Tuesday, 13 November 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Sui Dhaaga: Innocent and One-Time Watch! ***

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Varun Dhawan is one actor I find in this generation who ensures atleast an average entertainment if not something great. I became his fan as a complete desi viewer since Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is the reason which compelled me into watching “Sui Dhaaga” the latest release of Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma. The first surprising and satisfactory take-away of the movie is that both the actors who are actually glamorous have been able to play this role to almost perfection where both of them looks genuine and no one can tell about their real-life handsomeness and beauty.

As a movie, Sui Dhaaga’s first half is very strong showing the characters and their inter-relationship beautifully where Mauji’s helplessness at job and joblessness speaks very well through his body language and desperate reactions – Mamta’s sincerity and commitment as a wife and daughter-in-law is commendably shown where she is able to emote her weak life condition in every scene – Mauji’s father played by Raghubir Yadav is regularly shown in irritation and frustration seeing his son taking risky decisions of entrepreneurship – Mauji’s mother role played by Yamini Dass is one of the interesting characters who doesn’t speak much but is able to display her charm in every scene she is a part of .

The second half is mostly about Mauji and Mamta’s struggle with job and their decision of setting something of their own. The movie becomes predictable and slow in this latter half but still is able to be with it without getting bored because of great performances of each and every one. The dialogues are beautiful and captures the emotions of the moments perfectly. The songs by Anu Malik are fine and suits with the essence of the movie. Talking about the drawbacks, as mentioned above, 2nd half’s predictability is a concern. Also, the way Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma’s creative side is shown without any skillset mentioned in backdrop which is a complete logic defying element. Overall, Sui Dhaaga is a movie which can be watched once for its innocence. I give the movie 3 stars out of 5.



Monday, 12 November 2018 | By: Writing Buddha

Swami in a Strange Land by Joshua M. Greene (Book Review:- 2.5*/5) !!!

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It is quite evident to all of you who have been following my book reviews and personal blog that I am quite attracted towards spiritual concepts and the first thing that attracted me towards mythology and spirituality was when I picked up a copy of Bhagavad Gita: As It Is being sold by Iskcon volunteers on a Mumbai local railway station. This version of Gita is written by Iskcon founder, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. And who would not want to read about the personality which introduced you towards a new concept in life. Jaico Publication published the biography of Swami Prabhupada written by Joshua M. Greene recently which has become the 52nd book I read this year thus completing my annual target of 2018.

The book covers the spiritual life of Prabhupada on his devotion towards his Guru and how he ends up reaching overseas just to fulfil his Guru’s wish of spreading the Krishna consciousness all over the world. The book is divided in three parts- Prabhupada’s life in India, America and the World. The most interesting one that I personally liked is the one in America which discusses his struggle in gaining the followers and popularizing the Krishna consciousness and the Hare Rama Hare Krishna chant. The impact of these two sentences is nicely discussed throughout the book. The biographer’s research on the life of Swami Prabhupada is commendable and covers many such personal events which is nearly impossible to bring out in public or say, even know about it. Kudos to author for the same.

Talking about the drawbacks of the book, I must say that author should have divided the book in small chapters rather than three vast sections. This made the reading experience quite hectic where author just kept speaking continuously which becomes boring after a point of time and remains just a drag. Also, regarding the spiritual concept and belief or the meditation techniques that Prabhupada himself followed is nowhere discussed which is a very big setback for a spiritual reader who went through these 300+ pages to know new ways of meditation and spirituality. Even regarding the struggles in opening the first few centres is hardly discussed. The book just keeps on speaking the same thing for most of the middle section of the book which took me 10 days to complete this book. One of the struggling reads ever. I give this attempt 2.5 stars out of 5.



Movie Review: Soorma: A biopic made without slow-motion tricks! ***

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The only thing that attracted me towards Soorma’s trailer was Diljit Dosanjh’s expressions which said a lot. And that’s the only reason I even ended up watching this 130 minutes movie based on the life of Hockey player, Sandeep Singh, who made a glorious comeback after an unfortunate accident in his life which paralyzed his lower half of the body. Frankly speaking, I have never followed Hockey in my life and only read this name in the headlines couple of times. Again, frankly speaking, I do not even remember why he was mentioned in the news. And that is why I am very thankful to this movie for introducing such sport stars to us.

Talking about the movie, generally, it is seen in the Bollywood biopics that the scenes are turned overdramatic, over-emotional and over-enthusiastic with slow motions etc. for making the audience feel a larger-than-life event being displayed infront of them. The best part in the direction of the movie is that Shaad Ali does not resort to these tactics and try to keep the scenes as realistic and true as possible. I had read somewhere that the legend, Sandeep Singh, himself was involved in the shoot of the game scenes and it shows why each and every shot or commentary looks and sounds true, real and pure. I liked how they do not show the sportsman as someone who was born as a legend but spend most of the times showing him being as much vulnerable human being as us.

The dialogues in the movie are fantastic and I liked most of them from almost all the characters. The background music lacks in most of the important scenes which I feel could have made the experience of watching this one a bit better. The songs are nice and plays a big part in the movement of the story.

Talknig about the performances, Diljit Dosanjh has proved his mettle in Bollywood once again after his superlative performance in Udta Punjab. The way he emotes through his face, eyes, body language speaks of how much he got into the skin of the character. Taapsee Pannu is charming and does a good job in keeping the romance and love quotient in the movie intact. In terms of script, I felt more coverage should have been given to her role as a player too. Vijay Raaz has given one of the best performances and it is good to see him in both- comic and emotional role in the movie. Angad Bedi is a surprise package and gives a super performance that you will always remember him for.

Overall, Soorma is a movie made with pure heart. Yes, it is neither as good as Chak De India or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag but still keeps you intriguing. I give the movie 3 stars out of 5.