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  1. Bala: If we had it all...life would have been a bed of roses! That's something which hits everyone once in awhile but in this particular tale, it hits our man of the mane, more than once. From one of my personal favorite director's Amar Kaushik, comes yet another matter-of-fact film which will bring one closer to realization of facts of one's life and what is there with you needs to be cherished, a message everyone should remind oneself again and again! Bala, aka, Bal Mukund Shukla (I love this guy- Ayushmann Khurrana), our typical 25 years old, Kanpuria boy-next-door unveils the curtains by taking us through his childhood, showing how childhood remains everyone's favorite phase of life. He spreads naughtiness wrapped in happy times tickling the hearts of the audience by sheer innocent monkey business. Then the switch from childhood to present Bala is flawless showing the emotionally bruised grown-up man with a pertinent issue of hair loss to tackle. And from that moment on, the journey of the distraught man starts, every incident making our protagonist, a stronger and braver man! Ayushmann Khurrana rules the roost and after watching him portray the character Bala, one would know why media is craving for more from this young man with the aura of a thousand watts bulb in the middle of an ocean. His energy flowing through the character is worth a hundred applause and the ladies (Yami Gautam, Bhumi Penderkar) he charms in his quest to get his wavy, thick locks back, alongwith the supporting cast, over-powers everybody's presence on screen by simplistic yet delightful performance. This super-cute actor with his bald-man-next-door portrayal wins few crores in the first week itself (of course age and figures are just numbers for our Charmer) !! The director gives due weightage to the women and other characters in our man's life by giving each one enough space to showcase individualistic talent sparks and boy, oh boy, sparks fly all over the screen at perfect timing. Latika (Bhumi Pednekar) the sweet but dark complexioned classmate of Bala symbolizes the hurt of a girl who is blessed with a skin color which is not accepted by the society still! Amar Kaushik stings the orthodox mindset of our society flawlessly and tries to get the message straight on the face, justice done to the writer's (Niren Bhatt) blue-print. Latika grows up to be a ravishing, bold, courageous, dark-skinned yet self loving, confident lawyer of the city, who ends up helping her friend Bala inspite of an incident which caused a lot of heart burn to the little girl, way back during school days. Bhumi has acted very well and will surely emerge as the next Shabana Azmi, grace meets art. The second lady in our hero's life is the love interest of our man, the man with the mission of growing hair to please his lady love, Pari (beautiful Yami Gautam), is shown as tik-tok (yet another insensitive but hyped-app of this generation) queen and budding model from Kanpur who lives only to look good and get appreciation from the world in terms of rising numbers of likes. This tik-tok character is a whack on the wasted minds, showing interest only in getting public attention and acquiring self-worth stamped by the world in terms of thumb's up (likes) on social media. Every character around Bala is striking. Saurabh Shukla as father of Bala is supportively detached and lets our man decide his course of action for tackling his never ending problems. Seema Bhargava as aunt of Latika adds zing and fun to the screen giving small doses of laughter at the right time when the story lets you drift with a purpose. Sunita Rajwar as the mother of the bald 25 years old is convincingly empathetic. Brother of Bala (Dheerendra Kumar Gautam) has given added spice to the family drama, fussing and yet helping the elder brother, in a typical 2-tier city's middle class family, to get over the grave problem of baldness. He goes around from helping the elder brother put onion juice to grow his hair to wickedly escaping the application of foul smelling mixture of cow dung & bull semen, a 'nuskha' told by the quintessential Mr.Know-all, Bacchan Dubey (Javed Jaffery). Bala's childhood friend cum-hair stylist (played by Abhishek Banerjee) is comical and realistic, we all have one such friend who backs every action of ours! Child artist, Sachin Chaudhary as young Bala has been very versatile for his age. Some young people are surely running towards a shallow life where only public displays and public recognition is the key to happiness than gaining any educational or moral values or social values. Life for the present generation is more about appreciation from the outer world than the growth of the inner world! Such a disappointing matter of fact but the message is given out loud to the audience in superb undercurrents with a lot of grace. Every film of Ayushmann touches my head and heart, bringing me closer to the fan moment for this magical actor. He aims at breaking the stereotypes without hurting anybody's line of thought and yet conveys the message to the society impeccably. Great music by the duo, Sachin-Jigar, which helps the plot progress beautifully giving out heightened moments. The one piece that catches my attention is "Pyaar toh tha", sung by Jubin Nautiyal, this song is romantically soothing to the ears. All in all, Bala says it to all- Life is not just about color, looks, make-up or the brands that one has to acquire to get recognized but its the skin deep understanding of living like a Queen or a King, with individuals God-gifted natural attributes, that takes one to the pinnacle of happiness. Wonderful movie for sensible viewers! Cheers to the bald spark of this Kissa Bal (Hair) Ka...Ayushmann Khuarrana, damn I am baowld:) Cast & Crew: Director: Amar Kaushik Actors: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Yami Gautam, Saurabh Shukla, Sunita Rajwar, Seema Bhargava, Javed Jaffery, Dheerendra Kumar Gautam, Abhishek Banerjee, Sachin Chaudhary, Mushtaq Khan Producers: Dinesh Vijan, Jaspreet Kaur, Vivek Rangachari Music Directors: Sachin-Jigar Writer: Niren Bhatt
