Punyalan Private Limited Review

 I don’t film messages. I let the post office take care of those – Bernardo Bertolucci 

One of the many legit complaints I receive about this little blog of mine is my nonchalant attitude towards contributing in it. One of the major reasons for this (except my ever prevalent writer’s block of course) is that I can only write about a movie once , and most of the movies which hit the theaters are the same movie being made and remade again and again with a different cast and settings to mask this fact up. Punyalan Private Limited is another addition to this array of films, an exercise in borderline mediocrity which crusades as the public opinion to redeem itself. Unfortunately, it takes only the opening five minutes to see through the act.

When Punyalan Agarbattis hit the theaters four years ago, my admiration for it was, and still is apodictic. It wasn’t a movie trying to be anything except than the tale it was telling, and in doing so, spoke for everyone who was watching it. On the other hand, this sequel is like a puppy wanting to be petted by everyone. Movies, just like people, end up being only what they truly are at the end, and what Punyalan Private Limited is at the end of the day is just a vehicle scampering on the last residues of glory its predecessor amassed and its viewer’s miserable existence.

And that last part is my major issue with this movie. Every scene feels tailor made to make space for a mass dialogue which feeds right into the hate accumulated in the viewer’s heart towards the system. It’s not just the exploitation of the viewer’s insecurities that bothers me, it is of the character’s as well. If characters are mere caricatures to get a point across, how could one possibly relate with them ? Jayasurya is fabulous in his role, yet do we know anything more about his character when this movie ends than we knew from before it began ? For all you know, I could have played the rest of the characters in this movie and it still wouldn’t make a difference. And I happen to be a terrible actor.

Whatever it sets out to do, it crashes egregiously at. Yet, there is an underlying sense of irony that the movie which sets out to proclaim everything wrong with the system ends up being everything that is wrong with the medium which it has chosen to explore. This brand of cinema is not entertainment, it is spoon-feeding, giving the audiences what they want, when they want it and dumbing their taste to utter mediocrity. Punyalan Private Limited says all that the common man of India (me included) would like to say about the fallacies of the system. But think about it, isn’t paying to hear what we say to ourselves everyday a really stupid deal ?

RATING :- 4 / 10

 

 

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Network Review

The truth has enormous power. Whenever we hear it, although we may not fully comprehend it, truth always seems to resonate with us. I believe that is why since its release in 1976, Network has resonated with audiences of all decades. It speaks of the unadulterated truth.

Howard Beale is a madman who has a breakdown following his firing on television which garners high ratings because of which Diana, a ratings-hungry employee puts forth the idea of the Howard Beale show, where he would rant about our cynical times. As obvious, the money-oriented management of CCA laps it up.

Network is one of the most important movies, in terms of real and reel life. Its screenplay has inspired countless others throughout the ages, most notably, that of Aaron Sorkin’s. The influence Network’s structure and dialogues have had on Sorkin’s dialogue writing and most importantly, on his great sitcoms West Wing and The Newsroom (and the criminally underrated Sports Night) can be comprehended by any nitwit. Network was one of those few movies which did not succumb to the pressure of dumbing down its content so as to suit the general audiences. Movies which want to please everyone end up being for no one. Network has intelligent, fiery dialogues flowing at a torrent pace in the pure beauty of English language, which unleashes a power so paramount on the minds of audiences that it transforms into a great cinematic experience on the strength of only its dialogues.

Its importance extends to today’s culture, considering the irresponsible media which have failed to report on platonic shifts in global politics over and over again. Its satirical portrayal seems to be a near-perfect reflection of today’s media which places its resources to fish out ratings-drawing new bits rather than the ones which amount to something. Howard Beale is Chayefsky’s Don Quixote, a madman who thinks he can save the world from an epidemic of incivility by acting as a knight himself.

Network is not much about the corrupt and unethical ways of news-broadcasting agencies, it is about a midst of individuals trying to retain their sanity in the midst of a world full of insanity and becoming mad themselves, one by one. It wasn’t meant as a classic when it was made, it was meant to be a wake-up call to all of us. In the midst of this world where any hogwash can be passed on as a movie, Network is the kind of cinema which leads with the clarion call resounding in the heart of all cinephiles ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’

RATING :- 9.3 / 10

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Dr.Strangelove Review

Stanley Kubrick’s Dr.Strangelove follows a psychopath army general Jack Ripper (Sterling Hayden) who thinks the Russians are hatching an international conspiracy to pollute precious body fluids and therefore orders an air strike on Russia. Then we follow the plot into the War Room where the President of United States of America (Peter Sellers) and his associates try to handle the situation with the help of the Russian ambassador while a crew of B-52 bomber headed by Captain Kong (Slim Pickens) stop at no cost to bomb any one of the targets in Russia.

To get the whole essence of the movie, you have to be really knowledgeable about Cold War. I love this stuff because I am a history buff, and that helped me get the essence of it, but not entirely I admit. Like every time you read about Cold War and re watch this movie, you love it even more. Dr.Strangelove is wacky and hilarious ride. Stanley Kubrick’s only entry in the comedy genre is the definitive satire of the satire genre. It is a work of genius right from the start to the end.

I once wrote an article upon how to identify a classic and I specified that many people disregard comedies as classics. This movie proves my point that a comedy can be a hell of a classic. I love over-the-top performances by actors when the scenario is of turmoil. And that is exactly what we get with George O Scott roaring uproariously with vigour and fury against U.S.S.R. and Peter Sellers’  hilarious interpretation of the diagnostic apraxia into a satirical take on the Third Reich Salute.

The script is work of genius. Entire hate against the U.S.S.R is accumulated in a kinetic explosion of hilarious dialogues which leaves the logic out of the ball-park yet is a commentatory of the banality at which U.S.A perceived each action of the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War and vice versa. And the thing is that it never takes sides, it does not determine which side is right or wrong, especially signified by the friendship between the President and the Premier.

Another factor which makes this movie great is the performances. George O Scott is just fabulous. Man, he deserved Best Actor nomination for this ! Just completely over-the-top. Loved it. But, Peter Sellers deserved a win in that category. It is so hard to get into a single character. But this guy portrays each of his three characters with such flair they each form their own identity. In many double-roles I have seen actors give performances in which the characters are indistinguishable but Sellers helms three at a time yet I wasn’t able to figure out that it was him in those three roles until I checked the Wikipedia page.

The effects of the plane flying may look silly now, but that just adds to the humour. The War Room is beautifully constructed and the lighting work is fabulous and the score which is seldom used is stupendous as well.

My favourite scene is a shot in which George Scott is appealing to the President that ‘The so-called Doomsday Machine is just a scam if the Commies’ and he falls, but he rolls over and points to the Big Board. It is a moment of certain flair. The climax conveys the message that if this hatred exists within ourselves, we are all our way to doom. A classic is like wine, it stands the test of time and only gets better with time. I laughed my guts out and enjoyed every millisecond of this 1964 motion picture which exactly as old as my father.

Dr. Strangelove is the king of satires, a jewel for film-lovers and Kubrick’s masterpiece which is a hilarious take on the Cold War and the mentality of the U.S.A and U.S.S.R individuals towards each other. In short, hell of a movie.

Rating : 9.3 / 10

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