A few days ago, I had written on Dil Dhadakne Do, and somehow, the post reached Zoya Akhtar. She posted it on the her Facebook page, and also on the film's. I was happy that she read it, after all she is one of the my favorite film-makers. This led to an avalanche of page views on the post, and many people commented, some sent an email. One person asked me to watch the film Amélie and write thoughts on the same. It feels nice that so many people felt a connection with the review. I have always believed that Hindi films are equally insightful if we try to think about them. The director may or may not have intended something, but a film is one's own interpretation, and as Baradwaj Rangan wrote, "Stop trying to figure out what the director intended. Only he knows. Besides, there’s no guarantee that what he wanted to make is actually what he’s ended up making. Trust the tale, not the teller. Write for yourself. That is, think of yourself as the audience. Write the kind of reviews that you’d like to read. There are always others to do the consumer report kind of reviews. The acting is good. The writing is okay. The cinematography is bad. That sort of thing, as if a film is a kitchen utensil you hold up against the light to check for holes. You’re discussing art, for crying out loud. It is going to mean different things to different people. No matter what you write, you’re never going to make everyone happy. So why not write for yourself, and hope that at least a handful like you will end up happy?"
Over the last two-three years, I have realized how much I love films, and have spent days writing on some of them. I feel I have learnt to watch movies more deeply during this time but I still have to learn further, and more importantly, learn to write better—I don't write prolifically. I wish I could do this full time, but it ain't easy. Who will give a chance to, as one comment said, an obscure blogger? If only wishes were horses. I was thinking of writing a personal post. I have completely stopped writing those, so, don't know how much to share or not, and decided not to write it. Something has been bothering me for the last two-three weeks. And, finally, I decided to take one leave from office as I feeling too tired. The last time I took some time off was spring break in March 2014; so, I am taking one day off and will be going to Portland for some break from the usual. More later.
A gripping illustration of DDD! http://t.co/QsUAxKQ62W— Dil Dhadakne Do (@DDDTheFilm) June 18, 2015