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Jodorowsky’s Dune

Shakti recommended this documentary about a month back. He is slightly skewed.

He has recommended a few other things in the past and yes they have all been good. But this one seemed a bit too big. A bit too much to comprehend.

With much skepticism, I put it on last night. And man, what an amazing story – not the movie – but about the movie, the ambition, the passion, the search for spiritual warriors – I’m not even getting into the technical superiority of this movie for which it is much praised. I really am incapable of that.

 

But just the sheer passion, the emotion that went into making this film is praise worthy. Especially Alexandro Jodorowsky himself – you know that this guy wanted to make this film badly and believed that it would’ve changed the world as we see it and that it hurts him (and always will) that it never saw completion.

To briefly summarize it (ironic, that it was supposed to be a 12 hours movie!), it’s an adaptation from a book, Jodorowsky wanted to hire the best people in their respective crafts – animation, technicians, artists, illustrators, musicians (Pink Floyd…hooo!) – and make an epic that would change the way young generation thinks.

After 2 years of hard work, picking the best guys, story-boarding et al, finally it came down to the last $5 million that the hollywood studios refused to give. Jodorowsky’s intense passion (and the stand that it would be a 12 hour movie) coupled with the fact that he would not let anyone change anything (it is my dream, don’t change my dream) may have been the reason for refusal(ah, and also his previous films being a bit weird). That every studio in Hollywood was pretty impressed with the work done so far, is not even a question.

It is not the movie itself – I mean if this movie was made, I really don’t know if it would have changed the world as we see it – but this documentary really did leave a great impact on me. I’m not sure if I’ll watch it if and when it is released.

So, thanks, SSS!

Gangs of Wasseypur 2

I waited for this as eagerly as we all wait for our salary – rather more – cause I knew this is a one time affair, moments like these come not every month.
Gangs of Wasseypur was an awesome treat to the senses. What portrayal of characters, of situations and of general life. It is one of the best movies ever made if you ask me (well, till the fever goes down with another, better movie – maybe not. Just like it will never go down for Dev D). I never thought there would be a better movie than Dev D, and actually Dev D is a class on its own.
The soundtrack of that movie is still better than anything I’ve ever seen bollywood movies pass by – they never touch that street (now this may seem like scratching AK’s but the movies he’s made are totally out of this world — especially the music part of it – take Gulaal for eg.)

So, the thing is that I got to see the much awaited part 2 – last saturday, 4th Aug. – a few days before its release to cinema halls – which is day after tomorrow actually. How is that you ask? Well, it’d would’ve been on 8th that I’d’ve seen the first view of it (which I’m going to go for anyway) had it not been for this tweet by Huma Qureshi (who plays the awesome Mohsina in the movie)

I was @dukaan – working on a saturday – and I just happened to see that tweet – it’s all divine intervention :)

It was almost 3 o’clock by the time I saw Osian site and the schedule and by the time I called them up and made sure that it was not just a celebrities only screening.
By 3:15 I’d resolved I’m going for it and got out of @dukaan and was off to the house – for you know what – to change and stuff you see.

Now it was already 3:30 and the #gow1 show was at 4:15 – I knew I wouldn’t make it for that. I wanted to though.
Picked up a couple of beers – I had to – and zoomed towards the gurgaon toll – ah, it was jam packed – on a saturday afternoon – crazy town this is.

Anyhow, reached siri fort audi 1 at about 5. Parking devoured my next precious 15-20 minutes. Finally after just squeezing it in a spot – after convincing the guard who came running in to say ‘no this is not right parking’ that this indeed wasn’t that hurtful – it was time to get there inside the audi.

I was there, in the line now, hoping that this was the line for GoW – I was looking forward to the 1900 show which was #gow2 (little did i know that it was the same show – gow1 & gow2 in a row – oh I was almost orgasmic and saddened at the same time for missing about 45-50 minutes…wait there’s different plan for me from the one above.

So I ask this guy standing ahead of me ‘hey, I’d get the wasseypur tickets from here, right?’ – he looks at me and puts his hand in his shirt pocket and pulls out a paper-kind-of-thing and says, ‘here, this is the ticket’. Though only for about 2 seconds, I was foxed. Wait what? This is the ticket – why aren’t you watching it? That’s what I wanted to ask – which I didn’t. He understood I guess and said he’s watched it already (although now when I think of it, I ask myself ‘how is that, has he done that in cannes or is he a buddy of AK’)
Anyway, I just asked his name – Arun it was -thanked him and headed towards the auditorium. Just as I’m about to present my ticket I see that the ladies in front of me are being denied entry – It’s house-fucking-full they say. I said I’d stand, no they say ‘there’s no place to stand too’. What a KLPD i thought to myself. But I didn’t leave the place for next 5 minutes, hoping for some magic to happen. Nothing happened.

Then I heard this guard telling the lady, in a kind of hush hush voice, that she should try the balcony above on the left – it may have some space. Some light at the end of the tunnel I saw and ran towards the balcony – ahead of the lady.

