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Happy Birthday Ranbir!

{September 28, 2014}

Ranbir turns 32!

Normally, on Ranbir’s birthday, I spend the day watching at least one of his films and listening to all his songs all day. Unfortunately, I’ve spent the day studying for midterms. Better late than never, seems to be my new fad lately… huge apologies though, I’ve been juggling a heavy work load from school and long hours at work and trying to squeeze in what I love the most, films.

But, here we go, celebrating another year of this actor who is only 7 years old into the film industry and has played outstanding 12 different characters. He carries on the Kapoor Legend on-wards in his own way. He dances and moves his body like Shammi Kapoor. His delivery of dialogue is almost like his father, Rishi Kapoor and some ways he looks like, Rajiv Kapoor.

What is so special about Ranbir though, he has a few of these elements which are in his blood from the Kapoor family, but he is truly his own actor. Ranbir doesn’t try to be like Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khan or Salman Khan. He doesn’t try to be like his mother or father. He is souly just, Ranbir Kapoor and that is what makes him different. He is unique, different and always surprises the audience when a new film of his releases.

I personally, am biased and extremely a die-hard fan of Ranbir Kapoor. If I happened to run into him, or get a chance to meet him, I’d freak out like a fan-girl and then try to have an intellectual film conversation with him.

Here are some favorite Ranbir Kapoor, dialogues, interviews, songs and moments! 

 

The Humble Ranbir

A Day in the life of Ranbir Kapoor

Barfi’s Love Test 

A walk with Ranbir, Imtiaz & Alia 

A Flashback to Anjaana Anjaani with Zoom

Behind the scenes of Wake Up Sid 

A Rockstar Moment 

The Shammi Kapoor in Ranbir 

KWK Rapid Fire with Kareena  & Ranbir 

Some Ads of Ranbir…

Our Favorite… 

Timeless Yeh Jawaani Moments

Iktara 

Kabira 

Phir Le Aaya Dil 

Aas Paas Hai Khuda 

Tera Hone Laga Hoon 

 

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A Birthday Tribute to Yash Chopra

September 27, 2014

I remember as a child, in my family, there was one movie that everyone just had to watch all the time and that was, Dilwale Dhulania Le Jayenge (1995). I was probably around 4 or 5 when I saw this movie at first, all the girls in the family were drooling over Shahrukh Khan and wanting to play Kajol’s role as Simran. DDLJ, is a good movie, but definitely not a film I’d say is the BEST, Yash Raj Film. (Go ahead and freak out that I am not are obsessed with this film).

Because the film didn’t intrigue me when I was 4 or 5 years old, I depict from that day I must have had a different mind-set and outlook on films.

…but this doesn’t mean I do not like Yash Raj movies, in fact my fantasies of being on a film-set all started with dance and Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). As a child, center stage and my dancing feet has always been my favorite limelight. I don’t know if I am an amazing dancer, but the audience I have always performed in-front of from the age of 4 til today, has always enjoyed the Bollywood Entertainment I present on-stage. I remember watching Dil To Pagal Hai as a child, and falling in love with the following:

The Dance of Envy: 

I remember watching this and I was purely soaked into this scene as a kid and wanted to be Madhuri Dixit and compete with my fantasy Karishma Kapoor (or vise-versa).

Can I dance in the rain too? 

I think after seeing this, I was at someones house, probably about 6 or 7 years old and we were in the driveway, I asked if I could do a dance for everyone. It wasn’t raining, but in my head I believe I was imagining it’d rain and everyone would coincidentally know all the steps and dance behind me while I take the lead. Of course, I imagined Shahrukh Khan would run in on the scene too.

“Kahaan Hai Meri Maya?” 

The center stage, being the focus and wearing a classic Yash Raj white Indian suit with a mix of modern music and kathak steps. Its a perfect, Directors Cut!

I may not have summed all of these little details as a child, but it slowly built up from time to time and it all came together. I either was to become a dancer when I grow up or something so creative that I too can come up with a creative story and show people tradition, fictional love, simplicity in women and romance in men and just music you never want to stop listening to no matter how old it is.

