Traveled to Calcutta and back;
as a first time visitor, I marveled at every single sight.
The traffic lights, the cabs, the buses, the jostling bodies.
I enjoyed all the sounds, all the smells,
the colorfulness, the roadside food stands.
the loudness, the vehicles’ crudeness,
the craziness of the busy roads!
The crowds, the heat, the bustle,
the people, the cultures, the variety,
the deities, the hardships, the poorness!
I’ve seen Calcutta and its beauty
through the eyes of a camera person,
through the roles played by Vidya Balan
and Rana (screen name);
through their movie, Kahani (meaning story).
A worth movie story-wise.
A worth movie acting-wise
A worth movie for its ability to transfer you
Vidya, as usual, played a great character role;
carried it to perfection.
I liked Rana’s role too!
The subtle infatuation toward Vidya Bagchi;
he performed superbly!
Hats off to the direction too.
It was a good 2 hours of sleeplessness
into the wee hours of the morning.
On that note, I should share a review of a local movie.
My sisters and I went recently
to the “love story“
It’s a local movie in the local langauge,
fashionably titled an English name.
It was over 3 hours loooooooong;
two of those hours a total waste of time and sleep.
I almost dozed off, and it wasn’t even 10:00pm then!
Dragging scenes, lame dialogues, under rated acting,
and plainly a sob story.
The later part was tolerable.
The ending was horribly melodramatic.
This whole situation was NOT unexpected;
this is a similar experience
for any “theatre time” for a local movie.
You might ask “why do you go there if you can’t appreciate it?”.
Well, I go because I want to appreciate their hard work,
the effort our local film industry puts in,
needs to be appreciated.
It cannot be easy for them, without any acting schools,
without any technical school to train camera people,
I buy a ticket to the movie,
and make sure I take as many people as possible with me,
just in the hope of showing our film industry that we care about them.
We have a good laugh, if nothing else.
We hang out together, which is rare.
So, all in all it’s not a lost cause!