Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi

 It’s a party… Yes a death party for viewers, party of great actors together in a mourning setting. 
Naseeruddin shah aka Ramprasad passes away on a Piano, and there after the movie begins. 

Pankaj : Mamaji aap aa gaye? 

Mamaji : hum toh sabse pehle aaye the.. 

All this while they await to take the body to crematorium. 

Pankaj : Jijaji aap kab aaye? 

Jijaji : hum toh kabse yaha bethe hai ab aankh padi tumhari.. 

Meanwhile Mamaji : sabse pehle toh hum aaye the.. 😂

From ek dusre ko suna dena, to bahu’s back bitching and silly brother sister banters, this movie has a sarcastic and hilarious take on reality.. The ultimate reality – DEATH. In the time of Covid pandemic Yeh sab toh past life wala scene ho gaya but still many relate to this kind of setting. It has all from young kids to teenagers, to fufajis, taujis, chacha’s, bhabhi’s,nanands, jiji’s and jijajis.
Pankaj aka Ninad says hum toh beech wale bache hai, bado ko responsibility aur choto ko pyaar milta hai.. Hume toh koi puchta tak nai.. Sab Nalle samajhte hai..

Bus phool chada dene se matam khatam ho jata hai kya..

This movie tries to showcase the true nature of our hypocritical society we live filled with insecurities, politics and as Indians the famous crab like bringing each other down at the very first instance. 
The film premiered at MAMI – Mumbai Academy of moving Image, Mumbai Film festival (festival director – Anupama Chopra) in 2019, theatrically on 1st Jan 2021, and many went to watch this in cinema hall, after a long time due to Covid-19. Makers of this movie accuse Pagglait of hell lot similarities, I so wish Pagglait and Ramprasad ki tehrvi could amalgamate themselves and inculcate both the stories naturally. Maza hi aa jaye.. Tab toh Keh sakte hai #tumtohbadeheavydriver nikle. 

The very big ensemble cast feels underutilized, it includes :

+ Naseeruddin Shah is seen as a music teacher again after Bandish Bandits. 
+ Supriya Pathak Kapoor as just Amma is fine and we have seen her before like this.

+ Manoj Pahwa as Gajraj in reel life and as husband of Director in real..
+ Vikrant Massey again portrays a cute boy with bad intentions after Dolly and Kitty and again gets slapped by women. 

+ In the middle of all chaos Konkana Sen Sharma comes as Seema, a breath of fresh air but again the chaos gets multiplied, but it’s common to see Konkana and some illicit stuffs again after Dolly and Kitty, this time with Vikrant Massey rather than Amol Parashar. 

+Vineet Kumar as Mamaji does a interesting take on his role. +Parambrata Chattopadhyay as Neetu originally Nishant does a fantastic and soothing kinda role. 

+Deepika Amin is beautiful with flaws just as required. + Ninad Kamat a voiceover artist and a actor who has even sung for this movie goes decent. +Brijendra Kala as Jijaji is seldomly seen. 

+Alka Kaushal is relatable. +Rajendra Gupta of Chidiya Ghar fame is comically good. 

+Sanah Kapoor as young amma does a good job. +Manukriti Pahwa daughter of Seema and Manoj Pahwa plays Vikrant Massey’s love interest. It’s interesting to see real life brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Naseeruddin Shah and Supriya Pathak playing husband and wife.
This movie definitely touches all Indian households and the family funeral reunion does work as a great story and human exploitation plot. Nostalgia factor for many too. 
This marks the directorial debut of actress Seema Pahwa and she’s loved and appreciated by all but I really wished to see her even in a small role though. Music is really fresh and soothing given by Sagar Desai but songs seem unwarranted for. Cinematography is highly worthy too. The movie is slow and that’s how the director Seema Pahwa wanted it maybe. A lot of the movie is written from experience on a personal level is what’s felt to the viewers. The film feels stretchy like mozzarella, liked by some and not enjoyed by some and clearly editing table could be reworked. Writing too could be collaborated at a writers table like in other country’s to get more out of a creative project. The irony being the tehrvi of character is on 1st Jan and the film released in theatres on 1st Jan is some divine intervention or just a random coincidence is a mystery. Simple characters layered with complexities of joint family and emotions. A definite film to watch over with your “joint” and joint family alike. It’s produced by Jio Studios and Drishyam, so available to watch this Ghar ghar ki kahani on Netflix and Jio Cinemas both.
Kuch bhi kha sakte hai Iss movie ko dekhte dekhte… Yaha par koi rok nahi hai.. For starters start with Chai (adrak, tulsi, kali mirch aur cinnamon wali…sath me tadka bhi Maar sakte ho 😅movie reference hai.. Nahi pata chali toh phir se dekho) and Toast, munch on some roasted or fried peanut, badme sabudana vada aur pav bhaji se finish bhi kar sakte ho..



