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Sunday, February 26, 2017

89th Annual Academy Awards (OSCARS 2017) Predictions



ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The nominees:

Moonlight
Arrival
Fences
Lion
Hidden Figures


Major Contenders- Moonlight and Arrival

Winner: Moonlight




ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The nominees:

Manchester by the Sea
La La Land
Hell or High Water
The Lobster
20th Century Women

Major Contenders- Manchester by the Sea and La La Land

Winner: La La Land



ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

The nominees:

Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Red Turtle
My Life As a Zucchini
Moana


Winner: Zootopia




SUPPORTING ACTRESS

The nominees:

Viola Davis, Fences 
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea 
Naomie Harris, Moonlight 
Nicole Kidman, Lion 
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Winner- Viola Davis




SUPPORTING ACTOR

The nominees:

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Dev Patel, Lion
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Winner- Mahershala Ali




LEAD ACTRESS

The nominees:

Emma Stone, La La Land
Natalie Portman, Jackie 
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving

Major Contenders- Natalie Portman and Emma Stone


Winner- Emma Stone




LEAD ACTOR

The nominees:

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea 
Denzel Washington, Fences 
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge 
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Major Contenders- Casey Affleck and Denzel Washington

Winner- Denzel Washington




DIRECTOR

The nominees:

Damien Chazelle, La La Land 
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight 
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea 
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Major Contenders- Damien Chazelle and Barry Jenkins

Winner: Damien Chazelle




BEST PICTURE

The nominees:

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Major Contenders- La La Land and Moonlight

Winner: La La Land





Monday, January 30, 2017

Curved Lines

There’s something about your smile,
I go back to seeing them just that one more time,
And I’m hooked to how exquisitely curved the lines,
Why so spellbinding, those curved lines?

There’s something about your smile,
I linger over your photo longer than I should,
Perhaps trying to find out why it holds me captive.
Why so addictive, those curved lines?

There’s something about your smile,
I zoom into your photos till they're merely pixels,
But I’m always tempted to stick to that blurry grin amidst the sin.
Why so sinful, those curved lines?

There’s something about your smile,
I smile too, stupidly, observing your static smile,
Ever so ecstatic, I am drawn to it all the more.
Why so mesmerizing, those curved lines?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top 10 Bollywood Movies of 2016

10. Neerja


9. Dear Zindagi


8. Udta Punjab


7. Aligarh


6. Raman Raghav 2.0


5. Kapoor & Sons


4. Parched


3. Pink


2. Nil Battey Sannata


1. Dangal


Honourable Mentions: Airlift, Dhanak

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Just Writer Problems

I sometimes fall into the trap of believing that no other writer has struggled with the issues I struggle with, when, in fact, every one of them has. Logically I know this. Yet emotionally I imagine that my life is brutally crowded with too many things to do, while others relax on their verandas with glasses of iced tea and secretaries. It’s telling that when I picture other writers, they are never writing. They are never sitting at their desks under the weight of producing p...rose. They are never seen sitting at their desks with words brilliantly flying from their fingers onto the page. When I picture other writers, I always see them with their writing behind them, as if I am the only writer that has to actually write. I envy others, no matter how good I am or how good others perceive me to be. Poor me.
I forget that a writer can struggle with his prose and then go off to clean a toilet. Or a writer can struggle with his prose and then go off to face a Quant class. Or a writer can struggle with his prose and then relax on the veranda with a glass of iced tea and a secretary.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Over and Out

The voices stopped talking. Only happy thoughts occurred. Unable to find the darkness, my days as a writer ended. I'm just a normal guy now.

Rest in Peace

I'm at peace. Clutching her hand, I intertwine my fingers with hers. It fits like a jigsaw puzzle. I put it with the rest, in the freezer.