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Streaming on Netflix

Little Things Season 3

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Dhruv and Kavya are now in a long distance relationship as Dhruv has taken up a research position in Blore. As the giddiness of new love gets old and with miles in between the messages & video chats start decreasing. Dhruv and Kavya are forced to re think upon their relationship and also reflect on themselves.

The Good: This one particular episode when Kavya returns home to Nagpur. Beautiful emotions – the sad pang of your parents getting old, the guilt of not spending time with them. Even the feeling of not giving required attention to your childhood friends due to this new work life that you have. There is one scene in which Kavya and her friend go to an old spot to have ice cream and Kavya grumbles that the ice cream does not taste like it used to and her friend replies, “Actually, it tastes better. You are just cribbing because it does not taste familiar to you anymore.”

The Bad: The “fights” get increasingly repetitive and the end is toh gonna be good only.

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The In Between: The old charm of the series shines through in certain Dhruv-Kavya moments making you stick through with the couple.

Guilty

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In the chaos of the #MeToo movement, college heartthrob VJ is accused of rape by wannabe gal Tanu via a tweet. A court trial begins and VJ’s defense lawyer, Danish, and VJ’s girlfriend Nanki have to come to terms with who is Guilty? VJ or Tanu?

The Good: Dignified attempt at making a movie on a sensitive topic.
Completely unrelated, but , Kiara Advani’s hair color 🧡
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The Bad: – Everyone’s Acting Skills
– Making the plot extra “twisty” just for the sake of a twist
– The “clichéd” final scene

The In Between: Watchable enough to pass the time.

 

To All The Boys
P.S. I Still Love You

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Lara Jean was perfectly happy being Peter Kavinsky’s girlfriend that is until John Ambrose Mcclaren sends her an actual reply to her letter. Not only does he reply, but he reappears in Lara Jean’s life. If that wasn’t confusing enough for Lara Jean, add to it her increasing insecurity about Gen.

The Good: Still retains the old charm. The film is too pretty and too sweet like a three tier cake at a wedding. Perfect teen romance. Does justice to the book and adds more substance of it’s own as well.

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The Bad: It’s young love!! I have got nothing short of good to say about it.

The In Between: Lara Jean Covey herself! Though I’m a fan of her in the books and I loved her in the first movie , I didn’t quite warm up to her in the second installment – and I don’t know why.

 

The Perfect Date

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Brooks Rattigan wants to get into Yale University . He develops an app to offer his services as a stand-in date to earn the money to get into Yale. But how far will Brooks go to lie his way to University?

The Good:
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This lady,Celia Liebermann.

A realistic character in all the Young Adult fluff. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, she’s confident, honest and in-your-face-straight-to-the-point.

The Bad: Kinda that’s it’s a in between.. Bcoz I expected more.

The In Between: It’s an average drama. The stand-in concept is new but other than that the story revolves around the same age old formula of a triangle romance and brushed under the carpet feelings.

 

All The Bright Places

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Theodore Finch meets Violet Markey while she is precariously standing on a ledge. Finch talks Violet out of it and though bristling at first, Violet strikes a friendship with him. Finch helps Violet heal from her sister’s death , all the time fighting his losing battle alone by himself.

The Good: Finch’s unconventional methods to get Violet’s attention and their project trips exploring the quaint town of Indiana and sharing small heart to heart moments.

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The Bad: I can’t pinpoint anything as of now.

The In Between: Okay, as a person who is emotionally always quite disturbed, I was angered by all the characters who were close to Finch and yet no one realized how deeply troubled he was. Of course, in practical life also it is difficult to tell when our loved ones are hurt and often we are caught up in our lives to pay required attention. And that’s where we falter, folks. A request, please take care of your loved ones and your selves. Especially in these difficult times.

 

 

Mixed Bag – 1

I have been reading, watching, streaming all over the place; literally.

Movie: The Sky Is Pink

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For a movie that is about impending death, this is a very positive one.

Inspired by a true story; Aisha Chaudhary was a girl who was born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). She was destined to not live long. The movie traces the journey of Aisha’s parents (Moose and Panda – as Aisha calls them) who vow to give her all the happiness they can for whatever time she has left.

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In a voiceover Aisha says, “You know those moments when everything is perfect and you feel so blessed to have this life as yours. My life didn’t have these magical moments – Moose and Panda created them.”

The real life Aisha Chaudhary was a motivational speaker at the young age of 15 and wrote the book My Little Epiphanies, which got published one day before her death. She was 18 when she died.

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This is a very heartwarming movie , despite the fact that is about a family dealing with a lot of pain. Maybe because, it is projected with a buoyant lens. And Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Farhan Akhtar have pulled a fine job being Moose and Panda.

I wonder why real life inspiring stories such as these do not get sent to the Oscars?!

Book: The Single Girl’s To Do List

Rachel Summers is in a relationship for 7 years. She knows that Simon is The One. Meanwhile, Simon….. breaks up with her.

