Shootout at Wadala – Movie Preview

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The story of first encounter which was kept in wrap for past 30 years finally comes alive on big screen. Scheduled to release on May 2013, Shootout at Wadala gives a glimpse on the rise and fall of Mumbai’s most dreaded gangster Manya Surve who was shot down in 1982 by the Mumbai’s braveheart police force. Who was Manya Surve? Was he really a gangster by choice or circumstances? Shootout at Wadala unfolds the details behind the first encounter and how our Mumbai Police brought an end to the Mumbai’s public enemy – Manya Surve. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, Shootout at Wadala is a retro crime drama which will actually take you straight to the era of 80’s Mumbai.

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For John Abraham, playing the role of Manya Surve is a litmus test which will definitely take his career to the next level. The 1990 movie “Agneepath” was loosely based on life of Manya Surve , who was sometimes considered as a godfather to his people. Superstar Amitabh Bachchan is the first actor who brought the spirit of Manya Surve on-screen with his mind-blowing performance in the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. Shootout at Wadala boasts of a brilliant star cast which features Anil Kapoor, Manoj Vajpayee, Tushar Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Sonu Sood and Kangana Ranaut.

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Scheduled to release on 1st May 2013, the official trailer of Shootout at Wadala has attracted several eye balls and is receiving mind-blowing response on YouTube. So this May, witness the untold story of Mumbai’s dreaded gangster Manya Surve. Before you enjoy watching “Shootout at Wadala”, I recommend you to watch “Shootout at Lokhandwala”, “Public Enemies”, “Scarface”, “Satya”, “Once upon a time in Mumbai”, “Company” and “Godfather”.

Popular Literary Characters I adore the most

“Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again” – Lines from 1994 movie Little Women

Truly said!! Some books are so beautifully written by authors that they stay in your hearts for lifetime. Along with the book, even the characters find a place in your heart. We love to connect with the book and its characters where we relate ourselves with the storyline and the incidents around it. Whether it is cute, mischievous Tom Sawyer or the bubbly Pollyanna, every literary character has succeeded to win the hearts of several readers for countless decades. This article is again a reboot of my earlier article – Famous Literary character where I have compiled a list of some of my lovely literary characters I adored the most.

1) Laurie – I appreciate the imagination of Louisa May Alcott for creating so many lovable characters in just one novel – Little Women and Laurie is one of them. I am truly a die-hard fan of Louisa May Alcott and consider her as my mentor for bringing warmth in my writing skills. Though the novel “Little Women” is focused on March Family, Laurie the neighborhood boy plays an important role in this storyline.

Nicknamed as “Laurie”, Theodore Laurence is the grandson of Mr. Laurence, the wealthy business person. Since Laurie’s parents are no more, Laurie is raised under the strict discipline of Mr. Laurence. Jo March befriends Laurie and the friendship blossoms into a tender relationship. Laurie gets a good companionship of March sisters and finds motherly love in Marmee, the mother of March sisters (Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy). Little Women is not just about family, it’s also about friendship, care and love. Laurie is the lovable, boy next-door kind of person who always believes in helping people and bringing a smile on everyone’s face. The role of Laurie was portrayed by actor Christian Bale in the 1994 movie – Little Women. Do read “Little Women” to know about this charming boy named Laurie.

2) Louisa May Alcott’s Beth March and Josephine March – Though several decades may have passed off, but the freshness and warmth of Louisa’s masterpiece novel – Little Women is still intact and is entertaining the younger generations. It has been six years that I read this masterpiece, but still I haven’t forgotten even a single phrase, incident or character from the book. The beauty of the book lies in its warmness and its simplicity that has won the hearts of million readers worldwide and I am one of them.

‘Little Women’ is all about loving and caring your family in happiness and sorrow. This story revolves around March Sisters – Meg, Josephine, Beth and Amy. Little Women is based on life of Louisa May Alcott and her family. Through this book, Louisa has beautifully written about her life’s sweet, bitter experiences and her bonding with her younger sister. Josephine March is exactly what Louisa was. If Josephine march is short-tempered, tomboyish then Beth March is a sweet little, homely girl who prefers to stay away from the outside world and has made home her world.

3) Kate Douglas Wiggins’ Rebecca Rowenna Randall – Rebecca Rowenna Randall became a household name and a popular literary character the day the novel “Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm” was published. The simplicity in the writing of Wiggins connected with the readers and the courageous spirit of Rebecca was truly appreciated worldwide. I had purchased this novel long back in 2002 from a bookstore and I was truly impressed with the vivacity, courage and the humbleness of this literary character. The novel has been brilliantly written with such sheer simplicity that I was inspired to write a blog post on this novel twice on my word press blog.

The soul and power of this novel lies in its simplicity which soothes the reader’s mind and gives him a new hope to see life from a refreshing perspective and the courage to face the adversities of life smilingly. Rebecca leaves her hometown “Sunnybrookfarm” to pursue her education at her aunt’s house only to face bitter taunts by her aunt Miranda Sawyer. How Rebecca faces the adversities and achieves her goal is best to be read in the novel “Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm”. I wish someday a hollywood motion picture is made on this unforgettable warm novel with a brilliant star cast.
Through this blog post, I have taken a small effort to throw a light on some lovely, unforgettable and inspiring literary characters I simply loved. I am looking forward to describe more literary characters in my next blog post. Hope you enjoy reading this blog post. Do comment.

Happy Reading
Prashant Badiger

U, me aur hum – A journey of love

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Motion Picture – U, Me aur hum
Cast – Ajay Devgan, Kajol
Director – Ajay Devgan
Release Year – March 2008

“Sometimes the greatest journey in the world is the distance between two people”

Truly said!! Love connects, defines and shapes our lives without giving us any hint of its arrival. It happens, just happens!!!Some love stories are adored, some forgotten, some cherished and some lost in pages of books. This love story is about falling in love with your sweet heart every day, every moment.

Set against the backdrop of a cruise trip, U, me aur hum is story of a boy who hesitates to convey his feelings to the sweet girl he has just met aboard. When his father notices this, he encourages his son to express his feelings and bets that he can win the heart of any girl aboard.

After noticing several women aboard, his son gives a challenge to his father to propose an old woman. Smilingly, the father not only befriends the old woman, but also starts narrating an endearing love story happened on the cruise several years back. This is the story of Ajay, a successful psychiatrist who loses his heart to Pia, a bartender on the cruise. They both fall in love and start a happy married life. But their happiness is short-lived, when Ajay realizes that Pia fails to recognize him and is a chronic patient suffering from Alzheimer. Day by day, Pia starts losing her memory and the every beautiful instance that connected Ajay and Pia together in a relationship.

Now Ajay is left with only one option – to get Pia hospitalized so that she can overcome Alzheimer. Does Pia succeed in overcoming Alzheimer? What happens of Ajay? Will his love stand the test of time? But what is the connection of this old man with Ajay and Pia? This answers will unfold as you watch this beautiful motion picture – U, me aur hum featuring Ajay Devgan and Kajol. If you enjoy loving this movie, you will also love watching “The Notebook”, “Message in a bottle”, “Hum ko deewana kar gaye” and “The Vow”. Hope you like this post

Happy Reading
Prashant Badiger