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I have watched this mini version of Ash, almost many a times in all movies,
somehow she did not get that successful in the movies what she could be, perhaps she was too much “zeeni“ ( batuk size ),
but her stage presentation and her voice at awards function is of million dollars.

Love, listening to her over and over at Film-fare awards, and whenever she as a host…she speaks pure honey and each word and pronunciations such a crystal clear n’ laser sharp delivery..

The best product of the German-Indo collaboration that India ever had..

Crazy4, dus kahaniya, Dus, Tum sa nahin dekha.. were good enuff just to watch her..

Either nobody gave her main lead roles,.. or she went on choosing flop and all junkie movies and she never got good movies in hand,
but I had preferred this lady to watch in tops ,
before I spit on black-shit, ugly-dirty-overwise, clever-by-half, arrogant idiot, kajol, Rani, Bips and many others fatties like huma or sonakshi, who makes me vomit,
but somehow still it’s my bad fate that due to some other factors,..
other story and music factors we have to watch Kajol kindaa crap on the silver screen… to watch her in DDLJ , KKHH, MNIK, Bazigaar, Karn Arjun, it was like throwing up !

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rarely do i get such acclaim on this forum , so cynical it's members are....i guess it will take you time to become a typical cynical echarchan and NOT praise someone even if he is good
Typical cynical? Hmmm.. From posts, most come across as peaceful folks. Aashika and Napolean seem positive, inclusive. Punkaj is patiently waiting for English idioms of Hindi muhavaras.. Well, will remember the tip(pani).

Unmarried? That's a surprise. Somehow never thought about ashdoc's marital status. Like kindergartners think the teacher lives in the classroom when they go home, I imagine movie critics simply catch a few winks between movies in theater itself.
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Mastram



OH , The things that man has to do and can do for money and success....

Others cheat people , steal money , borrow and never return money---and still they lead respectable lives....

But when a man writes about everyone's ultimate fantasy---sex....then why does society look down upon him and treat him with contempt and condescension....why....?

He is not stealing or committing a crime or fooling anybody---then why ??

That is the question that must be haunting the writer who writes porn under the pseudonym ' mastraam ' when he is finally caught....

But till then , he is earning real money and having a happy time entertaining everybody by writing novels that fulfill our dreams and fantasies---of pleasure , of physical intimacy , of bodies burning with desire and ultimately fulfilling it....

However it has not been always so in his life.....

Actually he is the young man who begins his career as a person who wants to write real literature , and who is so respectable and shy that he is afraid to touch his wife on the first night after his wedding....

But no one is ready to publish his literature , and he is threatened to be kicked out of his job....

Yeah , the setting is the 1970s in north India and jobs are hard to come by in the stagnant economy of those times....

Yet a man with a growing family has to earn money to take care of his dependents....

And when such a man discovers his hidden talents of writing uninhibited stuff that tickles our pleasurable senses , and further discovers that he can mint real moolah by doing so---then can he be stopped ; can he stop himself ?? Naaaah....

The movie's finest moments are when the hero thinks about the people around him , especially the women---and lets his imagination run riot...just plain riot....

....And do I even have to tell you that the riot that runs in his mind is of the sensuous kind.....

....A riot of the mind that strokes flames in our bodies when he puts his imagination in writing on paper....

.....Papers that when published in the form of novels will be read by people in the thousands , though they will be read in secret....

Yeah , they will be read in secret because in a society full of hypocrisy it is sin to talk or read openly about sex....

But they will be read---by students using torchlight in darkened hostel rooms , in bedrooms away form the prying eyes of family by older people , and by anyone and everyone having ' feelings ' of some sort....

But we are the lucky ones....!!

Because not only we get to know what the hero writes , but we get to see it on celluloid as he imagines it in his mind before writing it....

And what we get to see on celluloid is not just imagination---it's lovemaking shot aesthetically without real vulgarity and nudity but lovemaking nevertheless , of bodies stroking kissing massaging pleasuring each other....

