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#Wahwah @ Tumbhi

To beat the Monday morning blues, we decided to make the twitter TL a little more interesting, a little more poetic and to awaken the poetic spirits of the people. So we just asked them to tweet their or other’s shers- shayaris or couplets following the #wahwah tag with us!!

A peek-a-boo at what happened!

[Tumbhi]: Tweet the #wahwah with us today! Share awesome shers, shayari- yours or of stalwarts and lets create a poetic monday!

तेरा न हो सका तो मर जाऊंगा ‘फ़राज़’ कितना खूबसूरत वो झूठ बोलता था #wahwah Tweet the sher with us! This was when we tried building the “shayrana” atmosphere and the first few responses were like—

[Aakriti]@Chatar_Matar दिल नाउम्मीद तो नहीं , नाकाम ही तो है रंगीन है गम की शाम , मगर शाम ही तो है #wahwah @tumbhi

[Tushar] @Shorisays वोह खूबसूरत है पलके हमारी झपकती ही नहीं । #wahwah @tumbhi

Then we had to simulate a little more to build the flow! Heres how we did!

Tweet the #wahwah with us today! share awesome shers, shayari– Wake up all fantastic poets on the TL!

तुमको नाराज़ रहना है तो कुछ बात करो ‘फ़राज़ ‘ के चुप रहने से मुहब्बत का गुमान होता है – अहमद फ़राज़ #wahwah tweet the sher!

So again, [Tushar] @Shorisays दिल ने कहा दिल ने सुना और मोहब्बत हो गयी । #wahwah @tumbhi

And then [Aakriti]@Chatar_Matar कभी भुलाने के लिए पीते हैं कभी सहलाने के लिए और कभी पी कर जो लिखी थी उसे मिटाने के लिए #wahwah @tumbhi

And we kept poking—————- >> #wahwah —– anyone there??

आँखों में जल रहा है क्यूँ , बुझता नहीं धुंआ उठता तो है घटा सा , बरसता नहीं धुंआ – गुलज़ार #wahwah Tweet the sher! spred d awesomeness!

So some new handles were seen

[Radha] @RadhaGiri कौन कहता है हाथो की लकीरें तकदीरें बनाती है तकदीर तोह उनकी भी होती है जिनके हाथ नहीं होते है @tumbhi #WahWah

[Anupriya]@sriv_anu @tumbhi ये जो दर्द मिल रहे हैं किश्तों में, डर है ये सिलसिला भी थम न जाये, अब तो इस दर्द से ही, जिंदा होने का एहसास होता है #wahwah

[Aakriti] @Chatar_Matar “कागज़ और कलम से अब राते इंतिहा होती हैं हसरतों की महफिलों को नया ठिकाना जो हासिल हुआ है ” #wahwah @tumbhi

[Anupriya]@sriv_anu @tumbhi ज़िन्दगी की जाने कितनी, मुस्कुराहटों की वजह है तू, फिर किस मुंह से आखिर आज, तुझको बेवफा कह दें #wahwah

The poking never stopped———–More poets on the TL- tweet the sher with us and make people go #wahwah

[Tushar] @Shorisays वोह ढलता सूरज और हमारे चाँद का छत पे आना, कौन कहता है आज अँधेरा होगा । #wahwah @tumbhi

वोह ढलता सूरज और हमारे चाँद का छत पे आना, कौन कहता है आज अँधेरा होगा । #wahwah @tumbhi

On facebook too, we thought we shouldn’t let the poets miss the fun!! So —–Poets/ Shayars: Catch the latest action on Tumbhi’s Twitter. Something really exciting is happening there! Follow… http://fb.me

So some facebook shayars walked in : like- Ruhi @tumbhi Tere Ishq me jalte hue hum khak hue jate hain na samjh zinda ke hum bezaar jiye jaate hain ..Ruhiii ♥

[Kavita] @kattitudette @tumbhi Mujhe dekh kar wo sahib-e-ilm bola, “Teri sanjeedgi batati h, tujhe hansne ka bahut shoq tha kabhi!” #wahwah

[Tushar] @Shorisays जेठ की दोपहर में उनका बुलावा शायद इन्तिहान हैं मोहब्बत की । #wahwah @tumbhi

[Ruhi] @RooheeSharma @tumbhi Fasla tujhse bas itna sa hai “Zindagi” jab chaha aankhe band ki aur tujhe jee liya ..Ruhiii

Poke poke ————–#wahwah kyu nhi ho rahi hai bhai!!

