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November 2016

Celebrating Learning – Day 977

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Junoon‘s Arts at Play, exposes young minds to the delight, richness, rigour, freedom and sense of possibilitythe arts bring with them. Junoon showcases a variety of art forms and offers many interactions with arts professionals so that students may imbibe the wonder and diversity of India’s cultural fabric and therefore guides students towards understanding their own responses and expressing themselves creatively and without inhibition.
When children experience learning through a taste of something magical and tangible, they relish the knowledge and cherish its unforgettable impact for a lifetime. This is the kind of learning Junoon offers – touching and transforming children’s lives through the arts.

Sanjna Kapoor, Co – Founder – Junoon, who overlooks the curation is a firm believer about the positive outcome of this program

 

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Love Letters 2 – Day 976

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rohan_2To make it real people will read out actual love letters. Shot in black and white, the videos are dramatically honest and revive the beauty of writing.

The next season will feature a wider range of emotions, will travel beyond romantic love and engage letters to parents, friends and relatives. If interested, you can feature in the video too

All you need to do is write to us@harkat.in it can be an old letter or a new relationship and new letter. Check the entries at https://goo.gl/mJgWbp and pen your special letter soon.

@bhawanasomaaya

Love in Letters 1 – Day 975

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Do you remember the last time you felt the excitement of opening an envelope, tracing the words kept inside with your fingers, secretly hoping that the sender’s scent still lingers on the paper? It is this special feeling is what Harkat Studios, a film production company, a co-working space and an alternative performance space in Versova is trying to bring back to life with their new project, Love in Letters.

A series created for the production house’s YouTube channel called Choti si Harkat it is an answer to this generation’s attention span. Letters can tell a whole world in a few pages.  These videos will reintroduce us to the beauty of taking it slow, leaning back and enjoying something as meaningful as a letter.

(to be continued)

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Alia Bhatt is mesmerizing – Day 974

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Film Review: Dear Zindagi

Date: 25 November 2016

Director: Gauri Shinde

Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor

Rating: 3.5 stars

 

The film opens to an ad shoot; the cinematographer lugs heavy camera equipment on her back and offers suggestions to the filmmaker.  You discover Kaaira is a tough negotiator and this is probably a film about her aspirations!

Post pack up Kaaira is on a night out with friends, living it up on the dance floor and you realize that this may well be a film about friendship.

The subsequent scenes reveal that every man Kaaira befriends – restaurateur/ filmmaker/ musician all lose their heart to her but she is unable to sustain interest and restless to move on.

When the story shifts to Goa post interval you suspect this is going to be a film about parental conflict but there are more surprises in store.

On an assignment Kaaira overhears Mental Health doctor Jahangir Khan and meets him again and again at his cozy clinic, on the beach and on a bicycle ride. During their various interactive sessions Kaaira finds answers she has been looking for all her life and so do we as an audience.

This is not a film about a specific relationship it’s about life, its various colors and moods.What is attractive about the film is that it is unpredictable.Just in the way Gauri Shinde’s debut film English Vinglish was apparently about gender gaze but in reality more, Dear Zindagi also is about our deep rooted insecurities and people’s perceptions about us.

What works about the film is that it addresses issues related to Mental Health and portrays the hero in the role of a life coach. Contemporary in content; Shah Rukh in a specific scene, compares relationships to chairs, a delicate issue but the argument is completely logical. The message is positive and the treatment sensitive.

What does not work is the pace. The beginning is slow and wanders endlessly before arriving to the core. The film picks up when Alia Bhatt meets up Shah Rukh Khan and when she tells him her story, it is not just Dr Jehangir Khan but the audience is riveted!

Dear Zindagi addresses our youth and present times. Three reasons to watch the film are: Shah Rukh Khan, director Gauri Shinde and the best performer in the film, Alia Bhatt.

BhawanaSomaaya/ @bhawanasomaaya

 

50 Shades of Mumbai – 5 – Day 973

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Continued from yesterday

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His paintings draw out the best of the perspectives as the colours shine bright against the evening light- The luminosity combined with the transparency of the weather – culls a beautiful cityscape that one can lose oneself into…indefinitely!

