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Agneepath – All Smoke, No Fire!

Movie: Agneepath

Director: Karan Malhotra

Story: Based on Agneepath (1990)

Screenplay: Ila Dutta Bedi and Karan Malhotra

Music: Ajay-Atul

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, and Rishi Kapoor

If you are going to watch the movie keeping in mind the original Agneepath, then you are in for a big time disappointment! Agneepath failed to match my average expectations even though I had decided not to watch as a remake of the original classic.

There isn’t much to talk about the story so let’s talk about the actors. Hrithik has done a decent job, however, he completely fails to do justice to the classic Harivansh Rai Bachchan poem. So much so that sometimes, it is not even audible. Sanjay Dutt’s character had so much scope that was left unexplored. The verses from the Mahabharata make him look funny and his laughter seems unreal.  Priyanka Chopra comes in as a fresh breeze in the otherwise violent storm, if I may call it so. However, the only one person who makes an impression is Rishi Kapoor, in his maiden appearance as a villain.

Too many and out of context songs are only a speed breaker for the movie. You could be humming a few lines from the songs Shree Ganesha and Chikni Chameli but nothing more. The otherwise so impressive Ajay-Atul duo failed to leave their  mark in this one.

Though the original Agneepath was a box office disaster, it is still considered to be a classic movie. Whereas, the new Agneepath, even after being a below average movie in all aspects, is already making record breaking collections at the box office.

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The Descendants – A Soulful Journey to Hawaii!

Movie: The Descendants

Director: Alexander Payne

Story: Based on the novel, The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash

Music: Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Keola Beamer, Lena Machado, Sonny Chillingworth, Jeff Peterson, and Rev. Dennis Kamakahi

Cast: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, and Nick Krause

The movie is about a man (George Clooney) whose wife has met with an accident and she is in a comma. However, that’s not the only thing he has to deal with. He is also entrusted with the responsibility of deciding the fate of his cousins either by selling or keeping a 25000 acres piece of land. The two stories are nicely woven into each other.

George Clooney and all others actors have done a superb job! Nick Krause has also played a memorable role. The beautiful visuals, a subtle spice of comedy, and the soulful music keep the movie miles away from being called a tragedy.

I’d suggest you to take this trip to Hawaii that will make you feel relaxed and will put your mind at peace, in the otherwise hectic life.

P.S.: All my Indian friends, do look out for the Kantilal Godbole scene.

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झकास – पैसा वसूल!

Movie: Jhakaas

Production: Zee Talkies

Director: Ankush Chaudhari

Story: Deepak Naidu

Screenplay: Nitin Dikshit and Ankush Chaudhari

Music: Abhijit Kavthalkar

Cast: Ankush Chaudhari, Amruta Khanvilkar, Pooja Sawant, Sai Tamhankar, Sanjay Khapre, Jitendra Joshi, Pushkar Shrotri, Vikas Samudre

ह्या नवीन वर्षाची सुरुवात ‘झकास’ ह्या चित्रपटाने अगदी झकास झाली! 

चित्रपटाची कथा पहिल्या  दहा मिनिटांतच लक्षात येते. तेव्हा असे वाटले की आपले पैसे आणि वेळ दोन्ही वाया जाणार! पण उत्कृष्ट अभिनय आणि संवादांच्या जोरावर चित्रपट आपल्याला पूर्ण वेळ हसवत ठेवतो!

जवळपास प्रत्येक सीन मध्ये अंकुश चौधरीच  दिसत असला तरी देखील पुष्कर श्रोत्री, संजय खापरे, जितेंद्र जोशी आणि विकास समुद्रे आपल्या कॉमिक टायमिंगच्या जोरावर आपली छाप पाडण्यात यशस्वी ठरले आहेत. तिघी नटींनी आपली भूमिका बऱ्यापैकी पार पाडली आहे. पण लक्षात राहण्या सारखे काही नाही. 

