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2.0 Robot – Movie Review

2.0 and The Super Combination of Thalaiva Rajinikanth, Akshay and Shankar hit Bull’s eye!

Cast: Rajinikanth as Dr. Vaseegaran & Chitti (2.0) and Chota Chitti (3.0), Akshay Kumar as Pakshirajan, Amy Jackson as Neela and Shankar the Director.

A sensational movie that will be an eye-opener for sure, not because it’s the first ever Indian Movie to be shot with the 3D camera, but because of the subject of the movie. Robot – part one was well accepted by people because it was a new concept and to the people, it was easy to take it. The star actors Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai were a big bonus as well. But for the sequel to turn into something like what it is now, the story needed something really different and that’s where I think Shankar hit the bullseye. The script was excellently designed with subplots coming in at the right moment. The story goes smoothly towards upwards direction keeping the audience glued to the seats. That’s one big factor for the success of the movie apart from the Rajinikanth’s style and Akshay unbeatable adaptability of the role of Birdman. The failure of Thugs of Hindostan raised the bars on this movie even more and a lot of critics even doubted the movie’s run at Box office. But, the Movie’s Business, as well as the message, are being delivered fantastically as of now.

Story: (Next day) Students walk into the Robotics lab of Dr. Vaseegaran to have the view of the New Robot ‘Neela’ and Dr. Vaseegaran introduces the Robot to the students. When asked, he tells the students that it’s not as same as ‘Chitti’ but if required ‘Chitti’ has to come back. That’s one checkpoint in the movie right at the beginning of the movie. (Previous Day) Akshay Kumar playing the role of Birdman is shown walking towards the mobile tower and commits suicide. Akshay Kumar is the Birdman in this movie who by passion is an ornithologist (one who studies Birds). Pakshirajan has got the deep connection for Birds which starts from his birth, interestingly a bird saves him from death when he was born prematurely. Slowly incidents in life make him to accept that he is born only for Birds and his duty is to take care of the Birds. But, because of the high radiation created by mobile towers, Birds struggle to breathe and lose their memory power leading to their death. Birdman tries all his bit to save the helpless birds from the Tower Radiation. But he fails in doing so which makes him to feel very depressed and takes an ultimate step of suicide. The main subplot is this, where Birdman, an ornithologist who suicides returns to the world as the fifth force of all the dead bird’s power. Filled with anger, anguish, violence & revenge, Pakshirajan starts to steal the mobile phones of every individual and killing the associated authority personnel for their ugly behaviour towards him when he was alive.

This is how the story is built up and is extremely well scripted by Shankar. The time you think that movie is getting predictable you would be welcomed with something really surprising. The entry of Chitti and the defeat of Pakshirajan, the egoistic nature of a human leading to the rebirth of Pakshirajan with much more power and then the demolition of Chitti. This leads to re-entry of Chitti in the completely new avatar is something to watch out. Finally, the audience will be up for a major surprise in the last 30 mins of the Movie where you will meet the Chota Chitti. The fierce battle between the Robot and Pakshirajan and the message of Rajinikanth to the audience in the climax is really to be thought out.

My takeaways from the Movie: Definitely the applause must go for the 3D and the VFX effects used in the Movie. As promised the technology used in the movie takes this movie to the level of Hollywood. As an Indian, we must feel proud to be part of this movie. Rajinikanth who looked to be losing his charismatic style jumps out and proved himself yet again. Akshay Kumar as always was outstanding with dialogue delivery and played the villain role absolutely brilliant. Actually, even Rajinikanth plays a Villain role in the Movie. That said, the story was nicely built and concluded by the director Shankar. Surely a worth watch movie.

This movie also pops out some thoughts for an individual to think, are we (humans) the only living beings on this earth who needs to be given freedom, rights, life etc;. What’s with the other living beings who can’t speak, yet when domesticated they take care of their own better than anyone else. We raise voices when asked not to burst crackers, we raise a voice when asked not to cut down the forests and many more things which affect the environment. Because we can speak we are heard, what about those animals which can’t speak? Nobody can hear them. But we should understand that we need to use our heart and brain and think of those animals which are getting extinct. Unfortunately, our childhood has been a lot different from what our kids are going to have. Never I think technology is bad, but anything in excess is always bad. Every individual has to understand this point and stay in limits. That’s when we will be able to respect everything in the world and unknowingly we would be adding a lot of good deeds to our life!

