A Cold Blow to Coldplay

The news of Coldplay performing in Lower Parel spread like wildfire throughout the country. As much as it evoked nationwide expressions of awe, it caused feelings of regret in Mumbaikars who missed the opportunity of watching the popular band play in the city’s streets. Turns out they were playing for their music video, which has been released of late, called Hymn for the Weekend.

Busy streets, sadhus in swag, people playing Holi, Indianized Beyoncé (as is evident from her attire, overloaded jewellery and mehndi-stained hands) in a kinetoscope, dingy theatre, the mandatory boys-water-dive, Kuchipudi dancers among other similar things constituted the ingredients put together to prepare a concoction which a lot of Indians found distasteful.

Shot in Mumbai and Banaras, the video has the band performing on a street with hip-hopping children, Sonam Kapoor angelically releasing rose petals from her grip along with Beyoncé acting as a mystical woman clad in designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla’s noteworthy ensemble. However, I didn’t understand what she tried to do there.

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The video received much flak from the viewers for showing poverty (which I didn’t really see) and too much colour which is the clichéd way of outsiders projecting India. My question is, where would you get a picture clicked if you were in London or New York? Won’t you think of London Eye and Statue of Liberty? Obviously, you’d want to capture the real essence of the place which, in India’s case, lies in the streets. And the colour only adds to the beauty, so why not have it?

More than that, Sonam Kapoor was caught in a vortex of memes and jokes for her mere 3-second-appearance in the video. But wait, who cares? It’s a Coldplay video after all! She had her share of fun and we shouldn’t object to that. This is another one of those least important things that we people find the most importance in.

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The song is catchy and pleasant which makes it more a win for Coldplay than a Loss- People are sure to hum the song even if they choose not to watch the ‘clichéd’ video. And I am not one of them ’cause I enjoy the video as much as the song. The British band’s admiration for India which was projected only through Coldplay written in Hindi on the instruments until now, has finally materialized.


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When I watched the Koyla Burn

What happens when an ideal hero like Shahrukh Khan and his sidekick like Johnny Lever (only to add a tinge of not-so-funny comedy) indulge in a fight against infamous characters of Amrish Puri and Ranjeet (the accomplice) with their sidekicks and a damsel caught in the vortex? Koyla is produced.

Does the plot remind you of some other film?

I’ll give you a hint- Two Heroes, two maidens, sidekicks (the same ones) and the lechers (the SAME ONES), vengeance and a Maa full of conviction. Yes! Koyla looks like an abridged version of Karan Arjun sans the Maa and big brother.

Now I will take a moment to commend Amrish Puri. He deploys his lecherous tactics to his full capacity in spite of being hampered by old age. All that testosterone does not seem to wither, really. And of course, his remarkable dialogue ‘Bloody Phool’ is to watch out for!

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Anyway besides the lavish Mahal, the oppressive Raja, the hero and sidekicks; a lot of things are similar.

The songs seem almost corresponding to Karan Arjun and so does the objectification of women. I wonder why no one ever objected to that overtly insensitive way of portraying females, be it focussing on the bosom or possessing the girls. And why in the hell are those unnecessary item numbers there?!

Although Gauri (Madhuri Dixit) falls in love with Shankar by a mere glance at his photograph to the extent of imagining a five-minute song with the dumb guy, she shows a sense of logic in certain instances in the film.

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She clearly opposes the idea of marrying someone without seeing them and also abides by her principles. However, she forgets that a lot is to be considered apart from a prospective groom’s pretty face. Sigh!

Moreover, she proves her badass nature by not uttering a single word of the highly patriarchal prayer that clearly suggests that her life is only worthwhile if her husband is kept at the pinnacle of it, which the Pandit urges her to chant.

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It seems like they did not want the heroine to overpower the hero’s charm so they contained her ability in a bottle and let out only little hints of it throughout the film.

Well, the film is good for a one-time-nonserious-kinda-watch. Even if you doze off midway and wake up towards the end, you’ll miss only unnecessary drama, I assure.

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A Scoopful of Humour-Coated Wisdom

The Viral Fever hardly fails to surprise the audience with its satirical, out right comical and yet sensible work.  Be it Chai Sutta Chronicles, Barely Speaking with Arnab or Pitchers, TVF’s entertainment does not solely give others a laugh but leaves them thinking with its subtleties.

The Permanent Roommates – Season 2. *EPISODE 2 SPOILERS AHEAD*

Mikesh the practical, simple and child-like comical being partnered with the intellectual, complex and foreseer Tanya bring to you the fresh season of Permanent Roommates by TVF with striking and engaging twists. Even with just two episodes released till now, the exorbitant viewership says a lot about the popularity and anticipation of the web series. Watch the show for some progressive factors.

Episode Two: Progressive Factors

Acceptance of Pre-marital Pregnancy

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Although Mikesh and Tanya belong to middle-class Indian families, Tanya’s pregnancy does not become a matter of disdain in the household. Everyone accepts it with brief resistance from Mikesh’s grandfather (Asrani) and a worrisome Mikesh’s mother. No one blames or judges the girl. However, the duos’ parents wanting to get the two married at the earliest gives a hint of societal pressure even if it is not overtly spoken of.

Second Marriage

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Tanya’s father who wishes to marry her aunt expresses his concern over what-the-people-would-say if he marries at a rather old age but soon he overcomes his fears as he recalls how he had forgotten to live for himself while living for his daughter. From playing cricket with neighbourhood kids after his wife’s demise to marrying again, he had supressed his desires until gaining confidence to facing it and getting encouragement from Mikesh and also Tanya as it turns out to be. It tells us that age is just a number indeed.

The Post-Modern man

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A man who cries, cuddles and acts cute, according to Mikesh, is the Post-modern man which he suggests Tanya’s father to become. He shuns the idea of being a macho man and declares that the most powerful weapon for a man is tear(s). His father-in-law accepts the idea and hey! It works well for him. They prove that a man who can freely express his emotions, is a man after all and in no way compromises his ‘mardaangi’. What is mardaangi anyway?!

So now, go and catch up on what you have missed at tvfplay.com or install the TVFPlay app on your android.

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