Mahesh studied the technicalities of fine art as a sheer passion to fuel his natural bent for capturing his imagery on canvas. Adept at all mediums, he enjoys playing with chiaroscuro as much as he dabbles with everyday subjects, symbolically trying to portray a simple truth- there is joy in every little thing!

 

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50 Shades of Mumbai – 4 – Day 972

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Continued from yesterday

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The rush that characterizes Mahesh’s canvases can be alluded to the adrenaline rush that the artists tends to work with,  driven by the hidden joys in everyday chaos, crammed by lanes with Mumbai’s crowds and the perennial metropolitan pace of living.

To be continued tomorrow

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50 Shades of Mumbai –3 – Day 971

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Continued from yesterday

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With buildings flirting with bylanes and pedestrian traffic, painting vivid scenes of ordinary folks and everyday humdrum of city living, the artist unveils his collection aptly and simply christened ‘Pratibimbh’.

The Mumbai monsoon holds a special place as the artist creates washes and adeptly applies the oil medium with the expertise of watercolor techniques. The romanticism and inspiration that accompanies the rain is well depicted.

 

To be continued tomorrow

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50 Shades of Mumbai -2 – Day 970

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Pratibimbh- Capturing the soul of Mumbai

“The ways and subways of life,” says Mahesh have not only led him to be a passionate artist but have literally constituted the ethos of his musings on canvas. The strength of his brush dipped in oil paint confidently etches out silhouettes of vehicular traffic, bridges, carts, flower sellers, the iconic Dabbawalas of Mumbai, capturing the ethos of the buzzing metropolis.

To be continued…

 

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50 Shades of Mumbai -1 – Day 969

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Mahesh Karambele, who studied art sheer out of passion is trying to evolve his own style of water color and oil paintings. There is something about the monsoons and rains that feed the imagination, most artists have drawn creative sustenance from rains at some point or other of their career. Monsoon, the most romantic and creative season is a source of inspiration for Mahesh as well. So it is natural for him to get inspired by the small lanes in Kalba Devi crammed handcraft pullers, buses, cabs and pedestrians all in a hurry. For Mumbaikars monsoon that comes after the scorching summer heat is a relief and Mahesh expresses it through his mesmerizing paintings.

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To be continued…

 

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Force 2 is better than Force – Day 968

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Film Review: Force 2

Date: November 18 2016

Director: Abhinay Deo

Cast: John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha, Tahir Raj Bhasin

Rating: 3 stars

 

The film opens to news of assassinations. Three RAW agents have been shot down in China. The head office of the intelligence agency/ Raj Babbar suspects national threat. One of the deceased/ Harish is hero police inspector Yashwardhan/ John Abraham’s friend. Harish before being shot down couriers a clue to his friend.

Yashwardhan suspects there’s a mole in the system that is leaking secrets and requests the agency to let him carry out the mission.It is against the rule so he is paired with a RAW agent, KK/ Kanwaljeet Kaur/ Sonakshi Sinha.

The mole/ Tahir Raj Bhasin turn out to be a brat and lead the duo on a wild goose chase all over Buddapest. There is frenzied car and bus chase, crazy street fights as heroes jump over roofs, rope walk and breaking into homes and accounts. Not to miss the regular dose of bullets firing on wind shields and home windows.  Vehicles are stylishly blown into fire balls cut to Caucasian girls sizzling to remix of Bollywood numbers.

The first half is packed with thrills and gripping quite like a bond film presenting exotic locations, dare devil action and intrigue.There is a stunning sequence where strangers cross paths and exchange codes wordlessly. The pace is the magical and the credit goes entirely to the director, Abhinay Deo.

The second half becomes predictable packaging back stories to the characters. The script is unfair to Sonakshi Sinha who was marvelous in a similar genre/Akira. The intention was to break a stereotype which is why she is addressed as KK but is lost in translating into the character.

Upcoming actor Tahir Raj Bhasin is impressive but repetitive of his role in Mardani. Genelia Dsouza makes a brief appearance but leaves a mark.

Force 2 is better than Force and for those who enjoy spy thrillers. It is worth it for John Abraham’s master action and director Abhinay Deo’s craftsmanship

@bhawanasomaaya