KABIR SINGH

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Finally saw the film Kabir Singh after weeks of dillydallying.  With not so flattering reviews from one of my favourite movie critic, I had made up my mind of letting this one pass however as the days progressed and with that its box office collections and a strong word of mouth, I was left with no option but to cede to the popular demand.

Three weeks have passed since its release so this one is not going to be a conventional review, I mean अगर तीन हफ्ते बाद भी फिल्म रिव्यु देख कर movie जानी पड़े  तो आप से गुजारिश है की आप इसका online stream होने तक का इंतज़ार करें.

I have a confession to make I did enjoy the movie!! Was it because my expectations were low initially?? Hell, No!! It served its purpose of being an escapist entertaining cinema. The songs since the day I saw the film has been playing on a loop.

The whole brouhaha about it being a misogynist film and its portrayal of bully of a hero is true.

To justify the actions of a bully just because he happens to excel in the medical profession is too much. A flunky graduate with such anger issues would have counted amongst the neighborhood louts, but in this he is someone who is tolerated by all.

To have a girl marked as one’s own by the bully without her consent is straight out of the 1980’s, I mean which girl allows that?? Bcoz I passed colleges in the late 90’s and I am still looking for answers.

How long do friends and family tolerate and keep standing for a bully who puts his own interests and anger issues in the forefront? He is an alcoholic, ready to pick a fight and snorts cocaine (BTW an aunty sitting behind me does tchh, tchh when he does that) at the drop of a hat. To each his own in dealing with the heartbreak and Devdas too took to bottle in early part of the last century, didn’t he??

Yes Shahid Kapoor is the bully , Kiara Advani is the girl that gets marked and it is their love story that sets the screen ablaze.

Despite all the above I did enjoy this film, because there are some movies like Article 15 that we enjoy and want to emulate and there are some like this one that eulogies imperfections that we lap up.

Is there a dichotomy to this? I do not know?

Me enjoying this film make me a misogynist too? I do not know?

Do I justify violence against women, an emphatic NO !!

Can the vagaries of the heart ever be understood and questioned? I do now know.

Somehow all this reminds me of a Punjabi movie scene that went viral on social media some time back: https://youtu.be/EwpdMobhlp4

What I know is Shahid Kapoor excelled as Kabir Singh a character I wouldn’t want to know or deal with in real life but isn’t Cinema also about showing the character we abhor.  Kiara Advani brings out the vulnerable side of Preeti. For Preeti is the calm that douses Kabir’s angst and fire. It’s the classic cases of opposites attract.

So to conclude it did make for a good watch and if u plan to watch it then please book the ticket in advance as even after 3 weeks they aren’t easy to get.

Padmaavat

654778-padmaavatDisclaimer : This is my review of the film and I am no historian to vouch for any historical accuracy / inaccuracy. If you are someone with heightened spirit of taking offence please don’t read any further.

Padmaavat the movie is based on an epic poem written in 1540 by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, so we are told in the beginning of the film to set the record straight by the filmmakers.

I am not getting into the plot of the film as we are all aware of the same thanks to the Karni Sena,  overactive media, our school textbooks and by the tourist guides at Chittorgarh Fort (though the version is very much sanitised now bowing to the popular demand).

But contrary to what Karni Sena had been saying all along the movie is actually an ode to the valour, principles and righteousness of the Rajputs, had they seen the movie they would have learnt a thing or two before throwing stones at school buses and burning commercial establishments. Thankfully for someone like me who rarely moves out of the comfort zone of the Kingdom of Mewar, Amazon Prime proved to be a boon for bringing this visual treat to the small screens of our bedrooms. So like all Sanjay Leela Bhansali productions goes this is a visual treat mounted on a scale that maybe only SLB can outdo in his next productions.

As far as the cast is concerned Shahid Kapoor as Raja Ratan Singh has nothing much to do but offer platitudes on the आन-बान-शान of Rajputs. To match up the cruel and despotic Allaudin Khilji played brilliantly by Ranveer Singh someone more worthy was needed. Ranveer Singh plays all that is required by the character: eccentric, अय्याश, despotic, winner at all cost and only thing that he doesn’t openly play is a bisexual, with not so subtle hints thrown by the antics of his slave boy Malik Kafur.

Then there is The Padmawati – Rani Sa herself: Deepika Padukone. She looks ethereal, slays it with her acting and her presence. What she needs is a standing ovation after the movie. For me the whole movie is encapsulated in the last dramatic Johar scene. This is the scene that makes one a fan of Mr. Bhansali’s movies atleast I can proudly say that about myself. I am a sucker for drama, extravaganza and subtle OTT (I know its an oxymoron but watch the entire SLB movies to know what I mean).

Frankly if not for the controversy I doubt this movie would have been such a colossal hit but I guess any publicity is always good for the film either bad or good. The first half is a little drag but when Rani Sa gets in action there is never a dull moment !!

So go watch the film on Amazon Prime, the subscription is just Rs. 999/- and if you are an Airtel user download the Airtel Movies app and get one year subscription absolutely free, like I did and saved atleast 3K on the subscription, the movie tickets, popcorn and coffee and instead relished the movie from the comfort of my Bed.

Maa Padmavati

Rani-Padmini

आदरणीय माँ पद्मावती,

नमन !!

आपके बलिदान और मान सम्मान का दायित्व हम सब पर है और विशेषकर कर के हम मेवाड़ वासियों पर जहाँ आप ब्याह कर पधारे थे. मैं नहीं जनता की संजय लीला भंसाली की फिल्म में आपका कैसा चित्रण करा गया है ना ही जान सकूँगा (क्यूंकि यह फिल्म राजस्थान में नहीं लगने वाली) और ना ही जानने का उत्सुक हूँ. हमारी आस्थाओं और स्वाभिमान से खिलवाड़ करने का हक किसी को नहीं वहीँ हमारा भी यह दायित्व है की इसकी सुरक्षा के लिए हम दूसरों को असुरक्षित और असहज महसूस ना होने दें.

आप माँ हैं और सब जानती हैं फिर भी आपको बताना चाहूँगा की मैं आपका नाम लेकर जो बवाल मचाया जा रहा है मैं उससे आहात हूँ. कल ही गुरुग्राम में आपके मान सम्मान की रक्षा की आड़ मैं स्कूल बस पर पथराव किया गया और आज मेरे कार्यालय के कुछ ही दूर एक छोटे व्यापारी का सामान और सम्मान दोनों रोड पर उछालते हुए आपके नाम का जयकारा लगाया जा रहा था. क्या यह ठीक है ??

आप से माफ़ी भी मांगना चाहूँगा की चित्तोड़ दुर्ग में अनेकों बार जाने का सौभाग्य प्राप्त हुआ खासकर हमारी परिवार की कुलदेवी कालका माता के दर्शन हेतु लेकिन कभी जौहर स्थल जाने का सोचा भी नहीं. इस फिल्म के कारन अब मैं विश्वास दिलाता हूँ की अगली बार उस पवित्र स्थल के दर्शन ज़रोर करूँगा. मैं उस बात के लिए भी क्षमाप्रार्थी हूँ की सैंकड़ों अनभिज्ञ लोगों की तरह मैंने भी वोह कांच और महल देखा है और साथ ही स्कूल की इतिहास विषय में लिखी पड़ी इस बात को सच माना था अब तक.

आपका मेवाड़वासी,

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