Movie Review – Assassin’s Creed

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Can we end all violence? Maneka Gandhi, India’s Minister for Women and Child Development (I have stopped putting Honorable before that ministry, as that has lost credibility and constitutional validity to exist) may disagree as she thinks all violence is male generated and as long as males exist in this world, violence will also exist but Scientist Dr. Sophia Rikkin of Abstergo Industries think otherwise. Her research dedicated to end all violence was on ending violence using science. She explained her idea somewhat like this in the movie –

we have tried to end violence through politics, religion, consumerism but not succeeded, now we want to end violence using science”.

Abstergo a modern day incarnation of the Templar Order, gets funding in Billions for this project. Sophia, their lead scientist thinks that the first sign of disobedience in humans started with eating the forbidden Apple of Eden (and that makes Eve the first disobedient person on earth). If humans didn’t eat the apple, they would have been obedient and free.

The forbidden apple was last known to be safeguarded by a secret creed called ‘The Assassins’ that for centuries had opposed the Templar Order. Sophia’s research was to find the apple and end the root of all problems and end all violence (probably Maneka Gandhi will try to end male genes for).

The movie based on a video game series is an extraordinary work of special effects and fight sequences. Even Rajnikant fans will be amazed to see the stunts shown that could be performed someone other than the great Rajni sir. Oscar nominate Michael Fassbender as the lead character Callum Lynch was outstanding and can shame Bollywood star Salman Khan as he was shirtless in more than half of the movie.

The movie was recreation of memories from 1492 through a modern day machine that could take Callum back in the memory of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha in 1492 Spain and trace the memories to trace the apple. In this process of retrieving memories, there were violence and dream escapes with best of Hollywood mastery all over.

Finally, with a lot of action the original apple was traced back to the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Rikkin presented it at the Templars’ elders meeting in London. But The Assassins strike The Templars sanctuary and retrieved the apple and escaped in another action packed sequence.

The main attraction of the movie can be only enjoyed in 3D and thus one need to visit nearest theaters to watch the special effect. The special effects and the action sequences can be a real treat to one’s eyes.

While this movie is a sure treat for action and fiction lovers, this also raises some serious questions. If at all violence is curbed, will that be good for mankind? What if all of us submit to eternal obedience of a superpower? Modern man is happy with consumerism, they don’t bother about being in modern day slavery of capitalism too. Their rights are taken away slowly and they are dumped into eternal slavery by a few who control power. As Abstergo bosses might want to control all resources through this obedience. Their goal of ending all violence was to be able to control resources without any disobedience from anyone.

While this may give some unabated power, majority will be in bliss of eternal slavery.

In this aspect, Sophia’s words that “we all behave the way we do is because of morality or law” in thought provoking. Both are enforced by a few. If we were really free then the world would have been a completely different place to live in.

Even though all through the movie I was wondering if Adam and Eve really eat the apple, then how could someone retrieve it today even in imagination. Whatever may be the answer, feminists will surely be enraged with the analogy that the first signs of disobedience was shown by a woman Eve (by eating the Apple first). Thus, to the disappointment of women like Maneka who believed men are the root cause of all violence, it seems that it is indeed women who are the root cause of all violence. Movie Assassin’s Creed prove it once again.

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Marriage – no more sacred

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Martyrs of Marriage poster

Marriage in India were once considered as a sacred institution. Today, it can’t be deemed as sacred any more. Making criminal provisions for our family laws have criminalized marriage and now many husbands are forced to take the extreme step of committing suicide. A section of the society accepts the fact that the law needs to be changed but it never happens due to pressure from feminist organizations. The society is yet to be sensitized adequately about this kind of terrorism on Indian families.

To bring out this aspect of Indian marriages, Gurgaon based filmmaker Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj has filmed the pain of these unfortunate families in her documentary “Martyrs of Marriage”.

The film features a few stories of real life victims and expert opinions on the subject. Practicing advocates of different courts in India and retired judges’ were interviewed to being different aspects of the issue. All of them agreed that the law was being misused by many women and hence needed to be changed.

Martyrs of Marriage, popularly known as MOM among netizens today, is a documentary in English with Hindi subtitles. Some victim stories were narrated in Hindi with English subtitles. Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj is the sole Promoter, Filmmaker, Director and Writer of this documentary. In this aspect Deepika has shown good qualities of all the roles she had played in this documentary. As a first time docu-maker for a cause not generally accepted by the society, Deepika had done an excellent job and excelled in all fields.

This documentary comes at a time after a long history of misuse of dowry law (section 498a of Indian Penal Code). Even after many Supreme Court judgements, suicide of innocent families, arrests of elderly and infants together in such complaints no other filmmaker had so far taken up this cause for making a documentary. Earlier Suhaib Ilyasi, tried to make a movie “498a – A wedding Gift” on this topic but that never saw the path of theatres yet. In this aspect Deepika’s attempt is the first.

Since a documentary needs to be reviewed based on different parameters compared to those for mainstream movies, we will first discuss the qualities of Martyrs of Marriage (MOM) as a documentary film before coming to the point how she dealt with a very sensitive matter.

Other than the victim stories which were narrated by the victims or their families, Deepika used her voice over for the entire documentary. This is another unique feature of this documentary and was dealt with well. The narration was clear and rightly-paced so that the audience understands the complex legal matters. This went well with the interviews in the documentary as the victim stories also matched the documentary pace. Since it was an interview style documentary, the director did not have much options of showing her creativity with camera angles but she tried to include relevant stakeholders for each case and tried to bring out the suffering of the families of men.

The documentary used no dramatization as it was dealing with a very sensitive matter but the stories and emotions of the victims’ families hardly needed any additional dramatization. The heart wrenching stories of cruelty faced by these families were enough to keep the audience glued to the film for the entire duration. Coupled with this was the apt narratives on various judgements, crime statistics and explanations of legal terms that made the documentary easily understandable to all. This way Deepika had shown her in-depth research and objective approach to a highly sensitive issue.

