Haminasto – Of Khusro,Kashmir and Katrina

Gar Firdaus, barooye zameen ast
Haminasto, Haminasto
Meri jaan rooh dil se baajrabast
Haminasto, Haminasto.. 

Being a poet has to be the best and worst thing in this world.You will find joy and beauty everywhere.Whether its a flower,person,mountain or a beautiful person with a flower on a mountain.Just as it makes one ecstatic for no reason  it also makes you melancholic for things you never had or sigh for people you will never know.This pesky itch will make you yearn for the unattainable.Forget people,a beautiful place alone can drive you to insanity.Are you dismissing this as BS?Lets rewind time and join Amir Khusro on his travel to Kashmir.Shayir tha na tou kashmir dekh kar dewana hogaya! The sheer beauty of Kashmir makes Amir Khusro exclaim:

” if there is paradise on this earth somewhere,
here it is, here it is.
inhabited by my life, my soul and my heart,
this is the place, here it is.”

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He ends up penning a poem in Persian cause that is how he rolled.This piece survives the burn of centuries and by the twist of fate ends up on the table of the film makers of ‘Fitoor’.

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Whoever named this gorgeous monstrosity Fitoor needs an Oscar because this movie is a fitoor.Fitoor means Mania and the whole theme of the movie revolves around the mania or obsession of the protagonist around Firdaus. And Firdaus means Jannat. His jannat  .The heaven on Earth.His mania.His Haminasto.

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It can be safely said that when Mr Charles Dickens drew up Estella over his evening wine she was a merely a selfish piece of shit and nothing beyond that. That was that…But here comes our Firdaus! The Heaven on Earth. The heaven Amir Khusro exclaimed about.She IS Kashmir.The beautiful mystery who has virtually no control over her fate.Sadly trapped between the Mania of others.The fitoor of others.

khaamosh darakhton ke saaye
ye khauf hai soya saa
kuch khoya khoya humne bhi
ye chehra hai roya saa

even the shadows of trees are silent here,
it’s a sleeping fear here..
I also have lost something,
this face is as if it has cried..

We will come back to Firdaus in a while but first lets look at this beautiful couplet.Why? Cause meri marzi. This piece seems to be lamenting over the loss of a loved one,granting this line a very personal aspect.A personal aspect of Kashmir too may be? where it laments for all the losses it has faced over the years. Who knows what the lyricist wants to convey here…but whatever it is we have to agree that it takes a very tortured and  beautiful mind to come up with a song like this.Like we saw earlier how it takes a little few minutes to enjoy a page of poetry and a lifetime of being lonely and misunderstood to produce one.

Despite what you think about this project,one has to admit that some very rare and special people made fitoor.Yes,agreed that it failed with the masses and box office but may be it wasn’t made to appease them.It was this team’s tribute to Kashmir.To Firdaus,the heaven on Earth.

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One example of their sheer brilliance has to be the casting of Katina Kaif as Firdaus (even  though the film could not do wonders for her career which is sad).
She perfectly embodies the enigma that is Estella. In fact she IS Estella.The Ice Queen.The Mysterious.The Wonderful.The Beautiful

Ah I can write on this movie for days and days but the life outside the domain of Cinema calls me .Arahi hun bhuiyyee. So till next time world.Will see you Haminasto.

 

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Haminasto – Of Khusro,Kashmir and Katrina

Khuda Mera Bhi Hai : What’s In a Name?

So Khuda Mera Bhi Hai came to it’s expected end yesterday.This drama was such a game changer with it’s daring approach to intersex genders, identity and acceptance.Proves that Pakistani audience is mature enough to digest and applaud sensitive content.All you needed was some good story telling and a stellar cast.Honestly it was long play by our usual standards with a whopping 24 episodes but larger than Life characters like these demand a complete closure.

What fascinated me the most about Khuda Mera Bhi Hai was the amount of significance some character’s names carried here and the things they foretold.

Let’s take a look at these names:


NOOR : The protagonist of this play a is transgender person who’s birth causes serious rift between his parents and the samaj calls him a source of distress and burden.  I kinda of loved how Mahi named her kid Noor which means light.Through out her life Mahi proves that her child was not a dark night balkey he was a beacon of light for her and all those who were like him.
MIKAEEL : There comes a time when Noor is disowned by his own biological father and no school is brave enough to enroll him.Enter Mikaeel; a man who comes out of nowhere​ and fills the void in his life.He’s a surrogate father and mentor shielding him from the world’s ridicule.I mean the guy is like an angel to Noor and Mahi and is literally named after an angel too.


MAH GUL: Mahgul literally means moon flower or a better meaning would be radiant.Just like a moon waxes and wanes and goes through eclipses, Mahi’s shines through the hardships in her life.
SANAM : This drama’s fan favorite character is befittingly named Sanam or ‘beloved’.Loved how she broke stereotypes and stood up for herself and Mahi.

 KMBH was a courageous scrutiny of the stigma surrounding trans population and the hypocrisy and bigotry of our social fabric.Generally I dont watch primetime dramas but am really glad that I followed this one.😍😍

Khuda Mera Bhi Hai : What’s In a Name?

What’s in a name?

So what does your typical Rahul look like? Let’s rephrase the question as to what qualities are expected from a Rahul?

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He’s Charming
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Is great with the ladies!
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Has a killer sense of fashion
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Seriously the ladies can’t keep their hands off him

Basically Rahul is a lovable, charming, slightly tactless guy who always has everyone’s best interests at heart.He’s the hero who gets the girl.