Saina (2021) – sports biopic review, on Amazon Prime Video.

It’s unbelievable that “Saina” comes from someone who made Taare Zameen Par.

Saina is old hindi bipoicy formulated movie which right intentions but not so tight execution.

Unprofessional, unpromising, unsympathetic, uncharmismatic, unconditionally bad. Filled with non natural performances.

Saina is like that cherry which looks glossy but tastes artificial.

There are two Malik’s in this movie Meghna Malik and Armaan Malik. But Meghna Malik as Usha Rani Nehwal does a wonderful job and has single handedly upped the acting game in the movie.
Armaan Malik’s music is in stark contrast to the other Malik. No feel, no retention. Yet bearable unlike “Tony Kakkad”. 😅
Subhrajyoti Barat who plays Saina’s dad Dr Harvir Singh Nehwal also does a good job. (You might have seen him in Mirzapur on same Amazon Prime platform).
Manav Kaul’s as charming as always he portrays Pullela Gopichand and
Ankur Vikal looks fresh and interesting but again bad writing overpowers good performances.
Eshan Naqvi looks promising and cute but doesn’t get much written for his role.
Manav Kaul’s near perfect hindi with Nakko makes it funny and intentional relevancy lays flat.

Earlier, Shraddha Kapoor was signed to play Nehwal’s role, and she even started filming in September 2018 after training, but later she opted out of the film due to health issues. Even Paresh Rawal was roped in to play Saina’s father.
After seeing the visuals from YT I personally feel Shradha Kapoor looks more like Saina than Parineeti.

Dialoguebaazi itni thi nahi, writing could have been better. Thoda toh MSD se inspired hote.. That was such a delightful movie. Even Saina’s mole changes it’s size after every shot that’s the consistency of this movie.

Disappointed because P.Kashyap has been shown only in hindsight that too just as a chocolaty cherry boy. Felt bad for him. Would have looked as his perspectives also. That’s what a biopic has to do right explore different personalities in different perspectives.

This one is just a plain single tone biopic.

Available on Amazon Prime Video. Don’t watch if you have something better to watch. Even old matches of Saina Nehwal. Carolina Marine, P.V Sindhu can be found on YouTube and enjoyed while having comfort dinner of Dal Rice or Chole Bhature/Puri at dinner time/table.


The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) / Nominated for Oscars – Best Picture.

Writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a powerpacked film. The intensity with which his characters speak and deliver high voltage dialogues give a Bollywoodish feel. And while this might seem unnatural in life, in a courtroom, it makes perfect sense. This is why The Trial of the Chicago 7 is so damn powerful. The film is based on a real-life political drama in the 60s, in which prominent political radicals were accused of conspiring to cause the riots that had broken out at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Sorkin gives us an electrifying dramatization, which speaks directly to the world we live in. The culture wars, polarization, and oppressive establishment are still very much in place. This is thrilling moviemaking. You can see it on Netflix toh Telegram aur Torrents se refrain kare because the movie is idealistic at least let’s start some small revolution to end piracy.

Audio Review!!

The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
It follows the trial of the infamous Chicago Seven, a group of anti-Vietnam War protesters who were charged with the conspiracy to incite riots in Chicago after their peaceful protest turned violent following a clash with the police. The film stars Sacha Baron Cohen and unlike his fictional satirical characters this time he plays one of Chicago’s 7. Sacha is a revolutionary in film and real life too. In June 2020, Baron Cohen crashed the right-wing “March for Our Rights 3” protest in Olympia, Washington, a counter-protest to the March for Our Lives demonstration as a result of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Baron Cohen sang a song telling listeners to attack liberals, CNN, the World Health Organization, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates and “mask-wearers”. The crowd, which initially sang along, realized they were being pranked when counter-protestors recognized Baron Cohen and began laughing. Baron Cohen’s security stopped the organizers from taking him off stage and turning off the power, and Baron Cohen was forced to flee in a private ambulance from the now-violent crowd. In 2020 his Borat Subsequent Movie film was also a great watch. The film also stars Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Daniel Flaherty, Noah Robbins, Carrol Lynch, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, and Alex Sharp.

At one point in the movie, Abbie says “It’s revolution time, we may have to hurt somebody’s feelings”

” I have never been on trial for my thoughts”

It shows parts of Left Wing,Radicals, Revolutionaries,Early Political Parties, and harrasment by the courts and negligence of police.

This moie is relevant because it emphasizes on the right to protest, questions the establishment and this is happening even today.

Director Aaron Sorkin’s historic legal drama has earned itself six nominations at the Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Sacha Baron Cohen, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Song, and Best Film Editing.