Since the documentary was on suffering of families and involved sensitive handling of people’s emotions, the use of music and appropriate sound effect or even silence to highlight those emotions.

Even though the documentary was primarily to show the unheard stories of men’s families, the filmmaker did bring out opposite viewpoints along with legal experts’ views as well. The documentary brings out the pains suffered by women relatives (sisters, mothers, daughters etc) of men as well. Women like Uma Challa was candid in expressing their views on a law that was made to empower women like them. It was indeed interesting to watch how a woman director handled this matter in a way that didn’t set to create a gender war that is otherwise visible in any feminist filmmakers work.

This documentary not only brings stories from the husband families but also shows some real life recorded conversations of wives to show how some women are blatantly misusing Indian legal system. These conversations are sufficient to show the terrorism unleashed on many Indian families. To show the craziness of modern day divorces in India, this film also shows relevant news videos.

Overall, as a documentary film Martyrs of Marriage could successfully bring out the real issue of legal terrorism against innocent families and the helplessness of Indian judiciary in dealing with these matters. Also in order to bring out the pain of men and their families, Deepika was careful about not creating a war against her own gender. Feminist interviews taken for the film show real intellect as feminist like Ranjana Kumari self-exposed herself in such a manner that even in a serious heart wrenching film like this left its audience burst out in laughter at Ranjana’s response.

The real review of the movie came from the audience who attended the Bangalore premier on 19th November, when there was absolute silence for at least one minute after the movie ended before the entire crowd stood up in standing ovation. We wish Deepika and her entire crew all the luck and best wishes for their next documentary which will be on another men’s issue.

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Amitabh Bachchan starrer Pink explains why these innocent men were punished, you may be next

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Pink Movie poster

When a woman’s testimony becomes the concluding evidence in a rape or molestation case as shown in Amitabh Bachchan starrer Pink that also tries to justify “attempt to murder” on the pretext of molestation it becomes horrendous experience for many innocents. However, it is true that in normal cases the habitual offenders are often rounded up by police for questioning but that does not mean anyone who might have committed other crime (abduction, molestation of Falak in car) would have committed another crime (molestation of Meenal in a resort room) for which the trial was held. Surprisingly, many people who had commented on this article believed that a crime committed later can be the proof of another crime that might have taken place earlier.

A 2014 study by National Law University (NLU), Hyderabad students published in Outllok edition of Dec 2014 showed that Dhananjay Chatterjee was given death sentence in a rape case because of public frenzy built up by media simply because police found the gold chain of the girl in his house. In fact, this study concluded that influential persons who had equal or stronger reasons to be convicted of the same crime had either gone unpunished or less punished. The study pointed out that in most cases of death row convicts their advocates did not fight for them at all.

Another study done by The Hindu in 2015 showed that overwhelmingly large number of rape cases filed in India are sex on the promise of marriage between young couples. The study showed that scripted FIRs are the reason why so many false rape cases are filed. Showing the girl as 14 year old to show sexual assault on a minor, or to show sex on promise of marriage is a norm in such cases. As a result of this a lot of Indian minor boys and men are implicated falsely in rape and molestation cases. Shoojit Sirkar’s Pink just promoted the concept of deciding such crimes based on a woman’s verbal statement which was proved dangerous in many cases in recent past.

Dhananjay Chatterjee was hanged because police found girl’s gold chain from his house

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NLU researchers on Dhananjay Chatterjee death penalty – courtesy Outlook

The biggest misuse of such public frenzy and media created hype against a rape was found in case of Dhananjay Chatterjee who was hanged in 2004 for rape and murder of Hetal Parikh in 1990. As the National Law University research showed police only found girl’s gold chain from his house and he was pronounced as the rapist and hanged. Feminists and media had created such a huge public frenzy around that case that the court was pressurized enough to pronounce death penalty.

Sensational Badaun rape and murder was imagination of villagers

Mango tree of shameRemember the image of two sisters hanging from a mango tree in Badaun, UP. This image was made popular by India Today by promoting that “remember these girls every time you eat a mango”. The very next day when media saw the two girls hanging they created a story of rape and murder because a villager said so. All this happened immediately and without any medical evidence. Later CBI investigation concluded that they had committed suicide and it was not rape as projected by media.

28 Day old baby’s rape in Bulandshahr was imagination of her mother

A rape case was filed against a man who was found roaming around a house and parents filed a complaint saying their 28 day old baby was raped. This created huge ruckus in media confirming the rape based only on the mother’s verbal statement. Later it was found to be diaper rashes. Another example of believing one’s verbal statement.

Park Street rape victim also identified a wrong man as her rapist

The infamous Park Street rape case victim first identified a wrong man as her rapist. When police, media and investigators showed her the photograph of the accused she confirmed many times that the man was guilty unless it was revealed that the man was in US and never came to India or went out of India around the same time. Even though the police later caught the real culprits through investigation, the man was saved only because he was in US. His friends who were in Kolkata that time underwent harsh trial and media and public glare because of a statement.

Niranjan Mandal spent four years in jail for 2006 Mayapuri Rape case

Niranjan Kumar Mandal who ran a diagnostic center in Delhi was arrested and sent to jail for four years based on the testimony of a driver who took his name in sensational Mayapuri Rape case of a deaf and mute woman. In this case someone’s verbal statement had implicated an innocent so badly that he could never regain his lost image and even after acquittal he had to undergo same punishment as society around him had boycott him. He had later asked Supreme Court to return his dignity and filed cases against media for maligning his image.

