Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Students Of Life!

29th May 2014, Thursday, Class 12 CBSE board results came out and majority of the students nailed it. 
My school, DPS VASANT KUNJ for the first time had an all India topper, the number of people who scored a 90: That too reached the sky. 
My Facebook was bombarded with statuses and the congratulatory messages, and since I’m quite close to many of my juniors, even I decided to congratulate them through the social networking site.

Germany Daily Life

It’s not easy to get a 90. It’s never easy, nothing is easy. Kudos to all the hardworking students, it’s an effort that is going to stay with them throughout their lives. But the sad part is that in between this social mob, in between this excitement, many of us forget what the other students go through. 
The ones who aren’t able to score a 90, or even an 80 and the ones who barely pass or just manage a 60 or a 70. 
They are all neglected, they are all demoralised by most of us.
Specially the society!

Each and every mark requires hardwork and determination, why don’t people realise that? There are many people who are inhumanly intelligent, we can’t even match up to them, but that doesn’t mean they should have topped. 
Sometimes the brain can’t store so many things, sometimes it’s just the scattered material that’s left inside your brain, even though you’ve worked really hard for it. 
But again, that doesn’t mean you aren’t intelligent. That student might explain those answers in a much better way than the one who managed a 90 or a 95, but we never really look at it like that.

Competition all around, insecurities all around, the hunger and the passion, to be on top and to never fall down. That’s how the society functions now, and in between this competition and hunger, students who aren’t able to ‘logically compete’ (in terms of the grades), they start dying from inside.
The complex, it kills them. 
They carry so much of weight, they carry so much of guilt and many of them, they blame themselves for this ‘failure’ (which is actually untrue) and go into the depressing shell. As human beings, we really should think about these people. (I’ve been through this, specially because I myself was a scholar at one point of time, but I hardly got a 74 percent in my boards)


Support is a must, life is way beyond grades and marks. These students may not look like geniuses to a lot of people today, but you never know, hardwork and the ‘actual’ intelligence, it may take them to a completely different height all together. 
So all those students who have been depressed and have been going through the strange anxiety and complex of not leaving a mark today, just believe in yourself and your dreams, you’ll make your own future, your hardwork will count, just follow your heart and ignore these situational anxieties and societal pressures, your family will support you unconditionally, even if they don’t show it today.
And all those bright people who have actually made it to the 90’s, congratulations again, you all are special!

Best of luck to all of us, the students in schools, the students in colleges, the students in offices: The Students Of Life!life-goal




Directed by: Sabbir Khan
Produced by: Sajid Nadiadwala
Written by: Sanjeev Dutta
Starring: Tiger Shroff (Bablu), Kriti Sanon (Dimpy), Sandeepa Dhar (Renu) , Vikram Singh (Rajjo Fauji), Shireesh Sharma (Police Commissioner), Samar Jai Singh (Bhuppi), Prakash Raj (Choudhary)
Music by: Sajid-Wajid and Manj Musik
Cinematography: Hari Vedantam
Studio: Nadiawala Grandson Entertainment

A weak and an old-school script, saved by some wonderful actors and insane music. Kriti Sanon and Tiger Shroff: We have 2 new stars!

Love at first sight, we’ve seen a lot of it, specially in Bollywood films and Heropanti develops over it. The story is plain and simple, it has nothing new and it’s highly predictable. Can anyone watch it then?
Yes, that’s because of the treatment and the freshness!

Sabbir Khan, who gave us Kambakkht Ishq 5 years back, makes a comeback but a really confusing one. At times, Heropanti is really likeable and it engages you and makes you wanna root for Bablu, as he tries to make Dimpy realise her importance, but at times, it’s just too awkward.

The freshness is added by the young and talented star cast. Bablu’s friends played by: Karan Chhabra, Dev Sharma (Yaariyan fame) and the unsung hero of Yaariyan (again) Jatin Suri were immensely fresh and too good for their characters.
Sandeepa Dhar as Renu was pretty convincing as Dimpy’s elder sister and gave a high held performance.
Vikram Singh as Rajjo Fauji didn’t have much to do, sadly. But whatever he had, he did full justice to it. His rugged looks, his body and his voice, everything just fitted the character perfectly.
He deserved more scenes.

Prakash Raj was finally different in this one. Even though his introduction and the way his character was growing in the film was really irritating (Because we’ve seen him do that a trillion times?), there was finally something nice and different about his character.
The fatherly side of his character, when it comes out, it leaves you dazzled. Dazzled because he loves his daughters a little too much but he still believes in the community rituals and rules.
But anyway, that’s the writer’s fault!
Prakash Raj showed his class when he had to. A scene where he is seen running behind a bus, as he’s craving to see his daughter and another one, where he’s drunk and totally shattered by his daughter’s deeds, Prakash Raj just nails it. Both these scenes have a soul and they showcase the inner side of a father, irrespective of his profession. Even if he’s a goon, he’s still a father, and he certainly feels the way all fathers do.

Tiger Shroff’s debut is really puzzling and I don’t know why.
In some scenes, he is too good to be true but in some scenes, you’ll feel like laughing at him. Tiger is really restricted, maybe because it’s his first film and he’s too raw right now. Plus his dialogue delivery is really weak and he needs to polish it.
But there is something about him that makes you wanna forget all this and like him. I guess it’s his innocence that showed in his performance as well. His action was commendable, as expected and he dances like a star. Probably one of the best dancers we have today. I guess he just needs some grooming and then, he’ll be the next superstar. Watch out for him, he deserved a better film and a better director.