Society's hypocrisy was all around us in the theater too , for the audience was laughing and sniggering derisively at the sensuous scenes....

But even the audience was stunned into silence in one scene---when the hero sees his own wife and his friend talking to each other and begins to imagine them making love ; and we have to see his wife in action with another man as he again lets his imagination run riot....

....Riot that powers our adrenals and vitals.....

Is imagining one's own wife with another man acceptable while writing a novel or has the hero crossed the red line ??

Watch the film before deciding that....

For I found it to be a different and interesting outing well worth a watch....

Verdict---Not great but decent enough .
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Was real mastram ever identified?
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Was real mastram ever identified?
probably it was a group of writers . no one single writer . anyway those persons must have tried to remain anonymous because in the backward society of those times they would have been castigated as sleazy vulgar people .
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The world before her



The modern Indian woman---the world is before her....

New career choices have opened up for her....

From being a lowly conductor in BEST bus in Mumbai to being a CEO of a corporation , she can try to become what she is capable of....

But not all women have got this choice---some are still not allowed to work outside home , while others are not even allowed to show their face which is supposed to be covered by ghoonghat or burkha....

So a film titled ' The world before her ' should show the contrast between the two Indias isn't it...??

But isn't showing a woman's life in ghoonghat or burkha and contrasting with that of a woman who works in a plush office a little mundane ?? Who is going to watch such a boring movie ??

So the film goes the path of sensationalism---it shows the life girls who work for a hindu women's fundamentalist organisation and contrasts it with the life of girls who participate in a beauty contest....

Now that is spectacular and fit for making a film---one path has the chance for showing violence or at least the potential for violence , and the other gives the chance for showcasing glamour and women's bodies....

These above two choices are supposed to be the choices for today's Indian women according to the film---either you follow modernity whose ultimate high is become a model sashaying on the ramp , or else ( if you don't follow modernity ) you will become a gun toting militant of a hindu fundamentalist organisation.....

And this is the image of India that has been shown by the film to international audiences , for the film has been extensively showcased in foreign film festivals and presumably lapped by the foreign crowd---Indian women who don't follow modernity become hate spewing terrorists whose goal is violence and mayhem . There is no middle path like doing a job at an office....

Problem is---I had heard and seen plenty of the beauty contest that the film shows ( the Miss India contest ) , but I had never heard of the hindu fundamentalist organisation that the film talks about---an organisation known as the Durga Vahini . The contrast between the Miss India contest ( which is something that is very famous thanks to television ) and Durga Vahini ( which I had never heard of before ) is too much---not because they represent two extreme forms of lifestyle , but because the film's makers were presenting a totally unknown fundamentalist organisation as something equal in popularity to a well known beauty contest....

While Miss India contest influences minds of women all across urban India , Durga Vahini will have to first make itself known before it starts to influence women in rural India....

That is the film's greatest hypocrisy---lying to foreign audiences that Durga Vahini has huge influence over women in India when actually few if any have even heard of it....

And Durga Vahini is supposed to be the ' Hindu taliban '.....

So what weapons is the ' Hindu taliban 'shown to be carrying in the film ?? Some antiquated rifles probably fit only for shooting balloons at the local fair !!

Of course , the difference between the Durga Vahini girls and the Miss India girls is plentifully brought out---the Durga Vahini girls are given lectures asking them to marry as early as possible , are told to maintain their good character , and not to dream of equality with men . They are given training in physical combat , and taught to hate muslims and christians . Their leader has a father who beats his daughter with a hot iron rod if she lies to him , and he does not believe that she should have a mind of her own .

On the other hand , the Miss India contestants wear revealing western clothes and their bodies are taken care off to enhance their beauty . Their lifestyle is glamorous and their behavior oozes sex appeal...
Some of them go on to win laurels in foreign lands and become famous .
Above all ,their parents are proud of their daughters' freedom to choose their paths and are shown to be large hearted and modern .