Sexual assault of a 3 year old Bengaluru school girl in 2014 was her mother’s imagination

The sensational 2014 rape of a 3 year old Bengaluru school girl was imagination of her mother. The mother misconstrued urinary infection in her daughter’s private parts as signs of rape. This had created huge public outrage in Bangalore in Dec 2014, all because of a mother’s statement. Later it was found that Nagraj was not even present in school on the day of the alleged rape. But Nagraj lost everything in his life. He lost his dignity, he lost his job, family everything. Details here

Rohtak Sisters were not bravehearts, they were criminals but not yet punished

We all saw them assaulting three men, but still most of us believed they were innocents and were beating the men on camera because those men were the criminals. This is how Rohtak Sisters, the habitual offender had sought to fame and were given bravery awards by the state women’s commission. When these two women were the real criminals, people who watched them committing the crime believed in their version until of course we fought for the three men.

Jasleen Kaur was an attention seeker but only Sarabjeet Singh is undergoing extreme pain

Jasleen Kaur the AAP attention seeker girl had create 15 minutes of fame unless we exposed her. Media, public everyone believed in her version of the story and concluded Sarabjeet as the offender, until the eye witness came forward in support of Sarabjeet. Jasleen too is not yet punished.

When male feminists are rapists

Khurshid Anwar lived alone in Delhi as he was a divorcee. He was also a women rights crusader and formed Institute for Social Democracy (ISD) to fight for women’s cause.  He was accused of rape by a woman from his own NGO. After Nirbhaya incident in Delhi his NGO was at the forefront in Violent Delhi Protests against crimes against women but that was in the morning. The woman alleged that same evening he tried to rape her when she was in an inebriated state. Later the FCRA details of his NGO revealed that funding to his NGO skyrocketed in the year 2012-13.

Another feminist leader Tarun Tejpal too had committed rape in one evening when the same day morning he had hosted a protest meet against rape. He stepped down as Tehelka chief to avoid so many punishments.

Feminists support rapists when rapists are one of them

Feminists who are all praises about the movie Pink, supported the accused whenever the accused was one of them. In both cases of Khurshid Anwar and Tarun Tejpal feminist leaders came forward in their support and tried victim blaming, sexism and all other possible ways to put the victim down. In fact, then these feminists did not bother to respect a woman’s verbal statement.

The same happened for Athlete Pinki Pramanik as well. When Pinki was accused of rape by her live-in partner the leftist feminist brigade of West Bengal went all out to support Pinki and protested against the police investigation and harassment Pinki was going through. All because she was a female.

Movie Pink clearly showed that no one except the individuals knew what happened inside the closed doors of the resort room but surprisingly the court believed the version the women said. However, the version against Andrea told by the man fell flat in court’s eyes.

Some men who commented on this article argued that director Shoojit Sirkar did show both good men (Advct. Sehgal, Neelam’s first boyfriend et.al.) and bad men (Rajveer and friends) and Amitabh’s comments to expose daily sexism against women was not against ALL men.

So what will happen if in reality Meenal files a rape case against her boyfriend (with whom she had her first sex and lost virginity) in the same court under the same judge? First, her statement given in the case shown in the movie will not be considered by the court unless her boyfriend submits a certified copy of her statement in his case. Even then Meenal can always say that she was under threat or something else (she wanted to differentiate between good men and bad men etc. Any change in Meenal’s statement about her first boyfriend will neither change the verdict in the case against Rajveer (because it is unrelated) nor will prove her boyfriend as innocent. In neither of the cases if a woman’s verbal testimony is given prime importance over anything else it becomes extremely dangerous for innocent men simply because they ever had any sexual relation with a woman.

These men who cheer Pink don’t understand the future implications. They don’t understand how people like Niranjan Mandal and Dhananjay Chatterjee get punished because of this feminist agenda of putting a woman’s verbal testimony above everything else. The overwhelming misuse of Indian dowry and rape laws are because of this reason where women’s verbal testimony is making simple household feuds into raging dowry war. But that is not all, the movie Pink has another hidden feminist agenda behind this.

Feminist hidden agenda behind Pink

Currently Supreme Court of India is hearing a PIL filed by feminists in support of waving off the clause in our rape law that gives less punishment for a man if he is in a matrimonial relation with the woman. Feminists want these cases to be called as rape under ‘Marital Rape’ and they want to promote the concept of ‘No means No”. Apparently this may be a harmless concept to everyone but if this becomes a law, then every future Indian divorces will have a marital rape case included. That will not only make India a rape capital of the world, but will also take away their dignified life like the way it did to dowry menace. Marital rape will be another extortion racket to extort money from men whenever their wives think so.

So decide whether you want to cheer for the film Pink or expose feminist hypocrisy shown there.

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Recommended read –

  1. Why movie Pink is harmful for you

This is why Pink is a harmful movie for you and dangerous for this society

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A poster of movie Pink

If you have already watched the Movie Pink starring Amitabh Bachchan, chances are that you have not only liked it but also agreed to what the movie tried to convey. If we go by normal movie review standards and popular formula of box office hits; this movie may grab many eyeballs and touch many hearts. This is because this time the feminist movie crew actually nailed it with a deadly weapon – victimhood of women, their tears.

The reason “Gulaab Gang”, another feminist movie starring Madhuri Dixit bombed was that it showed women as violent rowdies rather than victims and only victims. The makers of the movie Pink had carefully played with our sentiments with most deadly weapon on earth – women tears. Especially when it comes from young good looking women, it almost gets power to vanquish anything. The very reason that we always connect to others’ pain more than anything else, this formula of showing women’s tears will probably work this time for feminists and that is most dangerous for all of us including you.

In this movie other than strong cues, like acting, dialogue etc. the creative team of Shoojit Sircar had delivered a subtle non-verbal cue that will stick in your mind. I am talking about the tattoo of flying birds on Meenal’s collar bone. A space that was focused most of the time in the movie Pink while focusing on her face and that left a silent message each time it was focused. The message is – “free her“. You may not be aware but your subconscious mind would have thought of the need to free the most modern and educated, working, urban women. Carefully watch the movie again and you will find nowhere in the movie she wore a dress where the tattoo was not visible.