This year in Oscar’s best picture category out of 8 movies we have 2 movies based in Chicago, 2 based on Musicians, and 2 having Vietnam war references.
Best sound mixing and best sound editing category has been merged in Oscars 2021.

Ramsey Clark lived in Greenwich Village in New York City, where he died recently on April 9, 2021, at age 93. Huge Respects!

Most magical moment was when at the end of the trial, despite Judge Hoffman’s instructions and objections, Hayden uses his closing remarks to name the 4,752 soldiers who were killed in the Vietnam War since the trial began. This act prompts many in the court to stand and cheer. It will certainly make you cry.

Oscars 2021 ka toh pata nahi but this one really wins hearts and minds while making a great attempt at what to respect.

For more such reviews and trivia do find me as Mayur Panchamia. Let me know your thoughts and views.




Njan Prakashan

‘ഞാൻ പ്രകാശൻ’

The story of a man named Prakashan who yearns to go to foreign countries, particularly Germany. He finds that his name is a bit old-fashioned so changes his name to P. R. Akash just to sound more modern. Prakashan aka PR Akash is a typical Malayali man, a nurse as he says he’s done B.sc Nursing is looking forward to leading a luxurious life without too much effort. He vehemently opposes the idea of entering the nursing profession because of its lower pay and thankless nature. He shows a sexist view toward this career, believing that it is suited to women rather than men. He actively tries to go abroad by marrying a foreign citizen and thus acquiring a family visa, followed by dumping her and living his life. All this changes in the end with stereotypical lines like Kerala is God’s own country and all.

The satirical comedy does the work throughout the movie. The film does give a feel of The Fault in Our Stars towards the end.

Njan Prakashan has a shaky first half, and a relatively more convincing second half. I went surfing something else on Netflix after few minutes but when I came back the movies takes a deeper and narrower turn just like Kerala’s roads.

Tina unexpectedly dies during one of Prakashan’s stories despite his efforts to revive her. This has a profound impact on him, with Prakashan transforming himself into a realistic and grounded human being, a sensitive nursing professional where he realizes that nursing is more than just a way of income, but rather, a way to help people in need. Does play a message to nurses and other Mallus who madly want to migrate to Gulf or any other place leaving thier own lands.

Directed by Sathyan Anthikad in 2018. Devika Sanjay does a decent job and Fahadh Faasil does create real magic with subtlety.

Malyalam Cinema has relevance, is charismatic, and does touch the right chords unlike its south Indian counterparts.

At the box office, it grossed ₹52 crore worldwide in 40 days into release, becoming one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time.
Available on Netflix watch with Banana chips and other Kerala snacks. (Just randomly :P)

The movie ends with a Malayalam song translating “Someone Sprinkled colours on soul today..”



Ajeeb Daastaans!!!!

Ajeeb Daastaans (Hindi Anthology, 2021).

Meaty and Neatly done.
From Lust to Ghost Stories, Unpaused to Ludo. And now the Ajeeb Dastans..
Anthologies are back in trends just like the Don’t Rush, Instagram Reels but unlike reels Anthologies aren’t cringe infact loaded with taste which fills up your story/content appetite rather than gas filling.
Dastans has a bit of Abbas Mastans… Haha.. No really it does have amusing ends watch out.

The first two stories are twisty like every anthology, with our own wild tales or wild women tales. The following two stories give the anthology a golden glow obviously by the facials from writers and directors.

Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan and Kayoze Irani direct these potent stories of love, lust, thrill and shock flavoured with casteism, poverty, greed and monotony.

The Thumbs Up steal the thunder wali anthology is Neeraj Ghaywan’s Geeli Pucchi all others were absolutely brilliant too but Geeli Pucchi or the Sloppy Kiss as they call it is a absolute kiss on the forehead of viewers. And you that a forehead kiss is a way way special than other places.
Bharti Mandal played by Konkona Sen Sharma is till dates amusing performance and unlike last seen her on Netflix as a simple, sushil and lustful bahu here she’s a tough, machine operator with a B.Com and the only thing continuing from previous characters is the lustful role. Aditi Rao Hydri is also a soft and confused women but makes a story interesting.
This anthology is like a perfect pastry puff right out from the oven with layers and layers of fat and filling. Some layers and flavours unfold, some don’t. Some might like a spicy puff or a Patty as they call it in North India, some might like a mayo puff, some jeera then some just plain puff.
All these 4 anthologies are puffs only. Just different ones.

To mention the little girl with Nusrat Bharucha is a absolute stunner with her acting skills and cuteness.

