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Five Point Someone Vs 3 Idiots….

I have a huge appetite for good films….basically this is just one of the many facts responsible for my hatred of adaptations based on literal works…These movies just kill the soul of the book and show literally a loose version of the dynamic original,just to fit in the story within the 3 hours time frame….I have absolutely loathed  films like these for as long as I can remember….But then came the movie 3 Idiots and the world changed….because this movie not just broke records and set the cash counters ringing…But for the first the audience was given visual treat of book….which was so encapsulating!!!!

The movie 3 idiots is adaptation of the most famous Indian work ” Five Point Someone”….although the story was based on this book….I had say their are not many comparisons and this movie surely differs in the fact that it was not direct repetition of scenes from the book…But had its own unique heart and soul….

The movie is based on the trials and tribulations of Rancho ( Rancchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad and his friends Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi)…..who study in Imperial college of Engineering(while in the book the friends are Hari,Ryan and Alok,studying in IIT)…..Throughout the movie,Farhan acting as the narrator takes us on a journey into their past where life taught them many lessons which books could not….The movie starts off with the search of Rancho….who it is shown has not been in with either of friends from long time….Chatur “Silencer” Ramalingam,(Omi Vaidya) their old classmate and biggest rival who just believes in mindless studies…..  fools them into coming back to their college one fine day to remind them of 5 years old challenge to prove who will be the most successful out of them in long race….from there they set off to Shimla….

3 Idiots-Farhan,Rancho,Raju

On the way,Farhan narrates the story….of how he joined ICE because it was his parents wish and not his to become engineer and how Raju ended up in college to get a degree and be the bread winner of his family….The first scene is really hilarious where seniors are ragging the new comers and  Rancho walks in….not only does he give shock treatment to the senior guy who tries to rag him…But the next day,he incurs the wrath of their dean  Prof.Vino Sahastrabuddhe,called as Virus who comes the hostel to give the first years a lecture about competition-“Life begins with murder. If you don’t compete, you will die.”…. by diverting question back on him…..I just love this scene because it actually shows that many of our so called intelligent professors are so busy churning merit rankers that they themselves forget the reality and get stuck with the syllabus…..In between is the most crucial scene where a student called Lobo commits suicide when Virus does nt give him an extension for his project….On his funeral,Rancho actually accuses the Dean and the system for Lobo’s death (I’ll say this guy had some guts!!!!)…which further infuriates Virus….

 

Virus-Prof.Viru Sahastrabudhe

So our young hero Rancho does all that is possible to irritate the professors….particularly the scene where the professor asks him to explain the meaning of the word “MACHINE”….he does it in simple words only to be mocked by the prof who wants the bigger definition from the books….Taking the chance in his hands,Silencer babbles out the definition….But Rancho steals the thunder off when getting miffed the prof asks him to leave the class…while leaving Rancho deliberately gives the definition of the word BOOK instead of straight away saying the word book itself….explaining it later to the prof that he only judges bookish scrap and not the simpler things in life…I just love this scene as well….(In the book this scene varies where the prof asks the students the meaning of Machine and since the students are very shy on their first day of college,the prof gives the simple definition which in the movie has been tossed off to Aamir)

In between our hero also finds time to fall in love with Pia( Kareena Kapoor) who is medical student and Virus’s daughter…. he first met her at her sisters bauquet which all 3 of them gate crash…Rancho very cleverly even breaks off her engagement to NRI who is another laugh of the town like Silencer( In the book it is Hari,the narrator who falls for Neha,daughter of their department Head Prof.Cherian and unlike Pia,Neha is not medical student….but fashion designing student instead)….

The Beautiful Pia...

The story takes a turn when Virus orders Farhan and Raju to choose between their studies or their friendship with Rancho….Raju being scaredy-crow….gives in and shifts to Silencer’s room….In between there is yet another hilarious scene where on Teacher’s day,Silencer has to give a speech in hindi….Since he doesn’t know the language,he gets it written from the librarian(where Farhan and Rancho manage to get away with both the librarian and Silencer for sometime and change the script)…..On Teacher’s Day,Silencer vomits out the whole script without knowing that what he was saying was all wrong…Then Rancho tries to talk sense to Raju that studying without understanding the concept leads to mishaps like this:P….Ultimately, Raju comes back when Rancho saves his ill father’s life….That scene taught me the most imporatant lesson in my life….THAT TRUE FRIENDS ALWAYS STAY WITH US….NO MATTER WHERE WE GO….