So while you understand that why Pink will probably be successful, let me tell you why this movie is propagating a criminal thought and is dangerous for this society. While saying this, let me categorically state that I don’t support any crime against women, but I am against this hypocrisy around rape that this movie shows.

The movie shows that three girls who were staying in an apartment met three strangers through a common friend and on first meeting these girls not only enjoyed the free dinner offered to them but also enjoyed free drink and agreed to go to the rooms of those strangers alone. Oh, if you have seen the movie you will also tell me how Andrea went there to go to toilet or some other reasons shown in the movie and as Advct. Deepak Sehgal (played by Amitabh Bachchan) clearly reinforced the feminist points that neither a woman’s dress, drink behavior nor anything else could be taken as her invitation to rape or molest her. So true, and I am sure most of you have agreed to that as well, neither do I disagree, too. But I am trying to locate that fortunate guy who being a stranger to woman had met a woman first time in his room and the woman willingly went with him (unless of course she had other intentions), I am also yet to see any decent woman who would do that. The reason given by three girls was they ‘thought’ those three strangers were decent.

Well, I don’t deny the fact that we may be fooled by one’s appearance or behavior and one night is not enough to know anyone. Then why did the girls go? Oh!! We are not here to judge their character. That is strictly prohibited under feminist rules and it is not fair when we are not trying to judge the boys either. In fact, this is not the harmful part of the movie.

The harmful part of the movie comes later. It is in the crux of the issue dealt with in the movie. It is popular feminist concept “No Means No”. That means when a woman says ‘no’ she means ‘no’ and men should respect that. There is no harm in this concept too but the movie tried to promote a crime in order to establish that.

The evidences presented in the movie by the state lawyer (with a twist the boys were shown as the plaintiff here) all goes against the girls and there was no evidence presented in the court that showed that the boys did anything wrong or tried to grab the girls. Rather one of the boys accused Andrea of trying to get intimate with him. But when the girls said that the boys were instead trying to get physical – court and all audience believed that “yes, the boys did it”. Meenal,  Falak and Andrea have justified all their allegations with the most dreaded weapon on the earth – their tears. No CCTV footage or medical evidence was presented to prove that.

To arrive at the conclusion Advct. Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) used drama and played with our emotions. He started asking her questions whether she was a virgin, when did she lose her virginity etc. Shocked by these kinds of questions any decent person (either male or female) feel ashamed of our court proceedings. But when he asked the final question, “what did you say to stop him” and she said “No”. Thus Amitabh in his final argument said, “she said NO your Honour, a man has to understand that a no means no…”

When a verbal statement of the girl without any other supporting evidence takes precedence over the overwhelming evidence of attempt to murder against her and when the audience believes that to be true, is the main harm that this movie causes.

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This movie not only tries to justify a criminal act of causing grievous injury to one person (or even murder) to someone just grabbing a woman when in reality she was openly being sexual (telling sexual jokes, how many stranger women shared sexual jokes with you on first meeting?) and touching the guys in restaurant.

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In short, movie Pink shows the low that feminists can stoop to. The feminist crew in Rashmi Sharma Productions wanted to justify murder of men (it is already a law in India that a woman can murder a man in order to save her from rape) on the pretext of molestation or rape and ONLY want to go unpunished. Now, those of you who liked the movie need to understand that here other criminal evidences like medical reports and other witness’ statements are NOT being considered to convict an accused. But what Pink promotes is to convict a man of the most heinous crime (that is how feminists promote rape to be) simply based on a woman’s statement. It was never asked to the men if she had ever said ‘No’ and they were found guilty.

Sadly, the Bengali feminist crew and Rashmi Sharma Productions of Pink nailed it in the movie as one of their protagonist Advct. Sehgall said, – “It is the men who needs protection”.

Addition on 9/19

Many have commented whether I consider grabbing of a woman without her consent as a crime. Of course it is but the question here is of what magnitude. Can it justify “attempt to murder”. If yes, I want to know why are Rohtak Sisters not yet punished? Can someone help?

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  1. Sensational rape cases filed based on one’s testimony that punished many innocents

Movie Review – Jenana (জেনানা, Bengali)

জেনানা by বর্ষালি চ্যাটার্জ্জী

Why do some men live the life of women?

You might have seen them asking money from passengers in express trains or from car drivers at busy intersections in our cities. You might have also seen them extorting money from new fathers and their families. They are all men with different identities. They sound harsh to very harsh with thick voice, they have abuses almost always on their lips and most often their targets are other men. They are mostly dressed like women but some of them may have clearly visible shaved moustaches telling that they are males.

Why do some men choose to live like women do? They embrace an identity of Hijra or Chhakka as popularly known in the society. We from the mainstream society know them only as chhakka and nothing else. But they different categories Chhinni, chhibri or Aqua (ছিন্নি, ছিবড়ি বা আকুয়া). Jenana (জেনানা) are those who live like women in-spite of they being males (they do not remove their organs but still become hijras).

The movie Jenana is about a simple village man who lost his job in his village and ended up in Kolkata in the hope of earning money and have a decent life. He had a wife and a child in his village and didn’t know anything else to survive in his village. There was no other job for him there. The survival of his family was extremely difficult, his new born child was without food and they were fasting almost everyday.

This was a situation when another man who went to Kolkata after losing his job in the village came back and created a rosy picture about his urban life and earning potential in Kolkata. Somu (the hero) gets lured into Kolkata only to face the harsh realities of a cruel city. He ended up being without job, shelter, food and family in Kolkata. Such cruel living conditions forces any person to turn to crimes and Somu was no exception. But he got caught in his first pickpocket attempt that prevented him from committing any more crimes. He started living on the food waste thrown out to the dustbins and fought with street dogs for food.

