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My amusing predilecation

December 11, 2010

Well….. What a title for an article…One might wonder what this guy is going to reveal…some embarrassing confession or amazing eccentricity…….

Let me spill the beans…I may be a “: one in a million” Indian to suffer from the strange “malaise” or affliction of being an” Anglophile”. One might well be aghast at what may seem to be a startling confession….

But then this is something which has never been a secret……I have revelled in this uniqueness for quite some time now…

So what exactly does it mean to be an Anglophile…

 One common view held is that such a state of mind is a result of a “colonial hangover”.I always wonder what they mean by that….Are they suggesting that the basic tenets of the Vitorian outlook is in any way regressive or past its expiry date?..If that is the contention that i would strongly rebut it..

Well, how did it begin?…An interrupted diet of  “English”( by that i mean the quintessential cultural quotient) literature ?..Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie,PG Wodehouse et all…..A sustained domination in English class( even college for heaven’s sake!!!)…and last but not the least the terrible “neither here nor there” syndrome of cosmopolitan urban India of the ’90’s…….And finally I suppose the unflinching rooting for the underdog (which the Brits had definitely landed up as at least in sports)

And how will it end(everything has to has it not,, wet dreams included..!!!!)………….

……………… this space for more rambling !!!!


Harishandrachi Factory

April 25, 2010

Saw a special screening of the Oscar nominated “Harishchandrachi factory” the last Sunday of March…It was quite a surprise in itself as i had never realised that it was a non commercial film requiring “special screenings” (at least outside Maharashtra)…

It is quite a pity that hardly anyone has heard about (let alone rave about) this film. Does throw light upon the “bollywood”ization of cultural tastes though…..

Cut to the actual screening though…Encountered a horde of suburban Maharashtrians(not the usual town folk) and a good number of film enthusiast Malyalis….

The film itself was gripping and emotion packed right from the start…Could not keep the tears from rolling despite an ever sceptical mom…..

It is much to the credit of the director that one hardly feels like being a part of an audience watching a performance. It is more like reliving the journey of an idealistic yet visionary common man

The picture essentially takes one through the genesis of Dadasaheb Phalke’s “Indian motion picture” dream and effortlessly and jocundly narrates the adventure of successfully living the dream. The characterisation and authenticity element was commendable though one could not help notice that some of the dialogues were artificial and more typical of 21st century Marathi rather than the urban Bramhin variety of the past.

One question that would invariably come is as to how much is fact and how much is fiction. Mr Mokashi was quite candid in acknowledging that though the broad outline was culled from available literature the details were really a product of his imagination. It is here that the critic could step in by challenging the authenticity of the period representations.

But one should give him the benefit of doubt of that especially since he has produced such a marvellous entertainer that makes all of us feel good and brings back that touch of classic poignancy to film-making.

Let me start at least…(The itch)…

September 13, 2009

Was just taking a “political spectrum ” quiz on facebook….have always believed myself to be a economic right social liberal ..However when the volley of questions began i was bewildered at how confusing the answers might appear to any psycho analyst…….began to cringe at the prospect of being labelled a leftist..but to my relief just what i thought i was……so there you are..some of these “quizzes” are not so idiotic after all…

(This rambling can be safely attributed to that well documented phenomenon called the “writers blog(sorry block….pun intended)….”.or should we call it the bloggers’ block?…..Was thinking better not start unless we have something substantial to offer to whet our and our readers'(if there ever will be) apetittes but then the “itch” got the better off me…more about this later….

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March 1, 2009

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