The Common Man Speaks

22Mar/108

What’s there on 23rd March?

I am sure many of you won’t be knowing the significance of 23rd March or you must have simply forgotten. Seventy-nine years ago (in 1931) on this very day three bravest youngsters named Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru happily accepted death from the hands of the British just to motivate their countrymen to fight for their freedom. This was the biggest and the most extreme sacrifice in Indian history. Sadly, their contribution is hardly remembered today. People like Gandhi, Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel, etc always hog the limelight when it comes to the list of freedom fighters while these three bravehearts hardly get mention.

My heartiest pranaam to the three greats on the 79th anniversary of their shahadat!

Below are some of the rare and real photographs of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.

News of the hanging of the three martyrs (Picture Courtesy - commons.wikipedia.org)

Bhagat Singh (Picture Courtesy - unp.co.in)

Bhagat Singh during his childhood (Picture Courtesy - unp.co.in)

Bhagat Singh's mother with a wellwisher (Picture Courtesy - unp.co.in)

Rajguru (Picture Courtesy - india.targetgenx.com)

Sukhdev (Picture Courtesy - india.targetgenx.com)

Bhagat Singh as a student in National College, Lahore (Picture Courtesy - unp.co.in)

21Mar/102

Ringa Ringa (Marathi Movie) Review


Unpredictably Perfect!

Ratings: * * * *

By: Keyur Seta

One thought that came to my mind after Ringa Ringa ended is that I’ve rarely experienced such thrill before as I did in this movie. The intense storyline, unpredictable twists and a sleek presentation make this Sanjay Jadhav’s work as one of the best thrillers to have hit the Indian screen.

The story deals with Rangarao (Ajinkya Dev), who is all set to become the Chief Minister of Goa despite his involvement with terrorist outfits. Rangarao’s aide Siddharth Desai (Bharat Jadhav) starts regretting his involvement with Rangarao after he gets to know about his links with terrorists. Siddharth reveals about Rangarao’s activities to the party chief Annasaheb (Uday Sabnis). Annasaheb assigns Siddharth the task of handing him evidences against Rangarao.

Rangarao’s man, a local goon called Anthony, babbles Rangarao’s activities to inspector Sawant. But, Rangarao’s hit-man Johnny (Santosh Juvekar) kills Anthony. In the meantime, Rangarao’s left hand, Vishwas (Ankush Chowdhary), a smooth-talking conman, gets hold of the evidence by bribing Sawant. Despite this, Siddharth lays his hands on the evidence and flees. After a series of unusual encounters, Siddharth’s wife Manasi (Sonali Kulkarni) enters the scene and becomes the most important player in this cat and mouse game.

What follows after this is a series of unthinkable events which keep you at the edge of the seat throughout. The strange thrills and twists till the very end give way to an unforgettable rollercoaster ride.

Sanjay Jadhav as a director as well as a writer invents an innovative style of narration, which will impress any international audience. To write such a script and then to present it onscreen requires brilliance. He is surely a lookout for the future. Plus, a powerful background score, taut cinematography and a sleek editing add on to the plus points.

This was one of the most challenging roles for Sonali Kulkarni. The suspense and twists wouldn’t have appealed this much if she had faltered even a bit. However, she rises to the occasion and gives one of her career best performances. In fact, it’s one of the best in the past few years. Also, she looks amazingly stunning. Bharat Jadhav, in a totally different avatar, proves why he is one of the finest performers around while Ajinkya Dev portrays the role of a baddie with perfection. Santosh Juvekar, Ankush Chwodhary and Uday Sabnis play their part well too.

Ringa Ringa deserves to be watched even by the non-Marathi audience purely because it leaves you spellbound.

6Mar/100

Karthik Calling Karthik Review


Yes… take the call!

Ratings: - * * * ½

The psychological thriller genre is hardly touched by Indian filmmakers. Vijay Lalwani touches it in his directorial debut Karthik Calling Karthik and after the final culmination it can be said that the touch produces a remarkable sensation.

Despite being brilliantly intelligent, Karthik Narayan (Farhan Akhtar) has a loser’s attitude and lacks confident. His cowardly nature makes it extremely easy for his boss (Ram Kapoor), his landlord and others to bully and harass him. He is also unable to express his fondness for his colleague Shonali (Deepika Padukone). The one day, he receives a phone call which changes his life. Things start falling into place unbelievably. However, the problem lies in the fact that the person who is calling him is nobody else but himself. How can Karthik call Karthik?

Lalwani is responsible for the story, screenplay, dialogues and direction and the debutant excels in every department. The never-told-before story is intriguing and has some edge of the seat moments. The suspense is just not predictable and makes the viewer guessing till the end. The intelligent screenplay adds boost to the story.

Most importantly, Lalwani also succeeds in the main headache, the direction, with ease. He has shot the story in an interesting and extraordinary manner, which gives it an international look. Surely, this man is the lookout for the future. The witty and intelligent dialogues are another feather in his cap.

The few items on the flip side include some portions where the pace drops especially during the pre-interval romantic moments. Also the logic behind the suspense might not go down well with all. Lastly, those who expect so-called entertaining values might get disappointed because of the nature of the subject.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music has nothing special to offer. The title track, however, suits the mood at the opening credits. But the background score is superb.

A film which depends solely on the title role requires a special talent and Farhan Akhtar proves that he has it. Flawless and brilliant are the words for his act here. He portrays roles of a loser, a transformed confident chap and a disturbed individual with utmost perfection. Deepika Padukone does well as Farhan’s lady love but she could have done with less skin show. Ram Kapoor’s egoistic and ruthless act comes as a surprise. Surely we want to see more of him.

Karthik Calling Karthik surely deserves a watch since it succeeds in treading on an unconquered path. Sadly, however, the film has gained disappointed collections. Wonder when our audience will stop clinging only on those so-called family and masala entertainers and will start giving important and encouragement to such genres.