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Romance


“You pierce my soul. I’m half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I’m too late. […] For you alone I think and plan.”

–Captain Wentworth, in the best-loved love-letter of all time in Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’.

 

Do you ever feel that you’re an anachronism? That you’d rather have been born in a time and place where romance was simpler and yet more complex than now? I get that whenever I watch or read period romances. Like I’ve been doing for the past few days. I started with ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’, moved on to ‘Lost in Austen‘, then watched all the four episodes of BBC’s adaptation of ‘North and South’, got worm-holed (my friend V’s expression, I hope you don’t mind me borrowing, V!) into watching my favorite scenes of ‘Emma’ (Jonny Lee Miller playing the gorgeously correct Mr. Knightly), and rounded up by watching Ciaran Hind in ‘Persuasion’. And WOW! I just can’t ever get enough of historical romances in general and Jane Austen in particular.

 

Amanda Price, I totally empathize with you!

 

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Lost in Austen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Sigh!


“Not a heartbeat will I forget.”

–Mr. Darcy, Lost in Austen

Anything I say or write is superfluous.

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Liebstered: Favorite Movies


A few days ago I posted my nominations for the Liebster Blog Award, and asked 11 questions of my nominees. After reading their answers today, I decided I want in on the attention, and so I’m going to answer my own questions here. In no particular order, since I don’t know the answer to my first question yet (favorite book).

Q6. Favorite movie. Or three.

Although I have a ton of favorite movies, I’m going to tell you about two Bollywood movies that I absolutely adore, and have memorized the dialogues of. (I apologize to all my non-Hindi-speaking readers; the translations just don’t cut it!)

#2. SHOLAY (1975)

In ‘You’ve got mail’, Tom Hanks tells Meg Ryan that ‘The Godfather’ is the sum of all wisdom, the answer to any question.

What day of the week is it? “Maunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday.”

Your business is in trouble? “Go to the mattresses”.

I often feel that ‘Sholay‘ is the Indian counterpart of ‘The Godfather’.

Kids bothering you? Tell them- “सोजा/बेटा, सोजा. नहीं/तो/गब्बर/सिंह/आ/जाएगा.” (“Go to sleep child, otherwise Gabbar Singh will come and get you!”)

Q. How much should you pay the auto wallah? A.”रामगढ़/का/डेड़/रुपया, बेलापुर/का/दो/रुपया.” (“One rupee fifty for Ramgarh, two rupees for Belapur”)

Q.What do you mean by ‘goodbye’? A.”जब/अँगरेज़/लोग/जाते/हैं, तो/उसे/गुडबाई/कहते/हैं.” (“When Englishmen leave, they say goodbye”

Q.How much do I love you? A.”तेरी/जीत/मेरी/जीत, तेरी/हार/मेरी/हार,ऐसा/अपना/प्यार. खाना/पीना/साथ/है, मरना/जीना/साथ/है, सारी/ज़िन्दगी..” (“Your wins are mine, your losses are mine; that’s how much we love each other. We’ll eat and drink and live and die together.”)

Can’t decide whether to wear the yellow dress to work or the red one? “चल, toss करतेहैं.” (“Let’s toss.”)

Not just the answer to every question, ‘Sholay’ also has  a dialogue for any and every situation of our otherwise monotonous lives.

(I’m sorry, it’s rude, but translating is meaningless! And if you are the forgiving sort, please scroll down, I’m reverting to English in a while.)

(And for the Hindi readers, sorry, but I can’t seem to find how to put a space between two hindi letters.)

“होली/कब/है? कब/है/होली?”

“यूँकि.. ये/कौन/बोला?”

“लड़की/देखि/नहीं, कि/line लगाना/चालू”

“बड़ा/याराना/लगता/है!”

“नौटंकी/साला. घड़ी-घड़ीdrama करताहै.”

“सूसाइड!”

“कितने/आदमी/थे?”

“आओ/ठाकुर. मैं/जानता/था/तुम/ज़रूर/आओगे.”

