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Nolan, If you’re listening



We have discovered you after your Batman trilogy. Saw the visionary that you are through Inception. Then went back in time and stumbled upon your earlier work that left us with nothing but awe and admiration for what you are. A new age writer-director who speaks through his art.


We love you for your collaboration with Hans Zimmer. We love you for the spectacle you create with Wally Pfister. We love each carefully crafted snip and those extra few seconds you let us linger on select shots with Lee Smith. But most importantly we love you for your ability to tell a story.


Your Bruce Wayne was not just a masked vigilante. He was a lonely lost man trying to make sense of this dark world. Your Dom Cobb was not just a thief. He was a father trying to get back to his children. Your Will Dormer was not just an insomniac. He was a man torn apart by his morals. You are known to create grey characters. And you are damn good at it. But there’s one more thing you’re even better at. That’s creating your negative characters.


I believe your movie is only as good as your Villain. And I think your best movie till date (audience choice) The Dark Knight proves my point completely. Then why have you omitted all that we love about you with your latest venture?


Dunkirk – is chaos. It is not self sufficient. It does not have it’s own universe like your other films. And despite having its moments, it fails to move the audience. I couldn’t even remember the names of your few lead characters. Didn’t even see the gruesomeness of war. Didn’t feel how fragile life is. I did not know what to take back from Dunkirk.


Do you know J J Abrams – The Director of the new Star Trek franchise? For a really long time his name was synonymous to lens flares. Or Michael Bay for that matter. Do you really want your name to be equated with a gimmick that you keep repeating in all your films – Spectacle?


Yes your films are full of them and we enjoy them to the core. But your movies should not be a wild compilation of grand shots. We expect more from you.


After The Dark Knight Rises, we felt this is one minor bump in your film making journey. Interstellar was flawed on many levels. But Dunkirk marks something ridiculously unexpected.


We appreciate you taking on diverse genres. But you must ask yourself, if you are losing your own unique take on your films. We admire you for the work you have done in the past. But don’t expect your audience to return to the theatres based on your past success.


Hoping, something worth watching next time.

Contact – Robert Zemeckis


When I decide to watch a film, I usually do my homework first. I check out the plot of the film, I watch the trailer and I go through the director’s work. It was a different story when it came to watching Contact.

In last couple of months I have been following American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and his thoughts about the Universe. The man has a very entertaining way of explaining the most difficult scientific theories. In an interview about Interstellar, this guy was asked about his favourite science fiction film. And that’s when I was introduced to Contact. When a person of this caliber assigns this position to a film, it becomes unmissable by default.

So without knowing who directed the film and who wrote the script, I immersed myself, with very high expectations… Waiting to be amazed.

Before you read any further let me tell you that the following is not a review. It is my understanding of various themes the film tries to bring forward.


Arroway loses her mother during her birth and her father at the age of 9. She forgets to keep her father’s medicines in the right place so she thinks of her as the reason of his death. She has all the good reasons to believe that all the people she genuinely loves, leave her. As a young and enigmatic writer Palmer Joss (Matthew McConaughey) steps into her life, she proceeds with caution. She limits her involvement to such an extent that her relationship should never distract her from her primary purpose.

While Arroway has a very practical approach of looking at things, Joss is a spiritual person. Not just in a religious manner but also even in everyday life, he chooses his words very meticulously giving everything a deeper meaning. Joss might be the representation of those who believe in supreme powers beyond our cognition.

Science, politics and faith:

The film very profoundly tells the audience that in order to become an ideal civilization, humanity must accept the common grounds in faith and science. At the same time, faith is not to be confused with organized religion. The film highlights that it is imperative for a man to find his own version of faith and religion while politics is another major hurdle, which prevents humans from being a greater civilization.


When the lead character of the film, Eleanor Arroway finds her project in jeopardy due to the extravagant budget it proposes, Hadden Suit, a mysterious investor comes to the rescue. Hadden helps the protagonist more than once in her quest both financially and morally as well. And throughout the film the character has not shown any other interest than helping humanity. Even though the film progresses due to the efforts of Arroway, Hadden’s contribution to decoding the message sent by aliens is unparalleled. However, after Arroway returns from her visit to the exoplanet due to the lack of physical evidence, it is concluded that she never left Earth and the whole incident was a hoax played by Hadden.

Hadden’s story meets a very sad conclusion when all of his efforts are not recognized the way they should. But isn’t that the point of a selfless good deed?

