BAJIRAOMASTANI

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BHANSALI DOES IT AGAIN !!   Sanjay Leela Bhansali does it once again by creating a grand movie,BAJIRAO MASTANI   Based on a Marathi novel, depicting the life of Bajirao, the Peshwa of the Chartrapati of Mewaar, the movie is a love saga of Bajirao and Mastani ,the illegitimate daughter of a rajput king and his Muslim mistress. Bajirao takes over as the Peshwa of Marwaar, after his father’s death at a very young age, displeasing many but proves his metal with his exemplary war skills and political knowledge and reaches new heights of success. While helping the king of Bundelkhand, he falls in love with Mastani, who is a great warrior herself and saves Bajirao’s life during the battle. In spite of the strong resistance and displeasure of his…
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MISS YOU MUMMY

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MUMMY , WE SHALL KEEP YOU ALIVE !!!!!!!! It’s been almost three month when mummy breathed her last on 3rd June, this year at 7.15 pm. I know it’s late to write now, but in spite of several attempts I just couldn’t muster the courage to write about her in the past tense. My mind fails to accept the fact that she is no more. But I agree with my mind, because she is with us and around us even now, and in fact even more than what she was when she was alive.   Smt  Savitri Kapoor was the daughter of Shri Moti Lal Mehrotra of Lucknow, a leading businessman of UP, born  on 30th September 1930 ,the sixth daughter amongst her twelve siblings. She grew up in a…
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Spare the DOCs

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WHY ONLY DOCs !!!!!!   Two recent incidents where doctors were badly beaten up by relatives of patients who succumbed to their illnesses…….our most unwanted, scary and above all inhuman. One of these patients was over eighty and in advanced stage of cirrhosis with liver failure and renal failure in critical care in ICU.   Before I proceed to pen down my views I would like to claim that doctors are lucky to have been chosen by God and blessed by Him to heal…..and we all connected with medical services should never forget it and put in our best efforts at all times and in all circumstances for the health and life of patients.   Medical care has become a service and is being offered as any other service including…
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NUDITY as ART

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GLORIFYING NUDITY !   Was aghast ,surprised, shocked and amazed at seeing the latest ad of Department of Tourism of West Bengal (OUTLOOK, Sept 01,2014) This ad created on the theme of DURGA PUJA to attract tourism to the land of Ma Durga, has a picture of a unfinished idol of Durga, in mud and clay, sans clothes and bare chested. In spite of sincere prolonged deliberation and even after stretching my imaginative imagination wide, I failed to understand the significance of portraying Durga nude to lure tourists. Does the Department of Tourism want to send the message across that the state is so poor that it can’t even dress Ma Durga ? It gives me a feeling of de ja vu ,of the stormy reactions we all saw few…
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Qualification of politicians

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QUALIFICATION PLEASE ?   Couldn’t have agreed more with Shobha de, who has effectively, simply but emphatically highlighted the two aspects of being educated. (The Yale Fail-the sexes-The WEEK,Aug 31,2014) While on one hand the honestly of the film actress Sarika in accepting publically that she has not taken any formal training ,makes her stand out educated enough to conduct herself with humility and dignity, on the other, we have our Honorable HRD Minister Ms Smriti Irani, who exhibited her uneducated status, nullifying and undermining the importance of the qualifications she did posses ,by lying about her education ! But the bigger question that does arise is that in a place like India where there is mandatory minimum qualification required for even the job of a peon or a class…
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CLUB 60

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The Show must go on………………….. Club Sixty was a wonderful movie for many reasons, a good movie, seeing Sarika on screen after long, one of the last ones of Farooq Shiekh and above all it left me thinking and scared as I would be in that boat in next few years !! It is a movie based on the post retirement life of few so called senior citizens. The story revolves around a couple, played by Farooq Sheikh and Sarika, both doctors and in their early sixties, who move to Mumbai from Pune, after winding up their work and home there, to get away from memories of the recent death of their only young son. They settle in a flat and while the wife picks up a job, the husband…
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RAM LEELA

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Yet another ROMEO JULIET from Bollywood ! Had seen Ram Leela few months back, on the day it was released, and though I liked the movie,I was kind of put off by the foul language used in it and so as a revolt to it, I did on write on the movie. But could not write off a all time love epic, re created by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, so saw it again recently. Ram Leela is yet another mega movie from Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the true dream merchant of Bollywood. The movie, based on the all time famous love epic, Romeo Juliet, has all the ingredients of a Bhansali movie ,love, sorrow, color, dance and music and forces the audience to be reminded of his earlier movies like, Devdas, Dil…
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SEX AND RELIGION

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SEX-The Unutterable Word : HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY!!!! It’s shocking to see yet another blow on freedom of expression on views and on journalism with a recent book of Wendy Dongier, titled, The Hindus: An alternative History, being banned from publication and circulation in India, by efforts of so called Hindutva-vadis. (Religion hotter than Sex-The Week,April 06,2014) The reason being that Dinanath Batra ,a retired teacher and his team thought that the authoress had approached the Hindu scriptures with a sexual scanner. Wonder why Sex is still considered a taboo and the unutterable word. Can life ever be separated from sex? Sex forms an integral part of all living beings including humans and is a basic instinct and a normal physiological need like hunger and thirst. Sex and sexuality can never be…
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TWO STATES

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Intercast Weddings !!! Two States is a simple clean sweet and entertaining movie, based on Chetan Bhagats’s Novel of the same title. The book and the movie have tackled the issue of intercast weddings in India and their acceptability in our society. Since I had not only read the book but found it Chetans one of the best, I could relate with the movie better and with greater acceptance. India and the society, more so in north India ,has moved a long way over the last two decades to accept inter cast weddings and have even started accepting inter religion weddings. It’s a welcome change and while till few years back inter cast weddings always meant love marriages, today we are seeing plenty of arranged inter caste marriages too. In…
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Aankhoon Dekhi

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FLY FREE !!!!!!!!! Ankhoon Dekhi , written and directed by Rajat Kapoor is yet another wonderful movie, which can be called, art film, parallel cinema, off beat movie or whatever…. the fact is that it is a super movie but the sad part is that it came and went, probably unseen, unheard and unsung! The story moves around a lower middle class family, of two brothers, elder working for a travel agency and younger a CA, living together, on the first floor of an old typical north Indian building in the interiors of Delhi. While the events in the movie for sake of creation a story move around the love story of the elder brother’s daughter, the younger brother’s family moving out to live separately, job of the elder brothers…
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