Moonlight: In moonlight black boys look blue

Music Begins.
Violin and the piano start shedding pain over the scene that film has portrayed. After about a minute or two, the film takes you in, that this emotional tendering music cut you through and shattered you into a pieces.
And then, music fades, leaving you speechless, thoughtless, stunned into a melancholy.
MoonLight is a simple story of an introvert, less talking boy, Charon, whom people call by Little. Mahershala Ali’s expressions and acting are just… Oh, I don’t have a proper word for it. (He won Oscar for supporting role)

Charon’s acting is spontaneous. It deeply holds you in the film. Like this scene.

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In one scene, when Little, Juan (Mahershala Ali) and Teresa (Juan’s girlfriend) were sitting on a dining table, taking. Little asks, “Do you sell drugs?”
“Yes,” Juan replies.
“My Mama, she do drugs, right?”
“Yaa,” Juan says.
Little stands-up and leave the room. Juan’s (Mahershala Ali) woe in which he was could be felt from his face. I love his acting.

In another scene, when teenage Charon came back to his home from school, his Mom asks him for money to by drugs. When Charon denied of having money, she started checking his pockets and pants so hurriedly and so aggressively. It shakes you from the roots.

The film shows three stage of protagonist’s life, Young, Teenage, and Adult. All of them were done by the different actors, but you can never feel any different in them.

Drug menace is a serious issue. How much deeply it can drown you is just above any explanation.

The camera work is also amazing. Director Berry Jenkins has turned a simple story into a deeply engaging movie, which leaves it deep impact on my mind.

A tragic end may make story amazing, but stories do not always need to have a tragic end.

P.S.: I am in love with Janelle Monae.

(Picture Source: Google Image)

Everybody Hurts

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field.
I will meet you there.
-Jalaluddin Rumi

રૂમીદાદાએ સાતેક સદી પહેલા લખેલું આ ખુબ જ પ્રખ્યાત ક્વોટ, લગભગ બધાએ વાંચ્યુ જ હશે. વાંચીએ એટલે આનંદ થાય,”વાહ! ક્યા બાત કહી… તાલીયાં…” અને બેશક રુમીદાદાએ દિલચીરીને આ લખેલુ હશે.

પંખીડાઓ(હા ભૈ, પ્રેમી પંખીડાઓ જ!) પ્રેમમાં પડે, હળે-મળે, હરે-ફરે, હસે-હસાવે, કિટ્ટા થાય-બીલા થાય, રડે-રડાવે, ખાય-ખવડાવે, આમ એકબીજા જીવે-જીવાડે-અને જીવતા શીખવાડે… ત્યાં સુધી બધુ ઓકે, પણ જ્યારે એકબીજા માટે અથવા એકબીજાના કારણે કુદકા લગાવે, જીવન ટુંકાવે કે પછી જીવનથી હારી જાય…

ત્યારે સાલ્લુ લાગી આવે.

એક સમય હોય છે કોઇને યાદ કરવાનો, દુ:ખી થવાનો, રડવાનો, કલાકો સુધી બસ એમ જ પથારીમાં પડ્યા પડ્યા, જુના મેસેજ વાંચીને- ફોટોગ્રાફ્સ જોઇને માંડ રુજાવા આવેલા ઘાવ- ભુલાવવા લાગેલી વાતોને ફરી તાજા કરવાનો, અને સાંજ પડ્યે કશું ફ્રૂટફુલ કર્યા વગર સુઇ જવાનો… દુ:ખ તો થવુંં પણ જોઇએ-એ નિશાની છે તમારા એટેચમેન્ટની, દુ:ખી થવામાં કંઇજ ખોટુ નથી, It is totally Okay, પણ સતત દુ:ખી રહેવું, યે બાત કુછ હજમ નહિં હોતી.

અહિં અંત ન હોવો જોઇએ.

અહિંથી આગળ પણ એક મજાની સફર હોય છે, એક તબક્કો હોય છે- ફરી બેઠા થવાનો. ઉભા થવાનો. પોતાની જાતને સંભાળવાનો- સમજાવવાનો. વાસ્તવિકતાને સ્વીકારવાનો. તુટીને વિખેરાઇ ગયેલા સાથે જોયેલા સપનાંઓને એકલા હાથે વીણીને ફરી એક નવી શરુઆત કરવાનો… ક્યારેક ગુલાબ લેવા જતા જો હાથ કાંટામાં ધુસી જાય ત્યારે વધુ અંદર જવાને બદલે ગુલાબની આશા છોડીને હાથ પાછો લઇ લેવામાં ભલાઇ હોય છે. હર વખતે ‘હોલ્ડ ઓન’ ન હોય, ક્યારેક ‘મુવ ઓન’ પણ કરવું પડે.

