Kartik Calling Kartik Movie review

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Didn’t it took me longer to write review over some movie again. Look like now days, I am writing too many things but this part of me been away for a while.

The above is not exactly true as in all of my last reviews, I mentioned that I come to write over something only if it touches me in that way and so this explains why not so many reviews over movies from my side even if I kept a separate category for it. Anyway … let me start with the special one.

Starting with lines that I am happy for Hindi Cinema coz they started making movies differently, been so common about my reviews. The reason is simple, they really started doing this otherwise, we would not have been to get Kartik Calling Kartik kind of movie surfaced on the screen. Its one of those movie, which plays in your mind and makes you think rather than staying on the screen only and sure had the reasons to make it into my movie reviews collection.


Title: Kartik Calling Kartik
Release Date: 26 February 2010
Distributed by: Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Writer & Director: Vijay Lalwani
Editor: Aarti Bajaj
Producer: Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani
Executive Producer: Miriam Joseph
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography: Sanu Varghese
Lyrics : Javed Akhtar
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Vipin Sharma and others


Kartik, an ordinary boy next door, bullied by his house owner, being abused by his boss, topic of fun between officemates and a shy lover, who will never tell her … he buys a landline phone having no idea that it will change his life forever. Kartik calls Kartik … no .. its not some other Kartik, but he hear himself, no … not his conscience, but his actual voice on phone. He tried to investigate from exchange as well, but they say no calls made to him … Can you believe it?

How’s that possible? Is someone playing with him? Is he insane? If so, then how others heard the same call in front of himself sitting quiet? Is there any ghost? Supernatural? What is it?

The puzzle goes long, the Kartik on the other side, changes the life of Kartik dramatically. The loser guy becomes successful and even gets his girl. He was top of the world, keeping a little secret inside himself. Kartik calls Kartik …. What if he reveal the secret?? He does it and whole little world of him flips down. Kartik on the other side, takes it to kill him, to destroy him. He run.. run to somewhere no one can find him, much far from the place he always lived in, some address even he don’t know. Can he run from him??? Find out by watching the movie itself… believe me this worth it.

Keep suspense a side, the story tells us the ancient truth that somewhere answers to all of our questions lie within us. No one else could show us a better path than our self coz no one knows you more. The same things changes in yours favour when you start looking over them differently. Watch the movie and think once in this way.

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3 Idiots – reminds you those old lovely days

“Listening to heart and chasing dreams and ideas what matters you most, without caring enough for rules, but the life and people who matter …. Isn’t it what you wanna how the world should have been? Three Idiots lead by Rancho just try to take over the same goal once again.”

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Title: 3 Idiots
Release Date: December 25, 2009 (India), December 23, 2009 (USA)
Banner: Vinod Chopra Productions
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Editor: Ranjeet Bahadur, Rajkumar Hirani
Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Music: Shantanu Moitra
Cinematography: C.K. Muraleedharan
Story: Vidhu Vinod Chopra , Rajkumar Hirani , Abhijit Joshi and Chetan Bhagat (Dont know why not mentioned)
Dialogue: Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijit Joshi
Lyrics : Swanand Kirkire
Action : Shyam Kaushal
Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, R Madhavan, Akhil Mishra, Mona Singh, Javed Jaffrey, Rahul Kumar, Parikshat Sahni and others

Keeping my tradition of being late into trendy things, I was the one, who come to read Chtan Bhagat’s Best Seller “Five Point Someone” by year 2008, almost four year after its release and being the frank one, I would admit that it was the first english novel, I ever finished up to the end. It sure touched me like the way it touched others (after all, its been bestseller for straight five years) and obviously it should touch to all of us, who start running since they born without thinking that “is this race all they want?”

“After talking over child education system brilliantly, it was kind of only Amir’s right to take over this story made to make us re-think about our ‘top-notch’ professional education system and grading system. Keeping the brilliant script of Chetan aside, performances and fundas the movie consists of, were enough for making the movie as best entertainer for the last week and probably the first month of the new year Twenty Ten.”

This movie does not really adopt the whole storyline exactly as it was and as it was done in Hello (Adopted from another novel of Chetan named “One Night @ call center”, but Hirani and Vidhu have added their own elements in this movie. It was kind of necessary as well coz movie audience and novel audience are not the same. Chetan titled his novel as what not to do in IIT, while Hirani made it to say that how to, call it Hiranisation of Five Point Someone.

Three boys led by one extra-ordinary one “Rancho” challenge the system in their ways, learn a few things from education system, teach a few, show an insight to the people, who don’t know about our engineering and education system yet, fought with the rules, broken the rules, at the end; find in their ways that what they are meant for and here the story ends in filmic & dramatically happy ending.