India Hosts Hockey World Cup 2018 – Odisha (India’s Best Kept Secret) #HockeyWorldCup2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 – Odisha (India’s Best Kept Secret)

The nation is all set and geared up to host the Hockey’s biggest ever event, Hockey World Cup 2018. It is the 14th edition of this Men’s Hockey tournament and India. It is for the third time India will be hosting Hockey World Cup. First, it was Bombay in 1982, New Delhi in 2010 and Odisha in 2018. The tournament will be held for 18 days, there are 16 teams pooled into 4 groups each. Australia is the defending champions, they won twice in fact. Winning the New Delhi 2010 and The Hague 2014. Kookaburras will be hungry to make it a hattrick no team has ever done in the history of the tournament. In the 13 times, Pakistan leads the tally with 4 titles, Netherlands & Australia with 3 titles, Germany with 2 titles and India with only 1 title. The last time India won Hockey World Cup was way back in 1975 – Malaysia. The story has been completely different since then.

After 1975 final victory to till date, it has been forgettable memories for Team India. We have never made it to the semifinals in the last 10 tournaments. Whereas Pakistan has performed extremely well winning the tournament four times and runner-up twice. But both India and Pakistan have lost their strength in the last two decades and are nowhere in comparison to the top teams like Netherlands, Germany, and Australia. But always history can be rewritten and I, as an optimistic Indian would want India to reach the finals that will be played on 16th December at the Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar.

Hockey has lost its charm and importance that it was receiving in the early days of the game. In the 1950s to 1970s India was a lethal team in Hockey and we have great players who have become World Hockey Legends. But the Indian performance chart had continuously seen the negative trend and never in condition to go up. It’s the same story with Football which is also picking up the positive trend lately. Indian hockey is also seeing some major improvements in the game and we have seen great victories for the Indian team in the last two years building up to this mega event. India performed well in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals and Finals. So we are truly on a growth trend again and we will reach the lost heights of Indian hockey very soon. It’s our Game and Indians are slowly understanding this point. We have seen the movies made on Hockey in India, Soorma and Gold. Soorma and Gold clearly depict the heroes of Indian hockey and how unconditional was their love for the game of Hockey.

I feel Indian Hockey Team needs more and more support like the way it has received today during the opening ceremony. Kalinga Stadium was roaring in support of Indian Team captain Manpreet Singh. CM Naveen Patnaik shared beautiful insights and called for the tournament to begin. He was the Chief Minister who has closely watched the preparations for the tournament and organized an amazing and fantastic opening ceremony which had a deep concept for the people to understand.

I really hope that this Hockey World Cup will bring back the lost value of our Nation Sport back to the country and we shall many more Indians playing Hockey and one day our dream of Olympic Gold comes true! For all this, the Indian Team and the players need all of our support! #JaiHind #India

AR Rehman gave this beautiful, rich, cultural theme song for Hockey World Cup 2018!

Baazaar Movie Review #SaifAliKhan #BollyWood

Bazaar Movie Review – Saif Ali Khan aka Shakun Kothari says crossing the Line isn’t bad always!

Cast: Saif Ali Khan as Shakun Kothari, Radhika Apte as Priya Rai & Rohan Mehra as Rizwan Ahmed. Production by Viacom 18 and Directed by Gauravv Chawla.

This was the second movie I watched on my Birthday on Sunday and it was something I couldn’t miss. After all, it is related to ‘Stock Market’, the subject I teach. Baazaar was a much-awaited movie for many. Firstly for Saif Ali Khan who has been waiting for a good movie, Chitrangada Singh was making come back to the Movies and importantly for the debutant Rohan Mehra who played a crucial role in the movie. Finally for all those people who are waiting to watch a movie with a very different storyline. Baazaar had that different story which caught the attention of people and that’s the set of Stock Market fans. Maybe that’s a disadvantage, as many Stock Market jargons would’ve become tough for all those who don’t have an idea of Stock Markets.

Story: Rizwan Ahmed (Rohan Mehra) is a Stock Market broker who is born and working in Allahabad for a small trading firm, but he is always aiming for big things in life. Thus he leaves Allahabad and moves to Mumbai. Rizwan starts dreaming big in the city of Business & Finance. All through, his one wish was to work with his idol Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali Khan), but the greed of Shakun and his manipulative ideology, power, and the stock market draws Rizwan towards him, a little too fast. Rizwan idolizes shakun and wants to be as popular as him. It was a known fact that Shakun Kothari was a fraud businessman, but Rizwan always defends the business sense of Shakun and felt that nothing was wrong. Shakun only believed in the business where the money gets doubled in quick time and for that, he is ready to do anything. His powerful team helps him in manipulating the system perfectly without allowing the law to catch up.

