Let me be honest. This is a review. These aren't any “meandering” thoughts. These are unstructured thoughts about the movie. The following words indicate how I felt after watching the movie.
I was concerned about Anushka fitting into the social milieu the movie represents. She has a glamorous appeal and has never played a middle class or lower middle-class woman's character. Pari (her own production) is close but even there she isn't playing your conventional character. She, as a matter of fact, played the role of a ghost in the not-so-successful movie!
Imagine you own a online business. You sell products through your website. To increase the sales you have put up discounts and expect huge traffic to land on your website. You manage the inventory and are prepped up to handle the hike in customers. On the day of the sale, you realize your site is down. Everything seems to be fine. But it isn't. Your domain registrar (a company with whom you register your site address before the launch of the site) suspended your domain and there is no way for your customers to log onto your site. How would you react? You have lost the momentum of the sale and to make matters worse you are unable to reach out to the registrar and get the issue fixed.
TV Series is a huge time investment. It's been a few weeks since I have invested time in watching a series. The last series I watched was the Sacred Games. Due to peer pressure. Though I did like the director team of the series and eventually loved the series as well.
The row behind me had a group of guys from North India. I was exposed to their running commentary during the second half of the movie. Surprisingly they were very quiet during the first half. Enjoying the movie by laughing 'with' the characters and not at them. The two women sitting next to us had enough halfway through the second half. They got up and left, making us wonder if we got this right.
We watched the movie at PVR Grand Mall in Chennai. A decent theatre known for starting the movie late. We were hinging on that element to take time to reach the mall. We entered the movie hall 25 minutes after the stipulated start time. There were still a few ads left to be broadcasted. It's almost as if PVR wants to reward latecomers. Works for us!
I am a decent public speaker. Better at impromptu speaking. I practice as a Toastmaster in my corporate club meetings and other opportunities I get elsewhere. Out of 10 opportunities I feel good about 3 or 4. The rest I am not happy with. This could be the case of being too harsh on myself. Or expecting better. The thing though is that I expect myself to get better without actively doing anything about it. Feel that frequency of performances should automatically make me a better speaker. That doesn't happen. It helps in small ways but it doesn't make you a better speaker.
Of the 3 or 4 opportunities when I feel good. It is always because of better preparation.
I am talented in speaking. External validation also says. Though I don't necessarily put hard work into my speaking ability. I tend to rely too much oh the innate talent. It works some times but fails most of the times. This is the primary reason why I haven't been able to improve on my good moments.
Few days back I read a post on LinkedIn. A Indian HR professional wrote about a practice that has become common over the past few months. A few of the recruiters to enhance their standing in the online world were copy pasting other influencers content. In this case they were copying from the posts of Brigette Hyacinth. Her posts are informative, challenging status quo and largely inspired from personal experiences. She gets a lot of traction to her posts. Understandably so.
When I was a child my parents made me go to the local grocery shop popularly called Kirana stores in India. They never made a list of items required for the house. Whenever they realized something got over the item needed to be bought. Not the ideal solution but it worked for the small household and aligned to the income of the family.
Today the Kirana stores aren't as popular as they used to be. They are an afterthought for middle-class families who prefer to be spoilt for choice in the magnanimous supermarkets.
I turned 30 a few months ago. I like the idea of me writing. I like public speaking. Specialize in impromptu speaking & some say I am witty. I am fat and semi-bald. Have a strong sense to do the right thing always.
Like to explore new opportunities to learn and grow through reading on Kindle, listening to Podcasts and having meaningful conversations. I try to actively listen.
This is not a review. I am not qualified enough. These are my thoughts about the movie I watched a few hours ago.
More than a comedy the movie was a commentary on our society. How we treat women and what might happen if we continue doing so. I like the possibility of women being empowered to roam at midnight and men being locked in their homes for safety!
There is a scene where a guest character ( the supremely talented Vijay Raaz) talks about the role of women in society. It's a patriarchial mindset he blurts and I loved how tense it made the crowd in the theatre. Up until then the crowd was laughing, clapping and enjoying the movie. That scene created a lot of tension. It eased when the situation flipped releasing the pressure.
I participated in a corporate sanitized roast in my #Toastmasters club. We had to roast our new President. He is a happy-go-lucky guy who is gullible.
Took some time to prepare points for my two minute roast. I was the last one to go. Because my club considers me one of the best speakers. I wouldn't deny it but I prefer to act humble. Who doesn't like the adulation?