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Friday, August 5, 2016

Top 3 Hindi Films That Made Me Cry Like A Baby

Assalamualaikum,

Warning: This article contains spoiler. Please refrain from reading if you haven't watched any of these and do not want me to spoil the storyline for you.

I've watched only a handful of Hindi films so this might not even be that tear-jerking to most. I'm going to start from the least tearduct abuse to the most. Let's start!

3. Kal Ho Naa Ho

Don't cry Aman. Don't cry Naina. *cries bucket herself*
Unrequited love just makes me cry all the time. It was sad when Aman made up stories to steer Naina away from loving him but it was even more heartbreaking knowing the real reason behind it. He was terminally ill *wails like a banshee that lost her firstborn*. This film gets the least amount of tearduct abuse because at the end of the day, it was a happy ending. Rohit gets Naina. Aman dies after uniting the person he loves with the person that loves her and could care for her for the rest of his life. A very selfless act of love that is rarely seen (does it even exist?) nowadays.

2. Bajrangi Bhaijan

Humans have such an extraordinary capacity to love and protect, so have hope and persevere!
Other than love, getting lost, separated from loved ones and loneliness always hit me squarely in my sensitive spot. I cried several times during different scenes of this film. When Pawan bought the bangles to give to Munni / Shahida as a farewell gift (wails). When he found out the Pakistan tour group he entrusted to reunite Munni with her family tried to sell her to a brothel (wails louder). When Munni screams to call Pawan when he was going to cross the border to go back to India (wails the loudest and gets chill at how emotional the moment is). The whole film is just beautiful. Location, casts, storyline... everything! LOVED it! Would watch and cry again.

And the number one spot goes to...

1. PK

Sometimes God doesn't answer your prayers in the way you want. You are meant to walk the path you are walking now.
I find this the saddest because it is the combination of the sad elements of the previous films I mentioned above. Unrequited love, feeling abandoned, lost, trying to find hope, losing hope, missing home, angst, love reunion... happiness and sadness all roll into one! I became an absolute mush for this film. 'Chaar Kadam' (one of the song featured in this film) is now in my music playlist. It sounds so good and I love the lyrics as well. Cried buckets when Jaggu called Sarfaraz towards the end of the film. And when PK went back to his spaceship, not even glancing back. I watched this during lunch hour at the office. You could say, I was at the most unprofessional place to cry but it didn't stop me from crying. It was just too emotional, tears might just leaked out from my nose. One of my favourite movie. I'm a muslim and it gave me an insight into the multi-religion culture in India. It did raise some pretty good questions.

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Thank you technology for letting me watch high resolution movies anywhere and anytime I'm free without having to buy tickets. And thank you for the high-quality translations as well. I wonder where I can find French movies and other foreign films. 

Life is just a tad bit more interesting when you step out of the border of your own culture and language. 



Love,
Aisyah

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hey, I think I've seen you before

Assalamualaikum,

"Hey, I think I've seen you before."

"Are you related to so & so?"

"You seem familiar."

"I met someone who was exactly like you! Same laugh, same demeanor etc etc."

And the list goes on and on. I get these comments a lot. Why the sudden urge to write about it? Because I received another comment this morning. My colleague stopped me in my track (I was on my way to refill my mug with hot water) and she said she saw someone yesterday and was reminded of me.

That does it. I've had enouggghhh!! So being the blunt person that I am, I despaired immediately. "Am I THAT BASIC? Why am I like everyone else? Why do I remind people of someone else or someone else reminds them of me?"

I never liked these comments because it made me feel like I'm nothing special. That I am easily replaceable with another copy of me.

But her reply caught me off-guard. It opened up another angle that I've never considered before.

"Because you are memorable, that's why people remember you."

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Love,
Aisyah

Friday, June 24, 2016

Eros Now: 5 Bollywood Movies in 1 Week

Assalamualaikum,

Some time ago, I googled a few Hindi films to watch online but I couldn't find good quality ones with English subtitles on the internet. Turns out, the Bollywood scene copyrighted their materials and movies more heavily than any other. You can't even find Hindi films on iflix!

This website came up during my search and since I really wanted to watch Kabhie Kushie Kabhi Gham, I went ahead and sign up over there. The site is called Eros Now and they have extensive selections of Hindi films and more over there. I haven't explored fully yet since it had only been a week but I managed to watch 5 films (one per day) this past week.

Kabhie Kushi Kabhi Gham (2001)

The absolute family classic. I've lost count of how many tweets and facebook statuses that I read from friends that gushed every time the film played on television. Since I'm not well-versed in Bollywood films, I thought I ought to start with something safe. It was good. I was surprised that I didn't cry at all because everyone said it was tear-jerking. Love the cast, love the music, love the choreography. Splendid movie. Definite must-watch.

Chennai Express (2013)

Since I was already on a Shahrukh Khan roll, I thought I would go with another film with him in it. And this time, a pretty recent one, just to have a feel of what the current Hindi scene looks like. Of course, I chose Chennai Express because of Deepika Padukone as well. She's gorgeous. Back to the movie, it was hilarious and the exchange between Hindi and Tamil is interesting. Plus the cinematography is top-notch, with great angles, pace, play of vibrant colours etc. A refreshing break after so many seriously cheesy love story. Would still recommend to people. Shahrukh Khan proves a versatile actor yet again, with his hilarious antics throughout the story. "Never underestimate the power of the common man" yar!

Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

The next pick was a peek into the past. Nooooooo..!! The horror of watching this is still tormenting me. The only reason I picked this movie was because of its star-studded cast; Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. However, I regretted watching this film. It felt like a bad comic relief from start to finish. There is absolutely no kind of lesson to be learned in this movie. In fact, I don't even understand how it got produced in the first place. Won't watch again. Bored out of my mind.

Rang De Basanti (2006)

This movie is my top pick out of the 5 that I watched this week, hands down. Wouldn't have picked this out by myself. This was recommended by Mr. Khan and I must say, he has good taste in films. This film shattered my preconception of what Bollywood is all about. For the longest time, I thought all Bollywood films consist of cheesy love songs, choreography that involves mountains, lots of rolling around and cringey romantic scenes. This is a political statement like no other. Seriously one of the best film I've ever watched. Just pure genius. Splendid casts as well. They made all the characters come to life. Please watch if you haven't. I beg you.

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)

Back to Mr. Shahrukh Khan since I've taken a liking to his acting. And yet another 'love story' since I don't know what to choose. I probably dislike this more than Andaz Apna Apna. The whole premise of the story just doesn't bode well with me. Infidelity. Dishonesty. Unhappiness. I know it's a genuine issue but I do not enjoy watching this film at all. Cheating is not okay, no matter how you put it. However, I like all the casts. Seeing Amitha Bachan as a flirty old playboy is a nice change from his poker-faced character in Kabhie Kushi Kabhi Gham.

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I watched all of these films on Eros Now. It's not a free website, mind you so here's a review for anybody who is interested. The rate isn't high (RM15+ per month) and you get plenty of Bollywood and other Indian films to watch. There are also albums and TV shows. One big flaw is their loading time. Sometimes it takes so freaking long and I know it's not my internet that is the problem. The app version is even lousier. However, to make the loading time more bearable, try lowering the video quality and resolution. It's just easier to navigate on desktop rather than phone app.

It's way past midnight now. Gotta run! :) Good night, sleep tight.

Love,
Aisyah