Then, in 2004 I saw my first Yash Chopra film in Theater on November 12, Veer Zaara (2004). I will never forget this day and most importantly, how the film opens up with a romantic song in a ” yellow kheth.” The song, ‘Kyun Hawa’ written by Javed Akhtar and composed by the late, Madan Mohan. I know in DDLJ there is the classic scene of Raj and Simran running in a keth together, but for me this was a lot more powerful and romantic. Maybe it’s the meaning behind the song or that I was a bit older to understand the art behind a beautiful romantic scene. Whatever it may be, from that moment on-wards I had decided, that whenever I make a film, I will in at least on of my films have a classic scene like this in it. I am sure, every director may have a similar dream, some have even already relived this Yash Chopra moment, but I’d like to live this one shot in my life.

After is aw Veer Zaara my mindset changed, I no longer wanted to be a dancer for cinema, but a director. I wanted to make these movies and tell the world different stories. I began to watch more and more films, I watched old movies over a hundred times. I saw new movies over a hundred times. I started talking to people about movies and then gave myself a title, “The Queen of Bollywood”. People started calling me this, and I went along. Movies became an addictive thing in my life and it surely hasn’t ended from there.

Many years later, I now express my love for film, I write reviews and you read them. I talk about film on a more professional level and show less of the obsession. I find reason behind every story and support every new or old guy/girl in the industry by simply going on Friday and seeing their new film.

I am carrying on my dream which started small as a child, but the only dream I had made in 2004 which I will never be able to complete now is to meet and maybe even be on the sets of a Yash Chopra film. In 2012, when I found out Yash Chopra passed away, I think I cried as if he was family to me. I remember watching Jab Tak Hai Jaan just a month after he passed away, and I was slightly put-off by the film, but when the title track appeared in the credits along with a small tribute to Yash Ji, I cried again.

Yash Chopra, you will always be missed. I have never met you, but I feel you have lived in a large part of my life.
Happy 82nd Birthday to a Legend! 

“Jab Tak Hai Jaan…” 

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Ek Villain, Bobby Jasoos & Lekar Hum Deewana Dil {Late Reviews}

{Late Film Reviews}

When I was in the UK, I had missed a lot of good films and boy every time Friday came around, I had the urge to find the closest cinema and sit with my popcorn to see these films. But I couldn’t have my cake and eat it too…

Finally, this past week, I took some time and watched these films in my own cinema hall at home with a bucket of popcorn.


 

Ek Villain
{Film Review}

Released June 27

Directed by Mohit Suri 

Starring: Ritesh Deshmuk, Shraddha Kapoor & Siddarth Malhotra 

I had low expectations for the film, because of the reviews I had read previously, but as always, I like a film that general reviewers do not like. I loved it! The story, the cinematography, the music, the intensity and I was awed by all three of the actors performance.

A New Girl in a City’s review of Ek Villain is

4 stars


Bobby Jasoos
{Film Review}

Released July 4

Directed by Samar Shaikh 

Starring Vidya Balan & Ali Fazal 

Again, I read film reviews, my mom even went to see the film for me and she said “it was okay”. But she couldn’t give me a star rating review… So again I had to see it for myself to rate it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Another women based film, and Vidya played an outstanding role playing, Bobby Jasoos. I fell in love with Ali Fazal and his performance. The entire story grasped me at the edge of my seat. I must point out, the song Tu is beautiful and soulful, it added a perfect sufi-love sequence in the film.

A New Girl in a City’s review of Bobby Jasoos is

4.5 stars out of 5


Lekar Hum Deewana Dil
{Film Review}

Released July 4 

Directed by Arif Ali 

Introducing: Deeksha Seth & Armaan Jain 

I had been listening to a few of the tracks from this film, by AR Rahman, while traveling to the UK. I saw the film, and it was a cute quirky light film for some new kids on the blog of B-town. It was definitely a mindless film, but it had a good moral for today’s youth (of my generation). It was a love-friendship story, but of having to accept what a relationship is like after marriage vs just fooling around in college and hanging out. There are responsibilities that come along with the package, especially when living off of no money…

A New Girl in a City’s review of Lekar Hum Deewana dil is

3.5 stars

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Daawat-e-Ishq – {Late} Film Review

Daawat-e-Ishq, meaning Feast of Love. They say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

A story about Gulrez and Tariq, who fall in love through: lies and truth, disguised wealth and most importantly the delicious recipes of Hyderabad and Lucknow.

