35. From Real to Reel

Many a times in life we come across people who stand up against all odds & achieve things which inspire a generation ,these things they achieve come from extreme suffering ,hardship,insults & distress.

Not everyone have the will to overcome all these but there will be some who breakdown at times yet come out successful.

The chronicles of these REAL people to REEL cinema will serve as an inspiration when we recount their struggles in life that make them such great personalities.

PLOT : " The true inspirational story of entrepreneur Chris Gardner. "

There are only a few films that had such a touching tale ,"The Pursuit of Happyness" is one such film.The subtle story telling of this film is so much responsible for the movie's success.

Even though being a emotional drama ,there are few scenes in which you find the lead actors crying it out or having facing melodramatic moments ,this is where the movie stands out.

Gabriele Muccino ,has directed to inspire.His style of expressing has brought out some of the best acting moments in film ,while seeing the film you could never deny the fact that the director along with the scriptwriter are the true captains of the movie.

Without a good combination of director & scriptwriter we cannot be treated to watching good cinema ,this film serves as a testimony for it.

Will Smith as Chris Gardner has lived the role ,he gets into the skin of the character he's playing ,all his films illustrate that fact.I could not think of any other person enacting this role after watching his perfomance.

Its too bad that a lot of good films came up in that year which eventually earned him just the Academy award nomination for Best Actor ,hope he gets that award soon.

Will Smith's son Jaden Smith as Chris Gardner's son in the film was another feather in the cap ,he has justified his role with some superb performances.His dad can be damn proud of him.

Adults especially parents whilst watching this movie can feel a sense of Deja vu ,they could easily relate their struggles with certain scenes in the film.

Dialogues also are a perfect sync ,the way Will Smith answers his son's queries are so good that you cannot deny the facts in them.His attempts at marketing in his office are also an honest portrayl of a sales person's life.

An autobigraphical work to a film is no easy work ,certain films while doing this transition loose track but this film captures the true spirit of Chris Gardner's hardships with realistic moments.

For inspiration in our life ,we look up to certain people.Here is a one such person's life justifiably made from REAL life TO REEL cinema.

  • Writer : Steve Conard based on Chris Gardner's memoirs written by himself & Quincey Troupe.
  • Rating : "PG" for some smoking scenes & harsh languauge.
P.S : " The homeless people who worked as extras received a full day's pay at minimum wage ($8.62/hr) and free catered meals.For some it was the first money they'd made in a while. "

34. Coming of age

Coming of age is a young person's transition from childhood to adulthood.

Everyone in his/her life goes through this transition in their life ,but not all transitions are for the good ,some get guided in a better way whilst some in a wrong way.

Successful persons go through this stage with lots of pitfalls that shape up their character that helps them achieve in their life.

PLOT : "The coming of age story of a rich & spoilt boy. "

I regret my decision to skip this movie when it was in theatres ,such a feel good movie this is that it makes me regret my decison even further ,hope these kinda films are made on a regular basis.

Coming from the production house of Karan Johar ,Wake Up Sid is one of those films that most youngsters could relate to ,whether its their college life ,friendship or career dilemma.

Ayan Mukherjee who is also one of the film's writers has directed this romantic comedy that strikes the right chord with the youngsters ,his portrayal of urban life mixed with the upper middle class culture has come out really well.

His choice of casting couldn't have been better ,Ranbir Kapoor as the rich & spoilt kid & Konkona Sen as an aspiring writer wanting to be independent was a perfect sync.

Ranbir Kapoor ,i was really impressed with his perfomance in Bachna Ae Haseeno ,has more then served justice to his portrayal of a rich kid who is completely dependent on his dad for everything in his life ,this actor is really going places.

Konkona Sen ,well this was my first glimpse of her & my feedback is ,"Bravo !!!".She has really given a tough competition to Ranbir here ,both have given a splendid performance & sharing a beautiful chemsitry.

The approach to the film by the writers Ayan Mukherjee & Niranjan Iyengar is very realistic which clicks for the film & its cast.I'll be more then happy to see these two come together for more films.

