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Re: Movie reviews of some off beat films that I saw recently

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Ashdoc's movie review---Dr Zhivago

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You missed out the bit that the role of Dr. Zhivago is played by none other than Omar Sharif
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no , i haven't
Then try these two along with another great B&W movie, Witness for the prosecution.

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Jeetpai, dont expect Docji to watch all movies. I was banking on him to have watched dr Zhivago because it is quite famous. A lot of Padha likha mubaikars would have watched it. Also, it is about a Doctor.
Dr Zhivago is too long movie like Barry Lyndon

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Re: Movie reviews of some off beat films that I saw recently

I am earnestly seeking for this of-beat, recent controversial film on net,… and got nthg but the failure. Has anyone seen this film, or any opine about it ?....or any idea where to watch it ? Netflix, Hulu and Amazone prime videos does not have it,..


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Lipstick Under My Burkha-


The film is worth all the hype it has generated due to the whole censor controversy. One must really thank Pahlaj Nahlani for his ban on the film or else this little gem would've got lost amidst the indies that keep releasing without any promotion and fails at the box office. We finally have a film in Bollywood that talks about a woman, through the eyes of a woman in an unabashed, unapologetic, uncompromising way.

The film revolves around four women who have four secret lives and who love to dream. An aged Buaji, who loves reading erotic novels, a middle aged Shireen, who secretly works as a salesgirl, A 20 something Leela who owns a parlour but dreams of her own startup and an 18 year old college fresher Rihanna who worships Miley Cyrus and dreams to become a singer. The only hurdle- The society that they live in, which doesn't allow them to bring their secret dreams out in the open. The narrative is beautifully woven around a book called 'Lipistick wale sapne' which Buaji is reading and the film revolves around Buaji reading the whole book and how the fictional story of Rosy and her desires connects the lives of these four women.
Kudos to whoever has written the story of 'Lipistick wale sapne' that is narrated by Buaji throughout the film. Such beautiful lines that makes you really emotional at times.

There is absolutely NOTHING in the film that deserves a ban. Neither does it disrespect the burkha or any religion, nor does it titilates the audience with the sex scenes. I guess the reason why the censor board didn't want the country to see the film because it shows what women are in real life- HUMANS and not sex objects of desire like portrayed in Bollywood films. It's also refreshing to finally see a coming of age film having women as central characters celebrating not just their freedom but even their sexual desires. No wonder eyebrows would be raised because here only men are supposed to have desires and women, their object of desire.

Hats off to the director and writer of the film Alankrita Shrivastava for handling such a subject so well. She sets the story in a middle class lane of Bhopal instead of a metropolitan city and yet doesn't stereotype people of smaller towns/cities. Another positive of the film is that it's not preachy which women centric films in India tend to become after a point of time. Rather it is super entertaining and a black comedy. You laugh but at the same time feel sad for the four characters. It's also heartening to see a narrative build around the sexual desires of an aged woman on the big screen because we automatically turn old men and women into these pious, asexual grandparent figures.

Coming to the performances, the ensemble cast does a really good job. Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Sushant Singh and Vikrant Massey are perfect for their roles but the film belongs to Konkona Sen Sharma and Ratna Pathak Shah. They both are BEYOND BRILLIANT in the film and deliver of their FINEST performances in a Bollywood film.

There's a scene where buaji(Ratna Pathak Shah) is asked her name and she replies 'Buaji' and the other person goes 'kiski buaji, meri to nahin... aapka naam kya hai', and then she remembers her name is Usha. That single shot where Buaji suddenly remembers her long forgotten amidst all the buaji nonsense is going to stay with me for a long, long time. Ratna adds so much to that one single silent shot with just her expressions. There are so many other such beautiful scenes like buaji not being able to get on an escalator and a line of small hijab clad kids holding hands together help Buaji get on the escalator, etc that can only be enjoyed if you watch the film and not just read a review.

The film does have it's flaws here and there but despite all the shortcomings, like one of the review mentioned, Lipstick Under My Burkha is a great conversation starter of how women should actually be portrayed on screen and how we must stop creating hullabaloo over women and their sexual freedom.


Giving it a 4/5. I really enjoyed the film and so did the houseful theatre I was watching it in. It was great to see so many women in the audience and an equal number of men applauding at the end of the film. A must watch! Please give this film a chance. Doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, go and watch!

Ending the post with one of the pre-climax lines of Lipistick wale sapne... 'and then she took the shovel to unearth her dreams, burried in the graveyard.'

P.S- Please excuse the typos and the layout. Using my phone hence such weird layout of paragraphs in the post. :S

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Re: Movie reviews of some off beat films that I saw recently

It's in the theatres at present.
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Re: Movie reviews of some off beat films that I saw recently

Lolita ( 1997 )



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The full movie is available on youtube in HD quality , so you dont have to go anywhere else . The movie is based on the famous novel---Lolita .

Jeremy Irons catches the fancy of a young girl ( nicknamed Lolita ) played by Dominque Swain . They proceed to have a sexual relationship , and Jeremy marries her mother ( Melanie Griffith ) to stay close to her . But Melanie sends Dominque off to a boarding school , only to discover the relationship later . In a state of shock , she gets killed in an accident . This lets Jeremy get what he wants---guardianship of Dominique , and chance to continue their relationship . As she grows older , Dominique tires of him and wants to break away . Eventually she succeeds by going with a another man who exploits her . Jeremy searches for her in vain because he is in love with her . Finally Dominique sends a letter to him asking for money because she is married and pregnant . Jeremy is by now ashamed of having used her when she was so young and meets her and asks her to forgive him . She does , and he gives her a large sum of money to continue her life . But she also tells him of the man who exploited her and Jeremy is mad with rage and kills the man . He dies in prison and thus repents for his sin , but Lolita dies in childbirth too .

