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Yipeeee! 100th post & it’s on one of the most special movies ever, Shree.  All you readers, thank-you so much for the support :).

Shree, released on April 26th with a mixed response. A lot of critics & Tv fraternity loved the movie, the lead actor’s (Hussain Kuwajerwala) honest & brilliant acting and the gripping nature of the movie. I got a chance to watch this movie in Mumbai.Here’s my review-

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Have you guys ever read Agatha Christie’s novels? The thrill & mystery element in her books keep you hooked till the end. That was my first reaction as I finished the movie. A sci-fi movie tag was enough to get me excited about the movie and the movie totally lived upto the genre. It kept me hooked & made me guess till the land moment; and I ended up loving the movie.

The movie starts off with a story of a common man Shreedhar Upadhaya who works as an accountant in an MNC. A girlfriend, her mother’s constant demands & the pressure to get married and be rich, everything every common man living in Mumbai wishes for. He gets a tempting offer from Randhawa to trade 12 hours of his life for 20 lakh rupees, but he doesn’t know what he is expected to do. The only thing he is assured is the work is not bad, it’s just huge. In a matter of few hours, Shree’s life is a mess. He is accused of murder of the Police Commissioner & he doesn’t even know why. A series of twists n turns tell you the movie is about science, time fissure and time travel & you are totally blown out of your minds. Yet, you cannot predict the end & the movie will make you play the guessing game!A Bollywood movie, new cast & crew and such a brilliant thought theme; kudos.

Performance of the Crew– The movie has few numbers mostly used to support the movie, and hardly get any attention. Though the ending credits promotional song ‘Phat Gayi’ could have been better, considering Hussain K is a powerpacked dancer; but it was a good change anyways.The dialogues are pretty okay, though at times you want something more; something out of the bolt to boggle your mind. The movie is made on a low-budget which does show at a lot of places, especially missing of an art director. The sound mixing is average, though I liked the background score used in the starting credits of the movie. The story was pretty gripping & must have looked 10 times better on paper, because of the genre. You need a lot of explanations, twists, which do get neglected in a mere 2 hour movie. Overall, a good work by the crew considering everyone was a first timer.

Performance of the Cast– Now this is my favorite part. Hussain Kuwajerwala is a STAR, indeed a ROCKSTAR. He is the shining star of the movie with his more than extraordinary acting. Right from playing a common man to a person who is accused of murders; Hussain plays each part so convincingly that you feel it’s all happening right in front of you. You can feel the honesty of the character, of the actor throughout the movie. And the last scene before the end credits roll, you almost see a Superstar driving his way to fame, yes, Hussain looks that good. Anjali Patil fails to impress with her shrill over-the-top shouting in the movie. Shivani scores a decent score with her subtle acting. Paresh Ganatra totally floored me with his style, and performs his part really well. Rest of the characters do their role as required, with no major flaws & totally supporting the movie.

Overall, if you want to watch a different Bollywood movie, watch Shree. If you want to watch a movie where you gotta use your brains, watch Shree. I’d get you 100 reasons to watch Shree; so better watch it ;).

Rating– 4/5 (extra 0.5 only because of Hussain K’s acting)

 

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I am 24 years old. Right from the time I came into this world until now, my Dad has been my ultimate soldier. The relationship between a father and a daughter is such that he always wants to protect you from the world, and to keep you safe in his kingdom. Whenever I felt unsafe or scared, he was always there to hold my hand and tell me – It will be ok, I promise.

In today’s time, when everyone wants to take advantage of the weaker sex; there are people who prove you wrong. There are people who make you believe in the soldiers who protect women, who respect them and who stand up for them.

There have been many other people who’ve acted as my soldiers. In this blogpost, I’ll narrate an incident about a friend who showed respect towards a prostitute. He was driving through the dark streets while it rained heavily. The lights were dim and the road was not clearly visible. A girl clad in a saree was standing in the middle of the road and he stopped to ask if she needed help. Without uttering a word, the girl sat inside the car and asked him to take her to a hotel. He couldn’t understand why she wanted to go to a hotel instead of going home, but he continued. Suddenly, she started telling him how she still has to earn her money for the day and she has been waiting for too long for a customer. This left him more confused. On the way, he started asking her questions about her life.

He found out that she was a prostitute and was a little surprised. Since he was hungry, he took her to a nearby dhaba. They had dinner and she started telling him about her clients. Those who didn’t respect her but only wanted her body. He felt sad inside but was surprised at the enthusiasm of the girl. He asked her about where she lived and turned the car towards that side. She insisted on taking her to the hotel so she could earn her daily wages, since she had a family to support. He took her to her home instead, and handed her the money. She refused but he said this is the money for your honesty and for your daring attitude. And he left!

