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@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. ✌
@Fan how come you watched it, in the first place?
Well, for starters, the income and wealth inequality is so high that it is not my place to say whether some people would be better off in UK/USA despite the xenophobia. Then you have a social structure here too which I can imagine people wanting to get out of. A discussion for another forum, I guess.
@Raj ha ha ha ha ha and thank you much for your kind words
@TimELiebe yeah, more or less.
@TimELiebe on Big B, I couldn't agree more. About being a bad influence, happy to make a difference one Hindi-movie-watcher at-a-time! :P
@Fan Thank you and wish you the very same!
@Fan good call. And in case something unexpected happens, the review will let you know if you need to book for the weekend. ;)
@Anuj of course, I like some actors better than others and usually the actors whose movies I look forward to are of those who are more realistic than star-ry. However, for all actors, including those whose movies I look forward to - I am sure I haven't liked ALL their films, even though I might have liked their performance. Which is what you seem to be saying about yourself too. So, I don't see the problem here.
@Raaj Sorry, didn't get you. You have given it a thumbs up too, right?
I haven't seen the film, but I know a few people who loved the film and have been on my case to watch it. Where did you watch it?
@Fan that is true! I would suggest, give this one a shot. You just might be surprised.
@Fan I liked Pokhran and haven't seen Poorna. But, I wouldn't call a film about nuclear tests innocent :)
@Anuj I am only human, full of biases and contradictions. I would love to be 100% unbiased and never ever contradict myself. Till then, I do the next best thing, be aware of my biases and not let them affect my opinion on issues, films, etc. And am grateful to the people who point out contradictions.
In this case, I remembered that I had liked Akshay Kumar in a couple of films recently, but couldn't recall at the top of my head. Tried to look them up, couldn't find them because I was in a rush while replying to your comment. Thank you for looking them up for me. I would say those examples of when I liked his performance are me being able to set my bias aside and not impact my opinion. In fact, I love it when I enjoy the work of actors/artistes whose work I am not very fond of otherwise. (I have never found Akshay Kumar a good actor, right from his Khiladi and Mohra days. But, I still strive to not let that impact my opinion of his next film. Have to make similar efforts for Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, and even Aamir Khan some times.)
In that case, I am not contradicting myself. :)
@Fan I didn't say it was derogatory. I am saying it is interesting because it stuck enough to be mentioned when other religious verses were playing too but we don't mention them.
@Fan very interesting that you point out the Muslim guy or girl and not the other religion(s). Similarly, there were other prayers running in the background too. :)
@Fan oh come on! You are really equating Mulk with Cash?
@Anuj The films might or might not be good, the performance is largely jarring.
@Fan Unfortunately, she does her usual. Fortunately, it isn't overwhelming because the focus is not on her as much.
@Fan I still feel the comic timing will overcome the over-acting.
@Fan yeah, a friend sent the meme to me which he had received. Pretty neat. Now, if only I could think of creating memes like this. I am sure, I can do one for every other film, if not all.
@Anuj I did not see the heart of gold. In fact, I just realised that I came out disliking Sanjay Dutt as a person from an otherwise neutral opinion of him.
@Vikas thank you!
@TimELiebe now that's a rare combination - likes Sanjay Dutt, but doesn't like Ranbir Kapoor :D
@Fan I found it very interesting that they kept the unabashed lack of regret as is without any excuses for that. They could have very easily shown how he had/has a heart of gold despite his flaws. But they didn't. Found that choice very interesting.
Wow! @TimELiebe, I haven't even heard of some of these Netflix streams!
@Fan :D That's something!
Good call, @Fan!
@Manik Thanks!I didn't get a chance to review Omerta, but another wogma reviewer, Yogesh Parmar reviewed it recently. Here's the link https://wogma.com/movie/omerta-default/
@Anand That rating means the movie is not worth a trip to the theater (time spent of everyone going to the film on commute/watching the film, energy spent on the outing, money spent on ticket(s), fuel/commute, parking, popcorn ;)).
However, you shouldn't skip it completely. You can watch from the comfort of your home or during a commute, spending lesser amount of time, energy and money on it.
@TimELiebe a certain call for duty yada yada :P
@Nishant, "Clearly this review is done by a female. " ~ you say that like it's a bad thing :D
@Fan I think the more privileged members of audience who do watch the film can take a step and educate the people they encounter in their daily lives to use pads, if they don't or menstrual cups (if that's what they favour).
If the sample size was only 1000, then I would think the number of women who use commercial pads would be even fewer. I have had to use a cloth when I began my period for a couple of years. Similarly, I am sure many others do use cloths even now.
Why a cloth pad is better than a rag, I know not. But washing your period cloth is not pleasant. And any day I wouldn't wish anyone have to do that! Other than the smell and visual, you are in all sorts of pain, you barely want to move and you have to wash a messy cloth where the stains are hard to get off.
In that article, I wonder where the number for sand and ashes at 1% come from. Maybe the same place could give statistics for commercial pad usage.
A line from the article says, ".... since such practices have prevailed for hundreds of years. Obviously if such practices were harmful, people would have let it go a long time ago". ^^ What a privileged place to speak from! I am sure we can make a list of practices that have prevailed for hundreds of year and did not cause any known harm, but we know is not healthy. Open defecation for example. Also how can countering statistics with a "would have" make an argument?
Actually, I would view anything written in that article suspiciously, because 'Red Tent' concept (in the US) is not for menstruating women. As far as I can tell, it is a monthly meeting as per the lunar calendar - a sort-of support group for other problems women face and has nothing to do with "only" periods as such.
The article also says things like, "Imagine the drama of telling our rural women to throw away their piece of menstrual cloth and instead use my packaged version of it, which by the way will also cost them." At the same time it scoffs at how the West is not pushing for menstrual cups in India - As far as menstrual cups go, I wonder how one will explain sterilizing the menstrual cup in a rural Indian kitchen?
@Fan I knew there was a chance you would bring up the Masti series! I don't have an objection to people making those films. If that is what they want to do with their time, money, energy, and talent, so be it. I just can't make myself watch them. I didn't even say, readers shouldn't watch it. I just informed readers that I cannot make myself watch it. Am I offended? Not really, it is just not my taste. Would I like less of such films? Yes, of course.
And actually, in my comment I only expressed my opinion on "taking offense", like you expressed yours.
As far as Anuj's comments being monitored goes, I don't like personal attacks on other people (readers or filmmakers) on my website. That is it. Am I offended by it? Nope, life is too short to get offended by such things. Do I want less of it on my site? Yes, of course and I shall do what it takes.
Having said all of that, I am sure there are things out there that I am offended by - cockroaches might fit the bill. And yet, whenever I see myself being offended I work on managing my intolerance - you'll be surprised, I tried it for cockroaches too. Unsuccessfully, though. Will keep working on it. Will I ask people who don't mind cockroaches to take an offense, naah. Their wish.
@LostInConfusion Hello-hello! Welcome back.
@Mohit That aside, all people should do is not watch it themselves, if they don't like the idea.
Hey congratulations on the book! Will check it out. The movie is alright, it is a new type of masala, alright :)
@TimeELiebe :) What can I say? I'm glad you enjoyed what you enjoyed? :D