Saturday, December 5, 2015

Here's why I loved Angry Indian Goddesses





Very rarely do I come across an Indian movie that reflects real life clearly. This movie is like that. For the first time in Indian cinema, I noticed raw emotions of women in real friendship.

There was one dialogue in the beginning to which even my male friend laughed. ( I emphasize on his laughter because he was not convinced initially, not at all. So the laughter gave me hope). It was something like this-
"you are not the kind to hate someone."
"Yeah but I am the kind to bitch about someone."

Dusky faces, usual clothes, serious issues and light hearted moments, the movie has all the elements from the lives of modern Indian women.

The mysteries were predictable, but that's not the point. It isn't a mystery movie anyway. It's the first Indian movie with full focus on female friendship. Let's cherish that!

Indian cinema has always ignored this aspect of us women. And if I speak for myself and my friends, our friendship is the most important thing to us. We know each other inside out, well at least more than our parents do. And it isn't just about knowing, we understand each other. Oh, and even at times when we don't understand what our friends do or say, we support them. No parent can be that unbiased.

And let's just forget men. Just this once. After all, it can't be about them all the fucking time.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Inkaar

Lead Roles

Chitrangada; as Maya. I am a fan of hers from now on.
Arjun Rampal; as Rahul. I watched the movie because I like him.


Plot

Guy notices girl. He offers her to work under him in an advertising agency. She happily accepts the job. Then a relationship starts, mentor-protégé relationship. She falls in love with him. But neither of them proposes to the other. Rahul turns out to be a disappointment for the audience, because he never actually confronts his feelings for Maya.

Rumors through the office grapevine disturb Maya. That unacknowledged relationship, between Maya and Rahul, begins to get sore. A mentor must know when to step aside n let his protégé make her own choices. Rahul, instead, got angry at Maya for taking decisions that he didn't approve of.


Tired of her estranged lover turned pain in the ass, Maya accuses Rahul of Sexual harassment. In the end, stupid Rahul finally, finally confesses his love to Maya. But he is too stubborn to get back to his workplace after everything has been sorted out between him and his muse. Thus, the disappointing climax undermines everything that has gone before.


Music

Singer        :  Papon
Composer  :  Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist       :  Swanand Kirkire

My favorite lyrics from the movie's song- "Khamoshiya":

Khamoshiyaan awaaz hai, lafzon mein bas inkaar hai
Lafzon ne chuna, lafzon ne buna, jo bhi humne kaha, jo bhi humne suna
na humein ilm hai, na tumhe hai pata, jaane ho kab kahan, lafzon se khata  
lafzon mein rawaan kuch kahi ansuna, lafzon mein bayaan kuch kahi ankaha
dil pe jaane ghaav koi laga, lafz hi de gaye lafzon ko daga
khamoshiyaan awaaz hai, lafzon mein bas inkaar hai  


Would I care to watch it again?

No. I was so angry at Rahul, throughout the movie, for continually denying his love. (That's how the movie got its name - Inkaar.)

Though it has a few plus points:


  • The movie gives a quick peek into the field of advertising. That is quite enthralling for an outsider.
  • Chitrangada and Arjun look great together.