Starring :
Fatima Sana Shaikh – beautiful.
Jaideep Ahlawat – usual.
Armaan Ralhan – nice.
Nushrat Bharucha – totally breaking some ceilings.
Abhishek Banerjee – Usual.
Konkona Sen Sharma – Masterclass performance and looks.
Aditi Rao Hydari – Usual but beautiful and chulbuli.
Shefali Shah – Awesome as always.
Manav Kaul – Mindblown.. Soothing.
Tota Roy Chowdhury – Really good.

Dharmatic Entertainment by Karan Johar is the producer.
Huge shout-out to casting and costume department too.

Unlike the privileged ones or Bollywood circuits we had to watch this Anthology on our personal screens rather than a special premiere before the release amidst the pandemic. Quite cool no. 😉

This is the type of content many on OTT want to see and such Anthologies give freedom to writers and directors to be free and not drag Saas Bahu soaps also keep the length and budget short. Making it a win win situation for all. In the age of attention deficiency who has time for a nonsensical sequence may be love or fight. Oh wait may be both are same.

It has a run time of 2.22 considering that it should be released in 2022…nevertheless it’s a great and compelling watch.
Available on Netflix. Jo Youtube ke sare content creators ko khareed ke unke sath unnatural collabs karta hai aur views Kamata hai.. 😜

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The Swashank Redemption -G.O.A.T – The greatest movie of all times…Best! Best!

This review may contain spoilers.

Best Movie ever ever ever!!!!!!! Period. 

The Shawshank Redemption is a roaring artistic success on every level. Not only do the performance of Freeman and Robbins rank among the best of all time, but Shawshank is filled with brilliantly realized supporting characters who surprise and enthrall in equal measure.

My most favorite movie of all time, and yet I have no words, also me writing the longest review of mine ever.

ANDY: I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

RED: Same old sh*t, different day.

BROOKS: Easy peasy japanesey.

CAPTAIN HADLEY: What is your malfunction, you fat barrel of monkey spunk?

RED: I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

RED: I find I’m so excited that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at a start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.

ANDY: Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

Directed by Frank Darabont. This gem is a must-watch, and certainly the most-watched.
The word of caution would be to watch this movie with significant time left, it’s a slow burn and definitely needs a lot of time later to comprehend and to sink it in, it might not happen in one but once it does it will hit you anything.

The film has the best because it talks about Music, Books, Salvation within and ofcourse the most beautiful and important aspect H O P E. 

The Shawshank Redemption is an allegory for maintaining one’s feeling of self-worth when placed in a hopeless position. Andy’s integrity is an important theme in the storyline, especially in prison, where integrity is lacking.

The film provides a great illustration of how characters can be free, even in prison, or imprisoned, even in freedom, based on their outlooks on life.

Kevin Costner was offered the part of the main character Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption. Tom Hanks turned down the role of Andy Dufresne due to scheduling conflicts with “Forrest Gump.” The same stuff happens everywhere from Shahrukh Khan to Aamir, someone refuses an offer and turns out a significant masterpiece to another.

Frank Darabont’s take on the story was an inspirational tale of hope and perseverance.

The scene most meaningful to me in “The Shawshank Redemption” was the scene where Red is finally approved to be released from Shawshank Prison. In this scene we know that Red is rejected every time to be released, he has been in prison for 40 years and he finally gets released by changing his statement to the board. Instead of saying he feels he has been rehabilitated and being rejected every time he is honest and says he believes rehabilitation is an illusion and no matter how sorry he is he will never be rehabilitated, therefore he doesn’t care about freedom anymore. This scene is meaningful to me because Red is rejected from being released so many times, and when he is finally honest about how he feels he is released. Red changed his speech to the parole committee the last time because he was done being rejected after saying a speech he didn’t believe in just felt he had to say it. Instead of saying he felt he had truly been rehabilitated, he said how he really felt because he figured either way he was going to be rejected.

The significance of the title “The Shawshank Redemption” is finding redemption in Shawshank prison, not only for the characters but also for the prison itself. Redemption is the act of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil (according to the oxford dictionary). The title is intended for the characters Red and Andy. Red has been in prison for 40 years for a murder he committed when he was a teenager, he is asked if he thinks he has been rehabilitated and he gives a speech each time but is never released. Andy is looking for redemption because he in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Andy gets Redemption when he brings down the corrupt prison when he escapes and Red gains redemption when he is finally released. Andy and Red are both seeking redemption from Shawshank Prison.
The concept of Brooks being an “institutional man” can be applied to high school and students entering “the real world” because students in high school usually have someone to keep them on track, due dates are flexible. 

Andy calls Nortan “Obtuse”.
When applied to a person, obtuse means stupid, lacking in perception or understanding. In the movie The Shawshank Redemption, Andy uses the word in reference to the prison warden: Andy: How can you be so obtuse? Warden Norton: What? What did you call me?

