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With Sisters, nephews and nieces in town, Tubelight seemed the perfect way to usher in the weekend with a 9 AM First Day First Show. After all it was an Eid release of Salman Bhai and everything else could wait. Despite being sleep deprived after a late night and some grudging member of the entourage we just about managed to reach the Cinema Hall in time.

salman-khan_640x480_71497952767As the story line goes it’s about two brothers living in a small hill town in period starting from Pre-Partition days to the 1962 Indo-China War and their emotional connect. The elder one is good hearted intellectually challenged and the younger one is the protector and provider. The 1962 War changes it all as the younger one joins the army and thus begins the quest of the elder on to reunite with his brother.

These two are obviously Bhai and Sohal Bhai. With a brilliant supporting cast of Om Puri, Matin Rey Tangu, Zhu Zhu, Zeeshan Ayyub, Om Puri and the Superb Shah Rukh Khan. The young kid and his mother is the screen stealer and surprisingly Sohail Bhai for once is watchable and impressive.


Weaving human stories with arch enemies of India i.e. Pakistan and with this movies China seems to be forte of Kabir Khan: From Ek Tha Tiger, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Phantom and now TubeLight. He raises the patriotic feelings and message of Bhaichara perfectly thrown in. Someone please make him an ambassador of ‘Aman ki Asha’ provided he isn’t already. He manages to raise some pertinent questions on being an Indian, slogan shouting of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and likes.

The sets feel lived in and surroundings beautiful and the characters of small town real and noosy. Though the war sequences to me seemed little amateurish and too simple. There is too much of ‘Yakeen’ happening for my comfort and too mush symbolic Gandhism thrown in which feels contrived.

Then there is Bhai: Salman Bhai. What’s with actors trying to get out of their comfort zones to prove a point with different roles and failing, case in point being Bhai with this movie? Bhai is beyond reviews/critics but that doesn’t give him a liberty to ham it up playing this intellectually challenged character. Somehow his acting reminded me of Hritik Roshan from Koi Mil Gaya, just a tad better. I don’t know if that’s the way the actors are supposed to play it but it just doesn’t work for me.

The movie works well minus the hammy Bhai but what’s a Bhai movie without Bhai swag and charisma. Bhai Fans the reviews don’t matter and for the rest this TubeLight shines but not too brightly !!

More the Merrier: China

images (7)China ends one-child policy, allows couples to have two children screamed the headlines everywhere today, be in on TV, FB, Twitter and even at places which has nothing to do with remotely  with any kind of news.

The policy that started way back in the 1970’s by the Chinese government to control its exploding population. Well I am sure it must have definitely would have able to achieve its objects but at what cost. It is one thing for couples to not have more than one child voluntarily and another to be barred from having more by imposing government restrictions.

fp In the Indian context the govt has gone from “हम दो हमारे दो” to espousing the cause of one child per couple. As a result of the measures the fertility rate has more than halved (from 5.7 in 1966 to 2.4 in 2012), but the national fertility rate is still high enough to cause long-term population growth. Indian are still adding up to 1,000,000 people to its population every 20 days. Luckily no government sanctions to have just one child till date.

fp1The only restriction is for the contestants in the local body elections to not have more than 2 kids, however the same is not apply the same to MLA & MP’S which is very discriminatory.

Having lived in a usual large Indian family with 3 sisters and countless cousins (first /second / third: if there is anything such as one) what would life be without them. Till much later in life they were the friends I had, people I hung out with and whose company I always looked forward to. It is a different matter that as I grew older the imperfections became quite apparent, the prejudices and hostility came in the forefront, but again like they say the blood is thicker in water and no one makes worst enemies than your closest relationships.

I can’t even begin to imagine with a world without siblings and cousins. So what would happen to those मुहावरे !!

  • For lack of Wife’s Sister there would be no half wives ( साली आधी घर वाली) !!
  • For lack of Wife’s Brother the who would be greater than Godliness ( सारी खुदाई एक तरफ जोरू का भाई एक तरफ)

There would be no fun in watching the movies from the Rajshri Productions’s stable without so many relatives!! No Jija, No Fufa, No Bhua , No Tau how boring the life would be !! No one to bitch about , crib out, no one to share the family gossip with, no one playing the role of Match Maker in the weddings !! Only Silver Linings would be pampered and spoilt by both set of Grand Parents i.e. paternal and maternal.

So requesting the Chinese to come and visit India before they embark on this new journey of having more than one kids, to learn about different names for all set of relations no boring Sister In Law / Brother in Law or the Nephew / Niece and Uncle  /Aunt thing !! We have all set of names for all possible relations each different for the mother’s/father’s side of the families. Incidentally we have an entire C Grade Film Industry promoting these very relationship though in dubious manner so this can help them revive the native Industry for I have yet to catch a great film after the fabulous Crouching Tiger , Hidden Dragon !!

Till that time go enjoy doing what the Government has allowed you to do without fear and protection!!