Many feel surprised that how Amir still look younger and fresh like some twenty something, many respect Boman for brining its own kind of humor to Hindi Cinema, many claim that Chetan’s novels are inherently made for movies only, but this movie is a must watch for all of us.

The water tank, where the three idiots were used to go, reminds me tower of science faculty of Allahabad University and my days with it. Lots of memories, lots of flashes …. the way I studied, the way, I irritated my teachers 😉 The way, I challenged the rules in side the faculty, hostel, the way, my definitions were different than others, the way after many ups and downs the degree somehow ended, the way everyone of us made their places in this rat-racing world. Everything just seems so fresh, bringing a rare smile on my face.

“I really miss those days, those friends, where we had lots of problems, but life was true, we were innocent, we were standing for everyone even strangers, those pretty smiles ……. Thanks Amir, Thanks Hirani and Thanks Chetan for brining all the memories back together in twenty ten.”

Looking for the day, when someone will make movie on third remaining novel of Chetan “Three Mistake of my life” coz as per my view, its been most filmic novel wrote by Chetan and deserved to be big hit than other two, with due respect critically acclaimed “Five Point Someone”.

Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani Review

Ranbeer’s craze really seems to speeding up and he deserves as with his kind of movies, he is bringing innocent romantic comedy genre back into game. It was in the same way awaited movie, like Wake Up SID, Love Aaj Kal or 3 Idiots due to its fresh cast and looks. I was not expecting it to craft maturely like Love Aaj Kal, but it really given me much emotional moments like the earlier.

Title: Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani
Release Date: 6th November 2009
Banner: Tips Music Films
Producer: Ramesh S Taurani
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Cast:.Ranbeer Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Upen Patel, Salmaan Khan (Guest appearance)
Story Writer: Rajkumar Santoshi
Music Director: Pritam
Cinematography: Thiru
Edited By: Steven H. Bernard
The film was shot in Ooty, Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Turkey.

This movie received mixed reviews in its start, but business of 6.75 carores at friday, 7.75 carores at Satusday and finally more than 10 carores on Sunday, proved that where the movie is heading. Amazing to notice was,

“Ranbir is pairing with actresses very easily either it was Deepika, Sonam, Bipasha, Konkana or Katrina now. The On-Screen chemistry of Ranbir-Katrina is electrifying and they are looking extremely good together.”

The movie starts lightly and soon slips into serious romantic emotions. The first innocent nodes, where we fear to say her coz don’t know how will handle her answer. The fear to loose her, the inability to trust yourself that she will love you ever makes us hopelessly following God only. This all comes so smoothly like so natural in face and expressions of Prem (Ranbir Kapoor).

We feel the pain of endless waiting in face of Prem, when Jenny (Katrina) doesn’t show up after promise and he came to know that she is in Goa now. We find our sympathy moving towards the boy, who was always with Jenny without asking anything. Can’t she see? With falling of Prem over grass, we really knew that much has been fallen for him.

Why we love someone this much that not even let her know a little? Why when everyone could have seen the love in our eyes, why when everyone could have seen us changing for her, why can’t she? Why? I wish in real life people like Prem could have been really this much lucky to get their love back.:)

Another beautiful movie for the romantic boy!!! keep it up.

London Dreams: Dreams are life and life …?

Look like the Film Industry woke up again after a dull period and after giving up shit kind of movies in last few weeks except Wake Up Sid, finally some fresh fruit cake arrived. London Dreams did exactly the same, what it was expected to do, it rocks in spite of the facts that remain unfolded at the end in the same way human heart is; Dreams are life and life …?

Amadeus; Is the name rings a bell? No!!! Let me give you a hint. It’s a movie that won straight Eight Oscars. Oh! I am sorry, even I didn’t know the name till London dreams reviews brought it to my notice. It’s the movie, London dreams was actually based upon. Milos Forman’s Amadeus traced the stormy comradeship between Antonio Salieri (F Murray Abraham), the Vienese court composer, and legendary genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), while London Dreams talk about the tale of friendship and envy, the story is about two close buddies. While one is Arjun (Ajay), the ambitious guy who believes only in his goal and that is to become famous on the stage so that he fulfills his grandfather’s dream, on the other hand, there is Mannu (Salman) who lives for the moment and is a charmer with his honest heart. Both Arjun and Mannu have a rare passion for music.

Title: London Dreams
Release Date: 30th October 2009
Banner: Headstart Films UK Limited, Blockbuster Movie Entertainers
Producer: Aashin Shah, Paramjeet Singh
Director: Vipul Shah
Cast:.Ajay Devgan, Salmaan Khan, Asin Thottumkal, Rannvijay Singh, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Om Puri, Khalid Azmi, Baby Artner, Brinda Parekh,Michael Gamarano, Manoj Pahwa and Others
Story Writer: Ayan Mukerji, Suresh Nair
Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi and others.
Cinematography: Sejal Shah
Edited By: Amitabh Shukla

The few words from the Official London Dreams Website

Mannu (Salmaan Khan): Loud and boisterous, he is loveable rouge who chases women, drinks heartily and is heavily into debt. He is an absolute devil, who happens to sing like angel. His only redeeming feature is his absolute belief in his friendship with Arjun.