Shakun Kothari is that kind of a person who believes in a 100-meter sprint whereas Rizwan Ahmed believes that life is like a Marathon. Movie Story completely revolves around the thought process of these two men. Rizwan falls into the trap of shakun only to realize with at the nick of the time, and life gives him the chance to correct them. His small-town mentality allows him to go to the terrace only to fly but not to die, and with that smartness, he traps shakun and beats him in his own game. and disturbs his life. Baazaar a movie based on Share Market is made to explain us the importance of values, morals and money etc.. This is for sure a very different and not an easy topic to choose but the response as of now has been good. In the movie world of Love, Romance, Horror etc this is definitely one of the few movies, which will be liked for its novel treatment and innovative approach.

My takeaways from the Movie: Firstly it was nice to watch a Movie which had shown the Stock Market as the main subject. The general public will be able to understand a few finance jargons if they watch this movie with some concentration. Apart from that, Baazaar is a movie which keenly talks about the right morals required for any person or an organization. The Movie hits at several issues and one of them is how one should live the life? Should it be a Marathon or like a 100-meter Sprint? The answer is a simple one, that always treat your life as Marathon and move forward. Because Life puts you through many surprises if you treat it as a Sprint you won’t be able to face them and a small error could cost you everything. When you treat life as marathon your energies are channelized and used properly and you will be able to see your destination clearly.

Not just this always one has to stick to the core values and believe in the right way of doing things, only then one can survive and last long! Else, you end up losing everything with the same speed with which you built them! Now the choice is yours, 100 meters or marathon!

Gold – India’s dream run for first Olympic Gold as a free nation! #Gold #MovieReview

Gold – India’s dream run for first Olympic Gold as a free nation!

Cast: Director: Reema Kagiti, Akshay Kumar as Tapan Das,  Mouni Roy as Monobina Das, Kunal Kapoor as Samrat, Amit Sadh, Vicky Kaushal and others as Players. Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani.

Firstly, it was after a long time that I had gone to watch movie with my good friend with whom I usually used to watch every Akshay Kumar movie. GOLD is a wonderful experience for someone who would want to go back and ride the history of Indian hockey and its glorious days. This movie tells us many things and gives us some valuable lessons to learn and inculcate. No better day than Independence day to release this movie, producers are indeed nearing towards profit mark. As usual this time also I will give the short summary of the movie and my takeaways from this movie. Yes, understandably there are misrepresentation of facts as its only movie trying to depict the history.

Story:

It was the 1936 Olympics and it’s the host nation Germany vs India (British India) in the finals of Hockey for Gold Medal. Indian players are representing the British team and are in furious mood as then German leader Adolf Hitler had spoken ill about India and Indians didn’t like. All players show their dissent right from the beginning of the match and they take revenge by thrashing the German Team and take home the Gold Medal. It was not just the medal but it was also the love of the German fans that India had won. But what’s more important for Indian players was all the credit goes to British and the National Anthem played is British. This was the moment where Indian Captain Samrat and the manager Tapan Das (AK) dream something very big and that is to see India win Hockey Gold as a free nation. This is the actual start to the movie and movie shows how Tapan Das the manager of Indian Hockey Team who is a gambler, drunkard and not so very well-behaved person shows complete dedication and massive respect towards the game of Hockey.

It was the 1936 Olympics and it’s the host nation Germany vs India (British India) in the finals of Hockey for Gold Medal. Indian players are representing the British team and are in furious mood as then German leader Adolf Hitler had spoken ill about India and Indians didn’t like. All players show their dissent right from the beginning of the match and they take revenge by thrashing the German Team and take home the Gold Medal. It was not just the medal but it was also the love of the German fans that India had won. But what’s more important for Indian players was all the credit goes to British and the National Anthem played is British. This was the moment where Indian Captain Samrat and the manager Tapan Das (AK) dream something very big and that is to see India win Hockey Gold as a free nation. This is the actual start to the movie and movie shows how Tapan Das the manager of Indian Hockey Team who is a gambler, drunkard and not so very well-behaved person shows complete dedication and massive respect towards the game of Hockey.

