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At five in the afternoon February 22, 2010

Filed under: Movies — Mukul @ 10:25 am
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This post is about the movie I saw on some channel named “At five in the afternoon”.

I did not get a chance to see the movie full length. I viewed it somewhere half way through the start. This film had a deep impact on me and hence I am writing this post.

I will not go into the story much, rather only disclose that it is journey of a woman in a land called Afghanistan.First of all, it captures the landscape of Afghanistan unlike anything we have seen on TV. It is vast, barren and devoid of any life form. The rocky surface and empty moutains make it all the more lifeless. There is no trace of vegetation. And it showed the land in a manner that I will not want to witness myself. The only sight of this land made me feel the hardships one must be facing to survive. Yes, survive is the word. One has to survive the harsh weather, hostile regime (whichever it is), warring lords and crooked human nature.

As a person who can easily voice one’s opinion, one who can easily get that bucketful of water by turning on a tap, one who does not have to sacrifice the only possessions of one’s life only to survive, I consider my self very lucky to say the least in context of this movie.

One of the few scenes imprinted on my mind is when the lady loses her infant child in her arms and carries the infant with her for 3 days with the hope that it is frozen and not dead and will get up soon.  Second one is when there is nothing left to light a bonfire to keep the entourage warm against the chilly,harsh afghani weather and the old man is forced to burn the carriage.How symbolic!! The carriage is the only thing they can rely upon to travel the distance. they have to chose between the immediate necessity to survive against the comfort of traveling on the horse carriage.

The essence of a Afghan life is captured beautifully and realistically by the director, a woman.


CLint Eastwood’s films and his characters February 8, 2010

I watched Mystic River yesterday.
It is was so much typical Clint Eastwood drama. I have also watched his earlier award-winning flick “Million dollar baby”.

Each of his leading actors is portrayed as troubled people. They either have a traumatic upbringing or a tumultuous relationship with their parents/home. And it is always the unrelated friends or discovered acquaintances who help the protagonist in a big way to overcome the problems they have faced during movie.

An eerie feeling about how life would have been different had the characters made or not made a few decisions which they ended up making. Thats what i felt upon watching Dave Boyle from Mystic River. As Dave is being killed by Jimmy; I thought why did Dave not tell the truth to his wife? His sufferings as a child were well-known to the entire town; so why hide it from wife dear? Also why did he not simply gather strength to tell at least some story to his wife if not the truth?

 Also in question is his wife Celeste. Why does she not believe Dave? He looked so harmless in the marriage and the contrary to this is not mentioned in the movie. What was the need for her to approach Jimmy with her doubts? She would have saved her hubby had she only managed to wriggle the truth from him. Dave got killed in the process. And all that Celeste was left with was desperation, heart-break and loneliness.Her one inane action left her son despondent.From the look of it,Dave was a very doting father.Jimmy among others is very predictable. He did what he thought was necessary and is also clear that had the police nailed the killers earlier, Dave would have never been killed.

At the end of the movie I felt very bad for Dave. Such an innocuous person bore the brunt of everything;circumstances, relatives, his own attitude and finally LUCK.We are left with Orphaned Micheal, heartbroken and crestfallen Celeste, repentant Jimmy, helpless Sean and unlucky but dead Dave!!


Kurbaan, of a otherwise good story January 2, 2010

Filed under: Movies — Mukul @ 8:12 am
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Kurbaan has a wonderful story. A very contemporary story. Only that it should have been handled deftly.

The most foolish part is Vivek Oberoi refusing to contact FBI when he  gets to know of the plot. Seriously it is a crime and he can be tried for it. Kareena is the only saving grace of movie. She handles the talented, in love, confused and then betrayed part of character wonderfully. Her anger on Ehsaan is evident every time their eyes meet. Saif is a total disappointment. He hardly looks anything like a dreaded Khalid, he is supposed to be.

Best part of the movie. In the closing sequence, Avantika ask Ehsaan his real name. (I wonder can any one think of this question when their life is at stake)