That was the time when he met with an accident and people from hijra community rescued him. Rest was history. A man who completely hated hijras – slowly found all his hopes only in their lifestyle. It was good money but some unnatural existence for him. Very far from realities, very far from his sexual identities, very far from his family and kid.

It was then he understood that not all hijras were transgenders. Some of them were maleds who dressed like women (cross dressers). They lived like a bisexual person.

Somu became Sumana in his new community. Sumana learnt dancing and all other nakhras of hijra community. He learnt to accept men as his sexual partner even when his sexual identity or orientation was not changed. But money changes everything – his inability to earn money needed for the survival of his family and himself forced him to an identity he never related to. He learnt the sad realities of lives of other males in the Hijra community too. Some had faced harsh realities of organ mafia that sold organs of boys.

All these men who were forced to accept a new identity not of their choice – an identity of a prostitute, a transgender, a namard (impotent), a chhakka or a hijra had a sordid story to tell. Most often their lost identities came at a very high cost that even their high income couldn’t compensate. The movie is only an attempt to address the issues of these men who in-spite of being males were forced to adopt a lifestyle contrary to their bodily integrity, mental well-being and spiritual beliefs.

Even though the movie is a curtain raiser of a new thought process, its direction, cinematography and script is average to below average. Most often the lead actors are found to be overacting or putting in fake emotions. Very often the anger shown by Somu  or Sumana was too flashy or fake. The childhood romance shown between Somu and his beau Mala was also poorly scripted and acted. Many may also find the movie very boring. The subject, even though a very off-beat topic, does not excite the audience. Coupled with this was poor acting and direction that made people brand it as a slow paced boring movie. No one can brand it as an art film either, because it lacked strong screenplay, or didn’t leave the audience with a deep thought in their mind.

There is no doubt that this movie brings out the unnoticed pain of a section of our male population the Hijras. May be this will open up new discussion in social circles about them and will make the society more open to their issues. Very often such issues exist because there is no welfare for the men in our society. A discussion towards this will surely help this section of males.

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Trailer Review: FAN – This might be SRK’s most promising venture to date!

Fan WallpaperWhen you’re a name as big as Shahrukh Khan, it’s hard to beat yourself! But it seems that King Khan will soon set a new benchmark with his latest venture FAN.

The movie released the teaser promo which looks promising right from the start. The movie was slated for an August release in 2015, however due to extensive VFX work; it is now official that the movie will hit screens on 15th April, 2016 which couldn’t be here any sooner!

The trailer opens up to live videos of fans reacting hysterically just to get a glimpse of the mega super star phenomenon known as Shahrukh Khan. The videos have been taken from SRK’s SLAM Tour as well as the event celebrating his 49th birthday where thousands gathered outside his house “Mannat” just to get a glimpse of their idol. The trailer of-course cannot be complete without the signature SRK pose. It ends on a mystifying note with the introduction of SRK’s biggest fan who too dons the epic pose!

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The movie’s concept and idea seems highly promising as it embarks on the journey of a lookalike fan of SRK and the challenges and admiration he receives for it. This movie is surely SRK’s tribute to himself and a visual delight for his fans all over the world.

It’s no secret that SRK has one of the most loyal fan followings when it comes to having crazy fanatics who worship him and consider him next to God himself. Just looking at the glimpses in the trailer make you feel goose bumps at the kind of impact a single human being can have on millions of people not just in India but around the world.

My Name is Khan wallpaperSRK has always been comfortable with his stardom and status. He knows exactly who he is, what power he holds and the kind of frenzy he can cause. He has in the past paid a tribute to his super stardom in the movie Om Shanti Om which was a delight to see even if he was portraying the role of Om Kapoor. Now that he’s paying a full-fledged tribute to himself as SRK himself, it’ll really be quite a journey to watch.

Although SRK has given hits in the past years with Happy New Year and Chennai Express, they have not been SRK material. The movies have been more commercial and even though they earned well at the box office, it’s been long overdue to see SRK deliver a movie in true blue SRK style. It’s been a while since we last saw SRK in roles and movies like Veer Zaara, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Swades and My Name is Khan. Those movies truly defined what SRK is capable of and why he is the undisputed Badshaah of Bollywood.

With the trailer looking so promising, it’s definitely going to be SRK’s grandest venture yet. Until then, his fans can wait for Dilwale in which he’ll be paired with none other than Kajol and this too will be a movie that has fans waiting on tenterhooks. Be sure to catch Diwale hitting theatres on 18th December, and make use of pvr coupons to book tickets of your choice and also earn great cash back over and above discounts!

It seems like it’s time for SRK to reign over Bollywood once again. With 23 glorious years behind him, it seems like the best is yet to come for SRK!

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Guest AuthorNeha Chaudhury

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*Images sourced from movie promotional campaigns

**All views expressed are author’s personal

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About the author

Neha Choudhary is a content writer and content marketing specialist at Cashkaro. She is a writing fanatic and when she’s not writing, she is traveling and cooking. Being a book lover and a movie enthusiast, her mind is constantly revolving around new ideas. As a person, it’s a treat being around her owing to her jolly nature.


Movie Review – Bela Sheshe (বেলাশেষে, Bengali)

(A movie on Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage (IRBM) or No Fault Divorce)

(A movie on Silver Divorce)

Bela ShesheWhat will you do if your father asks for a divorce after 49 years of his successful marriage? That is what Biswanath Majumdar (Soumitra Chatterjee) did in the film “বেলাশেষে” (Bela Sheshe). He called all his three married daughters settled in different parts of India and their children to his house in Kolkata to announce that he had already filed for a divorce in the court and gave away major share of his property to his wife Arati.