Relationships (Part II)

Stuff changes when Arroway meets the alien. The alien takes a human form and appears as her father replicating several images from her memories. On Earth she finds it impossible to explain her experience to the world. The scientist in her accepts the most logical reason that she never left earth and what she felt was simply a delusion. But somewhere deep inside, she is sure that what she felt was real. She understands that her experience cannot be explained through science but through something else. This spiritual experience makes her believe in the forces, which our knowledge cannot explain right now but someday it will. She has no reasons but she develops a little bit of faith. And from being an atheist she becomes a skeptic.

Robert Zemeckis

I was completely satisfied with the film and I was just waiting for the credits to appear. As I said earlier, I had zero knowledge about the film when I decided to watch it. And I also skipped the opening credits because the first sequence is so awesome. When the first credit appeared and it said Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it was a wonderful surprise. Out of the 7 films of this man I have watched so far, not a single one has disappointed me. So in a way, it was not a surprise that I loved this one.

Where does the film stand?

The film is a science fiction, based on the novel by Carl Sagan. However, if you look from the point of view of Joss, it is a spiritual one. Arroway has that supernatural and vague experience because she needed to have one. Her devotion to find extra terrestrial intelligent life led her to a series of events which were destined only for her to experience and none other.

I had high expectations from Interstellar and it failed me. I felt the science of interstellar was great but the climax was too dumbed down and not scientific. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a brilliant film. But even after several viewings, (just like any other film by Kubrick) I cannot understand the film completely. Contact falls exactly in the middle. It is smart enough to make you think. It is sly at times. And sometimes it just teases you making you doubt. That’s what makes it even more enjoyable.

First Look : Q’s Ludo and Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s Highway

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Q and Umesh Kulkarni – two daring film-making voices from two different corners of the country, and whose films we always look forward to. And this time both of them seem to be trying something new which they haven’t done before. Q’s film is called Ludo and Umesh’s film is Highway Ek Selfir Aarpaar.

Q has directed the film with Nikon.


Trailer :

Official Synopsis :

Four desperate teenagers. A night of sexy mayhem. The big city. Or so the plan goes, until a series of misadventures later, Babai, Pele, Ria and Payal end up in a locked shopping mall in the dead of the night. Alone at last… until an old couple appears out of nowhere with a piece of folded leather and a glass container with two dice made of bone. A game. Simple, but deadly. They call it Ludo. A game defiled by a young couple…

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How To ‘Pitch’ Your Story? Hear from Vikramaditya Motwane, Shridhar Raghavan, Kamlesh Pandey & Ram Mirchandani

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Film Writers Association (FWA) recently did a workshop on “pitching your story”. Filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane, screenwriter Shridhar Raghavan & Kamlesh Pandey, and producer Ram Mirchandani shared their ideas and experience about the process.

It’s great that FWA is finally taking some initiatives that will help the new writers. Just wish the video/audio was done professionally. And big thanks to the person who transcribed the entire video.

Watch the video or click here to read the transcript.

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#Sweet Romance – Welcome Reluctant Stranger (Between Two Worlds #3) by E Journey

Books, Food and Me!!

The blurb reads,

“Can a family bury its secret past?

Like her long-lost father, Leilani heals people. But can she heal herself? Accept the awful truth about her father―left behind when her family fled the troubled country of Costa Mora eighteen years ago?

Brokenhearted, Justin just wants to drown his sorrows. But he finds more trouble than he’s looking for when thugs assault him and a mysterious woman with a dead aim rescues him.
A young woman’s inner journey accepting her past spun within a tale of love and past political intrigue.”

welcome reluctant stranger

I enjoyed this sweet and clean romance. It made me feel all nice and good. I loved Leilani and Justin’s relationship and I can somehow relate to a whirlwind romance when things change before you know it.

I was approached by the author to read the book and I was a little concerned that this was the third…

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#Random Confusion – While You Were Awake by Tamara Dumas

Books, Food and Me!!

The blurb reads,

She can barely remember his name even though they have met a few times. His number is saved in her phone, not by his name but under the name of the place where they met.

This seems to have been the pattern of her life, established in her teens. Men come and go but they are now just a distant memory. Names and places forgotten.

She has no idea that this man’s plans for the evening include a visit to an elite sex club where there are no rules or dress code, except for the wearing of a mask. But this is not really his plan. He is only following the wishes of someone else – the means by which the girl is delivered into somebody else’s hands.

Just who is using who? Who is ultimately trying to control them both?

While you were awake

This was a short book but…

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#Him (Almost Tiny Tales #1)

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Almost Tiny Tales #1

(Almost Tiny Tales : My personal Challenge to blog about a #word atleast twice a week. The key is to keep the story word count less than 200 words and use the #word only 3 times)

Word for the day: #him

Don’t get emo so soon my love!! I’m with you”, He said

I couldn’t help but sniff a little at his words. We’d been away for so long, missing times, missing memories.