  2. KEDARNATH - The Film Mother Nature knows no boundaries or religion or caste or creed. Humans may invent anything in their best of capabilities but at the end of the road , every living form has to bow down to its creator- the Mother! The film is set in the scenic Kedarnath, a place located in the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river. Beautiful as it is, in its natural form, the place is known for the famous Shivling which looks over the river and attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and Lord Shiva's followers every year. Mansoor (Shushant Sing Rajput), a shy, reserved and honest Muslim porter gets attracted to the beautiful but rebellious daughter of the local Hindu priest, Mukku (Sarah Ali Khan). The two beautiful souls fall for each other deeper and deeper on the winding roads to the temple. The love story blooms amidst the mountains and the valley leading to bonding of the hearts and thus, romance. Lord Shiva showers enough love on the couple cruising from mundane work to chatting by the Tattu (Mule) trails which Mansoor arranges for the pilgrims and his lady love. He being the strong man in town not only woos our beautiful petite girl but also touches every heart visiting the temple. His motto, to bring a smile on the face of his customer and then running to ring the bell at the temple's gate every time he achieves his goal symbolizes the character's belief in Lord Shiva, as innocent as Shiva is, our man portrays the genuineness with elan.There are sweet, romantic moments between the two Sweethearts, which are beautifully captured by the camera alongside flirting with the sublime scenery. Sara Ali Khan does justice to the bubbly, rebellious yet soft hearted, romantic Hindu girl, who gives up everything for Mansoor. Sushant Singh Rajput on the other hand maintains the bareness of a poor porter while managing to woo the audience from his straight-from-the-heart performance. He not only makes it clear that religion knows only the language of love, not the boundaries set by manipulating and corrupting minds, trying to disrupt peace of humanity, but also tries to bridge Hindus and Muslims of the area surrounding the temple for community's harmony. Director (Abhishek Kapoor) doesn't leave a single frame in the film where the beauty of the place is not heightened by the mesmerizing background score and music tracks created with a lot of love for Shiva by the maestro Amit Trivedi. The track- Namo Namo is energetically soulful, taking the head and the heart closer to Adiyogi. The track is filled with a lot of love and energy that will create a soothing audio-visual effect on the audience. Amit Trivedi takes it one notch higher with every single track. But as the saying goes, every good thing must end, the love story is struck by the wrath of nature leaving the couple devastated as the fury is unleashed on the valley, taking with it everything that falls in its way. The real event was an eye opener to the entire nation to yet another catastrophe caused due to the ill effects of human civilization and growth. When will man instead of creating irrational boundaries of caste-creed, money-status, go down to the real issues of human existence and work towards creating a safer, wiser and cleaner balance between environment and progressive growth? The film will not only evoke strong feelings of devotion for Shiva but will also engulf the audience with visual simplicity, leaving the viewers to ponder and work on ways of symbiotic existence with Mother Nature! Actors: Sara Ali Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Alka Amin, Nitish Bharadwaj, Pooja Gor, Nishant Dahiya, Sonali Sachdev Director: Abhishek Kapoor Cinematography by: Tushar Kanti Ray Story by‎: ‎Abhishek Kapoor‎; ‎Kanika Dhillon Produced by‎: ‎Ronnie Screwvala‎; ‎Pragya Kapoor Music by‎: ‎Amit Trivedi‎; Score By: ‎Hitesh Sonik
  3. Chhichhore: Life teaches us a lot of things on a daily basis and the best lessons are learnt by individually walking on that thin wire. Chhichhore opens up the pandora box of individual touch-downs and outbursts of nostalgia. Each individual has lived through the best days during their school & college life, so when the reality of competition dawned on us, back then, we all ended up feeling bogged down badly, trust me a feeling, every individual has definitely felt surfacing up while climbing the ladder of age! This film revolves around a child (Mohammad Samad) who has a loving family with its own personal bag of reasons of rifts & drifts. The child who is the apple-of-the-eye of both the parents, is at the threshold of getting into a prestigious college based on his awaited competitive result! Mother of the child, who apparently drifted out of the wedlock over the years, is gracefully played by Sharddha Kapoor, the character is very convincingly detached yet committed to her motherly duties. The doting & supportive middle-aged father of our teen, who's balancing work