Now romance between both Pia and Rancho blossoms off…i just loved their on-screen chemistry(all the DEMONSTRATIONS that Rancho gives to Pia to make her understand her point)….The most funny thing is that Rancho dreams about Pia every night….but in the night he finds that he is unable to kiss her….because the NOSE comes in between….

Things get a bit off hand….when both Raju and Farhan challenge Rancho bored of his all time accusations that both of them are not following their dream….This scene has one  of  Rancho’s strong quotes that-Make your passion your profession.…They tell him to propose Pia and say that if he manages so,Farhan will take up wild life photography which is his dream and confront his parents about his parents….Raju promises that he will stop being superstitious…..Things are all fine as our drunken Hero jumps into his lady-love’s room and in darkness instead of her proposes to his elder pregnant sister Mona(yet another fuuny scene….where you just can’t stop laughing)….even manages to make the unborn child kick his mother with his “ALL IZ WELL” slogan…..until of course Virus catches them running off….The next day,Virus storms into their classroom and questions all three of them….this scene is my favorite where Virus asks Raju how does induction engine starts…But Raju is drunk and says “broom! brooooooooooom! broooom!” in front of the class embarassing the campus director. Virus then threatens Raju of being expelled if he doesn’t confess against Rancho….being unable to choose between his friend and Career…Raju jumps off the third floor….and has to be hospitalized….This is where the real friendship tone sets in…..Rancho works day in and day out to cure Raju…

Finally,on the discharge day,we get to see changed Raju and Farhan…who accept that whatever Rancho had been saying was right(this is where I think that the movie is better than the book….because in the book Ryan comes up with a plan called” Cooperate to Dominate” where all three of them decide to cheat and work less…but ultimately they just make a bigger mess of things….while in the movie,Rancho actually makes his friends life better)…..A valuable lesson learned was “Always Follow your Dreams and Don’t compromise for anyone or anything”…..Farhan manages to convince his parents and Raju gets the job…which further irks Virus who decides to spoil their joy by setting difficult question paper to fail Raju…..Pia learns about this and decides to help them….

The next scene is my favorite…where Pia steals her father’s office keys, gets drunk and lands up in Rancho’s room…..She tells him about Virus plans and gives him the keys….the most funny thing about this scene is Pia’s comparison of the Gujarati food with bombs….The way she says that the food items Dhokala sounds like America bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki….gets you in splits….(the scene is different in book where Hari steals the keys and when they get caught…..He puts the blame on Neha…who gets heart-broken)

Afraid that Raju may fail….Rancho and Farhan try to steal the question paper but get caught instead….Virus expels both of them….which infuriates Pia and she confronts her father with the bitter truth of her brother’s suicide…..who died because he was unable to get into ICE as Virus wanted him to…..and rushes back to her hospital….It starts raining heavily as Rancho and friends pack their bags and about to leave when they find Mona in car….crying in pain as her labors have started…..Pia is not able to come back because of heavy rains….So,she instructs Rancho on webcam and Rancho does the delivery via VOIP that he himself creates…. After the baby is apparently stillborn, Rancho resuscitates the baby. Virus reconciles with Rancho and his friends, and allows the trio to stay for their final exams.

The next scene brings us back in present…where all three of them have reached Shimla….only to find another guy( Javed Jaffrey) is actually Rancho and their friend was just a servant in their house,Chhote….because he was very much interested in studies….real Rancho’s father had bargain with him that he will pays the fees for his education….but after that Chhote has to give his Degree to Rancho…..which of course Chhote does to never come and meet his friends….From the real Rancho,they learn that Chhote is now working in school in Ladakh….Silencer finds this amusing and starts mocking Chhote saying that he is just school teacher…..while he (silencer) is now vice president of his company…..In between we get to know that Silencer is in bid to get a contract from well known scientist Phunsukh Wangdu…..On the way,Farhan has yet again intriguing thought about Rancho-“Today my respect for that idiot shot up. Most of us went to college just for a degree. No degree meant no plum job, no pretty wife, no credit card, no social status. But none of this mattered to him, he was in college for the joy of learning, he never cared if he was first or last. ”