But is not the contrast between a beauty contestant and a ordinary Indian woman woman who is forced to wear ghoonghat or burkha more real and correct ?? For forcing women to sit at home wearing the ghoonghat or burkha is more common in India....

How many Indians send their daughters to Durga Vahini camps anyway ?? How many women get military style training to do physical combat ??
The answer to this question is---very few .
At the risk of repeating myself , I will say again---how many Indians have even heard of Durga Vahini ??

Then why does the film raise hell over an obscure group or indeed even give publicity to it ??

The answer to this question is elementary---the Durga Vahini is incapable of doing any harm to the film's makers , and demonising them does not carry any risk .

Since the Durga Vahini is being called ' Hindu taliban ' , it might be interesting to speculate if a film on the real taliban is made . Not only would such a film be banned due to huge protests by the real taliban's co religionists , but the taliban or some other terrorist group can retaliate to cause physical harm to the makers of the film . For the real taliban does not have the museum piece rifles of the Durga Vahini , but has real weapons like AK 47 , RDX filled explosives and hand grenades .

On the other hand , it is so so easy to make a film on the Durga Vahini---little risk of the film being banned , for it is not easy for the co religionists of the Durga Vahini to get their act together....

Their are some funny moments in the film---like the father of the leader of the Durga Vahini seeing the Miss India beauty contestants parade on TV and exclaiming " See these half naked contestants , is this our culture ??!!'' , while himself sitting half naked in front of camera . The audience genuinely laughed at this point....

Of course , the real taliban would have scoffed at the freedom given to the Durga Vahini girls---freedom to wear salwar kameez and go unveiled and with uncovered hair in public , freedom to ride horses and parade on streets without covering their faces or hair , freedom to see the half naked contestants of Miss India on TV ( wouldn't that pollute their minds ?? ) and comment upon them , freedom to breath the fresh air without the encumbrance of a ghoonghat or burkha....
Maybe the Durga Vahini girls should be sent to the REAL taliban to get real lessons in fundamentalism , I thought....
For their fundamentalism was the juvenile fundamentalism of beginners....
And for that very reason , I was less afraid of them than I would have been of Mullah Omar and his real taliban....

The film has some saucy real life shots---of Miss India contestants parading in bikinis , something that is done in closed doors , and honestly shows their discomfort at wearing bikinis . And them wearing makeshift burkhas !!---for at one shoot the judges only want to see and evaluate their legs with the rest of the body covered....

And the film has graphic shots of real life too--of the men's hindu fundamentalist organisation Ram sene attacking women in pubs in Mangalore .

But then why no real life shots of Durga Vahini women indulging in real violence ( not just training ) ?? Probably no such shots are available and the organisation may be just a paper tiger....

As I said , the film reeks of hypocrisy as it equalizes an unknown outfit like Durga Vahini ( even my knowledgeable friends had not heard of it ) with an infamous but widely known terrorist organisation like taliban and contrasts an obscure outfit ( Durga Vahini again ) with the popular Miss India contest .

The film is more of a documentary with interviews of the main protagonists , but those who have a yen for movies made with real life politics in mind will like this film . Particularly emotional is the interview with Miss India winner Pooja Chopra's mother about how she was forced to walk out of her house and raise Pooja alone by her in laws because she had given birth to a female child , and about how she promised her in laws that the female child will become famous one day....

Verdict : If you don't mind your country being shown as a land where women are killed at birth and you don't mind seeing shots of the few lucky girls who survived being thankful before camera that in such a land they were at least given a chance to live , and don't mind the impression created in foreign minds that India has the worst women's rights record of all places ( no , the film makers haven't heard of Saudi Arabia )---then you might even like the film.....
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rarely do i get such acclaim on this forum , so cynical it's members are....i guess it will take you time to become a typical cynical echarchan and NOT praise someone even if he is good
You did get a lot of 'crowns' in the previous avtaar, which is a form of appreciation.