Kriti Sanon stole the show for me. She didn’t have A LOT to do and somehow, her character was also stereotypical, but she made something out of it. In every scene and in every frame, she showed how wonderful she is.
I think she’s a born actress because she can emote everything with sheer ease and even though her character was poorly written and she didn’t have much to do as an actress, she left a mark.
She will make boys fall for her, especially with that smile of hers.
We have another star. Even she deserved a better film and I’m sure, she’s going to make a mark for herself in the coming future.

The music is the best thing about Heropanti after Tiger and Kriti.
Sajid-Wajid, Manj Musik and Mustafa Zahid- Billal have done an astonishing job.
From Whistle Baja-Raat Bhar and Pappi Song, to Rabba (one of my favourite romantic songs, lately), Tere Bina to Tabah, the entire album is brilliant.
Tiger’s dance, tiger’s dance, tiger’s dance! Phew!

Overall, Heropanti is a poor and a ‘confusing’ film but thanks to the music, Kriti and Tiger, it deserves to be watched once, at least.

Not to forget, Sunil Grover (aka Gutthi) has an interesting cameo, it’s hardly 2 minutes, but that’s the best comical scene in the entire film.
He deserves to be acknowledged.
Tiger and Kriti, hoping to see them in a better film and specially Tiger because he’s the new version of Salman and Hrithik. He can really go a long way, specially with the humility he has, and Kriti, she has already made me fall in love with her art.
Watch Heropanti for these two.





Directed by: Amole Gupte
Produced by: Amole Gupte and Deepa Bhatia
Written by: Amole Gupte
Starring: Partho Gupte, Saqib Saleem,Thirupathi N. Kushnapelli, Salman Chhote Khan, Ashfaque Bismillah Khan, Maaman Memon Yadav, Makarand Deshpande, Neha Joshi, Anuj Sachdeva and Pragya Yadav.
Editing by: Deepa Bhatia
Music and Background Score: Hitesh Sonik
Lyrics: Amole Gupte

Important 120 minutes! Moist eyes, giggles and something that cringes your heart out. That, ‘something’ is unexplainable.

Amole Gupte is a sheer genius, specially with kids and that needs no detailing. Taare Zameen Par, one of the best films I’ve ever seen, it was all Mr.Gupte’s vision. Sadly, I haven’t seen Stantley Ka Dabba but I’ve heard SO MUCH about it. The beauty of his writing, the beauty of his vision, the way he handles the kids, it just makes me a crazier fan.  After watching Hawaa Hawaai, the first thing I did was:
Order Stanley Ka Dabba’s dvd!

Ever since I was a child, a few things really bothered me.
Looking at those tiny children begging on the streets, working at tea stalls or mopping away our homes, there was always a question inside me.
“Why don’t they go to school? Why do their parents allow them to do this?”

Thanks to Hawaa Hawaai and Amole Gupte, I could see my answers on screen. It is one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen. It is like a lullaby! You won’t even realise it and it’ll do its job.
Those 120 minutes just flew, flew like Arjun (Partho Gupte).
It is quite difficult to sit through a predictable film and specially when it’s a sports film because you know the end. That’s exactly when the actual art of filmmaking comes into the picture.
The screenplay is smooth, smooth enough to make you wonder why the journey ended. The way it has been captured, that too, is immensely beautiful. Kudos to the cinematographer!
But honestly, Hawaa Hawaai works because of the performances and the veracious effort put in by Amole Gupte.

The casting is bang on and newbies like Pragya Yadav and Anuj Sachdeva do complete justice to their characters.
Even Makarand Deshpande’s (as Arjun’s father) small little cameo is worth every penny. He proves his class in his last scene where he is shattered by the dry field and bursts out crying, followed by a heart attack. (Gupte has beautifully highlighted the situation of the farmers in our country)
But the 5 kids, or I should say, ‘Pandavas’ are the people who take Hawaa Hawaai to an extreme level. Partho Gupte as Arjun/The Eklava (Eklavya) is mesmeric and he’s probably one of the best actors we have, even though he’s too small right now. His character is too complex but he played it with so much of ease that for those 120 minutes, you tend to forget that he’s Mr.Gupte’s son.

The scene where he is howling and begging his Lucky Sir (Saqib Saleem) to forgive him because he shouldn’t participate in the district championship, it’ll leave you with tears. Partho: Take a bow, seriously, take a bow!
The 4 other kids too, are a treat to watch.
Gochi (Ashfaque Bismillah Khan), Bhura (Salman Chhote Khan), Abdul (Maaman Memon), and Murugan (Thirupathi Kushnapelli).
Too Natural: Too Innocent: Too Sublime: Too Confident!
Hawaa Hawaai would have been incomplete without these stars.

Last but not the least, Saqib Saleem (Lucky Sir) and Neha Joshi (Arjun’s mother), they are the elderly souls of this film. Saqib once again proves his ability of fitting into almost every character that he’s given. The passion in his eyes, the care and the generosity: Saleem is flawless.
Neha Joshi is the perfect mother. She breaks down, she cares, she’s guilty, she worries and what else? SHE LOVES!
Everything revolves around her Arjun. That’s what a mother is, right?
The music and the background score perfectly compliments the film and the scenes ahead, it takes the film forward and the lyrics by the multitalented Amole Gupte are exquisite.
Deepa Bhatia’s editing deserves a special mention because the film just keeps flowing. The Gupte family is insanely talented!

Overall, Hawaa Hawaai makes you smile, it makes you think, it makes you cry but in the end, it gives you hope.
Hope to gain the courage to dream. Amole Gupte deserves all the applause for this masterpiece. All of us, we are all dreamers. But somewhere down the line, we become greedy, greedy for money or fame, children never do that and that’s why Arjun’s story, it will make you realise how important dreams are.
“कुछ सपने सोने नहीं देते”
(Some dreams don’t let you sleep)


4 stars