So before leaving for Ladakh…Farhan and Raju again gate crash into wedding…..But this time it’s Pia….They make her realise that since she always loved Chhote,she should get back to him….All fur of them then set off to Ladakh….There they reach a school…which is full of children working on inventions that only Chhote could mastermind…simple devices for daily use….Pia goes on scooter to meet Chhote….The scene is like dream sequence….But Chhote’s dream breaks when she gets down from the scooter and slaps him hard for leaving her and going away…they later reconcile and kiss to make up…..

Silencer mocks Chhote for being school teacher and gets Declaration of Defeat signed from him…..Only to find later that Chhote himself is Phunsukh Wangdu…..The last scene is hilarious where Silencer runs the trio and begs Chhote to sign the contract for his company…..The movie ends with the most famous dialogue-Pursue for excellence, success will chase you”.…..All in all….this movie is big time entertainer…..This is the first time that may be I can say….that I just LOVED the adaptation of the book more than the book itself….A must watch!!!!

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I Too Had Love Story….

The best feeling in the world is to FALL in love….better than that is to be loved in return….A person in love is not on cloud nine but on cloud twelve or may be even twenty….Dreaming and rejoicing every moment of being in Love…..Everything around suddenly seems so nice ( Even that disgusting neighbor next door whom you might have loathed for as long as you have known her and hated her existence)….But when you are in Love,even such aunties and all other things that disgusted you,will melt your heart….If you have loved someone from the core….then surely “I Too Had Love Story” will bring tears to your eyes and rib your heart out…..

The novel brings you to real life incident from the Author Ravinder Singh’s life…..where he narrates his heart wrenching story of “Having loved and Lost”….The story starts off on breezy note where Ravin goes to meet his college buddies Amardeep,Happy and Manpreet…All four friends had not met after graduating from their college and were meeting up at Happy’s place….After catching up on all the good old times….The four friends sit together and discuss their future….In prospects of MARRIAGE….when Amardeep suggests the use of matrimonial sites like Shaadi.com for the perfect match….Although the remaining three laugh off the topic….the idea strikes a cord with Ravin….After his friends go back,one fine day when he is all alone and workload is less….Ravin creates a profile of himself and starts checking out gals profiles on the site…..Many weeks pass by,but Ravin never gets any positive feedback….

Absolutely fed up….Ravin gives up the option of finding the perfect gal for him on this site…..When suddenly one day he gets a message from a gal named Khushi who tells him that she had seen his profile and wanted to talk to him….Their casual talks about their interests,their likes and dislikes….leads to conversations day in and night out….Ultimately,Ravin become Khushi’s “Shona”…..THEY ARE IN LOVE….The author then takes you on a joy-ride where you get to actually feel their happiness and togetherness….Their Love in times of distress….Their arguments…..the sweet nothings which get them back together….Their love for the rain….Being miles away and without even seeing each other…..Both of them are madly in Love…..


The story takes a twist when Ravin has to suddenly leave for U.S because of some important work….The thought of 11 weeks of separation takes such a a big toll on them….That both decide to meet up before he leaves….So,Lover Boy flies all the way to Faridabad to meet his Lady love….The author manages to keep curiosity levels up as to how will Khushi look….How will their first meeting be…. until he finally lands up and we become witness to their first meeting….From here,starts their Love Story with new characters added in….Now in the picture,we are acquainted with the family memebers on both sides….You rock with happiness when finally everyone at Khushi’s home accepts him as their future son-in-law…..In between we are given a candid sneak peak in run away incident where both Khushi and Ravin lie at Khushi’s home so that they could go out together and have some moments of togetherness….but get caught instead….But their love shows when Ravin’s takes the entire blame on himself and saves his better half (which he himself mentions many times in the novel…because he considers Khushi not his girlfriend…But his wife)…..