આ ઇમ્પોર્ટ્ન્ટ છે. વો ભી જરૂરી થા, યે ભી જરૂરી હૈ.

ફરી-ફરીને એ જ વ્યક્તિ કે જેને તમારી સહેજેય પડી નથી એની પાસે જવામાં અને અપેક્ષાઓ રાખવામાં માત્ર મુર્ખાય જ હોય છે, આવા લોકો માટે તમે જ્યારે ‘ઓલવેઝ એવેલેબલ’ થઇ જાવ પછી તમારી એવેલેબિલિટીનું મહત્વ ન રહે.

અત્યારના લેટેસ્ટ સિનારીયોને ધ્યાનમાં લેતા, રુમીદાદાના ઉપરના ક્વોટને ભાંગી તોડીને એક નવું વર્ઝન બનાવ્યું છે,

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field.
you would have met me there.
But, sorry dear, now I don’t live there anymore.

જેમાં કવિ કહેવા માગે છે કે, “સાચા-ખોટાના વિચારોની પેલ્લે પાર એક મેદાન છે, તમે મને ત્યાં મળી શકતા હોત. પણ સોરી દોસ્ત, હવે હું ત્યાં નથી રહેતો.”

Respect yourselves.

It is Okay… Everything is Okay.

“Everybody Hurts

When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone,
When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on
Don’t let yourself go, cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes

Sometimes everything is wrong. Now it’s time to sing along
When your day is night alone, (hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go, (hold on)
When you think you’ve had too much of this life, well hang on

Cause everybody hurts. Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts. Don’t throw your hand. Oh, no. Don’t throw your hand
If you feel like you’re alone, no, no, no, you are not alone

If you’re on your own in this life, the days and nights are long,
When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on

Well, everybody hurts sometimes,
Everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes
And everybody hurts sometimes. So, hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Everybody hurts. You are not alone”

REM (Music Band)

(Picture: Google Photos. Song: Everybody Hurts- GoodReads)

કેરિ ઓન કેસર

Film: Carry on Kesar/કેરિ ઓન કેસર.
Directed by Vipul Mehta
Cast: Supriya Pathak, Darshan Jariwala, Avani Modi, Rittesh Mobh

ફિલમની શરુઆત પ્પ્પ્પ… પેરિસથી થાય છે, ને પછી વાયા અમદાવાદ, ડાયરેક જામખંભાળીયા. એક જવાન NRI છોકરી ડિઝાઇન શીખવાના નામે પટેલ-પટલાણીના ધેર પધારે. શ્યામજી પટેલ આમ મુછાળા મરદ, ઇસ્ત્રી કરેલા જભ્ભા નીચે ધોળું ધોતિયુ પે’રે ને માથે મજાની પાધડી, પણ પટલાણીનો અવાજ હાંભળે એટલે બધુજ પત્યુ! પટલાણી કેસરબેન એક સમયના એક નહી પણ બબ્બે વાર નેશનલ એવોર્ડ જીતેલા ડિઝાઇનર. પેરિસમાં ડિઝાઇનરનું કામ કરતી છોકરીને આ પટલાણીની ડિઝાઇનમાં રસ, અને એથીય વધુ રસ પટલાણીમાં.

આ જવાન છોડી, આવી’તી પટલાણીની પાહેં ડિઝાઇનું શીખવા, પણ પછી પાચ દાયકા જીવી ચુકેલા આ પટેલ જોડાને ટેસ્ટટ્યુબ બેબીના રવાડે ચડાવી દેધા. લંડનમાં આઇ.વી.એફ ભણેલો ગાયનેક ડોક્ટર(ઓલો ઇન્ટેલિજન્ટ ડોબો !) બાપાને હાથપગ જોડી દેશમાં રે’વા-કામ કરવા આવ્યયો હોય, એની પાહેં સારવાર કરાવે. આમ આ બે જવાન જોડકા ને બે એનાથી બે ગણી ઉમરના જોડાની કહાની ચાલુ થાય.

