Thursday, November 19, 2009

Anyone remember this?

Out of the blue, this morning as I was brushing my teeth it came to me. A snippet, a long-ago memory, an almost-but-not forgotten tune. . .

It was many years ago. We'd just gotten a our first colour TV in our home. I think it was some time in the late '80s. And some form of major sport event was going on in India. (Was it the Asian Games in New Delhi? No, that was in 1982.) And there was this song that came on TV to advertise for the event. It featured major stars from the movies/music/sports/arts etc. The song went something like this:

"Aao chalein, yun chalein dagar, nazar ek ho,
Hum jab chalein, sab chalein, safar magar ek ho,
...
Sare ke sare hum khel ke khiladi,
Jo niyam ke pakke ho, sab se agadi,
..."


I loved it! Especially because it featured the newest heartthrob of the country at that time, Aamir Khan. I used to drop everything and rush to the TV every time I heard the signature tune of the song! It was something akin to the "Mile Sur Mera Tumhara" spot that came much later.

I've tried to find the video on the net... Googled it, Youtubed it...but haven't been able to find it anywhere, yet.

Just wondering if anyone else remembers it and can find a video of it somewhere.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Movie: Dhoop

The other day I saw the DVD of a Hindi movie called Dhoop in my local library and checked it out. Last night I had the chance to watch it. And I am happy that I did.

Dhoop is based on the true story of Capt. Anuj Nayyar's parents' struggle.

In a nutshell, the story goes like this:

"Capt. Rohit Kapoor dies during one of the skirmishes in the Kargil War and the Govt. of India posthumously awards him the Maha Vir Chakra. It also allots a petrol pump for his family. The only next of kin for Capt. Kapoor are his parents. Though they initially are reluctant to accept the petrol pump, they see the principle behind it and agree to it. That's where there nightmare begins.

Capt. Kapoor's father, Professor Kapoor, goes about the business of getting the land, electricity, water supply etc. sanctioned for the petrol pump and is frustrated to see that not only do the general public and government servants not value his son's sacrifice for the country, they are downright rude and corrupt. Whichever government official that Kapoor Sr. goes to, asks him for bribes. When he refuses, he is harassed, threatened, his house broken into, etc.

How the old couple, supported by Rohit's fiancee, struggle against the scary odds and come through it is the rest of the story."

My first reaction on seeing the movie was that I had never even heard of this movie in the general media before. While the most ludicrous of so-called 'action' and 'comedy' movies are hyped to heaven, a topical, sensible, very well-made movie like "Dhoop" goes unnoticed. Why?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rip Van Winkle Wakes Up!

The last time I wrote here was waaaay back in April. SInce then there have been numerous queries from friends - close friends, blogger-friends, close-blogger-friends - and family about why I haven't written. Now, after all this time, even they've stopped asking. Fair enough! I'd have stopped long before.

Well, so here I am, trying to resuscitate an almost-dead blog. The thing is, I don't even have a very good reason for not writing. It just got neglected....

In all this time, a lot of things have happened; a lot of milestones reached, important decisions made, things acquired, relationships nurtured. And I missed out on logging in all that important stuff here.

But here I go again, this time hoping to write more, write better.

Wish me luck!!
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