Thursday, December 29, 2005

Movies I've liked and hated this year

LIKED
> Black: for its compositions, its starkness and because it was different from average Bollywood fare
> Page 3: for its realism, and because we could all identify with it to a great extent. Wish the production quality was a bit better though and it could have done without the cameos from Dolly Thakore etc
> Bunty Aur Babli: For not being judgemental and putting cons at the forefront; presenting them as real people with feelings. For the honest ending (Babli to Bunty: "If I make any more achar here with your mom I'll die of boredom"), for the fun and the music and the outrageous cons. For UP.
> Main Meri Patni Aur Woh: Again, for UP and for the way Lucknow and small-town India in general has been captured. For the way Chandan Arora shows small-town mentality with all its flaws, its nuances and for giving Rajpal a platform to showcase his limitless talent. For the simply, sweet story and how it's held together and how one man's complexes almost cause him to ruin his picture perfect marriage and life.
> Iqbal: For the acting, for the story, for the music. In its unpretentious way, it probably said more about the 'triumph of human spirit' than Black. For Shreyas Talpade, a real find.
> My Brother Nikhil: Again, for the acting (Victor, Lilette, Juhi, Sanjay, Purab), the story, the narrative and the sensitivity. Took Phir Milenge a step further. Brought tears to my eyes. Debutant director Onir did a great job.
> Sarrkar: More than the chemistry between dad and son, I liked the taut narrative, the pace, and Big B's expressions. He's done a role like this after a long time and he's damn good at it. Abhishek finally came into his own but Kay kay was absolutely brilliant as the errant son.
> Parzania (not released yet): You have to watch this film. Based on the Gujarat riots, it is about a Parsi family which loses their son. Starring Naseer and Sarika, it is really touching and makes you hate the fact that we call this a civilised world. Raj Zutshi and TV actress Sheeba Chadha were also good as was the boy, Parzaan Dastoor. Directed by Rahul Dholakia.
> Parineeta: Transported me to a different world and a world that I am rather familiar with. Saif and Vidya were both very good and their acting kept the story together. Wasn't a completely brand new story but presented very well. Somehow I didn't find the 'wall' scene as jarring as most people; I thought it was meant to be symbolic and of course physical at the same time.
> Raincoat: Because Aishwarya was actually tolerable and did a good job. Because Ajay was good and because I love the story and how it was literally just a one-room, one-set story and said so much. I thought the narrative was captivating. I also liked the back and forth from present to past.
> Kaalpurush (Bengali): Because it was about how in today's day and age women no longer need to measure themselves according to ideals set by men but how men are increasingly finding themselves measuring up or not measuring up to how the women in their life want to see them. It was a story of a failed father and a failed son (in the eyes of the two wives) and how the father can never comes to terms with his failure and therefore keeps his distance from his son, but how the son comes to terms with and tells his wife that he's not a failure just because he doens't get a promotion or because he tolerates her knowing she's having an affair and that he's not the father of their two kids. Because she thinks this makes him a failure doesn't actually make him one. Mithun, Rahul Bose and Sameera Reddy were all good. Directed by Budhadeb Dasgupta. Loved the portrayal of Kolkata and of the West Bengal countryside.

HATED
Garam Masala
Shaadi No. 1
Paheli

DIDN'T MIND
Bluffmaster
No Entry
Kaal
Dus
Yahaan
Kya Kool Hain Hum - (ho-hum)
Salaam Namaste - (ho-hum)
Musafir - only because of Sanjay, otherwise it was pretty much below average.

I'm sure I've forgotten many, so please feel free to add.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Men and small fridges...

What is it with men and small fridges? Someone please explain this connection to me. I write this blog in earnest and I really would like to understand why men insist on buying a smaller fridge than their wives want? However, the same logic never applies to a TV purchase. I have seen my dad, my husband and a friend's husband do exactly the same thing in the past year - insist on buying a smaller size model.
Now they behave as if we women want to buy a bigger size to sit in it or to store our personal belongings in it. Why in heaven's name don't they understand that a larger sized fridge means you can do your shopping for fish, meats etc and then not have to run to the store every three days especially when there is no time with all of us in hectic jobs. It also means that you don't have to throw or give away perfectly OK food just because after a party there is no room in the fridge. And it also means that you can store chocolates and pickles and mayo and salad dressings in peace without having to constantly juggle the space. Plus of course all men conveniently forget that one shelf will be completely occupied by beers and breezers making it completely inaccessible for us.
All your marketers out there, I'm sure there is some research to explain this behaviour. Why can't men think long-term in fridges? Tomorrow if you decide to have a family and will therefore need more space will you go about buying a larger fridge or then take up more space by buying another smaller fridge? Why not just buy one large one? Please someone, come up with a logial explanation.