Friday, July 31, 2009

Film and Art

I am watching this film Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. All about young adult romance, friendship, misunderstanding. The same love triangle, age old Hindi Film formula. But the director has tried to use a different style, narration. Old content, new style. The dialogue is simple, some effort has been made to bring in modern music.

Lot of interspersing threads, which draw in the details. Friends retell a story of their two college friends who were best friends, but did not know that they were in love too. A bit like Kuch Kuch Hota Hain. Kajol and Shah Rukh, and then, Rani Mukherjee.

The effort is to bring in elements of the fantastic, like Arbaaz Khan and his brother, coming on horses, wearing felt hats. Then the director also touches upon issues like violence, police atrocity. Upper class Indian homes, partying, drinking wine, dating and numerous affairs.

The pace is slower than masala films, and difficult shots have not been used for super special effects. Realistic portrayal of modern urban life and people in Mumbai.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer Art Lessons

It's that time of the year when children are at home, school vacations are leaving them with a lot of time in hand, and parents don't know what to do with either the time or the children.

And the solution is in the hands of numerous summer camping grounds, summer sports, the beach, the trails and mountains, the picnics, the bicycles and the hikings.

There are also the interesting classes. Dance, if the children like to be on their toes, painting, if they enjoy colour, music, if they have a tilt towards the instruments or vocals. the list is endless. As long as there are different types of interests in different children.

Adventure sports is for the older children, who have grown up into teenage, and want to show their independence and strength.

And reading lessons. Who can deny the weak in spelling and English a little bit of tryst with the story book, or a flirting with the pen and the notebook?

So there is a lot to do. Only one needs the inclination, to start off the process.