Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
So this year I completed a hat trick of watching the finals of Sawai. Like the previous 2 occasions, this too was a great experience. Most of the plays were good and the overall performance level was better than that of the 2012 finals. Most of the plays were based social issues like parenting, cynicism among the middle class, etc. Unlike the previous finals, not a single one was of romantic/love genre. Here is the list of finalists-
- Nat S. M. R. T.We missed this one as we were late. But Viraj's father told us, this was similar to the play "Natasamrat" but a modern version.
- Emotional AtyacharThis was a story of an employee in an e-CRM firm which is hired by clients so that someone can communicate with their family. These clients are too "busy" with their work that they don't have time to speak with their wife/kids/parents. The agent/employee E26 slowly starts getting emotionally attached with his clients' families. Finally, when he is about to quit, he gets a new client whose identity forces him for a suicide.
- Rishta Wahi, Soch NaeeA story of relationship between father and son. Both of them usually don't get along well. But a new game between them changes their thinking about each other. Pretty funny with lot of punch lines. It was directed by Advait Dadarkar.
- PranimatraHere, a Tiger is trying to protect a Fawn after killing the mother Deer. Honestly, this play had those moments where I felt really sleepy. However, to give credit to the actors, their imitation of the animals they were portraying was commendable.
- Bandh NyloncheThis was another play with the parenting issue being handled. In the future, some agency has specialized in providing relatives which are Robots. A couple hires its services for getting grand parents to take care of their daughter. However, one day the girl's real grand parents come to know about it. The play basically discusses the fact that people have become so much mechanical and emotionless that there is hardly any difference between us and Robots. Bhagyashree Shankpal of Balak Palak fame ("Chiu") played the character of the daughter.
- AnesthesiaThe most hard hitting performance of the night came from Aaroh Velankar. He had won the Best Actor award 2 years ago for "HTTP 404: Page Not Found". Last year, it was "Serial Killers". This year his play talked about how we are using "Entertainment" as an anesthesia against all the torture, pain we are getting due to the problems in our society, state and country. Again the dialogues were great and some of the scenes were incredible, including the mob scene where everyone dances on the tunes of "Deva Shri Ganesha" while Shivaji Maharaj is shouting and another scene where everyone is watching the inspector die and once he dies everyone press some button and walk away and you realize they were all watching it on TV.
- Ekut SamuhaWell, here it is the boring one. Actually, I saw this at Mrugajal competition and it won the best prize. But then I felt it wasn’t that good. It is about a family of three where each one is unique in its own respect. Many of the scenes were farfetched especially the “delivery” scene. The play was humorous at some points, but still lacked the consistency.
I am still unaware of the results. My guess is that Anesthesia might have won the best prize.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
This has to be the best of the three Dork books(“DORK: The Incredible Adventures of Robin ‘Einstein' Varghese”, “God Save The Dork” & “Who Let The Dork Out?”). It has been wonderful reading experience for past one week. I am sure people around me (at home, in train, in office bus) might have felt, why this fellow is smiling so much while reading this book :) The BBC journo episode, first meeting with Colonel, Sivaji statue fiasco, Tihar jail’s special room, Gym sessions – all were super comedy entries in Robin “Einstein” Varghese's Diary. It will be worth reading it again some time soon.
Some of my favorite quotes/lines from the book are as follows -
When the going gets tough, the Einstein has already finished going!
Women are the easiest things in the world to handle provided you don’t have any self-respect.
This is not Europe where people say, “You fool me once shame on you, you fool me twice shame on me.” In India, “you fool me once, I fuck you m****.”
The room was so silent you could hear the sound of the tapes winding inside the video cameras.
You should see the amount of oil is his hair, One day America will invade his head just for the oil.
Like Subhas Chandra Bose that peon has never been seen again.
Firangs are always trouble. From Vasco da Gama to Greg Chappell. All fuckers.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
This one was suggested by many of my friends. And yes, it was worth it. Based on the Man Booker prize winning book of the same name, the movie is the tale of survival of “Pi” who was stranded in the Pacific Ocean for more than 100 days with a Royal Bengal Tiger. To be honest, the story isn’t as intriguing as the cinematography. The initial sequence of the animals in the Zoo is one of the high points of the movie. In fact, overall this is the best 3D movie I have ever seen. Previous ones like MIB III and The Amazing Spiderman had nothing to do with 3D effects. It seemed as if they were basically filmed in 2D and then converted to 3D just to make more money. This movie, however, was different. Despite the movie being slowly paced especially in the second half, some of shots are so nice that slowness in the story can be forgiven.
Honestly it is not just a humorous movie, but is actually giving a social message needed for parents of this generation. But as my friend Viraj said, do people actually take the message that way or they just watch a movie as a mere comedy, is something even I can’t answer.
P.S. – Hopefully, I will be spared by Viraj from any comparison with “Avya” in the days to come :)