अश्लील दृष्य किंवा double meaning जोक्स न वापरता स्वच्छ आणि मनोरंजक चित्रपट कसे बनवले जाऊ शकतात हे अंकुशने पुन्हा एकदा दाखवून दिलंय!

 

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Misal Pav at Balgandharva Ahaar Cafeteria

As mentioned in my earlier post, फडतरे मिसळ सेंटर, कोल्हापूर – जमलं न्हाय राव!, Misal Pav is my favorite breakfast item and Balgandharva Ahaar Cafeteria is one of my preferred places to enjoy it. The Balgandharva Ahaar Cafeteria is located behind the Balgandharva Theatre and is open to all, not just the theatre audience.

Well, if you are looking for a luxurious ambience, this is certainly not the place. However, I like the place because it is so open.It’s amazing how quiet the place is even after being so close to the J.M. Road.

I place an order for a misal pav and within a few minutes, the dish is here. As soon as the waiter places the dish on the table, I ask him for extra onion & lemon, no matter how much is already on the plate :-) And yes, an extra pair of bread please.

Doesn’t it look tempting? There goes the first bite in the mouth and it gives the same pleasure every time! I enjoy the Misal Pav along with all the extras that I has asked for and follow it up with a cup of tea.

I would love to spend another hour here. However, I noticed a ‘puneri paati’ hung right in front of me asking me to leave.

The waiter brings the bill and the total cost is Rs. 43/-

Misal Pav: Rs. 30

Extra Pav: Rs. 6

Tea: Rs. 10

The Misal Pav here is a must try for all Misal and spicy food lovers. I’m sure there would be other places in Pune serving equally good or even better Misal. Let me know if you know of any. I’ll be happy to try it.

फडतरे मिसळ सेंटर, कोल्हापूर – जमलं न्हाय राव!

कोल्हापुरी मिसळ म्हंटल कि कानातून धूर अन नाकातून पाणी यायलाच हवं, नाही का? पण फडतरेंची मिसळ खाल्ल्यावर आला तो फक्त घाम, ते देखील रांगेत उभे राहिल्यामुळे व एवढ्याशा जागेत बसावे लागल्यामुळे!

मागे एका मैत्रिणीच्या लग्नानिमित्त कोल्हापूरला जायचा योग आला. आता कोल्हापूरला जायचे म्हणजे देवीचे दर्शन, कोल्हापुरी चप्पल, कोल्हापुरी मटण (with पांढरा व तांबडा रस्सा) आणि कोल्हापुरी मिसळ आलंच! सर्वप्रथम देवीचे दर्शन घेतले आणि मग वळलो नाश्त्यातील माझ्या आवडत्या पदार्थाकडे – मिसळ पाव. एका मित्राने फडतरे मिसळ सेंटरचे   नाव  सुचविले. तेथे  पोहोचल्यावर  पाहतो  तर काय, लोकांची एक  भलीमोठी  रांगच  लागली  होती!  ते  पाहून  आमच्या  अपेक्षा  आणखीनच  वाढल्या.  बराच वेळ रांगेत उभे राहिल्यानंतर एका बाकावर बसण्यासाठी जागा मिळाली. मिळालेल्या थोड्याशा जागेत kindly adjust  करून  बसलो.

लगेचच आमची मिसळ व त्यासोबत ब्रेडचे स्लाईस आले. मोठ्या आशेने पहिला घास घेतला अन   पहिले उदगार बाहेर पडले ते – जमलं न्हाय राव! मिसळ  तशी  चविष्ट  होती  पण  त्यात  कोल्हापुरीपण  नव्हते.  मग  फडतरे  मिसळ सेंटर व श्री. फडतरे  यांचा  एक  फोटो   घेऊन  बाहेर  पडलो. तेव्हा मला आठवली ती माझी आवडती बालगंधर्वच्या  कॅन्टीन  मधील  मिसळ  (Misal Pav at Balgandharva Ahaar Cafeteria).                                                              तुमची  सर्वात  आवडती  मिसळ  कोणती?