Monday, February 24, 2014

Disliking likeables

I am not going to start off this one with a 'I am back' cliche. Not sure if I am really 'back'. But I will let it rip till it lasts. I last blogged in 2012. Jeepers!

I am not sure if its with my personality but of late I have run into so many discussions that I am made to look like the odd one out. The topics change but not the oddity of me being projected as irrational, sadistic or even disillusional. Those are 3 words which I may not have used for a decade now. Need a vocab makeover too. Later!

So, one topic that is quite common in everyday jargon is about movies. I have found it extremely difficult to be on the side of people who think a particular way about movies. Any discussion about a particular movie being good/bad has had me disapproving of the choice made by 90% of the junta.

Just the other day, we were discussing about RamLeela. Everyone had more than a few expletives for this movie. Some said that they couldn't tolerate even an hour of the movie, some lesser. I do not praise this movie very highly but I quite enjoyed it. I am not talking about the chemistry (or physics?) of the leading pair. Its just that I didnt feel like switching off. The 2nd half was truly engaging and I felt the real heroine (or actress and not supporting actress) is Supriya Pathak. Of course, Ram would not like to dive into her everytime. But, as with many debates, I end up giving up. I would watch it again I guess.

That brought us to so many other movies that I ended up having an opposite opinion about.

Good (and the ones that people feel not so good)
No Smoking, Lootera, Rockstar, Gangs of Wasseypur, Rowdy Rathore, Swades, Kai Po Chhe

Not so good (and the ones that people drool over)
DDLJ, HAHK, 3 Idiots, Rang De Basanti, KKHH, Munnabhai series

Maybe, its just the perception.

In another free-wheeling discussion, I couldnt quite understand the reasoning and logic behind the Best Actress award given to Deepika Padukone for 2013 (whether its Chennai Express, YJHD or RamLeela) whereas I found Sonakshi Sinha leagues ahead in Lootera. Someone told me its because Deepika had 3 blockbusters so it had to go to her. Couldnt quite understand the term 'Actress' then. In that case, there should be an award for 'Best Actor/Actress based on revenue'. It would be a better benchmark award for Production houses too to look for such people.

Just my 2 cents though. Cheers!

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