Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vikramadityan Review: Disappointing movie from Lal Jose, Dulquar pales before Unni Mukundan in performance

Directed by Lal Jose, "Vikramadithyan" is a movie that has all the “right ingredients” for a ‘crowd puller.’ The star cast has Dulquar Salmaan, Unni Mukundan, Namitha Pramod, Anoop Menon, and Lena, among others.  To me, it felt as though the real lead actors of this movie are Anoop Menon, Lena and Unni Mukundan – their performances, timing and dialogue delivery are excellent and memorable. Their characterization is well-fleshed out and has both depth and consistency from start to finish.

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Vikramadityan Review: Weak story
I liked the starting point of "Vikramadithyan" as it unfolds a realistic love story that fails between Vasudev Shenoy (starring Anoop Menon) and Lakshmi Nair (starring Lena), who are police officers but don’t end up marrying each other as they wished to.  Lakshmi gets married to another man who woos her by pretending to be a spunky police officer and Vasudev Shenoy marries another lady from his community.
Both the couples have sons who are born at the same time and are named Vikraman (Unni Mukundan) and Adithyan (Dulquar Salman). The story of conflict and competition between the two boys begins here and it intensifies as they grow up and fall in love with the pretty Deepika Pai (starring Namitha Pramod).
Vikraman and Adithyan are ‘rivals’ with opposite backgrounds. Vikraman has a more protected and pampered upbringing than Adithyan. He has the confidence of a boy who comes from a good family and is well brought up, disciplined and ambitious. Due to a difficult childhood, Adithyan grows up without a clear sense of direction and parental guidance. He has anger and it turns destructive. 
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Vikraman aims to be a police officer like his father, so Adithyan wants to beat him to it. It doesn’t help that the love of his life – Deepika – keeps egging him on by relentlessly praising and comparing him to Vikraman. All the odds are in favour of Vikraman but there’s an element of surprise in the film which you should watch to find out what it brings. It’s a good twist and not one you would easily predict.
Vikramadityan Review: Weak characterization of heroine
Deepika’s characterization is a serious flaw in this movie. It is grainy, inconsistent and irritating. She is portrayed as a girl who is shown to be from a conservative Shenoy family in Mattancherry but with a modern outlook. For a very independent thinking girl, her actions are not convincing. She constantly compares the two guys to each other in her actions – which seems like petty behaviour to me – but she calls it a sign of friendship (it’s more like confusion). When her best friend asks her to marry him knowing well she is in love with another guy, she sends a mail first informing the guy she loves that the other guy has beaten him to it and then by asking him to make the decision for her. 
Again, at a critical juncture, instead of telling Vikraman that she doesn’t want to marry him, she simply plays the ‘silent, helpless damsel in distress’ and finally Vikraman takes the most important decision in her life for her without even asking her!  
On top of all this, she is constantly wedging into the relationship between the two guys – for what? Namitha’s dialogue delivery seems forced instead of natural, her body movements are graceful but there is a clear lack of chemistry with both heroes.
Vikramadityan Review: The Few Things I liked
The depiction of growing up in Mattancherry – with its narrow alleys, schools, the TD temple and the cultural landscaping of several communities living there such as the Shenoys, the Pais, the Nairs, the few Gujaratis – the cultural atmosphere is deftly captured. 
All the sequences showing Anoop Menon and Lena are commendable. You know you are watching two veterans with a  great sense of timing. I particularly liked the actor who acted as Lena’s husband. His role is small but has tremendous impact. His personality comes through and stays with you throughout the film.
Unni Mukundan is not the hero of this movie but on screen, he steals Dulquar’s thunder and lightning. Dulquar struggles and pales in all scenes where Unni Mukundan is present. 
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I liked the way Dulquer is constantly experimenting with his attire and his body language is always in sync with the nature of the character he presents. Dulquar reinvents his appearance in every movie. 

"Vikramadithyan" follows the ‘film masala’ formula perfectly but I feel it’s a “let down” movie with over rated publicity. The first half of the film seemed to be dragging pointlessly. The second half brings in the best part of the movie, thanks to several badly timed surprises mixed with bittersweet moments.
It is disappointing to see a director like Lal Jose come up with a movie like this. Go watch it if you want to waste time  – I won’t recommend it though.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review: Nan Umrigar's Sounds of Silence, A Bridge Across Two Worlds

The year 1978 was a glorious one for Karl Umrigar – a young man who won many prestigious horse races, including the Indian 2000 Guineas and the Indian Oakes. Finally, Karl Umrigar fulfilled his dream – every jockey’s dream  – to win the Indian Derby. His name remains in the Indian Derby scroll of honour. 

But just at exactly the moment Karl won, he fell from the horse.  A fall that finally saw the country mourn for him when the headlines of the Indian Express read, “The King is Dead.” Karl Umrigar, the young champion and loved by many, was laid to rest on May 3, 1979.

Karl Umrigar’s Death: Bridge between Two Worlds
You can imagine what Karl’s death did to his family, particularly his mother – Nan Umrigar. She says, “Nothing could have prepared us for the darkness that descended upon us – nothing!

