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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Man Who Sold Flowers...

I see him daily,

On the busy main street,

amidst cars, buses and rickshaws,
He sells flowers in the heat.


He goes to each one,
Each window he knocks,

each person he asks,
whether they'll pay him for what he'll remove from his box.


One day he came up to my car window,
and banged the glass hard,

it irritated me no end,
but I lowered the glass,
and let off my guard!


He shakes his box vigorously,
and shows me a rose,

I shake my head and ask for something else,
he takes out something that almost killed my nose!


I have no choice,
So I settle for the rose,

he quoted am awful cost,
I give a "lessen it or get-out" kind of pose!


We negotiate and settle for 20 bucks,
closing my window after paying,

I get ready to start my car,
I turn around and give him a final glance, whose figure is now retreating...


I wonder if he'll be like that 
all his life,

isn't selling flowers on the road,
full of struggle and strife???


He looked happy when he came to me,

but will he be happy always?

Destiny has something for everyone,
so I needn't bother anyways.


He'll sell lights in the night,
mangoes in May,

And umbrellas in monsoon,
But shall he always be happy and gay?


He'd be managing to feed his family,
and also collect funds for the future,

but does he have anything else to do,
at least nothing that I can picture!


He may do what he may,
sell mangoes or melons or mowers,

for me he shall always be;
The man who sold flowers!!!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dil Dhadakne Do: Let Your Heart Beat With The Mehras!



What does it take for a film to win hearts? A dedicated cast? A wonderful director? Humorous but relatable dialogues? A good story? An innovatively simple plot? Characters you can see yourself in? 

Let me just say, "DDD is a must watch!" (Though I know many of you'll may have watched it by now but for those who are yet to watch it, here is something you may want to know about the film, before watching it) 
Here you go:

Kamal and Neelam Mehra(Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah) have planned a fortnight long cruise  to plush and scenic destinations. For their 30th wedding anniversary.
All likely and existing business partners are invited. 

Ayesha Mehra( Priyanka Chopra) is: A successful entrepreneur. On the contrary, her married life is not as happy as her parents think it is(or perhaps don't want to acknowledge). She is married to Manav Sangha (Rahul Bose) a male chauvinist- another businessman.

The film and her life witness some twists when her long lost love, Sunny(Farhan Akhtar) comes on board.

Farhan Akhtar is not given much screen time. Nevertheless, his role as Sunny and brilliantly humorous but sensitively written dialogues leave a lasting impact on everyone.

Kabeer Mehra(Ranveer Singh), the ideal heir of Ayka, his father's(Kamal) company that is on the verge of bankruptcy, finds his interest in aviation.

However, he needs to listen to everything his dad says on the behest of being the iklauta vaaris of Ayka and also not wanting his love, his plane to be sold. 

He falls in love with someone else on the cruise, though:

Farah(Anushka Sharma) is a dancer, who ran away from her house to follow her passion. She and Kabeer fall in love...but then will it be as easy for them to be together in...???

Wait...I forgot to tell!! DDD is no cruise trip! DDD is no family vacation! DDD is a rollercoaster! A rollercoaster that makes you laugh, makes you smile, I can't guarantee it'll make you cry, but you'll relate! 

This rollercoaster has twists and turns and situations that...actually are near impossible in real life!! These situations are hiilarious and over the top, but executed in the most subtle manner!
     
Try offering your sister's mother in law a sharper knife than the butter knife she is threatening to kill herself with! Try bribing your son to get married to someone you want him to...in return of a plane. Try jumping off a cruise for that matter!!!

The rollercoaster is driven and jam-packed by unbelievable, unforgettable performances. And some scenes and dialogues are such, a WOW cannot not come from your mouth.

This WOW isn't momentary! It keeps coming again and again, throughout the movie...when Mr.Mehra very obviously bribes Kabeer, "Tumhe vo plane chahiye ki nahi?"...

When in the medical care room, the otherwise calm Neelam smashes a file on her husband after knowing that what had happened was gas and no heart attack! Hold on...there's more...when she hears a knock on the door, she gets back into her calm demeanor; she never let's anyone see what she is going through...

 It's not over yet! Minutes later when Kabeer says,"Iss family main sab upar upar se baat karte gain, asli baat to koi karta hi nahi!!!" She just says,"Kya baat karni hain tumhe???"
And then of course, moments later comes Kabeer's glance...a look there and then here and there and then at Ayesha...he is bewildered...Ranveer Singh pulls this off amazingly well!

The only downside to the movie is that it doesn't meet its expectations...not in terms of the story or plot or content, but in terms of the scenic AWE that it promised in the trailer...there aren't enough scenes on the cruise. Not as many as I expected.

Nevertheless, it is an entertainer and you for sure will connect to someone or the else of DDD's characters...

And I forgot to mention Mr.Pluto Mehra. You know who he is don't you? Nope? Find out! (Don't ask how!)

Here's a question for you guys, leave the answer in he comments below.


You see yourself as which person in the film Dil Dhadakne Do? 

    I see myself as Pluto Mehra...the silent observer...!

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