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Yugant (Marathi word: a particle showing ascent)

I always had deep respect for regional cinema in India. Coming from a marathi (a language commonly spoken in the state of Maharashtra) family watching regional films made in our langauge is a tradition. I always felt that regional cinema in India was better than Bollywood cinema- the industry that brought India on the map of the world. I have seen a lot of marathi films and comparing them with Bollywood films I’ve noticed:

  • Bollywood films have a herculean budget compared to marathi films
  • Bollywood films are made keeping audiences residing in metropolitan cities in mind
  • Marathi films are made knowing that they will mostly be watched by audiences in rural India
  • Bollywood films are about protagonists belonging to a higher economic class- people with access to foreign education, destination weddings and sports cars
  • Bollywood films are realistic- protagonists reside in villages, work in fields and struggle to provide two full meals to their families every day
  • Bollywood is ‘aspirational’ cinema enticing people with expensive houses, exotic locations and scantily clas women
  • Marathi films provide the actual picture however bleak and unappetizing

‘Jogwa’ directed by Rajeev Patil

For the past couple of decades the marathi film industry has produced marvellous movies on a shoe-string budget. They have received many honours at prestigious national and international film festivals. They all have reflected evils in the marathi socitey and propogated a positive social message. But also all of them have comparatively failed to garner the money they deserved at the box office.

‘Natrang’ directed by Ravi Jadhav

‘Jogwa’ ( a love story between a Devdasi and a man forced to dress like a Hijra) directed by Rajeev Patil, ‘Natarang’ (the biography of a poor farmer forced to become a transsexual performer due to his financial condition) directed by Ravi Jadhav and ‘Kaksparsha’ (the story of a teenage widow) directed by Mahesh Manjrekar all received unprecedented success at film festivals but underperformed at the box office.

‘Balgandharva’ directed by Ravi Jadhav

May assumptions were made- the lack of money, the absence of stardom, the serious subject matter and the extreme realism was turning the marathi audiences towards Hindi cinema. The industry had plenty of talent but most of the films suffered from lack of entertaining elements or understated marketing. Several films were released without the audience noticing their existence.  Then the tides turned when films like ‘Balgandharva’ (the story of a legend of the marathi stage) directed by Ravi Jadhav was released. It had a massive budget, an envious collection of designer clothes and a hero that the audiences were familiar with.

‘Balak Palak’ directed by Ravi Jadhav

But Jadhav was a risk-taker and he next released ‘Balak Palak’( a film about early teenagers being exposed to pornography). As usual it received critical success but earned only Rs. 3.2 crores in two weeks. It established Jadhav’s position in the industry as a film-maker that the audiences knew was going to deliver. He learned his lesson and next released ‘Time Pass’ (a teenage love story between Dagdu and Praju) with more mainstream elements- a plot revolving around a love story, an external conflict provided by Praju’s father, item numbers and fantastic music. The film quickly became a rage- college students who preferred to watch Hindi films with their friends went to see Time Pass, the songs were played at every processiong during Ganesh Utsav, the dialogues were recited by 5 five-year olds. The marathi audiences returned to marathi cinema and Time Pass earned Rs. 6.60 crores in the first weekend.

‘Time Pass’ directed by Ravi Jadhav

Then came ‘Lai Bhari’( a story of twin brothers separated at birth due to a promise made to Lord Vitthal by their mother)  directed by Nishikant Kamat- it was basically a Bollywood movie made in marathi. It has an enormous budget, a popular hero, brilliant music by Ajay-Atul, explosive action sequences and an emotional attachment to marathi culture. It did not receive critical acclaim but earned a staggering Rs. 10.15 crores at the box office in its first weekend. It broke the records previously set by ‘Duniyadaari’ (an average movie about a group of friends) directed by Sanjay Jadhav and Time Pass. It survived a fight with Bollywood films- a vulnerable David not giving up against a suffocating Goliath. It showed the world that Marathi cinema had the potential to earn an unfathomable amout of money if people were willing to invest in it.

