Skip to main content

Movie Review - Ishqiya

Ishqiya - the film is as intriguing as its tiltle. Although this movie is directed by debutant Abhishek Chaubey, it has shades of Vishal Bharadwaj all over it. The experience starts even before the first scene flashes, for the Disclaimer (the thing which says "All characters in this movie.... blah... blah...) is in Hinglish, the way people speak it in UP.

Ishqiya takes you in the bad, gun-toting, caste-wars ridden world of the cow belt in no time. Our protagonists, Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) take us on a Ibn-E-Batuta type journey. The little details in the movie are so beautifully captured that when the big road-side hoarding reads, "गोरखपुर विकास प्राधिकरण आपका स्वागत करता है", you feel you have really arrived in a world frozen in time with no bijli, paani or sadak. The choice of cuss-words is also unique with Chutiyam Sulphate slated to become the next buzz-word! To those who are wondering what Chutiyam Sulphate means, its derived from Copper Sulphate CuSO4. Somehow it became, ChuSO4, then Chutiyam Sulphate.

Krishna Verma (Vidya Balan) oozes sensuality. Her confidence is shown in the way she lets two complete strangers stay in her house and then uses them to achieve her ends. Naseeruddin Shah, as usual, gives a perofrmance to reckon with. His little efforts at romancing Krishna are so sweet, that when the song "Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji" comes up with him day-dreaming about Krishna, you feel a weird tingling in your stomach and a smile on your lips.

Arshad Warsi shows his rough side but ultimately falls for Krishna's charms. The fact that Abhishek Chaubey has managed to let a love-story bloom in the middle of the guns and killings, speaks volumes about the grip that he has over his craft. You can almost feel Khalujaan's pain and anger at Krishna, when he catches her with Babban in a comprimising position. What right he has over her that he feels so frustrated, the question is asked by Krishna and like Khalujaan even you cannot answer it.

The movie slightly lets you down at the end with too many things happening in too little time. It becomes too filmy to digest. But this is the only aberration in an otherwise flawless movie. Go watch it and let yourself be surprised.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The IKEA Pilgrimage

"Hez!". If you were in Hyderabad for the opening of first IKEA store in India, you would be forgiven for thinking that it's a religious chant for followers of a religion who are trampling over themselves for getting into their place of worship. Except they were visitors to the new IKEA store.
For the past few days, the news had been carrying multitude of articles related to IKEA opening. The marketing by IKEA team only hyped the situation. Since I was looking to buy a bed, I made the unfortunate decision of going to the IKEA store for a quick in-n-out shopping with my wife on my way to office. The first red flag should have been when we couldn't get parking at 10 am in the morning of a weekday and were asked to park at one of external parking locations. The IKEA folks were kind enough to handout a map of the same.

We were asked to park near ITC Kohenur. From that location, like every well organized pilgrimage, there was a shuttle service to IKEA after every 30 minut…

Book Review - The Girl In Room 105

There are couple of reasons why I pre-ordered Chetan Bhagat's latest - its price is less than a cup of decent coffee making it an impulse purchase and more importantly the book's claim that it is an "unlove story", whatever that means. Bhagat had pioneered the trend of bubblegum IIT college love stories targeted at teens and college-going population which inspired a generation of wannabe writers. But you can chew bubblegum only for so long. After some time you have to spit it out. With this book Bhagat threw away the bubblegum only for it to stick to his shoes.
The story starts the same way as have Bhagat's previous books - in a college and more specifically in an IIT. For initial few chapters you would be forgiven if you think you have picked up one of Bhagat's previous works by mistake. Bhagat is still obsessed with fair skin, women's churidar kurta and how she arranges her hair. The English is still pedestrian which Bhagat justifies as this is how rea…

Centralized Configuration for .NET Core using Azure Cosmos DB and Narad

We are living in a micro services world. All these services are generally hosted in Docker container which are ephemeral. Moreover these service need to start themselves up, talk to each other, etc. All this needs configuration and there are many commercially available configuration providers like Spring Cloud Config Server, Consul etc. These are excellent tools which provide a lot more functionality than just storing configuration data. However all these have a weakness - they have a single point of failure - their storage mechanism be it a file system, database etc. There are ways to work around those but if you want a really simple place to store configuration values and at the same time make it highly available, with guaranteed global availability and millisecond reads, what can be a better tool than Azure Cosmos DB!
So I set forth on this journey for ASP.NET Core projects to talk to Cosmos DB to retrieve their configuration data. For inspiration I looked at Steeltoe Configuratio…