Olympics get cancelled in 1940 and 1944 and only in the year 1948 the Olympics return at London and Tapan Das is super excited about this news. Someone who spent 12 years without any meaning had actually found that his big dream is now not far away and he needs to get the team ready. This part of the movie is the awe-inspiring act by Tapan Das who creates a team scouting all around the Country. But partition of 1947 takes away everything, including his captain and four players who decide to go to Pakistan and few Foreigners decide to go back to their homeland. He is left with only a handful Indians. As he was about to give up Samrat re-surfaces and rejuvenates Tapan Das to pursue his dream of building a team.

This story of rebuilding the team and creating remarkable players who go on to defeat the mighty British team in their home land in the 1948 Olympics and to take the revenge of 200 years of rule was a treat to watch. Sure you would feel the Goosebumps multiple times in the Movie.

My takeaways for you from the Movie:

Not taking it further, every movie teaches us something and this movie gives us a simple yet most powerful lesson to learn and that is to be united, believing and committed to the Dream. Yes it’s the Dream that’s much bigger than anything else. You dream and only then you will be able to work towards it and accomplish it. Unfortunately, we have many people who are full of Dreams but no support and that’s where the factor of belief comes. The last time India won a hockey gold was in 1980. That is almost 38 years ago! It’s not that winning is not in the minds of the present players but what lacks in them is the ‘Dream’ that a Winning team needs. There will be obstacles which are there to spoil the Dream and they come in the form of Politics, Ego and Jealousy both in the players and in the Management. If we learn to manage them well, we will see many Golds coming to India, not just the hockey but in all other games as well…. Gold is just a reminder to the 130 Cr Indians of what they can do, if they dream, believe and chase the dream!!!

102-Not Out #AmitabhBachchan #RishiKapoor  

102-Not Out #AmitabhBachchan #RishiKapoor

In today’s Tuesday post, I will in my own style I will be taking you through a very different movie that is made this year.

Lead Characters:
  1. Dattatreya Vakharia – Amitabh Bachchan
  2. Babulal – Rishi Kapoor
  3. Dhiru – Jimit Trivedi
Story:

Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of Dattatreya a 102-year-old father of 75-year-old Babulal. Dattatreya wants to send his son Babulal to an old age home because he wants to become the longest living human being on the earth and wants to break the world record of 118 years held by a Chinese man. He feels that his son’s seriousness and over disciplined nature will be of no help. He thus wants his son to leave him alone and let him enjoy life. This is not the story but it’s the story that Dattatreya creates to teach a lesson to his Son. Why that story gets created is what I leave it to ‘Theatres’ to answer. But that reason for which Dattatreya takes a drastic step is only to make his son stronger and keep him away from his son ‘Amol’. Amol is Babulal’s son who works in America and rarely writes letters to Babulal ending it with ‘I hope you Understand Papa’. This is the point on which Directory wanted to stress on.

Review:

This Story that is chosen by the director is definitely a unique one. The title of the movie itself has added lot of weight to the movie. Adding more weight is the terrific combination of Amitabh and Rishi Kapoor. Like any other film this film is also riding on the relationships, but in much different way. It’s not any other Love story. This movie moves around the bond between two people who are 102 and 75. It’s a very hard-hitting movie that speaks and deliver messages to those who outrightly disrespect parents. The points raised in the movie aren’t so easily taken. If it was any other actor, may be movie would’ve not had this great run on Box Office. This Movie is minus songs, romance and action sequences and is only based on pure chemistry. The chemistry between Amitabh and Rishi Kapoor is outstanding and everlasting.

Learnings from the Movie:

Every movie teaches us something and what we only lack is the approach. Approach becomes important because that is what feeds the message to out brain.

It is amazing to see that parents love their kids and kids love their parents. But only for certain period of time. This movie talks about how a kid’s love decreases and the parents love increases over the time.  We get blinded in the Love that we don’t listen to anyone’s words and we become emotionally attached to that person. May it be father and Son or Mother and Son. Relationships are emotional but they shouldn’t be so much that you get blinded in them. Through this movie director asks us to open eyes and look at the world.  If your Son is so busy that he doesn’t have time for your needs then you need to stay strong and as well teach him/her lesson rather than “beg things” from him.