‘Lai Bhari’ directed by Nishikant Kamat

Then came Time Pass 2 (Dagdu and Praju reunited after 15 years) the first ever sequel in Marathi films directed by Ravi Jadhav. The film released on 1st May in Maharashtra and did everything perfectly- the characters people were already rooting for, music that immediately became popular and extensive marketing done by the producers. Inspite of having a cast that not many were familiar with Jadhav kept the audience’s attention because they were invested in the unfolding story. Finally Time Pass 2 defied all logic and broke all box office records set by marathi films by earning a shocking Rs. 3.70 crores in ONE DAY!

‘Time Pass 2’ directed by Ravi Jadhav

I saw the film yesterday and it is extremely entertaining although fails to excite those who look at films critically. But you win some, you lose some. Although the quality of these ‘popular’ marathi fims is not as good as the critically acclaimed marathi films it is definitely not as poor as Bollywood films either. They provided marathi audiences with something they were pining for- entertainment. Respected Bollywood director Imtiaz Ali once said, “There is nothing wrong in making films that people want to watch”.  It has made marathi-speaking people proud of their regional industry and non-marathi speaking people aware of its existence. But most of all it has proved that the marathi film industry is a force to be reckoned with.

Why feminists should watch Gone Girl

Art is not supposed to reassure our beliefs, it is supposed to make us reconsider them. So David Fincher’s latest thriller ‘Gone Girl’ has got feminists all over the world spiteful and aggressive. I haven’t read the book by Gillian Flynn on which it is based yet but I’ve been staying in constant touch with the backlash on the internet. I already know certain things thanks to the extensive discussions and my proximity with Tumblr- Amy and whatshisname are married, Amy gets kidnapped, police frame whatshisname, in the end he discovers that Amy is alive and killing it! But plot of the movie is not the point! The point is how it has affected modern society- clearly based on the above description Amy is a psycho and so all the “feminists” (I put that in double quotes because I identify as one myself but I disagree with them at this point) assumed that Amy is a representation of all the 3 billion women on the planet. This is absurd and ridiculous and fantastic at the same time. Because for the first time we actually have a woman who is worthy of being called a ‘villian’ and we also have women who are so appalled by it.

Here’s Amy looking like a completely ordinary student

These “feminists” are under the impression that no woman in the world can ever do anything wrong- that the possibility of having a fictional character who is so frustrated that she fakes her kidnapping is zero. They assume that every woman is happily married, happily sacrificed her career, happily making pancakes for her children, happily prioritizing her family’s needs over her own, happily compromising her dreams for her loved ones sake. I agree that a lot (almost all) women do it- some are genuinely happy but some aren’t and Any Dunne is one of them. Why do feminists think that any female character should only be portrayed in a positive manner? Why should she be either an innocent school-girl like Lolita? Why should she be a desirable outcast like Hester Prynne? Why should she be an independent professional like Bridget Jones? Why should she be an immoral whore like Anna Karenina?

*looks suspiciously at Jennifer Lawrence*

The answer is- because men find it attractive. “Feminists” have fought constant battles against being objectified, being stereotyped, being pushed into a category. Yet we divide ourselves into ‘Nerdy girl’, ‘Sporty girl’, ‘Girly girl’ or ‘Cool girl’ depending on which one we think men would find most attractive. I think this is where the flaw lies- the belief that we can only be one of those girls. Why can’t a girl have pink nail-paint on her hands while hitting a home run? Why should we assume that a girl who wears mascara cannot solve an algebra equation? Why should we have to choose between being ‘hot’ or ‘smart’ when we can be both!

Gillian Flynn’s writing is so straight-forward-no-cupcakes-no-unicorns, it’s definitely for the faint of heart!

Coming back to ‘Gone Girl’ Gillian Flynn has given us a remarkable character in Amy Dunne mainly because she is dark- dark, and twisted, and fucking unforgettable. We have had villians before but they were all driven by one thing- money, power or sex. We have never had complicated female villians such as Hannibal Lecter. There are so many male anti-heroes who are rapists, serial killers, criminals, con-artists, assasins in literature and our society accepts them immediately. The problem is not with society, the problem lies in us. Men know that one fictional character who eats babies doesn’t represent every man on Earth, so why can’t women be equally reasonable?

Isn’t that something all women have felt?

