Monday, July 24, 2017

Chi Va Chi Sau Ka

Movie Review : Chi Va Chi Sau Ka
Language : Marathi
Director : Paresh Mokashi
Genre : Romantic Comedy
Starring : Lalit Prabhakar, Mrinmayee Godbole, Bharat Ganeshpure, Sharmishtha Raut, Supriya Pathare, Pradeep Joshi, Sunil Abhyankar, Purnima Talwalkar
Released : May 2017
My Rating : 8 out of 10

Marathi movies have a long relationship with successful comedy. From Raja Gosavi, to Dada Kondake, to Laxmikant Berde to movies produced by Sachin. It’s a long list. I am sure there are more number of utter failures than the successful ones. But the point is, there are comedy movies that will be remembered, recommended, discussed and watched more than once. To that list, add the latest movie by the very capable director Paresh Mokashi.

It’s near impossible to give you a synopsis of the movie without revealing a major plot element, which occurs very early in the movie. I watched the movie without knowing much about it. That’s how I prefer to watch. In that same spirit, I will reveal as little as possible in this review. This is not a suspense movie, but still it matters. You will understand why I am saying this, when you watch it.

The two main characters are Satya (Lalit Prabhakar) and Savitri (Mrinmayee Godbole). Satya is an engineer, and is passionate about saving water and energy. Savitri is a veterinarian doctor, and her passion is animals. Their passions are of course most of us would agree with, although in the movie these are deliberately portrayed to extremes for the comedic effects. I must stress it here, these passions are absolutely not the real subject of the movie. In fact, Paresh Mokashi steers clear of propaganda or any dogma.

The real focus of the movie is somewhere else. It is on how human relationships are evolving with changing times. It’s tackled in a masterful way - with high class comedy, that makes social commentary while generating chuckles and laughs. 

So comedy is the vehicle here by which a message is delivered. I will admit, I was a bit worried about the quality of the comedy when the movie began, with the introduction of the characters and the loudness that accompanied it. Fortunately, that mellowed down fairly quickly. Nevertheless, the movie remains over the top for most of the time. Subtlety makes only rare appearances. That’s a perfectly fine approach for a comedy, as long as it’s not overdone. There were a few places where I felt it was overdone, but in the grand scheme of things, it didn’t matter much.

The other minor quibble I have is about recycled jokes. It’s done only a couple of times, but I felt it was unnecessary when everything else is so much original content. Again, didn’t matter much.

The strength of the comedy resides in the dialogues, and the timing and delivery by actors. The movie is extremely strong in those aspects. The dialogues are funny, and the actors give you countless moments for laughing out loud. Another big strength of the movie is the crisp screenplay. Scenes generally don’t linger around, and multiple characters participate in most scenes to keep it moving briskly. Works very effectively. There are also a few unusual and superb camera angles along the way that are worth admiring.

This is a very enjoyable movie which I highly recommend. There are some scenes and dialogues that I will remember for a very long time. Just like other Marathi comedy movies that are now considered classics. It’s quite safe for kids. The current generation of teens and twenty somethings will perhaps like it more.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Song Number 5 : Tere Dil Ki Nigaahein

Presenting song number 5!

On behalf of all the artists involved, I am very happy to share this new song with you.

For many, Urdu poetry is synonymous with the image of a lover who is dejected, lost and heart-broken. This doesn’t have to be the case. This song is written from the point of view of a very confident lover. I hope you all like this attitude :-) This was actually the very first song I wrote, but it took a while to realize it fully. I have kept the melody in Raag Bhoop, which is the first raag everyone learns.

As always, I received tremendous support from many talented musicians. Most of the team is repeat names!

Just like my previous two songs, this song is also sung by Ketan Patwardhan in his pleasant mature voice. Rhythm is masterfully provided by Ameya Thakurdesai and Hanumant Rawade. Amogh Dandekar played the guitar perfectly.

The arrangement by Aniket Damale is just wonderful, deliberately reminiscent of the previous era of bollywood music. Thanks to him and everyone else for their support.

Hope you enjoy the song. Please support it by sharing with your friends.

तेरे दिल की निगाहें, ढूंढे जिसे, हूँ मैं वहीं, और कोई ग़ैर नहीं
तुम मानो या ना मानो, मुझे देखो या ना देखो, मुझे फिर भी है यकीं  

कर लो, चाहे जितनी भी,
मुझ से, यूँही बे-रुख़ी,
चाहत कम ना होगी मेरी

कोई शिक़वा, ना गिला,
मुन्तज़िर जो रहूँ सदा,
तेरी दिलनवाज़ी का

की है मुहब्बत, जैसे इबादत
हो जाओगे मेरे ख़ुदा, मेहरबाँ

फ़र्माती है रूह की निदा
रहूँ तेरा आशिक़-ए-जाविदाँ                            

तेरे मेरे दरमियाँ,
छोटा सा है फासला,
मीठे से एहसास का

मिट जाएगी जो यह दूरी,
मेरी सारी बेक़रारी,
हो जाएगी तुम्हारी

फिर गूंजेगा, मेरे ही दिल का
पुरसोज़ तरन्नुम, सीने में तेरे

ग़ाफ़िल इन जज़्बों से हो अभी
होगा तुम्हे भी आज़ार-ए-आशिक़ी

Meanings of words

बे-रुख़ी = indifference
शिक़वा, गिला = complaint
मुन्तज़िर = one who waits
दिलनवाज़ी = kindness
इबादत = worhsip
निदा = calling
आशिक़-ए-जाविदाँ = eternal lover
एहसास = feeling, experiecne
बेक़रारी = restlessness
पुरसोज़ = full of burning
तरन्नुम = song
ग़ाफ़िल = unaware
जज़्बा = feeling

आज़ार-ए-आशिक़ी = illness of love

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