October Movie Review – Varun Dhawan

Life in its colors of October….foggy, misty and filled with melancholy. That sums up October for you. All is well when the film opens. Its a story of Dan played by Varun and Shiuli played by new comer Banita Sandhu. You might have found the name shiuli strange, but its a flower’s name. Shiuli is a flower that blossoms only in October, when winters are about to set it. Its a flower belonging to Jasmine family, that has an amazing aroma and which blossoms at the desk and falls off by dawn.

Dan is a brat and Shiuli responsible, they have no connection whatsoever until something strange and unexpected happens. What happens throws both their lives completely out of gear and as the story unfolds you will feel as if you are watching some real life characters around you. October is not for those who want to go out and enjoy a sunday afternoon movie. It is for those who wants to contemplate life and understand its truest colors through the eyes of Shoojit Sircar who gave us Vicky Donor and Piku. Both the movies had a comic touch in circumstances which are comical, but October has a comic touch to Dan’s character in a melancholy.
Love is not about running around trees and holding hands. Its not about taking selfies are gifting things, its all about just about being there. The entire movie runs on the dialogue “where is dan” that Shiuli asks and Dan taking it as the expression of love from her side. Circumstances build up in such a way that during the entire movie he tries to find out why she asked the question and by the time he gets the answer, life shows an altogether different color. Love and life play hide and seek with you while you are watching the movie, and when you discover that love is moving towards its destination, life reveals its own plans. What does a human do when life has things that he doesn’t want to take? Dan faces this question in each and every scene and the final answer he gives is, he embraces life! When you embrace life, you wont complain what it gives you.
Performances wise Varun Dhawan is superlative and delivers his role to perfection. Banita Sandhu delivers her portions extremely well. All the other characters fit in perfectly and under less than 2 hours without any songs to disturb you, this movie is an absolute delight to watch. At the end of the movie you would shed a tear or two for the protagonists. You would surely want to be left alone after the movie to look at life and the uncertainties associated with it. I would rate it 4 on 5 for the sincerity surrounding it. Go watch if you want to see “Life” in action!

A mammoth 16,347.5 crores bid for IPL Media Rights by Star Sports! Will they Earn it Back?

In today’s Tuesday post am going to talk about how STAR after spending 16,347.5 Crores to buy the TV rights for IPL is going to make profit.
How are they going to earn that money back?

We Indians are Cricket Crazy and the Craziness has gone to another Level in last 10 years courtesy IPL. IPL has brought so many changes to the game, introduced new players, made careers, had its own share of controversies and much more. Not just the careers to aspiring cricketers but also many other jobs in branding, promotions, sales, advertising event management etc. There is so much money in the game, so much that the latest broadcasting rights cost of 16,347.5 crores bid by Star Sports which is roughly 2.55 billon dollars is more than at least 10 countries GDP put together. Brand IPL has become part of every Indian’s lifestyle. People are mad about this sport and wait eagerly for Summer. So much money is involved!

Money Money Money!

If you look into the Money part, the total IPL Broadcasting charges are 16,347.5 for 5 years and for each year it comes to 3,276 crores. With 60 matches happening every season the cost per match is coming to 54.6 crores. That means each day Star Sports has to earn above 54.6 crores to make profits. On a day when there are two matches scheduled Star has to earn more than 100 crores. Earning more than 100 crores in the weekend and 55 crores on weekdays is nothing short of a Bahubali task.

Will Star Sports earn this much or have they got themselves into trouble by over bidding?

Firstly the 16,347.5 crores are not just for Indian Sub-Continent but it’s a global contract that Star Sports had bagged. They include TV, Digital, Internet in all the countries. The major source of income though is the ad revenue that the broadcaster generates. Ad revenues are calculated on the basis of pulse rates.

Pulse is a 10 sec time slot for an advertisement. Star Sports is charging around 8.5-9 lakhs per 10 seconds. That means a Reliance Jio ad that comes for 30 seconds costs roughly 25.5 lakh per insertion. Which means a minute ad will give Star Sports 51 lakhs and if we calculate this way we get to see minimum of 40 mins of ads Star will earn 20 crores. Last year the ad revenue was recorded as 1300 crore and this time it is expected to be 1600-1700 crore. STAR has roped in 11 sponsors for IPL apart from many other advertisers for airing the advertisements. Spinsors pay more money and are committed to advertise a certain number of times compulsorily.