Music by Shankar-Eshaan-Loy is neat ,its goes hand in hand with the movie's pace & keeps with the it throughout ,not many movies achieve this kinda sync.

All the scenes in this movie can be easily related to a youngster's life ,the sudden urge of a family asking to grow up ,a vaccum left by friends who take leave to settle down & the dilemma of choosing a career is placed well here.

The friendship between the lead actors is a one to lookout for here ,they serve as one of the best portrayed friendships in cinema ,a friendship with the right dosage of care ,affection & anger.

Indian cinema is on a revival path these days with real life themes getting a warm reception by the audience & collecting the moolah at the box office ,winds of change have arrived & lets hope things get better.

Witnessing films of this genre might certainly help out certain youngsters who are in a phase of dilemma in their life ,wanting to grow up & at the sametime wanna have some fun ,a clear indication of Coming of age.

  • Rating : "PG" for some scenes involving heavy drinking
P.S : " Karan Johar apologized to MNS chief Raj Thackeray for referrig the city of Mumbai as Bombay in a conversation between Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen some 12 times & the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supporters objected this by halting the film's screening. "

33. Deadly Rivalry

There's always a competition happening amongst people to come one up on the other opponent ,on the positive aspect this creates an healthy competition but what happens on the flip side is the notorious fact thats happening in our world.

In whatever facets of competition ,may it be SPORTS ,POLITICS or CAREER ,there exists a rivalry that derails the ethical concepts of competition & turns out to be an ugly confrontation of EGOS.

The cost of this DEADLY RIVALRY is sometimes LIFE itself !!!!

PLOT : "Two magicians confront each other to be the best in their business ,confrontations that turns deadly."

The one thing that makes this movie so mesmerizing is the way it was put across ,i was completely bowled over by the screenplay.It made me sit up & think "Can i also deliver a script like this ??".

Christopher Nolan ,well-known for his blockbuster movies like "THE DARK KNIGHT" is the man behind the film ,this director makes me very jealous for the fact that his movies are not only captivating but at the sametime intelligent.

His brother & fellow Writer Jonathan Nolan deserves equal accolades ,these two people are the brains behind this magnificient film that takes the audience into a world of illusion ,magic along with its deadly secrets.

"The Prestige" with its star-studded cast line is nothing short of a CLASSIC ,all the lead & supporting actors had very well drawn up characters.Every cast were in roles that seemed liked tailor made for them.

Christian Bale ,the man storming the US box office with his recent spree of BIG TICKET movies ,is at his best playing the enigmatic magician shrowded in mystery throughout the film.With a mature & realistic performance he is surely one of the show stealers.

The other show stealer being Hugh Jackman ,well-known as "Wolverine" of X-MEN ,plays the other protagonist magician ,the battle between the two lead actors serves as the crux of the film ,right from the start till the very end.

The other supporting actors namely Michael Caine ,Scarlett Johansson & Rebecca Hall serve their roles to perfection.

The magic tricks that happen in the film makes you contemplate what happens behind the screen when a magician performs his so called tricks ,everything we see here is an illusion that is being enacted by the greatest actors who call themselves as "MAGICIANS".

Some tricks are even very hard to digest.

The character development in the film is one of the very best ,the scenes leading upto how the magicians turn deadly is very believable & at the sametime sorrowful.

The film clearly illusrates the fact as to how a competition could turn the best thinkers into commiting various crimes that they repent with their life ,never could have this clause be so beautifully protrayed.

Competitions are an integral part of every person's life ,man competes with himself ,nature & science to prove his capabilities but MAN must also acknowledge the fact that when he competes then there is only a thin line that separates a Healthy competition into becoming a DEADLY RIVALRY.

  • Rating : "PG" for violence & disturbing scenes.
P.S : " Sam Mendes had shown interest in adapting Christopher Priest's novel for the big-screen, but Priest insisted that Christopher Nolan direct the film, based on his love for both Following (1998) and Memento (2000). "


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