highly praised Alia Bhatt‘s performance in this film and despite not being a great fan of Shah Rukh Khan, I accompanied a friend to watch it before it got taken away from the screens.

I was impressed by Alia Bhatt’s performance. With every movie, she seems to be maturing into a remarkable actor. The last I saw her was in Udta Punjab where I thought her performance to be easily the best in the film despite other heavy weights in bigger roles. In Dear Zindagi, she plays a completely different role with aplomb and I am glad that I went to see her on the recommendation of my friends.

Shah Rukh Khan disappointed me despite playing his real life age for a change. Perhaps someone else like say Anupam Kher would have done better in the role of a counsellor. I guess that the film being a family production, and the subject being rather understated in our society, psychiatry, they decided to add him to the cast for insurance.

The rest of the cast. almost all. play more or less cameo roles, and that is perhaps why the film made such a good impression on me.

A big plus for great direction and cinematography.

Others who saw it with me, were not so impressed with the story line and I over heard them complaining that the technical aspect of counselling left much to be desired, but I think that considering the time constraints, it had to be kept tight and in that process, some sacrifices had to be made.

Two and a half hours of the feature film, ads and intermission taking the total to almost three hours in the theatre and commuting time added, the three and a half hours spent on it was worth while.

I recommend it to those who have not seen it already.

Chak De India.


When this block buster film was released in India I was not in a position to see it due to other pressing commitments. From all that I had heard about it and the impact it had on the Indian Hockey administration, I had always wanted to see it and was able to finally do so on DVD.

It is everything that it was cranked up to be.  It stirs up an Indian’s emotions like few things can.  It offers a grand mixture of bigotry, nationalism, jingoism, patriotism, petty mindedness, team politics, clash of egos, discipline and / or lack of it, suspense, pride and any other emotion you want to include this film will gladly accommodate it.

Despite being seasoned and hardened film watchers, and Manjiree having seen it before, both Ranjan and she were also reacting to each emotion like they were in a movie theater as I was too.  A heady mixture of entertainment and final relief!

Thankfully Shah Rukh Khan did not bore us with some song and dance routines and the romance angle was negligible and handled with aplomb where it did come in.

Time well spent on a nice and pleasant Sunday evening and since I am so pleased with myself I would rate it with a [rating=5] because of one short coming.  Some tighter editing could have cut short the length of the film without compromising the total effect.

Beauty. “அகத்தின் அழகு முகத்தில் தெரியும்.”

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In Tamil, which is my mother tongue, we have a beautiful proverb;

“Agathin Azhagu Mugathil Theriyum” “அகத்தின் அழகு முகத்தில் தெரியும்.
Inner beauty can be seen in the face (literal)
Face is the index of the mind.

Beauty today is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Why?  Because, both men and women have been brainwashed by direct and subliminal promotion not to be satisfied with the way nature intended them to be.  Let me for instance quote a very famous statement from one of the industry’s pioneering stars, Charles Revson  “In the factory we make cosmetics. In the store we sell hope.”  Hope for what? To look unnatural?

It is a measure of our values that we have come to a stage when what I think is silly has become a major trend leading to bulimia and anorexia among young girls. While there are many other such motivating factors, this must be the silliest yet, for its sheer unimportance.  I am talking about the Thigh Gap Obsession which is turning out young girls looking like praying mantises.

If that is the latest for women, for men in India, it is this.

Give me beauty like these two any day.
Mother Teresa
Dalai-Lama-006Just look at the beauty. They don’t need cosmetics or plastic surgery or fair and lovely cream for men.