[Aakriti] @Chatar_Matar कोशिशें रुसवाइयों की नाकाम हो जाएँ , इल्तिजा दिल की अब ये सारी है अजनबी बन के इक बार फिर से, कभी टकरा जाएँ हम दोनों #wahwah @tumbhi

Poking continued—Thoda #wahwah ho jaye??? Tweet a sher with us and spread the awesomeness on TLs!!

Poetry is everywhere, it just needs some editing! Tweet a couplet with us and spread the magic! follow with #wahwah

And then a handle billu (@1d1f) was in the field with different shers from different poets:

@tumbhi Ragon me daudte phirne ke hum nahi qaayal,,,Jab aankh hi se na tapka to phir lahoo kya hai..”Mirza Ghalib”.. #wahwah

@tumbhi Isse Pahle Ke Bewafa Ho Jayein,,Kyun Na Aye Dost Hum Juda Ho Jayein,.”Ahmed Faraz”.. #wahwah

@tumbhi Nahi Tera Nasheman Qasar-e-Sultani Kay Gumbad Par; Tu Shaheen Hai Basera Kar Pahadon ki Chattano Par.”Allama Iqbal”. #wahwah

@tumbhi kya nazaakat hai ki aariz unke neele pad gaye,,maine to bosa liya tha khwaab mein tasweer ka-”Mirza Ghalib”. #wahwah

@tumbhi Meharbaan ho ke bula lo mujhe chaaho jis waqt,,,Main gaya waqt nahin hoon ke phir aa bhi na sakun.”Mirza Ghalib”. #wahwah

Finally we disclosed ———-:> Ur shers will find a space in our special #wahwah blog going live by today evening! tweet with us and immortalize ur tweet-sher!

So here it is, compiling all the tweeted shers by our poetic souls!! Take your bit home!! J

Artist’s Motivation; Miles to go before I sleep

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

These golden lines from Robert Frost bring back the wondered thought- what keeps an artist going?

It sure must be something really burning which keeps the urge inside an artist alive. To keep his pen rolling, his paints flowing, his camera clicking, his legs tapping and his heart jumping, all the way.

Indecisive of what the reasons would be, I just thought of putting down a few points which keep me, as an artist, going …

  1. Take it out on a paper
    It’s when I have a lot of things to surrender to, lot of things to face to, in daily life, at home, at work, in relationships or I am just grumbled of the general behavior of a common human tendency and I desperately need to take it out somewhere, writing or painting become the best medium. I just write it down or paint it out and the relieve exchanged is worth that effort!
  2. The mighty incentives
    Two words of a serious thought on my creative work brings in voluptuous changes. With the prowess of the web today, exposing talent is easy, quick and vast! Even the comments that I receive on a four line poetry of mine, is capable enough to take me 10 miles further.
  3. The critical “high”
    Believe it or not, one thoughtful remark coming from n expert in the industry can teach an artist lesson for his entire life. We don’t actually realize its importance since these experts are not really in our reach. Even one thoughtful remark from a friend can boost an artist so much. If even once, by any chance, one becomes lucky enough to recite his poem to a well famed poet or show his photograph to the most eminent photographer in the industry, it takes you another one million miles in a flash.
  4. The urge of getting better
    It is said “Practice makes man perfect”. Similarly, any art comes through two channels- Inborn talent and sheer experience. Artists tend to learn through hit and trial method. It’s their own work which motivates them to improve further! When I compare my two years old poetry with the present one, the difference is crystal clear. The journey of evolution in me and my writing comes alive in those papers. It’s that promise to myself to keep getting better just gives me a push every time!

As an artist, I keep doing my art for myself but somewhere I realize that what I did, isn’t enough and that I have to keep going , because, there are miles to go before I sleep…!!

Applauses Captured!

