A slice of love, Geet and life Jab we Met

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There are some movies, that offer a slice of life and stays in our imagination and hearts forever. Such cinematic gem often serves as an imitation of the real and we end up falling in love with the characters. How we wish to have someone like them as our soul mates!

 

This week, Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met celebrated a decade of falling in love with the boisterous and uninterrupted chatterbox Geet and of course, Aditya Kashyap. A tale of love and the complications of existence which still rings fresh in our mind and the innate desire for a friend or soul mate like Geet to gently remind us to breathe every moment or it’s never too late to pursue our passion in life. She makes a man or women feel complete.

There are so many emotions associated with Jab we Met that makes us realize that we have suddenly become old. Geet is one of the rare and adorable characters that make me fall in love with her at every instant. How I wish to find her in real? There are very few characters like her who chew life and steal your heart at the mere mention. One can never get enough of this film that has hardly a dull moment. I watched this movie again today and it still feels fresh that brought me back to the carefree and rebellious days in Mumbai. The days where you believe in love and the special someone whom you wish to be like her. There are quite a few lucky souls who may have met their Geet, a character immortalized by Kareena  Kapoor and a role that suits her to the hilt. She simply defines love at first sight.

A totally kick-ass woman and she stole the thunder with the one-liners, ‘we are by the way friends, Zindagi mere favorite game or jaala de Sali ko’ that won the hearts. There is not a single flaw that I can recollect in Jab We Met that offered a mirror image of life with the very believable Geet and Aditya which the college goer crowd could relate to in those days.

The film and the characters are timeless that even after 10 years, one can see that nothing has changed in the way we interpret love. Jab we Met is the perfect guide to relationships. I can watch this movie innumerable times that teaches so many things about living every minute, not nurse regrets, and make blunders.

It’s a movie that has redefined urban love and relationships in India that touches the core of the young generation. Imtiaz Ali scored a sixer with this one and it is fair game to call it epic, iconic and a masterpiece in depicting the pulse of the Indian youth. Geet and Aditya were not just film characters but friends we wished to have and nurture for life. You just can’t get enough of Geet. The playfulness, innocence, stupidity, and craze for life make her simply adorable. There is a certain strength about the female protagonist doesn’t give a damn to the world but live life on her own defined terms. She could be an inspiration to clueless people who always seek approval or think too much before doing something. Jump in the water and not think about it, at all.

A decade of Jab we Met and its sheer madness that no die-hard fan can ever recover or stay away from. Geet is the universe and will now be the inspiration to flesh out the female character in the rom-com book that I am working on. I was stuck for a couple of months. But, I have now decided to give shades of Geet to my female protagonist and the bottom line would be, what would Geet do in this particular situation?’ The book will in part be a tribute to JWM and an ode to one of the most adorable female characters on screen that I fell in love with.

There are many guys who secretly hope of having someone like Geet in their lives and I am no exception to her magic. Of course, Kareena nailed it and hard to think of someone else other than her who could inject such freshness and depth into the character. The dialogues, be it, ‘Bhatinda chal milati hoon, aap convince ho gaye ya mein aur bolo and the famous Decent Hotel with this terrific line, train mein mila…item kaisa, ek dum karak.’

Jab We Met was not just a film for our generation but a journey a bit like the travails and adventure of Aditya Kashyap and Geet who are too good to be real in every single frame. It celebrated love and went beyond that to re-affirm our belief and the zest for life.

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Film Review: Udta Punjab holds powerful mirror image

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Film Review:

Producers: Anurag Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor, Sameer Nair and Vikram Aditya Motwane

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor-Khan, Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh, Satish Kaushik

Rating: Four stars

 

Drugs is real menace to society and our youth are an easy prey to the vultures of death. Unlike some who were hell bent to make us believe that Anurag Kashyap’s Udta Punjab is anti-Punjabi, the film is not anti-Punjabi at all. Everyday, thousands of youth in India and across the globe succumb to over addiction and the power of drug King pins. It dawns upon me what sycophants like Pahlaj Nihalani found wrong in the movie.

Udta Punjab is one of the most brilliant films made this year and is a must watch not just for the performance of actors that will blow your head or its compelling, breath-taking and stunning narration but to say NO against pathetic dictators sitting on the Central Board of Film Certification.  Go, protest and watch the flick that will educate you. Say No to censorship and dictatorship.

