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April 19, 2015 Sunday     
This Friday Releases One Line Reviews for your weekend plans :
MR. X - How could they even enjoy writing & making such a childish take on the exciting theme.

NANAK SHAH FAKIR - Keeping aside the controversies, as a film made at a grand scale, this has much less to criticize and much more to praise that deserves to be seen by all.
And I wish they had made this without the graphical representation (reaching a wider audience) as that was indeed quite possible in film-making terms.
MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW - Hindi cinema takes a big progressive leap with Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar and Kalki Koechlin, the QUEEN of 2015.
COURT (Marathi) - A must watch fearful depiction of our police and judicial system that luckily got a national award instead of getting banned.
          (An important real life drama that deserves to be included in BTC's 'MOVIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE" list as a shocking eye opener especially for all Indian viewers.)
(Complete Reviews would be posted soon)
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17 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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Ek Onkar Guru Nanak Aarti at Jagannath Puri

As a revolutionary Sufi saint, Guru Nanak’s extensive travels in and outside India called Udaasis have several enlightening events associated with them prominently mentioned in the history books. But still it’s quite amazing to admit that not many actually know about Guru Nanak’s visit to Jagannath Puri (Orissa) and his rendition of the divine AARTI there, a wonderfully composed poetic explanation of the universe, that is now sung in every Gurdwara as a daily religious ritual as per the Sikh code of conduct post the recitation of Rehraas Sahib in Raag Dhanashri.
As per the various legends written about Guru Nanak’s visit to Jagannath Puri, a few write about the Guru attending the traditional Aarti being practiced inside the temple and in that ecstasy of watching the elaborate celebration, remaining seated that was not liked by the orthodox priest, who later confronted him for this questionable indifference shown. Another legend talks about the worshippers innocently assuming Guru Nanak as a Muslim faqir and droving him out of the premises, whereas the third one explains how the Guru helped Mardana quench his thirst expressed reaching the specific place. The fourth version talks about a fake brahmin exposed by the Guru and the fifth gives the reference of some stolen golden utensils from the temple found later. However the one linking the king says that the priests regretted their mistake of disrespecting the Guru when Lord Jagannath came in the dream of King Prataparudra Deva and said that he was listening to the hyms sung by Nanak. Seeing the dream, the King rushed to meet the saint and everyone apologized for their misbehavior recognizing the true Guru.                                       
Jagannath Puri TempleHere we might have many versions about Guru Nanak’s visit to the Jagannath Temple but one conclusion that can be easily drawn from them all is that the Guru did witness the prestigious Aarti being held inside the temple with the priests bringing in a big platter having many lighted lamps, incense, fruits, flowers, ornaments and more being offered to the deity along with musical beating of drums, bells, cymbals and continuing chanting of sacred mantras from the scriptures.
Inspired by the energetic celebration by the devotees of Lord Jagannath, Guru Nanak spontaneously came up with his own blissful version of the AARTI praising The Almighty’s beautiful creation and its continuous celebration going on every moment since eternity. All the priests and pilgrims were simply stunned to hear such mesmerizing celestial praises sung for ‘the Creator and his creation’ by the unexpected, enlightened soul and the melody touched many hearts experiencing the deeply meaningful rendition in Jagannath Puri that blessed evening.
Described in the above mentioned various versions, the two particular places related with Guru Nanak in the region are Bauli Mathh, where a water source was found in a hole dug on his instructions and Mangu Mathh where he used to sit under a tree during his stay in Puri preaching the people.
Interestingly few other lesser known links between Sikh history and the place include the compositions of Jaidev being a part of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, who was a famous spiritual poet of Orissa. And then the ninth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Tegh Bahadur’s visit to the Bauli Mathh where he stayed for a few days during his travels. Later Bhai Himmat Singh of Puri became one of the five people (Panj Piyaras) who came forward offering their heads to Guru Gobind Singh on the day of formation of Khalsa panth. Also Maharaja Ranjit Singh on his deathbed willed the Kohinoor diamond to the Jagannath Temple only on the suggestion given by his astrologer, but the wish couldn’t be fulfilled due to the refusal of its royal custodian.
Rabindranath Tagore on Guru Nanak's AARTIComing to the 20th century remembering Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, its said that once the veteran actor Balraj Sahni, who taught in Santiniketan in the late 1930’s, asked Rabindra Nath Tagore that,
“You have written the national anthem for India. Why not write an international anthem for the whole world?”
“It has already been written, not only for the world but for the entire universe. It was written in the 16th century by Guru Nanak,”
replied Tagore referring to the Aarti (the ceremony of light).
In fact such was his love and respect for the verses that Gurudev Tagore personally translated it too in order to make it reach many more, not knowing the language (Gurmukhi). And shared below is the first stanza of the same which I have tried to translate in English for all interested fellow seekers on the path as beautifully expressed by Guru Nanak.
