Family Entertainers: Rajshri’s


Dear Sooraj Babu,

8604e2f1-381f-4a0f-95c7-089236bb9459Many Many congratulations!! for your latest movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo has managed to collect more than Rs. 330 worldwide within a short span of 8 days, as has been informed by the advertisement in the newspaper. So whatever my personal opinion about this movie, the above proves that I am definitely in the minority and would not say a word against the same.


To set the record download (3)straight, I love the emotional drama and have always enjoyed your movies. Be it watching ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ for the first time on a VHS Tape at home with the family and later watching it over and over again till the cassette got spoiled and had to tune the VCR to set it right and then watching it on the Grand Big Screen of the iconic Rajmandir Theatre in Jaipur. I can’t imagine anyone besides Salman – Bhagyashree portraying Prem and Suman to such perfection. This movie was the harbinger of change in the Hindi Film Industry for it ushered in clean family entertainment from the trash they were making in the eighties.

download (1)Then came one of my all time favorites: Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, I had the privilege of watching the same at a preview show much before the movie officially release at Liberty Theatre, thanks to a dear college friend Vikram who is your relative. I was mesmerized and spellbound by its style and content which the cinemagoers like us had yet to witness!! What can be the true testimony of its success than that for a full year the tickets at Liberty were never available in the Current Booking and the fact that MF Hussain saw it 85 times. Each character was believable and true to life and the brilliant music by Ram-Laxman with multiple songs took the screenplay smoothly forward. The clothes were copied and you gave the Jhoota Chupai custom a pan India status.

download (4)The third outing Hum Saath Saath Hain was your take on The Ramayan and setting it in a modern Indian Family, a story that is about family and living together. Again a fine movie, a movie I watched in Liberty Theatre Mumbai immediately after flunking my CA Final exams. This was the Continue reading “Family Entertainers: Rajshri’s”

Happy Diwali !!


Happy Diwali!!

I woke up this morning grumpy, drained from the week of festivities that started from the 9th November, coming to a close with loads of wishes and goodwill generated, if true would help me sail pass the mundane everyday life with ease and comfort!!

So was this Diwali any different than the previous one and the answer is a big NO!!

Was it less tiring and comfortable than the previous one, the answer to that one too is a big NO!!

I fail to understand why our festivals have to be so physically tiring. Maybe if i do not sleep by 4.30 AM playing the games that one is supposed to play during Diwali and lose sleep over the hours and the money lost on it, maybe then I won’t be tired so much!! But what is Diwali without these games?? Moreover with the lack of domestic help during the festival and no excuse to avoid the domestic chores for fear of getting into the firing line of wife adds to the already exhausted muscles, tendons and whatever that is supposed to ache.

Sometimes I feel that they should be a ban on meeting anyone for 2 days after Diwali. Stay Home, catch up on the sleep lost and just chill. Like it happens these days when you receive invite for a party to consider a message or email as a personal one, so should be the case for Diwali. Each message sent should be considered a personal phone call and phone call should be considered as a personal visit, Period!! No personal visit should be mandated no matter what the elders tell you.

Grace period of 4 days should be allowed to reply to all the messages flooding your inbox, be it on FB, whatsapp, Twitter and SMS and no copy paste job just a plain Thank You is perfect. The Kaju Katli , Badam- Pista, is something I am not even looking at forget tasting till 2016 is ushered in.

Each Diwali however there was this SRK film that I would look forward but that simple pleasure has been snatched away with the release of the Big Budget Family Entertainer of Bhai: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and this also isn’t looking to promising. But old habits die hard , will still go and watch the same and shall crib and crib after the show, that I m sure of considering the trailers and the reviews.

However to set the record straight, the above in no way takes away the sanctity of the festival or the festivities surrounding it that the others may have. It is just my personal experience and angst and do not expect many to subscribe to it.

PS : The last line has been used to avoid being exiled to neighboring countries by the majority tolerant sections of the society.