It was harsh, this feeling of utter and complete loss. I tried to make #him stay, but time was not on my side. I willed myself to stay still but everytime I looked at him, I could feel my eyes pricking and my throat paining. All I wanted to do was cuddle and hide my face somewhere. Yet he managed to pick me out every time I tried to hide my tears.


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C for Chilling, C for Commendable- Too Dark to Sleep by Dianne Gallagher

Books, Food and Me!!

The blurb reads,

Time to wake up…

Maggie Quinn was the top homicide detective in Chicago’s Area One before she suffered a devastating loss. Now Quinn is damaged… perhaps beyond repair. Once the best detective in Chicago, she is haunted by dreams of a faceless man she could never catch. When the killer returns, Quinn agrees to serve as a consultant, but most cops in Area One tag her as a hazard. Except rookie detective Nick Dublowski who quickly realizes the only way the Chicago Police will catch this elusive killer is with the help of Maggie Quinn.

Back on the job, Quinn becomes as tenacious and sharp as ever. But as the investigation closes in on a suspect, the escalating murders hit dangerously close to home. Quinn’s sanity again begins to fray and her judgment is questioned. Did the suspect really do it? Or is Maggie’s tormented mind pushing…

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Dark Awakening: A Star Wars Fan Film

What is so great about Star Wars? I think Star Wars introduced us to a whole new Universe with limitless possibilities. There are plenty of characters and there are plenty of sub-plots which are completely untouched. And your creativity is the limit when it comes to developing any idea that revolves around the Universe. And that is exactly what the makers of “Dark Awakening: A Star Wars Fan Film” have done over here… What this film is about? Check this out!

4,000 thousand years ago an ancient and powerful artifact capable of amplifying the dark side present in any force user to terrifying levels went missing and was presumed lost…until now. Its location has been discovered by the Sith on a remote planet and is theirs for the taking. All they have to do is defeat a small group of Jedi who have settled there. But, when the Sith Witch who created it returns to reclaim it an ancient battle resumes with the fate of the galaxy resting in the winner.

I really loved the overall make-up and the costumes of the actors. Considering working on a low budget could be tough especially when it comes to producing something as grand as Star Wars, the person in-charge of these two departments has really managed to impress me. The Sith characters and also all the Jedis were very close to what the original series introduced us to. And that really helped me get a grip on the plot of the film. And yes! Tia Cherie Polite was awesome Lady Fatale!

The very first shot of a spaceship really intrigued me. But I felt that was the best shot of the film. Josh Kearney’s presence as Darth Evicerus does a great job to carry the film through a confusing back story and set-up while we struggle to accept the action being anyway close to appearing credible. The visual effects of the film are not bad but I feel the film lacks the sense of what a good edit can do to a movie.

The film is a really brave attempt to achieve a compelling storyline based on some of the characters briefly introduced in the original Star Wars series. The screenplay does an exceptional job of incorporating this film into the pre-existing and percolating Star Wars cinematic universe. At some times, I felt overall the storyline, the effects and the sound of the film could have been much better. Even the performances. But I chose to overlook these facts considering the honest attempt by the makers. I hope this film receives a great response and the makers choose to bring us a sequel to this with greater cinematic scope. As the 7th installment to the original Star Wars film franchise is set to release in the month of December this year, I have decided to watch as many fan made short films based on Star Wars as I can. It will just get me more and more excited about the film that all of us have been waiting for so long!

The film, bounces with the energy of pure invention. Although there are a few flaws, I had more fun watching Dark Awakening than I’ve had in a long time. I hope we get to see more from the makers of this film…

Don’t forget to check out the film over here

Writing ‘Bey Yaar’ – How a Gujarati film changed the rules of the game

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Bey Yaar – It was a small budget Gujarati film that nobody had heard about. And then something magical happened. Again, something that nobody had heard about. The film’s writer Niren Bhatt tells us about the making of the film, the hurdles it faced, and its amazing journey – how it not only recovered its cost but went to earn almost 10 times its budget.

Bey Yaar

Any Gujarati (I hate the word Gujju) reading this blog is (I assume) aware of ‘Bey Yaar’, for others – it’s a small independent regional film which recently completed 25 Weeks in cinemas. It’s beyond belief (even for us) considering the fact that it directly competed with all major Bollywood releases for almost 4 months now, in a market conventionally strong for Hindi films, and in a space where regional content is absolutely non-existent in multiplexes.

For decades, Gujarati cinema was on ventilator…

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