“Gagan Mai Thaal Rav Chand Deepak Baney,
Tarika Mandal Janak Moti,
Dhoop Malyanlo Pavan Chavro Kare
Sagal Banraye Phulant Jyoti,
Kaisi Aarti Hoye Bhav Khandna Teri Aarti.
Anhata Shabad Vaajant Bheri”
(Aarti – The word having its Sanskrit origin symbolizes the loving prayers performed as a ceremony, greeting and expressing gratitude towards the one supreme power. And representing the same Guru Nanak beautifully describes how the whole universe is performing an Aarti in reverence towards the Almighty through its spellbinding nature around.)
“The sky is the cosmic plate or bowl, the sun and the moon are the brightly shining lamps placed. The twinkling stars and the constellations are like jewels and pearls in it. The fragrance of sandalwood in air becomes the incense spread by the flowing wind. And all the plants (greenery) around us are the flowers offered to you.
What wonderful is this Aarti continuously happening in the universe.
O Destroyer of fear, Lord, this is your ceremony of lights, your Aarti, with the mystical music in the un-struck sound of the Shabad playing like the temple drums.
What wonderful is this Aarti continuously happening in the universe! O Lord, Your Aarti”
This original Aarti (of four stanzas) composed by Guru Nanak is included twice in Guru Granth Sahib. However the present version sung in Gurudwara’s has four more stanzas added to it penned by Bhagat Ravi Das, Sant Sain, Sant Kabir & Bhagat Dhanna along with the final touches coming from the tenth guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh.
And what better example one can find of practicing equality in humanity while remembering that supreme power, the One Almighty………Ek Onkar……through such amazingly peaceful & spiritually transforming Aarti.
Bobby Sing © April 2015
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15 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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The veteran producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra ventures into Hollywood and delivers a film that might not be able to impress the west as well as the east due to its overused, stale subject that cinema lovers have seen umpteen times all over the world in various films from the same genre.
No doubt VVC never made BROKEN HORSES for the Indian audience. But since he did release it in India, therefore reviewing it from an Indian perspective the film manages to impress just marginally due to its technical excellence alone, majorly because the viewers here have already seen everything presented in the film earlier in director’s own PARINDA released in 1989. In fact it was quite surprising and weird to know that even after 25 years of successful film-making with innovative, creative minds such as Hirani, Aamir and more, VVC still could think of remaking PARINDA only while moving on to Hollywood.
For friends willing to know the details of similarities between PARINDA and BROKEN HORSES, here too we have childhood reference of two kids (Jackie & Anil), heartfelt love of elder brother who joins the crime world, a crazy gangster (Nana Patekar) having an obsession with fire whose family was burnt alive, the younger brother (Anil) returning after a long gap, his audition for entering the gang killing a helping friend (Sameer Kakkar), his revenge from the gangster, the gang rivalry with another mobster (Moosa – Tom Alter), the mobster helping the younger brother, the young one’s love affair with a girl (Madhuri), their marriage and first night selected for their killing (where the yacht gets replaced by a ranch) and then the finale with (thankfully) a change where everyone doesn’t die like in PARINDA. So the only single difference in the storyline is the missing character of Anupam Kher and a GODFATHER inspired sequence that goes missing in BROKEN HORSES playing it safe.
Looking at these exact similar sequences and the dead slow pace of the film, the film is bound to be rejected by the English film viewers here in India and the fact was pretty clear when I found myself all alone sitting in the theatre in its very first show which was also running after my repeated request made to the theatre manager.
Coming to the western audience, the subject is certainly not new for them too after watching several movies made on the plot of a mole seeking his revenge or related subjects based on gang wars beginning from the classic ON THE WATERFRONT released way back in 1954. Moreover the annoyingly slow place in the beginning and then few shallow sequences like ‘the interview’ doesn’t let you form any great opinion about the film either quite frankly. However the emotional execution of VVC, along with some well directed violent scenes, impressive cinematography, a fine background score and noteworthy production values (all western technicians) are sure to get noticed in Hollywood, coming from an Indian film-maker representing an industry known to be obsessed with music, songs and dances.
In the performances, Christopher G. Marquette takes a big lead as Buddy and does manage to engage the viewer emotionally (he actually saves the movie) whereas Anton Yelchin presents a simple yet honest act as his younger brother becoming the rebel. D’Onofrio trying to be the cunningly ruthless gangster doesn’t work really and the same can be said about Sean Patrick Flanery (the music teacher) and Maria Valverde too playing the lady love of Anton.
In short, it was quite hard to understand the reason why Vidhu Vinod Chopra couldn’t think of any fresh innovative idea while venturing into Hollywood. Plus after watching the film, it makes you both laugh & wonder together that why he was denying the fact of BROKEN HORSES being an exact version of his PARINDA in all those interviews and press statements before its release? May be he did it on purpose to get a get good initial before the secret was out.
Rating : 2 / 5
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14 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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