Ravin leaves for U.S and despite having difficult schedules…both of then squeeze time out to be with each other….By talking whenever possible and having sleepless nights at times….Then the ordeal ends and Ravin comes back…You can actually feel the joy that Khushi experiences and can’t help being a part of it….Ultimately,the day arrives when both of them are about to get engaged….You can feel the ecstasy of all the celebrations on swing for the engagement going on….Khushi is going mad thinking of getting engaged to the Man of her Dreams….Ravin actually manages to take you straight to the scene as if you are actually there….

Then suddenly tragic strikes in….Like all good times comes to end….Ravin’s most beautiful dream crashes and get shattered….A day before the engagement,Khushi meets with an accident….Despite all attempts by Ravin and their Family members and despite all their prayers….She succumbs to her injuries….The last part of novel attempts look down on Ravin’s life….who still is trying hard to forget her….The last incident in the novel touches your heart when Ravin’s is in garden sitting beside a mother….who is watching her little girl play on swing….When the girl falls down,the mother shouts little girl’s name….on which being unable to resist himself….Ravin rushes to help the girl….and feels good on seeing that the little girl is all right….It is when he asks her mother the girl’s name once again to confirm if he heard it right….The mother confirms the name….Khushi…..

I know….we must have read many stories with similar endings where lovers get separated….But I just loved the emotions that the Author has poured into the story….Only a person who has truly loved and lost will understand this pain….If you are looking for a book,that gives in to a fresh breath of air….”I Too Had A Love Story” should be high on your list….Come and fall in Love….Because there can never be better tribute to your Loved one than to make her Name so Famous….that everyone remembers and loves her as much as You did( It’s not necessary that every lover has to built in a TAJ MAHAL for his beloved)……even a simple expression of love like this book is enough to last for lifetime…..Ravin has done it for Khushi!!!!!

©Krishnaveni Balasubramanian

Arundhati

There have been very few movies which have been able to leave back their impression on my mind….I’m big time movie freak…But there are very few movies which have kept me tied up to my seat till the very end…This may be due the fact that I never watch movies for the namesake of the actors and actresses….I have no favorites…If I watch a movie,its purely because the story must be captivating enough to divert my attention from all my important works….Arundhati is one such movie…..

The movie starts off with a breezy introduction of Arundhati (Anushka Shetty),who is the Great Grand Daughter of King of Gadhwal,Mahasamsthan…..Arrangements are underway for her marriage with Rahul ( Arjun Bajwa)….During the engagement ceremony,we hear the deadly sounds of the villain Pasupathi who is shown lusting for her…..She goes with her family to Gadhwal,for final visit before her marriage…..Where a misleading phone call leads her to Mahasamsthan….There the evil spirit of Pasupathi speaks with her and promises to avenge her…..Confused and terrified,Arundhati rushes back home…..where Chandramma (Manorama),a middle aged maid servant tells her the story of Queen Jejjamma….

We are taken into a flashback where the young Princess Arundhati (Divya Nagesh) is introduced….Fondly called as “Jejjamma” by her people….She is shown to be akin to injustice and loved by her people for her valour….When you look at the little gir’sl majestic walk down the staircase in the palace…Its Royalty re-defined….an expert in painting,dancing and martial arts….She is shown as “Ruler in making”….

Young Princess Arundhati

The next introduction is of Pasupathi,the villain and his mother….He is married to the King’s elder daughter and Arundhati’s sister….Pasupathi and  his mother torture her but she never mentions about it to the King fearing Arundhati’s wrath….Pasupathi is womanizer who rapes the women in the village and kills those who do not succumb to him…His mother supports him in all his bad deeds….while his wife silently bears everything…..

Pasupathi

Things get worse when a blind teacher is brought in to teach the princess the famed “Drum Dance”…..The moment Pasupathi sees her,he starts lusting for her……Your heart escapes a beat when the blind teacher teaches the dance steps to the Princess and tells her the importance of the dance form….Despite being blind….she catches hold of the sounds being made by the drum and puts up a outstanding performance….

