Devdas… A cinematic feast for movie enthusiasts

An uneventful Friday evening. A quick simple meal. Lousy weather. No plans for the weekend. Irked with social media. So what next? Switch to Best Old Company – Lazy couch & TV Remote…

And I am bored of watching the same old Bollywood songs and movies on various channels on repeat mode. Nothing new to offer. So while surfing TV Channels, I was hoping to watch something interesting or catch up a new movie, but my hunt to spend a good evening showed no sign. Nevertheless, after browsing few more channels, though repeated, though watched numerous times, I tumbled upon Devdas (2002) film. Thankfully!!

I missed almost an hour of the film, but that high voltage powerful scene sequence between Kaushalya and Sumitra during Kumud’s baby shower was enough to grab my attention, desire and willingness to watch the movie again. Over the top performances from all the lead and character actors, larger than life visual impact, spectacular sets, sensational choreography, rich in creative details, mesmerising music and heart-stirring dialogues!! Lord, so much bundled in just one movie. Outstanding!!

You would be wondering why am I writing about this movie after 16 odd years! Yeah, I wondered too while choosing this topic. But come on! The more I watch Devdas, the more I wonder in astonishment! What a fine work of art, what a huge canvas of creativity that it is certainly beyond Bollywood. A real pure cinema for movie goers.

It’s been ages that I have come across a movie like Devdas. So many emotions, such a refined visual delight, high impact drama draped beautifully for its viewers. Quite hard to pick another movie like this in recent years. Yes, at times I felt that those larger than life sets, stunning costume and jewelry were beyond mental agility, but the main point is they never overshadowed the real story. The sets were aligned with the intensity of the characters. The opulence of costume and designs matched the beauty of Paro and Chandramukhi.

For someone who really enjoys Hindi Cinema, this is palpably a master piece. It is more than just entertainment. I feel every inch of movie frame was designed to impress my senses. I haven’t watched a high intense drama which gets you so involved. I have loved so many other movies in the past and present, but come on, this is extra special.

Yes, the main credit definitely goes to the Captain of the Ship – Sanjay Leela Bhansali. His imagination, understanding and vision of world class cinema has paved off to him and his dear audience. He has handled every single scene so artistically breathtaking, that one would want to spill over the charismatic mood of 3 hours long magnum opus. But not to forget the entire crew of Devdas who have actually rendered their soul to make this movie so incredible. I don’t want to name anyone or two in particular, just the entire crew, from actors to musicians, art director to technical crew, cinematographer to loads of spot boys. Everyone is to be applauded as they were part of a great soulful cinema.

There were couple of twists in the original tale, but it was worth it. Who would want to miss ‘Dola Re Dola’! Isn’t it?

Phew! What a movie. Friday evening well spent! Quite, enthralled and awed. Cynosure to my senses.

Would love to indulge again 🙂

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Nostalgic Nostalgia

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Well, last month I wrote a piece on simple pure delights filling our lives with umpteen pleasure. Things which give us basic happiness, be it as simple as a foot massage or as rewarding as dancing without any hesitation.

Aah! I finished writing my article and when I re-read it couple of times after posting, my thoughts stuck to one of the points ‘Maggi and an old good favourite movie. NOSTALGIA!!!’ for quite a long time!

Nostalgia! Nostalgia! Nostalgia!

We have read so many times about thinking of the past, living in the past, dwelling and sulking in the past. Many articles have clearly pointed out about their cons and how they eat up our time offering nothing. But, there is a clear thick line between them and nostalgia. While others tend to make us low, nostalgia is a simple effort to reminisce the good old days and associations, linger onto fond memories and recalling our sweet past without any hesitation or guilt.

Once considered as a psychological disorder, nostalgia is now believed to be a powerful tool enhancing and improving your mood as it takes you to your sweet past souvenirs (though temporarily!). In this maddening world, where you are constantly chasing your undefined deadlines, your fascinating dreams and unending pleasures, a break ‘for’ the past, becomes a piece of sunshine in a dull cloudy atmosphere.

When I think what makes me feel nostalgic, obviously it’s all about my childhood. Being a typical 90’s kid, all I can think of those sing and dance Bollywood songs, weekend sessions of Maggi with my sis, summer holidays, annual school competition and plenty of others.

While there are several articles about 90s Indian kid for you to entertain, I caught five senses which walks me down memory lane. And here they are –

‘We’ Alert – wherever I have addressed ‘we’, it simply means my younger sister and me. My Nostalgia trip is incomplete without her mention 🙂

Taste – That fresh, spicy and raw mango pickle & Maggi!

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It reminds me of my sunny summer holidays, when mom used to make fresh, ready to eat mango pickle which we relished with every summer meal. My sister and me used to prick a few mangoes from a huge mango tree in my neighborhood! Oh that joy would never be attained.

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And nothing beats those long curly yellow soupy strands adorning the weekends! Yes, it’s Maggi!

