The last couple of weeks saw Google bestowing tributes on a Russian filmmaker and a Mexican Diva.
Today, I saw a Nigerian football icon grabbing this honor.
Google Doodle, thank you!
But I was surprised and disappointed to see that we conveniently forgot to acknowledge that today also happens to be the birthday of a National Hero and a true revolutionary of his times – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
But, you know what, I understand the reason behind such a gross omission.
Google Doodle, it isn’t your fault. It is, entirely ours.
Netaji remains one of those icons who is largely forgotten and ignored by a country which has been a land of folklore and gruesome battles. I think the very reason to believe that he could single handedly bring Independence to a ravaged sub-continent from the ruthless colonial rule was in itself, so scary and hard to believe that we ended up on a tentacle based opinion and denied him the very chance to become that elusive legend that he never graced upon during his lifetime.
With all due respect to the Mahatma and Congress, Netaji was one of the first to voice out and propagate the concept of ‘Complete Independence’. His ideologies and vision to achieve this through the unthinkable (Getting Russia’s attention, speaking to Hitler and the idea to use Japan for INA to make inroads in to the country) is unsurpassable. For all his daring exploits and an inspiration that he was to the young guns, he was shamelessly accused of fascism and betrayal.
Political propaganda, vested interest or personal disdain, Netaji never got his due. In fact, he continues to be a regional colossus with statements of uncertain resonance.
Netaji, Happy Birthday!
I am sorry, it’s not that we have forgotten you, it’s just that we are yet to learn the art of absorbing marauding greatness.
I love Cinema. Cinema is education and emancipation in the same terrain.
Big screen cinema is what I live for. But in the last 18 months, I see it differently.
You call it priorities or indulgence, big screen doesn’t woo me any more.
Streaming is the new moolah in the streets of movie goons these days.
It has it all – Movies, TV Series, Documentaries and some good content for kids.
I confess, am hooked on to Netflix. Totally, completely.
Local cable operators, private set top boxes and channel based content is all gone for a toss, big time.
Cinema halls don’t look inviting anymore, when I know that a ‘Narcos’ or a ‘Marseille’ is waiting to provide all the goosebumps I need tonight.
That compels me to mention how Netflix has kept me busy over the last few months.
My applause could be yours, so please post your comments if any of these enthralled you as much as it did to me. I am listing the toppers only, the complete list might consume you.
It tops the category in ‘Netflix Originals’ and remains my personal favourite, head over heels.
Never has been a Drug Mafia’s life been so provocatively captured and produced on screen. Some outstanding performances from lead actors, enviable location shots and some heart pounding sequences makes ‘Narcos’ a blockbuster product.
All 3 series are available in Netflix, gearing up for the fourth in 2018.
I am not a huge admirer of Stephen King, particularly for his approach towards insanity and the subsequent strangulated ways. That said, ‘The Shining’ is one of my most watched films and I don’t think I will ever get over it. ‘1922’ is a close shave to mortality, or may be even immortality. The very thought of killing someone is a sin and sends shivers down your spine, worst if that person happens to be your wife.
The story of a man saddled between his overtly ambitious wife and a nubile son, 1922 takes you on a ride you will never want to go.
The fanatical desire of a man to kill his disinterested wife and protect his son for a prosperous future takes an ugly turn and ends with the demise of the glorious clan – humanity.
I won’t say it is a must watch but if it’s your genre, then go for the kill.
It started off as another run-a-bloc story till it turned me upside down.
A riveting thriller which tells the story of a woman who withstood agony, pain and submission to unravel her own identity. Showing off combination of subtle and powerfully etched characters, this original series will keep you in the edge of your seat, for sometime to come.
Streaming in Netflix.
The charming princess of people and the most coveted jewel in the British crown, or rather the opposite of it.
The story of Princess Diana is a fairytale one. From her wedding to Prince Charles to that fateful night in Paris, she was an enigma and an angel to this world.
‘Diana’ propels this image and takes a tumultuous look in to her personal life. Quintessentially, this was a bold attempt to crash in to the curious life of one of the most watched individuals in history during those times.
Though controversial and panned by British media for obvious reasons, Naomi Watts delivered the performance of her life as the adored Princess. If there is one reason to watch this docu-drama, it is her.
Streaming in Netflix now.
Full Metal Jacket
I have a penchant for war drama and epics. Not for the blood, but for the passion and madness to protect something which is so universal and vicious in its existence.
‘Full Metal Jacket’ stands out for execution. Discipline can sometimes get to your nerves, it can take you places if you survive the initial hell.
With the Master at work, Kubrick’s trademark exploits remain stunning. And remember, this film was shot a long time ago.
The blood stains, the fireworks, dilapidated locations, edgy characters and the oath of a marine.
By all means, FMJ is a must watch. Remember, it’s a Stanley Kubrick film.
Streaming now in Netflix.
Suburra – Blood on Rome
Another mafia series rolling up your sleeve is interesting. This time, in Rome.
Shot extensively in the streets of Rome, ‘Suburra’ provides a stunning account of the politics and organized crime which treads a web of deceit, corruption and greed inside the Vatican.
Gobbled characters, the struggle for power and nepotism with an overdose of lust, propaganda and extermination is a perfect foil to fuel your inner sanctum.
Come, watch the blood flow in the streets of Rome.
Streaming in Netflix now.
The year started off with perseverance and oozes of energy.
The story goes like this. Well, it’s not a story to begin with. I must say this, it was an eye opener for mortals like us who just get waned away with dwindled pleasures.
I met 2 women. Well, I can say they are well past their prime. In fact, prime was gone long time ago and here they were, smiling at me, with unsurmountable words of wisdom and a gentle swagger that defines their aura.
These young, old ladies are miracle women to our generation.
One is 97, the other is in the pink of health at 102.
Now, those are staggering numbers.
Age has always been a subject of enigma, distortion and privacy. Face it, we hate getting older. Every birthday is a kind reminder to your ageing lifeline. Yet, we flaunt it with our ego and prejudices. We don’t like being taunted, though.
They have a memory of a whale and the eye of a hawk. They remember everything, doesn’t matter who it is. Like-able or not, memories are still memories.
Memoirs of a 97 year old-
The name of second child of her third grandson, the last time she visited London, birthday dates of almost all family members and an eye for details. If guns were blazing, I would give it to her hands down.
The tale of a 102 year old-
She crossed borders in Rangoon during the war ravaged times, with her children in her arms. But she charms you with her diaspora of memories and faith in God. She had few suggestions for me – take care of your family and respect your parents, they are the reason for our existence and success today.
Words of wisdom these days come in from all quarters but this one was one of it’s kind.
Meeting both of them gives you utmost satisfaction for the very reason we live – to love life.
At this age, I would be sipping Coke in my grave!
Both of them have stark similarities.
They have been through the worst, understand and paved the way through life with limitations and tenacity. Most importantly, they have this insatiable urge to live. And, that is the sole reason for the magic they exude.
Ladies, you aren’t merely the Women we celebrate. You are the giants for generations to look up to and take pride in our tormented and illustrious legacy.