11 sponsoring companies that have signed the deal for IPL
  1. VIVO- Title and on ground
  2. Kent
  3. Parle
  4. Elica Kitchens
  5. Dream 11
  6. Polycab Wires
  7. Vodafone
  8. Airtel
  9. Reliance Jio
  10. Coca Cola
  11. Future Consumer

Last year IPL was shown only on 4 channels but this year it has gone up to 10 channels in India. IPL this year will be available in 6 languages that includes English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Kannada. With these 10 channels and 6 languages STAR is aiming to have a 350 billion minutes of broadcast time this year and a total reach of 70 Crore. Yes, 70 Crore people will be targeted this year through Digital and TV platforms compared to 55 Crores in 2017 and 36 Crore in 2016! This is a rapid jump in number and that is why the advertisements as well as the cost of advertisements is more this year compared to any other year.

Following are the 10 channels where IPL matches are shown live.
  1. Star sports 1 (English)
  2. Star sports 1 HD (English)
  3. Star Sports Select 1 (English)
  4. Star Sports Select 1 HD (English)
  5. Maa Movies (Telugu)
  6. Star Sports 1 Hindi (Hindi)
  7. Star Sports 1 Hindi HD (Hindi)
  8. Star Sports 1 Tamil (Tamil)
  9. Suvarna Plus (Kannada)
  10. Jalsha Movies (Bengali)
The other part of revenue generation for STAR is from the Digital Medium!

The official digital media of Star Sports is Hotstar. Hot Star last year had total viewership of to 500millon and is projected to reach 700 million this year for all the matches. This is another big source of revenue as people subscribe for the live streaming which is at 299 rupees presently. Apart from subscriptions, ad revenues are also generated on digital media which runs into crores. Even if we take minimum addition of 25 lakh subscribers the amount goes to 747 crores. Now you know how the money that is pumped in by Star Sports is huge and the break even looks tall, it is actually not. It’s a Gold mine and that is why as many as 24 companies bid for IPL rights.

Here are the other few statistics from IPL 2017 that will interest you!
  • No of people who searched for IPL are 6 crores – IPL 2017
  • 1cr 84 lakh 44 thousand Facebook comments

Engagement factor – Number of times people searched

  1. Mumbai Indians – 1 cr 84lakh
  2. RCB – 1 crore
  3. SRH – 69 lakhs
  4. DD – 41 Lakhs

Highest number of social media groups

  1. RCB 5 lakh 10 thousand
  2. SRH 4 lakh 32 thousand
  3. MI 2 lakh 98 thousand
Most valued players
  1. Virat Kohli
  2. MSD
  3. Yuvi
  4. Ashwin
  5. Rohit Sharma

With so much riding on IPL, let’s see if STAR will be able to collected 54.6 Crore per match and break even or fall short of the target. All the matches are generating lot of excitement and let’s hope that this season breaks all the records and sets stage for a bigger and better IPL season next year!

For now, sit back and enjoy the matches and don’t forget to watch the advertisements in between because they are the ones which are running this IPL!!!

PadMan Movie Review – India’s Super Man does the unthinkable!

Not just a Man; He is a Super Man from India and he is the Pad Man!

I would want not to attach any adjectives to this movie and describe it because it means I am restricting this movie to that one particular excellent, marvelous etc. word. Instead I would say this is a PadMan Movie. But this way you might not understand. So, let me take you to the India’s Superhero Arunachalam Muruganantham’s true story which has changed the lives of many Women in the country and certainly outside the country as well. Movies like this should not be seen from Box Office point of view or awards point of view. It’s a problem, it’s a beautiful story and most importantly it’s a message that’s getting delivered through this movie!

Menstrual Hygiene

Menstrual Hygiene has been a big taboo in our country and isn’t getting the required treatment. People in the family believe that it is the Girl’s problem and never put their head into it. Rightly so, because if you try to get into it you are surely welcoming big trouble. Exactly the same thing Laxmi (Akshay) in this movie faces. He faces insult and pain while his motive was only to make the life easy for the Women members of his house. He struggles hard in this process and does everything possible to make sanitary pads at lower cost but, he does succeed in finally but in doing so he loses his family’s support.  There is a pinch of comedy in this movie which makes you feel the comedy side of Akshay. Concerned on the menstrual hygiene this movie may not go well with the rural India.

