Archive for October, 2009

Lalitaksh : A brother lost

Lalit and i knew each other through anuvrat who is a brother to me. I met him at his home when I came to see anuvrat. Lalit was anuvrat`s younger brother, he was 3 years younger to us and was full of energy.

In his conversations one could see that he was a dreamer, though bit childish in his approach towards life which was obvious since he was just 17 then.

He dreamt of great glory, an ever lasting fame, wealth and obvious (at his age) marrying his childhood love whose name i was not able to get. Though he would mention about her now and then during conversations and when i use to go to his home, i could always find him in conversation over his phone.

His mother use to fondly tell me about him that he was the leader of his pack and was always there to help his friend , a fact reestablished by his friends admission of it. His father too had great dreams about him planning to get him into IAS, it was his fathers` wish that he was studying engineering as he once told me that how he could not see his fathers dreams shattered and would do whatever possible in his power to bring them to reality.

His parents now morn the untimely demise of their beloved young son , father wary of future and mother submerged in a complete state of shock unable to eat or drink.

In all he was a boy possessed with the will to be different , with a desire to be glorious so that his family name became famous.

Anuvrat once told me that Lait`s birth date collides with that of Adolf Hitler and we joked how he would rule the world, but it seems twist of fate that he had to lose his life at a tender age of 20 years being crushed by a blue line bus which was trying to overtake the one he was boarding when he was coming home after attending the classes at Jamia Millia Islamia university where he was studying civil engg.

Now the question remains as to how many young lives does it takes or how many fathers` dreams need to be shattered before these blueline buses menace will put to an end by Delhi govt or Indian blood is of no importance but when a foreigner might get crushed during commonwealth games, may be that might force government to take notice. Mr Haroon Yusuf, the transport minister of Delhi once told to every one (and this is 2 years back) that blueline buses will be stopped (when a bus had killed entire family traveling on scooter and destroyed a car with it).

India is suppose to have 65% of it population as young and they are for developing of a nation but how would that dream be possible when young are being killed on a daily basis on streets of Delhi and drivers of these killer buses are roaming free.

It is about time that something needs to be done and if it is again the people of India who need to raise their voice against this daily murder , then so be it.

I ask u all who read this to please join in the march we will be having in memory of lalitaksh or lalit as his parents and family use to call him and fight for not only him but for all those who died on streets of Delhi just because a blueline bus driver could make more profit….on the cost of a young life……

Movies : art of story telling !


Movies in India by the contemporary masses is watched a lot but the subject or the data it is made on makes it a topic of debate.

The other day one was having discussion with an old friend that movies are so educating and so realistic, but he laughed off the idea citing reasons that stupidity subjected in Indian and Hollywood cinema can never be classified as intelligence.

One didn`t debated much on the topic because he was partially correct, the movies that hit market on a daily basis are “commercial “oriented and is made to delight the consumer and allow her/him to wander in dreams to places where her/his pocket cannot take and think about the fantasy man/woman she/ he might never be able talk to or be with.

In the lines on Raj Kapoor : I sell dreams….


Though present day directors, notably Anurag Kashayp , Vishal Bharadwaj , Imtayaz Ali and Farhan Akhtar are trying to experiment , alot needs to be done so that more in the likes of my friend could appreciate the art of story telling, which has had a special place in our culture instilling correct values and morals.

It may be the 60`s of Manoj Kumar, 70`s and 80`s of Amitabh Bachchan,90`s and 2000`s of shahrukh khan films have been good with some “blunders” going side by side.

  • Mother India : A film on distress faced by the farmer and his family. A story of a poverty-stricken village woman, who in the absence of her husband, struggles to raise her sons and survive against a shrewd and machiavellian money-lender among many troubles. She sets a goddess-like moral example of an ideal Indian woman. 

  • Upkar : Manoj kumar fim is still acclaimed and respected across previous generations. It is a movie showing contrast between two brothers and their ideals. It showed Pran in an iconic character.

  • Sholay : Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, hema malni…. the film was an epic.
  • Chak de and Swades : These were movies with good concept and trying to rake in good emotions.

  • Taree Zameen pe : directorial debut of Aamir Khan was a good reflection of a dyslexic child and his parents inability and reluctance to accept his problem.
  • Dev D A remarkable make over of modern youth, his fight with his self destructive nature and his journey in finding himself and true love.

  • Libaas a very hard hitting movie of its time, focusing on womans` desires where in her husband is in extra marital affair featuring shabana azmi and raj babbar.

Movies have been a source of education and representation of weak, complex,searching unvoiced masses.

Though some movie do become a tool for propaganda also due to directors` or producers` past experiences, they might try to hit at certain communities more than other due their deep vengeful behavior though citing the reasons that the are exploring it, but rather exploiting it.

but yes with a the big but :the quality of content is a cause of concern getting item songs in movie and no good script will lead to erosion of respect among the movie goers. Hope the makers have a sense of that.


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