When mush takes over the brain

When mush takes over the brain, 
You know it’s time for the rains, 
Suddenly you find your motivation going down the drain, 
and the romantic in you is at the helm, with the reigns
A cup of hot steaming coffee, 
As you watch the rains lash and pour, 
Your favorite books kept close, 
As the wind slams open the doors
A frantic rush to the verandah, 
To gather all the clothes, 
Smiling at the half wet you, 
After a glance at the mirror you cannot control
And then the child inside beckons, 
Wanting to run out and splash around, 
Not a care in the world, 
Just wanting to go wild like the clouds
And then the phone rings, 
A dear friend’s voice crackling through, 
Bringing that knowing smile on your face,
Something only a true friend can do
The longest conversation in the world, 
A marathon reading session, not missing a single word,
Endless cups of coffee, 
And after many many a sigh, 
You realize it’s stopped raining, 
A dream, again, perhaps, another day.


Some things never age, they are simply timeless. One of them is the movie, “My Fair Lady”, made in 1964 
starring one of the most gorgeous women to ever grace the screen, Audrey Hepburn and the dashing 
Rex Harrison, this movie just cannot be reviewed or rated, it simply has to be experienced at least once
in your lifetime.

A simple story about how an arrogant, phonetics professor takes on the challenge of 
passing a flower-seller on the street as a Duchess at an upcoming Royal Ball through change in her language
and speech, My Fair Lady touches your heart through it’s simplicity, it’s stress on the intrinsic
qualities of human nature, the gamut of expressions on display and through the terrific performance
by the entire cast. 
Though Rex Harrison went on to win the Oscar for his portrayal of Henry Higgins later
that year, it baffles me that Audrey Hepburn did not win an Oscar for her performance
in this movie, which was nothing less than exemplary. The supporting cast was also nominated for Oscars.
Not many may know, but a famous Marathi play by the name of Fulrani is an adaptation of 
My Fair Lady, being written and edited for marathi audiences by the legendary Pu.La.Deshpande. 
That’s very good for trivia, but I would urge all you movie-lovers out there to watch this gem of a movie,
and if time permits, read Pygmalion, the book by G.B.Shaw, on which the movie is based.

Movie review: Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai

Title: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangna Ranaut, Prachi Desai, Randeep Hooda
Director: Milan Luthria
Producer: Ekta Kapoor

Yes, Mumbai is spelt that way in the movie’s title and I am sure this ‘spelling’ has been edited because of Ekta Kapoor and her immense belief in numerology. That’s it – that’s the most I can attack Ekta Kapoor after watching Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai because she has proved her point, she has shut up her critics, and how!

OUATIM (Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai) is a movie all about the power tussle between two 
men who rose to power in Mumbai set in the 70’s through questionable practises and dealings. 
The two main characters are Sultan Mirza and Shoaib Khan, whose characterisation borrows heavily from the real characters of Haji Mastaan and Dawood Ibrahim respectively. 
Set in the 70’s, OUATIM begins with the story of Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgn), who, taking advantage of India’s closed
economy, started smuggling things which were much in demand in India. Transistors, Two-in-ones, watches, soaps, television sets – all luxuries that the common Indian was deprived of because there were no foreign brands available in the country at that time. Though shown as a smuggler, Sultan has 
been shown as a principled man, a la Robin Hood – who steals from the rich and helps the poor.. certain scenes in the movie highlight this just and kind shade to his character, making it very interesting
and real. 
As the story progresses, the viewer is taken through a tale of power,ego,money,drugs,murder and smuggling as Shoaib Khan (Emraan Hashmi), starting off as Sultan’s protege rises to challenge
his power and position in the ‘trade’. I will not let out anything more about the plot as the real fun lies in watching all this unfold. 
Getting the looks and the details for a movie set in the 70’s was not an easy task but full marks to the costume designers for getting the look right, for each and every character. Be it the hairstyles or the shoes, everything fit in perfectly.. one little gripe though – Emraan Hashmi’s 6-pack did not quite fit in the scheme of things set in the 70’s.. a normal ‘healthy’ look would have been better as Shoaib has been shown as a petty thief in the beginning sequences. 

Another delightful feature of the movie is the dialogues and the screenplay. The dialogues are so 
powerful that they remind one of those written for old Amitabh Bachchan classics like Zanjeer and Deewar. Rajat Arora does full justice to the 70’s theme by writing power-packed dialogues, don’t be surprised if you find yourself clapping in the theatre! Apart from that, the writing, again by Rajat Arora is crisp and taut. Well done, Mr.Arora!
Supported by well etched central characters and a nice storyline, the movie is taken to an altogether 
different level by Ajay Devgn’s performance as Sultan Mirza. Borrowing from Haji Mastan’s character, the similarities are too easy not to notice – the white clothes, the fling with a superstar, the ideals, the political angle.. however, Ajay Devgn breathes life into the character, making it very believable and powerful. Whenever he appears on screen, you are bound to get piqued – such is the power of his performance. Using his best assets,his eyes, to the maximum, Ajay Devgn adds one more role to the long list of brilliantly played serious roles in his career. Ably supported by Emraan Hashmi, Ajay and Emraan share a curious chemistry on screen, which is another strength of the movie.  Prachi has a miniscule role but is good.. same for Kangna, who has put up a decent act, looking ethereal throughout 
the movie.
After Taxi no 9211 and Hattrick, Luthria makes a great comeback with OUATIM while Ekta Kapoor adds one more good film to her kitty after Shootout At Lokhandwala. Overall, OUATIM is a great watch and will tell you lots about India in the 70’s… watch as the film makes you rewind to the 70’s, in style!
Rating – 3.5/5


Caught up with the movie – ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbai’ – review will follow shortly 🙂

Apart from that,
have discovered the joy of multi-tasking once all over again –  juggling college, departmental forum, CAT preparation, a media internship and what not. But it has been absolute fun! There is no doubt about that. Now I know what people mean when they say they wished there were more than 48 hours in a day!

That reminds me of some lines from one of my favorite songs Vienna by Billy Joel –

Slow down, you crazy child, 
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile, 
But then if you’re so smart, 
Tell me why are you still so afraid? 
Where’s the fire? What’s the hurry about? 
You’d better cool it off before you burn it out, 
You got so much to do, and only so many hours in a day.. 

Why don’t you realize? 
Vienna waits for you..