In the last few weeks:
1. Was down with
a. Recurring flu
c. Wisdom Toothache
2. Travelled to
a. Kochi (for cousin’s wedding)
b. Bombay (to promote my film)
c. Delhi (for emigration clearance)
3. Travelling to
Manila (currently on an official trip, typing this from the Chennai airport)
a. Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part 2: Interesting, desi pulp fiction, a lil slow and flawed but works on charm. Arshad Warsi is first rate. It attempts to be different from frame one.
b. Pyaar Ke Side Effects: Surprisingly good, though inspired by Hollywood flicks from Harry met Sally to Wedding Crashers to Meet the parents to Notting Hill. But perfect for the date. The scoreboard scene still has me chuckling.
c. Dor: One of the year’s Top 4 movies along with RDB, Lage Raho and Omkara. I’ve seen the Malayalam original and I was still bowled over by how he made a potentially melodramatic tale into a feminist statement and retaining his Life is Beautiful style of filmmaking. World class cinema.
d. Perarasu: It really felt like watching one of those MGR movies. No, seriously. One Vijayakanth itself is reason to watch. Here we have two.
e. Lage Raho Munnabhai (3 times in 2 weeks): Kya fillum banayi hai, maamu! Must watch for every Indian. I havent seen a more entertaining packaging of Gandhi’s ideology. Makes it relevant, contemporary and practical in today’s times.
a. Darron Aronofsky’s The Fountain
b. Scorcese’s The Departed
c. Farhan Akhtar’s Don
d. Lost 3rd season.