Anyway, "Oh so sweet thanks for sharing" all the time, well, takes away its value. In the couple of whatsapp groups, i have busted so many hoaxes that one guy sent a message to me for my opinion before forwarding. And when i praise something (which is not too often), it actually gets noticed.

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A controversial film is best seen with the people among whom it raises a controversy , so I changed my usual venue for seeing films and off I went to a multiplex situated in the muslim area of Kurla and watched it with an audience containing a majority of muslims....

And straightaway , I must say that this is one film made straight from the heart ; by people who's heart is in the right place , especially because they are muslims....

It dares to take the bull by the horns and accuse maulanas having tremendous respect and standing in muslim society of fomenting jihad and terrorism by preaching hate in speeches and privately inculcating hatred in impressionable minds , thus encouraging and indeed brainwashing them to become suicide bombers....

And it shows hordes of muslim mobs getting incited by this hate and go on the warpath destroying property and endangering lives.....

It shows videos of hindus attacking muslims being shown to muslims in order to incite hatred for hindus among them....

When a hindu police officer ( played by Ajaz Khan ) tries to reason with one of the jehadis that muslims enjoy more freedom in India than muslim countries , the jehadi retaliates by saying the truth---that muslims enjoy freedom here because hindus are afraid of them....

And the jehadi openly spells the beans on the jehadis' amibition to bring the entire world under the ambit of their fanatical version of islam....

Of course , this is countered by showing liberal muslims too....

An adorable little muslim boy who quotes verses from the Quran to prove that islam does not allow suicide bombing.....

A muslim scholar denounces the fanatics who breed hate....

And a doctor ( played by Manzhar Sehbai ) who is a very conservative muslim in practice ( to the point that his modern wife leaves him ) shows himself to be good man in the end by refusing to listen to the fanatics when it comes to saving lives....

Inspite of this counterbalancing of the fanatics by liberals , it is still a brave film....

For the fanatics are given ample screen space and are shown to have a booming and powerful voice by the redoubtable acting prowess of Akhilendra Mishra , who plays the villain---a radical preacher in cahoots with the ' neighbouring country ' who plans terrorist attacks on Indian soil with the neighbour's help....

Such a film could have been directed only by a muslim and backed by muslims ( like Mahesh Bhatt ) for it to be acceptable , for if a nonmuslim directed it and the film was backed by nonmuslims then it would create a communal uproar....

It shows the story of a beautiful muslim woman ( played by Arjumman Mughal ) who has gone into coma due to a suicide bombing , and who on coming out from it may recognize the suicide bomber---hence the terrorists want her killed along with the fetus she is carrying....

And Inspector Ran Vijay Singh ( played by Ajaz Khan ) leads the efforts to save her , backed by her husband ( played by Vikram Singh )....

But not so easy....!! For muslim mobs incited by the fanatic maulana are playing mayhem on the streets baying for the woman's blood and of those who are trying to save her....

It is Akhilendra Mishra who dominates the film with his booming voice , but Ajaz Khan does look like a dynamic police officer and walk with a swagger though his acting is only okay...

When things turn critical for the beautiful muslim woman's baby , even the good doctor throws his hands up and is forced to beseech God to save the child....

And it is upto muslims themselves to teach a lesson to those among them who spread hate against other religions....

So does God and does the muslim community do the right thing ??
Watch the film for that....

There are of course some silly things shown in the film , like an operation done on the patient in a moving ambulance which is waivering due to an attack by a mob---how can such a thing be possible.....
But I thought to myself---there are even more silly things and stupid scenes in films featuring Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar , and yet we help them make it to the 100 crore 200 crore and even the 300 crore club , then why not ignore these scenes in a film made with true intentions instead of cribbing about them.....

Interspersed in all this is some heavy duty discussion and dialogue about the role of Islam in encouraging or discouraging terrorism , and verses from the Quran and other islamic quotations are liberally thrown about by both parties to back their stand .