The Marriage of Figaro composed by Mozart is also heart beautifully in this film.

The crane shot when Andy escapes from Shawshank helps signify to the audience that Andy is finally free. The crane shot shows Andy finally on the other side of the prison fence he takes his prison clothes off, stretches his arms out, and lets the rain fall down. By using a crane shot the audience is able to see Andy on the other side of the prison fence, and as the camera goes up as the rain is falling down we are able to see the freedom that Andy feels.
Three examples of mise-en-scene are clothing, setting, and lighting. Clothing helps contribute to the authenticity of the film because the clothing tells us who the characters are. The clothing indicates the position of the character, the prisoners have specific clothing that is easy to identify and the jail guards also have easy to identify uniforms. The setting contributes to the authenticity of the film because without the setting we wouldn’t know where the characters were. The setting of the prison is very distinct and if the film wasn’t set in a place that looked like a prison the film would be lacking.

Music in the film is used to convey different emotions because the music sets the mood. When Brooks leaves the prison, and it shows his life out of the prison up until when he hangs himself the music is very sad and slow. When Andy escapes from the prison the music is loud and happy. Without the music, the mood of the scene would not be conveyed as easily to the audience.
The friends drinking beer on a rooftop at 10 in the morning was a scene that also soothes out and gives a smile on my face every time.

Reds voice throughout the film is a voiceover, and is very calming and serene. The effect this has on the audience is that we get an inside voice on what is happening in the film. Reds voice gives us not only background information but also emotions and flashbacks.
An example of non-continuity editing in the film is the flashback where Tommy is telling Andy about his cellmate confessing to killing Andy’s wife and lover. This was used to show the man that actually did commit the crime, the way he confessed to it, and to show the audience that Tommy was telling the truth and Andy really is innocent.

Other situations of the new fish are similar to when Andy first arrives at the prison is the prisoners lined up at the fence shouting at the “new fish”. Another situation is the prisoners making predictions about the new prisoners coming in just as they did to Andy.

The $370,000 that Andy Dufresne steals from the Warden in 1966 may not seem like a huge amount for 20 years in prison, but adjusted for inflation to 2014, Andy stole about $2.75 million.

One more perspective : The movie was about Andy Dufresne, narrated in third person by Red. Andy doesn’t narrate the movie because he is dead. This is Red’s story about his fear of death and his final acceptance of it, much in the same way that Brooks’ final letter is. The entire prison escape sequence is a fantasy concocted by Red to ease his distress over the suicide of his friend.

The major piece of evidence is when Red talks about Andy while he’s in the prison graveyard. Everything he says is indicative of someone who’s dead, not just escaped:

“Sometimes it makes me sad, though, Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place that you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend”.

The gravestones in this scene drive home the true meaning of this speech.

Other clues:

The Pacific Ocean is a euphemism for death. Andy, on his last day when he is despondent, says he wants to go to the Pacific. Pacific literally translates to “peaceful”. Andy also says that Mexicans say “it has no memory”. In Greek legend, the River Styx in the afterlife of Hades removes memories of the living. Andy wants to go to a peaceful place with no memory, i.e. death. Red says that “something that big would scare the shit out of me”. He is terrified about the idea of death, until the end when he finally accepts it as the better alternative to living in fear.

The last thing Andy says is “Get busy living or get busy dying”. He chose the latter.

Red says that for the second time in his life he’s guilty of committing a crime. In his role as a prison contraband supplier, it is patently not true that he has only committed one crime. This is the euphemistic way they speak of death the entire movie. He calls it a “parole violation”. His first crime was murder. This is not his second crime, but the second life he’s taken — his own.

Brooks’s last words, “I doubt they’ll kick up any fuss, not for an old crook like me”, were very similar to Red’s “I doubt they’ll toss up any roadblocks for that, not for an old crook like me”.

Andy buys a 6′ length of rope and then doesn’t come out of his cell the next morning.

The place to “cross the border” is Fort Hancock – “Hancock” as in “hand cock” the pistol. Red was looking at the pistols in the store window.

Red puts a suit on the same way Brooks did right before he killed himself. In the flashback sequence of Andy’s escape we also see him in a suit. Putting on a suit is preparing yourself for death.

In the end sequence on the beach, Red is joining Andy in death. They are both finally “at peace”.

In an interview, Freeman said, “About everywhere you go, people say, ‘The Shawshank Redemption—greatest movie I ever saw'” and that such praise “Just comes out of them”. Robbins said, “I swear to God, all over the world—all over the world—wherever I go, there are people who say, ‘That movie changed my life’ “

Some trivia from Wikipedia :
The oak tree, under which Andy leaves a note for Red directing him to Zihuatanejo, became a symbol of hope for its role in the film, and is considered iconic.In 2016, The New York Times reported that the tree attracted thousands of visitors annually.The tree was partially destroyed on July 29, 2011, when it was split by lightning; news of the damage was reported across the United States on newscasts, in newspapers, and on websites as far away as India. The tree was completely felled by strong winds on or around July 22, 2016, and its vestiges were cut down in April 2017. The remains were turned into The Shawshank Redemption memorabilia including rock hammers and magnets.