Arjun (Ajay Devgan): Intense and darkly brooding, he is a complex man burdened by guilt, jealousy and the belief that God has abandoned him. But he’s also deeply committed to making the dream that haunted him childhood into reality. Such is his compulsion to fulfill his dream that he doesn’t hesitate to manipulate and destroy the one human being who has implicit and total faith in him – his friend Mannu.

Priya (Asin): She is this conservative South Indian Girl weaned on Carnatic music and Bharatnatyam who heart secretly yearns for hip hop and rock. When she meets Arjun, she’s impressed by his intensity and love for music and then she meets bold, bad Mannu, who declares his love for her at first sight. She laughs him off, little realizing that she’s going to be the catalyst who will turn the dreams into nightmares.

Zoheb (Ranvijay): He is blindly loyal to Arjun and only sees the world through the prism of Arjun’s eyes – and so Arjun’s joy is his joy, Arjun’s pain is his pain and Arjun’s perceived enemy, he makes his own too.

Wasim (Aditya): He may be Zoheb’s brother. He may be as loyal to Arjun, but isn’t as blind and retained the capacity to tell right from wrong… good from bad.

London Dreams plays out like a classical Amadeus story, where two friends, one jealous of the other for his talent and recognition, plots the downfall against the other behind his back in betrayal most foul. Arjun (Ajay Devgan) has a dream, and that is to take his music to London, and play at the renowned Wembley stadium, where his grandfather had failed in his time and ended with death leaving the family with a hatred for music. He spends his early teenage life honing his musical skills, and ever ready to sniff out any opportunity to scale the music ladder until his goal is reached. His is a singular mind obsessed with the single goal, so much so that he’s willing to self-flagellate (!) himself when his mind gets swayed by Priya (Asin) and the chance for romance, or any other distractions that crosses his path that day actually.

Ajay Devgn plays Arjun with enough menace and envy to make him believable as a man who would go to great lengths and at any costs to ensure his road to glory is not jeopardized. Salman Khan’s Mannu on the other hand, is blessed with great musical talent without even trying, and while Arjun sees this as an advantage to be gained should he bring Mannu back to London and join his band, little did he realize that Mannu’s country boy demeanour would start to win the fans over, as well as Priya. There are plenty of scenes which set up this innocent usurping of another’s thunder, and the decisions that come to spark off the entire turn of events just after the intermission.

Leaving all the detailing from here. Here are my comments…

Loved the way, Mannu chased the girl in his teenage and also his one liners all the way. J You call me Devil from Inside, I might be, but don’t say that you didn’t smiled over the same.

Many of us, might have waited for the same movie for the another look of the beautiful Asin and believe me, she starts from the same place, she finished in Ghajini. As much of screen, she got, she rocked, either it be the first appearance or it goes with romancing with Mannu, she did it perfectly and superb part of the same was; she was not to do the loud part as she did in Ghajini and her character always been sober and glamorous throughout the movie. Long way to go for the girl in Hindi movies too.

Back to Arjun, somewhere I find myself at the same losing side as Arjun and so I chosen the same title. Dreams are life and if even after doing everything right, we don’t get them then? Movie says in Om Puri’s words that it’s wrong to think that only you deserve, it’s wrong to be heartbroken on one defeat. Arjun heard these words and came back to his friend, but I still left with the question, what if we betted our life on the same dream? What if that defeat meant to change our lives? What if we will never be able to justify that why not we, why someone else without efforts? May be the film tried to answer, may be literature answers the same question, maybe I am enough mature to understand, but still the same question remained …..

What’s my fault, why I have destiny against me?

You call Arjun devil, I will not. You think he did wrong, I think he still lost. You think Mannu has the big heart, but I know he will never be able to bring best smile for Arjun as he lost the same.

Yes! It’s still a sad ending for me.

Wait! Wait! All this is personal comment. Movie is superb. A must watch even if Aladin is in competition (it’s a kid movie yaar). Salmaan proves again that he is still part of king trio. J

Wake Up SID: A bit of me, a bit of you

Has this happened with you sometimes that a guest of yours asks about yours completely in chaos living room and you say that Yaar! Just not getting time since last two three days and was going to arrange this all by tomorrow on off day and just then your room partner or neighbor smiles a bit leaving you embarrassed inside, as you know that it’s in chaos since last one month or almost always ;). Has it not happened with you that in each next exam you thought that last time, you decided to be more concerned for studies? Has not this happened to you that just after college, you really think that will you really be working for some office any day? I mean what you will do for that office 😀 You don’t know anything? Then go and watch Wake Up SID, it will remind you many pieces of your life. Be sensitive and it’s gonna be a cute ride for sure.

