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Of life, obituaries and The Last Word

(Talking movies, differently #7)
(Contains spoilers)

A few years back while watching Tony Kaye’s Detachment, I was inspired to write my own version of what a close one would say at my funeral. Two years back, sitting in the mundaneness of a conference room turned classroom, my magazine journalism instructor told us about obituary writing. I still remember she told the class, “Do you know that Amitabh Bachchan’s obituary is probably worked on, thoroughly updated, and lying in all the print media houses? They’re prepared.”
And I remember muttering to myself ‘what a sad thing!’
Thinking about this episode from the past I found myself wondering if Amitabh Bachchan was trying to control the records of his life y doing what Harriet Lauler did in The Last Words.

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Memoirs of a Geisha: Did the movie supersede the book philosophically?

(Talking movies, differently #6)
(Contains spoilers)

So, I spent about a week submerging in the world of Geisha culture in the book, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chiyo’s personal narrative certainly hosted individuality until the last two chapters of the book made the Chairman, ‘the hero’ of her story. While I’m not against fairytales and happy ending romances in fiction, I’m also very easily bummed when a primarily Bildunsgroman genre submits itself to the story of another individual, in this case a kind hearted, gentle, man of position, power and influence- the Chairman. As much as I appreciated Chiyo’s character in the book as a person having hope midst the atrocities of life and making the Chairman and her affections for him the constant of her life, I resented the portrayal of the Chairman as a messiah of her story in a way that the entire narrative of her struggles, hard work, and success as a Geisha was overshadowed by his mercy and kindness.

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What Dreams May Come: love and togetherness

(Talking movies, differently #5)
(Contains spoilers)

‘If you’re happy in a dream, Ammu, does it count?’ Estha asked.
‘Does what count?’
‘The happiness- does it count?’
She knew exactly what he meant.
Because the truth is, that only what counts counts.

If you eat a fish in the dream, does it count? Does it mean you’ve eaten fish?
The cheerful man without footprints- did he count?

God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

A promise well-kept could mean a kind of heaven, and a whirlpool of nothingness can stand for a kind of hell. What amazes me about What Dreams May Come is that it doesn’t use symbolism to convey hardships in love; rather it uses the medium of imagination to explore a beautiful relationship between Annie and Chris, a kind of love that stays beyond what constitutes a kind of reality.

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In the Mood for Love: Affinity or profanity? Or, just love?

(Talking movies, differently #4)
(Contains spoilers)

Can you ground rule love with morality? If so, does it work?

Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love isn’t just a simple, visually enticing and expressive movie where a similar kind of betrayal sows seeds for togetherness in suffering that eventually circulates to its own source. It’s a movie that tries to replicate the betrayal by the sufferers in order to understand their own partners and to share affinity in the similar kind of pain thus transcending into their own kind of love. Set in the 1960s’ Hong Kong, the cultural setting of the story and the characters seems to be streamed into the rigid constructs of marriage and morality, which of course the movie doesn’t fail to portray visually by using the ‘frame within a frame’ technique of cinematography. Often caught up between the classic conflict of ‘to do or not to do,’ Chan and Su’s love is sadly left behind as a secret whispered in a cracked wall of some distant temple in Cambodia.

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Happythankyoumoreplease: It’s different, It’s same!

(Talking movies, differently #1)
(contains spoilers)

If you feel like you want to see some life on screen, life like the life we live every single day, a life filled with taxing emotions, personal confrontations, panic attacks because of a new job, oh why the sun is coming up so brightly at 48 degrees, a sweaty metro ride home and back and forth and back and forth the same reel over and over again but with punctuated moments of happiness and love and friendship and togetherness and those rare moments of feeling like you’ve found your ‘magical moment’ midst the hustle bustle of an ordinary life, then Happythankyoumoreplease is just the right kind of movie for you!

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Feeling Movies?

A few days back in a random conversation with a dear friend I confessed that I’ve watched over 500 movies in the last four years. Of course her reaction was a mixture of surprise and shock (which I figured out was an interesting recipe for the recipient because both are in positive favor of his act/job). But that conversation and the realization of having watched so many movies over a fairly short period of time, it held on to me. All this time there are so many personal feelings that I found affinity to in fragments of these motion pictures.

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Fiction is Fiction, not reality

I remember my psychology teacher telling us in the character association and gratification class how one of her students exclaimed in her session, “Sex and the City is life!” Well, the conclusion of that class was that Sex and the City is just a show and we watch it, enjoy it and then we have to get back to our lives. We might do things in our real lives which were featured in a fiction but reality is far away from fiction. Now that is one part of the story, a part where the proximity of fiction and reality is close. But what about those unconventional, unimaginable, fanciful stories that are nowhere close to reality?

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