Book review- Zoravar:Book One in the Bollywood Saga

This is a book written by first time author Maharsh Shah and its based on the life of fictional bollywood hero Zoravar.This is part 1 of the Bollywood Saga. It follows Zoravar’s adventures right from his adolescence to his middle age. His journey from utter poverty to a rich affluent life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, could not keep this book down for a minute after I started reading.The beauty of it is that although its about a fictional character, the timeline and events mentioned in the book are all real events that have taken place right from Partition era to the Indira Gandhi era. Also the fine subtle details and personality traits of all the Hindi film industry stars are so interesting and intriguing. I totally appreciate the effort put in by the author to research on each real artist mentioned in this book, be it directors, producers, writers or actors.

Bombay,the city of dreams, is the heart and soul of this story. The different studios referenced too in this book are such a crucial part of the storyline.

Coming to the writing, its incredibly simple yet keeps you totally engrossed to the storyline. I did find some miniscule editorial mistakes but thats trivial. I especially love some of the references made to objects and events of those years…be it the different cigarette brands or the Osho community reference. I almost believed till the end that this has to be based on a real person’s life as it was that convincing.The story also addresses the ill effects of the ‘Page3’ life of celebrities like alcoholism, drugs, infidelity, casting couch and competitive rivalry.

I am super excited for the second part and cant wait to see what happens next in the story. Maybe this can be a web series, what say Netflix?!

This is a must read especially for those who love the glitz and glamour of the world of cinema.

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A R Rahman- My top 15 gems

You know how difficult it is for me to do this?! To zero down to my favourite 15 among all of ARR music across all languages?! I mean you can’t possibly understand how difficult it is for me…..coz I am an ARR bhakt (across all languages). His songs are like meditation to me,his music has the power to completely uplift my mood no matter what kind of a day I am having. His songs teleport me to various places. His music is magic to me!

But still….I have made that tedious choices and here I present (drumroll………..)

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My top 15 fav ARR songs! (In no specific order) Mind you, there may be some gems in here which you may not even have heard.

1.Hello Mr.Ethirkatchi-
Gosh this one does not age,this song was released 24 years ago,but is still as good as new! Iruvar has to be one of my most favourite tamil movies and it also was Aishwarya Rai’s debut movie.This song is picturized on her and she is so damn flawless in it,I think she was fabulous in the whole movie. This song has a very Jazz feel to it ,something so different to the tamil industry specially in those days.

Here’s the link to this timeless beauty- https://youtu.be/JqgwTxDeOa8

2.Agar Tum Saath Ho-
Aah now who does not love this song?! It is a classic and Alka Yagnik and Arijit do more than justice to it. The beauty of this song is the pain and misery associated to it,its depicted so beautifully, the lyrics by Irshad Kamil just touches your soul deep within.

Pfb link just so that you can revisit this gem- https://youtu.be/xRb8hxwN5zc

3. Aye Mr.Minor-
This one is another beautiful song,with a very Jazz feel to it. The supremely talented Shasha Tirupati takes the song to a different level.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/gUcSm8A-bgE

4.Mannipaaya-
This list would be incomplete without a VTV song.Actually I wish to add all songs of VTV to this list,but then it wouldn’t be fair to the rest. Shreya Ghoshal is amazing, and the choir used in this song is just mind-blowing, I dont know how ARR does it,but its magic. Also Jessie-Karthik chemistry is vere level.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/EjUP08N89mI

5.Maahi Ve-
Aren’t all songs of Highway amazing,i mean how does one choose 😭, but still from among the lot this one is my favourite, it has a very light hilly (pahadi) feel good vibe to it.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/xHLnZMjJ8bY

6.Kalvare-

Another one of my favourite slow numbers, it is so soothing and Aishwarya’s graceful dancing is eye candy (thanks to the legendary Shobhana ma’am who was the choreographer)

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/rpc43hOKy0A

7.Ay Hairathe-
Hariharan and Alka Yagnik duet, the unusual stanza and the familiar chorus of ‘Tere bina’ song in the background just adds to the magic.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/038jmlSH3iM

8.Thalli pogathey-
The catchy beats,stunning visuals and amazing lyrics are the highlights of this song. The wait to reach the chorus is tiresome but so so rewarding.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/PiL5UTTTrxk

9.Malargaley-

This is from a 1996 tamil movie Lovebirds and its a beautiful song.This K S Chithra and Hariharan duet is so romantic ❤️

Pfb link – https://youtu.be/UnccY-qroSk

10.Kannodu kaanbadhellam-
This classical song has been my favourite for dance especially during school and college days. Although classical ,its definitely very catchy and trendy.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/HnW2737FkW8

11.Saathiya-
Extremely popular and a favourite to millions. Whether its Saathiya or Pachai Nirame,this is one song that I love in both Hindi and Tamil. Oh but brownie points go to my forever crush R Madhavan♥️

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https://youtu.be/eMA6GHTQ4WA

12.Kannalane-

Another K S Chithra genius, she owns this song…Also Manisha is so pretty and emotes so well in this song.Almost all other songs from Bombay are also excellent but I will stick to my rule of just 1 from a movie.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/T4i_7_cXj9E

13. New York Nagaram-
One of my all time favourites, its still my ringtone😂 Sung by the Mozart himself!

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/OjU54VhRFbU

14. Ennavale Adi Ennavale-
This is the ultimate romantic song, so melodious! Also this song came out in 1994, let that sink in!

Pfb link-
https://youtu.be/vvfW92cmAbs

15.Naan Yen-
I heard this in the Coke studio and since then it is my favourite.The wordings are actually from a poem by poet Vaali, his words truly come to life in this composition.

Pfb link- https://youtu.be/e2rGhnGuCy0

Honorary mention (this is because I am from Kerala and this is the only malayalam song in this post)

Kunukune from movie Yoddha- https://youtu.be/zc4G93Tmjyc

The list is endless, I realized I havent even touched movies like Roja, Taal, Dil Hi Dil Main, Gentleman, Sapnay, Rang De Basanti, Lagaan, Slumdog Millionaire, Delhi 6,Ok Kanmani, Rockstar,Raanjhanaa etc…which have all brilliant songs in them.

Like I said,it was a close to impossible feat for me, but I am super proud of my above selection ❤️

Go on and post your favourite ARR songs in the comments below!

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Drishyam2! No spoilers!

I admit I was so skeptical to watch this one…like a lot of other people I thought it would just destroy the reputation of the original and I kept telling myself that there is nothing much to actually show in continuity…but alas how wrong I was. Jeethu Joseph is nothing short of a genius!

Infact throughout the movie,you don’t for a second feel like you don’t know Georgekutty’s family and that is proof enough of the authenticity of the characters and set. The sheer painstaking difficulties they may have gone through to make sure nothing- no location,no person,no dialogue looks out of place from where they left in 2015. The surroundings, characters seem to have aged just naturally and gradually.

This movie is a writer’s baby…the story is everything… coupled with some superb experiences with the likes of Murali Gopi, Sai Kumar and Asha Sarath.

And what do we even say about Lalettan?!Unlike the first part, Georgekutty is more subtle and mature in this one…but that could be how he evolved having gone through all the ordeals in the first part. But the conviction with which Lalettan plays his part is a class apart..he is definitely an Institution of excellence.

I will keep it short and simple, this movie is creatively intelligent and so glad that Jeethu Joseph took this risk and showed the entire world of cinema…how a sequel should be made.

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