In each of us is hidden a Story teller, one who loves to open up new windows to the world, looks up beyond the horizons and dreams in the day just to mar a virgin sheet of paper with a fantastic fable. Tumbhi came up with a Short Story Writing Contest called “Somewhere Sometime” to catch hold of such beautiful birds of imagination with only one string of condition attached, i.e. the story was required to have a twist.

 

 

Each entry was individually analyzed by the jury which comprised of Kiran Khalap (author, Brand Consultant and founder of Chlorophyll Brand & Communications Consultancy); Javed Siddiqui (urdu and hindi screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright form India, he has written over 50 storylines, screenplays and dialogues which comprises of films like DDLJ, Umraao Jaan, Taal, Pardes, Raja Hindustani and many more); and Pankaj Shukla (a film critic, a senior journalist, a book reviewer, writer, director, and a keen traveler).

Beautiful captures of visionary pieces were tracked and judges could only give some to-be-remembered-forever remarks on the entries.

The entries were judged on the basis of 4 criteria: Plot, Narrative, Language and Twist .They were looking for a perfect balance of idea and execution along with the compulsory flawless of the language used.

Although the expectations made are seldom defeated, the jury was able to make some concrete remarkes on the quality of the entries that poured in .

Following the criteria trail, the remarks are as under:

Plot: Basically considered as the idea of the story, the plan wherein all the events of the story fall in certain sequence. Some of the entries were quite surprising with their plots with good build ups and imagery. The feel was remarkable at some reading points. Some stories also came up with slight moral reflection and subtle humor which was highly admired
Narrative: what the reader sees and hears of what happens – and how he sees and hears it. The Hindi entries were almost flawless in their narration. Although a much higher level of good narrative by the use of quality dialogues was expected which was missing.
Language: The words weaving and unfolding the events in the story need to be carefully chosen in terms of their tone and elegancy. A couple of the English ones were quite poor in their use of language with the extensive usage of sms language and not-so-decent words although the Hindi stories stil scored some decent points in this respect.
Twist-in-the-tale: The surprise element in the story which changes the course of the events and takes it to a new climax, something which is not predictable by the reader. Many of the writers used GHOSTS as the only object of Twist which was kind of predictable. The twists could have been much twistier with more element of surprise in it. Because ofcourse there could be many more surprising things than ghosts alone 🙂

Tumbhi team expects the writers who participated and got a chance to run their artworks under such veterans of the writing world will surely benefit from such valuable feedback!!

Dreams That Came True!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. “- Walt Disney

Every one of us a dreamer, the difference is only that some of us remember them when we wake up and some of us let go the flow of thoughts. The dreams may vary as per night or day but the core ambitions travel along with every vision that comes to the dreamer’s mind.

An artist also dreams. He dreams to transform all his dreams into reality one day. And what if someday, somebody actually holds his hands and guides him through? A bunch of dreamers experienced something like this! They got a chance to cherish their dream: being a filmmaker, a scriptwriter, an actor.

Tumbhi came up with a scriptwriting contest back in May 2011 called “Paanch”. The prize was only a promise to transform the words into reality i.e. the winning entries would be converted to actual short films under the mentorship of none other than Anurag Kashyap.

Six Short films were made by Tumbhi. Shor and Sujata were part of those six films. Come November’2011, the film Shor goes to Abu Dhabi Film Festival (U.A.E) 2011-12, gets discovered by the right eyes for filmmaking, receives rave reviews from many critics and wins the Best Narrative Short: Grand Jury Prize.

But Shor was made only to shout out loud what it actually was! It grabs another Best Narrative Short: Grand Jury Prize at South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF). Neeraj Ghayawan, Scriptwriter and director of Shor , could actually see now his dreams flying high right there in the clouds above. Making much more ‘Shor’ than its name, Shor won another Grand Jury Prize at 10th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

But Shor was not alone here for the accolades. Huma Qureshi, the lead actress of the other short film “Sujata” gets a special mention by the grand jury at IFFLA. Sujata, a dream-child of the scriptwriter Annie Zaidi and director Shlok Sharma, becomes just another route of bliss for its conceivers.

