Khoobsurat – review

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How I waited for this movie! Even though I didn’t have high expectations, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to watch Fawad Khan’s Bollywood debut. To my immense surprise and delight, it didn’t live up to my expectations at all. And I enjoyed it even more because of the lively crowd that knew when to awww, oohhh, cheer and applaud.

Before I move on to the story line, I want to mention that I haven’t seen the original Khoobsurat so I am not comparing the two.

Though it is just another Disney love story of a prince and a not-so-royal girl and is, therefore, totally predictable but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. The story revolves around Milli (Sonam Kapoor) who is a sports physiotherapist who is hired by the Rathore family to recover Shekhar who was paralyzed in an accident and Vikram Rathore, the prince of the family. The Rathores are a quiet lot who follow strict discipline; something completely alien to Milli.

As for the prince charming, who is a shrewd businessman and extremely serious, he has zero tolerance for Milli owing to her intrusive and loud personality but he softens as she adds some color to the palace and in his life. But that doesn’t change the fact that the two are poles apart and Vikram is engaged. Oops! So how will love conquer all?

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Fawad Khan played his part really well, and I’m not just saying this because I’m a huge fan, he truly did endorse his part as Prince Vikram. His acting was fabulous and he managed to be in sync with every actor. Even Sonam. The scenes involving the two were really cute ;) All the eye rolling and sighing as Milli annoyed him with every breath she took, said all he left unsaid. Same goes for all those scenes where he felt attracted towards her, his expressions were as loud as his dialogues. And his killer looks, of course, made all his scenes more attractive.

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Sonam Kapoor, on the other hand…someone should have told her that there is a clear difference in being chirpy and annoying. Considering that she played an extremely good sports physiotherapist who worked with the likes of Dhoni and Yuvraj, her character had no class. In most of her scenes you just feel like telling her to calm down for once. She was clearly trying too hard and went over the top while she was at it. To her credit though, she carried her horrendous costumes with ease and managed to look pretty throughout.khoobsurat_48_7330_12524

The senior actors, Ratna Pathak as Nirmala Devi Pathak aka Rani sa and Vikram’s mother, Aamir Raza Husain as Shekhar, Vikram’s father and Milli’s patient, Kiron Kher as Manju, Milli’s mother and Kaizaad Kotwal as Milli’s dad were all good.

Ups: the humour; Kiron Kher added a lot of laughter to the movie as Manju who is as loud as her daughter, the songs that are mostly dance numbers save for Naina; sets; Milli and Vikram’s mental commentary every time they set eyes on each other; and of course Fawad Khan.

Downs: Sonam’s acting; Sonam’s wardrobe and the lack of drama. I mean the ‘break up’ was too smooth. And Fawad Khan’s dance moves. I wish I wouldn’t have had to watch him dance.

All in all, a good watch. I’d rate it 3.5/5.

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Protests Are Banned – II

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Ok I am going to keep this short because I’m feeling really lazy right now, but I just have to write this. Can’t delay it any more. It is a follow up of my last blog post Protests Are Banned. Needless to say, the urge of writing on this topic came from the ongoing ‘dharney’ in the country. It’s not about whether these certain protests are right or wrong, but it is the reaction of our politicians and sections of public to the idea of demonstrations in the country.

All our ‘leaders’ claim that Pakistan is a democratic country but these protests are a threat to this system. Now, even those who don’t hold a degree in political science, know that in a democratic society, all citizens have the right to protest. It doesn’t matter if you agree with their point of view or not, as long as they are peaceful, you cannot stop them from registering their protest. If I am facing a problem in the country I live in and the government is not taking notice despite my complaints, I will go out on streets and make my problem public. I don’t have to justify my cause because I it’s my right.

I don’t even have to make sure that I have a lot of people support so I can make a stronger case. As a citizen, I am entitled to all the privileges and rights and the government is bound to make sure they fulfill my demands. So even if I am out protesting alone, it is not a reason for the government to ignore my complaint or ridicule me because I have no support. By protesting, I am not destroying my country’s image. I am merely demanding the government to take notice of the problems I am facing as a citizen. If my demands are unjustified, it is the leaders’ responsibility to make that clear. But telling me to get off just because the protest makes them uncomfortable…not justified. That will only make me more stubborn and I’ll take a more rigid stance.

This is exactly the reason of PTI and PAT’s prolonged sit-ins. Had the government been a bit humane and treated them with a bit more respect, things wouldn’t have been this messy.

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Protests Are Banned – I

The havoc wreaked in the capital last night was saddening but definitely not unexpected. Both government and protesters are to blame for the violence that ensued. I won’t go on about who was right and who was wrong because the debate is very exhausting and I already am very washed out by following every minute of this mess. But I do want to clarify that as I write this, I’m doing so without bias. But I just want to express my opinion about what I have read and heard since yesterday.

Whenever protesters are beaten up, killed, tortured or arrested, their leaders are blamed for telling them to leave their homes. But while we blame the leaders what we forget is that the people who come out aren’t idiots. If they leave their homes to protest, they must believe in the cause otherwise why would anyone bother to leave the comfort of their homes?

As for leaders being protected while protesters walk unprotected; well it’s the same everywhere. Let’s just have look at our history. People respect and look up to Jinnah as a true leader and I completely agree with that. But was he with the people who migrated to Pakistan by trains in 1947? The bloodshed that took place is historic. Thousands died and people who managed to escape the massacre on both sides still shudder at the memory but do they curse Jinnah for not being there to die with them? And should they curse him? I don’t think so.

Similarly, when Jinnah called for Direct Action Day, riots ensued and many Muslims were killed. Both Hindus and Muslims were violent but Muslim casualties were much higher than the former. So should we blame our leaders, who were fighting for this state that we live in, for the violence? And should we hate them for not being among those who were killed? Once again: I don’t think so.

Let’s go back. I don’t want to bring up religion in my debates but since we are debating on the issue I will just mention an example. During the time of Prophet Mohammad (p.b.u.h), Muslims had to fight many wars. But being a symbol of peace, our Holy Prophet never fought in anyone of them. He was with his army at all times, but the warriors protected him and fought for him. In all those wars, Muslims died. So…do I need to say it?

The debate about whether these protests are justified or not, is also hot. But this blog is too long aready. So I’ll be writing a second part on that one.

 

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