Title: Wake up SID
Release Date: 2nd October 2009
Banner: Dharma Productions.
Producer: Karan Johar
Director: Ayan Mukerji
Cast:.Ranbir Kapoor, Konkana Sen, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak, Rahul Khanna, Kashmira Shah, Shikha Talsania, Namit Das, Kainaz Motivala
Story Writer: Ayan Mukerji
Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar,
Cinematography: Anil Mehta
Dialogues: Niranjan Iyengar
Composer: Amit Trivedi

Waiting for the movie, then watching it with expectations relating with Saawaria and Bachna Aae Hasino, but finding it some much of a better and touching perspective than anything else. May be many people after watching the movie just come out discussing Ranbir and Konkana’s unusual on-screen chemistry or thinking about links between Dil Chahta Hai, but for me or many like me, it was something to let us know that at some places, we all are a bit or more of a SID. For me, there were many points to notice in the same movie and I really don’t know how to cover them all in a ‘little’ article (readable in sense). Let me start ….

The story is all about Siddharth aka SID; his just-after-college life like any of us clueless youth about his aims in life and his kind of platonic love story with Aisha; a small town girl with a bit defined aims of life, but still learning bits of life. Then how it crafts SID boy to man (?) or somehow moving into stream of life finally. A platonic love kind of .. not Yash Chopra brand, but a little more real in another sense. Anyway …

Although there was an association with the name of Karan Johar, but there was almost nothing like his element in this movie and so we could agree with his own claim that he left it complete in hands of the debutant director Ayan Mukerji, who shined up with his own simple but beautifully crafted story, mixing it with Music of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, live dialogues of Niranjan Iyengar and just in motion with tempo of movie composing of Amit Trivedi.

Sometimes, we know that we are wrong at places or at many places, even we know that what we need to do, but even then feel lazy to move a little as we know that we have change almost everything of our crazy life. No.. it’s not shown this much complex on screen, as the story moved just like the same flow, but it ignites many such thoughts in my mind. We get attitude in us and answer rudely sometimes and then trying to patch up again and again on other’s arguing about our life and things as we know that they are saying right, but the question is why are they saying? Where are they helping us in changing things to get better for us? Or even if they are doing best for us, then why are we not able to adjust with that as well? Frustration of youth after a few ups and downs with influences of people around you, finally places you in some place of this world, may be you were to be there.

At another end of story, Aisha; knows a little about her aim, her kind of boy, her kind of life, but still knowing or not knowing how she will get or how the things will get mature at the end. Get in touch with SID and didn’t get to know that when he brought all chaos of his own life and why she always been with him with all her modesty. May be he was only one around her to accompany her in this new life.

The special part of the movie, which keeps it different from era love story, was their in-compatibility. Aisha was not of Sid’s type or he never thought of his type of girl like he never thought of work or life ever and Sid was boy for Aisha, a cute boy, but not dependable man. She get an almost ideal for her in her boss Rahul Khanna, but soon come to know the practically perfect somewhere doesn’t suit her soul. There love story was different like the conversation between them says, when SID asks that why didn’t they fallen in love for each other rather than being friends only. Aisha replies just coz it didn’t happened and later explained that he is never a kind of boy, she would be happy being with for rest of life means he might be cute kid, but not a man in her world. Just this is the love story in its honesty, not a Yash Chopra or mostly known cheesy brand of love, or some kind of we all might know by popularly.

Aisha’s devotion and attachment without asking anything, with bearing every little wrong thing of SID, brings Sid towards maturity step by step, which everyone tried, but didn’t got him with them in their attempts. Even he tries to change for her, like learning making omelet for her and then disappointment when for her it was like nothing, but just normal. He slowly learns to change his chaotic daily routine and somehow Aisha made him fitted for some office job, while he was clueless that will he do something ever? He knows that he is not what Aisha wish and Aisha knows he is fine, but should have been more perfect, but even then they want company of each other with expressing it. Aisha know that she wish and SID not even know directly, but .. Ranbir was just natural for the role and so was Konkana, the chemistry went truly and most cute was the first date (?) of them. I really liked that coz …… might be been sometimes in :P.

The most special part, which few will start noticing soon was the magical realness in emotions. None of the emotion was loud, be it disappointment and helpless longing of a mother, who continuously tried to be a friend of her son or be it anger and frustration of a father, who want to get his son back in real life or be it Sid’s inner anger in failing continuously and dejection from every side or be it growing annoyance of Aisha on her all over stressed life either it be breakup of Sid’s friend. Everything was so light that you don’t even come to know that it happened and passed. The transition from a laid back thrown to winds attitude to someone who values independence is so subtle and smooth that you never realize when it happened. It is just the denial and dejection that brought about the change which Sid could not feel with his parents.