and parenthood, is portrayed by Sushant Singh Rajput, and is very relatable to half a dozen new-age fathers! Just when the pages of the story are warming up everyone's heart on screen, a well timed twist brings a gamut of characters with shades of vibrant colors of life and emotions.When everything is looking rosy and well carved by pragmatic achievers, fate construes a different story, flipping the coin of life at the hands of lady luck. The incident plays havoc on the parents lives and leaves them yearning for the warmth lost somewhere while climbing the ladders of materialism. The supporting cast is remarkable and performances of each one is better than the other giving the audience a spicy taste of distinct differences of characters. Varun Sharma & Saharsh Kumar Shukla are class apart. How the matured father pulls the loose reins of the three lives after convincing the hopeless mother & super supportive gang of friends, creating a conducive environment for their son to learn the real lessons of life for a better tomorrow and a wiser future, makes this film a worthwhile watch for suppose-to-be realistically cool parents of next generation teenagers. Music from Pritam Chakroborty is as always musically refreshing. "Khairiyat" song in Arijit Singh's voice is mush at its best & has been rocking the charts. The film will be able to open up windows for new-age parents to their children, as they go on moulding their kids into materialistic charmers, unknowingly building pressures, creating false insecurities and instilling some shallow thoughts, resulting into a confused youth. More parents should raise smarter kids who are not only capable of battling the survival & existence game of life but also individuals who are high on emotional quotients capable of beating the rat races and flourishing as a worthy humane human!! Cast & Crew: Director: Nitesh Tiwari Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty Editor: Charu Shree Roy Cast: Shraddha Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Varun Sharma, Naveen Polishetty, Tahir Bhasin, Prateik Babbar, Tushar Pandey, Saharsh Kumar Shukla, Mohammad Samad, Nalneesh Neel, Prashant Narayanan, Shishir Sharma, Saanand Verma, Sanjay Goradia
  4. YOU (Season 1) - Netflix Original Human emotions are the most complex aspect of God's creation. The frailty of the person's understanding-misunderstanding, judging-analyzing horizons and the facets of the human brain all make the complexity even more deep. Netflix's original- YOU, deals with a mammoth array of emotions and the significant effect of present day compulsions with varied emotional consequences, making it worthy enough for serious watching! The complex protagonist Joe (Penn Badgley, charming actor) falls in love with vivacious college-goer Beck (Elizabeth Lail) and how life , love, longing and deceiving spins the life of the characters playing part in the drama, is a craft on its own. There are high's and the low's of this love tale too, as any other love-story but the on-the-edge twists and turns add color to the audiences canvas. Greg Berlanti & Sera Gamble, the creators have conceived this one in a very tasteful manner for the ever-attention hungry youth of today. Each character portrays the typical colorful, whimsical, superficial life, today's youth mostly aspires to live through which a ray of old charm squeezes out at random intervals and how the deep rooted torments of one's personal life can create more chaos to people living around. Interestingly, co-character, Peach (Shay Mitchell) is significantly stronger than any other character and turns out to be a head turner in her own screen space. Peach symbolizes the snooty girls who are everything but loud and so prim and proper that one would think a hundred times before even standing before the scrutinizing eyes. Joe's love interest, Beck, is the sweet girl-next-door with a lot of layers of misery unfolding the beauty of our true damsel in distress, yet somewhere deep down, she's a fierce fighter with a hundred watt smile to warm up the dingiest of rooms. A fine love chase of a man with a trunk full of secrets, a dash of surprise in every move of his, and an old world charm to light up nooks and corners of the pace of the story, makes YOU one of the much applauded- Original, Season 1 !! Cast & Crew: Cast: Penn Badgley, Ambyr Childers, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell Directors: Marcos Siega, Silver Tree, Lee Toland Krieger, Marta Cunningham, Kellie Cyrus, Erin Feeley, Victoria Mahoney, Martha Mitchell, Harry Jierjian, Shannon Kohli, John Scott, Kevin Rodney Sullivan
  5. "Where the mind is without fear & the head is full of ideas, pen-down to create a new world!" IMPRESSIVE TREATMENT NOTES: Treatment notes are the little windows for commercial advertisement's clients to know how creatively their promotional ideas will be put forth to the prospective targets.i.e. the audiences.Commercial Advertisements are the connecting dots of every brand between the sales value and the supply-demand chain, bridging the buyer and the seller. The craft of skillfully thought ideas for showcasing the brand in all its totality is called as the Treatment Note from the Director of a Film (TV Commercial). These days absurd advertisements with over the mill concepts flood the tv sets & other video outputs, making a buyer hit the skip button on every singe advertisement that comes across. In such an aggressive environment to be able to connect the film creator-aka, director with the audiences via the most difficult