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@Radha that contention is arguable. It is sort of like saying because DDLJ is about a certain class of people it perpetuates the 'wear fancy clothes and dance around' mindset. These films have hundreds of characters, we focus on the 4-5 main characters. But there are plenty others who are not perpetuating that mindset. I for one, take that with a pinch of salt and say the story is about these 4-5 characters and they are what they are. All of them might happen to be of a particular mindset but that doesn't mean the writers are saying everyone from that country is like that.
Spoiler Warning: This comment has content that will give the movie away@Radha Krishnan It bothered me a lot when he pursued even when she persistently backed off. And I felt horrible that she had to change her life to get out of the situation. The unfairness was just gut-wrenching.
Until, the last scene, it was ambiguous whether or not she reciprocated his feelings. And that last scene settled that. Then I was fine in calling it a romance.
I don't know about the book's target audience being international bibliophiles, haven't read it. But, the movie surely felt like it was reinforcing a stereotype against the financially vulnerable.
Yes, it is certainly less shrill than I expected it to be. Do let us know what you thought of the film. Will be nice to have another perspective :D
@Roy Thank you! Will watch Mangrove! Thanks for the recommendation.
@johnson917.4brather.com The notifications are already off for your email ID. Can you please e-mail that you received to meetu [at] wogma [dot] comThank you.
@Raj :) Happy to be back. One Friday at a time. Do watch and let us know what you thought.
Sorry about that @johnson917.4brather.com Will look into it.
Thank you so much, Rishita! Welcome to wogma!
Hey Siddharth, I have actually seen the film again. Found Boman Irani's character even more gullible the second time. So the story didn't quite click with me. Doesn't mean it is not allowed to click with others :D
Oh well, @Abhinav. Sorry to hear that. Next time, check review first ;)
I think this discussion will be more meaningful after you have seen the film @Anupam
Meanwhile, I haven't once mentioned gender in my comment.
Your point: "Domestic violence (mental/physical) is also suffered by men continuously. That is also a reality. May be more mental than physical. But making a movie about that won't sell, would it?"
Films like "Pyaar ka Panchnaama" are made and sell well too. Sure, it is difficult to take them seriously. The question then to ask, is why are serious films about mental harassment of men not made? There seems to be a market for them. So, that is not the problem.
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@Anupam Kids should watch it because kids also witness domestic violence and mental harrassment.Kids should watch it to know that - even one slap is not ok - even one act of "putting down" is not ok- even a belief that people are supporting each other unnecessarily when one of them has gone through one of the above is not ok
People who think one-odd slap is ok, don't need saving.People who think they can put another person down because they think the latter couldn't have been successful without them don't need saving.People who think others are being unreasonable in supporting those who have gone through the above don't need saving.
@Khu I have given this a lot of thought.
Being unbiased would also mean I shouldn't watch genres that I like because that would mean I go with a pre-conceived positive notion.
I totally respect the time and effort put in by the film-makers. So, most times, if I am stuck between two ratings, I go for the higher one. If it were not for them and their effort, I wouldn't be watching any movies at all.
Also, I respect that my choice will not match my readers' choice. Which is why, I write my reviews such that the reader knows why I didn't like or like the film. If they think their ideas match with mine, they should go with my rating. If they think my reasons are not good enough, they take the opposite call. I have explained this in detail here--https://wogma.com/article/why-read-a-review/
I have realised there are two genres I dislike--horror and adult sex-comedy. The latter, I know there is zero-to-negligible chance of me liking it, so I skip it with the reasons given in a note on the movie Horror though, I know I don't like because of the creepiness it creates inside me physically. So, if I get that feeling, it means the movie is well-made. And I rate it accordingly.
@Raj Thank you. :)If the censor cuts caused the disconnect, that is as sad as it is awful :(
@TimELiebe I had the same reactions when I heard of this first too :/
I know, right! But have no one to cover, so you got to do what you got to do. I have a feeling horror films get a rating more than what they are worth because I scare easy.
Dostana was still slapsticky. This one looks like it will be a slightly more mature take.
ps. welcome back!
Thank you so much, Aki :)
@Amit **fingers crossed**
@Roy J I see what you mean. It is disturbing indeed.
@Absar thank you.
@Pomita True, another one I could think of after I wrote the review was ZNMD. But still, not enough, right?
Many congratulations to your daughter, Samir!
Thank you gourav. And four days ago, it turned 13!
aaawww thank you, @Pomita!
Oh and didn't know Ravish Kumar might have coined the term. Good one!
@Pomita yes, perspectives indeed. :)
I am happy that readers go down right till the last line. :D
How is the political party relevant? Why should there be any statues at all, let alone expensive ones? From whatever little I know of them, many of these personalities, if not all, might have preferred no statue at all. Or, at least, I hope so. I am sure we can think of better ways to remind ourselves and our children of these personalities. That is my ideology, which also includes not insulting/attacking anyone. So, my apologies that it came across that way.
Point is, 7 Mission Mangals could have happened in the budget of one of these statues. Or maybe, the scientists who worked on them could have had better resources. I mean the mission, not the movie. ;P
@Anshul Was the clipping at the end of the film necesary?