To Tumbhi.com, it was all about giving feathers to the dreams of artists! Looking forward to even more feathers getting added to their caps, Tumbhi takes pride in translating at least a few dreams to reality because as Dr. Abdul Kalam said, “you have to dream before your dreams can come true.”

Shayari @ Tumbhi

Tumbhi comes across yet another list of aspirants, this time Poets and writers. A writing Contest in the name of “Nadaan Parindey” had been organized by the portal which invited Poems in Hindi and Roman Urdu. The superlative part of the Contest this time was its Jury! Tumbhi was able to give a chance to the poets-at-heart a chance to present their work to Irshad Kamil, the ace poet/lyricist in Indian Cinema.

The response was overwhelming! Recording the entries in thousands, we were flooded by people appealing to submit their entries even after the closure of the contest. We received startling response not only from India, where Hindi is the mother tongue, but also the entries pouring from Pakistan , UAE and NRIs(Non Resident Indians) especially in Roman Urdu were wonderful.

We had announced 2 cash prizes of Rs.21, 000 and Rs. 11,000 for the contest but the winner will be more than worth it , we believe!

Announcing the shortlisted “Super 25” poems on 6th Feb 2012’ is not going to be an easy task for our judges but we have taken the challenge and now looking forward to the best entries being selected.

To give you a look, here are a few snippets from the participation entries selected randomly:

कब से लिए बैठा हूँ इस कागज़ के टुकड़े को

कब से कर रहा हूँ तफ़तीश मैं खुद की
रोज़ तोड़ा है मैंने हर क़रार इसका
रोज़ पलटा है मैंने हर सफ़हा माज़ी का
इससे बड़ा भी कोई जुर्म क्या होगा
मुझसे बड़ा भी मुजरिम कहाँ होगा..
-केतन कनौजिया

अब काहे को रोत है, सब हो गया मालिया मेट।

जले भुझे की राख ले, और बिखरी मट्टी समेट॥

पहले खुद को जानले, फिर औरन को जान।
सभी यहाँ है आदमी, कौन यहाँ भगवन॥
-मोहित गोस्वामी

ख़्वाब बड़े और कमरे छोटे
आसमा पर ग़र कुछ घर होते
बादलों से घर भर लेते
मुट्ठी मे बाँध कर तारो को
घर अपना जग मग कर लेते
हे ख्वाब बड़े और कमरे छोटे …..
-गायत्री मनचंदा

ज़िन्दगी माचिस की एक तीली है
एक से शमा जला लूं या चूल्हा
दोनों के चक्कर में
कई दफा ऊँगली जली है
-आबिद हुसैन

Needless to mention, but thanks to all the participants for the immense contribution.

Shor: My First Short Film with Tumbhi and Anurag Kashyap

By Neeraj Ghaywan

 

I read this research snippet about a woman doing a research on the influence of hormones on relationships. A part of the research involved the woman standing on an empty street asking out men for a date. She asked over 20 men. Her success rate was 40%. She did the same thing on a dangling bridge on a rough weather day. Her success rate jumped to about 85%. Though the static may not be exact but the hypothesis that she arrived at was that people are vulnerable to fall in love in dangerous situations. I had forgotten the article but it stuck in my subconscious and eventually led to an idea about the human condition at the face of death. When we embrace death, our most vulnerable time, we find our truest side. We confront what really matters to us. That became the basis for Shor. Yes, I wasn’t too happy with the title myself but when you see the film you’ll realize we couldn’t have come up with another name.

Shor is about Lallan and Meena, a couple from Banaras (North India), consumed by their pursuit to survive in the seedy ghettos of Mumbai city. Lallan has lost his job at the factory and ambles about hopelessly searching for a way out. Meena has taken up tailoring to make ends meet, losing touch with her emotions, and almost turning into a machine herself. One day they truly find each other while embracing death, divorce and redemption, all just over a phone call.

