A Long Way Home By Saroo Brierley – Book Review

“A Soulful Experience”

A Long Way Home Book Review

I have always preferred to read good books. I believe there is nothing like an idea of good or bad book. You learn something out of everything you pick to read. A Long Way Home touched the strings of my heart and I personally believe it has taken my soul away. I found the story of Saroo Brierley’s miraculous and hard-hitting in its own way. His journey right from 5 year to being an adult, his struggles, his memories about his past, long last lanes of India, coming across people from different places, I would say it’s a story post reading which you won’t be the same person. I am touched to an extent I would love to meet him someday. It wasn’t just a book for me. It has been beyond an experience where I could relate to so many things knowing I have never lived life like that.
Saroo has made his efforts in the right direction and he met his biological mother and siblings. I am amazed to see even after living abroad for so many years, he had to come back to reunite with his long lost family members. As they say you never forget your roots, the place where you were born and memories attached to the places and people. There are pages reading which I felt highly sentimental especially his hunger pangs all the time as a kid. How he used to keep thinking about food and his days of survival and growing up. Flipping from one page to another, I realized I am not reading a book nor I am going to compare it with a movie later. Any which ways, I have never liked movies based on books. I have different perspective on books and nobody can ever portray the characters of the book in a cinematic way.
After such a long time, I came across such a superb book and I thank my soul friend for recommending this to me. I wasn’t just a reader for this book as I could dive into his fears and memories with soul. My respect goes high for people who have made something out of themselves. These people are surely courageous and inspiring. They are the ones who can change the way we look at our troubles. I happened to pick this book at the right time and I am glad to know Saroo’s journey.
Something I could think of:
 
You were never lost
You would never be
You were there
You will always be

Reviewed By: Gurpreet Dhariwal

About Gurpreet Dhariwal: I am a free soul who likes to write about anything under the skin of the sky. I always believed in myself knowing if you trust yourself, you can definitely aim for the sky. I am the courage that I seek in others no matter what!

October 2018 – Movie Review

Movie: October

Releasing Year: 2018

Director: Shoojit Sircar

Writer: Juhi Chaturvedi

Country of Origin: India

Running Time: 115 minutes

Language: Hindi

Genre: Romance, Drama

My Two Cents on October Movie:

Some days it is important to pen down your heart-wrenching feelings. Be it about a movie or book, feelings do come to you like waves. I am glad I am amongst those wonderful souls who happened to watch October movie. Words are not enough to define the human emotions I did experience while watching this masterpiece. What a surreal and subtle way of touching the strings of your heart? What a splendid way of portraying the real characters and opening the thread of relations one after another? I am not sure how one director or actor ends up in justifying the fit-to-role emotions perfectly from genesis till the end.

October 2018 Movie Review:

I was amazed by looking at the promo and trusted my hunch enough to watch it this weekend on the theater. I am writing this review with a heavy heart because this movie made me laugh out louder, took me to journey of friendship, taking me back to the road of love and finally disappearing in the face of the death, like everybody else disappears. I could relate it to more because somehow I was expecting this movie to be extra-ordinary. Varun Dhawan deserves a standing ovation for delivering such a powerful performance. His dialogue delivery and eye-to-eye meet expression made me believe actors like him do exist and they move people like me just being on the screen. I would applause every character as their emotions were so real and dialogues let you step into their shoes as if it was happening with one of you.

Some stories don’t start with an agenda nor do they end with one? October movie started on such a hilarious note and ends by leaving you teary-eyed. I feel like watching it again because it’s beyond the concept of usual love stories and dramatic family movie. It holds the truth which only few of us live and that’s “The power of being real and following your heart”, “The taste of courage which only few shows”, “The feelings which are hidden deep inside, yet you don’t forget to feel them”, “The people who you love the most and miss them while in pain or joy”, “The person who once left unannounced and never came back”. I believe it’s a plethora of emotions which you can only feel while watching and once you step out of the theater, it’s your heart you are going to feel the most inside your body.

I may someday, somehow, after gathering courage, would watch it again! It’s too heavy for me to go for next show again. I am going to let it sink in me completely.