The argument is not if Amy is ‘good’ or ‘bad’- she has framed her own husband for murder, she is definitely bad. But this is where our own morals come in and the lines between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ get blurry. My theory is that those who have heavily criticized Amy, can relate to her the most. They can see their bottled anger, their dissatisfaction with marriage, their shattered dreams, their hidden insecurities reflecting on a woman who is externally perfect. They can see their own evils manifesting into a blonde, blue-eyed, beauty who anyone would kill to be with. Amy’s internal struggle is who they are and Amy’s exterior is who they are struggling to be. They hate her because they hate themselves. For the first time a female author has given us a female character that reflects the dark side of our sex and I think we should be supportive.

Author Gillian Flynn

Modern women have defined feminism to suit their convenience- today being a feminist means listening to ‘Beyonce’ and watching ‘Girls’.But the core of feminism remains that women are equal to men and that is why we should all be proud of Fincher and Flynn. We all have our own explanations of feminism and we are all entitled to it- but here we have something new, something fresh, something that can change the way women are seen. Flynn has given us a story that has got so many people taking, friends are sitting down over a beer and discussing gender roles, essayists are compiling words to squeeze in their thoughts over the portrayal of Amy. People after so long, have come to realize that women, too, can be complicated. That is the biggest achievement for David Fincher, not awards or earnings, but the satisfaction of making a generation aware that outside their feminine utopia where every woman is designed like a sims character- there is something powerful and dangerous.

See how it looks like he is literary manufacturing her the way he wants?

I think feminists should not be offended, defensive and hateful because a) basic human decency b) we have been complaining about not having better female characters in movies and now that we have one, we are saying she’s not up to mark c) my biggest reason why feminists should watch ‘Gone Girl’ is because Amy is not attractive. Okay she is gorgeous but men don’t fantasize about her the way they fantasize about Black Widow and I think that is a remarkably feminist component. So we can have sassy female villians as long as she wear high heels? We can have kick-ass superheroes as long as they wear skin-tight suits? We can have “strong female character” as long as they are played by curvy Scarlett Johannson? Nah, give us a woman who fucking makes men piss in their pants. Give us a woman is really is a nightmare and doesn’t just use is as a song lyric (#BurnTaylorSwift). Give us a woman who is can do anything to get what she wants (even fake her own death). Don’t give us a villian who fits in the men’s frame work if how a sexy villian should be, give us a villian who is genuinely dangerous.

Finally seeing it on Saturday!

We always complain about not having ‘strong’ female characters- immediately criticizing Bella Swan for being a mary sue. Now we have a ‘strong’ character in Amy, so watch if she is borderline psychotic? She is three-dimensional, well-rounded, described in painstalking details and chillingly realistic. Keep cribbing all you like but out of all the female characters in literature- Amy is easily the strongest.

10 Fave Tumblr Posts on Les Miserables

My obssession for Les Mis has risen from the deep ocean like a Kraken. I had seen the movie in 2013 and I honestly thought it deserved the Academy Awards for Best Motion Picture than boring Argo. This was the first time I saw a serious musical and I thought Tom Hooper had really presented film-lovers with something to cherish for years. I had seen Argo around the same time and two days later I forgot about it. Les Mis is the kind of movie that stays with you, for days, for months, even your entire lifetime. Every time I hear ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ it send chills down my spine. Now, almost 2 years later, I’m still crying over the fate of Le Amis d’ABC.

The worst is that I cannot even talk about how passionate I am because no one in my family or friend-circle have even heard about Les Mis. I don’t live under a rock, I just live with a bunch of idiots. But when no one understands, Tumblr understands. On this website I found people who are still dedicatedly following Les Mis and often discussing it with each other. Out of all the heartwarming posts I’ve seen on Tumblr these are my faves:

This post makes me sob every time I read it and I read it at least once a day. I cry for the 22 year old young boys who sacrificed their lives for equality in 1832. But I also cry for all the children of today who are forced by circumstances to pick up a weapon. The Barricade Boys didn’t mean for the revolution to become so bloody, but once it started they didn’t want to stop either. Yet, at the end of the day they were just little boys fighting for what they thought was right, and it was. They didn’t know how to fight, they didn’t know how to hold a gun. But one thing they knew was that they were ready to die for what they believed in. And yet, they were just children.

Yes this scene really kills me, I mean the Barricade Boys are capable of killing, but they are also human beings. Seeing the blood of their childhood friends splattered on the floor, hearing the loud gunshot aiming straight for their heads, smelling the fear among the bravest of the boys must have crippled them. Anyone would be scared, anyone would be horrified. But they didn’t abandon the fight, they knew they were going to die. But they also knew that freedom was worth it.