I had the basic structure of the script ready but I didn’t want to compromise with the culture and milieu of the characters. For me it is very essential to have the premise to adhere to a agreed upon set of culture and ethos. I used to take autorickshaw rides and speak to the drivers at length, recording the conversation on my phone and later make notes from it. I must have spoken to some 40 odd rickshaw drivers to arrive at 4 of them who were from Banaras. I conducted a focus group with these people, inviting them to my house. Yes yes, I have an academic and corporate background and old habits die hard. Anyway, I spoke to them for a long time about their lives, their homes, how they dealt with their wives, I made them call their wives and understand how they spoke to them in crisis etc. Finally, I wrote the script along with dialogue. I was very scared and excited. It was ready and I had to show it to Anurag ( I was assisting him on Wasseypur). It’s like you are going for an appraisal interview to your boss. He read the first page and rejected it. He didn’t read further and I was heartbroken. I felt terrible, this was not just a short film script, but my first work to my boss and he had rejected it. Some people rubbed it in. I almost felt like abandoning the whole idea of becoming a filmmaker. It was humiliating. I thought I should still do this.

I called my rickshawala brotherhood. I decided to go to their homes. Some of them were kind enough to oblige. I spent time at their place; observing their lifestyle, the objects in their houses, the kids, the neighborhood, what they did in their free time, what pained them, what made them happy etc. It helped in understanding their lifestyle and most importantly what language they spoke. Now that I had enough material, I started rewriting the dialogues. When you start writing dialogues, you realize how difficult is writing a screenplay as against a book or a short story. The research helped me in identifying the insecurities that they lived with and how they expressed themselves. I wrote a draft and ran it past Vineet Singh (the lead actor of Shor) and Varun Grover ( a writer friend). They made some tone and grammar corrections with the dialogue I wrote. By the way, Vineet Singh has the fine charm of the angry young man and I have lost the count of how many languages he knows. Finally Anurag read the script. He said it has great potential if I had established the two characters in the same space. He had couple of ideas. I put everything together but didn’t show the final draft which by the way, was the tenth draft.

I just wanted to go ahead and shoot. The more I deliberated the more I’d distance from the passion to make it. Also, there was this pressure of having assisted for only six months and here I was, attempting to make a difficult short film in complete guerrilla style. The folks at Tumbhi.com loved the script and I was ready to go. But there was one problem; the shooting process could only be started in August along with the competing short films, which was completely understandable. But I couldn’t have shot in the monsoons as the film was mostly in difficult exterior locations. So I borrowed money from friends for the shoot (Thank You Anubhuti Kashyap and Suresh Nayak). We got into pre-production, Rishabh and Puja jumped into help me on the film. Rishabh was great help on the locations and convincing people for the shoot.  Puja is responsible for the look  and the costumes. Poor her, she had to stay away from the action for all the work. They have really worked hard during the film. Super line producer Deep Singh came on board. We did the shot breakdowns, location recces and the research for costume, art and the train routes and stations. Mukesh Chhabra unconditionally helped me to understand what to look for while casting actors. He even did couple of auditions for me.

Umpteen number of rehearsals happened. Ratnabali, the female lead of Shor, was doing English theatre. To be honest, I was panicking because I wanted everyone to get the accent right. I am a stickler for accents. Vineet and I had a lot of sessions on accent modulation with Ratnabali. And when we did the final rehearsal, Ratnabali took me by surprise. I was shocked the way she picked the nuances of the culture. Amardeep Jha, agreed to play the amma. She was perfect in that role and she brought in her own mannerisms to add depth to her role. I remember someone telling me “Oh wow, she’s Sharman’s mom from Three Idiots”.

After an elaborate session we finally arrived at the shot break down. I am of the opinion that it’s almost impossible to replicate the feel of real locations and objects. I abstained from an extensive production design, relying completely on the property available on location ( Malwani and Dharavi).  You can never think of a plastic toy of a swan couple with a broken wing. Like how coincidental is that! One of the auto drivers from the research, Pavan Sharma offered his house to make it as our crew base. His neighbor Irshad Shah offered his house as the main house of the film. Not only that he and his wife also acted in the film. Pavan’s son was the little kid who plays Lallan and Meena’s son. His expressions still haunt me. Milind Shirke, my DoP is fantastic at guerrilla shoots. In public locations he would just hold the camera and either look away or talk over the phone. He used to tell me that if you set the frame, don’t look into the viewfinder for static shots. When you look in to your camera’s view finder, that’s when people look into the camera. He has great sense of framing and very quick at conceptualizing them too. We shot on Canon 7D as the motion capture is better on a 7D as against 5D. For the wide top angle shots, I got the watchman of the only tall building in the ghetto to agree use the building terrace. On the day of the shoot he backed out. In my broken Bhojpuri I made him believe that we are shooting a docu which is about ‘our people’ from Bihar and this film will be a ‘message to the government to listen to us to our woes’. That watchman got all charged up; thankfully he never asked me what I was fighting against. He was all supportive but he still declined. And then I realized he is expecting me to bribe him. I never felt so guilty in my life to have bribed someone, not even when I got caught driving without a license. It was a great idea to go all guerrilla with the shoot.

