End terms are in full force :-(. Just coming from the exam for New Product Development.
Definately the most worthless, redundant and cheap course I've ever done – yes its more useless than Intro to Robotics under shinyHead Ashish Dutta. The worst part is that I took it as an elective in the hope of a cool grade under a cool (and dumb) prof. This strategy has never worked for me but as always I never stop succumbing to it.
Anyways, tommorow is Business Law. Got to study for it!! Somehow I always had the gut feeling that I would regret taking this course but surprisingly I don't, thanks to the excellent profs taking the course – Prof Narasappa & Prof Murali.
A very common theme to discussions on movies has been a comparison of Indian cinema vis-a-vis the Western cinema. Such discussions normally tend to form quite an agreeable opinion that western cinema in general is superior to the Indian film industry. Unfortunately in the process, more often than not, the ability and richness of Indian cinema is completely discounted. This happens typically when the contributors to the discussion tend to have “purist” tastes – though they may show some regard for some of the old classics made in Bollywood, granting any touch of commendation to the contemparory Indian film industry seems to be totally out of question. However some new Indian movies like Mr. & Mrs. Iyer and Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi offer an undeniably deafening answer to even such purists.
It was after such a discussion with my friend, Aseem whom I regard often annoyingly purist in his appreciation, that I felt prompted to re-watch a few scenes of Mr. & Mrs. Iyer. Even in the second watch the movie was so beautiful that I could not forward any scene and ended up watching the whole movie :-). Though I am no good at comprehensively analyzing and commenting on any movie, the general impression that the movie gave me was of sheer brilliance. I had gathered over a lot of discussions that the most major flaws that were associated with even the “better” of the Indian cinema are a complete lack of subtlety of expression and consistency in integrating the various elements of the movie. Mr. & Mrs. Iyer incidentally comes out to be a winner on both these aspects. There are very few Inidan movies that would show communal riots in such a sensitive manner and yet not show any gore. More importantly the movie does not aim to handle the “issue” even in a remotely didactic manner. It simply touches enough upon the topic to make you think about the issue and see it in a more larger scheme of things.
Another thing that I pleasantly noticed about the movie was the strong sense coherence in every aspect. The movie actually literally looks a like motion picture with every frame looking like a picture taken too well. Somehow you feel that the whole team is in complete synch with the feeling of the movie – right from the camerman to the director to every actor and to of course the music. The background music of Zakir Hussain is totally awsome and gels beautifully into the experience of every scene. I wonder some times that why incidentally good Indian parellel cinema movies almost always have great music. Hazaraon Khwaishen Aisi, Bazaar, Ijazat, Masoom to name a few… Well that’s beside the point for now.
Talking about the lead actors obviously doesn’t make much sense. Any praise is not enough for the great performances by Rahul Bose and Konkana Sensharma. Interestingly the first time I saw this movie I formed an opinion that the lead actress is actually clearly south Indian :-). What was very exciting to see was that even small roles have been done by really great actors. A lot of scenes had me running into actors whom I had earlier seen somewhere in great performances, in relatively insiginificant roles in this movie. The old Muslim couple for example was played by Bhisham Sahni and Surekha Sikri (the one who’s in Mammo). If I’m not mistaken the Jewish guy in the bus was played by Anjan Dutta. The mother of the sick child and the irritated lady sitting next to Mrs. Iyer in the bus are also great actresses but I don’t recall where I’ve seen them earlier :-(.
Ok well perhaps I’ve been too appreciative of this. I always am about a lot of things – bad habits are hard to go. In any case this is the way I feel about the movie now and more importantly this is my blog, so I’m free to say anything :-).