First thing first, what makes Udta Punjab a gripping film? It’s an endless war against drugs wrecking havoc and consuming the youth in their prime. The young minds can bring change in a society in their revolutionary thought against dominance of the mighty and powerful who will crush everyone to death. Udta Punjab sends a strong message against drugs that ravages our society like the cancer cells sucking blood. It’s a thinking film. It’s dark, compelling and griping. Udta Punjab is all about separate lives interconnected to each other.

Tommy Singh (Shahid Kapur), is a fading rock star and when he is not mouthing expletives, he is always high on substance abuse. A girl with aspirations to become a national Hockey player runs away from home in Uttar Pradesh and ends up working in green field but is consumed by substance and exploiters.  Dr Prit Sahani (Kareena Kapoor Khan), a doctor and social crusader against drugs and a cop Sartaj Singh (Diljit Dosanjh) who lacks the clout to wage war against the system.

The grass is always greener but dark when we look at the other side. Alia’s character echoes the darker reality of life in the state of Punjab caught between the devil and the deep bluesea. It’s a mammoth task to make a film like Udta Punjab, showcasing the microscopic grim reality of life where we are cushioned and nestled in our own worldly comfort. Director Abhishek Chaubey does that with aplomb and the tight screenplay-cum-script makes the flick engaging from the word go, tapping into the nuances of the characters, often evoking empathy and at the same time, painting the grim of a life held in ransom by drugs. The narration is compelling and brilliant, holding its might in portraying the attempt to expose the drug mafia.

The biggest USP are the actors, right from Shahid Kapur, who shines be it his look, body language or weird antics as Tommy Singh. It’s a role he never essayed before and pushes himself to the extreme edge. He flits effortless playing the wacky druggie that leaves a mark on the audience. The scene where he tells his audience what they takes as his creativity is pure rubbish by showing his middle finger is a brilliantly delivered and captured scene.

The surprise packet is Alia Bhatt who goes completely de-glam and it’s heart warming to see her play Pinky Kumari, a migrant caught in drug abuse. She leaves you speechless and she is simply stunning delivering her flawless lines in Bihari accent. Be it her body language, emotions or dialogue delivery, Alia explodes on the screen and her one liners are hilarious. There is more to her as an actor and she shows her power with sheer brilliance.

Kareena Kapoor Khan who plays a doctor doggedly determined to expose the drug racket is excellent but what works against her is the fact that she is a charismatic star. It’s something that comes in between and dilutes her performance. Debutant actor Diljit Dosanjh is first-rate, so is Satish Kaushik adding his own flavor to this brilliant movie.

Udta Punjab is not without its share of light moments that has been effortlessly done. Alia Bhatt’s delivery of lines in Bhojpuri is a show-stealer. The epic ones, ‘To hum ka rah bhool ke aayo, hamar suna toh Ghaniya phad jayegi’ or Satish Kaushik as Tayaji, says with utmost ease, ‘Puttar, Honda Hai. Cocaine Chaddo To Withdrawal Symptom Hote Hain.’ Shahid inked Gabru in his self-claimed brand new avatar makes it something to drool and die for.

The scenes in the movie are compelling and stands tall. The instance, where Tommy Singh speaks to his own reflection inside the toilet seat or throwing away the drug packet leaves  a powerful impact. The first interaction between Shahid Kapur and Alia Bhatt where she beats up the hoodlums, crying her lungs out how she will never give up has a uniquely raw intensity. It makes us sit and watch. Speechless!

Udta Punjab is a film that hinges on parallel lives that can somehow make the audience lose the flow of this otherwise gripping story. One can sense a celluloid void in the movie sequences. It should have been tightened. The pace does suffer in the start of the second half that doesn’t match the terrific start which is one of the minus point. However, there are also criticism on the use of Punjabi throughout the film but it rather adds to the film’s flavor.

On the whole, Udta Punjab is anti-drugs and a compelling film that breathes life from start-to-finish. The cuss words, done with a Punjabi accent gels with the story flow, the compelling and heart pounding narration. Of course, the audience beams with laughter when Tommy Singh mouths in style, ‘Nobody fires Tommy Singh…Babe you’ve reached your expiry date’ and the female character replies, ‘So are you.’

Go and watch Udta Punjab. It’s gruesome, a film noir tackling a serious scourge where it’s star cast deliver a bold performance. In the end, the fight against the ridiculous cuts are worth the effort and kudos to Anurag Kashyap for standing up for the movie. It is one of the most brilliant and outstanding movies made in recent years. Both Shahid and Alia deliver award-winning performances in this honest effort bearing the foot mark of Abhishek Chaubey and the film deserve awards. Of course, the title song has a soulful delivery. Truly, Drug di Maa di!

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