I think by this point you can guess that my favourite part of Les Mis was the revolution and it was also I think the most ‘miserable’. The worst part was that the Barricade Boys were fighting for the freedom of the people and when the Barricade Boys were dying it was the same people who abandoned them. They died, everyone dies. But they died alone, believing that they failed.

Now I want to talk about the movie itself, what a magical piece of art it was. (Still can’t believe Argo won, fucking hell!) The music is mind-blowing, the cast is singing live (brownie-points for that), the sets are spectacular, the scenes are realistic, the poverty in Paris was hauntingly captured and Tom Hooper’s film will always be one of my favourite. There are several scenes in the movie that stole my breath away- Fantine’s ‘I dreamed a dreamed’, Valjean’s ‘Suddenly’, especially ‘Do you hear the people sing?’. But I cried the most during the finale and these weren’t sad tears, these were happy tears. To see all the people who died unfairly standing on the barricade proudly and singing of a better tomorrow was just too much to control.

It is needless to say that the one character who left a permanent mark on me was Enjolras. I have been a huge fan of Broadway star Aaron Tveit (he was stunning in ‘Rent’, ‘Wicked’ and my personal favourite musical ever ‘Next to Normal’) and I was looking forward to seeing his Enjolras. After seeing the 10th and 25th anniversary concerts of Les Mis on Youtube and countless other Enjolras’s on the web, I was a bit apprehensive it he would be able to pull it off or not. Again it is needless to say, but my baby killed it!

My favourite thing about Tumblr is that it pays so much attention to detail. I remember being up in the morning at 5 am to watch the Oscars because that is the time it is aired in my country. I remember my whole family was asleep because they couldn’t care less. I remember being completely mesmerised by the cast’s performance, especially Aaron’s. But the flags at the end really gave me goosebumps.

Another character who really scared me for life was this little bastard. Gavroche is barely 9 or 10 years old but he is singing about how fair death truly is. It comes for everyone, the rich as well as the poor. Poverty forces people to grow up so fast doesn’t it?

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As a parting present these are some of my favourite passages from the Brick. Enjoy (I mean, sob with me):

The wording is so thrilling, you can actually picturize the entire scenario right before you eyes.

This part. I mean, it’s not I need a heart or anything Hugo. In what is easily the most romantic scene in the book—don’t talk to me about Marius and Cosette, okay—Grantaire appears as Enjolras is cornered by soldiers and about to die. Although he probably could have escaped death—the soldiers had passed him by—he approaches Enjolras and asks if Enjolras will permit him to stand at his side for the first and last time to die with him. Enjolras finally accepts him, and they go down together. Now that I’ve made you cry uncontrollably here’s some funny ones.

Aww why hasn’t anyone recorded this?

Frozen and Les Mis, my two favourite things.

This one is my absolute favourite. I know this post is long but the book itself is 1500 pages, what exactly were you expecting. Sometimes I think I’m really silly for obssessing over fictional scenarios and characters but then I realize, Hugo witnessed the barricades of 1832. The names changed, but what he wrote in that book is what he saw. An Enjolras watched broken hearted as his friends fell, a Combeferre stood and gave a great speech, a Marius saved the barricade, an Eponine died in the arms of someone she loved, and a Grantaire fell standing next to his hero. They might seem characters to me, but that night in 1832 they lived.

The Last Of Tolkein

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

This week in rather important to me- the final posters for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ is out, Scotland will most probably gain independence and also I’m getting a drastic haircut on Thursday. I was only 6 years old when the alternate universe of J.R.R Tolkein’s limitless and detailed imagination along with Peter Jackson’s faithfulness to the original material and brilliant execution left me breathless. I didn’t understand much back then, neither the deep philosophical  underlines in the text nor the lessons in morality. The only thing I saw a little boy destroying forces far beyond his control and for a little, naive girl that was enough. After the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy I never expected Jackson to pick up another book by Tolkein (and in most cases I always complain about sequels because they do not involve taking any risk) but I was glad because I wanted more of Middle-Earth. Their values, customs, mythologies, beliefs and most of all dragons. Now I’m facing the fact that this could be the last ‘Tolkein thing’ ever produced and I’m in a slight state of sadness. Nevertheless the posters fucking mind-blowing so feast your eyes and bow to the might of imagination and dreams!