May be if Aisha would have broke out to shout above a limit or if Sid might have got some more pushed back rejection from life then it was in just other ways? The laid back boy was required only such a lightweight transformation and just this was the special about the movie. Sometimes, we picture a great concept so simply and just wait for someone to notice it, get disappointed a lot and just get satisfied only if just one get notice of the same J

Lots to say about the movie, but stopping the article in kind of middle, coz don’t want to raise expectations. Many things to say, but that will be addressed by other’s reviews. This was a piece of me. Hope some of you might like it.

Love Aaj Kal: How practical we can be to handle what we call Love?

We use all the logic to explain things and try to be ‘in all the way composed’, controlled and logical, but the Almighty-Love remains unexplained and defines its way as “No Reason Reasoning”, no matters how much literatures have been spend on it or how much we might have learned from our experiences or other’s stories. The time has got just another more realistic expression: The discovery of Love in present context.

Love Aaj Kal

When his girlfriend asks: “Do you love me”, Jai, the protagonist of Love Aaj Kal, played by Saif Ali Khan, replies: “Love, who knows what that is?” So, are we? Do we really know what Love is and why we fall in? Let’s read something about a movie, which I am going to call The Best Romantic Movie ever seen by me till now. Not because, it’s emotional, not because it’s modern, not because it’s practical, but because its real, very very real. You will regret, as much you delay watching the same. Mind my words, I have never used such praise.

Title: Love Aaj Kal
Release Date: 31st July 2009
Banner: Eros International
Producer: Saif Ali Khan , Dinesh Vijan , Sunil Lulla

Imtiaz Ali
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Giselle Monteiro, Shweta Gulati, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Rahul Khanna, Vir Das.

Story Writer:
Imtiaz Ali
Music Director: Preetam

Irshad Kamil

Words of mouth, disappointments on getting All-Booked Status after reaching Multiplexes (that too in Delhi, where you can’t find enough good hospital but Multiplexes always nearby), I was sure that Love Aaj Kal was going to bang, after all today’s stars Saif and Deepika were looking fantastic in all posters and there was no recent good movie since Dev D, I guess. Film Industry and even the movie goers should have got a sigh of relief with this release, which is sure going to get a reasonable place in all time good romantic movies. The special thing, I noticed was a glimpse of Jab We Met, in the song “Chor Bazari” and a little googling given me the obvious connection, when got to know the name of writer/ director Imtiyaz Ali.

Imtiyaz Ali; it will be the next name after Anurag Kashyap, I will be waiting for watching out. His first movie was Socha Na Tha; A couple, who didn’t thought that they are made for each other, the second one was Jab We Met; discovering the commitment of love and now Love Aaj Kal.

Perhaps he knows to pick the best and then get the best from them. The common link between all these movies was the crisp-n-short dialogues and use of bold modern language mixed with traditional cultural hints still scattered between this All-New-Generation. He seems to be in process of silently creating an era like once Yash Chopra created.

Coming over movie, Jai and Meera; a modern age couple meets in London, the first meet clicks enough to share the first romantic kiss and the days pass on figuring out if they are, like, together. That entails mugs of black coffee and lots of smart chatter, and eventually, a parting of ways, because they can’t quite get a handle on their feelings. Meera has to India and Jai to US and both of them feel that they are now ahead of the best time they had and now the long distance relationship will only suck. A perfect and logical mutual decision; breaking up with a Breakup Party (Interesting thing na? it was in the movie as well.)

As small para, I have taken here about telling their initial story, the same course of events happened in the same quicker way on the screen; just 15 mins and all above part of story is over, can you believe? Still given a glimpse of many little things as mentioned below.

  1. Many things they don’t like, but still like to be with. Like Black Coffee of Jai.
  2. Friends tell them whether they are pair and indeed only friends define that its love. They just accept.
  3. Jai’s best aim to reach Golden Gate and Meera’s best intrest Fresco; No common interest.
  4. Level of understanding and way of giving space; Boy could expect the girl being understanding that dropping her to home in not the only way to show care.
  5. Common irritation of boys on being girls sometimes too much choosy and concuss while shopping. *That was most interesting point in a way mentioning many things, which were not on screen.

  6. The loss of interest in being committed/ answerable but still coming out in a mutual and outstandingly relaxed and pleasant way for keeping all the good memories intact.

It was nice, but was not the best part of the movie. Movie just started growing up from here and get mixed with another piece of story narrated by now old Veer (Rishi Kapoor), his old age love Harleen and the context of the same with story of Jai and Meera.