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Suddenly, Rachel’s perfect life is in shatters. She can’t figure out what she did wrong or why suddenly everything is swiveling. To get a grip, she does the one thing she is best at – Makes a To Do List.

With the help of her best friends, Emelie and Matthew, they come up with the following:

  • Get a makeover
  • Exercise
  • Do something extreme
  • Find a date for your dad’s wedding
  • Do something your ex wouldn’t approve of
  • Buy yourself something obscenely expensive and selfish
  • Write a letter to your ex
  • Travel somewhere you’ve never been before
  • Contact your first crush
  • Break the law

This book is a typical chick lit romance and since currently I’m in my chick lit romance book phase, I lapped up all the mushiness and all the bound-to-undergo-a metamorphosis plot. It is not a new story – it’s all expected. But even then, it’s a fun enough read.

But, if you are newly single, this list is certainly not to be considered for pointers. Let’s be realistic 😜

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Don’t take notes!!

Youtube: Pretty Fit

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Well, Prajakta Kohli is one of my favourite Youtubers but Pretty Fit….umm…

The idea of the show, Functional Fitness, is fabulous. And it also fits in with MostlySane’s RealTalkTuesday Content. But you know, I wished, instead of having a frivolous air, it could have been a bit more serious.

Instead it looked all staged – the Kareena Kapoor pranking Prajakta parts,
felt like it was trying too much – Prajakta trying to distract the celebs from their tasks
and too kiddish – showering the winners with all the “validation in the world.”

It has great potential – I just wish it could be treated as an earnest show committed to the fitness challenge.

I loved all the challenges – they were unique and very creative. Also, it is inspiring to see your favourite women performing these tasks.

We had,

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Neha Kakkar making a glass of Lassi from scratch – from cleaning and milking buffalos to churning the milk.

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Dangal actress Sanya Malhotra visiting the Dhobi ghats to wash, dry, press and iron an armload of clothes.

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Mithila Palkar on a fishing boat, pulling the nets and getting nuste aboard.

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Stand up comedian Sumukhi Suresh getting sugarcane juice from the fields to the glass, literally.

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RJ Malishka’s Day In the Village – sweeping the angaan, fetching pails of water from the well, making bhakris of rice and gobar cakes.

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Finally Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan getting her hands and feet dirty digging the soil and making a beautiful clay pot.

I loved the exercises that were designed by the trainer Urmi, for each challenge. Again unique and creative and very much doable by even common folk like us.

Other plus points, all the heart to heart talk shared by the celebs, the colorful costumes, the way in which every challenge was properly organised.

I would personally love to see another season albeit focused at the tasks in hand.

The Lion’s Fort

In the year 1665, Shivaji Maharaj had to give up several forts to the Mughals because of the Treaty of Purandar. One of these forts was Kondana. But due to it’s strategic importance, Shivaji wanted to win it back.

This famous story of the 1670 Battle of Kondana was recreated on screen this weekend by the Ajay Devgan-Saif Ali Khan starrer, Tanhaji.

As a history lover, I appreciate movies which bring back to life stories of unsung warriors such as Tanhaji.

Tanhaji Malusare was a Subedar in Shivaji’s regime. He was also a lifelong friend of the Chhatrapati. He had gone to Rajgad to invite Shivaji for his son, Rayba’s wedding. Upon learning of the plan to regain Kondana, he immediately put the marriage plans on hold & took charge of the Mohim.

He is quoted to have said the words,

“आदि लगन कोनदानाचे, नंतर रायबाचे”

First we shall win back Kondana, then get Rayba married.

The fort was looked after by the Rajput commander Udaybhan Rathore. This character has been portrayed wonderfully by Saif. His look in the movie was very often compared to GoT’s Jon Snow.

However, let me tell you, Udaybhan is nothing like Jon Snow. In Saif’s own words, “Udaybhan is insanely wicked. He is a great warrior, and is smart, but he is also unhinged. The idea was to show the character as crazy yet lucid.”

I love a period drama that does justice to the historical account.

Tanhaji along with his platoon had scaled the steep fort in the dead of the night with the help of a Ghorpad (monitor lizard).

Once inside, they fought bravely against Udaybhan’s forces. They managed to break open the Kalyan and Pune Darwarzas and penetrated the fort from all directions. After a fierce battle in which Udaybhan literally broke down Tanhaji’s shield, the Marathas successfully regained Kondana back.

However, Tanhaji was grievously injured and he succumbed to death. Upon hearing of this loss, Shivaji was overcome with grief and he uttered the famous words,

“गढ आला पण सिंह घेला”

The fort is captured but we lost the lion

To commiserate Tanhaji’s memory, Kondana was renamed as Sinhagad, which means The Lion’s Fort.

Sinhagad is now one of the tourist attractions in Maharashtra. A memorial of Tanhaji is constructed on the Gad.

In 2019, site restoration workers unearthed the original Samadhi.

I have visited this fort twice but I was intrigued by it’s history after watching this fabulous movie.