Toilet Ek Prem Katha was not a very different story but was well accepted because of the comedy angle present in it. PadMan though is little serious movie trying to deliver the message and need for menstrual hygiene. Issue being very sensitive its going to be really tough for the movie to make it to box office records, only time will tell.

About the Story

First half of the movie is well pictured around the rural parts of Madhya Pradesh and gives the village feel. It shows rural India’s mindset to menstrual hygiene which is something that’s never spoken. Wait, I would not be wrong if I say that many of the lower middle class and middle class Urban India also sees menstrual hygiene as a big taboo. This is a movie packed with boldness and needed to be very serious. The pace of the movie suddenly picks up with the entry of Sonam Kapoor as Pari. The pace doubles from the time he moves out of the town in search of Making Low Cost Sanitary pads. A kid helping him with google study feeds him with required information and he starts off his mission. His innovation ‘Sanitary Machine’ creates history and catches eyes of many big organizations making him famous person.

Biggest hit of this movie is though the 9-minute-long monologue(speech) that keeps you awestruck. He speaks on his journey and the troubles he had to jump off to win the battle. He then makes some points regarding the Menstrual Hygiene and its effect on the Women. A speech more filled with pain, passion and achievement. I wont say much because, you should listen to them directly than read it here.

My View:

Movie is a big revolution that has been undertaken by all of the cast. Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, Sonam Kapoor, R Balki and Twinkle Khanna. Everyone is to be praised for their outlasting performances as actors. As individuals they need to be taken as example. In our daily lives there are people who don’t just care for the women’s problems but pass comments too. It is not because its girl’s problem that girls don’t come forward but it’s because boys don’t understand it. When a Girl/Women complains of problems you need to be sensitive enough to understand and act. Rather we derive judgement and pass on comments. I urge people to not just watch this movie but take is personally and feel the pain of the women. Or this movie will also become just another movie like just another weekend!

India’s U19 World Cup triumph 2018!

India’s U19 World Cup triumph!

India and Cricket are inseparable and so are the U19 World Cup Victories and Indian Cricket Team. Indian team today defeated the Australians to capture the 4th title which makes India the most successful team in the history, playing 6 finals overall. This team has showed the world the true champion spirit and have won every match on the road to championship. I would want to specifically talk about few points in this celebratory write up of India’s Victory.

Points:

Firstly, in whole of Tournament India U19 team never looked in pressure, did not face any tough situations or were criticized by any expert on their play. They had smooth game plan and executed them fantastically to reach the top of the world and that too as an undefeated team.

Second, Master class stroke play, high quality fielding and clever bowling is must for any team to win. India had all of them in the bank and that’s the reason we have seen tremendous fast bowling, quick fielding and fearless batting. Indian team in this tournament has rarely seen any misfields or any missed chances. What matters most though is the discipline that a player has towards his game and that makes him a valuable player. For example, we have Unmukt Chand (2014) the captain of Winning Indian team in 2014 tournament held in Australia. Plus none of the team members of the 2012 World Cup winning team are playing for Indian team today, even after 6 years.

India team this time has produced some skillful players and those who can be a superb addition to the India’s Future. Prithvi Shaw is already compared to the Great Tendulkar, Shubman Gill, Manjot Kalra, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan, Anukul, Shiva, Mavi and many more. Almost all the 11 players have been extremely disciplined and showed class on the given day. I certainly don’t doubt the capability of the players and the discipline that they possess and will see most of them play for the senior team.

Nothing has changed in the players dedication levels of different winning teams but the deciding factor is the Coach. Coach is the one who doesn’t just look at the short-term goal of winning the trophy but also looks at long term results. That’s the major difference between the different coaches in this World Cup. What Rahul Dravid has done to the team is something that no coach in this era would’ve done. He has not only given them the required skill but also the patience and moral boost. His ideals would be imprinted in the minds of the players. We must not forget they are U19 and a bunch of teenagers. It is very hard to manage the boys of that age and he has done it successfully and turned them from Boys to Men. Not taking away the efforts the players have put, it’s always a Coach that builds the team and that is why the big man behind this victory after 6 six years is Rahul Dravid.

I don’t think I can stop speaking about the greatness of the wall of India – Dravid. Very soon these players will represent the respective state teams and few of them will play in IPL. All that they must do is not to lose the respect towards game and that’s the only thing that which will decide their fate. For the time being, everyone including the players and the whole country are basking in the glory of this great win!!!