While her family tried to pull on with daily routine, Nan Umrigar found herself in such a state of agony and trauma that she couldn’t resume a normal life. She couldn’t let go of her son.

She heard of Mrs Bhavnagari whose famous book on automatic writing from the SpiritWorld.With Mrs Bhavnagari’s help, Nan Umrigar began to do 'automatic writing' to communicate with her son Karl. Through this, Karl tells her, “Mummy, my dearest Mummy, I love you so much more than you can imagine on earth. On earth, I never realised I loved you so much. Please Mummy, forget the past, I am very happy…


This is another message Nan Umrigar received from Karl. Baba, whom Karl refers to, is Meher Baba.

Nan Umrigar’s Discovery of the Spirit World through Karl
From here, Nan Umrigar’s life changed forever. She communicated daily with Karl, learned more about the Spirit World, after life and how souls reach the places they do after death.  

There are so many interesting things to learn about the Spirit World - how good souls are trained to serve humanity wherever there is great suffering. Their work is silent and no one understands the extent to which they help countless number of people every day. An interesting instance refers to how Spirit Guides sometimes work together in areas of massive destruction that cause the death of thousands of innocent lives, such as in Israel. Karl explains that he cannot be contacted because he is involved in a mission relating to Israel. 

Are you wondering: What can Spirit Guides do when people are already dead? They do LOTS of work but it's not my place to tell you their story. You should simply read this book to find out!

The lady shown in the picture below is Nan Umrigar, the author of Sounds of Silence: A Bridge between Two Worlds.



The most important change is that Nan, who had not been a spiritual person, is initiated by her son Karl towards his guru and protector Meher Baba – considered to be an Avatar among the Parsis in Pune. The story of Meher Baba is an interesting one. He grew up as an ordinary boy. In his young days, he was blessed with divinity by the Five Divine Masters of Spirituality, the last one being Shirdi Sai Baba, who is believed to have blessed him with spiritual powers. Thereafter, Meher Baba began to perform miracles and he led a life of austerity, self-inquiry and constantly demonstrated loving humanity.

Nan Umrigar is like any other mother. Initially, she did everything to keep her son to continue communicating with her. If it meant saying ‘Yes’ to his guru in the Spirit World, she was ready to do it. But after a period, she was curious to find out more. She went to the place of Meher Baba, the ashram city he had founded. She researched, talked and found out everything she could about Meher Baba through repeated journeys. 

Each journey made her more and more intensely absorbed towards accepting Meher Baba as her Guru, not because Karl said so, but because she became convinced about Baba's divinity.

Nan Umrigar’s book will SHOCK you. It challenges everything you believe you know about death. This is also a book that bares a mother’s soul with absolute honesty – her longing for her son, her need to continue communication and then to find a purpose to that communication so that she could use her talent to serve others who were suffering just like she had.

Nan Umrigar could have kept quiet but she didn’t. She shared all her experiences with the Spirit World in this book to offer hope and courage for others who lose their loved ones. Her book helps you to see death as a phase that does not necessarily imply or intend the end of a relationship. The Spirit World is very alive and open to reach out if you are willing to believe and listen.

The story of Karl, Nan Umrigar and the mother-son love that finally led them to embrace Meher Baba as their God and Guru – all of this will touch a chord in your heart. Their journey is paved with heartbreaks, hardships and moments you can FEEL in your heart as you read it. Yet nothing comes in the way of this mother-son love, not even Death.

That is the biggest lesson of all – the ONE reason to read Nan Umrigar’s book ‘Sounds of Silence.’ READ it even if you decide not to believe it.


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♥♥  I thank you for reading my post. I dedicate this post with all my love and gratitude to the Spirit Guides who continuously work towards the well being of humanity. I also send my loving thoughts to Karl and all other innocent Souls who had to depart from the World in a state of trauma and before their time was up. REQUEST: Please SHARE this article on your favorite social networks. Every share, like or tweet makes me reach out to more people who are in various phases of growing out of their grief after losing their loved ones. ♥♥

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Five Exceptional Posts That Will Motivate You Today

Welcome to my first-of-its-kind monthly selection of exceptional posts from around the web. Reason? We read so many informative things online everyday. But we tend to forget faster than we read. I want to start “capturing” it by putting it on my blog. This way, it stays sticky in my mind and I won’t forget it. Better still, you can read it too, take what’s interesting to you and come back to it whenever you want to, and so will I. 

Sit back and hope to see you enjoy reading these posts!

Afraid to quit your job because it pays your bread and butter?  Look at it with holistic vision and embrace  a different course of action! I think you will LOVE this post by Vishnu.
If you have troubles surrounding you 24X7, this will help you to COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

Love to read literary magazines? Find some more to pamper the literary hunger.
To toss up something easy, quick and healthy, try this omelette, it tastes YUM! I add some milk into the egg mixture and the texture and taste will make you WANT more.
Are you recovering from heartbreak? Learn something from it and let it go! 
Do any of these posts resonate with you personally? Do drop a line and say which post you learned most from.

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