I must say that with a film like Ankhon Dekhi, I feel I just don’t have the authority or the aukaat to review it, but here are my points of view on a film I have felt inexplicably drawn to after a long, long time.
Ankhon Dekhi traces its way across life and society as we know it, and questions the way we've been asked to understand everything that exists. It creates emotional moments throughout the narrative that reveal the banalities with which we exist and forces us to rethink how we got here.
Vintage Khushwant Singh, on how to live & die.
The Sardar in the Lightbulb may have passed away, but his spirit & spot on writing, laced with poetry, humor, common sense & satire, still burns bright!
"Brothels are not pleasure dens. As we watch 'Lakshmi', in horrified disbelief, Nagesh Kukunoor’s 14-year-old protagonist being bruised, violated and battered by men of all shapes and sizes, what emerges is a deep-rooted societal bias where the girl child is often treated as a liability.
The picture that emerges in this deeply disturbing film is that of absolutely insensitive brutality towards the weak and the poor."
This stunning photograph, of rows & rows of bangles, in all the colors of the rainbow and more, reminded me of this poem, which all of us must have read, in Middle-School ...
The Bangle Sellers
Bangle sellers are we who bear
Our shining loads to the temple fair...
Who will buy these delicate, bright
Rainbow-tinted circles of light?
Lustrous tokens of radiant lives,
For happy daughters and happy wives.
The anguish of a young, unwed mother, with her face pressed against a window, trying desperately to catch a glimpse of her young son, being taken away by foster parents … the image will haunt you!
The old pensioner, Dame Judi Dench, playing Philomena, who has a weakness for romantic novels & insists on giving her partner in crime, who is helping her trace her son, a detailed narration of the story she is reading, makes you smile with delight!
Sometimes it’s hard to forget that Nazi Germany was crushed some 70 years ago, because the prejudices that stoked its ruthless persecution of ‘undesirables’ continue to fuel many of the books and movies we watch today. The Third Reich visited unimaginable evil upon the world - it’s a striking reminder that humans wear their civility lightly and forces writers to examine why; novels like Erik Larsen’s ‘In the Garden of the Beasts’ for example, brilliantly capture Hitler’s rise to power in 1930s Berlin.
There is a little bit of "Queen" in all of us. Most of us have gone through phases where we have been dorky, confused and not too confident about ourselves but have dreamed big. Queen is one such heartwarming story about Rani (played by Kangana) whose dreams hit a major speed-breaker. Kangana is outstanding in this well scripted movie. Highly recommended. For a detailed review read my blog http://shubhrasrivastav.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/queen-go-watch-it-for-k...
It's liberating to have an Indian scene bursting with women taking law and order into their own hands and taking a stand against years of patriarchy. Gulaab Gang opens with strong, fiery, incredible women- intent on establishing a new world order with feisty dignity, using sickles, willpower and sheer lack of fear to create the world they wish to inhabit.
It is regressive, cliched and boring. If you would still like to read the review, here it is. http://shubhrasrivastav.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/shadi-ke-side-effects-r...