The muslim audience with whom I was watching the film was cheering every dialogue denouncing terrorism and clapping as the fanatics got the punishment they richly deserved....
Maybe like the film's makers , they had their hearts in the right place too...
Glad I watched the film with them....

Verdict---Certainly watchable .
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Human trafficking---scourge of our time....scourge of all times since the beginning of history....

For human trafficking is what feeds what is reputedly the world's oldest profession---prostitution....
And some of these prostitutes are sex slaves---kidnapped and sold to feed the voracious lust of men....

The story of Lakshmi ( set in Andhra Pradesh ) is similar to that of millions of other girls who have met the famous ' fate worse than death ' . Her father sells her off for a sum of money to human traffickers who force her into the world's oldest profession .

I would like to recommend this movie for seeing to the people who help this profession survive and indeed flourish---the men who visit prostitutes....
.....For the movie gives a real glimpse into the sickening life that the prostitutes are forced to lead in order to satisfy lust of men....
Because they are unwilling to become prey of lust , these women are beaten in the most gruesome manner to force them to sell their bodies . Myriad tortures are invented to prevent them from complaining to the police---like burning their private parts with cigarettes....

The men and women who run this profession are worse even than murderers---they are the scum of the earth literally....psychopaths without mercy....
And maybe after seeing this film some of the men who visit prostitutes will stop going there---for they are sure to be appalled by the savage treatment of these women and may realize what hell is the place they visit....

And Lakshmi is in this hell . Her attempts to escape are punished by increasing brutality . The worst part is the role of police in this . When she runs off and complains to the police , the police send her back to her masters !! Obviously the corrupt police is on the payroll of the human traffickers .

Finally a social worker saves her and other girls from the clutches of her tyrants . But to bring her oppressors to justice will require courage of a different kind . For they threaten her with violence and cajole her and try to give bribes to suppress the truth . And their lawyers ask embarrassing questions in court .

So will Lakshmi summon the courage to send the criminals to jail ?? Watch the movie for that....

The acting by Monali Thakur ( as Lakshmi ) , director Nagesh Kukunoor ( as Chinna , the man who pushes her into prostitution ) and Shefali Shah ( the madam of the whorehouse ) is realistic . Some scenes like the scene in which Lakshmi is raped for the first time and other scenes of the gruesome violence that is meted out to her and inmates the whorehouse are too painful to watch .

But the heroism of Lakshmi in court ( she is just 14 years of age ) will make you laugh of the so called heroism of Bollywood heros who beat up 10 men in cinematic unreality . For Lakshmi's heroism is real and not filmy .

The film gets more brutal as it progresses , and the brutality gets more and more unpalatable . Yet one should remember that this is what really happens in these places in real life .

The light hearted musical score is strangely in contrast to the grim proceedings and runs as background music throughout the movie , and sounds ironical to what is happening in the movie .

If you have a yen for realistic cinema , then this film is well worth a watch....

Verdict---Good .
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outing well worth a watch....

Verdict---Not great but decent enough .
there was an another similar movie " Gandoo " had you seen it ? I did not like that LSD movie. was a non-intelligent and chakrams boring kachara patti..
So was delhi-belly,.. I did not like at all,...

put pl. review of it and that Pakistaani movie " Bol " if had seen those,..

What happened to that sherlyn's new kamasutra XX movie,... never arrived?

Watched Rang-rasiya ? liked it - olden timen climate craeted was a good one. Also few breastal exposures were there.....

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Anwar ( old movie circa 2007 )



' Anwar ' begins with a tantalizingly mysterious opening . A young man , apparently emotionally scarred and disoriented , gets off a bus in the middle of nowhere and parks himself in a temple for the night . He is obviously disturbed due to some past events .

But he is a muslim !! And he is carrying sketches of hindu gods and temples with him.....
This gives opportunistic politicians the chance to claim that he is a terrorist , and next day the whole thing blows up as a political charade in which chauvinistic politicians try to cash in on the fact that they zeroed in on to this ' terrorist ' .

