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No 5: Babel
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Year : 2006
This Mexican director knows the art of intersecting lives of people who live otherwise unknownst to each other in such a random n beautiful way, that it blows your mind! He perfects this genre of story telling in his third film Babel with a brilliant star cast after proving his worth in movies like Amores Perres( Spanish; must watch) n the famous 21grams! This film’s sound score by Argentinian music composer Gustavo Santaolalla is the Bible for BG scores! 4 families from 4 different countries , ( LA , Mexico, Morocco, Tokyo) of different races n social structure will get interconnected unknownst to them n their lives will take a dramatic turn as one small incident will create a butterfly effect ( another great movie with the same title ) that will ripple itself tearing their lives apart!
What I love the most about this film is the ‘silence’( Tehrav) the tension between the characters n the strained relationships they have, the choice of arid landscapes that echo the silence within their hearts is so loud that the film inspite of its calm, whips up a storm within you, as you are sitting on the edge of your seat trying to figure, what’s gonna happen next! The scene where the young boy sees the girl changing, the Japanese girl standing naked, waiting for her father, the maid stranded, searching for the kids in the Mexican desert n Blanchette bleeding n crying profusely with no medical aid, as the old women treating her giving her a joint to ease her pain as she resists n relents, are so powerful that u breakdown as you see the movie! ! The characters in the film have reached their breaking point but just cannot bring themselves to saying it, n are holding back as they fear the risk of exposing their vulnerability ... this emotion of vulnerability where strong characters are having a silent melt down inside them n can’t speak it, is just fucking amazing n mirrors life in the most richest, deepest n subtlest ways ! Whatte film! Respect !

Shout out for my dearest friend @theshilpashettykundra as she plays Cupid on @primevideo.in , an original series , @hearmeloveme streaming from 28th sept!
Next time u better set me up for blind dates with your hot coterie of divas! 😉

Pather Panchali
Director : Satyajit Ray
Year : 1955
Have u ever watched a film n had a surreal feeling that it’s captured your childhood with its mischief n innocence ! This 1955 cult classic, masterpiece film, resonates with me till today, as I feel it’s not a film, feels like I’m seeing my own childhood documentary on reel! Inspite of the abject poverty, this film is beautiful for its charming innocence, simplicity n minimalism...more importantly the relationship between Durga n Apu is so endearing n their acting so natural, that it reminds you of other great films of bonding n affection like Cinema Paradiso n Shekhar Kapur’s Masoom! You can’t stop tears from flowing, not out of sadness but rather cause u see something so beautiful, fragile n so poignant ! This film is the first part of the trilogy n for first time put Indian Cinema on the global map for its art, direction, realism n acting! In the recent years the only film that has come this close to making tragedy, poetic has been The Iranian Director Majid Majidi‘s “Song of Sparows” !
The cinematography is compelling n to think of it that Subrata Mitra was 21 n never handled a motion picture camera before, just blows your mind!
If PP doesn’t evoke an emotional response, consider yourself Alien!

Film No 3: Mulholland Drive
Director : David Lynch
Year : 2001

Have u ever woken up from a dream n felt it was so real that the reality feels like a dream! If u have figured this paradox, then this film is for you!
Mullholland Dr, is a mysterious film that till date, every genius has attempted to unravel but fails miserably ( check out the discussion forums on the net , where every cine literate is trying to dissect the plot n yet cannot answer many questions whilst the director David Lunch refuses to divulge the secret n plans to take it to its grave )
This film is a work of genius n every scene spells intrigue! According to me this is a masterpiece n ahead of it’s time! The complexity of the film, metaphors the various unsolved mysteries of life n brings in the concept of parallel universes !
You will need to pay close attention to every scene n dialogue to join the dots ! Had to see the film 3 times n make notes on paper to figure the narrative n make the connections as the editing is non linear n still perhaps only got that close to the point of appreciating the film for its intrigue n profoundness! Don’t read the plot on the net, if u want to challenge ur grey cells’! There are scenes in the film that will haunt you: The two women making love-scene , the diner scene with the man being followed n the breaking into the house scene where they find a dead body n turn it over to ... ( won’t tell u... to me this was the eeriest scene)
Oh yes the last trivia I wanna share with you about this film is that even the actors : cast n crew do not know the truth of the film! Naomi Watts who stars in the film felt she knew the plot but admitted that the director was tight lipped even to her! Damn you ... David Maverick Lynch ... !

Teaching day : getting these DIDFC kids ready, to make every movement, deep n full in form, clear n honest! Technique n choreography session today! Contemporary dance on this beautiful piece of music just amplifies the feeling ! I’m most happy when I’m training or teaching or judging dance ! It’s a mood lifter!

No 2: A Separation:
Director: Asghar Farhadi
2012 : Foreign film Oscar Winner
In recent times, I’ve never seen a better story, narration, direction n most of all Best acting: After seeing this film n the actors , I couldn’t sleep for days ( I mean it in a good way) the words that escaped my lips to my friend was “ Fuck this is it...it’s over, lets not even try ... let’s all go home ” (n we laughed in nervousness...you see we were all debating on cinema greats n this comes along n blows ur mind for its simplicity n the ability to provoke you with its dilemma ...did he do the right thing? We will never know )
Days later, In fact it inspired me so much that I wrote my own film n it’s three years since then ! Hopefully my film will take the modern Indian metropolitan psyche to the world n leave people with the same dilemma!
Payman Mooadi: the principal actor is a force to reckon with ! The finest in our times ! Asghar Farhadi ... u r on my wish list ! Universe I’m putting it out there!

So I’ve been nominated to post the posters of ten of my favourite film’s for the next ten days n here is my 1st! These are films that either provoked me, shocked me, or simply touched a chord or were radically out of the box, or cerebrally stimulated me! Here goes !
No1: Rashomon ( Japanese 1950) Director : Akira Kurosawa
#toptenfilms #rashomonclub #cinephile #

My mum’s left her legacy in my verandah! Her most prized possessions after her cotton sarees were Plants!
And now this orange shrub has blossomed! Sabhar ka ‘PHAL’ meetha hotha hain!

The significance of Ganesha ! May his discerning intellect for problem solving, art of articulation n effective communication n appreciation for arts n sciences get fired within us this year so we can fully realise n embody the Ganesha within! What’s most important is that after gaining these gifts may we simply let go of all ego n flow into the universal fluid of life! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi !

Mood! We No ‘Stranger in Moscow” whilst me trying to call our driver, Katy @karishmaktanna cracking up on my bad Russian translations! Spaceba!😅

No “Stranger in Moscow” #ultratechcement #gig #artistlife

"Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from
the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches
its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the dreary
desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is lead forward by thee
into ever-widening thought and action-
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father,
let my country awake."
Rabindranath Tagore
Pride not Prejudice...Love not Hate;
to this let my country awake!
Super respect to the chief justice bench and especially to all the lgbtq freedom fighters for their struggle n thankless battle to uphold dignity n respect for an entire generation of people to come!

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