Break free when you wish – Taandav, the Movie Review
Man is free at the time he wishes to be – Voltaire

Taandav, the Movie is surely a replication and
reflection of the circumstances that police personnel have to work in even if
they are emotionally and psychologically frazzled, harassed and stressed out.

per the Hindu Mythology, Taandav Nritya means the dance of the fury of Lord
Shiva. In this movie, the Director has been successful in showcasing a totally
different aspect to this dance which is done to release stress without venting
fury on anyone else.

the role of a lower middle class police constable Tambe, actor Manoj Bajpayee
has managed to showcase both the restrained and exasperated side of his
character with unqualified subtlety and finesse.

Tambe is having a terrible day at office and at home. He is ridiculed by his colleagues
for being honest and who feel betrayed by him. Unable to arrange for a donation
to get his daughter admitted to a private school, he is mocked and scorned by
his wife while he looks into the eyes of his visibly upset daughter.

if the worse is not yet over for Tambe for the day, he is put on duty at the
Ganpati Visarjan, where he is deafened by the loud music, screams and crazy
dances, street quarrels and everything which adds to his irritation and

one can’t take it anymore, how does one break free, being the central theme,
this movie shows that instead of being a recipe for catastrophe and tragedy,
how one can let go one’s frustration without harming anyone else.

feel annoyed on the immoral and unethical education system; feel furious on the
deceitfulness in the government department and the police force, and the same
time feel miserable for an ordinary man trapped in an ethical predicament.

just 11 minutes of this short film, the Director and the Actor manage to
portray with perfection, the story of corruption, morality and the art of
letting go.

by Devashish Makhija
Manoj Vajpayee as Constable Tambe
by Nucleya

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Agnes of God – the latest target of the Ban Culture – A review of the Original Film
A naïve novice nun is discovered
with a dead new-born in her convent quarters, and she insists that the dead
child was a result of virgin Immaculate Conception. A court appointed psychiatrist
investigates her case and the psychiatrist and the Mother Superior of the
convent clash during the resulting investigation.

A dead new-born, found wrapped in blood soaked sheets in the convent quarters of a young novitiate, the
fragile and unearthly Sister Agnes claims to retain no memory of the event.
With police getting involved because of the death of the infant, the Court
appoints a psychiatrist to investigate the case.

The Court wants the psychiatrist to
provide an answer whether the apparently innocent novitiate is competent enough
to stand trial for the murder of the infant, while The Mother Superior of the
convent wants the novice sister to be left alone.

While clashing with the Mother
Superior, the psychiatrist, determined to help Sister Agnes, who is assumed to
know nothing of sex or birth, gain a stronger grasp on reality and uncover any
wrongdoers, finds herself inexorably drawn towards the truth while searching
for the answer whereas the Court, which has appointed her just wants her to
confirm whether the novitiate can be charged for the murder. In the process,
she conceivably discovers and realizes more than that she would have bargained for.

The original story is a play written by John Pielmeier which was adapted into this movie, released in 1985 and was nominated for
three Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Anne Bancroft as the
Mother Superior), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Meg Tilly as the novice
nun) and the Best Original Music Score.

The film has won several critical
acclaim and has been played all over the world and the original play was also
performed in Mumbai two decades ago. Now this play being adapted in India and slated
to have its first performance this week seem to have run afoul with the Church
and the self-proclaimed religious activists, alleging that it hurts their
religious sentiments.

The title is a pun on the Latin
Phrase Agnus Dei (translated into English as the Lamb of God) which has
offended the religious sentiments the most, according to the Catholic Secular
Forum, a religious body who has raised similar objections in the past against
others, the latest being the stand-up comedians, AIB Roast.

At a time when we are constantly
being questioned on the freedom of speech, I wonder whether this call for a ban
on this play is yet another target of the growing ban culture in our country.

Agnes of God is a soul-stirring portrayal of miracles and the clash between reason and faith and the ultimate realisation of truth wherein both the dogged rationality and the religious buoyancy is sure to be jolted.  

Directed by: Norman

Written by: John Pielmeier

Distributed by: Columbia Pictures

Jane Fonda – Psychiatrist Dr. Martha
Anne Bancroft – Mother Superior
Miriam Ruth
Meg Tilly – Sister Agnes

Original Play
Opened on Broadway on
30th March, 1982 at the Music Box Theatre.
Elizabeth Ashley as Dr.
Livingstone, Geraldine Page as Mother Superior Miriam Ruth and Amanda Plummer
as Sister Agnes.
Awards won
Plummer received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play and Page was nominated for Best
Actress in a Play.

Play adapted and produced in India by: Poor Box Productions, by Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, Directed by Kaizaad Kotwal.

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The Martian – Movie Review
The Martian, the movie is based on
the book by the same name by Andy Weir.

The Martian follows the story of endurance,
persistence and survival of an exceptionally astute and judicious astronaut
left behind on planet Mars as presumably dead by his crew after a dust storm
cuts their manned mission to the planet short.

With survival as his only goal, the
botanist can only wait and hope that the rest of humanity hasn’t forgotten him,
even after his funeral has taken place on Earth.
During a crewed mission to Mars,
Astronaut Mark Watney is assumed dead having been hit by some object in a
fierce storm and therefore left behind reluctantly by his crew.  But the gritty astronaut survives and finds
himself marooned and deserted on the planet in intimidating circumstances.

Imaginative and resourceful to the
core and witty as his second name, Watney needs to remind himself that he is
not going to die. Food supplies that could not last till the next manned
mission could even find him, wit and a die-hard spirit is the only way ahead
for him to subsist and find a way to even try to signal to the home planet that
he is alive and surviving.

Fortunately for him, millions of
miles away in NASA there is at least one man who is convinced that the stranded
Martian is not dead and that there is some way to get him back home. Laced with
the right amount of emotion, right amount of drama and right dose of comedy,
the movie takes us through these stories of courage, bravery and true grit as
the entire world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.

“Do you believe in God”, when asked,
the Director of the Mars Mission, the sole man who initially believed that the Astronaut could be alive and can be brought back home alive, cheekily replies, “My father was a Hindu and my
mother baptised, so I have two Gods” as he and his team of international
scientists work tirelessly to bring the Martian home, while his crew-mates synchronously plot an audacious but
enterprising rescue mission.

Based on the book that computer
programmer Andy Weir researched for three years, the movie makes us feel that
it could happen in real life any day now.

Scientists and nit-pickers may find
technical faults, but realism showing problems being solved without resorting
to sci-fi stunts and manoeuvres but realistic estimation of human technological
prowess and technologies that NASA is already using or could develop in the
near future is what makes this movie a must watch and distinctly different from
the other space disaster genre.
The Martian releases in India on 2nd
October, 2015.

Director: Ridley

Adapted from the book: The Martian,
by Andy Weir

Screenplay: Drew

Released by: 20th Century Fox

Credits: Star Movies, for the preview invite. Happy birthday #StarMoviesSecretScreening

Matt Damon – Mark Watney
Jeff Daniels – Teddy Sanders
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Vincent Kapoor
Benedict Wong – Bruce Ng
Sean Bean – Mitch Henderson
Jessica Chastain – Melissa Lewis
Kate Mara – Beth Johanssen
Michael Pena – Rick Martinez
Mackenzie Davis – Mindy Park
Donald Glover – Rich Purnell

Images in this review, courtesy: 
Watch the official trailer of the
movie here:

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