conduit, the client of the Brand, the wholesale onus lies on the Director & his treatment note ! So the beginning is initiated by hours of contemplation over how to go about framing the exact words and images to meaningfully incorporate all the ideas, weaved together to make sense to the client so that the client is successfully able to visualize the entire film right on paper itself ! A Director who is passionate about his craft puts in long hours of sweat and brain to make the notes come alive with verbal and visual beauty. Treatment notes therefore are highly dependent on aesthetics and technical know-how of the writer. The words have to be clearly framed and the vision of the Director has to be clearly connected to the words & images chosen for the purpose of showcasing the entire idea of highlighting the Brand to the Client. Every advertisement need not be weaved through an emotional story or burst of crazy pop up color palettes. A well written treatment note has clarity of thoughts reflecting passion of the director and above all focus on brand as per the clients requirements (undercurrents or full throttle). Each aspect of treatment notes - from lighting, to moods, to clothing, to cast and location should be chosen as per the need of the hour and not as per comparisons or copy-paste ideas. The treatment notes standout to a client only when skillfully the creative ideas are penned down with clarity of story telling and fine balance of imagery, revolving around the main actor being the brand. So to begin with putting in realism, day-to-day connectivity with characters (real life anecdotes add value to the character), formulating the story as a narrative, fragile balance of human emotions, lay the foundation of the film highlighting the brand. The writer needs to use the emotional quotient and realism as the backbone of the story. Good reference images reflecting moods of the film add value to the notes. The proper lighting (with proper references), choice of clothing (right color coding which enhances the lighting and the actor), balanced decor, and appropriate location set-up, a well thought of cast (performance based), which realistically reflects the essence of the story are the key essentials of the treatment notes. Another very important player of treatment note is the background score.i.e.,its music. Music should be chosen after a lot of thinking and appropriately picked music accentuates the importance of the brand in the audience's life and explains why the main hero, the brand, is such an important addition to audience's life. A good background score heightens the essence of the story and backs-up the ideas of the Director, setting the platform for story-telling which is going to lure the buyer of the product showcased as the actor of the story. All the key points of treatment writing are well connected and it is a task which, not everybody is able to get a hang of, resulting into lopsided outcomes.i.e., loss at the pitching turf due to unimpressed buyer-that is the client! A lot of rigorous creative writing can help a prospective treatment note writer to get a hang of the best and creative way of carving the best notes for their directors and producers, making an impactful entry at the client's film pitching stage. Sample writing from the internet can add to creative ideas for incorporating in the style of writing. Sift through established treatment notes floating all over the internet for examples writing, read alot to enhance word structuring and keep looking at creative images under all the sub-categories of the treatment note making resulting into good, better, best notes and as the saying goes- practice makes a writer perfect! Some creative Treatment note's examples from the internet- 1.https://in.pinterest.com/pin/40462096627904675/?nic=1 2.https://in.pinterest.com/pin/40462096627904664/?nic=1 3.https://www.slideshare.net/PaulRegan13/garnier-directors-treatment-treatment-writer-design 4.https://www.slideshare.net/scottkeneally/sk-sample-mc-donalds 5.https://issuu.com/hugojenkins/docs/m___s_-_the_great_british_hotel_101
  6. "Where the mind is without fear & the head is full of ideas, pen-down to create a new world!" IMPRESSIVE TREATMENT NOTES: Treatment notes are the little windows for commercial advertisement's clients to know how creatively their promotional ideas will be put forth to the prospective targets.i.e. the audiences.Commercial Advertisements are the connecting dots of every brand between the sales value and the supply-demand chain, bridging the buyer and the seller. The craft of skillfully thought ideas for showcasing the brand in all its totality is called as the Treatment Note from the Director of a Film (TV Commercial). These days absurd advertisements with over the mill concepts flood the tv sets & other video outputs, making a buyer hit the skip button on every singe advertisement that comes across. In such an aggressive environment to be able to connect the film creator-aka, director with the audiences via the most difficult conduit, the client of the Brand, the wholesale onus lies on the Director & his treatment note ! So the beginning is initiated by hours of contemplation over how to go about framing the exact words and images to meaningfully incorporate all the ideas, weaved together to make sense to the client so that the client is successfully able to visualize the entire film right on paper itself ! A Director who is passionate about his craft puts in long hours of sweat and brain to make the notes come alive with verbal and visual