The prison site, which was planned to be fully torn down after filming, became a tourist attraction. The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, a group of enthusiasts of the film, purchased the building and site from Ohio for one dollar in 2000 and took up maintaining it as a historical landmark, both as to its purpose as a prison and as the filming site. A 2019 report estimated the attraction to be earning $16 million in annual revenue.[41] Many of the rooms and props remain there, including the false pipe through which Andy escapes, and a portion of the oak tree from the finale, after it was damaged in 2011. The surrounding area is also visited by fans, while local businesses market “Shawshanwiches” and Bundt cakes in the shape of the prison. According to the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau (later renamed Destination Mansfield), tourism in the area had increased every year since The Shawshank Redemption premiered, and in 2013 drew in 18,000 visitors and over $3 million to the local economy. As of 2019, Destination Mansfield operates the Shawshank Trail, a series of 15 marked stops around locations related to the film across Mansfield, Ashland, Upper Sandusky, and St Croix. The trail earned $16.9 million in revenue in 2018.

In late August 2014, a series of events was held in Mansfield to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary including a screening of the film at the Renaissance Theatre, a bus tour of certain filming locations, and a cocktail party at the reformatory. Cast from the film attended some of the events, including Gunton, Scott Mann, Renee Blaine, and James Kisicki The 25th anniversary was similarly celebrated in August 2019. Guests included Darabont, Blaine, Mann, Gunton, Alfonso Freeman, Bellows, Rolston, Claire Slemmer, and Frank Medrano. Darabont stated that only at this event, the first time he had returned to Mansfield, was he able to realize the lasting impact of the film, stating, “It is a very surreal feeling to be back all these years later and people are still talking about it.”

The film was also competing with Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump ah 1994 was a great year 😛 FYI, Jurassic Park was just released in 1993.

Robbins claimed that South African politician Nelson Mandela told him about his love for the film.

Director Steven Spielberg said that the film was “a chewing-gum movie—if you step on it, it sticks to your shoe”.
Speaking on the film’s 25th anniversary, Darabont said that older generations were sharing it with younger generations, contributing to its longevity.
The film was dedicated to Allen Greene, Darabont’s former agent, who died during filming from AIDS.
Experienced cinematographer Roger Deakins was roped in, he has taken some brilliant and heart-filling shots.
Freeman was cast at the suggestion of producer Liz Glotzer, who ignored the novella’s character description of a white Irishman, nicknamed “Red”. Freeman’s character alludes to the choice when queried by Andy on why he is called Red, replying “Maybe it’s because I’m Irish.

At the time, prison-based films were not considered likely box-office successes, but Darabont’s script was read by then-Castle Rock Entertainment producer Liz Glotzer, whose interest in prison stories, and reaction to the script led her to threaten to quit if Castle Rock did not produce The Shawshank Redemption. Director and Castle Rock co-founder Rob Reiner also liked the script. He offered Darabont between $2.4 million and $3 million to allow him to direct it himself. Reiner, who had previously adapted King’s 1982 novella The Body into the 1986 film Stand by Me, planned to cast Tom Cruise as Andy and Harrison Ford as Red.

Castle Rock offered to finance any other film Darabont wanted to develop. Darabont seriously considered the offer, citing growing up poor in Los Angeles, believing it would elevate his standing in the industry, and that Castle Rock could have contractually fired him and given the film to Reiner, anyway, but he chose to remain the director, saying in a 2014 Variety interview, “you can continue to defer your dreams in exchange for money and, you know, die without ever having done the thing you set out to do”. Reiner served as Darabont’s mentor on the project, instead. Within two weeks of showing the script to Castle Rock, Darabont had a $25 million budget to make his film (taking a $750,000 screenwriting and directing salary plus a percentage of the net profits),and pre-production began in January 1993.

In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

It has been the number-one film on IMDb’s user-generated Top 250 since 2008, when it surpassed The Godfather, having remained at or near the top since the late 1990s.
Available on Amazon Prime Video in India and on Netflix in some countries, don’t fret much it is the most easiest movie to be found. All thanks to it’s popularity.
Lasting fan appreciation has led to it being considered one of the most beloved films of all time.



Well, in a single line to put, it’s a great and enjoyable film but not as intense and deep as Nolan’s other work.