ફિલમ પેટ પકડીને હસાવેય છે, થોડી વારે ઇમોશનલ પણ કરી દે, પણ એ ઇમોશનલ સીન પાછુ થોડી વારમાં રમુજી થઇ જાય. ફિલમમાં બે મજાના રમુજી પાત્રો છે, જેણે ફિલમમાં બગાસા આવવા નથી દિધા. એક જિગલો ને બીજા માવો ચોળતા ઓધાકાકા, આખી ફિલમના દરેક સિનમાં ઓધાકાકાએ માવો ચોળ્યો! અને જિગલાની તો વાત ન થાય.

સચિન-જિગરના સંગીત વિશે કંઇ કે’વાનું જ ન હોય, પણ બેક્ગ્રાઉન્ડમાં અલ્કાબેન ને ઓસમાનભાઇના અવાજ હારે પેલી નાની તનિક્ષાને હાંભળવાની મજા આવી.

પટેલના ડાયલોગ તો બાકી કવિતા હોય જાણે એમ આરપાર વહી જાય. આમ ફિલમ પટેલ-પટલાણીની આઇ.વી.એફ સારવાર આજુબાજુ વિંટળાયેલી છે, એ પણ સે’જેય ગુંચવાયા વગર.

આપણને ફિલમુંમા ઝાઝી હુજ ન પડે, પણ એટલી ખબર પડે કે થિયેટરમાં બેઠેલા હંધાય પેટ પકડીને કારણ વગર ન હસતા હોય. તો ભાયુને બુનું, ક્રિટીક્સ આને ખરાબ રેટીંગ આપેને તોય કુટુબ કબિલા હારે જોવા પોગી જવાય હો…

Through The Dark

Film: Gone Baby Gone (2007)

When I was young, I asked my priest how you could get to heaven and still protect yourself from all the evil in the world. He told me what God said to his children. “You are ship among wolves, be wise as serpents, yet innocent as doves.”

(Dialogue of Detective Patrick Kenzie at the very beginning of movie.)

THE STORY Starts with media surrounded by the mother whose child was abducted. The film probed through the primary investigation of police along with the hired detective team comprises of young couple played by Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan They came to know that the mother of abducted child is drug addict also involved in drug dealings accompanied by her boyfriend.

Story revolve around the couple investigating the case even after that case was get close accepting the girl drowned into a river.

The STORY has many versions changing with person to person. At one point of the film you blame one person for what you think as his wrongdoings, few minutes later another person comes into picture and explains the reason of one’s actions, and you suddenly start to feel sympathy toward first person. After few minutes, the second person clarify why he supported this actions which are illegal as far as the jury and constitution is concerned.

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Senior Officer Jack Doyle: We don’t know why people do what they do. Everybody looks out his own window.

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Detective Patrick Kenzie: And everyone’s got their reasons.

Director Ben Affleck has portraited the grey shades of ethics which deeply moved me. The last scene leaves you completely speechless, and you lost into the labyrinth of what is right and what is wrong. What should be done.

While the song “In the darkness” was playing in background, Tears started flowing through my eyes leaving me dumbstruck.

He Named Me Malala

If you ask some motivation-addict that what is the difference in being average and being extraordinary? They would say-“Just a few steps across comfort zone is what makes you extraordinary.” Wow, That sounds cheerful for a moment. But how would it be if there is a group of terrorists asking for you, and would able to shoot you dead? And in that situation, when that fanatic extremist asks about you, you speak out to save other people, “Yes, I am the one.” This needs enormous courage within. It is not just a few steps ahead of the comfort zone, It very far off the comfort zone. It is not possible just by those lifeless motivations you find on youtube.

One ordinary day, two men stopped the school van of Khushal School, Swat Valley, in which Malala Yousafzai, was travelling back to home, They opened the rear door, their face covered under a handkerchief. One of them asked, “Who is Malala?” Few girls fix their eyes on the only girl with an uncovered face. Few seconds passed in silence. The masked man placed his target with that revolver you would see old Bollywood movies,-Colt 45. Stillness shattered by 3 successive bullets of that gun.

Autobiography of Malala, “I Am Malala.” starts with scene of shooting, following by her birth and tell behind her name.