And then there were 7

Today The Daily Post forced me into a state of chronic frustration and existential dilemma by asking me that if there was ‘one’ object that my friends would immediately identify me with, what would it be? And quite honestly it sounded like ‘If we found your completely burnt dead-body, by noticing which object can your friends identify that it’s really you?’. It is not very polite to pry on other people’s death but at the same time, thank you for getting me thinking about this. There are simply too many, that is my problem- it is either too many or none. So here are 7 objects that I always have with me wherever I’m going.

1) My Rayban Aviators

Now we talking!

I live in Mumbai and the temperature here is boiling hot, so I have to wear glasses unless I want to get cancer of the eyeballs. I actually got this pair for my Father on his birthday last year, but he always forgets to wear them. So I use them instead, they are the typical, good old gladiators and I love them because they have this vintage appeal to them.

2) My pink leopard print scarf

Here it is

Is there any girl in this world who doesn’t feel fierce in a leopard print scarf? Mine is not the usual fiesty scarf though, it has soft pink undertones and uncanny leopard spots. It is also made of chiffon and I use it to cover my hair everyday from the harmful rays of the sun.

3) My purple spectacles

#Nerd

Oh yeah, I am four-eyed! My parents bought me a laptop when I turned 17 and naturally a month later my eye-sight was so terrible I was in dire need of glasses. I hated them when I got the pair, I would forget wearing, cleaning them regularly and taking care of them. But now after almost 2 years they have become a part of my personality. Captain America has his shield, I have my glasses.

4) Red lipstick

You so lovely.

I have tried nude, berry, peach, pale pink and coral but red puts me in an instant state of sexy. No it doesn’t physically change any of my features (I look like a scrawny, specky git all the time) but they work wonders on my mentality. I also don’t press the lipstick aggressively on my lips, I simply dab it on few spots and then spread it all over my lips with a cotton bud. But it’s surprising how a bit of colour can elevate my self-confidence.

5) My usual green bottle

Keep it up Louis

Never, never, never step out of the house without a bottle of water! I leave my house in the morning and refill my bottle twice before I get back home. I cannot emphasize enough on this, drink loads and loads of water.

6)  Some chocolate

OK Professor

Just in case the dementors attack. Also there are many children begging on the trains, I do not like giving them money because they will probably buy cigarettes or give it to their parents who will only spend it on alcohol. Instead I always keep a few loose chocolates or  small bars of candy, it brightens every child’s face.

7) A heavy book

*blinks*

Duh!

I wish I was one of those people who can distance themselves from objects but sadly I am materialistic. Not in a ‘I want a BMW, that is the motive of my life’ sort of a materialistic but a ‘don’t throw away my old blue jeans because it is my favourite jeans’ materialistic. I have a pink and white top which I splattered some paint on while decorating for the college festival and I never removed the paint because it reminded me of all the amazing memories I created during the fest. I am not generally very emotional or attached to people, but there are some things like my first cell phone or my mockingjay necklace which will remain special.

10 Movies you should be excited about in 2014

My tarot card reader said 2014 is going to be the year of the ‘Fab Films’. No she didn’t, I don’t believe in all that skull and globe paganism. But what I do believe in (apart from Rose Tyler) is films- the complicatedness and the simplicity and the mastery and the effect it has on human life. Very soon I will write a post on some of the best contemporary films I have seen( sorry Hitchcock) but now lets predict the future. My sixth sense says this year’s films are going to be better than last year’s. Don’t believe me? Check out these mind-blowing trailers and tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about!

Long list gear up!
Long list gear up!

1) Interstellar by Christopher Nolan

I have to start off with my favourite director off course- Nolan has undisputably given us some of the best movies and biggest grossers in two decades now. After masterpieces like Momento, The Prestige, the Batman Trilogy and Inception- he gives us an out-of-this-world story(literally).

2) Gone Girl by David Fincher

Fincher is undoubtedly my second favourite- after giving me my favourite movie ever (Fightclub) he went on to present greats like The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

3) Unbroken by Angelina Jolie

I got excited last year when I found out that Jolie was making a movie based on Louis Zapperini’s life. Now that the trailer is actually out, I can’t wait for Christmas Day.

