Thursday, December 27, 2012

TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2012 (Hollywood & Bollywood)


NOTE: As of this writing, I'm yet to watch Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained & Les Misérables and I won't be able to watch them till next year. Hence, I haven't been considered them while compiling the list. Also I have considered the movies of 2012 only after the OSCARS. Hence, I haven't included The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and J. Edgar.

10. Chronicle

Starring: Alex Russel, Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan
Director: Josh Trank
Released: 3rd February 2012

Three high school friends discover an alien object underground that gives them slowly-developing superpowers. Soon the fun of their abilities takes a darker turn and their friendship is pushed to the brink. This is a found-footage movie. The two main characters have acted well. It’s an inventive script, creatively shot and they were wise to focus on the character they did. 

9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Star Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
Director: Peter Jackson  
Released:  14 December 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey introduces us to the world of Bilbo Baggins, who mirrors the most innocent of sentiments which lie locked up within the depths of our heart. The audience falls in love with Bilbo because he is scared of the unknown just like us. What makes him a hero is his spirit, which makes him embark on a wide-spread journey for the search of faith and adventure.

Peter Jackson has made another almost flawless masterpiece. He captured the feeling of the book and transcended it onto a screen. Of course, it was not solely his credit. The acting was amazing. The 48 fps was a touch of technological wizardry and worked perfectly. The chemistry between actors was more than just the obvious. You could actually feel their interactions and live the story. Yes, it was that good.

The first installment has set the pace for a promising trilogy.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Talaash- The Aftermath

This is just an attempt by me to see what would become of Inspector Shekhawat. I liked 'Talaash' and feel that the audience must learn to appreciate different genres. Don't you go on dissing the movie when you are the reason movies like Rowdy Rathore, Singh is King, Bol Bachchan, Don 2 earn hundreds of crores. If you can enjoy such movies, you actually don't have a right to say a thing against Talaash.

It has been a month since I was given a two month vacation. At first, I enjoyed my time off. Roshni made sure that we could get back together, we could be 'us' again. As much as I appreciate whatever she is doing, somehow I feel nothing. No pangs of emotion whatsoever. I know that I'm not perfect. But nowadays who really is. I tried so hard to do the right thing and spend time with Roshni as if nothing had changed. Yet I couldn't. Nothing can be the same again. Not after what I witnessed. What I experienced. My beliefs are shattered. I can't differentiate between truth and lies, between good and bad and especially between living and dead. The episode with Simran is the turning point of my life.

I saw Karan last night. He just kept staring at me. Roshni thinks I'm going crazy and wants me to meet some parapsychologist Dr. Dalvi residing in Delhi.  Fenny recommended her that doctor and I'm done listening to that old hag. But just for the sake of Roshni, I'll be making a visit to Dr. Dalvi tomorrow.

We are sitting in the waiting room of Dr. Dalvi's clinic. The nurse comes out and calls a name. "Surjan Singh Shekhawat". I enter a big room with a  strange machine with wires connected to it at one end. I find Dr. Dalvi at the other end, going over a file.  

"Surjan, what can I do for you?" asked Dr. Dalvi. "Well, I have been experiencing some very weird things. I can hear people that aren't there and see things that aren't there" I replied. "I need to run some tests in order to find out what is wrong with you. So, follow me please." And I followed Dr Dalvi.

After countless tests, finally the doctor said "For your last test I am just going to check your Psychic Energy Count by taking an X-Ray of your brain." 

Once the tests are done, Dr. Dalvi calls Roshni and me to inform that I'm Clairvoyant and Empathetic. "Well, Empathetic means that you can feel other people's feelings, wants and desires that they don't want to feel and being Clairvoyant means that you are responsive to psychic forces and you can see objects and events that can't be perceived by the other senses." Dr. Dalvi concluded.

It has now been a year since I found out that I was Clairvoyant and Empathetic and I'm able to control my abilities. I've met many such ghosts who need to be helped so that they enter the Ghost Realm. I help them. I've lost my job as my ex-colleagues found me mentally stable and wouldn't work with me. I have no  regrets. I get to meet Karan regularly and feel good helping the helpless. Even though things aren't going well with Roshni, I'm content with my life the first time since Karan's death.