A walk in the evening.

SUMANA SAHA

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The cultured celebrate her as the city of joy.

The evenings here, they say, bubble with life.

Yet I see no destination in the eyes of the men about.

Am I the much hated cynic blind to the value of the animated bursts of infinite passion,

Manifested in a sea of humanity?

Or are these faces without features a mere product of my imagination,

Rather the lack of it? I see faces, lifeless and dumb,

Celebrating a party that was long over.

I see evening shops and offices shuttering down,

Fire used to seek blessings and protection.

Is there anything left to be protected?

Can anything be protected?

Cars honk, autos abuse, buses screech;

Men are silent…and safe. Time creeps….

REVIEW: MOHENJO DARO (2016)

5

Harappa and Mahenjo Daro, we knew as the oldest civilization set up in the Indian subcontinent through eternal history lessons from childhood, which got destroyed without leaving a clue about the cause of this destruction, as even modern day technology could not decipher the Indus Script. This film is made with an intention to throw some light on the mystery, with loads of imagination mixed with some real historical facts and archeological items. In short, Mohenjo Daro depicts an non-proved reason behind the end of Indus era, combining it with a story of love, lust, revenge and heroism.

Sarman (Hrithik Roshan), a young farmer in Amri, a village, where he does the bravest of works, regularly dreams of an unicorn watching at him with a mysterious music which his paternal aunt often hums. He has some unknown affinity towards the then capital city of this civilization – Mohenjo Daro, and visits there for indigo trading after some strong resistance from his uncle and aunt. Visiting the city, he feels this city is known to him very well, but can’t recall why.

Sarman meets the head priest’s daughter Chaani (Pooja Hegde), who is respected by everyone in the town as the blessing of Ma Sindh (Goddess of Indus River), and falls in love with her. After he saved her from a rage of horses, she also falls for him, but as already the sly dishonest chief of the town, Maham (Kabir Bedi) decided her marriage with his son, a devilish Moonja (Arunoday Singh), the fights begin.

Maham’s greed for gold under Indus River influences the construction of a dam on the river, causing several drying up in the poor villages, and this also counted for a major natural disaster, which is portrayed as the fall of the civilization in this movie in the climax. Can Sarman win his love, can he get all the missing links about his real identity, can he bring an end to the dictatorship of the kingdom, and finally, can he save the common men from the disaster which caused the ruins, currently situated in Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan? Please visit the halls to complete your curiosity.

Although some scenes, VFX works and historical miscues were illogically funny, but I won’t agree with the extra bit of criticism done by some newspapers. Hrithik Roshan did his part very well, and the research and hard work of Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd. could provide us enough entertainment, posing in the year 2016 BC! A.R. Rahman was magical with the music, and the shooting sets in Bhuj, Gujarat, were created very efficiently, to complete a perfect reconstructed view based on the ruins of Mahenjo Daro. I’d give a 7 out of 10 to this movie

Just for fun, some destruction and sacrifice scenes were ‘Deja Vu’ regarding to Hollywood chart-buster 2012!

Resham Das

REVIEW: SULTAN

Salman Khan and Eid – is probably one unending love story in Bollywood. Almost all his Eid releases including Wanted (2009), Dabangg (2010), Bodyguard (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Kick (2014) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) kept on making and breaking records in the collections and the craze! For 2016 Eid, he followed the trend and announced his upcoming film to be released on that day, which is ‘Sultan’, some months back. From the start, the craze was high among the fans of Bhai, also it took the Page 3 headlines, for having Anushka Sharma in opposite to Salman in this film. As the counting were shortening, new topics such as a rage between popular playback singer Arijit Singh and Salman, or a misplaced comment by Salman in a press conference made headlines, helping ‘Sultan’ to trend big much before its release.

The movie starts with a heated meeting among the committee members of a free-style wrestling tournament, with a determined young entrepreneur Aakash Oberoy (Amit Sadh) asks seniors to keep faith on him, despite facing loss of money and interest while organizing this tournament for last two years. Aakash’s father advises him to bring an Indian wrestler in this tournament which can attract the Indian fans to help curing the loss. And the choice was a ex-World Champion wrestler, Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan), from Haryana. Aakash went to meet him at his village but was disapproved by Sultan, as he said he left wrestling due to a problem in his married life.

It was Arfa (Anushka Sharma), whom Sultan fell in love with, and to prove himself perfect for her, he joined wrestling. Arfa was the daughter of local wrestling master, and she herself was preparing for participating in the Olympics wrestling event. Sultan broke all challenges for his love, and went on winning medals in 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2010 Asiad, 2012 London Olympics. Meanwhile Arfa could not participate in Olympics as she got pregnant, Sultan came back to his village among celebrations, but he’d converted into an arrogant guy, who could not control his behavior in a press conference. Arfa suggested him to stay at his village as she was going to give birth to their baby, but he did not listen to her, and went to compete in the World Championship abroad. An unfortunate event occurs which crashes the relation between both, forcing Sultan leave wrestling and stay alone, filled with deep pain.

Fate of Aakash now completely depends on what Sultan decides, or how Aakash can convince him! Could he do that? Could Sultan get back what he lost? Attend this must-watch movie and get the answer, since, it is a very inspirational for anyone in life, be it an athlete, an entrepreneur, or any common man. Both Sultan and Aakash showed us what determination can result in, even in the hardest situations.

Maybe the story is not too brilliant, as sometimes, the coming plots were expected, but it’s the acting of Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma which keeps viewers glued to the screen. It will be injustice if I don’t mention the names of Amit Sadh and Randeep Hooda for excelling once again with their spectacular acting in the supporting roles. It’s the acting which is the strike point of this film, for which the fans are rushing to the halls.

The title track, Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai and Jag Ghumeya are the popular songs from this movie, otherwise the music is average. The opening figures proved this movie is worth watching, since its not that same old love story, but its a story containing love and inspiration.

It’s a 7.5 out of 10 from my side for ‘Sultan’. UPAR ALLAH NICHE DHARTI, BEECH MEIN TERA JUNOON, SULTAN!

Resham Das