Thus in effect both are equally guilty and deserve to die in the director's eyes ---or so I thought . Though Jeremy is more guilty because he was an adult using the body of a young girl , Dominique ( Lolita ) was not innocent too as she gave herself up readily to him .

There are plenty of erotic scenes between Jeremy and Dominique . Dominique plays the unabashed sex kitten , spreading her soft milky white legs on Jeremy's thighs on innumerable occasions and acting in a sexually provocative manner and repeatedly making lascivious movements . Photography is splendid and so are the colours . Acting is good too from everyone . The movie moves from erotic in the first half to tragic in the climax and changes your mood swiftly .

Verdict---good .

Three and a half stars .
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Re: Movie reviews of some off beat films that I saw recently

Off-beat film is on YT,.. in a good print,.... Has any1 seen?

Am planning to watch it,...





Running Shaadi
- a very nice, simple movie by Shoojit Sarkar. He's turning out to be a great director / producer.


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Re: Movie reviews of some off beat films that I saw recently

Buddha in a traffic jam



Arunoday Singh plays a dynamic young man who has come to Hyderabad to study in a university . He is talkative and can make speeches inspiring his peers . He has all the makings of a yuppie ; he is liberal and cool and as sophisticated as they come . His and his friends' lifestyle is as cool as it can be in India ; they dance and sing to the beat of rock music , they ( including the females ) drink and smoke and party . His female friend ( played by Akanksha Dwivedi ) is free enough to dance almost topless on the bartender's table in a lounge . So free that she act attracts the unwanted attention of the moral police , who violently interrupt the act .

But at not too long a distance from Hyderabad in the district of Bastar lives another India . The tribals living there are being crushed by both sides---by the naxalites who beat them up regularly for co operating with government authorities and the government authorities who humiliate them for being in cahoots with the naxals . They have no hope of progress or development . Their only source of pride is their 5000 year old way of life that has not been change for 5 millenia . It is they who are focus of the film , even though it is played out mainly in the big city .

Back in the big city , Arunoday Singh takes part in a campaign called pink bra campaign against the moral police and he comes into the limelight due this . His articulate speeches against the moral policing win him admirers and he becomes a popular figure in the university . During this time he comes to the attention of a professor in the university ( played by Anupam Kher ) and his wife played by Pallavi Joshi . They run an NGO which sells pottery made by the tribals from Bastar and the sales of the pottery are used to help raise money for the tribals' development....a worthy cause , no doubt . Along with them is Mahie Gill , who openly says to Arunoday that she is a believer in the tribals' cause. A naxalite sympathiser who grows close to Arunoday soon .

But the NGO runs on government grants , and the government has recently decided to cut the flow of funds to such NGOs because the money is being fuelled to the naxalites . So Anupam Kher approaches Arunoday to create a way of raising money for his NGO . Arunoday takes up the task with full gusto and soon comes up with a master plan to sell the tribals' pottery online and cut out all the middlemen , so that the money is directly transferred to the tribals for whose benefit the whole enterprise is supposed to be . But Anupam Kher develops acute discomfort at this idea , and he says that he is a professor not a businessman and his prestige as a professor will be affected if he goes into online business .

But the real reason for his refusal is different ; he is the typical JNU type of professor , in cahoots with the naxalites and their brutal leader who is played by Gopal K Singh . Anupam goes to meet them in their hideouts , and this time when he goes there he is told that Arunoday must be killed immediately . For Arunoday's plan for helping the tribals' is too good ; it will bypass all the middlemen controlled by naxalites and even the government agents who are all revealed to be part of the money siphoning mafia . Arunoday has unwittingly got mixed up in all this and has brought about his own doom...or has he ? For Anupam Kher's aide Mahie Gill is not a corrupt person but a real passionate naxalite who genuinely cares for the tribals' cause and is appalled by this planned murder , and her personal reason for this is that she is in love with Arunoday too . Also Anupam's wife Pallavi Joshi is shocked by her husband's involvement with the naxalites and is prepared to help Arunoday . Together they and Arunoday hatch a plan to bring the situation to justice....

Straightway I must say that it takes courage to make such a film ; the JNU type of anti nationals whom the movie villainizes have a tremendous hold on our media and culture . All reviewers panned the movie after it was released under pressure from the liberal/anti national mafia which controls our press . And the director's courage must be applauded by watching the film . For it brings out the true colours of the universities like JNU and their professors . They are clearly funding the maoists and in cahoots with them .

I could see myself in Arunoday---a real person , a buddha like figure who believes in peace and wants to lead a liberal westernized free life . But he has peoples' good at heart and being liberal does not mean he wants to be anti national . But in this movie Buddha has been caught in a traffic jam created by elements inimical to our nation....

The movie scores on photography and colours and has decent music and songs . Acting by Arunoday is top class and Anupam Kher too excels , especially excelling in his last speech when he spells out his mad dream of communist revolution in the classroom . For anybody interested in politics and wanting to be in touch with contemporary issues , the film is a must see !!

Verdict---Highly Recommended .

Four stars out of five .

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