Aao Milo Chalo – Jab We Met

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Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006)

I don’t know why I didn’t come across with this movie before. I only found out about it when I saw the news about Shaadi Ke Side Effects which will be Pyaar Ke Side Effects‘ sequel.

From the very first minute, I liked it. I think it starts very fast and catches our attention very skillfully.

It’s a very clever movie which shows a relationship from the man’s side. Especially for a woman, it is so much fun and interesting to see a man’s approach to things happening in a usual relashionship. Even though you don’t always think he is right, it gives a funny inside story. From the men’s side, I don’t know how real the hero’s thoughts, feelings and stages he goes through but it seemed pretty realistic to me.

The characters, Sid (Rahul Bose) and Trisha (Mallika Sherawat) are very sympathetic. I felt a bit disappointed when I heard that they are looking for new actors and actresses for the 2nd movie Shaadi Ke Side Effects because these two were quite good in the first movie, without any overacting.

The movie starts from the middle of the story with a crucial quarrel the couple have about marriage. After that, we travel back to past to see how things have started and come to this point in their relationship. Especially this part is very good with the comments Sid does in between the scenes.

I suggest you add this movie in your “to watch” list as it is an example of a good quality romantic-comedy Bollywood movie. And if you like it as I did, let me know when Shaadi Ke Side Effect comes to cinemas :)

Taare Zameen Par (2007)


Taare Zameen Par tells a story of an 8 year-old boy called Ishaan Awasthi… He might seem to you like a lazy, naughty boy at first but it is not the case, believe me. Things may turn out to be completely different, don’t let prejudice blind you.

The movie starts with a beautiful, colorful claymation (animation made with clay) which I think was new for a Bollywood movie. (It is interesting and nice but it is a bit long so I lost my enthusiasm about watching it halfway through.)

In the first part, we learn about Ishaan’s life. He is a very talented in drawing pictures but it seems like he is a very bad student in the classroom because he usually day-dreams during classes and exams. He may look like an ordinary child dreaming about things in colorful pictures but we slightly sense that  Ishaan goes a bit deeper than an ordinary dreaming.

Also he is not a well behaving kid at home but not because he is simply naughty or spoiled, because he can not really fit in with his friends or act like his elder brother who can be set as example of a perfect son.

To fix this problem, Ishaan’s family (especially his father) becomes more strict and tough but it doesn’t work as his father thinks. That’s why they send him to a boarding school, thinking this will sort out the discipline issue.

In the boarding school, watching him becoming more and more isolated and depressed is very sad. He can not cope with the lessons, teachers act tougher than his previous ones. He looses his self-confidence and  at a point we even think that he considers jumping out of balcony, just for a moment…

But then a temporary teacher arrives for art class. He realizes that Ishaan is dyslexic and this changes the whole scenery. With Ishaan and his family, we start to learn what dyslexia is and we start to understand why he acted that way, did those certain things.

This is a great movie because we learn dyslexia from eyes of a dyslexic person. We understand that it is not a disease or a terrible defect that makes these people abnormal; but it is a different way of seeing life. There are many dyslexic people around us and after hanging around with Ishaan, we simply understand and accept the differences.

I wish this movie could be shown to teachers and students in the schools. Maybe as a result, teachers could identify dyslectic students easier and direct them and their families to help before kids struggle a lot. Also maybe their friends would be less prejudiced against their dyslectic friends and let them be in their groups.

There can be only one negative comment about this movie: as Bollywood fans, we are used to long movies but this one is a bit too long, it is 165 minutes. But still, I should say, seeing Ishaan’s achievement and happiness at the end, it is worth it :)

Rang De Basanti (2006)

“I always believed there were two kinds of men in this world, men who go to their deaths screaming, and men who go to their deaths in silence. Then I met a third kind…”

Rang de Basanti may look like an Indian-specific movie at first glance, connecting India’s first freedom movement against British to the problems which India goes through nowadays as a developing country. However don’t strike it off your “must-watch” list because it fundamentally talks about change and the values which some of us feel quite indifferent about in today’s world and this movie makes us question our attitude.

We all know something about Gandhi and his non-violent movement against British. But in this movie, we get to know more about the national movement which has started before him.

One of the main characters, a British girl comes to India to film a documentary about this period so while we start to learn more about a group of today’s university students in Delhi, India, in the parallel we start to learn about the national movement and its active members. We can clearly see the contrast between these two since the freedom fighters take initiative, they are nationalist, ready to give their lives for their country’s freedom while the university students are so negative about their country and don’t bother to take any actions to make things better. There are two members in the group, Sonia and her boyfriend Ajay, who think quite different from the rest of the group. But they continue to live “dolce vita” until a very dramatic thing happens and starts an irreversible change in their life.

Rang de Basanti is a good movie that makes us think about change. Should things change, how will they change, who will change them? It makes us question our stand and our identity, triggers the change in our perception. Even though the characters go extremes solving their problems, it is interesting to see how people react under difficult circumstances and how people’s psychology and behaviors change.

The movie follows a path showing both period in parallel (1920s and 2000s) which gives us an opportunity to see the differences (in the first half) and the similarities (in the second half) between two groups we see in the movie.

The movie made Inquilab Zindabad!” echo in my ears for many days. It reached a very dramatic end which I didn’t expect in the first place . But I should admit, it was a very impressive ending. I found my self feeling as proud as an Indian, with a drop of tear at the corner of my eye.