The chauvinistic politicians are no one else but the hindu nationalists , and from the start it is clear that even though the film has a message , it has an even bigger agenda....
...And the agenda is nothing but demonisation of hindu nationalists....
For they are immediately shown whipping up the communal frenzy and inciting religious passions . Hordes of people in saffron robes are brought near the site where the alleged terrorist is holed up and the scene is set up for an outpouring of anti muslim hatred . A maulavi brought to talk to Anwar openly tells Anwar that ' these people ' ( meaning hindus ) deliberately kill muslims to forget their dire poverty for a short while by indulging in religious fanaticism which distracts attention from their own problems . The whole hindu mob gathered outside the temple is shown to be incited to become thirsty for muslim blood by the politicians .

The police is brought in , and so is the media .
But everyone is involved in some problem in his or her's personal life . The police officer's wife is dying and he is more bothered about her health than the situation outside the temple . The TV anchor ( Manisha Koirala ) is heartbroken over her relationship .

The politician is in a adulterous affair with another man's wife , but as he goes to give her a Valentine's day gift she rejects him . This enrages him and suddenly the Hindu nationalist within him is roused and he orders a brutal campaign against couples celebrating Valentine's day . Oooohh so mean , these hindu nationalists....
And guess who does the politician's paramour move on to after rejecting him ?? His superior in his political party who else !! Oooooh so loose charactered these hindu nationalists.....

And caught in the midst of all this is Anwar , whose past slowly comes out....
And the past is truely sordid....
This dreamy eyed young man has been responsible for 2 deaths....
And he has lost his way in life and stopped at the temple to reflect and repent.....
Siddharth Koirala has put up a remarkable performance as the dreamy eyed young man who dreams of true love , but fails in the ultimate test---that of loving even when rejected by the object of love . Instead he reacts by sheer jealousy and realises his mistake only when it is too late....

His hindu mentor who teaches him to love and longing for love is himself rejected and he ends his life over the rejection.....

So what happens to Anwar ??
Can he find out a way from the crossroads of life ??
What about the confrontation between him inside the temple and the police waiting with guns outside who have been forced to brand him a terrorist ??
Watch the movie for the answers....

So what is the message of the film ??
The message seems to be that everyone is more involved in his personal life rather than bother about communal issues , and it is those with vested interests ( like politicians and media ) who bring a communal angle to our personal issues . Or so I think....

Two songs in the film impressed me greatly---' maula mere ' and ' tose naina lage re ' . I kept on rewinding the parts with these two songs in order to listen to them again and again.....

Nauheed Cyrusi as Anwar's love interest looks good and Hiten Tejwani as her lover acts well . Sudhir Pandey as the politician is impressive as always....

The locations of the film in rural north India and Lucknow city are hauntingly beautiful and realistic as well as dreamily romantic .

Particularly artistic is the way the love between lord Krishna and Meerabai is used in imaginary flashbacks to draw parallels between Anwar's real life and his unfulfilled love . Above all , the director builds up the suspense about what was Anwar's past for a long while and keeps us hooked onto the film .

What I didn't like was the repeated demonisation of hindu nationalists in hindi movies . So unpatriotic....
But I guess I will have to get used to such demonisation as the hindi film industry is dead set against hindu nationalists .
In the end the movie tries to show muslim fundamentalists in a similar light to keep a balance , but that is a case of too little too late....

What I liked was the pace of the film and the mixing of romance with communal issues done very well....

Verdict---decent .
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College life---a time to set yourself free....a time for liberation....

......A time to let your hopes rise and ambitions soar.....

......A time for fun and excitement and the heady feeling of youth.....

.....And also a time for romance and love.....

And romance brings with it secret rendezvous in misty hills and secret meetings in corners of college campuses.....

And it brings stolen kisses in unguarded moments and stolen moments away from prying eyes....

But once the college days are over , you have to face the real world.....

And the real world contains parents---parents who frown upon the notion of a girl going out with a boy.....