#1. ANDAZ APNA APNA

“काहेका/तू/यार, भाड़/में/गया/तेरा/प्यार!”

“गोगोजी, आपका/घाघरा”

“भाभी/होगी/तेरी, और/शादी/होगी/मेरी.”

“ऊई/माँ! सीता/और/गीता!” “अबे, सीता/और/गीता/नहीं, राम/और/श्याम”

“मेरा/नाम/है/doctor Prem Khurana. इस/धंधे/में/बहुत/पुराना.”

“पिताजी, मेरे/जैसा/बेटा/वहीँ/होगा/जहाँ/आप/जैसा/बाप/होगा”

“मैं/तुम्हें/तन/और/मन/से/स्वीकार/करती/हूँ” “मैं/भी/तुम्हें/तन, मन/और/धन/से/स्वीकार/करता/हूँ”

“ग़म/का/साथी/Rum.”

“Mogambo का/भतीजा/Gogo. आँखें/निकाल/के/गोटियाँ/खेलता/हूँ, गोटियाँ!”

“मैं/Teja हूँ, mark इधर/है!” “ये/Teja-Teja क्या/है, ये/Teja- Teja?”

“ये/Vasco da Gama की/gun है.” “किसके/मामा/की/gun है?”

“सब/काम/time to time होना/चाहिए”

“आईला, Govinda!” “जमाइला, तू/कौन?”

“Muscle देखी muscle? मसल/के/रख/दूंगा.” “Body दिखाता/है? डेढ़/पसली” (And the funny thing is that Aamir Khan is threatening Salman-Khan-of-the-muscled-fame)

“ये/jacket आपने/कहाँ/से/ली? America से?” “नहीं, ये/मैंने/New York से/ली/है.” “Oh! मैं/समझा/America से/ली/होगी.”

“ये/आप/इधर- इधर/क्या/देख/रहे/हैं? उधर- इधर/देखिये, उधर- इधर”

“फ़िल्मी/मलेरिये/Johnny!”

“बोलो/मत, सुनते/रहो.”

Once I start talking about this movie, it’s very difficult to stop! Every dialogue, every actor, their characters–they are all perfect! There is not one boring moment in this movie. Not one sentence out of a character’s mouth that is not funny. And the songs! Even they don’t fail to make you laugh, mostly because of the on-screen antics of the two heroes; Aamir Khan as the smart, cunning, yet good-hearted Amar Manohar and Salman Khan as the simple and lovable Prem Bhopali. Paresh Rawal–in both his roles (one as the overly punctual father-of-the-bride, the other as his ‘evil’ twin brother trying to usurp all his wealth)–is as incomparable as ever. Shakti Kapoor as the ‘villain’, Mogambo का भतीजा Gogo, in his red cape and oily ponytail is an absolute riot.

Bollywood just doesn’t make movies like these anymore! Movies that you can discuss with your friends over and over yet never get bored with the topic. That can bring you out of the darkest misery, deepest ennui. That you can watch a million times, and still say, “Once more!”

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Disappointment


*Spoiler Alert*

I am a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogies; both the written as well as the movie versions. I’ve read the books at least five times each and seen the movies about twice as that. So of course, I was looking forward to ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ with a great deal of enthusiasm. Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch were just plain bonuses.

Yes, the movie let me down. The beginning was too slow for a book that had an adventure on almost every page. I was flabbergasted when it took 40 minutes for the dwarves and Bilbo and Gandalf to start on their journey! Sure, it was great to see Elijah Wood as Frodo once again, but there is such a thing as too much nostalgia. I suppose the movie-makers had to put in extra stuff, otherwise how will they ever make a trilogy out of a 210 page book? And that’s another thing–I had no idea this was supposed to be a trilogy! Maybe that’s one of the reasons for my disappointment.

