Blogmas Day 1 | My Favorite Movies of this ‘era’

Here’s a little insight into how my daily routine of 2020 can be extrapolated to an entire year – basically be doing office work the whole freaking time and finding pockets of time throughout the day to do other stuff like having lunch, cooking, being a potato & instagramming (coz a day seems incomplete without it just like it would without pooping). Needless to say, this means my reading has gone for a toss! I entered the biggest reading slump with my 12th book of the year and I can say that I haven’t read more than 20 pages since last 1.5 months. I also mentioned here that I realized most of my reading happened in my pre-pandemic commute.

What I am trying to say is I have no life left. And, no, I am not going to blame work for it. I need to reform myself and it hit me the hardest when I realized we are already in December. So here I am – picking books again, writing here again – even trying out blogmas (whatever that means seriously). Also should mention that I am typing this all up via the WordPress phone app because too tired and lazy to pickup the laptop again. I need to do a post on what a whirlwind of changes this year has been (don’t we all?) but this post is a fun one for me to get into the writing vibe and for you to savor.

Here I am talking about my favorite movies of ‘current times’. When I say current times, I mean the times when we have grown as adults and when we are in the age where we love to say “they don’t make good movies anymore”.

Tell me by the end of this post – do you see a pattern here?

1. Piku: what completely seems to be a regular drama feature gradually turns into an emotional ride as it progresses. I have watched this one several times and felt an emotional void, a feeling where I didn’t know exactly what I felt – maybe that feeling of knowing that your parents are growing old, there is a child to parent role reversal happening gradually but you still can’t be done with the fights with them? I was always teary-eyed, always left longing for something I couldn’t put my finger on. Apart from the emotional bit, I love the vintage-style shots of Kolkata and, of course, Piku – Smart, confident, fierce, protective, fearful yet strong and unapologetic! This movie starred Amitabh Bachchan as one of the leads, but if you have watched this, you know late Irrfan Khan stole the show (can’t believe we are writing late for him!)

2. Queen: The coming of age of a ‘homely’ Punjabi girl whose fiance decides to call off the wedding on the wedding day. Not used to stepping out for errands alone, she decides to go on her honeymoon to Europe alone. This movie is better than it sounds and delivers more than it promises. You cannot stop cheering for the protagonist and her wins become your own! I want to say one thing – I don’t watch a lot of movies so I may not be right – but I do feel it’s one of the freshest concepts Bollywood has explored!

3. Dear Zindagi: a movie aptly describing our generation – Kiara – accomplished yet discontent, over ambitious and always being hard on herself. And then comes a therapist who decidedly changes the way she thinks, frees her mind and takes her on a journey where she can face her biggest fears and sets herself free. Every lesson he teaches her makes me emotional and I relate to the feeling of finding it difficult to go easy on oneself and when someone else has to take the onus of making you realise the same. Few of my favorite lessons and lines from this movie –

“जब आसान रास्ते से काम ‌हो सकता है, तो मुश्किल रास्ता ‌चुनना क्यों जरूरी है?” Translation – when something can be done through an easy method, why it’s always important to take the difficult route?”

“अगर हम खुल के रो नहीं सकेंगे, तो खुल कर हसेंगे कैसे?” Translation – if we won’t be able to weep uninhabited, then how we will be able to laugh uninhabited?

Something that everyone who has watched this movie would have noticed – this movie shows Alia Bhatt in some of the best outfits ever for a girl next door role!

Bonus – Band Baaja Baaraat: Now this is a movie with all the typical bollywood masalas but it still stands out for me than the usual fare because its plot is focussed on two graduates making a career out of wedding planning. If you know me in real life, you know I dig this as a career option. 😀 I love, love, love the idea of being a professional wedding planner because I think this is the only profession where I won’t dread Monday mornings! I love weddings, I love helping out friends plan their outfits, venues etc etc (provided I am being asked) and I am excited as hell about wedding planning. Let me know if you want any help in planning yours!😛 Needless to say, this is the reason I love this movie a little extra. Do watch this if you are looking for a fun, light rom-com.

That’s it from my end for today! Do share your own recommendations in comments.

Also, I made a similar list here long ago where I mentioned my most favorite movies of all times (they belong to times I was not born in😀)

9 old movies that can make your day | Friday’s List

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This post is only valid if you watch (or are willing to watch) old Hindi movies. I love old Hindi movies. I am a big fan of Hrishikesh Mukherjee sir and a big fan of movies mostly from 1970s directed by him. Since my Christmas holidays have begun, I am watching these kind of movies so much and they help me in surviving the day so much better. These days I am a little depressed and they definitely help. I thought I’ll share some of my favorites with you today.

Disclaimer: 1. They do smell of the male-domination that our society is, but most movies are how societies are, not how they should be because they are basically an interpretation of a regular human being’s perspective only. 2.Most of them are quite predictable, so keep that in mind if that matters to you.

Let’s begin now: 😀

1. Choti Si Baat:  CSB

My all-time favorite movie! So simple, beautiful and super funny. A story of a shy guy trying to woo a girl but in the process managing to become a confident person overall. This one completely eases you and you are filled with such a good feeling afterwards.

2. Guddi:

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Watch it for the simplistic charm and also for the warmth of teenage crush days. I had watched this in bits and always longed to watch this one. Finally, I did. Super fun, very feel good but, yes, you will be rolling your eyes at how simple this one depicts life. Life is not as simple as in this movie. 🙂

3. Bawarchi:

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It gives the message of spreading happiness. The story is too good to be true, yes, but if it’s good, I am okay. Very soothing, warm and peaceful.

4. Mili:

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If you have to define heart meltingly beautiful, then this is it and, oh my God, Amitabh Bachhan – Jaya Bhaduri make such a cute couple in this one (I don’t use the phrase ‘cute couple’ that often so this is real 😛 ). The story might be clichéd but still so emotional. It’s a lot like Anand, A Walk to Remember if you know any of them.

5. Chupke Chupke:

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What if your wife praises a relative 24*7? Would you ever think of proving that you are the smart-ass of the family? Haha! This is the cult favorite of its times but, honestly, I found it way too stretched. It’s quite funny but you feel like the joke is stretched for way too long! Still, I wouldn’t mind watching it every once in a while for the warm feeling.

6. Khoobsurat:

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The never-ending war of discipline versus free spirits comes alive in this one with a funny family. Rib tickling, a tad bit boring towards the end.

7. Naram Garam:

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It tells you how it pays to be clever in today’s world. I don’t know why it did not get as much fame as some of the other ones. It’s funny to bits, but again, a little stretched.

8. Golmaal:

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Even if you aren’t into these kind of movies, you have definitely heard about this one. I was a little apprehensive about including this one as I did not enjoy it as much as I expected to. However, it’s fun enough so I thought I’ll just put it. It is quite satirical in the sense that a person has to perform so many tactics to get a job after graduation.

9. Chameli Ki Shaadi:

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A satire on the situation of inter caste marriages in India and how! This is funny to the core. Also, really good performances by all the actors. It doesn’t belong to the same era as the above mentioned movies (released in 1986) but while looking for images for this post, I ran across this and thought that I would definitely include this. I also just got to know that this was directed by Basu Chatterjee, the same director who directed the first one in this list. 🙂

That’s all about it. Do let me know what you watch to pep up your days (apart from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai 🙂 ) and definitely let me know if you have watched any of these.

{Edit: I completely forgot to mention ‘Abhimaan’. Insecurity and male ego when your wife is more famous than you – cliched story but brilliant acting by all the actors. This is again one of my favorites and has beautiful songs too}