B- Bollywood. While we gush over the beautiful men and women, the elaborate sets and the 3 million and one costume changes for three minutes of footage, Bollywood does have its critics. Things like women being portrayed as sex objects or the ‘Indian’ element being lost in the movies are paving for a more Western look and feel. Okay, firstly, its the entertainment industry, if its not superficial does it makes sense? Anyway, let’s just take a look at the ‘figures’
Dont judge guys, everyone is guilty of a little superficialness once in awhile. Anyway, I wanted to talk about three stories that stood out to me, that thought me lessons about friendship, family and challenging the system?
The first show: English Vinglish. This is a story about a women who was often made fun of because she couldnt speak English. She’s goes to New York for a nieces wedding and she secretly attends a 14-day English lesson and when it came to the actual wedding she was able to give a speech at the end.
This marriage is a beautiful thing
It is the most special friendship… friendship of two people who are equal
Life is a long journey
Meera, sometimes you will feel you are less
Kevin, sometimes you will also feel you are less than Meera
Try to help each other to feel equal. It will be nice
Sometimes… married couple don’t even know how the other is feeling
So… how they will help the other?
It means marriage is finished?
NO! That is the time you have to help yourself. Nobody can help you better than you. If you do that… you will return back feeling equal your friendship will return back… your life will be beautiful. Meera…Kevin…maybe you’ll very busy… but have family…son…daughter…in this big world… your small little world. It will make you feel so good.
Family… family can never be…never be judgemental!
Family will never… put you down…will never make you feel small
Family is the only one who will never laugh at your weaknesses
Family is the only place where you will always get love and respect
That’s all Meera and Kevin…I wish you all the best
It’s not the most grammatically correct speech but it definitely was about something. It was about this woman who had yet conquered something else while juggling family responsibilities, looking pretty despite her age and not running away with some French guy. The story was so relatable, my mum came from India without knowing a single word of English and now, she can carry a conversation fluently. The show tells the story of an average Indian housewife.
Next Up: zindagi na milegi dobara(You dont get life a second time). When I mentioned earlier that the industry was taking a shift towards the more Western look and feel. This is one of the movies that might have been the subject of criticism but it doesn’t make it a less good. The movie has my favourite threes. The three protagonists that are completely different but are the best of friends. The workaholic who throws himself in to his work after a heartbreak(Arjun), the artistic flirt who has some deep emotional problem (Imraan) and the one who has it all figured out, the career, the girl and the life or at least that’s what they want you to believe(Kabir). I go crazy whenever they have three protagonist who are so clearly sorted because it makes me think about which character I am most like, the regrets I might have, the problems I’ll face. At the start of the show, the three friends are not talking but Kabir is getting married and they made a promise to take a road trip so they forget the betrayal and they go. Each character is on charge of an attraction so they go snorkelling, jump out of a plane and get chased by bulls. At each point in the movie problem with their lives comes to haunt them, like Arjun loses his phone so he cant work, Imraan finds his long lost father and Kabir’s fiancee makes a surprise visit.
Last but not Least: 3 Idiots. I think this show is pretty mainstream. But I like it again because of the clearly defined characters. The one who is smart but yet questions the system, the poor one who needs to graduate and thus he jumps in to his faith to get him through and get a job and the one who was forced in to the industry. The story tells us that maybe the method that works for 300 million years might no the the best method that we need to be open up to new things or stay in the dark and be forever forgotten.
This three shows are only an inkling to the many shows that are not necessarily about costumes and exaggerated coincidences and boy meets girl girl has a broken tooth bla bla bla.
'A' - new beginnings. I know, 'Shaf, “new beginnings” doesnt start with A. Im not going to write about a word that starts with A and what it means. At least not today anyway. Im going to write about 'A' and how its symbolic. For some reason, 'A' is the first letter of the English alphabet. And for that reason 'A' starts off many other lists like glossaries, contact lists and dictionaries(well, duh).
'A' is like the royals of the alphabet, it comes first then the others. It even looks royal standing mighty on its two “legs”. The first letter of the greek alphabet is alpha. Is that why the first letter of the English alphabet starts with ‘A’ or is it because ‘A’ is the first letter of the alphabet so thus its called ‘alphabet’. like how? how was it decided?
Anyway I think ‘A’ is symbolic. It represents starting over, ‘A fresh new start’ ‘A new beginning’. From A-Z(start to finish). ‘A’ no longer bears the same responsibility as the rest of the alphabets not saying that the rest are unimportant but ‘A’ feels like a leader of some kind. I wonder if the alphabet feels pressure. Like how a person whose name is on the register gets introduced first in class and the pressure that person has to make an impression. Or to be on the first to be called out in your class for the graduating ceremony.
In this journey we take for #letterbyletter, we start of with ‘A’ because thats in order. but its so much more isnt it? The letter that started it all off. Like it no longer matters what happens after this, we wait and see how the rest of the dominoes fall.