Jai feels himself out of sync with Veer’s philosophy of Love, where he traveled hundreds of miles for just a sight of his love Harleen. He was also out of sync with Veer’s complaints over their mutual “perfectly logical and practical decision”. Laughs over Veer that how one could has a Pratigya of having the same girl for next many lives, when he might have not even talked to her for just once till now. But Veer along with changing things in Jai and Meera’s life in later days, slowly steps in to mentor this adolescent love story of Jai and Meera.

Will not mention much about the part of Veera and Harleen’s story as the same is most beautiful part of the movie and it would be preferable to watch yourself. But the same part really reminded me of many beautiful moments, which each of us might have passed through once and this ‘once’ will remain the same. Will never be back.

Jai and Meera could be even this much frank that could control even a fraction of jealousy and suggest their ‘past partner’ to be involved with someone else after breakup, but still the feeling gets its place slowly in, when we know that the other one could take interest in someone else in ‘much more way’.

It was really touching to me, when Meera asks Jai about her pairing with her boss and going out for dinner and Jai started feeling the pain even when try hard to ignore. What option we have to answer, when she asks you in the way? You know that your feelings already don’t matter or being ignored or she started feeling in another way, a way; where you are not around/ together. You already were feeling the same and preparing yourself, so that she might be happy in whatever, with whomever, but still… perhaps selfish we are. Why we feel pain? Why we cry? I really could have cried. But the same thing, defective piece, practical tough guy, me 😉

If I proceed further, then it will lengthen the review and more over spoil the entertainment of movie, but still can’t bear the greed of mentioning the expression, which was beautifully shown on screen that how one looses interest in each thing of life without any logical reason even after achieving best things he ever thought. We rule over career, we hang out with friends, we enjoy now days hi-tech life, but it don’t take long that how alone everyone and why we miss someone. I really felt the number “Mai Jo Chahoo Wo Paun”. There are many around us, who were brilliant in their lives earlier and now fading up due to reasons even they don’t know. Could everyone get the mystery solved?

Heads off to Imtiyaz Ali to engrave the expressions so beautifully on the screen.

The two lovely and meaningful dialogues from the movie were:

“It’s very hard to surprise someone after two years.”

“Why its so that how many times, you might have said Bye, but it remained always a due; meeting for the last time.”


We call it perfect, when we find everything matching and it was like the same. We couldn’t have imagined the success of movie with such refreshing music of Preetam, we couldn’t have imagined any other smile brightening the screen than Deepika’s (really reminds me someone), Saif’s evolvement as a package, who could really take the whole movie as a Solo now with even taking the part of younger version of Rishi Kapoor and the so beautiful and lovely new girl Giselle Monteiro (Harleen). It’s a real treat to have such performance on screen on friendship day.

Reminding you again, you will regret as much you delay watching it. If have watched then re-watch it and if not, then I apologize for taking your precious time in reading this article. Go and watch it.

Edited on 9th August 2009 again to add the lines given below:

As one of my friend asked me about a few things I missed in the article, so I thought to add up a few points again. First of all, I didn’t introduced that character of “Jo” was played by Florence Brudenell Bruce. Wait, wait, wait!! Who is this Jo? Sorry, I didn’t mentioned anything about. She was the girl, Jai fall for after Meera, while Meera falls for her boss. I really feel sorry about both of them. Jo and Vikram. Specially Vikram; just being confused in what we want, doesn’t give us right to hurt someone in a way that he will never fall in love again and will be asking himself that why he deserved that?

Could have written much about, but … … let’s keep it short. There was a reason that I skipped to write on the same.

Dev D: Are we mature enough to handle, what we call as Love?

    We wish to hold our obsessions and egos all together and when loose it then loose it all of sudden to destroy everything to an extent, from where even we don’t leave any place for other to come back. Were we ever wished that? If not, then why? Some questions can’t be answered, if you didn’t went with all your selfless thoughts. I know it’s never been fully possible and so is love. No one is mature enough to handle, what we call Love. This is all what Dev D is.    

    After No Smoking, Anurag Kashyap’s another venture, which was already raising many speculations even much before its release. No Smoking was a different concept and a different approach for cinema and I appreciated whole heartedly the same, but I was not expecting that I will come up with all praises again for the same talented director in his next movie as well. Thumbs up for Anurag Kashyap. A good time for Ronnie Screwwala as well, because he is getting his name associated with ventures like Fashion and Dev D.

