City Diary Reviews: Phillauri


I caught this movie a little too late, but eventually I did. And what a disappointment it tuned out to be.

The plot of the movie seemed quite an interesting one, a Manglik having to get married to a tree according to custom, and instead marrying the ghost residing on it; that really seemed pretty hilarious. But what I was quite disheartened to see was that the only good parts in the movie were the ones they had already shown in the trailers.

Diljit who is quite an actor, manages to impress in this one too with both, his acting as well as singing. Anushka, I never feel can act. On the screen, she appears just as she would off screen. The new comers seem to have done a better job here.

The end was downright indigestible. It felt as if they somehow wanted to end the film, and so they did with whatever their minds fancied. I mean, what was that big bang like thing with fireworks shooting out when the ghosts hugged? Which world does that ever happen in?

And the film makers also cut out the wedding which the complete film was centered around. Why do you do this to us folks, why?

On the plus, the music of the movie is pretty great, and may I say the only saving grace of the movie. Can be a one time watch for viewers who don’t care too much about logic.

City Diary Reviews: The Boss Baby

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After a series of serious Bollywood dramas, The Boss Baby was a refreshing change for me. Not only are the characters downright adorable, the plot of the movie is quite an imaginative one. The story is about Tim who gets a new baby brother only to find out he is one of the high officials at a baby manufacturing company (cute, right?), who is on an important mission.

The 3D effects don’t feel forceful, like other movies I have watched in the past; but enhance the aesthetics of the movie. Although the jokes were aimed more at the adults than the kids, the overall fun on the screen managed to tickle the kids too. All in all, everyone had something to enjoy, so that’s a win-win I say.

Definitely worth a watch!

What a Treat!

Those who know me, know I love books, I live for books, and I would kill for books. So imagine my happiness, when I got the chance to experience absolute heaven on my recent visit to Ranchi, Jharkhand. Yes, it was a book fair of course.
And imagine my happiness when I got to see stalls that were selling some of the best selling novels for not more than a fifty bucks, and some of them were generous enough to give another book for free. Unfortunately, we had arrived on the very last day of the fair, and at the time when they were packing up stuff.

So, off we scurried like rats in a cheese factory, and above is an image of what all I managed to pick up in merely 20 minutes. Quite an adventure, phew!

When we were packing our bags, me and husband got into quite an ugly fight for he wasn’t too keen on carrying all those books (logical), but I wasn’t going anywhere without my books (not too illogical either). And by the time we got home (36-hr train ride), I had already finished Roald Dahl’s Fantastic MrFox and Esio Trot, and Jaspar Utley’s Tales from the Puffugees.

I absolutely enjoyed Esio Trot. It took me back in time, I almost felt like I was a fifth grader again, sitting in the classroom with my friends on a hot summer day, and our English teacher, Mrs. Iyer, was giving us all the cool we needed by reading out this hilariously simple story. Roald, you charmer you!

And Tales from the Puffugees is not only gripping, it’s just as witty too. You know how there are some people who no matter what you say is going on in your life, WILL have a story for it. Same is the case with this General guy (narrator of this book). No matter what is happening at the club, be it Mrs. Chatterjee (wife of the Club’s President) banning smoking in the club, or be it about a fellow club member’s life problem, he somehow managed to enthrall his audience with a beautifully narrated story. Such a miracle worker this one.
Currently I am reading Andersens Fairy Tales (yes, all over again). But I know that this one is not a book you finish in one go, you save it, for when you want to feel like a child again, and get lost into the enchanting world of fantasies. And so, I have picked up Thomas Hardy’s A Pair of Blue Eyes to go with it.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted how I like it.