She went somewhere else – I didn’t bother to see where – I just ran towards the direction I thought must be the balcony.
I see a guy over there ‘yes sir?
‘hey, man, Wasseypur (smiling)’
sorry sir, no place, it’s full
‘c’mon man, can’t be happening – there has to be place for me to at least stand and watch’
no sir, there isn’t, even if you do get to stand, you wouldn’t be able to see it‘ (hope goes on an exponential curve)
‘Bhai, I’m just one person, I’ll fit in — I’ll see if I don’t like it or can’t see it, I’ll get out – man, I’m here from gurgaon and have to see this — and YOU are the one who can let me do that’
‘(thinking thinking) ah, ok, you can try — come with me
‘Thanks man, what’s your name?’
Sudhamshu
‘Thanks Sudhamshu, someday I hope I’ll be able to pay it back – or maybe forward’
‘(mutters — whatever)’

And after all this – which was not really much – just that i’ve put it in a 1000 words – I was there!
the placement of the vacant seats was not something that I’d really watch a movie in. It was in the left corner balcony, which actually blocks about 10-15% of the left corner of the screen. And it was that ‘Nasir’ getting the jeep from “JP” scene (not very late into the movie) that I got to see.
It’s a different experience to see a movie in a hall – and something quite different to see it with aficionados.

Part 1 was well enjoyed. Part 2 was crazy — and I wouldn’t do a review here cause frankly, I’d do injustice to it.

Well that’s all I’d end this with – the movie is amazing – @FaizalSKhan , @RamadhirSingh , Definite truly rocked it. Pelpendiculal was funny. Movie was awesome. Hats off to @ankash1009 @humasqureshi Sneha & the whole GoW team – thanks for making this movie.

Waiting for 8th Aug to see it again.
What to look forward to post that?

Gangs of Wasseypur II – eagerly awaited

Having seen this hell of a movie twice in the last week, I’m only raring for more. First it was with @tyagiG , @tarunsingh09 & @oldermonk – just 3 days later, I wanted to go again – went with @R_KB & Geezer (not on twitter)

This is not a review – I’m just not capable of reviewing this movie.
Gangs of Wasseypur

Really can’t remember the last time I came out of the hall with such a content, satisfied and buzzed feeling. No, I really can’t. Not that I’m saying that I’ve just seen bad movies. There have been quite some good ones – animated mostly, comedy, must watch movies (like those pirates of carribean series, which you have to watch) – but rarely does a movie come which just washes you away. This is despite the hype around this movie which, once you see the movie, seems totally justified. @Rohwit had been (and still does) endorsing this – well, the movie certainly deserves that [just hover above his handle and you’ll get it]. It’s not like those awesome trailers you see for a Akshay Kumar movie [nothing in particular about Akshay Kumar that I have against, just that the name popped up] and the movie itself turns out to be a bummer.

#GoW kills at this — the movie itself could become a trailer — it’s that awesome. Ok, maybe I’m trying to justify my double watching it but I just may watch it yet again. Yeah, it’s that good ( wish I was being paid for writing so so good about it)

There is no actor in the movie, except perhaps Sultan who I find not mind-blowing performer – and that too seems like has been done purposefully, to make him seem like a not-so-worthy. I know not much about movies, or direction or screenplay – I do know movies when they affect you.

This would seem like a cliché, but only Anuraag Kashyap could’ve pulled it off the way it has been. He just keeps on getting better – Dev D, Gulaal and now this – awesome.

Just can’t wait for #GoW – II — unless it’s a bummer, @ankash1009 has really made the best movie bollywood stable has ever come out with. Thanks for the awesome movie – to everybody involved. Guys, you have moved film making making forward – that’s a lot.

It may or may not make money, but it has made a statement — movie ho to aisi. I haven’t met or heard a person who didn’t like the movie.

Right from Shahid Khan, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Piyush Mishra (brilliant narration as well) to Richa Chadha, Faisal Khan (FK), Danish Khan, Sultan — everyone’s acted brilliantly well – so natural.

If you haven’t watched this, you ought to – movies like these are, if you ask me, national treasure, artifacts.

This will only inspire others to get away from the usual stream that the bollywood flow in.

Lanka – Bollywood movie

Saw the movie a few days back on YouTube – worth a watch if you ask me. If only for Manoj Bajpai. Story was more or less predictable but turned out to be different than what I’d thought, so yeah, not really as predictable.

There are new-comers Arjan Bajwa & Tia Bajpai in the movie (wikipedia tells me that she was the finalist of reality show sa re ga ma pa) – and naah, as I incorrectly thought, doesn’t seem to have any relation with Manoj Bajpai.


Both have acted fairly well and look good on screen, Manoj Bajpai however, steals the show.

Then there’s Yashpal Sharma (the Gangajal guy, besides his many other movies) and he is as good as always.

As you would gather after hearing the storyline, the name of the movie points to a story of a girl who is held captive by a gangster in a small town in UP – Bijnaur, and yearns for some saviour to rescue her from this Lanka.

 Sad part is that she has no ‘Ram’ to do that, ‘Vibhishan’ will have to come to the rescue. It really doesn’t make sense the way I’m pitting it and yeah, that’s not exactly the plot to be precise.

 
Go watch it, it’s there on YouTube – here’s the link

You already saw it? How did you find the movie?