Scam 1992 vs The Big Bull

In a universe where Scam 1992 already exists, releasing The Big Bull was a gamble in itself. And comparison between the two was inevitable.

The show and the movie are inspired from the true life events of Harshad Mehta – a stock broker from the 1980’s who made billions by exploiting the loopholes in the system.

While the movie has dubbed all the characters and institutions, could be for copyright issues, that makes it feel a little less authentic as compared to the show which does not shy from calling a spade a spade.

Scam 1992 holds your attention right from the opening creds with it’s catchy theme and shrewd depiction of the rise and fall of Mehta. Over a span of 10 episodes, it explains Harshad’s journey into the world of BSE. The story is told in a non linear fashion from the point of view of Sucheta Dalal and how she believes Harshad made his fortune.

The Big Bull is fast paced, obviously because they had to fit the whole story within 3 hours. That feels rushed.

Scam 1992 portrayed Harshad Mehta as a family man who was smart enough to make use of opportunities. As he gains fame from illegal means, he begins to feel invulnerable. And his over confidence results in his downfall. But throughout the scandal, his family is shown as his strong backbone. I had especially loved the bonding between the brothers. This was Pratik Gandhi’s Harshad’s redeeming factor.

While Abhishek Bachchan’s Hemant Shah appears to be money minded from the start and his success and his hideous laugh only result in making him look more arrogant by the minute.

I am a huge fan of dialouges and while The Big Bull has around 4-5 amazing scenes; Scam 1992 has 10 whole power packed episodes!!

The movie tries to be dramatic in the usual Bollywood style with lines such as “Bomb fatne waala hai, Bomb“; the show does not need such theatrics to feel dramatic.

Coming to the performances, The Big Bull is a solo AB Jr show with the supporting cast hardly contributing anything much. Infact, Ileana Dcruz could easily be replaced with anybody. She brings neither grit nor experience to the character of a Padmashri journalist.

Each of the characters of the Scam on the other hand, are well written with unique attributes- from the relentless Sucheta Dalal to the timid Sitaraman, from the kill-the-bird-from-the-bushes RBI governor to the foul mouth Manubhai – everyone was up to the mark. And of course, the man himself – Pratik Gandhi was exceptional.

There is a slight twist in the movie at the end; other than that if you have watched the show, there’s nothing you already don’t know.

If you haven’t watched the show, the movie is about an average experience.

If you want to watch the movie after watching the show; it is going to be like watching 7 seasons of GoT and then watching a disappointing season finale 😜

Streaming on Netflix

Guess I renewed my monthly subscription at the right time!

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.