Even though I am a adherent fan of Christopher Nolan and his work but this one seems haphazardly made and also with lot of screenplay issues. 
There are very few movies where if it’s plot is complex, difficult to follow and understand because of it’s too fast storytelling style but still we get glued in with a genuine interest and excitement without even bothering to look at if any flaws are there or not.

The film’s plot revolves around reversing the entropy of things and people, resulting in time reversibility. Tenet makes reference to physics concepts including the second law of thermodynamics, Maxwell’s demon, and Feynman and Wheeler’s notion of a one-electron universe, but Christopher Nolan stated in the film’s press notes: “we’re not going to make any case for this being scientifically accurate”.

Few scientific concepts which has a base of inspiration in T E N E T are :

Epistemology the branch of philosophy concerned with knowledge. 

Entropy is a scientific concept, as well as a measurable physical property that is most commonly associated with a state of disorder, randomness, or uncertainty. The term and the concept are used in diverse fields, from classical thermodynamics, where it was first recognized, to the microscopic description of nature in statistical physics, and to the principles of information theory. It has found far-ranging applications in chemistry and physics, in biological systems and their relation to life, in cosmology, economics, sociology, weather science, climate change, and information systems including the transmission of information in telecommunication.

Objectivity in science is an attempt to uncover truths about the natural world by eliminating personal biases, emotions, and false beliefs. It is often linked to observation as part of the scientific method. It is thus intimately related to the aim of testability and reproducibility. To be considered objective, the results of measurement must be communicated from person to person, and then demonstrated for third parties, as an advance in a collective understanding of the world. Such demonstrable knowledge has ordinarily conferred demonstrable powers of prediction or technology.

T-symmetry or time reversal symmetry is the theoretical symmetry of physical laws under the transformation of time reversal. Since the second law of thermodynamics states that entropy increases as time flows toward the future, in general, the macroscopic universe does not show symmetry under time reversal. In other words, time is said to be non-symmetric, or asymmetric, except for special equilibrium states when the second law of thermodynamics predicts the time symmetry to hold. However, quantum noninvasive measurements are predicted to violate time symmetry even in equilibrium, contrary to their classical counterparts, although this has not yet been experimentally confirmed. 
Metaphysics the branch of philosophy that examines the fundamental nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, between substance and attribute, and between potentiality and actuality. Metaphysics studies questions related to what it is for something to exist and what types of existence there are. Metaphysics seeks to answer, in an abstract and fully general manner, the questions:

1.What is there?2.What is it like?
Entropy predicts that certain processes are irreversible or impossible, aside from the requirement of not violating the conservation of energy, the latter being expressed in the first law of thermodynamics. Entropy is central to the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the entropy of isolated systems left to spontaneous evolution cannot decrease with time, as they always arrive at a state of thermodynamic equilibrium, where the entropy is highest.

The arrow of time, also called time’s arrow, is the concept positing the “one-way direction” or “asymmetry” of time. It was developed in 1927 by the British astrophysicist Arthur Eddington, and is an unsolved general physics question. 

CIA agent, the “Protagonist” as they call is played by John David Washington S/O Denzel Washington is impressive and the former footballer does great and riveting action sequences.

Robert Pattinson does a real nice job along with Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine. Dimple Kapadia seems unnatural to me but again Himesh Patel seemed graced. 
Hamilton watches are advertised much and same feels for the BMW.

The protagonist finally does achieve his mission how and why of the questions has just one answer – Tenent.

Don’t forget to r e a d the trivia as much truth uncover there. 
Nolan’s films are typically rooted in epistemological and metaphysical themes, exploring human morality, the construction of time, and the malleable nature of memory and personal identity. His work is permeated by mathematically inspired images and concepts, unconventional narrative structures, practical special effects, experimental soundscapes, large-format film photography, and materialistic perspectives. He has co-written several of his films with his brother Jonathan, and runs the production company Syncopy Inc. with his wife Emma Thomas.

[The] difference between shooting Following with a group of friends wearing our own clothes and my mum making sandwiches to spending $4 million of somebody else’s money on Memento and having a crew of a hundred people is, to this day, by far the biggest leap I’ve ever made.

—Nolan (in 2012) on the jump from his first film to his second.

If Nolan taught physics none would hate it. 
Someone rightly pointed out that Nolan’s resume is so strong that he need not find the need to mention Interstellar on posters. 😅

Spielberg, who later said in an interview with Variety, “knowing and respecting that Chris [Nolan] is one of the world’s most imaginative filmmakers, my advice to him was to leave his imagination, as I did on Ryan, in second position to the research he was doing to authentically acquit this historical drama.”

Nolan uses less of CGI and green screens infact next to none. That also adds value to the movie as most of high budget movies are just computer generated graphics.

There’s a possibility of sequel too. But no one knows apart from Nolan himself, maybe he should use his time inversal theory and find out.. Haha..