Reviewed By: Gurpreet Dhariwal

About Gurpreet Dhariwal: I am a free soul who likes to write about anything under the skin of the sky. I always believed in myself knowing if you trust yourself, you can definitely aim for the sky. I am the courage that I seek in others no matter what!

Aiyaary – Movie Review

Movie:Aiyaary

Releasing Year: 2018

Director: Neeraj Pandey

Writer/Screenplay: Neeraj Pandey

Country of Origin: India

Running Time: 167 minutes

Language: Hindi

Genre: Crime, Drama, Action

 

Aiyaary Movie Review:

Aiyaary…means the art of deceiving which seems magical. The promos, however, did look promising and magical and being a fan of Neeraj Pandey’s direction, it pulled me to theater to watch it.

As the promos suggests, the movie is based on the Indian army where Siddharth Malhotra is playing the role of Jai Bakshi who is a part of special force (a secret force/division) that performs the coveted operations of the Indian army. He is led by Manoj Bajpayee aka Abhay Singh, the “Aiyaar” of the movie along with 5 other members. Jai Bakshi, while doing his job finds out some dirty secrets of the army and the insiders behind it. Analyzing what would happen to him, his team, army or the country for that matter if the conspiracy he found out about an arms and ammunition deal cracks down. So, he decides to handle it his own way which, in turn, makes him go rogue and projects him as a traitor. Manoj Bajpayee gets on a mission to stop Jai Bakshi, the brightest and his favorite member of the team and his girl friend Sonia (Rakul Preet Singh), the internet hacker, from getting successful in their mission.

Aiyaary Acting Performances:

Manoj Bajpayee has done total justice to his character with his flamboyant acting skills. He looks convincing in the role he plays and steals the show. Siddharth, however, nowhere looks like a soldier…just by wearing the uniform, one can not become or portray an army man. Aiyaary as a film has a brigade of fine actors like Kumud Mishra, Anupam Kher, Pooja Chopra, Naseeruddin Shah, and Adil Hussain, but none of them were given the roles that they could have nailed it. In fact, their appearances were so short and untactful that it made me disappointed. The plot was not easily understandable or intriguing. It was a confusing story. Dialogues and screenplay were very weak. The direction was very poor. The only reason I kept glued to the movie was because I was waiting that may be something interesting would happen. The scenes were too exaggerated and boring at times. The climax of the movie was totally abrupt. It left you with a feeling that the plot defeated the purpose it actually based on. Didn’t feel like it was a Neeraj Pandey movie…It felt so amateurish. All n all not worth spending time n money.

 

Reviewed By: Priyanka Bhateja Walia

Raid – Movie Review 2018

Movie: Raid

Releasing Year: 2018

Director:  Raj Kumar Gupta

Writer/Screenplay:  Ritesh Shah

Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)

Language: Hindi (Standard Dialect)

Raid Movie Review 2018:

When two stalwarts come together, you get a power packed film. When the plot is original and based on real-life events, you get to watch realistic, off beat cinema. When it’s embellished with top quality performance from the entire supporting cast and crew, you get an award-winning film!!

Raid is a brilliant political thriller movie. The story is so gripping, the dialogues so crisp, the characters so real and the plot so interesting that you are on the edge until the end. It is a treat to watch Ajay Devgn and more so, Saurabh Shula. He is outstanding! Amma ji (played by Pushpa Joshi) is another character that’s really fun to watch.

Despite the intense story-line, Raid packs more than a few laughs, keeping the mood light and interesting-great work with the screenplay and dialogues here. There is hardly any loose end or stretch, so full points for the editing. The realistic sets have recreated early 1980s that add to the character of the film. The only thing that I would have changed are the 2 songs. I understand why they were included but feel that excluding them would have helped the film.

Overall a very entertaining and inspiring watch. I won’t be surprised if Raid movie wins a National Award. Also hats off to the real-life hero who conducted this raid in 1981. Love the movies based on actual events.

 

Reviewed By – Aparna Kunal Jain

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