Dil Chahta Hai…

Dil Chahta Hai, Kabhi Na Beete Chamkeele Din
Dil Chahta Hai, Hum Na Rahein Kabhi Yaaron Ke Bin

Dil Chahta Hai has been a first for many. It was Farhan Aktar’s directorial debut. DCH also was the first movie to change the perception of wealth in Bollywood. The rich in Bollywood before DCH were rich because they were bad people making money off illegally. Here there were three boys comfortably at home in their classy elegant rich homes, playing with their expensive gadgets or hopping into a Mercedes coupe for an impromptu weekend in Goa where the party continues.

The movie also refashioned the potrayal of young urban love. Samir’s inclination to falling for whoever hoves into view is made fun in a gentle and accepting manner. He is not dubbed a ‘womanizer without any morals’. Sid falls in love with an older woman who is divorced and has a weakness for alcohol is perhaps the most radical stand. Aakash likes to love ’em and leave ’em. While his friends are not exactly ecstatic at his ways, they’re hopeful that he will mend ways. And he does, by falling in love with the same girl he had once made fun of.

DCH is a feel good movie setting up its characters and us for a happily ever after.

 

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Dhoom 2…

Mr. A, a fearless thief, steals valuable artefacts. He teams up with a girl he is attracted to yet who can’t be trusted. Close on their heels are three police officers trying to capture them.

Straight out of those good old James Bond films, the thief in question Hrithik Roshan is a cucumber cool conman who uses everything from fancy gadgets to unique disguises to get his job done.

Hrithik Roshan is the only reason for the movie doing as well as it did in the box office. He holds the film together and even manages to take your attention away from its many flaws.

Hrithik is one of those rare actors who is not only abundantly talented, but is also blessed with a presence that’s electrifying. With the grace of a dove he throws himself into the film’s many challenging stunt scenes – skydiving, sand-surfing, scuba-diving, roller-blading, bungee-jumping – and he does it all so well.

Hrithik Roshan has never looked sexier, with his sheer attitude, cutaway jackets,curly blond tipped hair and his chest all ripped and rippled! Whether it’s in the action scenes, or the songs, whether he’s romancing Aishwarya or jumping off a cliff, it’s hard to take your eyes off him. He is, quite simply, the heart, the soul and the spirit of Dhoom 2.

It was also the beginning of a new kind of Bollywood franchise in which some elements would remain the same, some would change but the idea remains exactly the same.

With magnificent locations and brilliant stunts, Dhoom 2 is designed expressly to not strain the brain.

 

 

Jab We Met…

A Richie-rich, deeply depressed after being dumped, bumps into a high spirited chatterbox. And love blossoms

She’s a full of life chatterbox whose favorite pass time is running away. He’s a poor little rich boy who’s been dumped. They meet on a train. She’s off to Bathinda, he has no clue where’s he going nor does he care, and they instantly get into the squabbling strangers mode.

Jab We Met (JWM) also gave us a director with a fresh voice, with an ability to refashion romance. The movie had a right mix of good looking leads, the obligatory ‘cute meet’ opening followed by a most entertaining breaking the ice sequence between the soon to-be lovers. Both the leads, fashioned as the proverbial chalk and cheese, are very attractive rooted characters. After being dumped, he’s in a state of self pity which might be very familiar amongst the target audience. She’s running away simply for no other reason than that she thinks its a good idea and its fun. And when a girl like Geet thinks its a good idea, there’s nothing on this earth that can distract her from it.

This is the first time Shahid and Kareena have been convincing as as young lovers. It also gave us a Shahid who has realized the value of less is more and hence lets his eyes do most of the talking. Although kareena justifies the character of over bubbly Geet, she is much better in the second half where she’s quiet and simple.

Johnyy Gaddaar…

A bunch of con men get together for a job which goes horribly wrong as one of them turns a traitor and thus begins a dark spiral of deceit and betrayal.

A character in the movie is shown reading a James Hadley Chase novel. The book represents both an apt metaphor and a notifier which tell you exactly the kind of movie you are getting into.

Johnny Gaddaar is a thriller but not gangster or a murder mystery although there is a murder which sets the movie going. The characters are con-men but they cannot be called goons.

Five cons get together for a big job- each has to raise a huge sum of money and put it together to make a handsome kitty. One of them turns traitor leaving a bloody trails of bodies in his wake.

The movie also was a debut for actor Neil Nitin Mukesh who gave a memorable and promising performance in the movie. Dharmendra also plays and interesting character who is a thief but not a cheat. His gang respects him immensely. Every character in the movie is given an interesting quirks, habits, companions. They are who they are because they like the color of money and not coz of any mitigating reason for being the way they are.

The movie nails the feel of a James Hadley Chase novel where everyone is either bad, greedy villainous, plain amoral or simply a combination of all of them. It is Neil Nitin Mukesh who stands out in the movie by blending innocence with a chilling gift for killing, making it one of the most memorable debuts of its time.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai…

A modern day college romance with designer sets, preppy jokes and brightly colour coordinated clothes. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (KKHH) gave the film industry a director/producer who changed the course of film making – mixing old with new, blending traditional with modern, exotic locations, hummable music, catchy youthful dialogs and introduced trend setters.