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Pleasant warning : Don’t watch it with popcorn as you will be struck to the movie and popcorn will be left alone.

My ★★★½ review of Tenet on Letterboxd https://boxd.it/1Ltvtd

Great Indian!!


In less than 24 hours I had the privilege to watch Jeo Baby’s last two movies. One being a less than average film with a title of ‘Kilometers and Kilometers’ and another a gem called ‘The great Indian Kitchen’. The sarcasm in this blog and movie title is upfront yet many don’t get it.

The second one is a gem not because of it’s dialogues, cinematography, music or sceneic representation but rather despite of it, just because of it’s story and subject. 

At least 5 people I personally know had recommended me to watch this movie, from a Bengali to Malayalis. Finally got to watch it with a friend’s subscription on Neestream. Totally worth the hype and it’s high time we change the Patriarchal norms acoustamisd in our society to Equality in the real sense. 

As a male and that too a newly married one, this movie was totally relatable not the torture parts but rather, I did feel guilty that women had/has to go such ordeals of hardships and exploitation. From childhood I have been told to pick my own things and get my own water but how many families do they teach such discipline? 

Jeo Baby says Amazon and Netflix rejected his movie, Netflix should have choosen this over Kilometers and Kilometers.

Like Government exempts few movies from entertainment tax, such movies on OTT platform should also be made free or subsidized. As the Union budget today focused on PPP we should also have PPP model for brilliant and movies that are pivotal to the society. As someone said that “Rang de Basanti” was a Superhit but same applied in real life is not much appreciated for instance Farmer’s Protest. Why so Hypocritical Society?? Why…

The saying goes discrimination begins from home, I would say discrimination starts from Kitchen. Domestic violence is a serious issue in India and also the world but it’s seldomly spoken about forget about addressing the issue, kuch states me toh bolte hai “Haa apni biwi ko toh Maar rahe hai tumhari thodi na Maar rahe hai” it’s funny and satirical at the same time. Like in the movie Thappad, Tapsee says “Haa it’s a slap lekin nahi Maar sakta”.

Atleast Kerala had the guts to make and release this movie, in the Northern,Eastern and Western even few Southern belts of India I doubt that it would be released so easily, some or the other “Sena” would have objected, called out, and threatened to boycott or even chop off heads. Even if the problem is persisted in all parts but atleast few states have the courage to show up. The first step towards solving any problem is identification and acceptance of the problem. This isn’t a gutsy or great cinema rather it’s just reality portrayal in the simplistic way possible. 

No music and no nonsense. Just the female protagonist Nimisha Sajayan her husband played by Suraj Venjaramood and her choppping, mopping, cleaning.
Not all abuses are direct and evident like verbal or sexual, some are intrusion of private space and freedom, causing immense internal violence. 
This film touches the chords of many people because it’s so realistic and relatable. Everyone has experienced some kind of such tragic moments. 

The film also talks about the most important topic Oops sorry the taboo we Indians have. The obsession we have with Periods. Period.
It’s a natural biological thing why create so much fuss about it. I hope someday everything changes for good. What women does is her calling no man or even other women can have a say in it. It’s like a foreigner telling us how to make Panipunri. If you haven’t experienced having any Panipunri how can you dictate. The same logic would have applied to men also if they got periods. No women or any other men would have a say in it. 

Submission is not the solution.

I love the way in the end, she drives her car but what I really really love is the subtle presence of Chekutty dolls, if you don’t know what they are kindly Google it. Also as a Gujrati I feel proud that a Gujrati samaj school is shown in the end. Also a beautiful and brilliant dance performance in the end far better than Dance India Dance type’s. 

This movie should be shown to newly weds, college students and even school children. 

A movie not just to be watched, but to be thought, discussed, debated, and evoluted and finally implemented.

Link – https://letterboxd.com/mayurpanchamia/film/the-great-indian-kitchen/

My reviews of movies in 2020.

2020 was the year when Amazon Prime said – ”Yeh bhi theek hai” , from Netflix to SonyLiv all OTT platforms and content providers made a significant jump.

With enough of time during lockdown and quarantine, I saw more than 200 movies / shows.

Top 3 Jewels

No 1 – Breaking Bad – Took a long time to finish all the seasons but it was totally worth it)

No 2 – Money Heist was good to watch.

No 3 – Scam 1992 -I was the first one in my circle to see lala.

Many more but that you can find here –https://letterboxd.com/mayurpanchamia/films/reviews/ worst movies of 2020 were

there is no numbering here because all were infinitely terrible.

Coolie No1, Sadak 2, Laxmii.

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My thoughts on the new oxygen amidst the pandemic. Oxygen which we might not need but we certainly consume.

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