What I enjoyed the most about this film was the story. Writer and Director of the film, Habib Faisal, put together a beautiful story together which covered a common issue which is occurring in India today and has been an on-going occurrence, how much dowry will the brides family give to the boys family. 

But that is all I found great about the film, everything else seemed average or already done. Parineeti who plays Gulrez, did a great job as always with her spunky character but I felt I had seen her play a similar role already in past films. It was nothing different. Aditya Roy Kapoor on the other hand was amazing, he looked good and acted well. It was definitely different from his 2013 film Aashiqui 2 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, but it wasn’t anything no one else could do.

Somewhere in the film, it got hooked too much into the love-story and I had almost forgotten at some points whether it was a love story or something else.

I didn’t hate it, it wasn’t bad and I didn’t feel I wasted 2 hours and 10 bucks, but on a whole it could have been a lot better. I enjoyed the music and the beautiful clothing and of course the mouth watering food!

A New Girl in a City’s Daawat-e-Ishq’s film review is

3-stars-out-of-5

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Finding Fanny – Film Review

Love is such an interesting topic, or more so a topic every filmmaker covers… but one can never have enough stories on love.

Finding Fanny, a film which shows love from all angles, whether its falling in love with you childhood best friend, the love of dysfunctional friends, love because their appearance is the most appealing aspect or a lost love who never received your proposal love letter 46 years ago.

Dimpla Kapadia, Naseerudin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor–what a cast to see on-screen together. They all did an amazing job playing the characters of dysfunctional yet loving ordinary human beings. They were all in search for love in their own way, some found it and some unfortunately did not. My favorite had to be Naseerudin Shah, a classic actor who always seems to display different characters on the big screen and so believable too.

The film had all aspects; it was comical, there was a feeling of sympathy or sadness for some characters and then the ‘feel good inside’ feeling. The road trip to Goa, had me striving to take another road trip in my life. The hardships the characters over-came together, through simple remedies and that is friendship. It was a simple film and a well written script. I felt it was a bit slow, but slow movies do not bother me much if the story still has my full attention.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Homi Adjania’s Finding Fanny(maker of Being Cyrus  & Cocktail). 

I think my favorite message from the movie was that, in life we constantly want everything to come to us, but once in a while we need go to it or in this scenario… we all think and hope love will come knocking on our door but instead we need to go find that love, and knock on the door even if the door doesn’t even exist.

A New Girl in a City’s review for Finding Fanny is

3-stars-out-of-5

 

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Thoughts from Raleigh Roads

Raleigh is a growing city, I can see it just be the increase of traffic. People getting used to a “large” crowd and just simply seeing things spring up wherever the once used to be green land. One thing about Raleigh is that it will never become a ‘real city’ and I only say this because we are southerners who are wanting to raise a family and have good jobs. That’s pretty much what Raleigh is known for and of course the amazing southern food which you will never find anywhere else in the world.

This isn’t about Raleigh though… it’s about everything and anything that comes to my mind when I am driving on the roads of Raleigh. I am constantly thinking about how much further I can drive on these roads and hope to escape them as quick as possible. Today I took those thoughts out of my mind and thought about just the things I needed to get done right away and then I turned my head to a mini van next to me and caught myself staring into the life of a family, it seemed as if they were setting off to some place, maybe the beach? There was a mother, father, three kids and grandparents; it was quite cute to see and I said to myself, how lucky are they…

This year I promised myself to be as positive as I can, be as happy as I can and just simply stop worrying. Of course it’s hard to do it, but it’s surely possible and I’ve been pretty good at it, sometimes it can be hard though.

The room I sit in to write all my blog posts has been designed so I CAN write, I believe every wall and corner has something, whether it’s photographs of me and my friends & family, a wall with things to do lists and a calendar, a wall with inspirational quotes with shelves of some favorite magazines and trinkets, or a wall with Bollywood posters and magazine snippets and my newest addition…my travel wall. All these photographs, words, magazines, etc. are what make me who I am.

The most important thing is missing though, a perfectly large family photo.

I don’t talk much about family, and when I do, its hard for me to talk about it. The only family members I can speak about are the ones who are in my house, my mom, brother and dog. I’ve grown up in this environment where all of our close-net friends have large families and I have been lucky enough to be part of their family affairs and where they consider me as a daughter, sister or even grand-daughter. I constantly have this desire to have my own, take pictures with my own kind and put a family photo up.