Vision – Those cartoon series from TV or comic books.

Disney, Tom and Jerry, Supandi, Champak, Chacha Chowdhury! The lists endless. We used to be glued to TV screens almost every evening and borrowed so many books from the community library on Saturdays. These were the main motivation to finish our home work on time!

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Hearing – My favourite 90s Bollywood songs

This is the best one! The perfect memories of my childhood. Can’t get over it, in fact don’t want to get over it. There are plenty of songs so don’t want to name any, but the rhythm, beats and lyrics of sweet 90s Bollywood songs can easily transcend me to those childhood evenings when we used to plug in to the cassettes and listen till our mom scolded!

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Smell – Fresh whip of International Lux and marigold flowers

Hahaha! It was that time of the golden era when using Lux was a luxury! Keeping Rexona, Medimix, lifebuoy, Cinthol aside, indulging in a Lux bath was not less than a lavish indulgence. And Marigold! Ooh la la! Any wedding was incomplete without it! Those long loops of marigold embellishing the wedding hall, entrance, Mandap!! Wow! These days it has been drastically replaced by rosy roses, orchids, lilies n many other exotic flowers, but nothing could beat the golden drape of marigold!

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Touch – That angelic touch of your parents and grandparents

Those blessed times! A lovely night, Grandmaa’s lap and her lullaby. Maths exam the next day, sleepless hours and parents assurance touch that it will be fine! The Best!

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Well, this was my list of sweet innocent fun. How about yours ?

A blank page, a few random thoughts and a break!

So I am here after many months. It’s been a long time that I have not written anything. Err! Actually it’s been a long time that I have not posted anything! There have been several episodes with my solitude when I jotted and scribbled my thoughts, my days and my life. But, nothing has taken any form, been filtered or was framed to be read! Reason? Though, writing is one of my biggest interests, today I am left with a blank page, an empty mind with slow flashes of a few random thoughts and that are it!

Somewhere, sometime or someday, I think this would have happened to you as well. Isn’t it! You dwell in your thoughts, you do or you don’t have a plan and you really want to take one step further, but you don’t know where to start or perhaps how to proceed. It could be as simple as reviving your daily mundane or a compound issue like balancing your work life balance. Basically, your mind gets jaded, or cluttered or dimmed. Suddenly, you are stuck somewhere and don’t feel any association between you and nature. Then, what do you do?

The best thing which usually works is taking a break and engaging your moods in relaxing activities. No, I am not referring to any expensive spa treat, social activities or a holiday, but simple, subtle and short breaks which add a little zing or spunk in your routine life. Talking about that, I thought of jotting down the list of trouble-free activities which gives my myriad pleasure, relaxation and calmness –

  1. Writing – Yes, this post started with writing issues and I am here again. But, believe me, like all of you writing is the best thing for me to unwind! It is a wonderful feeling to express yourself, be comfortable and just BE YOU! Oh, that is so relieving and soothing to my senses. Be it a hobby, an interest or fondness, it’s so elevating to indulge in writing at any point.
  2. Music – I am sure that this is the most common recreational activity for anyone. Many refer music to just ‘pass time’ or hobby or liking, however music works the best. Whenever my decision making process slows down, I take a short break, listen to good music, loosen up a little and hit back. It could as sweet as humming to 1970s slow songs or swaying to the latest disco hits. By the way, for me singing and dancing also comes with the package!
  3. Movies – A tired routine, a tough task or a boring day; what could be a simple way to chill out than watching movies? I love the fact that cinema has a marvellous capacity to transfer you to a different unknown world in a jiffy. It makes you travel through different emotions, humours and realms of life. I am a big fan of movies not just because it provides entertainment, but it allows you to take a back seat, slow down and enjoy the moments. Again ‘by the way’, Bollywood works for me! Beyond all that drama, frills and fancies, and ‘naach-gaana’, I enjoy this little joy in my life.
  4. Foooood – Yes, I love food! Hmm, a few from the lot would have started imagining me a heavy bod munching chips and chocolates while writing this piece. Nah! I am a budding gourmand and I love to experiment with different varieties from different cuisines. Food is a wonderful outlet to beat the stress; either it’s cooking, hunting food recipes or relishing them, I love to indulge in heavenly delicacies. A vegetarian by birth, by choice and by love, I love spending my time savouring varieties of tastes, flavours and smells.
  5. Makeup – Yes, this is the loveliest part of being woman! Lipsticks, Eye shadows, Blushes, Bronzers, Nail Paints… Ooh La La! It’s such a simple thing to pat your tempers into makeup, but it makes a big difference in the routine. An extra stroke of mascara, an added shade of lip gloss or a surplus layer of foundation will add new colours to your schedule. I am sure all the makeup junkies will agree with me.

So, give it a break, clear your mind, loosen yourself, smile and get back!

Anyway, this is my list; would be great to know what works for you?