@Roy yeah it is quite a distraction to keep thinking, "did this really happen?"
@Pomita Thank you. Yes, it is difficult to shake the film out, 10 days later. Disturbing of the wrong kind, to put it mildly. Thankfully at least, I wasn't trolled.
@Raj @Roy Thank you!
@Roy Thankfully there are enough reviewers calling it out too-Raja Sen, Rajeev Masand, and the reviwers at Film Companion, The Wire
@Sonal, yeah I am hoping against hope that it won't be that bad. But, am glad that it looks like good performances are on the card.
@Nisha Thank you. Yes, Arun mentioned he found it "time pass" :D
@TimELiebe That is possible too! :D
@TimELiebe I believe the Spanish original, "The Invisible Guest" is available on Netflix
@TimELiebe I am glad you enjoyed it more than I did, even if just a tad bit more.
Actually, I didn't find the kissing and sex more than the norm for this genre. Then again, I am not too easily taken aback by show of affection on screen either. So, might not be the best person to ask.
@Fan About Sanju: I agree with you. And say so too. "Rajkumar Hirani=Jai; Sanjay Dutt=Veeru; audience=mausiji" means it is pushing an agenda. I don't use the P-word, so what? I still didn't mind the film and think it is worth a watch to see how messed up a life can be, a real life, a life with lots of privileges. So, I don't see how you can say I keep the person separate from the film. In fact, I failed on that count. In fact, Anyway, it is a tall ask in films based on true-life stories.
So, even though it was pushing an agenda, I liked the film. Just like I don't like horror films, but might like a well-made one because it is well made or I don't like sex comedies but might like one odd one.
I liked Uri for the action sequences. I didn't like its emotional drama. I didn't like that it calls for war and think its timing of being just a few months before elections is as much a call for votes (by supporters of the political party) as it is a call for footfalls in the theatres.
It is my opinion. And I expressed it. I am not delusional; I don't want my readers to follow me blindly. I believe they have their own mind and opinion and that they know very well how different or similar it is from mine. And even when it is almost always similar, I feel the reader should know that they might have a different opinion based on what they read. I do my best to point out the bias I might carry without sounding like I am not sure of my opinion.
@Fan The timing of the film itself is propaganda for me.
I am not a journalist. Not trained to be one, never aimed to be one, never claimed to be one. This site was and will always be just my/the writer's opinion on a film, and they will always reflect the writer's view of the world.
I do not like war and films on war that glamourise it or make it out to be the right thing to do. At the same time, I also realise that I don't 'get' that war is necessary at times. Given this background, I did try to keep my bias against war aside; else there is no way or reason to watch the film, which is why I didn't dislike the film despite polar opposite views about the subject matter. The action scenes were done well.
I didn't understand what you are saying about my opinion on Sanju. I did not strip the movie of Sanjay Dutt; I just said that if it were not about him, the film would have been about a loser I did not care about and because it is about him, my opinion of him as a person has gone from neutral to dislike. Yet, I thought it was a reasonably made film because it engaged me while I was in the theatre.
@Fan yeah, I think so. I just don't find it challenging to complain about a film I didn't like for obvious reasons. :)
@Fan exactly! **fingers crossed**
@Lost in Confusion ha ha ha ha. No, all of us are a part of the audience. Just different parts at different times for different movies :)
@TimeELiebe Nope, haven't seen it and from the looks of it, doesn't look like I am missing much. And no, I don't think you are being too hard on Boman Irani :P
Thank you, @Mandar! Interestingly, despite being so predictable, I didn't find it slow even the second time I watched it. It was like one good scene after another. However, given that nothing really is happening story-wise I can completely get why some parts of the audience are finding it slow.
@Mandar Thanks for your comment. Like movies, we have our opinions on real-life issues too. And of course, they can differ too :)
@TimELiebe oh well, I am glad you were all entertained ;)
@Fan interesting. I hadn't thought about it that way. But then again, wouldn't that be like saying we should thank gangsters for gangster films, corruption for anti-corruption films and so on? Just wondering, not thought it completely through.
@TimELiebe yeah, I have always thought how much you enjoy a film is indirectly proportional to the number of films in the genre you have seen. :)
@Andy Hi! The idea is to give the readers an "action point". The question the ratings answer is beyond just whether or not one should watch the film, "Is it worth spending - time (traffic + movie), - money (ticket, most times more than one + fuel/cab/parking + popcorn ;)), and- energy (a fine evening or valuable weekend siesta) over the film?"
@Fan Yeah! I like this trend of smaller films will non-star actors doing well too! Fingers crossed for the coming years!
@Gaurav to each his own, as they say.
@Raj Thank you!
@Suman Yay! we agree on a film!
@Fan I know exactly what you mean on both counts. Watching a highly appreciated film a few weeks too late and the over-drawn exposure. Fortunately for me though, even while I was thinking that more than half the movie is done and yet people are just reacting to the 'big news', I was enjoying the reactions. They were same-same but subtly different. Also, took the kids to the film within the first couple of weeks--and boy did they have a blast!
@Fan oh well, some things you learn the hard way, like listening to wogma rating. ✌