The message shocked everyone and his empowered daughter Mili (Rituparna Sengupta) started blaming him for being irresponsible and asked for reasons why he had filed for divorce without even informing their mother. However, Biswanath was not ready to give any reason to anyone. His reply to Mili was that when she believed in independence for herself and if she didn’t tell everything about her life to her husband Bijon, she didn’t have any right to ask the same question to Biswanath. Mili, who was also romantically involved with another married man didn’t have anything else to say after that.

But his son Barin (Shankar Chakraborty) who was living in the same house with his family cried to him. Barin said, he always looked upon his parents as gods and couldn’t see them separated. He felt it was due to some fault of his.

Amidst high emotional drama, the news of this silver divorce spread to others in the neighborhood as the court proceedings started. Arati had taken care of the family for almost fifty years and always agreed to what Biswanath wanted. So when her feminist lawyer used bad words (as typical of a feminist) for Biswanath, Arati protested. She wanted to agree to Biswanath’s proposal of divorce. When both agreed for a divorce the court said they could go for Mutual Consent Divorce as Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage or No-Fault divorce is not yet legal in India. Court however orders two of them to go out somewhere and spend 15 days together.

But Arati wanted to take their whole family. That was the time when Palash (youngest son-in-law) thought about a sting operation on the couple to understand why Biswanath wanted a divorce after almost 50 years of a successful marriage?

They installed CCTV cameras and microphones in couple’s room and the truth of the relationship glitch was eventually revealed. The truth that made all other younger couples (the children, watching the live feed from another house) reconcile their differences, and come closer.

But even after the reasons were unearthed Biswanath didn’t go back to his family in Kolkata. Rather he stayed in Shantiniketan along with their servant Ganesh.

But that was not all. What was the truth? Why didn’t Biswanath go with his wife who apparently didn’t have any fault? And what happened in the end is something one needs to see in the movie.

This movie raises some serious questions about our successful marriages. It raises question, if there exists any love or it is only a habit that binds the couple together. What if one gets bored of the same life, what if one wants to enjoy his life and go out to see the world or live a different life after fifty years of marriage. Can his children or spouse stop him? What about his rights, his freedom?

This movie has some small technical glitch in explaining Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage or no fault divorce. Biswanath’s lawyer said to the court that there is no fault in Arati which was the biggest fault in the marriage and hence the divorce. With that poor argument he wanted a successful divorce for a septuagenarian man with four well settled children and a well behaved and a caring wife. It is important to clarify at this juncture that a No Fault divorce was possible under the Marriage Law Amendment only after three years of separation (possible even when staying in the same house but in different rooms, was valid for Biswanath-Arati) between a couple. It was termed as “No-Fault” because a spouse did not need to prove any fault of the other spouse to get a divorce.

There is another small error in the movie. It showed tender Neem leaves being used to keep worms away from books. Normally it is properly dried Neem leaves and branches that are used to keep worms away as tender leaves attract more worms rather than reducing them.

Keeping the small glitches aside, we need talk about superb acting of the cast and especially Soumitra Chattopadhyaya and Kharaj Mukhopadhyay; this movie uses Bengal’s favourite Rabindra sangeet tunes and raga based music with best use of instrumental.

The movie’s script needs special mention as this had made the audience cry and laugh at the same time. Acting of Kharaj Mukhopadhyay has added to the awesomeness of the script. Popular Rabindra Sangeet tunes were brilliantly used to bring out emotions.

In the end, this movie did show some misandry as Biswanath’s daughters showed disrespect to him for his decision. Also he had to lose to his wife and come back to her. However, keeping that aside, this movie also questions the emotional needs of couples and a ‘habit’ of staying together keeping them abound rather than love. This movie questions what is ‘love’ in reality, is it the ‘habit’ of staying together and liking every small detail of the other person?

Overall, I will give this movie 4.5 out of 5 as it delves with a very important social issue like divorce plaguing our society today. With even children talking about divorce and hi-profile divorce cases, it gave a message to everyone that divorce is a growing phenomenon in India today.

This movie not only keeps us engaged all through the show, it keeps us thinking of our life even after coming out of the hall, so much, that you will like the habit of going to Bengali movies time and again for this awesome feeling.

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Movie Review – Dawat-e-Ishq

Dawat-e-Ishq

Dawat-e-ishq is a movie that tries to justify the misuse of Prevention of cruelty by husbands and relatives act IPC 498a.

The movie starts with a flawed statistics that even if dowry is outlawed in India in the year 1961, still every hour one woman is killed for dowry. Movie shows an article from the Times of India to support the claim.

However, the movie fails to bring the truth to its viewers. It forces its viewers to misinterpret the number of filed cases every year as the number of true cases. Also the movie shows a crime statistics under a different section (IPC 304B) to justify misuse of IPC 498a.

There are approximately 8000 cases filed under Dowry Death section 304B in India. These are the cases where the wife died under unnatural circumstances within seven years of their marriage. This comes to around one case filed every hour. However, filing a case under this section does not mean the death was for demand of dowry by the in-laws. In fact many bride suicides within first seven years of marriage are also included in these cases. That is why we see that in 80% such cases the husband and in-laws were released. The movie fails to bring the correct aspect of this crime and propagates a wrong picture of Indian society in this way. In a way the movie tried to vilify Indian society by projecting wrong statistics in the first place which is violation of Indian constitution.

The movie also shows punishment under section IPC 498a as six years which is in fact three years. I am surprised to see that the makers of the movie made such blunders in the movie.

The movie showed how the marriage of an educated and established Hyderabadi girl Gullu iwas cancelled multiple times due to demand of dowry from prospective groom’s side. There was no respite for her even when the guy fell in love with her. It was shown that even when her father was willing to give dowry the groom’s side demanded more and hence every time she had to break the alliance.

Frustrated on her fate as an educated and independent girl she came across a high profile dowry case where the husband and his relatives were sent to six years in prison for demanding dowry under IPC 498a. The wife Mrs. Radha Reddy was shown cheering for IPC 498a and proudly saying on news channels that she has got crores of alimony and flat and maintenance. She cheered for the section and said that it was because of this section IPC 498a women like her was getting justice.

