Saturday, January 05, 2008

And you thought I...

And you thought I’ve stopped all blogging ?? Well, I didn’t get time all these days!! Its not that now I m sitting idle and have lots of time or that I m again promising to blog everyday, every incident and so on. It’s just that I watched the best movie of 2007. And how could I ever miss writing a review on that.

Taare Zameen Par - Cinema at its best

What an experience!! Yes, TZP is not just a movie, it’s an experience. It is one of the most touching films I have ever seen. A modern day classic. It will go down as one of the best in Indian cinema. I already read a review comparing TZP with Pather Panchali. Oh my!!! I m speechless.

This is one movie which could be given a rating of 5 out of 5. I ve no words to describe this movie, nothing to complain about. The performances, script, music, direction are all perfect. The story goes like this:

Ishaan(Darsheel) is a class 3 student who gets marks like 3/25, 4/25 in all the subjects. Punishments are regular for him, everyday, every hour he gets punished by his teachers. He doesn’t know how to write properly, read sentences, and do additions and to behave to others. Fed up of hearing complaints about him from his teachers and neighbors, his father sends him to a boarding school.

Ram Shanker Nikumbh(Aamir) is a temporary art teacher in this school. He realizes that ishaan is dyslexic and he has the patience to spend time with this kid and make him read, write and behave like other children: he is the one who finds out the 'young artist' in ishaan.

The movie ends with a soul-stirring climax with Ishaan becoming - not the best- but a boy who has improvements in every subject in school, thanks to nikumbh sir. Nikumbh is just an ordinary teacher. He’s not the likes of the music teacher in mohabbattein who can encourage his lover students to go for it! He’s not the coach who can make minnows, world beaters. He is just another teacher who understands his students; who loves children.

This was the first time I have seen the audience applaud a movie by standing up and clapping as it ended. Nobody moved from their places, perhaps nobody wanted it to end. People were all speechless!! I m sure there wont be a soul whose eyes did not water during this masterpiece of a movie.

Thank you Aamir, for such a great movie, and thank you for making me believe that movies could be this great. AK has taken Indian cinema to the next level.

Ah!!! The more I talk about TZP, the more I like it. Its is obviously a must watch, also it is a must buy, too!!

So, another year has gone by, and let me pick some of the best of this year

Taare Zameen Par and Chak De! India(CDI) are the best bollywood movies of 2007. Others like Guru and Black Friday are my picks for the best of 2007. Om Shanti Om and Namastey London were the best entertainers of the year. RGV ki Aag and Saawariya will be the disappointments of the year, though I haven seen the later. Other movies which were missed include Metro, Bheja Fry and Dhamaal. Jab We Met(JWM) was the surprise of the year, it gave us the future Mr. and Mrs. bollywood.

Deepika, Sonam and Ranbir will be stars to watch out for. All of them will share the debutante awards. Special Mention for SRK for having started real acting with CDI. Best actress will be Kareena for JWM. Best Director would be AK for TZP. Best music – Shankar, Ehsaan Loy for TZP. Best script Anmol Gupte for TZP. Child artiste Darsheel Safary for TZP.

Those were all my picks, my personal opinion, obviously inspired by Rajeev Masand’s Now Showing (CNN IBN) and a lots of other sources. Have a great year ahead!!!