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Dear Zindagi – Review

I just got back from watching one of the most beautiful pieces of work my eyes have ever laid on. Reviewing a film like Dear Zindagi almost is impossible to do. But I feel so fortunate to be part of the generation of Indian Cinema that is bringing such films to the big screen and I am here today to watch such a film.

Gauri Shinde is a storytelling godess. Indian Cinema is well known for its elaborate commercial pieces, but what is understated is our non-commercial films like Dear Zindagi.

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To define this film just a few words I’d have to say it is: simple, heart touching, and life learning. Have you ever felt frustrated over the simplest things, but couldn’t pin point the right meaning to it because it may be so little or maybe even too big to bring meaning to? That is life, and that is Dear Zindagi. The film which displays all aspects of life which ideally sounds complicating, but director Gauri Shinde simplifies it for us in the most beautiful way.

While the story itself is beautiful, so are Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan. Who would ever imagine these two to be seen on digital together? This duo has set the standards of on-screen chemistry to one of the best yet. We all are already aware of Alia Bhatt’s diversifying set of roles and remarkable talent in acting. And we all have fallen in love with Shah Rukh’s signature post a million times, but without any signature poses SRK displayed a part of himself we haven’t seen before and still looked younger and charming as ever before.

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Additionally Kunal Kapoor and Ali Zafar were both seen in the film and it was refreshing to see both their faces back on the big screen. Their roles may have seemed small, but they were the most impactful to Alia’s character Kaira. Alongside I enjoyed seeing Ira Dubey in the film as well who plays the role of one of Alia’s best friends similarly to how she did in the 2010 film Aisha. Another actress in the film who stood out to me was Yashaswini Dayma who also plays the role of Alia’s best friend. It was a total treat for me to see Aditya Roy Kapur in the film! All in all, the entire ensemble cast completed the film on a whole and each actor was placed perfectly with their character.

I cannot forget to mention the cinematography of the film. Alia’s character Kaira is a professional cinematographer in the film, which as a rising filmmaker I found extremely interesting. The usual ‘artist’ profession displayed on-screen is typically an actor, model, or singer…but never the profession of a cinematographer and that to a camerawoman. Props to Gauri for this creative aspect to the film, but also props to cinematographer Laxman Utekar for capturing such divine shots and scenes of Dear Zindagi.

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The music of the film is one of my favorites! A soundtrack which let’s you listen to everyone emotion of life. There’s no other music director who can capture such feelings other than Amit TrivediTu Hi Hai and Love You Zindagi are definitely my top two favorite tracks from the film.

Whether you are into films or not, or into Indian cinema or not…Dear Zindagi should be at least that ONLY Hindi film you watch because it is just a beautiful heartwarming film to watch.

A New Girl in a City’s review of Dear Zindagi is

5 stars

Check out my favorite track from the film, Tu Hi Hai!

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Thankful for this life.

I feel like a stranger on my own blog, and its unfortunate I have to say this. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and for the first time my family (my mom, brother, Nalah-my dog, and I) are going to be celebrating Thanksgiving away from home for the first time with just us four. What’s exciting for me though is I get to host them in my little house in Wilmington.

Right now as I write this, I should be finishing my laundry and making my bed. I also have a work assignment due twenty-one minutes ago, and I have to be in at my retail work job at 3:30. This morning I woke up and began cleaning, dusting, cooking, and just ‘house things’. And for the last two months I’ve just been going as I did this morning when I woke up.

For a moment I was thinking,

“I really wish I had more time to prep before my family comes today.”

But why? I am getting almost everything done with the crunch time I am given. We’re always seeking for more time to do things, whether its cleaning and cooking, or the time you have between getting up and going to work. Yet we still somehow manage to meet the deadlines we are given because that’s how the world works. We run on schedules, deadlines, and goals in hopes we meet most on-time.

I am thankful for time. 

I keep creating a new blog post for my blog here daily, but also keep trashing it because its not the content I want to put up for you. But then I feel guilty for not exposing you to my day-to-day things, life lessons, and movie life. There’s two sides to this… one I wish I didn’t miss the last two-three films that have released, but with my new home- being able to travel back home to watch Hindi movies has become extremely difficult for me to manage. If I don’t write about films or share with you about my ‘single living’ life or how ‘busy my life is’ well honestly it sounds boring after awhile. So I have decided to keep quiet till I have something truly interesting to share with you. (Hopefully this is interesting)…

But its a privilege for me to be able to share my thoughts to you on this platform and other platforms I am attached to. It makes me feel so happy when my co-workers tell me “I did a good job today” or something just as simple as, “you’re killing it.”