KKHH was a movie that could be watched with friends and family…which made you happy and sad equally. KKHH changed the manner in which friendships were forged and created a fashion wave every college goer wanted to ride. Friendship bands were a rage post the release of the film and have since then become symbolic of Friendship Day. Shah Rukh Khan’s T-shirts inscribed with the words ‘POLO’ and locket that read, ‘COOL’ flooded the markets. Kajol’s short blunt cut also became a trend and stylists had to style thousands of mane in the same style post the release of the film not to forget the hair bands.

The good part of KKHH is that there are some true moments in the movie while the three friends fall in love.

Kaha na pyaar hai…

A boy and a girl fall in love… He’s poor. She’s rich. There’s a conflict between rich and the poor.And then, suddenly on the day he’s about to taste success, he vanishes . She’s heartbroken. Will they find each other? Will true love triumph over tragedy?

The movie Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (KNPH) released in 2000 and turned out to be a monster blockbuster for a long time. I still remember very vividly the time the movie was released. I was still in school, but the craze it had developed had everyone talking only and only about the around around the time.

It was the start of the new millennium and so was only perfectly appropriate that a new star was born with a film which used one of the oldest tricks in the book – a double role! A brand-new lead pair, new exotic locations, a new look – KNPH had it all. We could safely call it “The first new millennium Hindi movie” which was genuinely and irrefutably new.

And this is where my first major rather all time celebrity crush started. The hazel-eyed Hrithik Roshan shot to the zenith of dizzying success that most new entrants could only dream of. He was tall, slim with matinee idol looks and oodles of sex appeal. Although he resembled his father a lot, he had that extra something which his father lacked and which set him apart from the rest. I can just go on and on and on about Hrithik … 😉

Coming back to the movie, the plot was carefully and very well plotted as to showcase Hirthik in all ways possible. The first half had him as  an innocent ordinary young man from an ordinary background. In the second, he is an NRI wearing leather, large shades and attitude. Both Hrithiks have something in common- they check all boxes of a leading man who is good at everything he does.

The leading lady, Amisha Patel too was appropriately new-agey. With a cute sounding Hindi, although she wore modern clothes, like all good Indian girls, her first love was her only true love.

Hrithik also had one other thing that set him apart from other heroes who had been launched the traditional way of introducing new faces i.e love stories, was that yes, he could act. But his moves, oh my god, he danced like a dream! His dance was electric and very different from the regular jhatkas that characterized heroes before him. No one could ever get enough of him. His dance in ‘Ek pal ka jeena’ with his baseball cap worn backwards, a transparent black vest showing off his chiseled abs and his black pants, stopped both the leading lady and us, in our tracks.

KNPH gave us a new age hero who was both tough and soft, hard and vulnerable, who moved like a dream and also fought for his rights. Hrithik’s Greek-God looks and brilliant acting skills made the audience fall in love with him!

Principles of PR…

Public Relations, begins with psychology. A part of PR is about building and maintaining Reputation. Reputation in simple terms can be described as my perception in your consciousness.

For perception to be established, start with awareness.

Ensure the client always stays alive even when the organization’s ability to grow stops.

Effectively assess ROI and ROO.

Always be perennially prepared.

Share stories contextually and occasionally.

Analytically correlate conversations to client space.

Be energized to share them always.

Art of storytelling…

We all love stories, be it listening to or narrating one. We all have that one person who always has awesome stories to tell. Din’t we all want to be one?

Now that I’m in a profession where everything is all about storytelling and keeping it engaging, it is very important to be able to come up with interesting unique and creative story idea. So, what makes a good story which interests people?

Here are 10 tips to make a story interesting:

  1. Practice writing regularly. With practice comes perfection.
  2. Keep take away’s in mind.
  3. Keep the story short.
  4. Everyone loves stories about challenges and conflicts.
  5. There should a beginning, middle and end.
  6. Have an element of human interest- Have a protagonist in mind.
  7. Be creative!
  8. Ensure good grammar, good language and punctuation.
  9. Try and incorporate stories that go with graphics and images.
  10. Keep stories authentic!

Lagaan…

Lagaan is many movies rolled into one!

It is hard to quantify Lagaan. Lagaan is about a sport, where a win is crucial not just for self-respect but also for sheer survival. It also gently blends issues of casteism, patriotism, nationalism and freedom..

A cricket pitch created at the rain starved Champaner becomes the battleground. If the residents win the match, the angrez laatsaab will forgive them the lagaan and if they loose, the lagaan would be extracted at twice the going rate. The game becomes a stirring metaphor for winning and loosing.

Lagaan is a glorious heady entertainer powered by brilliant performances from every character. Aamir played the challenging role of Bhuvan, the playful villager ready to go head-on with the mighty Britishers effortlessly.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge…

Raj Malhotra, a young, rich and privileged, lives in a swank London mansion with his jovial father. Simran Singh, young pretty and also a Londoner, lives in a polar opposite universe. And then the two meet!

“Bade bade deshon mein aisi choti choti baatein hoti rehti hai!”

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) is a London based movie. It about a young pair, Raj Malhotra and Simran Singh played by Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. They meet, they fight, they fall in love and as is with the other Yashraj movies, finish up with each other after a series of tears and dramatic sequences.

DDLJ is a simple story, simply told with some nice touch ups and smart dialogues. Shah Rukh and Kajol bring out the best in each other. Credibility is one of DDLJ’s biggest strength. Especially the first half of the movie feels so real that it could almost make us believe it was a true story of two real people.

Some movies are destiny… They change everything. And DDLJ is one of those movies. DDLJ made Shah Rukh Khan what he is today and also gave Bollywood its evergreen romantic pair – SRK and Kajol.