This story has left a huge impact on me, ever since I heard it. Such things make me believe that there is a soldier for each one out there. These soldiers just need to wake up and fight the world. These soldiers just need to be reminded about their duty.

I’ve been lucky to encounter soldiers in friends who’ve protected me over the years. The ones who’ve messaged me to ask if I reached home safely, the ones who’ve supported me emotionally when a friend ditched, the ones who’ve respected me when I asked for my space, the ones who’ve supported me in my decisions and the ones who’ve never left me alone even when I was rude to them. A salute to all those people who make me believe that Life is beautiful. That Life is worth the struggle. That Life is worth living.

This post is a part of #Soldierforwomen in association with BlogAdda.com


 

Dear God,

Whatever you do is for a reason though we may or may not understand. At times, we abuse you because things don’t happen our way. Other times, we thank you because you’ve given us much more than we expected or deserved. Though we abuse much more than the thanking, all because we don’t realize our patience is being tested or we’re not seeing the bigger picture of life.

I have done the same, not once, but numerous times. There have been times I’ve lost faith too, and totally got disconnected from you. But faith has returned & you’ve tried to give me the best, even if it looked bad to me. Today, I totally understand what you mean when you say- Have faith, have patience & trust me. There have been times you tested my faith & tempted me, only to see how much I trusted you.

Also, it’s said that you punish those who hurt us & do wrong. But Dear God, I just have one request. Donot hurt them who’ve hurt me, for they were once special & dear to me. For they made me happy, even if it was for a moment. For they’ve left me with a valuable lesson of life.

I thank you for whatever you’ve given me, for whatever you’ve taken from me. For you, know the best.

Yours sincere child,

Anku.

P.S- I really wanted to express these emotions & it feels good. I am sure my words reach out to you.

 


Plans, plans & some more plans..

We often keep planning a lot for out present and our future for our professional & personal life. Our thoughts keep wandering in the future. And as a human being, we want something good to happen to us & we make N number of plans, without taking in account that someone else has a say on our life too. Even though our plans fail N number of times, we’d still make plans; because that’s human nature. Every time our plan fails, life changes & takes some other direction and our whole planning for the future goes down the drain.

It brings us to 1 question – Should we stop thinking or stop making plans? Should we just leave everything on God? Should we just sit idle?

The answer that justifies everything is – Make plans, think, but be prepared for everything (the good & the worst). The plan may or may not go according to you, it may be something exactly similar or something totally opposite. Understand that everything is not in your control except your thoughts. Never get disheartened by the final plan, because at the end it’s for your good.

We often keep looking at the smaller picture & end up neglecting the larger picture of life. If we look at it, we’ll realize that every decision, every plan, every failure has been of some significance & when we look back it brings a smile on our face. There may be a lot of incidents that have no explanation, but somewhere down the line you’d definitely get your answers.

All this comes from personal experience. My life has been a roller coaster ride. A lot of plans made & everytime something blasted it off. It does make me sad for a while but when I look at the larger picture of life, it gives me some peace & I have a faith that everything happens for a reason. Life does change in the wink of an eye, but we have to keep on moving. We have to keep on making plans without expectations, keep getting knocked down ; but stand up stronger every single time !

So if you’re going through a tough time, remember someone somewhere is planning the best for you. Every single incident in your life happens for some good reason. And get up & fight back 🙂

Ankita.


” Evolving through one’s Life is necessary for survival “

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The word Evolving applies as much to our life as it applies to the world. We expect the things around us to change for the good, so should our Life keep evolving with time. It’s a process that happens gradually over time & without any effort. But, at times, we have a declining evolvement rather than a positive one. At times, we are caught in a limbo state where there is an equal amount of positive as well as negative evolvement. Though none of it stops Life from moving on, at it’s pace.

I have just been thinking a lot, have always been somebody whose mind stays in an overdrive ; which is good at times & bad at other times. While I was reflecting upon my own Life since childhood ( ofcourse whatever I could remember, since I forget things too quick).  There has been some break through points where Life has evolved & took major turns; completely changing my personality. While there have also been points where I did not evolve much or have gone down the slope.

As a Kid, I was a complete introvert; somebody who would not speak at all. Even the principal of my school asked my parents to make me interact with people since I did not talk at all. As far as I remember, I was almost the same in school, a less introvert but extremely shy. With course of time, I started talking to people but was never an extrovert. Whenever I knew something on any subject, I would always help/speak up; but nothing beyond it. I had evolved from a complete introvert to somewhere close to an ambivert. High school was almost coming to an end & it was time to enter college. At the same time, I started spending a lot of time online courtesy my craze for an Indian television show & few actors. During the same time, I made a lot of friends; interacted with a variety of people over the forums. During this course of time, I realize I was somebody very playful & naughty , i.e someone who would pull everyone’s leg & also that I was a brilliant friend. Someone who cared a lot about human emotions & would go an extra mile to help people. These facets of my personality were never known to me & it was a good discovery.  The same time, college started.