Title: Dev D
Release Date: 6th February 2009
Banner: UTV Spot Boy.
Producer: Ronnie Screwwala
Anurag Kashyap
Assistant Director: Vasan Bala, Anand Vijayraj Singh Tomar

Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Mahie Gill, Dibyendu Bhattacharya.
Story Writer:
Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane
Music Director: Amit Trivedi
Mani , Amitabh Bhattacharya
Cinematography: Rajeev Ravi
Screen Play:
Madhur Bhandarkar, Anuradha Tiwari, Ajay Monga
Amit Trivedi, Aditi Singh Sharma, Bony Chakravarthy, Joi Barua, Kshitij, Labh Jajua, Mani, Shruti Pathak, Shilpa Rao, Toshi

    As I given the title, that’s what one exactly felt after watching the same. Either it was Dev or Paro or Romita or Chanda, all were been somewhat confused with what, they call as love. Obsession-misunderstanding, practical-impractical things, devotion-mischief; love moves along with lots of shades. We hears so many times, but never get to feel without enough maturity with emotions that love is not something to be won, but to lose yourself. We know that we are wrong, but still we want ….

    As we all heard about movie, it’s a modern presentation of Sharatchandra’s Devdas, which already been attempted in its original version by Indian Cinema twice. Such a presentation is expected to get words of many kinds; some may say too much experimentations, some may say very intense, some call it as ‘Emotional Atyachar‘, some might come up to say that its ruining the spirit of novel, but I stand by the Director’s view, who taken the subject very originally and brilliantly. He reminded me the structure of the novel “Gunaho Ka Devta”
Dharamveer Bharati,
which I come to read in my graduation times. He reminded of many things, I might have passed through or had seen. I was really really thrilled and that’s why this time, it was due that I should come up with a long review over this movie, as I already seen misunderstood views over this movie. Anurag has taken it as a gas chamber of confined meanings, where one fought long and hard to survive.

The movie always had two sides and the storyline gives reasons for both. It gives fully segregates views and elevates one or the other at places. Dev is ashamed of what he did, but not ready to accept at the first place and Paro, why will she move more, when she already given herself as much she could have? Dev was not able to give grace to what he has once, as he got it as granted and never got time to think over it what he has and why? Most of us never do and when regret, its too late. We know that we are at wrong place, from where there is no place to go either back or forth without loosing and we don’t wish to loose. Each sacristy leaves us more and more away.

Is there any solution, when we closed all the ways ourselves? The movie doesn’t come up with solutions as one can’t change the basic nature even if he/ she try for best. But one really can learn, if wish to learn.

I know, it would make the review looking much bore, but let me come up with the analysis of characters and situations. Don’t know that I would be able to write proper lines to express myself, but I really felt myself at every place either it be Dev or it be Paro or it be Chanda.


Dev: The central character of the movie; the Devdas, who never learnt to be patient, who never was able to move forward to hold, who never was able to loose the strings to make things right. An abused child, who never found himself normal with family relations and kept on destroying his innocence. An anger, who doesn’t know the limits and directions. He is rude, he is hard and he kept on getting all spoiled.

Just one thing, which he wants is Paro. Does he really want? Why he want? He could name, but can’t feel it, as he always been in so much negativities that never found himself thinking anything. He can’t bear even one comment back, he can’t bear anyone hurting him. He will answer back for sure. He never wished that it might be Paro on the other end to face his anger, but when we love, then get hurt in same way and when we hate, we hit as harder as we can.

He is rude enough to chew hands of Paro as he know, she won’t leave him, he is innocent enough to express his desire to see her nude pics as he might have seen things like that in culture of abroad, he is immature enough not to feel what she goes through, when have to get snaps washed from outside the city and then to scan them to send, he is immature enough not to feel that she has parents and her life been different than him. He could leave Paro lonely in field hurt from inside and still wont give second thought against his hate. He might have came back if in marriage haven’t seen Sunil saying the same words to Paro’s father, which he thought himself be saying. He was not able to think after it… just not able to …. Neither he was ever able to answer himself that why Paro loves in this way? Popular reasons are what always come to hit your mind first and the popular ends.

The problem is all he feels that he never got anything and now not even wishes for anything. Whatever he gets is easy for him and so he never thankful for the same. He move into weak moments with Romita and on hearing words about Paro in same way, thinks that why can’t she as he has been always away. When he himself like this everyone around him like this, then why can’t Paro be? His thoughts always been immature and he never came to feel anything. Neither family nor career nor anything else been important for him than his immediate self. When Paro comes to him last time, then what he thought was presentation of how much immature, he always been.

He never taken Romita more than a slut and kept on insulting Chanda till he came to know that what she gone through in her life. Chanda’s maturity in such a younger age made him realizing thing slowly and he came to feel that what he did, what he wished, what can’t be undone. He tried to move on with Chanda, but again similar misunderstanding made him back on the same. Although at the end, original theme of novel is altered to show him coming back… but …

But I really don’t know that will he ever get a life like others? Could he ever be happy? Yeah! Everyone will blame him only, but when he got the normal life? His only crime, no one told him to attempt in proper ways for making his life better and he knows it can’t be ….


