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Sat Sri Akal – Punjabi Movie (Released Nov. 08)

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If we consider the most important creations in Hindi Literature then the precious poetry in “Madhushala” by Sh. Harivansh Rai Bachchan should be one of the first on your must read list.

Read here about the Legend’s “MADHUSHALA” available in different formats.

These few lines hold the secret of how to live life so they are more precious than diamonds.

Life never holds itself back. Life offers the most to every single person. And it totally depends upon you that how much you can extract from the days you are granted.

It all depends upon your ability to feel and learn in the time allotted to you. It does not depend upon anyone else but only you and your choices made. So let us choose, how to spend our life here to the best.

Only those should cry, when I am dead, who have lived life as I have. Who have experienced poetry, music and have tasted the wine of life as I have. And bury me where all my friends are there enjoying below the mud.

Don’t do the rituals at my dead body as you do for all the normal men. Don’t cry and feel sad when I am gone. Instead you should rejoice, dance and sing as we did in our life. All my close ones should drink more and feel blessed to be still here as your friend is gone.

Life sometimes becomes a miser and we keep on looking at it with expectations. But let us be content with whatever we have…. as Life will surely repent not giving us our dues when we would be gone.

I always love the targets which are far away. I always want to reach the unreachable. Since it’s the path which is more enjoyable than its destination. So let’s enjoy the path of life and forget about any aim.

Many friends must be familiar with a great poetic book called “Madhushala” by the legendary Sh. Harivansh Rai Bachchan. But for the readers who haven’t read it or just heard about it, I would like to say that it is the most expressive and inspirational book with poetry on life, thoughts and living styles, all with reference to a person who loves his drinking. The beauty is, that never in the verses, you are provoked to drinking, but you feel as drunk after just reading the brilliantly written lines. You feel like you have tasted it in between the lines and that’s due to the power in the words used by the great poet.

The most astonishing part related to “Madhushala” is that the person who wrote so extensively on the topic, Sh. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, never tasted a drink in his whole life and still expressed the feelings of a person in trance in the best possible style. That is the reason I rate his pieces as one of the best I have read in Hindi Literature.

Here are some of his best from the book “Madhushala” for all my friends here:

Life keeps on playing its game of hide & seek, and has its own ways of granting you different pleasures of living. But you will surely get all you need, so just wait patiently and don’t panic.

So many have been here in the past, so many have done all which could have been done. But life still remains the same, witnessing all come & go.

I had my doubts as the movie started and not only all my doubts were right but the film went even beyond my suspicion. First of all, I am completely not in the favour of re-doing any past hit. This in my opinion simply shows that we are out of ideas now. Secondly, even if you have decided to remake a Hit then at least you should do it in your own style and with little innovations added to it. But “Karzzz” just goes on following the original flick scene after scene. Not only exact scenes but the dialogues are also taken as it is from the Rishi Kapoor starrer. You find Rishi Kapoor echoing in the whole movie and Himesh just looks likes imitating.

Though comparisons are inevitable, but lets drop that and see Karzzz as a movie on its own. In that case also it fails to hold you tight and is not able to create enough excitement and interest in the viewer. Even if I consider it as a first timer who hasn’t seen the original “Karz”, then also I don’t find this version convincing enough. Now, the reasons why I found it, not comparable to the Golden Hit of the past.

One – The Acting – All the participants in the cast are trying to overshadow each other, trying to put up a confident show which is clearly visible. Himesh doesn’t suit the role completely with his strange hair style (who suggested him that?). He looks uncomfortable doing action scenes and the viewer just can digest him doing the fight sequences. What worked in “Aap Ka Suroor” was his image, which is missing in this attempt. Urmila is not the Urmila we have seen in “Ek Hasina Thi”. There is completely a different actress here doing the “Simi Grewal” act. There is a huge confusion in the age gap of the characters. If Himesh has re-incarnated and is 25+ now, in that case Urmila should be atleast 50. But there is no white hair and old age signs and she seems to have the ageless formula with her. Simply undigestible.The debutant Shweta Kumar is sweet, but has a long way to go and may find the road tough in the future. The killing looks of Tina Munim were missing which was the reason why the desired romantic touch was not generated.

Second – The warmth of Durga Khote as the mother was lost since Rohini Hattangiri did it in a highly dramatic way. The emotion of a mother had a great pull in the original which touched you emotionally but you will not find it here.

Third – Where was the lovable act of Pran as “Kabira” and cunning looks of “Premnath” as Sir Juda?  Danny as “Kabira” is simply a miscast and his love for Hindi movies could not strike a chord. He was doing just another role in the movie with nothing special. Gulshan Grover as Sir Juda is also wasted as he is not given the required time to prove himself.

Fourth – The Background Music – In the original, a central character was the background score which pulled you in. That is not there in the musical man Himesh’s version of the classic. I really expected the background music to be chilling but was disappointed.

Fifth – The Songs – Himesh always comes up with catchy beats and dance numbers which can be easily played in the Discos and dance floors. But a subject like” Karz” needs more emotional music and love songs than just dance numbers. Himesh kept following his own success path of music with beats and sound designs and he forgot to add emotions and calmness in the songs as required by the theme.

So, the movie was not as expected and was below the mark. In short Subhash Ghai got inspired by “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud” and made “Karz“, which proved to be a better product. Following the tradition, now Himesh also gets in the same mood but comes up with a Lazy inspired product relying too much on the music and his golden touch. The laziness is also there in its name too i.e. Karzzzzzzzzz.

For first timers, it is just an ok product with some good music. But I will have to see the Original “Karz” again to wipe this off from my memory and get those sweet musical moments back.

Rating : 2 / 5