Another reason was the non-appearance of Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug the Dragon. Ever since ‘Sherlock’, I’ve been madly in love with him. Benedict Cumberbatch, I mean, not Smaug the Dragon. Although I’m sure he’s wonderful too. Ahem. Anyway, even though Cumberbatch only has a voice role in the movie, I’d been awaiting it fervently. So imagine my shock–and remember, I hadn’t the slightest clue it was the first of three films–when the movie came to an abrupt, anticlimactic end! And no Cumberbatch. I could only curse the movie makers to the deepest pits of heck, and berate myself for being so dense as not to guess the to-be-continued nature of the movie, even after 2.5 hours!

Thankfully, the movie had some good things too. Ian McKellen was his own incomparable self as Gandalf, and Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins was convincingly self-deprecating and–comfortable, that’s how I keep thinking of him. Richard Armitage was as gorgeous as I remembered him from BBC’s ‘North and South’; never again will I view Middle Earth dwarves in quite the same manner.

The movie, unlike the book, tells us about the motivation behind the dwarves’ journey to the Lonely Mountain (which, I think, comes from ‘The Quest of Erebor’, published posthumously by JRR Tolkien’s son). This back story was one of the saving graces of the movie, apart from Richard Armitage and the cinematography.

All this talk of good-looking actors has mellowed me down. Once again, I become a traitor to my own views, and eagerly await the next installment of this movie, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’.

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The Buying Bug


What is it about getting a new hairstyle or buying a pair of absolutely unnecessary shoes that makes a girl’s day? Whether we are sad or happy, miserable or contented; shopping somehow always turns the world into a better place to live.

Some people would say that the female anatomy comes with a built-in craving for buying things. Others would say that women just like shopping, period. We do, of course. But as for everything else that we do and believe in, we have a deep and meaningful reason for this too.

And the reason is this. Doesn’t matter if we own a hundred things, there’s always scope for more. And needless to say, they are all required desperately!

It’s not only the buying that’s irresistible, ladies love window shopping as much as actual shopping. I’m certain that has something to do with the aesthetic aspect of it. Just looking at beautiful things is a treat; Art for Art’s sake! It’s the same contented, romantic, thrilling, hopeful feeling you get when you witness a magical sunset or a look at vibrant painting by Van Gough or watch Colin Firth being Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

I’m sure that if scientists were to conduct a study (and there’s a great probability it has already been done), they’ll find that going on a shopping spree releases endorphins in the female brain or something very similar.

But at the end of the day, a girl just wants to feel beautiful. And beauty is in the eyes of the beholden rather than the beholder, I say. All we need is to feel like a diva to look like one. That’s the only thing the flattering hairstyle or the new pink shirt or the hot pair of stilettos does–it makes us love ourselves, and that is what gets the world to sit up and notice!

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Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter


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I’d been meaning to watch this movie ever since I read Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel of the same name, but managed to do so only yesterday. And was completely floored all over again!

The movie deviates from the novel at many places as all adapted screenplays are wont to, and usually I dislike when that happens. But in this movie it all turns out for the better. The concept of slavery-meets-vampires is brilliant, and the actors do enough justice to their characters. But the thing that really stands apart in this film is the cinematography and the action sequences. The climactic scene atop a moving train is not only a great plot twist, but a visual treat as well. I only wish I could have seen it on a huge screen in a theater rather than at home. The ending of the movie is also quite different from the book; I actually liked this one better, since I thought the novel’s ending couldn’t really be justified.

All in all, I can’t imagine why it didn’t sit well with audiences.

(Disclaimer: I’ve been known to have a really bad taste in movies. eg. I even liked Maid in Manhattan when I saw it for the first time. Well, it had Ralph Fiennes, end of story. I couldn’t have tolerated Steven Segal though. So anyway, if you watch this movie on my recommendation and don’t like it, I can’t be held responsible.)

(PS. Another example–I loved Red Riding Hood (2011) but was disappointed by Snow White (2012) (Charlize Theron is a Goddess and I adored her in the movie, who wouldn’t, but why does Kristin Stewart have just three expressions in her repertoire? And what’s with the heaving?! Heroines haven’t done that since the 1890’s) although it was the other way round for critics and Rotten Tomatoes.)

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