Monday, April 28, 2014

Raghav - Taking the contemporary Nepali movies to another level

I haven't written a movie review ever. However, after watching the movie Raghav, I had this urge to review the movie. The reason being that, I want as many people as possible to watch and enjoy the uniqueness that it has to offer. The movie night was organized/screened by Nepali Students Association (NSA) at Minnesota State University Moorhead, USA. It is always a great day to try something new, so here I am with my review on the movie. Please deal with the fact of it being as amateur as it can be. (:

Raghav has been the most awaited movie in different parts of the United States as the promotions kicked off almost a year ago. What stands out most about the movie is its story. Director and storyteller Bhupendra Bhattarai, has skillfully captured the lives of all the Nepalese people chasing their dreams, staying abroad. It's hard to tell that the movie is his directorial debut. Being an undergrad, majoring in Film Studies, kudos to the effort he has put in his very first movie. Also while carrying out the promotions, he rightfully chose the target audience to be people living abroad and especially the young college kids in United States.

So, as I was saying, Raghav revolves around the story of a young boy, Raghav, living in the United States and all the ups and downs he goes through in life. The story depicts the different stressful situation he comes across which juggles between his family, long distance relationship, work and studies, time management, and the list continues. What he goes through in life is pretty much what each one of us go through - people who are studying and living abroad. The story is down to earth and there isn't any part that you would feel has been exaggerated. It shuns the mainstream "masaledaar" item numbers and action scenes and the simplicity and reality is what it makes it different from the usual.

The actors in the movie are newbies, completely fresh to the glamour world. Having said that though, they have all done justice to their roles. Actor Shibir Pokharel's (Raghav in the movie) cuteness will definitely get you stuck on your seat throughout the movie, just saying! I could personally relate to Asmita Dhakal (Aastha in the movie) who depicts a modern day woman who doesn't really care about what other people think about her. She also happens to be my personal favorite character from the movie. Rocken Byanjankar (Swapnil in the movie), Ashishma Nakarmi (Nisha in the movie) and Kait Brasel (Kylie in the movie) have also put in outstanding performance in the movie. The movie would have been different without these characters as the movie goes in depth about all these character's stories that revolves around Raghav's character.

All in all, in my opinion, Raghav is a must-watch movie. The story has boldly touched the common yet unspoken topics like green cards, working off-campus, etc and stripped down the real life story that people go through living abroad. It is highly encouraged for people living back home to watch the movie and understand what their loved ones have to go through, living in a strange place away from home. The life style definitely looks glamorous in Facebook and social networking websites, but once you watch the movie, you will also get to see the real-world situation.

I rate the movie 4 and half out of 5 for the awesome effort that everyone has put in the movie and for the story that speaks the truth of million of Nepalese people all around the globe. The sound tracks in the movie are also very soothing and catchy. The half point that I took off was for the first half of the movie which happens to be a little sluggish. You just wish the movie would start getting to it's point while watching the first half. The second half however takes its peak throughout the movie and holds a very strong connection with the first half.

The movie is being screened in US, UK, Australia, and different corners of the world and is expected to be screened in Nepal in about a month.

The story might seem something familiar and common, but the presentation is what it makes it different. As the story progresses, you will have an impression of living and getting into Raghav's life more than just watching the movie. So, make sure you buy yourself a ticket peeps. Its definitely worth the time and money you will be spending on! (:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Masqueraded Smiles

Yes its sinking me in
Taken up all I had to offer
What is left of me?
I question myself,
I look in the mirror
It stares right back at me
Blank stare!

Who am I?
I question myself again,
All I see is a weak, pathetic soul
Smothered in the smoke of despair,
Staring right back at me
Blank stare!

Do you see what you've done?
The eyes don't smile no more!
Do you see your cynical self in me?
I don't know myself no more!
The depth of my inner anguish?
Oh them masqueraded smiles,
Might have covered them all!

I bet your preeminent self is content
Seeing all the shifts you made
You smile, I smile; You frown, I frown
Who cares what's beneath the masquerade?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Breaking up sucks, Period!

I was sitting on couch one day watching one of the videos of my ex's performance on Facebook and it finally hit me.. I was dumped. He was singing so well and with such feelings and emotions, but none of those were for me anymore. It took me almost two weeks to process everything in and accept that I was finally single. We all know breaking up sucks and no matter whether you are the one dumping or being dumped, there is nothing pleasant about breaking up. The difference is, if you are one of those jerks breaking up via text or the one who grows a pair and does it face to face, it is not that intense, if you are the one dumping someone.

It definitely sucks to be the one being dumped. I really like the elastic theory of relationship. Being in a relationship is like holding an elastic band at two ends. There is always one person holding their end a little tighter than the other one. And if someday, one decides to let it go, its the person with stronger grip that gets hurt. This pretty much sums up the whole idea of break up. If you were the one that loved a little too much, you will be the one that gets hurt a little too much as well.

I also think that women tend to be more expressive and are hurt more when dealing with break ups. I could be wrong here but I'm speaking from what I've seen the most. That could also be because men don't really express their emotions and like to keep it cool. I've never had to experience a situation where I had to be a shoulder for a guy friend to cry on because he broke up. Women also tend to plan everything ahead and once they think that its getting real, they start expecting more and planning for the future. That could be the reason why us, women, get hurt most of the times. We expect, we plan, and then when we don't get it, we break into pieces. No matter how badly we get hurt though, we manage to stand up tall again and fall in love again. That is what I find interesting about women.

So the whole point of me writing this is to let my girlfriends know that it's okay to be miserable after you break up. It is not abnormal if we can't stop thinking about that jerk who broke our heart. It is completely fine to have the urge/desperation to get him back. Or if he is the first person you want to call when something wonderful or terrible happens to you. Or if all these songs, food, etc. etc. remind you of him. I know people will tell you to forget everything and move on because he broke your heart. Truth is, no matter how badly he treated you, it is indeed hard to move on right away!

Having said that though, we need to realize when to draw the line and know how to tackle those urges. Forbidden fruits always taste the best but we should realize that its momentary and the after effects that follows are no good. The urges are certainly inevitable but our actions are not. We could be dwelling over the memories from our past and never moving forward again. Such memories that hold us back should be flushed down the toilet. No matter how biter-sweet the memories are, they still sting.

Then in the end we should also not forget that there are plenty of other fishes in the sea.. and no, he's not the Nemo. lol If he was, he would still be around. As E. L. James quotes, "You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince". So just take the whole thing like you kissing yet another unlucky frog and move on. If he says, "baby, it's not you, its me", these are the words you should believe in. Even though he's using those words to get out of the mess, it never was you. Keep repeating to yourself that it's not you, it's him and realize that you definitely deserve a lucky frog.. not literally! (;