Parents who are more bothered about false notions of family honour than the happiness of their children.....

This is the situation faced by Vani , a goodlooking girl in love with Aakash who studies in her college.....

Her dreams of love and romance are shattered as her sister runs away with her boyfriend and her parents are so overcome by shame and by the taunts of neighbours that they decide to marry her off before she apes her sister !!

.....And Vani does not have the guts to break her parents' heart and tell them that she loves someone else.....

Like an obedient daughter she goes into the home of the boy chosen for her by her parents....

Now things could have gone normally for her after this , like they go for millions of other girls who are forced to accept husbands chosen by their parents in this backward land .

But the director , in typical filmy style , deliberately juxtaposes the husband as a mean and hard man compared to the gentle Aakash . While Aakash is nice and caring and modern in his views , her new husband is orthodox and believes in insulting his wife again and again . Above all , he commits marital rape upon her , forcing himself on her against her will . But his greatest sin is hypocrisy !! He pretends to be liberal minded before the world when in actuality he is the opposite....

It seems fate had destined Vani to be nothing but a doormat of a dictator.....

But this is the 21st century.....and winds of liberalisation have begun to sweep the land.....

And behold the power of destiny......for the paths of Aakash and Vani are destined to cross again.....

And when they do , does Aakash still hold the same feelings for Vani that he did earlier ??

And if he does , then will Vani respond to them ?? And will she have the guts to confront her husband and parents and follow her heart....

Will the winds of liberalism that have begun to sweep the land kiss and caress Vani's life too ??

For answers to these questions , go and watch the movie....

The film is an indictment of those parents who force their children into unwilling marriages and presents powerful arguments against the notion of marriage for the sake of saving family honour .

Above all its a film made straight from the heart.....

And anything made straight from the heart is watchable....

Verdict---watchable .
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Somewhere on an isolated road on a godforsaken night is found the utterly mutilated body of a dead man---his face crushed beyond recognition . But along with him are twelve different pieces of evidence pointing to twelve different cities from where the killer came from---and pointing to twelve different groups of people , who could potentially be killers .

So where do we search.....?? Everywhere , of course.....

So we find police of twelve different cities searching for the clues which the evidence offers---and thus showing us vignettes of different parts of India , with its different colours.....

So we move from the mofussil parts of India like Hisar in Haryana to the urban landscape of Bangalore---and from posh parts where english is spoken to parts where even the hindi is crude and vulgar....

And the movie in different parts of India speaks different languages---Marathi in Maharashtra to Bengali in Kolkata to Tamil in Chennai ; and English subtitles are added to those parts which are in vernacular . Indeed the director for each part is different , showing his style.....

All types of characters are there---from Hindu to Muslim and from college students to female receptionists to urdu abuse spewing watch makers in Lucknow.....

........And all of them have one thing in common---that they have been defrauded by someone......
......And police investigation in each part of India unearths one crime or the other......

So who is it who has been involved in so many illegal capers in so many cities ?? Is it several people or is it one man ?? And if it is one man , then do the police succeed in tracking him down ??

Go and find out in the movie for the answer.....

But is the movie worth it ?? To some it is , but to others it's not.....

......Because for some people its the journey which is more important than the destination....
......And for such people the movie is worth it , for it does keep you engaged and engrossed till the end as the investigation gets interesting and springs up new facts....

But the end is rather disappointing , and so for some people the journey through the movie may not be worth it.....

I for one found one fact interesting---that the culprit had escaped.....

......Escaped into the mists of space and time.....

And how I wondered if I could do the same.....be free from the consequences of the actions I had done in my lifetime , be free from the responsibilities thrust upon me , free from the burdens of the world.....free to roam without being weighed by anything.....
And if I could do so even for a brief time , I dont mind if it is the last time I do anything---the last act.....

Verdict---good presenting style of the movie but ending falls flat.....not great.....
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Could you put dates of approx when u saw and mmdd of the film release.
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