Without the guerrilla style, the film could have easily become one of the most expensive short films in India. More than the saving, it gave us the freedom of canning the shots exactly the way we wanted. The authorities would have never allowed us to take certain shots if we had shot with permissions. Honestly, if we were caught, we all would have been in jail. To avoid that, we made rules. No three people will be seen together, video assist was avoided. As much as I wanted it, we didn’t take the boom mike. We managed to shoot in sync sound with couple of lapels and a mini sound recorder for ambience. Every location we would find a make-shift base and hide whenever cops or some authorities would come around. I can’t thank Vineet and Ratnabali enough for their courage and conviction. They both risked their lives while shooting for Shor.

Post production took way longer than I had anticipated. I am working on the post-production of Wasseypur and I made Shor in between all the running around for Wasseypur. That was the most difficult part. I had to teleport myself from one studio to another studio, one film to another. Both films were equally close to my heart and it was difficult juggling and two timing. Thankfully, I had a great editor in Nitin Baid. I was handling post and he was assisting the head editor,Shweta Venkat for Wasseypur. They are a lovely team to work with. For few days, when I ran out of money for studios, Shweta loaned her macbook to me and also allowed Nitin to work on Shor while working on Wasseypur. It was great help. Zahir Bandukwala designed the sound and Suhaas Ahuja (You will soon experience their work in That Girl In Yellow Boots). We did a 5.1 surround mix for sound and think it really is achievement by the sound team to pull of sync sound in such difficult locations . Vijesh Rajan, is a bundle of joy to work with. He did the VFX, color correction ( made a DSLR short film look like a film)  and the titles. He also made the poster.
I don’t know which filmmaker said this that the biggest task for a filmmaker is to assemble a great team which is excited about the project. That’s what worked for me the most. All of this was possible through http://www.tumbhi.com. Most of the cast and crew were found on their portal. It’s a great platform to discover talent from all corners of India. I am eternally indebted to Tumbhi.com for not only funding the project but also to give us a platform to make this happen. Above all, thanks Anurag! I owe this to you.

Here is the trailer of the film.

Here are some reactions to the film

Shor is a nuanced portrayal of the despair that comes to underlie a relationship in the mechanized, frenzied urban jungle. The  absorbing, tension-filled narrative moves towards a mellow finale that offers us a glimpse of the inherent redemption and hope in any shattering situation. Backed by affecting performances and fluid story-telling it is an insightful and compassionate film….

– Namrata Joshi, Associate Editor, Outlook

“Shor is a pint-sized dynamo with performances that transcend the limitations of the short’s running time”

– Pratim D. Gupta, Special Correspondent, The Telegraph

Neeraj Ghaywan’s Shor is a beautiful film about a working class woman’s struggle in life, with very moving performances and a gripping ending.  The young filmmaker narrates an entire story in less than 20 minutes, something lot more seasoned filmmakers often cannot do in two hours.

– Aseem Chhabra, Entertainment Writer and Columnist, New York City

Shor is an intimate, gripping portrayal of dissonance in relationships that unsettles with its raw and restless energy. It’s a side of India, or even Mumbai, that we rarely see in our films simply because it roots itself in the heartland of a country grappling with gushing rapid change on one side and the old world value system on the other. Change has liberated the woman and hit right at the core of the male-chauvinistic society. All the world is a machine and we are merely dependent parasites on the verge of becoming one ourselves and losing all that’s human amid all that Shor. Ghaywan shows great sensitivity with his understanding of gender equations and rich promise as a sound filmmaker telling a story about finding clarity in the middle of chaos and love in our increasingly alienated worlds.