beauty. Treatment notes therefore are highly dependent on aesthetics and technical know-how of the writer. The words have to be clearly framed and the vision of the Director has to be clearly connected to the words & images chosen for the purpose of showcasing the entire idea of highlighting the Brand to the Client. Every advertisement need not be weaved through an emotional story or burst of crazy pop up color palettes. A well written treatment note has clarity of thoughts reflecting passion of the director and above all focus on brand as per the clients requirements (undercurrents or full throttle). Each aspect of treatment notes - from lighting, to moods, to clothing, to cast and location should be chosen as per the need of the hour and not as per comparisons or copy-paste ideas. The treatment notes standout to a client only when skillfully the creative ideas are penned down with clarity of story telling and fine balance of imagery, revolving around the main actor being the brand. So to begin with putting in realism, day-to-day connectivity with characters (real life anecdotes add value to the character), formulating the story as a narrative, fragile balance of human emotions, lay the foundation of the film highlighting the brand. The writer needs to use the emotional quotient and realism as the backbone of the story. Good reference images reflecting moods of the film add value to the notes. The proper lighting (with proper references), choice of clothing (right color coding which enhances the lighting and the actor), balanced decor, and appropriate location set-up, a well thought of cast (performance based), which realistically reflects the essence of the story are the key essentials of the treatment notes. Another very important player of treatment note is the background score.i.e.,its music. Music should be chosen after a lot of thinking and appropriately picked music accentuates the importance of the brand in the audience's life and explains why the main hero, the brand, is such an important addition to audience's life. A good background score heightens the essence of the story and backs-up the ideas of the Director, setting the platform for story-telling which is going to lure the buyer of the product showcased as the actor of the story. All the key points of treatment writing are well connected and it is a task which, not everybody is able to get a hang of, resulting into lopsided outcomes.i.e., loss at the pitching turf due to unimpressed buyer-that is the client! A lot of rigorous creative writing can help a prospective treatment note writer to get a hang of the best and creative way of carving the best notes for their directors and producers, making an impactful entry at the client's film pitching stage. Sample writing from the internet can add to creative ideas for incorporating in the style of writing. Sift through established treatment notes floating all over the internet for examples writing, read alot to enhance word structuring and keep looking at creative images under all the sub-categories of the treatment note making resulting into good, better, best notes and as the saying goes- practice makes a writer perfect! Some creative Treatment note's examples from the internet- https://issuu.com/hugojenkins/docs/m___s_-_the_great_british_hotel_101 2.https://in.pinterest.com/pin/40462096627904664/?nic=1
  7. Romeo Akbar Walter Official Teaser John Abraham Jackie Shroff Mouni Roy Releasing 12th April.mp4 RAW: Romeo Akbar Waltar Director: Robbie Grewal Actors: John Abraham, Jackie Shroff, Mouni Roy, Sikander Kher, ALka Amin & Suchitra Krishnamurthy Plot: Spy thriller Robby Grewal's film is an interesting human/psychological drama that spins around unsung heroes (spies) of Indian forces.But has a languid pace and so struggles to keep the audience engaged, especially in the first half. The second half of the movie compensates for the first half and proves John Abraham as the suave, rock solid, never-say-die performer backed by Jackie Shroff's well-balanced, stylish & boisterous role as the Chief of RAW, building intrigue which leads to a satisfying end where Walter comes to the forefront revealing a lot about what was going on until the end in subtle ways! Set on the espionage happenings of 1971 Indo-Bangladesh war, the movie revolves around the protagonist Rehmat Ali aka Romeo (John)a bank teller, who is handpicked by the RAW chief Shrikant Rai (Jackie) to serve the nation on foreign soil because of his two significant capabilities - his admirable ability in the art of defense & his skill of mingling in the crowd without a trace. The drama unfolds with a gut wrenching scene where a prisoner is being tortured by the Pakistani counterpart special officer (Khudabaksh Khan), pulling the nail off the nail-bed. There are high and low moments in this film from the performers point of view but storytelling lacks the lusture, leaving the audience wanting for more, especially to cater to the present world audience with extended conscious sensibilities. Lead actors - John and Jackie have justified their roles but the ladies don't impress much with their limited screen presence and short pop up roles weaved around the protagonists. All in all the movie does give a heartfelt tribute to the uncelebrated spies of the nation and manages to connect towards the patriotic feeling, though faintly. Unfortunately the screenplay doesn't strike a chord with the audience inspite of the personal connections of the director with war veterans! Medhavini
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