Gullu got inspired by watching the news and she decided to use IPC 498a to her benefit. The plan was to marry a rich guy and immediately after marriage file a false case under IPC 498a and get huge money through out-of-court settlement. This money could help her fulfill her dreams of foreign education.

To fulfill her dream and cheat on prospective grooms, she and her father travelled to Lucknow and called prospective grooms in a hotel suite for discussion. They secretly shot videos of all conversations as future evidence. Eventually she met Taru who was not as educated as she was but was a successful businessman in Lucknow. After meeting him for a few days before finalizing on their marriage she fell in love with him.

She was in a dilemma as to whether cheat that guy by filing false cases. But she went ahead as per plan as she was afraid of getting imprisoned for cheating instead. She received Rs 40 lakh as out of court settlement for her complaint and went back to Hyderabad. However, in the end she repented and wanted to give the money back to Taru as she really loved him.

When they met, she narrated the true story to him and returned the money. It was the climax when everyone was expecting to watch Taru’s reaction to false criminal complaint and related cruelty that had happened to him as well his family. To everyone’s dismay Taru accepted her apology with the logic that when guy’s family seeking dowry for marriage is not a problem in Indian society, why should her act of misusing the dowry prevention act (IPC 498a) to her benefit be seen as a crime. He in fact ended up marrying the same girl who filed false criminal case against his entire family and extorted Rs. 40 lakh from them.

This part of the movie made all the couples sitting in the theater uncomfortable. Men were made to believe that it was okay to get such false criminal cases and harassed by women centric laws and pay money for out of court settlement. The audience was also made to believe that it is humane to pardon such women to the extent that one should think of marrying them.

What this movie wrongly projected to support the crime of legal extortion was to show that it is okay for a guy’s family to seek dowry in marriage (Taru says so while accepting her apology) where in reality it is considered as a crime in India and hence the misuse of such laws is also need to be punished.

This movie is a criminal attempt to justify a crime. This movie comes at a time when misuse of IPC 498a is a grave concern for Indian judiciary and Indian civil groups. Every year more women get arrested in such false cases than the women who get justice. There is no limit to which these falsely accused families are made to pay huge extortion money to such unscrupulous women, their families, legal groups, advocates and women NGOs in the name of mediation and negotiation.

In short, this movie is a mockery of suffering of real victims of dowry harassment cases as it tries to justify filing of false cases. This movie is also a mockery of victims of falsely accused innocent families who undergo tremendous trauma and some of whom commit suicide due to such false allegations. This movie is a shameful attempt to keep the legal terrorism industry going and extorting innocent families. It makes us believe that the entire production team and promoters of this movie might be related to this legal terrorism industry or supported by them.

We demand rigorous punishment for the whole team of Dawat-e-Ishq for producing such a movie.

*Image – Google image

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Movie Review – Srote (স্রোত) [Bengali]

Srote

Srote (স্রোত) – on the floor

Srote is a young happy girl of a middle class Bengali family. Her boy-friend Swapno is the son of their family friend. Both Srote and Swapno love each other for quite some time. They were in the same college and after passing out they got jobs too, but in different cities.

Swapno got a job in Kolkata whereas Srote in Hyderabad.  As Srote was about to live for Hyderabad both the families decided to go to Digha – a nearby tourist destination.  That three days trip made the lovebirds even closer together. Their parents too felt the need of bonding them together.

Before living for Hyderabad Srote visited Swapno on the previous day. As they were departing and going away from each other for some time they became very emotional. Swapno could not ignore the attraction of Srote and they made love for more than one hour in Swapno’s room.

As Srote left for Hyderabad both the families decided to set the marriage date. The date was finalized soon and all were happy. Especially Swapno’s grandma was very happy. She loved Srote as her granddaughter and was excited to see her as their Naatbau (Grand-DIL).

Srote joined a company in Hyderabad where she met Raghav Lahiri. As both were Bengalis they became friends very fast. One day Raghav took her to a night club and after a few pegs offered her to share a room in a five start hotel. Srote was shocked, she immediately refused and left the place, but Raghav had other plans.

He became vindictive and one day bribes the driver of Srote’s office cab for a detour. He took the cab to the intended destination where Raghav forced himself on her.

Media was fast to pick up the story. Both the families rushed to Hyderabad and took her back to Kolkata after initial police investigation was over. Srote was mentally devasted. She could not believe any man and even started refusing her heartthrob Swapno.  All men became her instant enemies.

Seeing Srote devasted and needing assistance her parents decided to prepone the marriage. So they have taken the proposal to Swapno’s parents. His father was ready in no time but wanted to take opinion of Swapno’s mother and Grandmother too, because both of them were very close to Swapno. While the grandmother had summarily agreed his mother has rejected Srote as DIL now. She says all relatives know about what happened to Srote and she being their bahu will invite criticism from many. She has asked Swapno to choose between her and Srote, both of whom he loved so much that he couldn’t think of a life without either of them.

Now Swapno was in a dilemma. He didn’t know what to do. He cried, cried …and cried. Srote’s parents were devastated with this news. No amount of pestering would work with his mother. Swapno broke down. He started smoking to alleviate the pain.

But the mother could not be stubborn for long. She loved her son more than herself. So she came to him and promised that she herself would bring Srote with full respect to their house. She will talk to Srote as she had recovered by then but she wanted one condition to be fulfilled by her. She told the same to Swapno.

Srote was alone in her room when Swapno went to their home. Swapno was happy that at least his mother had agreed to accept Srote as her DIL. He told Srote that his mother wanted Srote as her Daughter-in-law but there is a condition. Srote will have to leave the job.

