There are two parts of any artistic pursuit — one is skill and the other is art. As you might have guessed, art is the soul of the work whereas skill lends an aesthetic appeal to the piece of art. It is just like the body which lends a basis for the human soul to live in — without body the soul cannot stay; yet, without soul, the body has no value. Continue reading
We love suspense. We love mysteries. We love unsolved cases. In my opinion, the best detective stories are those that encourage the reader/audience to participate in the investigation process. That means, all aspects of the case are placed before the reader, and the reader is encouraged to provide solution. I remember one TV series — perhaps titled Apraadhi Kaun?— where every story was presented in two parts. In the first part, all details of the case were investigated and presented. The viewers were then asked who they think had committed the crime. It was an open competition. Viewers would send postcards. In the second part, the winner was announced and also the solution of the case was shown. Continue reading
Top: Kurush Deboo as Dr. Rustom Pavri in Munna Bhai MBBS. Photo source: rediff.com.
Bottom: Akshay Kumar as Commander Rustom Pavri in Rustom. Photo source: The Financial Express.
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Repeatedly portraying a particular type of character in several movies brings a new and complete identity for the actor, who may find it extremely difficult to break the image. One may argue that how could an audience be carried away and not be able to distinguish between real and reel life. Still, we known that it happens, and defies all logic. And it is apparent mainly in the portrayal of the negative character. Continue reading
After handing over the items to me, the shop assistant turned to his colleague and in a low voice said:
— Dangerous Khiladi. That is the title. Watch it.
I was startled, and looking at him, asked –
— Have you seen it? Continue reading