The Big Short

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  The Big Short is a film about human greed and degradation. It's a film about an eccentric, one eyed hedge fund manager, Michael Burry (Christian Bale) who sees the housing loan bubble burst before anyone else and decides to profit from it by shorting or betting against it. Its about a slickster, Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) who hears about these default swaps at a sle...
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Patriotism in a song

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As would be the case with most Indians 'Saare jahan se accha Hindustan hamara' is my all time favourite. And it is just not Iqbal's beautiful lyrics or the uplifting melody but its association with India's freedom struggle which makes it special. It has been used on many occasions and I was filled with pride when Rakesh Sharma said it from outer space. But my heart broke when S...
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Charles and me

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It was just Charles and me...... my husband and son were there too....but that was it. Just the three of us as we settled down to watch a late night show of ' Main aur Charles' in a Multiplex at Panipat. A cinema hall, all to ourselves, this was a first !! Not that I had expected a full house for a movie by an unknown director and a 'no- star' cast. But first things first. R...
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Talvar- the sword!

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Its the same story told differently. While Avirook Sen has courageously named names in his thrilling book Aarushi, Vishal Bhardwaj and Meghna Gulzar take a different route. By claiming that their movie is only 'inspired' by real events, they take the creative freedom to deviate from the truth or look beyond it. So the thinly disguised names, starting with the film's title to th...
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Dil Dhadakne dein?

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Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. This observation by Leo Tolstoy aptly explains the uniqueness of the Mehra family in Dil Dhadakne do. So there is the philandering 'self made' father, who never lets anyone forget his hardships, the long suffering society mom who has learnt to play along because she has nowhere else to go, an enterpri...
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Piku- emotions in motion

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Pick Piku because of Irfan Khan who can deliver a dialogue with his eyes, the only Khan in the business who can do so, pick Piku because Big B is as big as an Indian star will ever be, pick Piku because of Deepika, who not only looks good but surprisingly, holds her own against these talented men . But most of all pick Piku because it is an uncomplicated story of human strife. ...
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Margarita with a straw

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I had waited so long that I gulped it down hastily, greedily and this might have affected my judgement and caused disappointment. There is no denying that 'Margarita with a straw' is made with great sensitivity and good intention. This feat could only be accomplished by someone who has lived with cerebral palsy and has noticed the finer nuances of a patient's life . So a...
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Sham-itabh

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You should watch Shamitabh because it is a courageous movie. No, not like Nebraska or Whiplash. But in Bollywood , it takes a lot to just steer away from 'a love angle' and make a film around an ageing actor and well, quite frankly, a non- 'looker' But first who should give this film a miss? Anyone who is looking for a tidy little story that will have a conventional endi...
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Bird watch

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I finally saw Birdman yesterday. Lets not get into the where and how of it and go straight into the 'why'. For starters it is a strong contender for the Oscars this year and so it was a must watch for me but you should watch it too. And here are three reasons why Watch it for its technical brilliance. The entire film seems to be one continuous shot without any cuts. Of c...
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More on Less

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Remember the uproar surrounding the song O O Jaane Jaana. I’ll elaborate for those of you who are too old to remember or too young to have seen it . It had a young (or at least younger!!) Salman Khan prancing around sans shirt. Today, after many years, when I caught the song on TV I was surprised. His ripped jeans were reaching his navel covering his torso anyway. Pretty innocu...
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