Utterly random thoughts

Just some thoughts that have been swirling in my head.

1. Reel is not real – how ironic that during this lockdown, a lot of OTT is full of movies and programs that show how US of A is at the forefront to fight any crisis, calamity, epidemic, or aliens invasion. Contagion, Outbreak, all Marvel movies… for last few decades, Hollywood has driven the narrative of US being the superpower in every respect. Playing the world police and what not. But right here and right now, they surely don’t look the superpower… do they? While what is happening in US or anywhere in the world is very unfortunate, successive governments are to be blamed for the near invincible feeling amongst the US population. The power shift had started after the financial meltdown of 2008. Now it is complete. US, Europe are definitely not the centres of power. Read the other day (can’t believe everything I read anymore though) that lot of Chinese firms are getting ready to buy out cash strapped and almost bankrupt companies in Europe. Rock bottom prices will prevail.

2. Optics? So three months moratorium on EMI AND CREDIT AND STUFF. The government had to be seen doing something for the middle class too after the big SOPS for the low income people. Wasn’t thought through. Tell me how does a 3-months moratorium starting from 1st March makes sense? People got salary for March, might get for April too. The shitstorm starts after that! Salary deductions, job losses etc. That’s when most people would want relief from paying EMIs. Oh but wait. They can’t get any relief. The moratorium will be over by then. Muddled thinking I say. The best would have been that there is an option of 3 months. People can choose the period when.

3. WFH images and stories and gyan – I want to throw up. Yeah you gotta work from home. So suck it up and do your work. Spare us the philosophy!

4. Petroleum companies will rake it in. Some utterly random calculation tells me that petrol and diesel prices should about 40% less than what they are right now, given the crash globally. Imagine the money these companies and government will make once the lockdown is over!

5. Continuing point 4, imagine what will happen when the lockdown is completely gone! Having lived in the north most of my life, I have been witness to the scenes at various restaurant serving non veg right after the navratras are over. My feeling is that post lockdown will be quite similar 🙂

More random thoughts in coming days.

Ra.one Rocks!

So I think I am in a minority which believes that the movie was awesome. There are some who said *faints*… there are some who said “I don’t know you anymore”… but I don’t think I am going to bother about these comments.

Shahrukh Khan has taken the production values of Bollywood to a completely different level. He has given us a visual treat in hindi cinema that matches up to the big budget Hollywood productions at 1/3rd the investment.

I completely fail to understand people who went looking for a ‘story’ in the movie. They are the people who pan Ra.one and yet gush over the other superhero movies dished out by Hollywood. Every single Spiderman movie sucked and Superman movies too… Those who say that there was too much of emotional shit in Ra.one didn’t bat an eyelid at the maudlin content of Spiderman or even Batman. Of course Batman is completely different after Christopher Nolan took over and Heath Ledger turned being evil into an art form.

Even Avatar which had people talking about it.. had no story.. or if there was one, I missed it because I got bored and left half way. Movies like Ra.one are not about story… they are about making the two hours in the dark auditorium a spectacle unfolding on the large screen. And Ra.one does that.

I have read reviews about people saying how SRK has not been able to beat Salman Khan‘s Bodyguard and other Salman movies…. I think they are talking up a whole lot of crap. Salman Khan movies are made for the lowest common denominator (and I got nothing against that) but Ra.one is a different genre (and no I will not compare it with Robot either.. which was liked only by the Rajnikanth fanatics)…

I thoroughly enjoyed Ra.one… so did my son.. and my daughter…. Sure he has borrowed from various Hollywood movies… so what… if there is technology available and it can be used… why not.. why not use it to create your own visual treat… why intellectualize the crap out of reviews.

People like Rajiv Masand need to chill and not sound profound. Most reviewers I think anyways get paid to write good reviews and often have their own ax to grind against certain actors…

Take my word (someone who is not exactly enthralled by Bollywood productions)… go watch the movie. Don’t go looking for intense meaning… don’t go looking for acting… go.. just to watch a great superhero movie.. And if you really want to look for meaning…. check out the relationship between the kid and SRK… it is a treat…