Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Me DONE for this week

Under normal circumstances, I am not a voracious reader. After office hours, I don’t even care to read the front page of the newspaper (sometimes I even think that the sole purpose of the existence of newspapers is to sell them as raddi at the end of month). However, office hours are a totally different story. When it comes to reading the Leisure section of my company’s Bulletin Board during office hours, none can beat me. I am among those who think that one should spend quality time and effort in reading the BB, and should have 5 minutes of work breaks in between.

Coming back to the point, last week, while going through some of the hot topics on the BB, such as Aamir vs Shahrukh, I saw a post from a colleague of mine. The post was titled DONE or “Do One New Simple Thing Every Week”. The guy had made a high level plan to do something new each week.

Inspiration comes in many ways, and in my case, it was through this post. I thought “Why not me?” I should also try doing something else this weekend. So on Friday evening, I made up my mind and started thinking. Thinking and thinking and thinking. And the first thing this highly uninnovative mind saw after some more thinking (read 2 hours) was a DVD my roomie had purchased the previous day. So I told myself – “In past I have seen atleast 1 movie each week. But this is my golden chance to break all records and put myself through a test. Why not watch the complete DVD in one go. This is that something new for this week.

Now, I have seen lady luck stay away from some people throughout their lives. However, in my case, it was just the opposite. That particular evening, I, Vaibhav Mathur aka the biggest loser of all time (I don’t know whether they have this category in The Guiness Book or not else my name would surely have been there), kicked her with my very own feet adorned in newly bought Lee Cooper shoes (Price Rs 5800 after a discount of 5%).

When I took a closer look at the cover, the movies in the DVD included Dhol, Saawariya, Bhool Bhulaiyya, Dhamaal, No smoking and Johnny Gaddar. And I cursed God for not giving me X-ray vision so that I could have looked straight through the closet which had the DVD containing Dollar trilogy and Once Upon A Time trilogy, rather than the one outside the closet. But a man’s word is a man’s word. I had to go through the torture for next 15-18 hours.

So the long endless journey started at 6:30 am on Saturday morning. The first in queue was Dhol. Goodness me. How can people even give a remote thought to such an idiotic idea of film making? Let alone bringing it into execution.

Next in queue was Saawariya. Well, after watching this movie on big screen and spoiling my Diwali, I had made up my mind never to watch Bollywood cinema ever again in my life. Never had I thought after that day that there can be even a slight possibility of me going through that torture all over again. By the end of this movie, Mr headache started knocking on the doors of my forehead.

Next came Bhool Bhulaiyya. No words are enough to describe the movie. I was completely lost in the bhool bhulaiyya. And even more lost were the characters in it. But the most lost soul on planet earth seemed to be the director of the movie – Mr Priyadarshan, who didn’t have a clue at all what he had made.

Dhamaal – After watching the movie I realized I had seen it earlier as well, perhaps in the year 1988. Some more stress on my brain revealed that it was incidentally on the very same day my dad had brought home the Video cassette of “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”.

No Smoking – I had heard a lot about this movie, how bad it is. And I had expected Mr Headache to start tearing each and every part of my brain during the next couple of hours. But to my surprise, it turned out to be otherwise. What I came to know after watching this movie is that abstract art is not understood by all.

Last but not the least – Johnny Gaddar. It made my day. Well, all is well that ends well.

So it was 9:30 pm. And what bad luck it is that even the pirated DVDs these days have movies in their fullest of lengths unlike those Golden years when 30 to 40 minutes portion from each movie was removed to make it fit into one VCD.


Neeraj said...

Well..Well..Well Congrats to my friend Vaibhav for putting up a nice analysis on the recent movies ...but how come OSO escaped the knife...may be next blog..but i beg to differ on Bhulbhulaiya that it is watchable atleast for one time and songs r gud too ...wht say B***?

A lesser known poet said...

And wht say about the slapstick? It was the first time in my whole life that I saw Mr Headache not only knocking, but banging on my head. He even tried to break the doors open.
The only gud thing about the movie though was the song "Labo ko".

OSO - Well, havent got a chance to see it yet, and don't even bother to after hearing so many expert opinions on it.