4) Fury by David Ayer

I haven’t seen any of Ayer’s films before but after Inglorious Bastards I am ready to watch any war film with Brad Pitt in it. The supporting cast of Shia LaBeouf (yes Shia, I forgive your antics because you are a fantastic actor) and Logan Lerman also looks pretty rad.

5) Boyhood by Richard Linklater 

They are calling it a ‘once in a lifetime’ phenomenon. Again I haven’t seen any of Linklater’s works but man that is one hell of a trailer.

6) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby  by Ned Benson

Jessica Chastain from The Help and Zero Dark Thirty, James McAvoy from Atonement and X-Men Franchise- need I say more?

7)Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assaya

I am excited to see Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz actually try something that is challenging.

8) Foxcatcher by Bennet Miller

This is my favourite film in this 10 films line-up because all three central actors are trying something they have never done before. After watching Miller’s Moneyball I honestly can’t wait.

9) The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank transporting three mentally challenged (bloody insane would be more appropriate) women across the country. Oscar Stuff right there!

10) Maps to the Stars by David Croenberg

David Croenberg- is there a need for any other reason. But surprisingly I am most excited about Mia Wasikowa’s transformative role in this film.

You go!
You go!

Honorable Mentions: These are also fantastic movies by brilliant movie-makers but they are just not my cup of tea. But that doesn’t mean you won’t like ’em. Check out the trailers!

Two Days One Night by the Dardenne Brothers

After watching Marion Cotillard in No Country For Old Men I can honestly watch her even if she’s doing a toothpaste commercial.

Magic in the Moonlight by Woody Allen

Colin Firth being the superb actor that he is, Emma Stone being Emma Stone. A typical Woody Allen periodic romantic comedy, too beautiful!

All in all, it looks like the movie theatres are going to be very crowded with one fantastic movie coming out after another. Also if you have some time (and understand Hindi) check out the trailer for ‘Haider’ by Vishal Bharadwaj. I am not very fond of the Bollywood films made in my country (I honestly hate them) but Bharadwaj is a fantastic film-maker and the story is based on ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare! I am so excited for this movie and thy should be too.

 

 

 

 

Memoirs of an Award-winner

Pardon me for this vain post but Sahita Murali a stranger I never had any connection with was kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster Award!

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Since I am not used to such irrational compliments I am going to give a tearful- overdramatic speech about my victory. Actually no, I am not about all this sentimental (insert expletive) but off course this gesture has made me believe in the kindness of strangers.

This one's for you Sahita
This one’s for you Sahita

Here are 11 random facts about myself:

1)I am a voracious reader, I prefer fictional characters over real people any day. Atleast they know when to shut up!

2)I am passionate about rock ‘n’ roll music.  My favourite band currently (and for almost a decade now) is Arctic Monkeys.

3)My favourite song is ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay. I plan to get its lyrics tattooed on the nape of my neck if my mother lets me.

4)My favourite movie is David Fincher’s ‘Fightclub’. It is hard to describe the mindblowingness of that movie without swearing.

This one's for you David Fincher and Chuck Phalaniuk
This one’s for you David Fincher and Chuck Phalaniuk

5)I am currently studying Mass Communications and I aim to be a journalist one day.

6)I am a hard-core, typically overacting, attention-seeking and aggressive and always-getting-into-trouble Gryffindor.

7) ‘Peter Pan’ by J.M. Barrie was my favourite bedtime story and has an enormous influence on my life.

8) My favourite TV shows are Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and many more.

9) My favourite Disney princess is Merida for obvious feminist reasons.

10) The movie character I relate with the most is Kat from ’10 Things I Hate About You’.

11) I love emo poetry, I spend hours browsing for painful,tragic and depressing poetry on tumblr and pinterest.

Poetry <3
Poetry ❤

Now that I have revealed more information about myself than I am comfortable it is time to answer  Sahita Murali ‘s questions.

1. What is your favourite kind of food?

Spicy vegetarian without too much gravy which is chewy and crispy at the same time and sets your nose on fire if you sneeze.

2. What is the biggest social injustice in this world according to you and why?

Female oppression, so far it is the only one I have been subjected to and it frustrates me. Especially the misconceptions surrounding it.