Blind Teacher

When Jejjamma goes away for a while,Pasupathi brutally rapes and kills the Teacher….Unable to bear the humiliation that Jejjamma has learned the truth about her husband….Elder Princess commits suicide….In anger,Jejjamma seeks revenge and gets Pasupathi thrashed from her people….He is tied to his own Horse legs….The people rejoice thinking that he is dead….Unaware that,Pasupathi is saved by the Aghoras (practitioners of Black Magic)….He stays with them and learns the Dark Arts….

Next,we taken 1o years ahead….It is wedding day of Jejjamma….Gadhwal is celebrating the marriage of their beloved Princess….Jejjamma grows up to be celestial beauty….

Arundhati in her Bridal Glow....

As the festivity is on…Pasupathi retrns to Gadhwal and starts killing everyone….He kills the King as well….But when his eyes fall on Arundhati,he forgets his revenge and starts lusting for her….He commands her to perform the “Drum Dance” for him or else he would kill everyone in the palace….To save all her people from Pasupathi’s evil magic….Jejjamma performs the dance….This is my favorite part of the movie….Because the grace with which Anushka dances and then swirls around to catch hold off the swords in remote corners of the room with dupatta to trigger them at Pasupathi is breath taking…..I just forgot myself….This particular scene showed the intelligence of Ruler….True to her spirits…..

Pasupathi commanding Jejjamma

Triggering the swords,Jejjamma cleverly cuts off Pasupathi’s tongue and stops him from reciting incantations….She then cuts off the ropes of the chandelier and pulls it down on Pasupathi….The act was really unparalleled….But she spares his life,to prevent him becoming “PRETATMA”…..He is buried alive in tomb which is protected with powerful yantras (defensive spells) from the holy Vedas….Three days later he dies….Jejjamma hears his voice in her sleep and goes to Mahasamsthan,where the spirit of Pasupathi swears to avenge her and her people…. His evil spirit afflicts bad omens in the village because of which people start dying…..

To protect them,Jejjamma meets the Siddhas (Holy Sages)…..She goes through immense torture and even sacrifices her own life….The act where the Siddhas kill her by striking her with coconuts leaves you terrified…..She is burned and her bones are reconciled into the form of Dagger….The only weapon which can kill Pasupathi forever…..

We are bought out of the the flashback….where a worker in trance to save his wife from the evil spirit of Pasupathi’s mother breaks pen the tomb and releases his spirit….All hell breaks loose with this….Pasupathi starts killing people from Arundhati’s family….Enter Anwar (Sayaji Shinde)…..who treats patient with his sorcery powers….He tells Arundhati that she is reincarnation of Jejjamma and was born to kill Pasupathi….and to protect her people……This is where You can see the massive differences between Jejjamma and Arundhati….Jejjamma was strong person and courageous who died for people….But Arundhati is shown to be very frail and timid….

What ensues next is cat and mouse race….Where Arundhati tries to get her family safely out of Gadhwal….But fails miserably….She is left with no option but fight him when Pasupathi commands her to surrender herself to him by night or else he kill her whole family….From a portrait of Jejjamma( it has minute inscriptions in the form of words)…..Arundhati learns of the dagger….Along with Anwar,she goes in search of Siddhas….But Anwar meets with an accident and falls off the cliff…..Thinking that Anwar is dead,Arundhati walks back to the Palace to surrender to Pasupathi….He orders Arundhati to wear Jejjamma’s bridal cloths and jewellery….and torments her….Just then Anwar arrives in time to save Arundhati from Pasupathi’s clutches….Anwar had escaped the fall and finally reached the Siddhas….They give him the dagger and tell him that it has to be soaked in Arundhati’s blood for it to be effective enough to kill Pasupathi….But before Anwar can tell Arundhati about it….Pasupathi kills him….

Arundhati tries to kill Pasupathi with Dagger but fails….Ultimately in an attempt to save herself,Arundhati tries to kill herself  with the Dagger and soaks in it her blood….The dagger glows and she realizes every thing….She then slays the evil spirit with her Dagger….

This story in true sense symbolizes the strength Of Women….It establishes the fact that even a Women Ruler can give up her life for people and protect them the way….A male ruler does….The sheer confidence with which Anushka portrayed the Queen Jejjamma was exceptional…..This film is must watch….For everyone who loves Horror with “ROYAL TOUCH”

©Krishnaveni Balasubramanian

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