As every other college kid, things had changed drastically for me. New set of people, with you for the next 4 crucial years. By around the second year, I was quite friendly with almost everyone. I wouldn’t call them as friends, but I hardly hated everyone or so. My family started complaining of me talking too much ( of course they loved it ), & tell me stories of how I was a big introvert. I was evolving in terms of appearance, dressing sense & mentally. Then came a standing still point when I don’t think I evolved much, it was kind of stagnant. But as the college was about to end, there was a drastic change in me. My dressing sense went from good to super cool, my personality had a 180 degrees turn, I was a completely new person. I was someone who was too bubbly, more of an extrovert, someone who was pretty happy like always. I joined another social networking site (Twitter) & my username justified my personality. I was shy , but at the same time, very friendly & interactive. Somebody who was bubbly & hyperactive almost all the time and somebody who was not over friendly at the same time. College ended & a lot of ups and downs came, a lot of decisions were made. I worked for a few months, which did evolve me in terms of deadlines, brainstorming, working with a team & knowing my faults.

And here I am , writing this blog post, who has evolved into someone else again. I feel responsible, I think much more & over think at times. There are a lot of mood swings & sad moments, a lot of OMG moments , a lot of When will this pass times & a lot of Can time please stop right here times. In short, Life is seeing a new face of me, a grown up face. Here am I, talking about evolving, how it is essential for life to sustain. Most of the times, it’s our personality which evolves & people around do notice the change. Evolve and make yourself better than the previous day, and you shall love a thousand years.

Do think if you are evolving, or you’ve hit a plateau. If it’s the latter case, find that something which will hit you off to the road again.

Ankita.


“Love thy with all my heart. Love thy like my own heart” 

I never knew what it was to be madly in love, to be crazy, to love someone with all your heart, to be a fan until 9 years back I saw HIM. I found my crazy, insane, bubbly side because of him and I shall love him for eternity for that. His innocence and his smile spelled their magic on me and there was no looking back. Even today, I can stare at him and get butterflies in my stomach when I have to meet him.

He is none other than “H.U.S.E.I.N”. I am sure almost all of you knew, if you know me since a while.  He started off with his TV career where I saw him initially and then moved on to do dance shows, ultimately doing a Live entertainment show “Zangoora”. As every other person who is related to the entertainment industry, he too wished to make it to Bollywood someday. I have been closely following him since so many years, and I know that he is very talented and hard working. He is someone who deserves the best and no I am not being biased. If there is something wrong, I shall directly say it (even he knows it).

The big leap has finally come. Husein is doing a movie, though it’s a very small budget suspense thriller kind of movie. But he is going to be making the big shift, no matter the cast or any other aspect. The movie is titled “Shree” and is expected to come out at the start of next year. And this news makes me soo soo happy. As an ardent fan, I feel proud of my love and just want to wish him lots and lots of GoodLuck. I know whenever it hits the screens, it shall make his fans proud of him (Oh it shall defo make me proud). And I am so going to do the first review on it on this blog, which already makes me so excited. Just sending lots of prayers, good wishes and positivity to my love for all the success that he deserves and shall get with god’s grace. I love him, and I know I shall always love him.

My Love for him is just so special. Beyond words, beyond eternity.

Ankita.


My sweetheart Music,

It’s one of your lovers, Me. You have been there right from the time I was born. Though I could not understand you, I knew some disturbance was there. At times, I would be crying and some melodious beats would calm me down. Back then, I must have thought that the television makes some noises and I get happy and calm. I never knew about your existence until I was few years old. The strings of my heart were too attached to playing, friends, toys that I must have ignored you. Sometimes for cartoons, other times for  toys. But you were right there, by my side.

I grew up, went to school. My life just revolved around friends. I knew where to knock whenever I was feeling low. I knew with whom to celebrate when I was happy. I went to college. Friendships changed, they matured. Though by now, I started enjoying your company too . At times, I would plug you through my iPod and listen all day, all night. The strings were getting attached at a much deeper level. I was getting to know your effect on me. Though friends still mattered a lot, I knew somewhere you would accompany me when I’d be all alone. Though I was still unaware of your magical powers.

College ended. Some Friends moved far off and some were there, but just not there. Some became busy and for some I became busy. I still relied on people though something got clear- Nobody can be there 24/7. Amidst all the confusions and the up & low phases of life, I finally discovered my soulmate. It was YOU. No matter how much I ignored you, no matter how much I relied on other people, no matter how much I felt you were just a non-living object; I was wrong. The day I discovered this, I found true love. I found the real world, the real peace.

“Jannat mili uss din jis din humne tumko paaya”

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