3. What is your deepest, darkest secret?

I hate being treated as a kid- by family, by friends, by anyone.

4. What is your biggest fear?

That I will die as just another nobody on a planet of 7 billion others.

5. If you could change one thing about your life right now, what would you change and why?

I would definitely be more hardworking, I am a lazy sloth.

6. Friends or family?

My friends ARE family.

7. Have you ever experienced peer pressure? When?

Not yet, no.

8. Describe the perfect place (real or imaginary).

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

There you go!
There you go!

9. What is your biggest aim in life, your biggest dream?

I want to travel the world, DESPERATELY!

10. Describe yourself in three words.

Sarcastic. Sweet. Simple.

11. What are your 5 biggest pet peeves?

  • When people crack rape jokes (under any circumstances rape jokes are never funny)
  • When people take jokes seriously (come on have some sense of humour)
  • When people pay too much attention to astrology.
  • When anybody lies to me.
  • When people ask too many questions (but not to you Sahitya, you rock!)

Here are my nominees for the Liebster Award (You Go Guys!)

Congrats
Congrats

Now here’s what you have to do to complete the nomination:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their page(s) in your post.
2. Proudly display the award banner on your page.
3. List eleven facts about yourself.
4. Answer the questions the award-giver asked you and make 11 more for your nominees.
5. List your nominees.

Last but not the least, here are my 11 questions for you:

1)What is the one piece of advice you wish someone would have given you 10 years ago?

2)What is the one lesson you will teach your children no matter what?

3)One story that left an impact on you- book, movie, fanfiction, tumblr post, etc.

4)One particular line from one particular song that makes you sentimental:

5)If you could have tea with any two fictional characters, who would you choose:

6)What superpower would you choose- immortality, invisibility or telepathy?

7)Avengers or X-Men?

8) What is the one thing that you will never know which frustrates you the most? (In my case it is my Patronus)

9) If you could recommend only one book to the young generation, which would it be?

10) Which is you favourite poem, why?

11) If you could ask one question to your favourite author, what would it be?

Now Fire Away!

As I Lay Poisoned

Only I’m probably the only one saying this but I will miss Joffrey! The infamous ‘Purple Wedding’ took place two days ago and people who had not seen it coming celebrated the death of the most hated character on Game of Thrones but people who had read the books knew a lot of darkness was still to come.  I never thought I would ever hate a fictional character more than Professor Dolores Umbridge but then came jJoffrey Baratheon- the spoilt, greedy, arrogant and sometimes (all the time?) plain evil and I immediately knew that he was going to invoke strong emotions in me.

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It is strange that a 13 year old can cause so much damage but Joffrey has proved that a 13 year old with a neglecting Father and over-pampering Mother can be dangerous. His behaviour proves that too much love can harm. So today we will talk about one of my favourite characters and undoubtedly the best young actor in Game of Thrones.

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One of the most peculiar things about Joffrey is the dynamic he shares with his mother. Cersei Lannister can single-handedly be blamed for Joffrey’s crude attitude but everytime Joffrey insulted Tyrion, she looked at him as if he had slaughtered a wild boar. Cersei never got love from her parents and she didn’t want Joffrey to feel the way she did- lonely and miserable. So she loved him foolishly, unconditionally and wholeheartedly. She loved him so much that it led him to his doom. I found this relationship between two characters that George R. R. Martin established very fascinating. These two represent 90% of the mother-son relationships in the world. Mother’s love their sons so much that they are blind to logic, reason and manipulation (Trust me, I speak from personal experience).

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The next thing that caught my eye was Joffrey’s treatment of Sansa. He hates her so much he wants to cause her pain in every possible way. He wants to spoil  her  family relations by hurting Arya’s dog, he wants to humiliate her by disrobing her in court, he wants to emotionally break her by killing her family and he want to psychologically harm her by insulting her husband Tyrion in front of everyone. He hates her so much, he will go to any lengths to wreak havoc in her life. I don’t really mind it though, seeing as Sansa is a dim-witted ninny. But what I do have a huge,huge problem with is Joffrey insulting Tyrion. Nobody messes with my favourite character!