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I am thankful for my creativity. 

These days I am so everywhere right now in my life, and I don’t know when I’ll be able to create a new video to share with you. I tried to do the whole make a new video every Tuesday, but as I am constantly balancing six jobs on my shoulders adding more tasks on me is becoming more difficult for me to accomplish. This doesn’t mean though that I am overwhelmed or ‘doing too much’ like most feel or say.

One thing I wish I could share with you is about my film, where we are, what we are doing and all the struggles I am facing making my film come to life. But what I am learning in the creative field is being ‘secretive’ which I am horrible at doing…

I am also currently learning the word ‘balance’ and how-to apply it to me. Not balance my jobs, but balance my mind. Because I am doing so many things, my mental sanity can sometimes become unbalanced and I have my days where I just want to curl up in a ball and not respond to peoples messages, emails, and phone calls. But this is life, and this is the life I chose.

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Behind the scenes of Ehsaas

So more than anything else…

I am simply thankful for this life. I am thankful for being alive at age 22 and grateful for all the opportunities that come my way. I am so thankful to be able to pursue my dreams when I wake up each morning and my body, mind, and heart works just as hard with me each day to accomplish everything we accomplish together.

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Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and truly see the things you are grateful for. Whether you are a two year old or an 80 year old person, you should be happy for this life and grateful for each day you get to see.

For all my film readers, I am adjusting my schedule this week so I can watch Dear Zindagi this weekend, but I most definitely will be seeing it after Friday!

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How to survive in this world?

In a little less than 24 hours we will have a new president in the United States and all I have to say to that is: God Bless America (insert a lot of praying emojis).

This post though is not about politics or world events, its simply about you. You waking up, starting your day and following your daily schedule. You who may face some days where you simply wish you did not have to listen to the alarm clock, or follow the schedule and possibly just chill in bed all day. Why are we working so hard day-n-night to just do the same thing the next day?!

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Now I am going to ask you a different question, are you doing the same thing every day? Are you waking up at the same time, eating the same meal, and working the same set of hours daily? Are you living a robotic life?

Its 2016, Trump and Hillary’s names are on the ballots, almost the entire world is connected via the Internet, and you are just here doing your thing. Come on people, just stop trying to ‘survive’ each day and just live it.

Lately I have just been listening and giving less of my opinion to people around me. Not because I am afraid to give my opinion, but more so I am just hearing the same complaints from everyone around me. It’s either…

I am tired of my job, I need to find a new one.

or…

I don’t have any money, so I can’t do what I want to do.

If you’re tired of your job, there are SO many options in this world today to either find a new one, or start your own business. Its so simple these days to create and execute, and it blows my mind how people believe that you MUST have money to take off.

This is why I just listen because all these people full of complaints about their own life are doing nothing about the problem other than sharing with others.

I do not get paid by all the jobs I do, but there is not doubt that all my non-paid jobs exhilarate me each and everyday. I rarely set alarms for myself because I just get up ready to work, or well the people I work with buzz my phone enough for me to get up to it. Either way I love it. I feel this boost of energy from under my feet each and it just fuels my entire body to do more each and every day.

Yes the election is a bit terrifying and all the horrible things that happen in the world also are concerning, its really important to bring a little light within you and just create your own happiness. Stop worrying about surviving this world, and just live for you. Do whatever you can that makes you happy because life will be as long as you want it to be depending on the quality of your life, not the quantity.

Happy Election Day!

A New Girl in a City

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Review

I cannot stress enough and say that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is most definitely Karan Johar’s best film till date. If Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was your first favorite Hindi film you ever laid your eyes on, then there is a high chance you may have fallen in love with director Karan Johar a whole lot more after seeing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Everything in life is really complicated, but there is no doubt love in this day-n-age is one of the most complicating feeling to grasp onto. Today’s generation most definitely has trouble falling in love, and when we do it becomes difficult to fall out of it or face the complications it brings to us. In today’s world most have broken the concept of a’ guy and girl being best friends as well.’

“Love is passion, and friendship is peace.”

This dialogue has resonated within me after I walked out of today’s extremely Filmy-Friday-Film. And its this dialogue, and much, much more that I just thoroughly enjoyed watching this evening. Like any Karan Johar film, ADHM was visually beautiful and attractive. But its not over the top like what we have expierenced in past Kjo films, this time it is a pinch of suave and lot’s of beautifully written dialogues that have layers of meaning behind them. In fact every little or big moment in the film had a justified reasoning behind it, and it only all comes together towards the end that will leave you with a smile on your face and tears sitting at the lid of your eyes.