Not all of us in the world can have everything though, some of us feel we have less than others, but truly we are given what we have in hand for a reason. I think if there is any person in my family I wish I could have met, is my grandfather (mothers father). When my mom talks about him and all his achievements, I feel the craze for Bollywood and my creative-writing passion has come from his blood. I also wish I could have met my fathers, father–I hear the business side of me comes from him.

I am not writing this post for sympathy, or to bring tears to ones eyes. I am not complaining about what’s not there, because there is not much one can do–I am simply conveying my thoughts from the on-the-go roads of Raleigh and today’s thoughts seemed to be slightly different from other days.

Random thoughts and small conversations are what keep the world going and people happy.

For now this is all!

Signing out,

- A New Girl in a City – 

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Mary Kom Film Review & a Special Day

Saturday September 6, 2014

I woke up at ease this morning. I let the day take me in whatever direction it took me in. I had planned a small birthday celebration with friends in the evening; we went to the RDU Observation Park and ordered my favorite southern food, Bojangles. Later in the evening, some friends and my mom and brother joined me for the 10:10pm show of Mary Kom. I was extremely thrilled to be sitting in the cinema at Midnight for my birthday (September 7).

THE REVIEW

Mary Kom, a 31 year old Indian born and brought up in Manipur. Priyanaka Chopra couldn’t have been a better actor in history to have played such a role. The entire film was based on a true story and real life events. I truly have no words to describe this emotional uplifting film. This true story on the ongoing life of Mary Kom fulfilling life dreams and still being able to be a woman, daughter, wife and mother displays that women can do anything and not just women, but anyone can do anything as long as you put your mind and heart to it. We all stumble, we all reach dead ends, but there’s always multiple chances at life and when people around you believe in you and you can believe in yourself then nothing else matters.

Priyanka, as always did an outstanding performance and I hope she is recognized in every way for her heartfelt and powerful work of art as Mary Kom. Sunil Thapa, as Coach Sir and Darshan Kumar playing the role of Onler Kom, her husband and life support– they all were also just as phenomenal as Priyanka. Debut Director, Omung Kumar made a hit for his first and you could tell the production teams of, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 all had hands in the film and making it so powerful and moving.

Most important moment I must touch upon is when the National Anthem was displayed at the end of the film (I normally don’t like to give away scenes or parts of the film) moved me the most, mostly because every single person in the the theater stood up. This was partially because of the respect towards the National Anthem, but I think the film was so real feeling that I felt we were really watching Mary Kom fight in the ring and her outstanding achievement of fighting all sorts of emotions, being Indian and Indian Woman made us all stand up for the National Anthem as well. And then my mom and I began an applause in the audience at the end and of course the emotions showed into my eyes as I got teary eyed.

The film was purely amazing.

A New Girl in a City’s review for Mary Kom is

5 stars

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

I’m 20 and ‘old’. I find myself trying to ‘perfect’ this day every year, somewhere in the day something doesn’t seem to click correctly. I’m not unhappy, but my expectations are way too high. I realized today, while watching planes take off and land, that I was spoiled as a child by my dad’s smile on my birthday. It’s a small thought but it’s true, He made my birthday so wonderful because of his heartfelt smile. Every year on my birthday for the last 12 years, I am constantly trying to look for that smile, just so I can have a good day. Today when I realized this, I just imagined it in my head and then suddenly the words came out, “let’s just be positive.” My dad would have said that, and I feel good to know that I am able to say those words finally, because for some strange reason, I have never verbally said it.

Life is tough, and we get through it. It’s harder when you constantly wish the people who you have very little memory with, are not here and the people you have the most memories with are always there. But it’s part of the everyday doings… I constantly capture my life on camera, because I’m afraid I’ll forget these moments like I have forgotten all my memories with my dad. We should all be grateful for what we have and not be judgmental towards people, not worry about why people make a wrong decision and instead just let it go and move on and simply be as positive as we can no matter how down-hill things are going.

I couldn’t be happier though, I spent the first 45 minutes of my birthday watching the end of Mary Kom and thoroughly felt happy. It was like a dream come true, wanting to live on films for life and the idea of wanting to live on film sets itself forever!

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