Paro: The pain given to Paro’s character in this movie was much more enough than given to Paro in original version. Are girls always so mad in love that could go for snapping herself nude and giving the reels to a public photographer even if it’s of a distant place? Yes! They are sometimes. Can’t even see something against the same, faith hurts most of the times. Paro knows that Dev is not here to feel anything, even if she tries from words. But she knows that he has no one except her. Why we get into hurry of naming emotions in early ages? She believes that once she would be having all rights over his life, then she will make everything fine for them, but …

After getting alleged of having relations with Sunil, Paro was just not able to keep her reaction patient enough. Was that her fault? What you expect from her? How many certificates, she needs to give? She really was nothing more left in her hands, when she given herself completely. I really don’t know that what she could have done to save the relations? Was holding herself from bursting at that moment going to be enough? Really no one wishes to be in place of this Paro. But the same is with Dev and Chanda, who wishes to be at place of them? I really went into tears, when watched Paro dancing in full swing at her own marriage.

Really few of you people will able to understand that waiting in love ask for how much maturity otherwise without that you will end up hurting yourself more and hating everyone around you including the one you love.

Even then, she comes back to meet him as she really wished to see him happy, whatever he might have done to her. She figures out the exact words to ask only at the end, ‘Dev!! What’s this “I want to love you” in place of “I love you“? Do you still know anything Dev? Was not my wait going to be forever?’

I again call the character of Paro not mature enough. Yes! It has its grace and patience but still.

We often see boys proposing girls and girls accepting the same due to momentary thrills or due touching moments or just because she can’t deny it, without realizing that what they really want. Both the sides, either girls or boys don’t really know.

Everyone blames that most of the affairs fail, but just tell me, how much of them been standing on well thought reasons? She is beautiful, he is cute, she is hot, he is rich enough, girls follow him, boys will envy, if she is with me…… just this??? Paro says to Sunil that “have you seen that what you are before wishing for me?” Paro!! Tell me… you are comparing for what??? Answers are right there.

Do people really know what love means? We don’t’ realize till we have life around us and when will we (may be never), then it’s too late to realize; what we always ignored and what was right for us. Unfortunately, most of us can’t be special enough to see the world from real glasses and everything would be termed in limits of popular words only and so the fate will be limited as well.

I really think only age and time makes us able to …. Love will be blamed like this always. Sorry Paro… your all efforts gonna to be in vein only. It’s not like that choice of person has to be blamed, but the compromises you made were high enough as you can’t make more … Not everyone able to make the right choice and also not everyone able to come back in time, before getting hurt or loosing something which can’t be undone. Paro will never be able to love or to be loved without any crime from her side except ….


Chanda: The character was realized on screen with sensational (?) DPS girl scandal. The girl got in news overnight after that sensational MMS and no one really cared that what she will go through. It was not her mistake, but was immaturity of decisions… not only of having faith but of having wrong choice as well. We take steps in tempo of what people might be saying around us, in tempo of praises we see in eyes of people, when we are with someone special. But everything seems to be so hollow, when we really will need in our loneliness. She finds herself open to be a sex worker only after suicide of her father as she never earned someone to hold her, when she was able to come back to life.

She meets Dev and come to see him and found him in deep pain, which he can’t show to anyone as he finds only himself guilty. She come to see her image in Dev upto somewhat extent, as even he is moving on a path, he won’t be able to come back ever.

She for the first time in Dev’s life, clearly says that what Paro did was right as you never loved her. Even when you realized that it was your entire fault, there was time to come back, but it was your ego in between even after mistaking. How could you claim that it was love, if you were not able to come back?

Chanda leaves her chosen life as sex worker, which was forced over her in a way; not for Dev, but for herself. She becomes another Paro of Dev’s life…. the same selfless girl, who is ready to do everything for him, without wishing anything back in return.

I should warn everyone, it’s not just a piece of entertainment, but it would be hard to go through in both the way, either you feel it from inside or you not. Think twice before watching, but if watch, then don’t dare to rant anything wrong about it outside, because it means that you didn’t learned anything like Dev in most part of his life. For me, it’s something, you need to watch again and again over times to feel, to find…

Abhay Deol: Really he given full justice to the role, he was given. Although I feel that John of No Smoking was also able to do justice (sorry for being blunt), but that doesn’t take any credit back from the talented Deol. He is really on a roll with offbeat films again and again. I rate him higher than Shahrukh or Dilip Kumar in other versions.

Mahie Gill: What a superb role as debut!!! She was as brilliant as a Paro might be. Beautiful, graceful, expressive….. she is a born actress for sure. She shows all shades as much the director might have desired. I will be really looking for her next movies.

Kalki Koechlin: Her English looks might keep her away from mainstream cinema, but she was brilliant for her role. She was as tender as the role might have dreamed and at the same time as mature in acting that may make you feel that she is somewhere of between us.

At the end, all praises for the talented director Anurag Kashyap. Full Marks to you for the kind of cinema, you are giving to Bollywood.