What I loved the most about ADHM was the bittersweetness that was conveyed through every scene in the film. In one second you are laughing and the other you have a moment to think and then to brush it off you feel like getting up and dancing to the extremely catchy tunes like The Break Up Song or Cutiepie! If you are a film-buff and I mean you enjoy old Hindi songs and you enjoy the 90s music and can still fall in love with Arijit Singh’s timeless voice, then there is a high chance you will enjoy the filmy-ness of ADHMKjo did not spare us away from reminding us of unforgettable moments from his past films, and some other classic Hindi films, but without overdoing it he just added the right hint of Bollywood-ness. A person like myself loved every moment of it.

Where do I begin with the cast of the film?! Mind blowing, sexy, comical, emotional, and picture perfect. There is no doubt a cast like Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the hottest trio I’ve seen ever on-screen together…the performance portrayed on the big-screen swept me towards the edge of my seat as each scene appeared on-screen.

If I had to select three fine performances by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan the first would be Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, secondly Provoked, and third Ae Dil Hai MushkilAnushka Sharma on the other hand never fails to exceed the audience expectations every time in her films, and I hope she doesn’t stop all that she does. Ranbir Kapoor, I am aware those who know me know how biased this entire review may sound because of how passionate I feel about every performance by Ranbir. I know I am a total fan girl over him, but its not just about his looks… Ranbir is an actor and he is a good actor. A story of a film may suck, but he never fails to get into full-on character and do his part. From dancing in a towel, to Ayan in ADHM- just wow! The chemistry between Ranbir-Anushka vs the chemistry between Ranbir-Aishwarya were two total different entities and set of emotions for the actors to portray and I think Karan Johar did a spectacular job at writing these emotions within the characters.

There is no Karan Johar film without some beautiful special appearances, but this time there was true reasoning behind each special appearance character. From Lisa Haydon Fawad Khan to Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan I loved seeing all of them appear briefly making some sort of impact on the story of the film.

If you did not enjoy the film, you had to have at least enjoyed the music of the film. Pritam is a music god for creating such a soundtrack. Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya has written such beautiful lyrics it seriously touches every emotional point. And the lead voice behind ADHM Arijit Singh- well there truly are no words to describe this one-of-a-kind artist. The soundtrack of ADHM is the single puzzle piece of the film that makes it whole.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil totally swooned me. As soon as the film ended I turned to my mom and said I want to watch it again. I am fully wrapped into the world of Karan Johar all over again and as a filmmaker-in-the-making I have become extremely motivated to work with this living legend in the near future.

A New Girl in a City’s review of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is

5 stars

I hate to pick and choose what my favorite song of the film is, but there’s no doubt Channa Mereya has been on repeat since it released!

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The #AeDilHaiMushkil Countdown Begins!

There are four days till we get to witness the love, breakups, friendships, heartbreak and a total new type of Kjo film! I haven’t been more excited for a film since well Ranbir’s last film, Tamasha!

This week each day till the release of the film I am going to share some things about either the actors, director, producer, or anything Ae Dil related!

So today’s first countdown post I will share with you my top favorite constantly played Ranbir Kapoor songs from Wake Up Sid to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!

1. Song: Iktara
Film: Wake Up Sid
Singers: Kavita Seth & Amitabh Bhattacharya 

If you’re a long time follower here, well you know how close Wake Up Sid is to me. The film changed my life in many ways, and it was the main inspiration of my blog. The songs lyrics are timeless, and while Karan Johar the producer of the film did not find any interest in such a song for the film- I think this film only speaks the film itself. Props to Ayan Mukerji for making such a beautiful debut film.

2. Song: Phir Le Aya Dil
Film: Barfi!
Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali

It takes very little words to express the feeling of this film and song. As the film itself has very little dialogue and more expression as well. Director Anurag Basu captured each individual actors as true artists and not just glam celebrities. Till this date I have not seen such delicate characters performed by the actors in this film. Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Ilena D’cruz will never be forgotten because of their excellent performance in this film.

3. Song: Kabira
Film: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Singers: Rekha Bhardwaj & Tochi Raina 

Another obvious one…Ayan took his directorial talents to a whole level and fused them with the Dharma Production-Karan Johar commercial vision. But the blend was so spectacular the film stole all hearts, and this song is just about everything I ever need when I am feeling everything.