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Then one day when he was happy causing more anger and hurt as always, that too on his wedding day- universally hated Joffrey was drank wine which Tyrion gave him and the world turned upside down. I hadn’t read the books so I didn’t see it coming. When he drank it and began choking I thought he might be sick or something, I did not react at all. Off course a Westerosi wedding needs drama, so there it was. But then he couldn’t stop coughing and my eyes began widening. Then he fells and began vomiting as Cersei and Jaime ran to him and turned him around. That’s when it hit me, George R. R. Martin killed him!

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George R. R. Martin finally killed that character that everyone was waiting for him to kill. He did it! Just like that King Joffrey of houses Lannister and Baratheon was gone and I am simple in complete awe of Jack Gleeson’s acting chops. Joffrey’s character proved that too much can eat you up and swallow you whole. It is an important lesson and he could have learned it the easy way as well. But then again, when you play the Game of Thrones you win or you die.

Gone with the Trend

Every year Hollywood brings us something new- a superhero movie that is just like all the ones made before but with better cgi, some strange fashion trends that no ordinary person would choose to sport and a new young actress that everyone is swooning over. It happened years ago when Anne Hathaway was new to the film industry, with her quirky and awkward behaviour she quickly became a rage. She was on the cover of every fashion magazine, the face of every cosmetics brand and on the lips of every movie-geek. Then her personality and popularity distracted us from her fantastic acting skills and next year they replaced her with someone younger and newer. With Hollywood’s financial interests swinging our choices took sharp turns. Same was the case with Gwyneth Paltrow and countless others. But whose fault is it really?

Kristen Stewart has been a child-actor but she barged into the popular scene with Twilight which immediately catapulted her to fame. She became the idol of ragging teenage girls and the fantasy of 13 year old boys. Men wanted her, women wanted to be her. Innumerable babies were named ‘Isabella’ but only a year later women realized how Stewart’s character makes women look weak and helpless. Her popularity began falling with the arrival of Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘The Hunger Games’ and the scandal with Rupert Sanders, the director of ‘Snow White and the Huntsmen’. Later, she only became relevant for her on-off relationship with Robert Pattinson and the world collectively decided to hate her.

Half a billion people adore Jennifer Lawrence but I was never fond of her. Everyone says her stand against ‘fat shaming’ is legendary but I believe the world is biased. If Jennifer Lawrence says ‘I want to eat’ we all admire her because she is gorgeous, if Melissa McCarthy ever said ‘I want to eat’ we will call her fat and disgusting. With ‘The Hunger Games’ Lawrence’s fiesty and brave Katniss was a stark contrast to Stewart’s Bella. Feminists everywhere rejoiced, Hollywood bosses smiled because this girl was going to make them money. Then Lawrence became globally popular for her ‘quirky’ attitude and ‘courageous’ talk- apparently a beautiful woman talking about peeing and farting can easily impress the world, who knew! Then she won an Oscar and the hysteria skyrocketed. Jennifer Lawrence is ‘Just like us’ if you have silky blonde hair, sky blue eyes and a flawless 5’7 frame but I honestly don’t know any woman like that. But then Lawrence  got nominated for another Oscar and then maybe her golden time was up.

After watching ‘The Spectacular Now’ and ‘The Descendents’I was genuinely impressed with Shailene Woodley’s effortless acting. She was one of the rare young actors who actually started off small and I was hoping her popularity and respect would grow as she made careful yet intelligence decisions. But then she signed on ‘Divergent’ and I immediately knew her fate would be just like all those before. Although she has managed to stay out of controversy so far, it won’t be long before the media snatches something up and twists it around to make her look like a monster.

Brace yourself, because next year ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ will release and Dakota Johnson will be on magazines, cosmetics, coffee cups and condom wrappers. All in all, I believe if actress make clever choices and cautiously decide how much popularity will be sufficient for their movies, they could plan a longer career. Also if they let their professional achievements take precedence over their personal scandals, it will be easier for us to take them seriously. Actress should be aiming at not being popular for their looks (in Lawrence’s case ‘falling’) but being respected for their work, it won’t be long before they get more substantial female roles like the ones that Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett play.

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Out of the younger lot Emma Watson and Emma Stone look promising (for their age) but others are not memorable. None of the actresses in our generation have the longevity, fascination and respect that classic actresses inspired. Maybe because they were always a mystery, maybe because we didn’t know much about them apart from what we saw on screen. That is why even today we idolize them and not the narcissistic actress of the 21st century.