– Sudhish Kamath, Senior Assistant Editor, The Hindu/ Independent filmmaker

Once There Used To Be Film Critics…

Cinematorium
Pankaj Shukla

Having stopped reviewing films on weekly basis long back, I hardly have an urge to watch each and every movie first day first show now. Friday noon or Thursday evenings used to be booked for a film in my weekly schedules for almost a decade then and no matter what, be it rain, the thunderstorms or the scorching heat, I had to be there to see a new film. Sometimes the time used to pass by with an entertaining film, sometimes it was more thoughts than entertainment that used to come to mind and sometimes it were all emotions. But to see a film and then curse the self for wasting more than two hours of life on a trash used to be a case once in a quarter. Even flop films till sometimes back had a sense and something or the other in their making had some magic to keep you intact.

Nowadays in the time of celebration of corrupts, Film reviews too have fallen in the hands of marketing people in the dailies of most of the newspapers in India. Any person who dares to judge a film by his or her gut is sure to be crucified with so called Gangs of Marketing Men. They are modern Men In Black who are out to write the new rules of journalism and their over enthusiasm to milk producers have taken a heavy toll on ethical film journalism. Last year only when I was sitting with a close friend and one of the top most film distributors of Northern India, he cursed me for not writing weekly film reviews in a time when critics not only get plasma TV, double door fridges and foreign trip tickets but also their palms are greased well. I was aghast listening this and could only feel ashamed of the fact that the person sitting across the table is making fun of a profession which I almost fell in love. It was like listening someone abuse your darling and you could do nothing.

I don’t know how much truth was in his satire, but if he is wrong then how would a critic will rate a film with one star and other one will go on to give the same film four stars or sometimes even five stars. Not long back, a producer friend of mine wanted to make a film on this film review business and approached me to write a story for the same. I advised him if he wants to make a standing in the film trade, he should keep away from this and better make films on some other topics. Thankfully, he agreed and I was saved in washing dirty clothes of my own fraternity in public. But, now it is becoming above saturation point. It is like a time when somebody needs to stand up and say, Enough.

I liked the reviews of Minty Tejpal off late who used to write in Mumbai Mirror till very recently and may be because of his being true to his heart has cost him his job. His name has vanished from the paper’s weekly film review section. All these thoughts have been occupying much space of mind since the time I came out watching film 3 They Bhai recently. I was so much in praise of its producer Rakeyesh Omprakash Mehra till the time I didn’t see this film. He gave interviews with the headlines, ‘Producers in Hindi Film Industry do not have story sense’. And, he went on record to say that was the only reason he made 3 They Bhai. The headlines seekers gave huge space to Mr. Mehra in their papers. I am certain that he learnt this art from his hero in Rang De Basanti, Aamir Khan. Shout from the top of the highest building in town like Veeru and win Basanti (the viewers). Who cares what happened when Veeru and Basanti left in the train from Ramgadh. The money spent in buying tickets is in the pocket of the producer. His job is done, the viewers can wait for their revenge till his next film. As a producer he is not going to release his next film very soon in near future and it is certain that he will not have to bear the same burnt that Akshay Kumar is still facing post his idiotic comedy Singh Is King.

Gone are the days when writing a film review was deemed as an art. People used to line up to get an admission in film appreciation course, now every Tom, Dick and Harry is a film critic. Those who don’t even heard of plot points and basics of screenplay are the most talkative film critics in any press show. People who have no knowledge of music and its beats praise a shit song like National Anthem of the country. So overawed are these reviewers that they declare even a film like Raavan, a super hit, as soon as you start reading end credits in the theatre itself. One can now count genuine film critics in the country on finger tips, who are not in awe of stars, who don’t look for complementary things, who have no issue in watching a film with their own money than to watch in a press show and feel obliged for hardly 200 bugs. But, do newspapers have space to publish their views any more. The question is Too Boo or not to boo

Sachin Bhowmik mastered the phenomenon of rebirth and double roles in Hindi Cinema