In the documentary on Malala, “He named me Malala” director Davis Guggenheim has showed that tell very beautifully with animation of Malalai of Maiwand, who encouraged the people of Afghan to fight against British invaders, and turned around losing battle. Afghan won that bettle, but Malalai got shoot, the flag in her hand.

History might have different without that one girl- Malalai of Maiwand.  They won that bettle because of passionate word she had spoken in that lame time. Male may be the maculline gender, but it must be the rich and stronge hearts of feminines gender who helped them to stand up.

The book follows the history of Pastuns and Pakistans. The eras of dicatatorships by Fanatic Army Generals, how polititions turned them down when Taliban took over Swat Velley.

Things started changing after Zia-ul Haq took power after coup at the tail of 1970, but situation worsen with Russia’s invasion on afghan. People of Pakistan sent their sons off the border to fight against invaders on the name of religion. They even bestowed their jewllery and money on the name of Islam, but what did/does the Taliban do with those money is not unveiled now. They first persuaded the poor(Not in materialistic manner) people of villages showing their their aim to protect the religion, and later when they became stronge enough to sustain any counter action, they enforced their non-sence rules on people.

They burned TVs and Cassettes to which they consider as the origin of sin. They banned all kind of entertainment. Instead of that they allowed radio. They basically hate western culture, It is funny that all those Pistols, Kalasnikovs, RPGs, Radios, truck and car were invented by western people. Mikhail Kalashnikov, Nikolaus Otto, Rudolf Diesel, Guglielmo Marconi, not even single person was Pakistani or Afghan. They were all from the western people.

Taliban started blast off school buildings saying that girls need not to learn anything, and boys must join Madrasas. They started flogging people publicly for their sin. They were self-proclaimed protectors of religion. It was dehumanized act, flogging females in public. Religions are for maintaining peace, not to disrupt tranquality. You just take glimpse of all countries facing humanitarian crisis, you will find that females and their children have to bear all this pain, sometimes because their husbund got shoot or killed in some kind suiside bombs.

As Malala mentioned in documentary “Education was a threat to them. Education gives you power to question things. The power to challenge things. To be independent.” Those hypocrate Mullahs knew that if people would get education, they will not remain silent.

Once a reporter asked Malala, “Who would you have been if you were just an ordinary girl from the Swat Valley?”

“If I was an ordinary girl in Swat Valley… I am still an ordinary girl.  But If I had an ordinary father and an ordinary mother and a conservative family… then I would have two children now. So this would have been my future. You would have seen Malala sitting with her two babies.” Malala replied.

Ziauddin Yousafzai, Father of Malala, was among the people who had spoken out against Taliban. Malala followed his footsteps. In documentary, he has said,

“If you keep a silent, then you lose the right to exist.”

Malala initially started writing blog on BBC Urdu with pseudonym Gul Makai, later she started speaking publicly. Everyone believed, including her parents that Taliban would never come for a girl, but they were wrong. Malala has said once, “

“Who was the person who shot Malala?” asked Guggenheim, Director of the documentary to Ziauddin.

“It was not a person. It was an ideology.” said Ziauddin.

Chapter 21 and 22, both are very emotional. Tears popped out in corner of eyes while going through these two chapters. Both the chapter contains event took place after she got shoot.

When she got shoot, the entire would was praying for her. People wishes her for long life and fast recoveries, but there was also a negative impression in some people’s mind. Some said It was publicity stunt, some said it was against of Islam, some accused her for not unveiling her face.

Now, it does not matter what they said, Nobel committee selected her as a winner of Peace Prize along with Kailash Satyarthi in 2014. Now, the light follows her footsteps, unresolved issues are being reviewed.

“It is so hard to get things done in this world. You try, and too often it doesn’t work.  But you have to continue, and you never give up.” she said once.

Book:
Name:  I Am Malala
Writer: Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
Publication: Weidenfelf & Nicolson, London
Pages: 276
Price: ‎₹ 399/-
ISBN: 978-0-2978-7092-0

Documentary:
Name: He Named Me Malala
Director: Davis Guggenheim

Useful Link:
Malala Fund
BBC Urdu Blog


Being action junky, I always asked my self a question, whenever I write about such a situation, “What I have ever done to change the situation?” I completed the book since 15 days. But I was waiting for the answer. I did not find right answer I felt that at least writing on such a issue is also a step ahead, and so I picked up laptop and stared typing…