Srote knew it was a proposal not to leave one job but it was a proposal to leave her career. She was a good student all through her life. How could she leave her job and career at all? She had a lot of dreams that she wanted to fulfil. But she loved Swapno too. She didn’t want to let him go.

She asked him about his conditions.

Swapno was shocked. He didn’t have any other conditions but Srote wouldn’t believe. She refused his offer instantly, after all no relation can be based on some conditions. She told boldly that she rejects the marriage offer by him. She would rather love him from a distant rather than marry him and compromise all the time in her married life.

Swapno cried, he pleaded her to come back to him as he really needed him but she wouldn’t listen. She has decided to move on.

They parted ways.

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Every Rape changes a lot in many lives. It is not only a heinous crime but it leaves a permanent mark in the victims mind, body, soul and life. It changes many lives surrounding the victim too. Thus it is very important that we stop misuse of rape laws. There are many consensual sex termed as rape, many live-in relations are termed as rape and there are many women who file rape cases just to take revenge, earn money or marry the man of their choice. Thus in India 75% of rape cases end in acquittal.

Don’t take any false rape case lightly. These false cases clog the judiciary and justice to genuine victims is delayed and many a times denied. Most of these cases are settled for money.

Please don’t tolerate such business with rape cases. Demand punishment for all such fake rape victims. They don’t undergo the pain and trauma that the original rape victims undergo. They are the real criminals of the society. There are many women who file multiple rape cases just as business. Demand their strict punishment so that rape does not become trivialized. Let the genuine victims get justice, let the justice be fast and let the false accusers be exposed and punished. One rape may change many lives, including yours.

Movie Review – Shaadi Ke Side Effects

Shaadi Ke Side Effects 2

What is the perfect recipe of a happy marriage?

How does anyone know when even Einstein couldn’t figure it out?

We obviously don’t need a brain like Einstein to figure that out as there is no perfect formula for a happy marriage.

This movie tries to bring additional effects of marriage other than what any celibate can dream of. Vidya Balan (Trisha) and Farhan Akhtar (Sid) are the married couple in this movie. They try to bring out new formulas for happy marriage. Even though Sid says this as his funda of happy marriage “When I am at fault I apologize, when my wife is at fault I apologize”. Well this dialogue brings out the eternal truth that everyone knows and jokes about. The husband has to apologize in all situations to keep a marriage going. This is the only reason why for ages men had been apologizing for almost every mistake / nonsense of their wives and that has become a norm in India today.

The situation worsens as they become parents. Sid fails as a father and started envying his relative Ram Kapoor who scores much higher than him as a good father. So eventually Sid turns to Ram for advice on being a successful family man. Ram gives his path breaking tips about happy marriage – “A marriage becomes successful because of its innocent smaller lies”.

He gives Sid tips of staying away from family in the name of work as he does. Ram assures that this action will get Sid the much needed attention from his wife. This idea initially works fine as Sid started getting the attention back but eventually that attracts their neighbour young-star Shekhar to Trisha. Eventually Sid realizes his mistake as Trisha was getting too close to Shekhar and decides to stay with his family and work from his home studio. He divulges his secret to Trisha one day. Trisha becomes outrageous and throws him out of his own home.

Sid stays outside their flat for sometime as all neighbours pitied him and occasionally offered him food. Some children offered their tiffin too. Still he didn’t raise any police complaint against his wife for forcefully throwing him out of his own house. After a few days of torture like this eventually Trisha allowed him in to hear him out when she started throwing up giving a sign of her second pregnancy. Sid was happy this time but then Trisha divulges that the child is from their neighbour Shekhar.

With the news Sid breaks up in himself and takes their daughter and goes out of their home to a hotel. However the child was not ready to sleep without her mother and Sid comes back to Trisha the next day and wanted to patch up. He said – “Let’s forgive each other and start living a life together for the sake of our child, Mili”.

Eventually they patch up and Trisha divulges that the second child is also Sid’s child but she wanted to test whether he would give her a second a chance and hence enacted that drama. Towards the end the movie shows Sid becoming a house husband taking care of the child and Trisha becoming a working woman and enjoying her life and staying in hotels away from the family.

Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar were superb in their roles and Vidya showed how a fat lady can be equally sexy and gracefully desirable to the men. Many slim and trim upcoming actresses still need to learn a lot from Vidya in that matter.

Shaadi Ke Side Effects 1

Even though this movie has ingredients to attract audience but some of the messages spread by this movie are quite misandric.

  1. This movie says the truth about husband apologising to wife for everything going wrong. Even though this was presented in a funny manner but a serious issue of domestic violence against men is thus covered up. The audience do not realize that it is a form of emotional abuse to men.
  2. This movie completely ignores the issue of domestic violence against men by throwing them out of their own home by their wife. It was shown that the no neighbour came forward to help Sid when he was living outside his own flat. Even though this shows the sorry state of affairs of Indian men but it does not send any message to the viewer about the importance of protesting such violence against men.
  3. The most shocking was to show that a husband staying away from his family in a PG or in a hotel as the same level of crime as wife getting pregnant with another man. As this movie shows that when Sid comes to know about Trisha’s pregnancy from their neighbour even though initially he protests and goes out, but eventually he comes back and pardons his wife. This is a very serious observation as these are subtle cues given to the audience that a husband staying outside his family but not for engaging  into any kind of sexual activity with other women but for his own mental peace is equivalent level of cruelty to the wife getting sexually involved with another man. This is how prostitution is brought into our families and movies like this try to justify the same.

This movie presents many dimensions of domestic violence against men but this does not make the audience serious about the same and does not make them realize that domestic violence against men need to be equally punished. Rather by bringing a hilarious touch to the same problem this movie tries to dilute the problem. Adultery is a seriously growing crime in India and many Indian men are forced to take all responsibilities of their wife’s illicit children while the women continues to take all advantages of the adultery laws. However, this movie shamefully tries to justify the same.

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