Cinematorium
By Pankaj Shukla

Sachin Bhowmik passed away.  As soon as the message flashed away on my mobile,  I shared It with some young guns of journalism standing around after an event hosted by Sub hash Ghazi who launched more than half a dozen of new talents including few actors from his acting school Whistling Woods during the proceedings. He was in gaiety and joy to see his disciples taking a new plunge in the mad mad world of Hindi Cinema or Bollywood as they say it in Mumbai in general lingo. Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan hate this word Bollywood and so do I. I prefer calling it Hindi Cinema. But, time has changed and no new/young journalist finished his copy without using this 8 letter word. These young wordsmiths asked me in curiosity, Sir, Who was he? I walked away from there thinking this is the change time has witnessed being Hindi Cinema to Bollywood. Here nobody cares for bygones.

After some time I called up Jalees Sherwani who is at the helm of looking after affairs of The Film Writers Association, he showed his grief but when I asked him if there is any condolence meeting planned among the writer fraternity. His reply made me feel more sad. He informed me it being a holiday, nothing could be organized in TFWA’s office. Sachin Bhowmik has been a veteran in creating characters who spoke like any ordinary common man and yet achieved their dreams on celluloid. He created super hit characters for Shammi Kapoor in films like Janwar, Brahmchari, An Evening In Paris among others. He gave Rajesh Khanna a start in Aradhana that would create such a huge fan following form him that he became a Super Star in days to come.  Rishi Kapoor tasted his first brush with Stardom post Bobby in Khel Khel Mien again written by Sachin Bhowmik. When I spoke to Rishi, he was sad. He told me about the relationship he maintained with this brilliant wordsmith. Sachin Bhowmik wrote many films for Rishi Kapoor including his first directorial venture Aa Ab Laut Chalien.  He gave credit of his success to Sachin Bhowmik without holding any words. He was all praise for a person who gave life to fictitious characters for him.

Subhash Ghai was also at loss thinking about his relationship with Sachin Bhowmik who wrote 10 films for the once called new show man of Hindi Cinema. From Karz to Karma to Saudagar to Yuvraj, Sachin Bhowmik has been an inseparable member of his writing team for more than two decades. Rajesh Roshan’s father in law had given Sachin Bhowmik his first major break in Aayi Milan Ki Bela, the Rajendra Kumar starrer which went on to become a cult film in Hindi film industry. This was beginning of a writer who will wrote as diverse romantic films for three generations of actors as Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai , Aan Milo Sajna, Andaaz, Yeh Dillagi and Kisna. Rishi Kapoor aptly said, Sahchin Bhowmik crated magic for every era of romantic films all his life.  In later years, Sachin would write free handedly for his son-in-law Rakesh Roshan for films like Koyla, Karan Arjun and Karobar. It was Sachin Bhowmik only who wrote screenplay of Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish which catapulted J Om Prakash’s grandson Hrithik into a super hero. Thus, He paid back the obligation that he received from Hrithik’s grandfather.

Content is the king, one can hear this phrase from every next producer of this Hindi film industry but even now if any new director goes to them with a story the first question that they ask, who is the star he has got agreed to do this film. Life moves on and so will move on the Hindi film industry but as Amitabh Bachchan says Sachin Bhowmik will always be remembered as a prolific writer who mastered phenomenon of rebirth and double roles in Hindi Cinema.

Beginning of a writer who wrote as diverse romantic films for three generations of actors as Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai , Aan Milo Sajna, Andaaz, Yeh Dillagi and Kisna. Rishi Kapoor aptly said, Sahchin Bhowmik created magic for every era of romantic films all his life. In later years, Sachin would write free handedly for his son-in-law Rakesh Roshan for films like Koyla, Karan Arjun and Karobar. It was Sachin Bhowmik only who wrote screenplay of Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish which catapulted J Om Prakash’s grandson Hrithik into a super hero. Thus, he paid back the obligation that he received from Hrithik’s grandfather.

Content is the king, one can hear this phrase from every next producer of this Hindi film industry but even now if any new director goes to them with a story the first question that they ask, who is the star he has got agreed to do this film. Life moves on and so will move on the Hindi film industry but as Amitabh Bachchan says Sachin Bhowmik will always be remembered as a prolific writer who mastered phenomenon of rebirth and double roles in Hindi Cinema.

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