• Aditya | 04-Mar-2020
    Honestly I am very judgmental about people bringing young kids in cinema halls to watch mature content. I do understand that the “parental guidance” category exists where adults are supposed to steer their “impressionable young adults” such that they understand the complexities. But here I was surrounded by adults who themselves were clueless about the gravity of the narrative? On my left were three middle aged men who were initially amused, then a bit shocked but who eventually went silent. One of them kept exhaling long breaths as if exhausted with what he saw. At least these people had the sensitivity to digest what they saw, something that must be difficult to process given the decades of conditioning they must have gone through. Maybe they were watching from the parent’s perspective. Behind me was an all-girl group. They kept on chatting throughout the film and passed comments on every scene. I looked behind a couple of times giving them an irritated look but they had this
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  • Aditya | 12-Jan-2020
    Stereotyping has become a part of our life. More often than not we do it subconsciously and sometimes we do it knowingly. Either way, it has become difficult for us to accept things as they are. People, places, things, thoughts everything has to fall in this or that bucket and art is no exception. So which bucket do we put Chhappak in? Is it a tragedy? Is it a quest? Is it rebirth? Is it rags to riches? It can be anything or a bit of everything. Try and park the urge to assign a category, try and accept the film with a clean perspective without expecting cliché of the genre, only then there is a possibility that you will be able to see Chhappak for what it is. For it is just a story that needs to be told, as it is...! I came out of the theater obviously troubled, scared and concerned. But not once during the entire run time did I cry, and let me tell you I cry easily. Not once did I experience shock, not once did I felt like closing my eyes. There have been insensitive films where heinous crimes are
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  • Dr Sana Khan | 25-Jan-2018
    "Bards of passion and of mirth  Ye have left your souls on Earth Have ye souls in heavens too  Double lived in regions new " These beautiful verses are from the poem An ode to poets.  Literature is a masterpiece drawn by several poets, writers and I am just an awestruck human.  Legendary poets I must say have created a whole new world for a person to gaze at. Where people can't rhyme dove with love amazing poets have written several poems, odes, sonnets indeed they've left their souls on Earth and in heavens too.
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  • REVIEW OF A FRENCH CAFE
    Ankita Kulkarni | 07-Jul-2017
    Standing in the busy streets of Paris, I heard a woman besides me exclaim in French, “C’est tellement magnifique!”  standing at the entrance of the famous French café,” Café Gourmand”. And I agreed with her looking at the intricately carved doorway of the café, its windows glittering with bright yellow lights. In between the windows, you could see lush green ivy climbing the walls. Above the windows, the words “Café Gourmand Since 1887” were put up in bold letters with small lights twinkling on them. Café Gourmand was considered to be one of the oldest cafes in Paris. Besides the board, you could see the French flag fluttering in the winds with pride.  There were small round tables situated inside as well as outside of the café. You could see people sitting outside smoking a pipe with a large cup of coffee or a glass of beer in their hands. It is the Parisian tradition to just sit back, relax and sip coffee as you id
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  • Be that Man!
    Kalamwali | 04-Mar-2016
    So this afternoon, I watched the most coveted movie of 2014, "Mary Kom". Needless to say, an array of emotions ran through me in those two hours and even after that. A Biopic, that too of a sportsperson who has surfaced from that part of the country which most people in our country don't even know exists, is heart wrenching to watch. If I treat it like a movie, yes there is entertainment and drama plus the songs and a brilliant background score. If I treat it like someone's real life, there is so much to learn. So much to be inspired by, take back, ponder upon and apply in life. Yes Mary Kom as a woman should be worshipped in our country, given the way she fulfilled her dream in spite of all the gender biasness, family pressure, hierarchy and ego issues of all those who didn't matter to the sport and motherhood. She defeated all that came in her way with immense bravery. And this will touch any woman's heart who watches the movie. As at some point all of us have in some way let something or someone derail us
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