Tuesday, July 16, 2013

love, lust n power...

the most irrational emotions...love, lust n power

Couldn't have found a worse title for a blog on such a good movie, but this was my comment to ado post watching the movie...and it sounded cool. :)
the most irrational emotions...love, lust n power. One was quite obvious, and if u let ur rationale think a bit more, a hint of the second, and if you just let it run wild, maybe lust as well.
Lootera was a not a movie which belongs to today, or yesterday...people praised it for the 1950's look, but frankly, the movie was from the decades bygone not just because of the sets n the setup, but because of its simplicity  its sparseness.
At the end of the movie I was left wanting more...one because I don't like sad endings, I don't like unfinished stories...this one wasn't mind you, but I was left wondering what would happen to Pakhi, abandoned again with just memories, and a leaf. but also because of the sparseness of the movie, the ending felt sudden when it ended...but as the story, n the emotions settled in, as the thoughts flowed, I realized how complete the movie was. 
the movie was like a chocolate which slowly melts in your mouth, so slowly that you roll your tongue around to find the taste and which after it has ended, leaves traces of itself, which you can taste for the longest of times..and which leaves you wanting some more. 
we today are so used to so much happening in the movies we watch, so used to fast paced full masala movies, that such sparse movies instantly become 'slow'. But that sparseness gave the movie its flavor  gave the space for such subtle emotions, n expressions. 
Sonakshi as Pakhi was a revelation, I have not seen any actress of the modern era act so well, you could feel her longing, you could feel her joy. Everyone else was great, all muted to go along with the movie. The settings beautiful. It almost seems you need to put a bengali flavor to a movie to make it look classique n beautiful. Bongs are the french of Indian Cinema. 
this was a directors movie, it comes from the anurag kashyap camp, who thankfully expects the same quality from moves he produces as from the ones he directs. everything in the movie was just right, a good indicator of  that is that nothing really stood out, everything just blended into the story...
and the way he directed the emotions, the long shots of sonakshi, so that you can just absorb her emotions  the muted jokes, the build up, you almost feel the irony behind that last joke, you almost know its not gonna end well for them, but stil smile with them on that love seat...
Am sure people will like the ending, what I didn't like is the pain Pakhi will live through  go through a life with few memories n a leaf, as romantic as it sounds, its a tough life, and maybe at some point, maybe on your death bed, you ask what did I get out of it, the dead are gone, and I lived a dead life. Your suffering might get celebrated after the fact, as was devdas's, but you will not be alive to see it. 
collateral damage, something which always comes when men pursue their ambitions, family n friends, and most of all, the one you love, suffer the most. And the men feel the pain more then anyone else, and maybe that is why maybe even their failure counts for more then not trying, because even for that failure, they gave up so much, and felt the pain of what others gave up. but ambition should direct a man, power should lead to irrationality, because if it wouldn't have, we would not be here, we wouldn't have progressed. 
leaving behind a clip of one of my fav songs from the movie. as with the movie, the song was also not from today, or yesterday...