So what happens if Rahul is a douchebag?

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Rahul: Naam Tou Suna Hi Hoga!

This is exactly what the Malayalam movie ‘100 Days of Love’ talks about.img_20170204_154949

This movie narrates the story of B. K.N,a guy who loses his girlfriend and job within the first few scenes into the story.Not being familiar with Malayalam culture it takes a while to understand that he (much to his chagrin) is named after a famous villain Balan K.Nair.It’s like getting named after Shafqat Cheema,I guess 😂.He is basically a loser in all aspects.The anti hero.

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My name is Sheela!

Balan’s life flips upside down when he meets the mysterious Sheela one rainy evening.As per the custom of RomComs,he immediately falls for her.But Sheela is engaged to  *Drum Roll* Rahul.

100 days of love has a fresh take on the effect of names and how they should not shape our perception of a person.Somewhat echoes Juliet’s soliloquy from Shakespeare’s magnum opus ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

What’s in a name?that which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;

So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,

Retain that dear perfection which he owes

Sheela believes herself to be a practical person who is not affected by minor things like love and losers.Rahul is rich, sophisticated, successful and in Balan’s words a – Cliché.But the catch here is Rahul being an extremely vindictive and unbearable person.Whereas the poor loser’s heart is full of(sic) love.Download a shady torrent to find out if Sheela chose the cocky Rahul or the not at all villainous villain,Balan?

Moral:You need to see and understand that there is always more to a person than what meets the eye.Or may be it doesn’t and it’s just me wasting my time before a ward test.

Watch the movie and decide for yourself.😂

What’s in a name?

All the world’s a Tamasha

 

img_20170203_175304 It’s almost an year and I still just can’t get over Tamasha!What a gorgeous piece of art.Loaded with subtle meanings and between the lines motifs.Haye!A lot of people don’t like the movie but this post does not serve to slut shame them ( even though you should be ashamed.Ya nasty! 😂).This post is specifically about the song Matargashti.

Matargashti has Ved and Tara frolicking on the streets of Corsica.Here are some stills from the song:

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Ved:Let’s nacho on the road! Tara:Brilliant!
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Ved: Hey these drugs work! Everything’s blur! Tara: No its just Maham’s shitty screenshots.
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Tara: My back hurts! Ved : Buddhi aurat.
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I m the king of Bollywood Nepotism! Crowd:Oh yes! you are!

Besides the realization of your poverty what else does occurs in each and every still ? This flag:

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Corsica has been struggling for Independence from Spain for quite some time now and this symbol of their movement is scattered throughout the song.Gaining Independence to be yourself  and embracing freedom are the central themes of Tamasha .There has been a lot of speculation about the director choosing this particular destination so I guess this fits with the narrative as to why Corsica holds such a pivotal place in story.It’s not a just a location but a silent character in the movie bringing Ved and Tara together with its magic..I think somewheres Mr Imtiaz Ali is laughing at us lesser mortals.

I should really stop focusing so much time on wall hangings and spare some of the time to my textbooks   😂😂😂

All the world’s a Tamasha

Super late 2016 favorites cause why not? 😎

Favorites of 2016:

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So much beyooti 😱


Purana Mandir’

Ok so this has to be my most favorite movie of them all.Its a scary movie that’ll leave you shaking with – laughter.A Ramsey Brothers classic that narrates a blood curdling,bone chilling saga of macho men running in dense forests for God knows what reasons at twilight.Fail to comprehend why don’t people in scary movies realize that a going to haveli in complete wilderness is a big no-no!!

Let’s go over our standard protocols for80s scary filum and see how many of these are covered in this cinematic experience par excellence .So is there a:

Thakur–yes

Old haveli -yes

Monster with intihaai fake costume -Rawr!

Crazy villagers – hell yeah!

Dead Sidekicks – ji bilkul

Dumb heroine – affirmative

Creepy Servant – Ye bhi koi pochney ki baat hai 😂😂

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They don’t get the girl… It’s We who get the boys -Mahira Khan

‘Ho Mann Jahaan’

This movie will always have a special place in my heart as my heart is a filing cabinet of saneema.I watched this one in theatre.It’s a really bright,cheery,happy movie that you can watch with your mom,dad, siblings or the old lady who lives down the lane (I don’t judge).Had a great time watching exceptionally good looking people in equally gorgeous, effortlessly chic clothing sing,dance and get upset at bummers set up by the script destiny along their way.Initially didn’t like Sonya Jehan’s role in the trailers but was so damn wrong.In my defense,I can say she looked like a vamp or siren in the trailers(or in my head or both).But as the Radical blogger stuffed her face with popcorn it became obvious that her independent highness was the best character of the movie.No more spoilers until you find a shady torrent link.

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Also Shakar Wanda is love.  😍😍😍 If you haven’t grooved to this song at dholkis and mehndis then sir its time to revaluate your social life.

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What a not-so-lovely day!

Mad Max: Fury Road’

People generally consider you as a total Indian soap opera watching person if you don’t throw a dash of Hollywood in your yearly round ups.So here’s an Englis Filum.Watching the Oscars I honestly couldn’t understand why this movie was nominated for so many category.. (also couldn’t stop ogling at Kate Blanche’s sarvoswsky dress).Seemed like a racer movie where everyone learns the importance of family in the end.But was completly blown away when I finally watched it!!! Really envy the people who saw it in cinemas

Bros dekhlo isko 😎😊

Super late 2016 favorites cause why not? 😎