4. Song: Agar Tum Saath Ho
Film: Tamasha
Singers: Alka Yagnik & Arijit Singh 

My other favorite director, Imtiaz Ali! Every director eventually hits his or hers ‘directors cut’ moment and Imtiaz definitely hit it with this track, especially the much talked table scene in the beginning of the track. This song not only is a beautiful bittersweet romantic song, but also visually and emotionally perfect. The combination of Alka Yagnik and Arijit Singh is also one of the most epic playback singer combos I’ve ever heard and really hope the two of them can do another classic in the future like this one.

5. Song: Channa Mereya
Film: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Singer: Arijit Singh 

And here is number 5. I haven’t seen the film yet and I fell in love with the track instantly. I still can’t grasp my mind around the fact Karan Johar has featured the bittersweet emotion that all these other tracks above also convey. I must say it is really difficult to portray this type of emotion on-screen, and Ranbir Kapoor is killer at doing it. In addition directing this type of emotion in various ways is what I find beautiful. You almost feel the same thing from all these tracks but seeing the variety from all these different directors is what amazes me.

Remember Ae Dil Hai Mushkil releases this Friday October 28, 2016! Don’t miss the Holiday film of the year, Ae Dil Ki Diwali!

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Single Living: Being with yourself.

Hello readers! Hope your day has, or is filled with lot’s of good vibes and positivity. Between my Thursday and Friday I went from being in the most negative mood ever to waking up the next morning feeling extremely rejuvenated. So what’s my secret?

Honestly I asked myself the same thing when I work up Friday morning. I looked at myself in the mirror, splashed my face with cold water and simply smiled at myself. Why do I feel so good when I went to sleep feeling like total crap? I had no emotional help from any other human being and nor did I indulge myself into any filmy things prior to falling asleep. How did this happen?

I think one thing I’ve learnt with time before living alone and currently living alone is to be okay to just be with yourself when your in public. I can spend an entire day with myself and be totally happy. I know in this world of chaos, technology and lot’s of stresses we always need someone to talk to, vent to and just tell everything to. But sometimes you have to talk to yourself and give yourself your own kind of advice. You have to be able to take walks alone, eat alone, shop alone, drive alone, and all the other things you would typically do with people.

To some this may sound very isolated, depressing or totally bonkers, but if you try it often, you will learn to feel something different in a good way and when you are with people you might end up creating a mental balance within yourself because now you are getting the best of both worlds.

I can’t deny the one person I definitely miss hanging out with on my day-to-day basis has to be my mom. But when I am alone all I think is, well she is too so its pretty much the only person I can call and bug and not think about her being busy which she probably is way more busier than me!

Hope you enjoyed this short ‘single living’ post. If you are enjoying these thoughts of mine leave a comment and tell me how you are able to relate or might try this piece of advice out!

A New Girl in a City 

See you at the movies! 

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Single Living: I think I have FOMO!

If I had to describe my life right now in one word it would be ‘bittersweet’.

Last weekend I escaped the small beach town and drove over to Charlotte, NC to soak up some buildings and city life. Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live right now, but this city girl needs her buildings and chaos once in awhile and it was truly the best timing for me to make this trip.

If you want to check out glimpses of my trip you can watch my Vlog right here!

Like every year around this time there are many events and holidays that come up. To list a few, Navratri, Garba, the NC State Fair, Diwali parties, International Fair, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the end of the year movies. I am a holiday junky and a sucker for attending all the events and parties associated with these holiday’s. The first time in my 22 years though, I am having to make decisions as to what to miss and what not to miss. It has been the hardest decision in my life (probably harder than any financial decisions I have had to make) and it is ripping me apart.

I have finally almost narrowed down what to attend and what not to attend, but it is seriously creating major FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) in me and it’s driving me crazy. But what I have realized the only perk to missing out on some of these events and moments, my bank account on the other hand is totally happy because well I’m saving some money.

As we get older we not only have to ‘adult’ but we have to miss some moments so in the future we can create even better moments. We have to compromise seeing certain people even if that includes your family. We even have to compromise seeing certain films…and this totally makes FOMO happen even more than needed.

While I continue my ‘single living’ lifestyle, I am currently counting down the days till I get to see my mom and celebrate Diwali at home with family and friends, plus Ranbir Kapoor for his new film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!

I am learning new things everyday on this journey of mine and am simply happy I have the opportunity to still do all the wonderful things that come my way and still be able to share my story with you.

A New Girl in a City 

See You at the Movies!

 

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